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CONFERENCE:  The focus on youth of Fairfield County;  Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Open seats on one panel???
Opportunity for the youth of Weston to participate, not just attend!!!

The call for papers for those panels already filled with presenters:

Book (l) - not her first - for online classes at area universities..."fruits of research" - !


Online video NEW: !


The "transitioning to green initiative" is committed to helping you find your place in the world of the new green economy!

Headed by Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, this organization exists to empower you to transform yourself not only in your career choices but also in how you choose to live the rest of your life.   Affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University and another northeast university.

Five Keys to Unlock Human Potential and Solve our Most Intractable Problems
Huffington Post BLOG
By Jeana Wirtenberg, PhD, president and CEO of Transitioning to Green
03/07/2016 02:26 pm ET
As the corporate agenda moves from reducing harm to acknowledging the critically important role business plays in the well-being of society, the new agenda will be based on shared value for sustainable progress..." for the blog in full:

Great article about TTG:



See the new D.E.E.P. in Connecticut grow in 2012!


Energy bill sought by Malloy wins final passage
Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
June 7, 2011

In a bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives gave final approval Tuesday night to a complex bill sought by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and negotiated by his environmental commissioner to remake how Connecticut procures and regulates the generation, purchase and delivery of electricity.  The legislation approved 138 to 9 both refines and expands a sweeping energy bill passed last year on the final day of the session on a partisan vote, only to be vetoed by Malloy's Republican predecessor, Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

It creates a highly centralized power authority in a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to be overseen by Commissioner Daniel C. Esty, who appears destined to become the most powerful state official outside the governor.

"We're going from one extreme to the other, from a disjointed system to a very centralized one," said Rep. Sean Williams, R-Watertown, a member of the Energy and Technology Committee...

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

Pomp, circumstance and a new era at the DEP
By Mark Pazniokas, CT MIRROR
March 18, 2011

The swearing-in of Daniel C. Esty as the new commissioner of environmental protection blossomed Friday into a celebration for Esty and a milestone for an agency that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wants to quickly embrace a broader new mission...

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the CT MIRROR website]

Looking for a green job in New Jersey? Montville, NJ expert Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg can help
Dossier: Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, founder, Transitioning to Green; Affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University "Transitioning To Green" Initiative


MONTVILLE — Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg is founder of Transitioning to Green, a professional membership organization dedicated to the green transformation and comprised of leaders in sustainability, industry, academia and organizational leadership. Together, they seek to help organizations utilize human resources in recruiting and training the talent needed to effect the transition to the green economy.

She also is cofounder and senior advisor at the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University and lead editor of the book, "The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook, When It All Comes Together..."

[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the website]

“Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends 2007-2017”

Complimentary Sustainability Report & Webcast Now Available Online

H I G H E S T    R A T I N G  -  F O U R    " B O O K S "   (equivalent of 4 stars - "must read" category)
R E V I E W : 
  People & Strategy Journal, Volume 31.3 (fall 2008).

The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook

Authors: edited by Jeana Wirtenberg, with William G. Russell and David Lipsky in collaboration with the Enterprise Sustainability Action Team.

Reviewer: Michael Williams, Professor, The Eli Broad College of  Business, Michigan State University.

The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook is a collection of well-written essays by 29 members of the Enterprise Sustainability Action Team. The editors organized the essays to convey the importance and method of developing core competencies and resources focused on long-term, global sustainability. The editors define sustainability as an enterprise’s awareness and ability to renew and rejuvenate...
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives of the PEOPLE & STRATEGY JOURNAL]

T H E    B O O K :

Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg


Business at the Crossroads: Aligning Commerce, Earth and Humanity

March 12, 2008 • 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Eastern 

Environmental and social issues have historically been of peripheral concern to business.  At best, companies have felt compelled to “give back” to society in the form of philanthropy or other good deeds directed at the natural environment or the community.  Today global companies stand at a crossroads—facing terrorism, environmental destruction, and antiglobalization backlash—while searching for new sources of profitable growth.

So rather than treating social and environmental issues as expensive luxuries, many companies are now fusing social mission with competitive strategy.  This Webcast explores the integration of sustainable development and environmentalism in business strategy and illustrates how such practices can increase shareholder value and competitive position.

What you’ll learn:

Join us to discover business practices that are more inclusive, more welcome, and far more successful—for both companies and communities, worldwide. For example, you’ll hear about:

  • Paths to profitable sustainability: Shattering the “trade-off” myth
  • New commercial strategies for serving the “base of the pyramid”: What enterprises have learned about doing business in income-poor regions
  • Becoming indigenous — for real, for good: Co-discovering new opportunities, co-creating new businesses with the poor
  • Learning from leaders: best practices from companies such as DuPont, HP, SC Johnson, Tata, P&G, and more

About the Presenters:

Stuart Hart, Ph.D., is one of the world’s top authorities on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism on business. He is currently the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He also serves as senior research fellow at both the Davidson Institute (University of Michigan) and Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Mr. Hart is author of the best-selling book Capitalism at the Crossroads and wrote the seminal article Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World, which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business Review.

Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., is president of Jeana Wirtenberg & Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in building sustainable enterprises through leadership, culture change, collaboration and learning. She is co-founder and Director, External Relations and Services, of the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, focused on bringing people together to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that are “in and for the world.”

Working with CEO's, Presidents and VP's of Fortune 500 companies, Jeana has helped organizations reach the highest levels of performance excellence by aligning their vision and values with business strategy. She is lead author on several recent articles on sustainable enterprise, the future of organization development and she is also one of the lead authors on AMA’s report: “Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends and Possibilities 2007-2017.”

Attending this Webcast is complimentary, but you must register online or by calling 1-800-262-9699.

Webcast Details:

Date of Event: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Time: 12 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Eastern
Fee: Complimentary
Meeting Number: 17190 - 00001

You're invited to listen to this FREE AMA WEBCAST, again and again!!!

“Green Leadership: Creating  Business Value”  which was broadcast on  Wednesday, February 6th, 2008, is online here.  Dr. Jeana Wirtenberg, Director of External Relations and Services, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) interviewed Andrew Winston, co-author of Green to Gold which highlights what works-and what doesn't-when companies go "green."

·       This American Management Association Webcast explored how smart companies use environmental strategies to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage.
·       Here's a great opportunity to discover how forward-thinking organizations are putting environmental sustainability into their strategic plans and execution.

FORMERLY...Earlier reports.
November 7, 2007, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Madison, NJ, USA. - The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE), in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, has just made available a groundbreaking, free report on the current state of sustainability practices and approaches by major corporations worldwide. The report, “Creating a Sustainable Future: A Global Study of Current Trends 2007-2017,” and a live Webcast entitled “Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” introduce the findings of the global 2007 AMA/HRI Sustainability Survey. The report and Webcast were sponsored by the American Management Association (AMA) and conducted by the Human Resource Institute (HRI) in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. The survey and Webcast, together with a supporting slide presentation, are available online at no charge. 

“Creating a Sustainable Future” was born when the AMA commissioned the HRI to survey 1,365 employees and managers across the globe about sustainable business practices and approaches.  The resulting 2007 AMA/HRI Sustainability Survey became the basis for “Creating a Sustainable Future,” which presents the survey in its entirety and reviews its findings in depth. This report examines the history of the sustainability paradigm, the factors that are making the paradigm more compelling, the degree to which organizations value and engage in sustainability-related practices, and the future outlook for sustainability.

A quick review of the some of the report's main findings:

·        Respondents personally care more about sustainability issues than they think their organizations do, especially when it comes to social and environmental issues.
·        Sustainability-related initiatives are not yet deeply ingrained in most organizations.
·        Organizations that use sustainability strategies are more likely to be high performers in the market place.
·        Reducing or managing the risks of climate change is not highly rated as a driver of key business issues, either today or in 10 years.
·        The last chapter, “The Future of Sustainability,” pp. 43-49, concludes with three possible scenarios: The first two scenarios end up lose-lose-lose (for individuals, businesses and the world). Only one scenario - the third - is win-win-win (for individuals, businesses, countries and the world as a whole):

o       Scenario One:  Things Fall Apart
o       Scenario Two: Muddling Toward Sustainability?
o       Scenario Three:  A Global Sustainability Culture

The free Webcast provides the survey findings and offers ways in which companies can achieve a better balance between social, environmental and economic factors for short- and long-term performance. This Webcast was designed for vice presidents, directors and managers across all functional units who want to learn more about sustainability and help their organizations become more sustainable in both the short and long terms.

On this Webcast, you'll hear about:

·        The business factors driving greater focus on sustainability, as well as factors hindering its progress, both today and as we look forward into the next 10 years
·        The twelve most widely used sustainability-related practices
·        The relationship between sustainability and company performance
·        The significant gap between how much employees in companies personally care and how much they think their companies care about sustainability-related issues
·        How the most sustainable companies create broad stakeholder engagement built on a foundation of sustainable values and alignment
·        Best practices from such sustainability leaders as Ray Anderson of Interface Inc. and Govi Rao of Lighting Science Group Corporation (formerly with Philips Lighting)  

Click on these online links to access the complimentary report, slides and Webcast:
 “Creating a Sustainable Future” report
 “Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” slides
 “Sustainability: An Evolving Business Paradigm” Webcast

Free AMA Webcast - Internet version (in case you missed it, or care to watch it again!)
September 11, 2007 
Time: 12:00–1:00 p.m. Eastern
How can we create a better balance between the needs of people, the planet and profit in both the short- and long-term? Although out of the awareness of many, our ability to step up to this critical challenge affects everyone—both inside and outside of organizations—and challenges businesses as never before. Today an ever increasing number of organizations are becoming aware of the sustainability business paradigm – balancing social, environmental, and economic factors for short- and long-term performance—and, in many cases, are adopting sustainability-related values, principles, strategies and practices.

Join us at this complimentary Webcast where we’ll discuss the findings from a recent global survey on sustainability sponsored by the American Management Association and conducted by the Human Resource Institute in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

For an hour, you’ll explore:
The significant gap between how much employees in companies personally care as compared to how much they think their companies care about sustainability-related issues;
The relationship between sustainability and company performance;
The twelve most widely used sustainability-related practices;
The business factors driving greater focus on sustainability, as well as factors hindering its progress, both today and as we look forward into the next ten years;
How the most sustainable companies create a foundation, traction and broad stakeholder engagement for sustainability.


Coalition for the Permanent Protection of Kelda Lands

                Across Connecticut open space lands are threatened.  Nowhere more so than in western Connecticut where up to  10,000 acres of watershed and open space land has been put at risk of sale and development by the takeover of Aquarion/Bridgeport Hydraulic by the British firm, Kelda.

                The lands owned by Bridgeport Hydraulic are some of the largest uninterrupted forests in the region.  They provide essential wildlife habitat and add to the state's rural character.  Development of these lands would increase suburban sprawl, traffic congestion, and air pollution, adversely affecting quality of life.  Permanent preservation of these lands is vital.

                We call upon Kelda to step forward as a good citizen and voluntarily do the right thing: donate permanent conservation easements on these critical open space lands.  This makes great business sense as Kelda would reap considerable federal and some state tax benefits.  According to an expert analysis, Kelda's bottom line would benefit as much from gifting permanent conservation easements as it would from selling all of its Class II and III land.

                In the absence of such a step, we call on our elected leaders to enable the creation of a regional water authority (RWA) with a directive to permanently preserve all BHC open space lands.  The first step in formation of such a representative, locally-owned RWA would be to conduct a feasiblity study to ensure that the RWA would stabilize water rates, help communities stem the rising costs of municipal services and preserve real estate values, all at little or no cost to taxpayers.

                We are pleased to join in coalition with other citizens, elected officials, legislators and groups to protect these critical open space lands.

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 Connecticut Fund for the Environment
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KELDA COALITION news: DPUC Public Hearing  Friday, Feb. 8 at 7pm in Weston Library Community Room...last push to assure that all the land is preserved forever!!!  League is going to make its voice heard before Wednesday, March 27, 2002...we'll do it again!