Tuesday, September 15, 2009

October Trainings from HospitalityGreen

Hudson Valley Educational Consortium

Sustainability Programs for Fall 2009

October Trainings from HospitalityGreen

An Introduction for Leading Sustainability Initiatives


Employees, concerned citizens and consultants interested in serving as change managers and facilitators to undertake and participate in environmental sustainability initiatives, and individuals and/or employees looking to reposition themselves as Sustainability Directors or Green Team Facilitators within an organizational structure.

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, coordinate, implement and direct environmentally sustainable initiatives. Topics to be addressed include: sustainable operations (e.g., waste and chemical management); the built environment and new construction; environmentally preferable purchasing and supply chain management; and resource conservation and community partnerships.

Schedule: Tue, Oct 20 - Nov 17 • 5:30 - 8:30 pm

5 sessions • $380


Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Orientation and Workshop

Objective: To provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to research, bid, contract and implement an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program. Any organization that wants to “go green” must pay attention to the products and services that are consumed as part of its daily operations. Participants in this program will learn how to: assess the products and services used in their company; find and evaluate information about green products and services; identify federal, state and other regulations on green purchasing; calculate the costs and benefits of purchasing choices; and design, implement and manage green purchasing processes.

Target audience: Facility managers, cleaning and maintenance managers, purchasing agents, or other individuals responsible for implementing a sustainability or EPP program

Schedule: Mon, Oct 19 - Nov 16 5:30 - 8:30 pm

5 sessions • $380

Instructor: Evadne Giannini, principal of HospitalityGreen

See Blog Profile and or www.hospitalitygreen.com

Your tuition includes:

One year of access to Hospitality Green’s website and access to industry e chats.

All course materials are on the web site.

A resource library on environmental sustainability,

Tools needed to undertake an environmental assessment and audit, and to maintain the baseline data

Tools to measure improvement and set goals;

A Sustainability or EPP Green Team Workbook. These customized binders will serve as performance support tools for individuals implementing initiatives after the class.

To register or for more information, contact the SUNY school of your choice:

SUNY Ulster: 845.339.2025

SUNY Orange: 845.341.4890

Sullivan County Community College: (SCCC)845.434.5750 x4398

SUNY Rockland County CC: 845.574.4151

Students will enjoy courses via a video-teleconference system that links classrooms at the four schools via a video- teleconference center at Sullivan County Community College.

A key component of Consortium programming is that students who attend any of the four colleges can remain at their “home” campus yet gain the benefits of programs offered by the other colleges.

The Hudson Valley Educational Consortium is an innovative collaboration amongst SUNY Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster Community Colleges.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hospitality Green provides Green Meeting Planning and Certification at CWC's Local Government Day.

NEWS from the CWC and HospitalityGreen

HospitalityGreen, green meeting consultant for CWC is collaborating with Belleayre management and its food service purveyor, Boston Concessions, to address potential areas of waste and redundancy at Local Government Day.

As well, HospitalityGreen will provide an on site Green Concierge who will verify the intended green meeting standards and provide a 3rd party certification and a data matrix for CWC's sustainability record keeping.

For further information contact: TheGreenConcierge@gmail.com

We look forward to meeting you at Local Government Day

Registration now open for Local Government Day

MARGARETVILLE, September 1, 2009 – Registration is now open for the Ninth Annual Catskills Local Government Day, to be held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.
The Catskill Watershed Corporation will sponsor the event, whose theme this year is “Climate Change Made Local.” To see the agenda and register electronically, go to www.cwconline.org. Registration materials may also be obtained by calling toll free 877-WAT-SHED, or 845-586-1400.
Elected and appointed government officials and employees, economic and environmental planners, and interested community members are welcome to attend. Space is limited; registration deadline is October 9. A $10 fee includes all presentations and workshops, as well as lunch.
The event will feature presentations on the science of climate change along with discussions of its potential impacts on municipal and community infrastructure and on the economy of New York and the Catskills. Examples of area municipalities that have already taken steps to address flooding hazards and insurance costs, reduce energy use and minimize their carbon footprints will be highlighted.
Members of planning and zoning boards may wish to take advantage of a two-hour training session on “Promoting Climate Protection Through Land Use Tools.” A workshop for town board members, highway department heads and other municipal officials will focus on examining the vulnerability of community infrastructure – from buildings and parks to sewer plants, water systems and street lights. “Green Means Business” will look at how businesses can save money using sustainable practices, and the potential for jobs in the renewable energy field.
The featured lunchtime speaker, Mimi Katzenbach, will explain the Transition Movement by which communities work towards locally-based energy, economic and social systems – not unlike the Catskills of the pre-World War II era -- as a strategy for meeting a future of weather extremes, fossil fuel depletion and other challenges.
Local Government Day is being planned with the environment in mind. Promotion, outreach and registration are being handled electronically to reduce paper consumption. Those unable to register online will receive materials printed on 100% recycled paper. To encourage car pooling to the conference, CWC will give bottles of local maple syrup to all those who arrive in vehicles occupied by two or more people.
Belleayre Ski Center, the venue for the event, has been working diligently for the past few years to cut resource and energy consumption and to recycle waste. Attendees will have an opportunity to view plans for the new “green” lower lodge being planned at the state-run facility.
The CWC is a non-profit organization based in Margaretville. It is committed to protecting water resources, encouraging environmentally friendly economic development and supporting watershed education in the five-county New York City Watershed west of the Hudson River.