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Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable: Development, Growth, and Lessons Learned

July 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


LINK to the recording.


Target groups: National business representatives, state officials and others with an interest in building more sustainable business knowledge communities. Regional business representatives, universities, NGOS, investors with an interest in sustainable business. And local organizations with an interest in learning more about SBR. 

Pre registration is required. Register HERE!


The purpose of this presentation is to share lessons learnt and results to date from developing a business roundtable in Western New York. We will share WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable (SBR’s) journey:


How it all started”: key driving forces within local businesses leaders and SBR’s anchoring institutions

Important milestones”: significant events during the first few years & key grant outcomes, including case examples

Building capacity for success”: the importance of collaboration, member value, and streamlined reporting

Recognizing Superior Performance” – how the Roundtable members are showcasing progress within SBR’s Recognition Program





1:00 – 1:05 Welcome and introduction to SBR

1:05 – 1:15 SBR’s journey

1:15 – 1:25 Development of SBR’s Recognition Program

Why would member companies want to track data and take the time to fill out the application?

What data do companies need to collect and report?

How can a program overcome concerns, e.g. confidentiality, ease of participation and aggregate data collection?

1:25 – 1:45 Recognition Panel

Lessons learned from Benchmarking study

Lessons learned from the company perspective; 2-3 representatives share their experiences (TBC)

1:45    Q&A

1:55    The next steps & wrap-up

2:00    Extended Q&A / Networking

2:30    Meeting ends


Pre registration required. Register HERE!

Venue: Online Zoom Meeting

Registration: by 5 pm, July 22nd



Speaker Bios


Kris Ann Bolt


Kris Ann Bolt is the Environmental Health & Safety Officer at Harmac Medical Products. She has been with Harmac for 15 years, and previously held positions in Operations Management, Quality Assurance and Product Development Engineering. Harmac Medical Products has embraced sustainability and community engagement through their ISO 14001:2015 certified program and their Bailey Green Community Initiative.


Mary Sennett

Mary Sennett is the Quality & Compliance Manager at Tapecon. She has been a quality management professional for 20 years in the manufacturing field with an emphasis on quality systems and regulatory compliance.


Ryan McPherson

Ryan McPherson is University at Buffalo’s Chief Sustainability Officer.  In this role, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation, and tools to reduce UB’s footprint on the future and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness.


Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is Erie County’s Coordinator for their Pollution Prevention Program. He manages a group focused on e.g. implementation of the EC Internal Operations Climate Action and Sustainability Plan (CASP), expansion of the EC Watershed and supports the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable.


Tiffany Vanderwerf

Tiffany Vanderwerf is the Chief Conservation Officer and Deputy Director at the Buffalo Zoo, leading the Zoo’s conservation and sustainability efforts while overseeing the Animal, Veterinary, Education, and Facilities departments. Her passion for wildlife conservation led her to the Buffalo Zoo where she has been for the past 24 years in a number of positions.


Asa Guilamo

Asa is SBR’s Executive Director. She conducts the day-to-day business of the organization, and coordinates the initiatives set by SBR’s Board of Directors. Asa has worked at the intersection of policy, information and business internationally for more than 15 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Program Degree in Environmental Management & Auditing from Uppsala and Stockholm University.



July 23, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm