The Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR) is a collaborative group of 60+ member organizations across our region that are demonstrating how to integrate sustainability into their organizations to benefit staff, the environment, and their bottom line. Our business leaders across industries and in both public and private companies are optimizing use of energy and materials, reducing waste and pollution, and enhancing community investment. 

By leveraging the collective knowledge and lessons learned from our member organizations, along with sustainability subject matter experts across our network, we offer advice and inspiration, along with access to tools that help reduce risk and advance sustainability. 

 

Press releases & articles

September, 2020 

Article in Buffalo Rising, published September 1st, 2020. Press Release September 8th, 2020 Summit Speaker Announcement. 

 August, 2020 

The Virtual Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR) Summit 2020 Brings Together Regional and National Business Leaders To Share Best Sustainable Business Practices. Press Release August 31st, 2020 Awardee Announcement. 

March, 2020

We want to acknowledge all our members who are stepping up to respond to this crisis, producing ventilator and PPE gear. Read more about their efforts in this article: Essential Business Leadership. Thank you for all you do!

 

Mission, Vision, Value

Our Mission

The mission of SBR is to foster collaboration that enables our member businesses to build and act on sustainability goals, maintain profitability, and promote healthy communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to grow and support an environmentally and economically resilient community that prioritizes the well-being of current and future generations.

Value Proposition

By leveraging the collective knowledge of a diverse business pool, SBR offers members practical advice, inspiration, and access to tools that can be implemented to reduce environmental impact while achieving economic gain and risk reduction. We provide leadership to create competitive advantage and contribute to a thriving, sustainable future for the Western New York region.

 

Board of Directors

 

 “In 2015, I made a career move into Environmental Health & Safety. As a department of one, I needed local resources to learn from and share best-practices with. I am thankful to have found the SBR. The SBR has connected Harmac with many companies and amazing people that are willing to share their journey and knowledge. These connections have been invaluable.” Kris Ann Bolt, Harmac Medical Products

 

Kris Ann Bolt

SBR President
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Harmac Medical Products

Mary Sennett

SBR Vice President
Quality & Compliance Manager
Tapecon, Inc

Tiffany Vanderewerf

SBR Secretary
Chief Conservaion Officer
The Buffalo Zoo

Justin Imiola

SBR Treasurer
Energy Engineer
Wendel

Adam Goldfarb

Chief Sustainability Officer
Goldfarb Financial

Bonnie Lawrence

Deputy Commissioner
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning*

Ryan McPherson

Chief Sustainability Officer
University at Buffalo*

Nira Johri

Sustainability Director
Rich Products

Jeff Burke

Regional Director
Curbell, Inc.

David Sullivan

President/Owner
Industrial Support Inc.

Sarah Quintal

Energy and Resiliency Analyst
Ecology and Environment Inc,  Member of WSP

* Erie County and University at Buffalo hold permanent seats.

 

Acknowledgements

We’d like to extend our appreciation to the following individuals for serving on the steering committee during the development of SBR. 

  • Eric Lindstrom, CannonDesign
  • Deb Gondek, Rich Products
  • Jeff Oliver, McCullagh Coffee
  • Mark Casell, Siemens Industry US
  • Thomas R. Hersey Jr., Erie County
  • Andrew Goldstein, Erie County
  • Mark Shriver, Curbell

 

Staff

Asa Guilamo

Executive Director
SBR

Asa has worked at the intersection of public policy, law making, information and business within the European Union for more than 10 years. She was appointed Scientific Attaché for Sustainable Development at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo, Japan. She was also in charge of the Sweden’s Ministry of Environment’s Environmental Research Group, leading initiatives for e.g. National Environmental Monitoring programming and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

She relocated to Western New York from South Florida, where she was responsible for the day to day business at the Consulate of Sweden in Fort Lauderdale. As the appointed Vice Consul, she acted as a liaison between the Swedish and American business communities. Asa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Master’s program degree in Environmental Management & Auditing from Uppsala and Stockholm University. Email her at:  asa@wnysustainablebusiness.org

History

Earth Day 2014: SBR was kicked off with 35 founding member businesses after months of behind-the-scenes planning. 6 months later the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced award of a grant to Empire State Development and Erie County to fund a staff person for two years to assist the steering committee.

March 26, 2015: Members adopted Bylaws and elected our first Board of Directors. 

In 2015, SBR launched the Sustainable Business EXPO, which transformed into our annual signature event, the Sustainable Business Summit.

In 2018 SBR implemented membership dues. In addition to a more diversified funding strategy, this enabled SBR to hire a full-time coordinator in 2019 to better advance SBR’s mission and vision on behalf of our members.

SBR’s Annual Report for FY 2018-2019 and Year in Review Report, both give an overview of the organization’s most recent impact and reach, and SBR’s 990-EZ is available upon request.