As a board member of the Sustainable Business Network, and the originator of the concept for the Sustainable Business Leader Program, I represented SBN at the launch event for the Sustainable Business Leaders Program (SBLP) today.
Here’s my speech:
On behalf of the SBN, I want to thank Mayor Menino, the Mayor’s Green Task Force, the Environment Department and the BRA for all their efforts to make Boston a more sustainable place to live and work. Working with the City of Boston has been an amazing experience for us. We are thrilled that the City sees the power and recognizes the value of working with committed small business owners. When we first started meeting with the City in January 2006, we did not imagine that our colleagues at City Hall would be so interested in our ideas. We were just a group of Boston business owners who wanted to help make a difference. We are happy to report that many of our proposals have been met with incredible enthusiasm and interest on the part of the Mayor’s Office, the Environment Department, and the BRA.
The SBN is proud to support the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan. We hope that the Green Business Awards, the Green Business Roundtable, and now the Sustainable Business Leader’s Program are just the beginning of a meaningful partnership between small businesses and City Officials as we work together to make the City of Boston not just the greenest and most livable and workable city in the United States, but also true example of municipal leadership in the fight to stop global warming.