For more detailed information on the
Racine Sustainable Business Network (RSBN), click HERE.
Our new meeting is very important to us all. Please mark your calendars to commit to coming May 15th, 2019 from 7am to 9am at the Goodwill Retail Operations Center.
Waste is a critical issue. We have to act now. Oceans are plagued by dead-zone garbage patches the size of Texas. Recently a beached whale was found to have 88 pounds of trash in their stomach. Virtually all sea life shows traces of Styrofoam. More and more landfills are blighting the land. Our local Kestrel Hawk landfill has less than five years left.
We have to do what we can do about this. Business and industry are often leading the way. It is time for the companies, every organization and small businesses in greater Racine to step up and do our part. Come to this meeting prepared to learn, to share what you already do, and to pledge to work toward zero waste in your business.
You can Register Here!
The flyer is also attached. We encourage you to forward this to a member of the community you think will also benefit from attending this meeting. Multiple people from your organization may also attend. We need to all work together to solve this issue in our community.
We will see you there!
(Directions & Address: 1630 Enterprise Drive in Sturtevant. From Route 20, go south onto Renaissance Blvd, then east onto Stellar, which becomes Enterprise Drive. Enter northernmost doors at the front parking lot. )
7:00 to 7:30: Light Breakfast and Informal Networking
7:30 to 7:40 Introductions
7:40 to 8:30 Presentations
8:50 to 9:00 Survey and Closing
Racine Sustainable Business Network hosts programs
Thanks Belle City Magazine for publishing our story! Check out the article below.
BY DAVE BACKMANN
What if people from all over the world visited Racine to marvel at, and to learn about the community’s commitment to sustainable business practices?
Actually, greater Racine already is a showcase of companies that are demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and they’re winning awards for their efforts. Many companies tout sustainability as a core value, such as S.C. Johnson & Son, Bombardier Recreational Products, Cree Inc., CNH Industrial, United Natural Foods Inc., NFI, Butter Buds Inc., Alter Trading Corp., InSinkErator, Great Northern Corp. and Gateway Technical College.
For the last four years, the Racine Sustainable Business Network has met regularly to spread the word that sustainability is one of the most important practices to pursue. The group works in coordination with the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. It evolved from a branch of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce and, in 2015, the social justice/environmental network called Greening Greater Racine initiated RSBN.
The network is not a member organization because its meetings are open to everyone. RSBN offers educational programs in February, May, August and November. Usually held at area businesses, these events attract dozens to learn how to:
Lower energy use for lighting
Save energy on heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
Among its products, Cree produces LED bulbs that consume 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
Duane Henderson, manager and lead lighting educator of Cree’s Lighting Experience Center, explained that lighting upgrades should be more than just replacing light bulbs. Sophisticated, “smart lighting controls” offered through Cree improve employee productivity by syncing workplace lighting with the daily biological rhythms of human beings, he said.
Those attending RSBN’s next event, scheduled for 7-9 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Goodwill Industries, 1630 Enterprise Drive, will learn how to work toward “zero waste,” a sustainability goal already attained by the CNH Industrial plant in Racine. May’s meeting will address all forms of waste and recycling and will highlight Goodwill’s work to refurbish and recycle used consumer electronic equipment.
“Goodwill E-cycle is our electronics recycling and refurbishment service, addressing the growing issue of electronic waste,” said Randall Olson, Goodwill business development manager for the organization’s E-cycle and DataShield programs. “As the pace of technology continues to increase, so does the volume of computers, tablets and phones that need to be recycled or refurbished. E-waste is the most rapidly growing segment of the municipal solid waste stream.”
RSBN promotes healthy people, the planet and profits, serving large companies, small businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profit organizations.
“RSBN is a key component in Racine County’s economic blueprint,” said Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave. “Bringing businesses together to share best practices not only allows for solutions to sustainability, but in the long term will help businesses grow and in turn create more jobs for Racine County.”
To learn more about RSBN and to register for events, visit sustainableracine.com
Dave Backmann a member of the Greening Greater Racine Board of Directors.
All content © 2019 Belle City Magazine
RSBN at EcoFest 2019
We are incredibly lucky to have businesses of all sizes join the Racine Sustainable Business Network. They have quarterly meetings at one of the members' sites. Attend a meeting to see how your business can be more sustainable and save costs!
For more information on EcoFest, click HERE.
February 2019 - 5W's of Lighting
Lighting and the new options that are available to assist in reducing electricity, create a safer workplace and possible assistance doing it. Come network with local businesses that are in the same "dark boat". Get a tour of Cree after words that will also highlight their recycling program.
For more details for this meeting, click HERE.
November 2018 - Leaders of Sustainability
November 27, UNFI (United Natural Foods Incorporated) hosted a RSBN meeting.
There are many sustainability leaders in greater Racine. Learn about three organizations that pursue sustainability with intention and determination—from LEED buildings to employee engagement to recycled paper. And share what your business is doing.
The meeting consisted of presentations by representatives from United Natural Foods Incorporated, Gateway Technical College, and Alter Trading. A tour was provided afterwards.
Questions? Would you like your business to host the next quarterly meeting? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2018 - Water Quality and Land Use
February 2018 - Zero Waste Meeting
City Administrator, Jim Palenick, is looking to put Racine towards ZERO waste!
Kestrel Hawk Landfill has about 5 years left. People and companies the speakers at the Racine Sustainable Business Network meeting in February 2018 is already aware of and working to reduce waste at their companies and organizations while increasing sustainable efforts. They all discussed economic benefits as well.
Thank you Racine Unified School District for hosting a Racine Sustainable Business Network meeting. Thank you to speakers Michael Broll (RUSD's Environmental and Health Coordinator), Jim Palenick (City of Racine, On the lake Administrator), Tim Ulrich (Cree), Tom Buhler (Butter Buds Foodservice), Damen Hassell (Alter Trading), and David Rhoads (Greening Greater Racine).
We all need to contribute to make this movement happen.Start easy by ensuring recyclables are recycled and really work towards reducing your waste. We need to treat our place we reside as our home. Let's not abandon it.
Past RSBN Meetings
For previous meetings, check out the listing by clicking HERE.
The Racine Sustainable Business Network held its first seminar at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Racine March 2016. With over 50 participants, this workshop focused on energy conservation with presentations from representatives of WE Energy and Focus on Energy. The following month a workshop was hosted by Focus on Energy that led towards participants showing high interests.
Goals: To benchmark sustainability and create programs for mid-size and large companies like the series of workshops.