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Where Education meets Business

University partner provides sustainability programs

There’s a saying that when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. Our University sponsor, the Richards College of Business at The University of West Georgia, knows that very well. They develop programming that not only benefits students and employers, but they also give back to the community. In fact, their mission statement is: We are in the business of transforming lives through education, engagement and experiences. 
 
Their newest program, the Southwire Sustainable Business Honors Program, was funded with a $1.1 million donation to go beyond sustainability, and is built around five pillars.
 
“The initiative is a true collaboration between the University and Southwire,” said Faye McIntyre, Dean and Sewell Chair of Private Enterprise, The Richards College of Business. “The students get so much out of it, including the opportunity to work with midlevel managers, division presidents, and even the CEO.”
 
The four-year experience provides students an opportunity to receive their undergraduate and MBA degrees while working with mentors. The University also has a Sustainability Certificate, and a newly added, Sustainable Business Certificate.
 
“Programs like these are invaluable,” said Dan Bramblett, Board Chair of the Green Chamber of the South. “We are grateful to have such a strong supporter and partner in sustainability and appreciate their support for green business.”
 
According to McIntyre, business is much more than making a dollar. “It’s about making a difference, and the Green Chamber is doing their part,” explained McIntyre. "We are proud to partner with the Green Chamber." 

To learn more about the program visit: Richards College of Business website. 

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If a Picture is Worth 1,000 words a Video says it all 

 

Have you been asked, what does your company do? It's not that you don't know, but it's difficult to package into a quick engaging, easy to understand way. Have you ever wished your words could be edited? Now they can! Green Chamber members at the company level now have the added benefit of Fast Pitch videos. Tell your story in a professionally produced, edited video. Watch the member videos on YouTube


We are scheduling Fast Pitch videos soon. Interested? Contact Marty for more information.

Karen Byrd 
Caraustar Recycling 

Member Spotlight 

Recycling and going green is important to long-term sustainability of our natural resources. This is the goal of Caraustar Recycling. With their commitment to high quality customer service and responsibility to maintain the integrity of making the best use of recycled products, they are our member spotlight this month.
 
“I joined because the Green Chamber of the South puts together like minded individuals that have an interest in sustainability,” said Karen Byrd, Procurement Representative at Caraustar Recycling.
 
It’s been two years, and according to Byrd, the benefits continue to be valuable.
 
“I can’t pinpoint an exact relationship I’ve made because there’s been so many and cross over to other meetings as well,” said Byrd. “The events and meetings have grown my network tremendously.”
 
It’s not just about rubbing elbows; it’s about learning too. Oh, and a good meal.
 
“The benefit of being a member is huge, this year alone I’ve seen a tremendous benefit and generated several leads,” said Byrd. “The best thing we can do for each other is to help grow our businesses in the green world.”
 
Caraustar Recycling has locations in Austell and Doraville. They have a corporate membership and have recently developed a Fast Pitch video through the Green Chamber.
 
“The video was a great added value to our membership and is getting our name out there,” said Byrd. “The Green Chamber is a great value for the green business community.”
 
Green Wednesday Lunch TODAY 
SIMON Malls Presentation 
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
5 Seasons Westside

1000 Marietta Street, Atlanta 30318


Join us as we learn about Simon's sustainability efforts specifically related to Phipps Plaza and Lenox Mall in Atlanta. 
 
Green Wednesday Breakfast 
Phipps Plaza 
Time TBD (*Note breakfast meeting) 

Our breakfast topic will be Path400. More details to follow! 

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There’s no limit and the commissions go as a credit on your account so you can use them to pay for events or to offset your dues payment.  Program runs through the end of 2015; credits are valid through December 2016!  Start recruiting and earn your incentives!
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