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Join The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance

Join The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance


The Chesapeake Sustainable Business Alliance is a Baltimore-based business association educating the public on the importance of supporting the local economy and encouraging businesses and consumers to be environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.  If you are interested in joining the alliance, consider attending their monthly networking event, CSBA Green Mondays.  On the first Monday of each month, CSBA holds an educational and networking event at various locations around Baltimore.

UPCOMING CSBA GREEN MONDAY:

March 1, 2010 at Feast @ 4 East.

  • Enjoy Mardis Gras themed menu provided by our venue host Feast @ 4 East and local wine provided by Black Ankle Vineyards.
  • Hear Prescott Gaylord, LEED AP BD+C, President of Baltimore Green Construction discuss how to apply the principles of “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle” to construction & building.
  • Network with fellow CSBA and Buy Local members.
  • Join CSBA at the event and received 15% off the membership price!

For more information, CLICK HERE.



Baltimore Green Business Awards

Green Business Awards

From the Baltimore Business Journal:

Green business can be good business, often helping the bottom line. Do your environmentally friendly businesses, organizations, products or policies have your competitors green with envy? Don’t delay.

Submit your nominations today!

The Baltimore Business Journal will recognize the greenest businesses in seven different categories: green business of the year, green entrepreneur, green school/nonprofit organization, green restaurant/retailer, green product/service, green policy and green development.

The contest deadline is Friday, March 12.

Winners will be announced in the April 16 issue of the BBJ and at a special event on April 15. More event details to come!

For more information about the contest and editorial content, please contact Special Projects Editor Heather Harlan Warnack at (410) 454-0517 or hharlan@bizjournals.com.

For sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please contact Micah Damareck at (410) 454-0510 or mdamareck@bizjournals.com.



Holistic And Progressively Green, Breathe Books Wins.

Holistic And Progressive, Breathe Books Is A Model Green Business

The web is full of press releases lately from businesses who appear to be using “going green” as a publicity stunt.  Switching to wind power, for example, is a thoughtful thing to do, but it is not the silver bullet that will suddenly transform your business into an environmentally responsible enterprise.  So, with this in mind, Baltidome presents Breathe Books as its latest Green Business Award winner, as it is an across the board green business.

In 2004 Former Journalist, Susan Weis began her transformation of an 1880’s Baltimore rowhome into a bookstore and educational center.  Her goal was to “re-create the new-age bookstore in Baltimore” and so Breathe Books was born.

It is a place that you would expect to be green.  The shelves are stocked full of books on meditation, yoga, spirituality, and the like and Susan made the switch to wind power some time ago, but that was just the beginning.  In addition to the typical items you would expect to find here, there are also books on cooking, parenting, and design, among others and between books are items featured by area artisans, local honey and soaps, organic teas and more, which opens the store to a larger audience.  Breathe books is not just delivering to the already converted. Everyone is welcome here, so there’s no reason to feel the need to have your tantric breathing down before entering the shop.  Do remember to bring a bag though, as Breathe Books is a bagless store.

If you do not find what you want, Breathe Books will order it for you, and not just the type of books they usually carry in the store.  Graphic novels, travel guides…you name it, they will order it.  By ordering from Breathe Books, as opposed to online, you not only support the local economy, but will save on packaging and shipping waste.  Breathe Books purchases their orders in minimum volume amounts -and yes, they still arrive just as quickly.  They are also looking to the future with e-books and taking steps to incorporate digital books into their offerings.  If you are interested in switching to an electronic book, Breathe Books recommends the Sony Reader as opposed to Kindle, which only accepts books purchased from Amazon.com and locks out formats from independent bookstores.

In addition to all of the in house offerings, Breathe Books also presents opportunities to become part of a greater community through numerous workshops and presentations.  Consider a class in Health Through Ayurveda or attending their yearly community party with vegetarian food on Christmas day.

For more information, contact:
Breathe Books, LLC

810 W 36th Street
“The Avenue” in Hampden
Baltimore, MD 21211
410-235-READ



Baltimore Bioneers 2009 Nov. 5th at Goucher College

BALTIMORE BIONEERS  2009, Cultivating Change, Inspiring Solutions

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Goucher College, Athenaeum Building, 1021 Dulaney Valley Rd, Baltimore, MD 21204

6:30 p.m., Low Carbon Reception by Bon Appetit

7:30 p.m., Program

Learn what local leaders are doing to change the future of our world, our communities, and our lives.  Join us for a panel discussion to answer the questions: How can we lower our carbon footprint? What is being done in the region to bring environmental awareness to more people and to make positive changes in the way we live?

Baltimore Bioneer’s own, Julie Gabrielli will moderate the discussion with our local leaders:

  • Henry Kay, Maryland Transit Administraion
  • Cheryl Wade, Mill Valley General Store
  • E. Rachael Baird & Jessica Pegorsch, Tilt Studio, Inc.
  • Ali Smith, Holistic Life Foundation

You will also have the opportunity to view two webcasts of the 2009 National Bioneers speakers:

Jerome Ringo, President of the Apollo Alliance.

Joanna Macy, renowned Buddhist teacher, aco-philosopher, systems theorist and scholar.

For more information, contact ariane.debremond@goucher.edu.

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Business To Business Green Forum On Monday, October 26th

B2B Green Forum, October 26th at the Baltimore Engineer’s Club

B2BGreen_ForumJoin green business experts, leaders and programs in the Mid-Atlantic region to share and prepare for the success of your business. The B2B Green Forum is offering a one-day event for $75 on October 26, 2009 at the Baltimore Engineer’s Club.

In this Green Forum, you will have the opportunity to observe brief presentations in the morning, take part in an interactive discussion-based extended networking lunch, as well as three (3) concurrent, one and a half-hour, training sessions in the afternoon. Lunch will feature speakers on green business enterprise, energy conservation, and retrofit efforts for business.

For more information, CLICK HERE.



Learn How To Green Your Business For Free

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Maryland now has a free online source to help you green your business; the Maryland Green Registry.  As part of Maryland’s Smart Green and Growing campaign, dozens of helpful tips are now listed on their site to help individuals, small business owners and corporations minimize their environmental impact.  There is information provided in areas of management, waste, energy, transportation, water and green building.  This information is all free and available with no sign-up required.  However, if you do choose to register your business, you will have the added benefit of having your business listed on the site.  For more information, CLICK HERE.