Business Sustainability Cohort

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Business Sustainability Cohort

The Environmental Assistance Office is launching three new Sustainability Cohorts in the dairy products, brewing, and specialty foods sectors. We would welcome your help in identifying and recruiting businesses for which this program would be a good fit. Ideal businesses are those that are small- or medium-sized, or that are undergoing a period of transition/expansion.  Below is a brief description that you could pass on to potential businesses.

Jump-start your business’ green journey, or take it to the next level, by participating in a Sustainability Cohort. Cohorts provide in-depth technical assistance, training, good PR, and some funding assistance to a group of 5-10 businesses in the Dairy Products, Brewing, and Specialty Foods sectors who commit to specific, measurable goals in energy, water, waste, and wastewater. Over the course of a year-long tracking period, participating businesses meet regularly for workshops, information-sharing, and networking. You’ll get free on-site technical assistance on sustainability from Env. Assistance Office and energy from Efficiency Vermont as you work towards meeting your environmental improvement goals in the context of a supportive and collaborative community of peers. Workshop topics will include environmental data management and reporting, wastewater, asset management, and an energy kaizen event, and/or other topics of interest to participants.

Participating businesses will also be able to take a fully-subsidized course in Green Production through the Community College of Vermont. Course starts this April, and space is limited, so if you are interested, act now! Readmore about the course and our partnership with CCV.

Kick-off dates:

Green Dairy Cohort: April, 2019

Green Brewery Cohort: April or May, 2019

Green Specialty Foods Cohort: Summer 2019

Contact: Celia Riechel, 802-477-2669 celia.riechel@vermont.gov

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