Environmental Stewardship: the business perspective

Article authored by:

Holly Elmore - LAI At-Large Member & LAI Assistant Communications Director

Holly's eclectic career path includes multiple facets ranging from the corporate arena (Arthur Andersen Auditor & Trammell Crow Controller) to the foodservice industry (owner of a corporate catering business & restaurants) to sustainability-industry leader (Zero Waste Zones & Elemental Impact Founder).  In addition, Holly is an avid nature & documentary photographer and respected journalist with prominent articles and photographs featured in national publications.

The Temple of Understanding (ToU)* invited Elemental Impact (Ei) Founder & CEO Holly Elmore (At-Large member) to host the May monthly Eco Justice for ALL Dialogue.

With the Environmental Stewardship: the business perspective topic, Holly orchestrated the following panel of Ei Advisors and LAI members as the dialogue speakers:

  • Stephanie Barger (Sacramento Chapter) - True Certification for Zero Waste / U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Global Director of Market Transformation
  • Simon Lamb (At-Large member, Dorset, England) - author of award-winning Junglenomics
  • Tim Trefzer (Atlanta Chapter) - Honeycomb Strategies Event and Venue Sustainability VP, Sports & Venues.

Holly served as the dialogue moderator.

As her opening remarks closed, Holly explained the dialogue landscape; in the initial talk, Stephanie presented from a broad perspective on why environmental stewardship makes good, solid business sense. Tim followed with specific examples of accomplishments within his decade-long role as Director of Sustainability at the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, home to the nation's fourth largest conference center, the Atlanta Falcon's football stadium, and Olympic Centennial Park, and involvement with major sporting events. 

For the final presentation, the discussion shifted gears with Simon's talk on Junglenomics and how sustainable accomplishments are no longer feasible to avoid climate disaster; regenerative solutions are imperative.

It was an empowering 60-minute dialogue that showcased business community leadership in environmental stewardship.

The Regeneration in ACTION Magazine article, Environmental Stewardship: the business perspective, provides an overview of the impressive dialogue; the entire dialogue is available for viewing on YouTube. https://bit.ly/3PiCHSu

* The ToU is an international interfaith organization that advocates for interfaith values in the secular setting of the United Nations.

Ricoh Electronics division manager Eiko Risch and Stephanie Barger at the National Zero Waste Business Conference. Photo courtesy of Holly Elmore Images

Holly Elmore and Tim Trefzer with the GWCC GOLD LEED Certification plaque. Photo courtesy of Elemental Impact.

Tim Trefzer speaking at the 2016 Ei Annual Partner Meeting.
Photo courtesy of Holly Elmore Images


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Tim Trefzer with National Football League Director of Environmental Programs Jack Groh at a 2019 Super Bowl event.

Junglenomics book cover



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