TELLURIDE – As local businesses scramble to remain profitable, real estate sales remain flat and wallets tighten, The New Community Coalition has organized a Green Business Roundtable, a forum that encourages discussion, networking and education, beginning Friday, Feb. 5.
This and subsequent roundtables, tentatively scheduled for the first Friday of every month, 8:30-9:30 a.m., at Wilkinson Library, are free and open to the public. Topics relating to Telluride’s unique economy, environment and community will be covered and business owners and interested individuals are encouraged to attend.
“We will bring ideas to the business community that might be helpful to them in terms of greening their business,” said Colleen Trout, education and finance coordinator at TNCC.
The Green Business Roundtable will draw upon the success of Durango’s Green Business Roundtable; the brainchild of Durango’s Kent Ford, it has been running successfully for seven years.
Ford will speak at the first Telluride roundtable, on Feb. 5, about the strengths of the Durango program and how it can be tailored to Telluride.
“I think in Durango we’ve done really well,” said Ford. “Everyone has stepped up and rallied behind what they can be doing better.”
Durango’s roundtable program has covered multiple topics: green building, job creation, energy audits and land usage, to name a few. The program does more than educate; it provides green-business networking, inspiration and a casual environment for discussion.
“We are gradually retraining society to do a bit more of the right thing,” said Ford.
Telluride’s program will follow the basic structure of Durango’s Green Business Roundtable, but will be adapted to Telluride’s unique business community and economic situation.
To that end, surveys are available at TNCC and the library to garner feedback and expectations for subsequent discussions.
“We can certainly tailor it to our community’s needs, and we’ll learn as we go along what topics people are interested in,” said Trout.
The roundtables have no set agenda, to which end TNCC welcomes public input and encourages attendees to utilize them for education and assistance. Based on survey feedback, TNCC will schedule local and national speakers to speak at the following roundtables.
“We’re really trying to create an education program that helps [our businesses],” said Trout.
The library will provide breakfast for the Feb. 5 meeting, after which Trout hopes to attract sponsors as the program gets underway.
“I have no idea what to expect but we would be psyched to get 25 to 35 people for the first one,” she said. “We’re really excited about it! I feel like this is going to be one of our better programs for the community.”
For more information, or to take part in the survey, contact TNCC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970/728-1340.