The Racine Sustainable Business Network (RSBN) of greater Racine is sponsoring a free energy-saving workshop from 8 to10 a.m. Monday, May 23 at Gateway Technical College, 1001 Main St., in the Quads Room.

The purpose of the workshop is to guide small businesses in reducing their energy usage and costs by 20 to 50 percent. The workshop is directed to independent retail shops, professional services, small offices, non-profit organizations, small restaurants, small industries, banks, and more.

The RSBN is in an initiative of Greening Greater Racine, “an inclusive environmental movement of people, faith communities, environmental organizations, businesses, and government leaders working to inspire, educate, and motivate people to take action to make a healthier and more sustainable Racine area now and in the future.”

David Rhoads, the director of Greening Greater Racine, said that “The RSBN intends for this workshop to provide all the resources and support necessary to help small businesses thrive by making it as easy as possible to lower their energy costs—and help the planet at the same time.” At the workshop, RSBN leaders will present energy saving programs for lighting, HVAC, renewable energy, building envelope, insulation, windows, and conservation training.

The workshop will direct small business owners to assistance with paperwork and opportunities for grants and loans. The network will work with participating businesses to track their progress from contacting an energy company for an energy assessment through to the completion of the work.

The RSBN was established by a group of local business people to provide knowledge, tools, expertise, and resources to help businesses to attain greater ecological, economic, and social sustainability. In addition to the workshop for small businesses, RSBN is planning a meeting for mid-size and larger businesses to track and measure their sustainable projects and programs.

In addition to lighting and HVAC systems, the network plans over time to address sustainability issues such as water, waste, recycling, land use, maintenance, supply chains, cleaning products, and procurements, human relations, green team training, and marketing.

A light breakfast will be available. To register for the workshop, go to www.racinesbn.org.