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Friday, 18 October 2013 16:06

NJ Business Leaders Urged to Join Sustainability Leadership Program to Thrive in a Post-Sandy World

Montville, NJ  (October 17, 2013) - Superstorm Sandy. Freak blizzards. Historic flooding. Blackouts. For New Jersey businesses, learning to thrive in a post-Sandy world offers opportunities to thrive and grow as well as challenges to overcome. The most recent UN report on climate change1 makes it clear that businesses must take action now to be ready for a range of coming challenges like extreme weather, sea level rise and power reliability.

Which is why NJ business leaders looking to increase profitability, prepare their businesses to thrive in a rapidly changing business landscape, and develop their best people are invited to register for a solutions-focused business leadership program called LeaderShip for Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy. Only a few spots remain before the program starts Oct. 25.

 

"A 2012 survey for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection2 shows that NJ business leaders are aware that sustainable business practices can contribute to their company's success. And, they want help to learn how to run their business more sustainably," says Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., CEO of Transitioning to Green. "LeaderShip for Sustainability develops leaders who can use their sustainable business skills to thrive in a complex business environment and succeed in a triple-bottom-line world," said Wirtenberg.

The program was developed by Transitioning to Green in collaboration with GlobStrat Academy and is hosted by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC). "MCCC takes sustainability and green seriously, and we see a bright green future for all our members as a result. In 2013, we are putting significant emphasis on leadership for sustainability, to ensure that our business leaders are well equipped to lead us into a sustainable, prosperous future for today and tomorrow," said Paul Boudreau, President, MCCC.
 
The program is also being sponsored by Church & Dwight, BASF, and the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  
The LeaderShip for Sustainability program is unique because it focuses on leadership skills needed to fully integrate sustainability into every aspect of a company ─ including the critically important human side of business ─ as well as environmental and operational issues.
 
By the end of the course, through simulations and interactive exercises, participants will experience the equivalent of five years of leading and implementing sustainable business practices.
 
LeaderShip for Sustainability is for current and future leaders, in any function, to learn more about running a prosperous business sustainably.
 
The in-person program takes place on three full-day Fridays: Oct. 25, Nov. 8, and Nov. 22 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The program will also meet online on four Wednesday evenings: Oct. 30. Nov. 6, Nov. 13, and Nov. 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm.
 
The program will be held at the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, 325 Columbia Turnpike #10, Florham Park, N.J. 07932.
 
Participants will join leaders from NJ businesses in consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, finance, technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and professional services who are already enrolled. The program is open for enrollments by all New Jersey companies, and is discounted for MCCC members and ISE Corporate Partners.
 
"The Morris County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be hosting this program with Transitioning to Green," says Paul Boudreau, President, Morris County Chamber of Commerce. "We are making this enrollment opportunity available to our members and all NJ businesses so their company's current and future leaders can learn more about the competitive benefits of embedding sustainability throughout their company."
 
Dr. Wirtenberg is a highly-respected scholar-practitioner in the fields of sustainability, leadership development, human resources, organization effectiveness, culture change and learning. Her latest book, Building a Culture for Sustainability: People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy, will be published in January 2014 by Praeger/ABC-CLIO with a foreword by sustainability thought leader and business expert Andrew Winston.
 
Corporate sponsorships are also available.
 
Full program information can be found here.  
 http://tinyurl.com/MCCCLfS
 
Space is limited to 36 participants. The cost is $3000. ISE Corporate Partners and MCCC members pay a discounted rate of $2500. To register and ask questions, please contact Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D. at 973-335-6299 or email jwirtenberg@transitioningtogreen.com.
 
To discuss sponsorship opportunities for the Transitioning to Green/Morris County Chamber program, please contact Paul Boudreau, President, Morris County Chamber of Commerce, at 973-210-6081 or email paul@morrischamber.org.  
 
About Transitioning to Green
 
Headquartered in Montville, NJ, Transitioning to Green provides a comprehensive portfolio of training and consulting services to help companies gain competitive advantage by integrating sustainability into all aspects of their organization to maximize the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profits. For more information, visit http://www.transitioningtogreen.com.