CAPACCIO’s Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, to moderate AIM Sustainability Roundtables Reply

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Your customers may soon demand it. Insurers support it. Investors expect it. Join the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) Sustainability Roundtable to learn more about It. The “it” is sustainability, which you may know by one of its other names: corporate social responsibility, corporate responsibility, environmental sustainability, or sustainable development. Moderated by Wayne Bates, Ph.D., Vice President at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., and adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, upcoming sessions will be held on various dates in Milford and in western Massachusetts.

The elements of sustainability – economic prosperity, social well-being, and environmental stewardship – hold growing importance to customers, employees, investors and regulators. Well-run companies in many industries have been operating in a sustainable manner for years because it’s good business. Today, these companies are requiring their suppliers to do the same. If you’re not already fielding questions from your customers and employees about your sustainability efforts, get ready. It’s only a matter of time.

Where can you turn to get the information you need to create, manage or fine-tune your company’s sustainability program? Register for one or all AIM Sustainability Roundtables for expert analysis, best practices and networking.

Price
AIM Members $50/session, $150/season pass
Non-Members $100/session, $300/season pass

Central Massachusetts Roundtables, Waters Corporation, 34 Maple Street, Milford

Session 1 March 7 – Defining Sustainability and Determining the Three Responsibilities

Session 2 June 6 – Evaluating the Current Sustainability State of an Organization

Session 3 September 12 – Determining the Future Sustainability State of an Organization

Session 4 December 5 – Strategy Mapping/Sustainability Reporting

Register:
http://aimnet.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0yMDM5NjA4JnA9MSZ1PTc1NjA4MDQ1NSZsaT0xMDAzNTA3NQ/index.html

Western Massachusetts Roundtables

Session 1 February 12- Defining Sustainability and Determining the Three Responsibilities
Peoples Bank, Holyoke

Session 2 May 14 – Evaluating the Current Sustainability State of an Organization
Pelican Products, S. Deerfield

Session 3 August 13 – Determining the Future Sustainability State of an Organization
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Great Barrington

Session 4 November 12 – Strategy Mapping/Sustainability Reporting
Food Bank of Western MA, Hatfield

Register:
http://aimnet.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT0yMDM5NjA4JnA9MSZ1PTc1NjA4MDQ1NSZsaT0xMDAzNTA3NQ/index.html

Participation is limited to people who maintain direct responsibility for sustainability at their companies. We welcome your interest, expertise and passion, as AIM introduces a new resource to help Massachusetts businesses.

Questions? Please contact Gloria Fischer at gfischer@aimnet.org or 617.262.1180 or Waynes Bates at wbates@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 ext. 121.

From brown to green 1

It isn’t the awe-inspiring Opening Ceremonies, the medal count, or Michael Phelps that make this Olympics unique. London 2012 is considered the greenest games in history.

For the next couple of weeks, Olympic Park is home to about 9 million visitors, and nearly 19,000 athletes from around the world. There are criticisms that the Olympics can’t possibly be green when so many people from the around the world travel to one venue. But the history of Olympic Park in northeast London is often overlooked.

Olympic site in 2006 – Courtesy of CNN

In 2006, the site contained a landfill, and contaminated industrial sites like plastic and glue factories, an oil refinery, and a tar distillery. In just three years, the littered, neglected, brownfield became the home to some of the most sustainable buildings in the world. Notably, the remediation project included soil-washing plants to treat and reuse 2 million tons of soil on the site. After remediation was complete, the riverbanks were redesigned to have sophisticated flood management systems which support biodiversity in the area.

As with any sustainable development, the site will also meet the needs of the future. As part of the United Kingdom’s industry standards, there will be a 50% reduction in carbon emissions over time. The energy infrastructure was planned to support development around the area over the next 25 years.  The official site of the London 2012 Olympics states: “Throughout the construction programme and planning the Games themselves, we have been thinking of tomorrow: our aim is for the Games to leave an amazing legacy – for the Games to be remembered not only as a summer of fantastic sport, but as the catalyst for the regeneration of one of the most underdeveloped areas of the UK. “

The visitors and spectators in London and across the world revel in the journey of the athletes from a childhood dream to the Olympic Games. The same can be said of the site of the games itself – from brown to green.

 Continue to follow our blog posts for more on the London 2012 Olympics and sustainability.

 

 Sources:

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/13/sport/olympics/index.html

 http://www.london2012.com

 McNicholas, M., Lass, M., and Mike Vaughan. (2012). Gold Medal Legacy. Civil Engineering, 82 (7/8), 60-67.