The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable

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.

History

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 Bylaws select link : WNYSBR Bylaws as adopted 01/19/17


Board of Directors:

President: Mark Shriver, Director of Safety & Environmental Affairs, Curbell, Inc

Vice-President: Aliesa Adelman, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Design Coordinator, Wendel

Secretary: Eric Lindstrom, Associate Vice President, Cannon Design, Inc.

Treasurer: Heather Alesius, Operational Controller, Computer Task Group

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*

Todd Musterait, Director of Client Development, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Kathryn O’Donnell, Owner, Botanicus, Inc.

David Sullivan, President/Owner, Industrial Support Inc.

Tiffany Vanderwerf, Curator of Education, The Buffalo Zoo

*appointed as per the bylaws

Thanks to Deb Gondek – Rich Products, Mary Sennent – Tapecon, Jeff Oliver – McCullagh Coffee and Mark Casell – Siemens Industry US, for serving on past Boards of the WNYSBR.

Staff:

Amy Alduino, WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Coordinator (716) 858-4715

Josh Wilson, Erie County DEP,  WNYSBR Grant Administrator

 

 

 

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.

Download the Whitepaper

WNYSBR Community of Practice Whitepaper

The WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable is supported by a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency and through corporate sponsorships and underwriting of workshops, events, and the EXPO.

Mark Shriver

President , WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable