Sharing What Works
A central tenet of SSV’s mission, and the key to facilitating real organizational change, is the notion of sharing best practices. SSV does this by creating and engaging smaller “communities of practice”, the most successful of which is SSV’s “Sustainability Leaders Forum” (SLF) community. With over 70 individuals representing more than 50 different companies, SSV’s Sustainability Leaders have increased the capacity to affect change on the scale and scope needed to move the Bay Area toward a more sustainable economy. By enabling individual and team “sustainability champions” to address their concerns and share information with those from other organizations, change is catalyzed from within.
SLF represents building the capacity and effectiveness of sustainability leaders by sharing best practices and presenting expert knowledge about sustainability. Justine Burt, Principal at Justine Burt and Associates says: "The Sustainable Leaders Forum is SSV at its best. This well organized program elevates regional sustainability efforts by giving sustainability change agents a forum to share their wisdom".
The format and content of the regular Sustainability Leaders Forum is chosen by the participants themselves through a series of planning discussions. The Forum themselves typically involve one or more presentations followed by discussion. Topics of interest and value among organizations have included:
- Executive involvement and leadership
- Water efficiency
- Increased revenues by greening products and services
- Transportation alternatives
- Techniques for measurement and benchmarking
- Increasing effectiveness of Green Teams
- Obstacles and drivers for success
- Measurement and feedback
This regular event is for sustainability team leaders currently working within organizations. In order to maintain a secure atmosphere for participants, consultants and vendors are not permitted. To request an invitation, please email Suparna Vashisht, Program Manager: svashisht (at) sustainablesv.org.
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