The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable
The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable’s 85+ member businesses are changing the way they do business by optimizing their use of energy & materials, reducing waste & pollution, and investing in their communities. Our businesses are local leaders who are making companies more effective, efficient and profitable as they protect our environment and reduce the severity of climate change.
Vision: An environmentally and economically resilient community that prioritizes the well-being of current and future generations.
Mission: To foster collaborations that enable our member businesses to act on their sustainability goals, maintain profitability, and promote a healthy community.
Value Proposition: Leveraging the collective knowledge from diverse business sectors, the Roundtable offers members practical advice, inspiration, and access to tools that can be implemented for economic gain and risk reduction. We provide leadership to create competitive advantage and contribute to a thriving, sustainable future for the Buffalo-Niagara region.
The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable is a “business-driven” organization that relies on its member businesses to drive its mission and organize its events. Members are businesses that have employees in the Western New York region and have signed a pledge to create and implement a sustainability plan.
After signing the pledge, each member will create a Sustainability Plan: a written document that demonstrates how the company will incorporate sustainability into their workforce, management and corporate practices.
Implementation of the plan follows: an essential part of any Sustainability Plan is metrics – a methodology of measuring and reporting results. As a company strives to reduce its environmental impacts, meaningful metrics are essential to evaluate progress. Metrics are collected via the The SBR Metrics Reporting Tool.
Roundtable meetings occur on a regular basis and bring together members old and new to discuss their commitment to sustainability, while simultaneously creating an economically resilient and profitable WNY. Meetings may feature guest speakers and focus on the four main elements of the Roundtable’s pledge: waste, water, energy, and investment in communities.
The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable was kicked off with 35 founding member businesses on Earth Day 2014 after months of behind-the-scenes planning. Exactly 6 months later, on October 22, 2014, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 publicly announced the award of a grant to Empire State Development and Erie County that will be used to fund a staff person for two years to assist the steering committee.
On March 26, 2015 members adopted Bylaws and elected our first Board of Directors.
To view our most recent Bylaws follow this link : June 2018 WNYSBR Bylaws
Board of Directors:
President: Mark Shriver, Director of Safety & Environmental Affairs, Curbell, Inc.
Vice-President: Aliesa Adelman, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainability, Wendel
Secretary : Mary Sennett, Quality & Compliance Manager, Tapecon, Inc.
Treasurer: Adam Goldfarb, Goldfarb Financial
Kris Ann Bolt, Environmental Health & Safety Office, Harmac Medical Devices
Dan Healy, Plant Manager, Greif Inc.
Bonnie Lawrence, Deputy Commissioner, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning*
Ryan Mcpherson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo*
Amir Rezaei, PhD, LEED Green Associate, CannonDesign
David Sullivan, President/Owner, Industrial Support Inc.
Tiffany Vanderwerf, Chief Conservation Officer, The Buffalo Zoo
*Erie County and University at Buffalo hold permanent seats, as per the WNYSBR Bylaws.
Thanks to Eric Lindstrom – CannonDesign, Deb Gondek – Rich Products, Jeff Oliver – McCullagh Coffee, Mark Casell – Siemens Industry US, Thomas R. Hersey Jr. – Erie County and Andy Goldstein- Erie County for serving on the steering committee during the development of SBR.
Josh Wilson, Erie County DEP, WNYSBR Grant Administrator (716) 858-7520
SBR Whitepaper : Desigining & Deploying a Triple Bottom Line Community
SBR and E3
Recognizing the benefits of leveraging resources, the SBR pursued participation in the federal E3: Economy, Energy and Environment program facilitated by the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 2. This voluntary initiaitive supports manufacturing leadership through sustainabiility.