TNCC: Green Business Roundtable, part 1, 2/5

TNCC: Green Business Roundtable, part 1, 2/5

[click “Play” to listen to Susan’s conversation with Kent Ford]

Kent_head_shot_color Telluride’s Wilkinson Public Library teamed up with The New Community Coalition to kick off the 2010 Green Business Roundtable series.The first meeting takes place Friday, February 5, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in the Program Room. Guest speakers are Kent Ford and Tracy Daniels of Durango’s Green Business Roundtable and San Juan Citizens Alliance. The event is FREE. (Breakfast provided along with food for thought.)

Whitewater is an intriguing metaphor for these challenging times in the Telluride region. Who better than Ford to help us navigate to safe shores. Kent’s unique background includes 20 years of international whitewater racing and coaching, combined with similar experience teaching recreational boating to all levels of paddlers. His dvds, videos and books on paddlesports have influenced the education of half a million paddle sports enthusiasts. Ford, a Durango resident, is also founder and coordinator of Durango’s Green Business Roundtable, now in its seventh year. Like a civic club, the GBR takes on topic related to environmental sustainability, seeking to network, inspire, educate and make a difference. As a result of the efforts of the Roundtable, many Durango businesss stepped up their commitment to green ventures: recently Durango was rated  #12 community in the nation by EPA for Green Power purchasing.

Kent serves as a volunteer board member of the San Juan Citizens Alliance, where he helped create and lead their water programs that focus on the San Juan, Dolores, and Animas Rivers. Tracy Daniels, also a Durango resident, is administrative assistant/membership coordinator  for the Alliance and administrator for the Roundtable.

Future talks in the series – 10 roundtables in all – should feature experts in green topics such as economic benefits of greening your business, energy efficient lighting, green products, recycling & composting, and more. 

To learn more about the Roundtable, click the play button and listen to Ford’s podcast.

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