A group of Racine area business people have established the Racine Sustainable Business Network (RSBN), which will host its first public meeting Tuesday, April 19.

All businesses of whatever size are invited to participate.

The Sustainable Business Network is an initiative of Greening Greater Racine. The Mission of RSBN is to provide knowledge, tools, expertise, and resources for businesses to achieve greater ecological, economic, and social sustainability. Sustainability is critical for issues such as electrical energy, HVAC, water, waste, recycling, land use, maintenance, supply chains, cleaning products and procurements, human relations, green team training, and marketing. To learn more about the RSBN, go to www.racinesbn.org.

The network has garnered support from a number of area businesses, include CNH Indutrial.

“CNH Industrial is very pleased to participate in the Racine Sustainable Business Network and we look forward to the inaugural event on April 19th at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital,” said George Whitaker, of Case New Holland Industrial. “We think the RSBN will offer a unique opportunity in Racine to benchmark with other like-minded companies on sustainable business practices.”

The objective of their first meeting is to showcase resources available to the business community to lower energy usage and costs. Businesses that have used these resources have typically seen their energy usage and costs reduced by 20 percent to 50 percent.

“The Sustainable Business Network allows the opportunity for collaborative learning and networking in order to apply the principles of sustainable business practices into our organization.  I value this opportunity to learn from companies that are leading the way in these practices and to help support companies that are just beginning their journey.” Julie Hueller, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Here’s what to expect at the symposium:

  • Learn about available resources: WE Energies rep Cole Granrath will explain the latest program and incentives available through WE Energies and Focus on Energy.
  • Success stories: how sustainable practices are already helping local companies
  • Network: with other Racine business leaders
  • Input from you: How can RSBN help you run a more sustainable business?

There is more to come. In the months following this event, RSBN plans to provide workshops tailored for small and mid-sized businesses and to convene representatives of corporations for bench-marking.

“Sustainable businesses will succeed because they place the value of community and environment into the profit equation,” said John Skalbeck, academic director of the sustainable management program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. “Businesses that do not pursue sustainable concepts will not survive in the ever-competitive global market.”

If YOU Go:

What: “Energy Conservation Symposium” (No cost or obligation)

When: April 19 from 7 to 9 am with light breakfast

Where: The Racine Room at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. To register click on the link.

Submitted by David Rhoads, Director, Greening Greater Racine.