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Sustainability forums start Aug. 20

The move toward a more sustainable city will take a step forward when the Sacramento Sustainability Forum launches next Thursday.

The regular monthly forum has been created to raise awareness about sustainable practices and development among people living and working in Sacramento, including those in business and government, said Rick Noss, who founded the forum with Jacob Griscom.

"For us, it gets the whole topic elevated throughout the community," said Noss, who also owns Green Vision, which helps companies reduce the use of paper and toxic presentation materials. "Awareness fosters growth and a paradigm shift to a more sustainable existence."

Sacramento is home to other groups and business organizations interested in sustainability, including Green Capital Alliance, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), Sustainable Sacramento Business, Sustainable Urban Gardens and the Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance. One of the forum’s goals is to gather people from these niche groups to discuss conservation and how it impacts business.

Another goal is to raise the influence of sustainability in Sacramento’s marketplace, which, Noss said, would support businesses like his.

"From an ethical and moral standpoint, (sustainability is) something I believe in," he added.

About 50 people are expected to attend the first forum, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane. They include local residents, environmentally friendly business owners, museum staff, architects, environmental engineers, developers and government employees.

Developer and architect David Mogavero of the sustainable design firm Mogavero Notestine Associates will give the keynote speech. Mogavero is president of ECOS and a board member for The Planning and Conservation League. He has long promoted sustainable building and smart-growth practices and policies.

The forum will include roundtable discussions of key topics related to sustainability in the local community and on a larger scale. The break-out sessions will be led by Angela Shepard of Green Capital Alliance. Someone from each table will make a brief presentation summing up that table’s discussion.

Griscom and Noss came up with the idea for the forum at a networking event. Griscom serves as western regional manager for BetterWorld Telecom, a telecommunications company serving only businesses that support sustainability and social justice.

For more information, go to the Sustainability Forum event page.


Suzanne Hurt is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.

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