Wed September 17, 2008

Today was GreenLane’s 3rd meeting.  We have come a long way in a month and a half!  In attendance were:

  1. Isbel Ingham – NextStep
  2. Tom Williams – EWEB
  3. Allen Perkins – Catalyst Technology Group
  4. Jeff Bishop – Lane County Waste Management
  5. Sarah Grimm – Lane County Waste Management
  6. Carolyn Stein – SeQuential Biofuels
  7. Brenda Black – Down to Earth Distributors
  8. Summer Young – Arlie & Company
  9. Mike Brixius – Office Imaging
  10. J.R. Dalpiaz – Office Imaging
  11. Kelly Bell – Lane County Master Recycler Program
  12. Daniel Swantek – Green Solutions Printing
  13. Robert Jacobucci – NextStep

It was a very active meeting with everyone getting their opportunity to voice their ideas and concerns.  From my perspective, they were all valid concerns, but nothing that can’t be worked out.  I will try to address these concerns over the next few days here on this blog and the forum.

Issues of:

  • Standards
  • Funding/Membership Fees
  • Marketing
  • Assessments and Audits
  • The Blue Ribbon Panel
  • The role of government
  • Proposals can’t lead to automatic acceptances
  • Why should companies join GreenLane
  • What training, information, and networking can we offer prospective companies
  • Beside their proposal, what other qualifications will applying companies have to fulfill

In order to address these issues, we agreed to meet weekly to bring this together as soon as possible.  Therefore, the next meeting will be Wed, Sept 24th at 10a.  I will notify everyone of the location.  Allen Perkins is still generously offering his Catalyst Technologies conference room, but we will quickly be outgrowing this room.  If you have a suggestion as to where we can meet, let me know.

Our next meeting will be just the business community where we can discuss the extent and nature of government in the running of GreenLane.  Hopefully, we can all pull together to achieve a common end.  So far, the participating government agencies and utilities have been very helpful, and I see no reason why we can’t work together.

Robert Jacobucci
NextStep Recycling
(541) 686-2366 x114
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Isbel Ingham has asked me to post her notes from the meeting. They follow:

Hi Everyone,

What a great meeting! Seems as though we’re getting down to the core issues. Thanks to everyone who came and participated.

In attendance:

Tom Williams, EWEB

Allen Perkins, Catalyst IT

Jeff Bishop, Lane County Waste Management

Carolyn Stein, SeQuential Biofuels

Brenda Black, Down to Earth

Summer Young, Arlie & Co.

Mike & JR, Office Imaging

Kelly Bell, Master Recyclers

Daniel Swantek, Green Solutions Printing

Robert Jacobucci, NextStep Recycling

Isbel Ingham, NextStep Recycling

Ideas:

  1. Blue ribbon panel staffed by experts in green and sustainability.
  2. Peer-reviewed rather than government-stamped.
  3. Applicants would present their own proposals, then the panel could evaluate them. Approved proposals would be featured on Green Lane’s website
  4. Three or four levels – entry level, basic level, merit level, premier level. Perhaps another level for people who don’t fit here, but still have something to offer.
  5. Some kind of signifier that organizations belong to a particular level. Flags, medallions, stickers for their windows.
  6. Membership organization that pays for itself
  7. Grant-funded organization
  8. Questionnaire that could be submitted to businesses that want to be part of Green Lane.
  9. Perhaps a combination of a questionnaire and self-proposals – such as the Mayor’s bold steps process (<http://www.cyd-clothing.com/sustainability.htm>)
  10. We could do a survey to see what consumers would prefer in terms of being able to rely on whether or not a Green Lane business is truly green.
  11. We could have a rotating group of volunteers to check out businesses
  12. Information about various industry standards to be included on website.
  13. Let’s take advantage of the off-the-shelf products already available.
  14. No levels at all, simply an acknowledgement of every business’ efforts.
  15. Green teams
  16. Catalyst can do audits of business’ technology practices/energy-efficiency
  17. We should be a resource for the community – here’s what you can do, here’s how we can help, here are the audits that are already available to the public

Concerns/conflicts:

  1. Government involvement or….no government involvement
  2. Marketing is a very big concern—otherwise, why should businesses be involved
  3. Funding
  4. Industry standards – who will determine these?
  5. Criteria: green, sustainable, etc. We need a clear idea of what are criteria are.
  6. Green Lane should be available/open to all businesses, regardless of their level of compliance.
  7. Green is expensive, especially initially.
  8. Let’s make sure we’re not duplicating the efforts already underway.
  9. Membership organization may filter out some smaller businesses who don’t want to/can’t afford to pay a fee


It seems that the main areas still to be worked through are:

  1. What are our criteria?
  2. How will we determine a business’ level of green/sustainability?
  3. How will we fund this organization?

Have I missed something important?
And again, thanks very much for coming!
Next meeting: 10:00 Wednesday, Sept. 24th, at Eugene Coffee Company – 18th & Chambers
Isbel

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