Phoenix Chapter Story
ARIZONA GREEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCHING FIRST CHAPTER IN PHOENIX
First state level green chamber in the nation offers centralized resource for networking, education
The first state level green chamber of commerce nationwide, the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce, announces today the launch of its first local chapter, Phoenix. The chapter webpage, www.arizonagreenchamber.org/phoenix is now accepting membership, and provides information on upcoming chapter events, green resources, and the chamber’s mission and objectives. The launch will be celebrated with a special event on November 18 at The Farm at South Mountain from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It is open to students, professionals, and businesses Valleywide.
“With the tremendous interest in greening business practices, there is a real need for this organization. We see this organization as a resource for the burgeoning sustainability industries; the Chamber is a portal for information, education, connectivity,” said Mara DeFilippis, founder of the Arizona Green Chamber of Commerce and CEO of the Phoenix chapter. “We also want to provide recognition and real incentive to those championing sustainability and building green businesses in our community.”
According to DeFilippis the chamber plans to serve a variety of functions, pursuing objectives such as:
Provide a central, non-biased community of environmental-minded individuals and businesses
Promote and provide a local resource of sustainable businesses for the public
Offer business-to-business networking events and mixers
Educate businesses, organizations and individuals on sustainability
Collaborate with other complementary organizations in our community to advance sustainability
Reach out to area businesses to encourage green, sustainable business models
Increase the influence of green businesses in the community
Provide an independent voice in advancing local environmental public policy
Constituents also have plans to advance and promote the economic advantages, and other benefits, available to businesses that consistently demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship.
“All organizations, public or private, regardless of size can implement green practices that promote both profitability and environmental responsibility,” said Laura M. Burgis, Ph.D., chairperson of the Phoenix chapter board and principal of Burgis Envirolutions, LLC. “Through the Arizona Green Chamber we are demonstrating a leadership model for the nation while advancing environmentally responsible commerce and policy. Perhaps even more salient, I believe we are embracing an opportunity to significantly strengthen Arizona’s economy by promoting growth in the green economy.”