As part of the Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth, four workshops dealing with green exports, sustainable cost-reduction techniques and the profit advantages of green certifications will be available in June.
Two low-cost, half-day sessions will be offered on Wednesday, June 6, and two are scheduled on Thursday, June 14, in Room 108 of Rockwell Hall at Duquesne.
“The mission of Duquesne’s new Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth is to educate small businesses about the opportunities to expand their markets, and to save money and increase profits by following sustainable practices,” said Dr. Mary McKinney, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) director. “We have produced cutting edge manuals to identify top overseas markets for exporting green products and to assess operations to save money and grow profits which will be available at the seminars. We invite the region’s small businesses to participate.”
The June 6 sessions are:
- 9 a.m. to noon., Top Export Markets for Renewable Energy and Green Building Industries
- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Top Export Markets for Environmental Firms
The top 10 export markets for each industry will be presented by Brent Rondon and Gonzolo Manchego of the SBDC, the U.S. Department of Commerce and, for the morning session, Cardinal Resources. They also will present emerging new markets, entering the markets, regulatory aspects and available financing programs.
Green building segments include insulation, fibrous cellulose material, vegetable textile fibers, fluorescents, engineering and design. Renewable energy segments include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biodiesel, as well as engineering and design. Environmental companies encompass waste water, waste and air pollution management, water and air treatment, and engineering and design processes.
The June 14 sessions are:
- 9 a.m. to noon, Innovative Sustainable Business Practices: Techniques for Cost Reduction
- 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Boosting Profits through Green Certifications:
Understanding the Advantages and Process
The green certifications session will explain the many national and international definitions of green building products and verification of these claims. Environmental standards such as ISO and ASHRAE will be discussed, as well as building and product certifications, such as LEED and Energy Star. The process for obtaining certifications will be shared.
The cost-reduction session will explore techniques for reducing costs using case studies and examples that address energy and audits; lighting, energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, pollution control, carbon footprint measurements, life-cycle analysis and employee engagement.
“Businesses will increase profits by adopting renewable sources of energy,” said Rondon. “Any long- term planning requires sustainable business practices to impact your financial portfolio.”