We gathered at Ecotrust’s Billy Frank room for the August B Learning Lunch to learn how to run effective meetings. At the previous lunch in July, Suzanne Coffman, Senior Business Advisor & Insight Activator at Trebuchet Group shared the different types of conflict and how to harness it for better results. Healthy conflict should be present at effective meetings.
At the July B Learning Lunch, we met at Hopworks Urban Brewery to learn about Harnessing (healthy) Conflict for Better Results. The event was facilitated by Suzanne Coffman, Senior Business Advisor & Insight Activator at Trebuchet Group.
At the May B Learning Event, we met at Living Room Realty’s NE Alberta location to talk about networking and deepen our connection. The evening event was facilitated by Sara Spirko, Senior Recruiter at Noto Group who shared her experiences and provided some advice on what to do and what not to do.
At the April B Learning Lunch, Jeanne Roy of the Center for Earth Leadership joined us for a talk on “The Path to Zero Waste.”
At the March B Learning Lunch, Court Morse joined us for a talk entitled “March Into Equity” all about promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.
At the February Learning Lunch, we learned from peers in the B Local PDX community about B Corp’s Inclusive Economy Challenge.
At the January Learning Lunch, we came together as a community to share the results of the recent 2019 B Local PDX Community Survey. Over 75 individuals met at Ecotrust to help inform future programming for B Local Events. We had small group discussions and shared our 2019 goals and the current challenges we face in our organizations and community.
At our November B Learning lunch, we heard from Lisa Cox from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, along with representatives and interns from New Seasons Market and Nossa Familia Coffee, about the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE). OASE is an internship program administered by Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, funded through a grant from EPA. This non-regulatory and voluntary program invites Oregon businesses to host a free, full-time, ten week intern to conduct onsite sustainability research at their businesses.
Thank you to everyone who came to our July B Learning lunch, where we focused on a project entitled US, A Collection of Immigration Stories from Our B Corp Family: Their Journeys, Experiences, and Reflections on Home. The production of this book was an all-volunteer initiative, and the goal was to learn, highlight and reflect on the unique immigration stories in our community. The project was “driven by the need for personal connection and the desire to recognize ourselves in each other. The result is a collection of stories that feature the paths by which members of our B Local community, originating from all over the world, came to reside in Portland, Oregon. These volunteers were asked to share their personal experiences in the effort to foster a bigger conversation about immigration.”
Thank you to everyone who came to our June B Learning lunch at HUB, and special thanks to our speaker, Anais Tuepker, from 350PDX. We learned more about how B Corps can become involved in the organization's mission to "address the causes of climate disruption through justice-based solutions by inspiring, training and mobilizing people to act," with a particular focus on the Portland Clean Energy Fund.
At our May B Learning Lunch, Heather Schrock joined us again at Hopworks for the second installment of her two-part series of talks on environmental footprint for business, this time on measuring a company’s water footprint. In her talk, Heather addressed some questions that companies face on the B Impact Assessment around measuring water usage, and actions that a company has taken to measure and reduce its water footprint.
Our April B Learning Lunch was held on April 26, 2018. The topic was Carbon Footprinting & Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Business 101 with Heather Schrock, Environmental Products Representative, from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. In her talk, Heather demystified some questions taken directly from the B Impact Assessment around measuring your greenhouse gas emissions and figuring out carbon footprint. She also discussed carbon offsets and how they can be calculated.