Panel Discussions at the Great Green Business Search

With a mission to discover, promote, and champion Arizona innovation in the green and clean tech sectors, the Great Green Business Search is May 10th at ASU SkySong.

The Green Chamber is pleased to announce the esteemed panel discussions focused on Raising Green in the Desert and being Legally Green as part of the event.

Raising Green in the Desert
Moderator Rich Endicott, President of The Biltmore Bank Arizona
Rich EndicottRich Endicott is the Market Manager and President of The Biltmore Bank of Arizona.  Mr. Endicott has been in Commercial Banking providing financial service assistance to small and middle market businesses for 32-Years. Rich assumed the role of President at Biltmore Bank in 2008. Among his other responsibilities Rich developed and leads the Banks energy initiatives:  These include the development of financing and banking programs for energy related Manufactures, Distributors, Developers and Integrators. Biltmore Bank has helped finance or structure solar projects and programs for Arizona’s Public Schools, Airports, and Universities including ASU and U of A and a number of non-profits throughout Maricopa County.  Rich attended KU in Lawrence and later the Duke University Deutsche management program.

Panelists:
Andy Lombard, Venture Ready – MIT Enterprise Form Phoenix
Michael Katz, Greener Capital
Anil Jain, Brightmonk Innovation
Charlie Lewis, Venture Catalyst

Legally Green

George ChenModerator George C. Chen, Partner at Bryan Cave, LLP.
George Chen partners with long-term clients to develop, protect, enforce, defend, license, and commercialize intellectual property and other business assets. His practice includes litigation, licensing, counseling, and prosecution of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, Internet, cybersquatting, and other intellectual property matters.

Panelists:
Franc del Fosse, Snell & Wilmer
Kimberly Washawsky, Greenberg Traurig
Eric Menkhus, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU

Register to attend the Great Green Business Search and participate in the lively panel discussions in addition to voting for the People’s Choice Award in the fast-pitch business competition.

Green Help Wanted

Green Jobs Now and Later

We worry about unemployment but also consider balancing the economy with ecology. We have seen new industries replace old ones. Some because of technology but others because of a concern and need to create a better life and more sustainable future.  Solar and wind industries are growing at phenomenal rates. Job creation in electric vehicle technology and production is just starting with huge predictions for future employment. Most green jobs in the future will be occupations that people have today: transforming and retrofitting, buildings, farms or factories while others will be the result of new technology.  A green job is anything  that contributes to preserving or enhancing environmental quality.

The Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce hosted a career panel recently at a middle school where 12 and 13 year olds had an opportunity to hear from professionals with green jobs. The kids were bright and enthusiastic. They already had a great grasp on the concept of green they knew what the EPA was and were up on current ecological news. Their attitude could give you faith in the future because they took the idea of looking for a green job or creating a green business as a ‘given’, not something strange or unique. It seemed to be a matter of fact with this next generation that sustainability is the right thing to do, way to live and green jobs will be the ones to get. Since they are not current college students or adults they didn’t have any negativity to throw back about the sluggish economy, just great questions on how they could become an scientist (like their Teacher), and eco-friendly lawyer, design better buildings or work with animals.  As trailblazers, the eco-business people on the panel served as present day examples of what is possible and inspiration for combining avocation and vocation.

The Top green jobs for the next 5-10 years list everything from Farmer to Light Rail Operator. Most jobs will be in education and energy. For what Green Jobs might be available for you now check out http://www.greencareersguide.com/

Author Kelly Sallaway is a writer and producer. Her Scottsdale-based company Kellan Media promotes and produces green programming for video and TV.  www.kellanmediallc.com

Making the List: Media Ranks Top 20 Green Companies

If you are reading the Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce blogs you are probably concerned about the environment as well as business. The green chamber is where like-minded entrepreneurs meet. We think about how to make our businesses grow while retaining some of our personal core values of responsibility and sustainability. We hope we can be a model for other business leaders while we look to some of the ‘big guys’ for inspiration and ideas. We wonder who is doing a good job at combining these enviable attributes.

If you are wondering how green a company is ‘there’s a list for that’!

Top 20 greenest large companies according to Newsweek (in 2009)

  1. Hewlett-Packard
  2. Dell
  3. Johnson & Johnson
  4. Intel
  5. IBM
  6. State Street
  7. Nike
  8. Bristol-Myers Squibb
  9. Applied Materials
  10. Starbucks
  11. Johnson Controls
  12. Cisco Systems
  13. Wells Fargo
  14. Sun Microsystems
  15. Sprint Nextel
  16. Adobe Systems
  17. Advanced Micro Devices
  18. Kohl’s
  19. Allergan
  20. Staples

While all rankings may be a subjective mixture of metrics,  the magazine spent over year compiling data to come up with its list for an environmental ranking of top 500 large companies in the United States.

The Newsweek rankings give large corporations a benchmark to compare and compete with each other for improved standings on the list.   When a company knows where it stands the results can raise awareness  for corporations and in-turn individuals. Intel, No. 4 in ranking, recently launched an initiative in which every employee’s annual bonus is tied, in part, to how well the company does in meeting sustainability goals. As business leaders and customers we  now have more information to compare companies and decide where we want to shop or invest.

If you are looking to selectively place your investments in only the most sustainable companies consider turning to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

Author Kelly Sallaway is a writer and producer. Her Scottsdale-based company Kellan Media promotes and produces green programming for video and TV.  www.kellanmediallc.com

Commerce and Ecology Coexist on New Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce Blog

Where commerce and ecology coexist. (Graphic by Heberger)

Welcome to the brand new – and not quite ripe – Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce blog. Our goal is to become YOUR trusted resource for insights into sustainability and green business practices; first as a business owner, and then as a consumer.

We need your input on the kinds of information you’re looking for that will help you run a more profitable and sustainable business.  Our ultimate focus will be exploring the myriad of answers to the following question:

“How can commerce and ecology coexist?”

Feel Free to Comment Freely and Often

We have a gaggle of gifted designers and writers who are contributing to this blog, and we’re always looking for more inspired content. So if you have an idea for a story, a question that needs answering, information that must be shared, or interesting insights into the greening of our economy, please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Author Park Howell is president of Park&Co, a Phoenix-based sustainable ad agency specializing in environmental and cause marketing. He writes his own blog, “Sustainable Storytelling,” that explores green marketing to help companies accelerate wise growth through smarter branding at ParkHowell.com.