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Monthly forums to bring experts together to develop best practices in community sustainability
Industry experts sought to serve as guest panelists at each session
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Green Bag Lunch sneak preview given at 2012 CoE Symposium
Download GreeningUSA's 12 Traits/Green Bag Lunch presentation (pdf, 1.7 MB) that was given during the SyracuseCoE Symposium's Sustainability Indicators track on Oct. 11, 2012.

Green Bag Lunch Series

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GreeningUSA and the Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) Center for Sustainable Community Solutions are planting the seeds for public and private sector professionals to share their expertise on green community initiatives, and get recognized for their efforts.

Oct. 9, 2015 | Green Bag Lunch | Free
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The Green Bag Lunch Series is designed to bring these experts to the table, so to speak, to help compile a comprehensive set of best practices for municipalities to make their communities more sustainable. The series consists of 12 monthly forums, each one about 90 minutes long and held during lunchtime, that address specific community sustainability subjects.

Each month a different topic will be explored by attendees who work in related industries. The topics—ranging from buildings and economic development to waste management—are the actual categories used in GreeningUSA’s 12 Traits of Sustainable Communities Rating System. The monthly sessions will feature guest panelists who are industry experts on various community sustainability topics, and will be moderated by a GreeningUSA board member.

“This is a great opportunity for local professionals to get involved in—and be recognized for their contributions to—the most comprehensive community rating system in the country,” says Peter Arsenault, GreeningUSA board member and director of the 12 Traits program. “At each Green Bag Lunch, we’ll brainstorm what’s working in green communities and identify the volunteers who will continue crafting the model of community sustainability that municipalities can use.”

Through each Green Bag Lunch session, separate groups of volunteers will be formed to collaborate on creating the 12 Traits best practices manual’s different sections. These expert "virtual" collaborations will mainly be held online via tools such as wikis and forums. Group meetings will also happen locally as needed.

“We’ll be creating the 12 Traits best practices manual using a process similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s development of the LEED Rating System,” says Arsenault. “All those contributing to the manual will be recognized for their efforts.”

The Green Bag Lunch Series kicked off with the topic Governmental Leadership in Sustainability for its first session on Nov. 15, 2012.

For more information on the Green Bag Lunch Series, and on volunteering as a guest panelist, contact Laura Cardoso at 315-443-1846 or, or Peter Arsenault at 315-439-2458 or

To learn about Green Bag Lunch session or series sponsorship opportunities, contact Diane Brandli, GreeningUSA president, at or 315-657-3024.

GreeningUSA is a Syracuse-based nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the sustainability of communities. It is governed by a 12 person all volunteer Board of Directors. Through education, research, partnering and advocacy, it is advancing the vision of American communities that are much more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions that creates innovations to improve health, productivity, security, and sustainability in built and urban environments. It engages collaborators at 200+ companies and institutions to address global challenges in clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. The SyracuseCoE's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions works to translate environmental research, technology and policy into real and tangible change for the communities.

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