Messer Construction Co. To Host Graduation Ceremony For Green Build Boot Camp Participants
Released on: March 3, 2011, 08:18 am
National Sustainbility Coalition
CINCINNATI, OHIO – MARCH 3, 2011 - The National Sustainability
Coalition is on a mission to take small and diverse companies to a
higher level of operational efficiencies in the emerging green economy.
In November, the organization launched the Green Construction Education
Program. Partners in the initiative are the City of Cincinnati Small
Business Enterprise Program, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African
American Chamber, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, Ohio River Valley
Women’s Business Council, Ohio Small Business Development Center at the
Urban League of Greater Cincinnati and Messer Construction Co.
At the core of the NSC’s initiative is a unique Green Build Boot Camp blended
learning initiative designed to give businesses in construction and
construction-related trades a basic understanding of sustainability concepts,
the emerging green economy and the green built environment. The program has
three levels of training that move a participating business along a
Sustainability Continuum™ of continuous improvement. The intent is to increase
sustainability-based thinking, perspectives and behaviors that are integrated
into everyday operating procedures and the culture of the company, with an
outcome of a complete transformation to sustainable operations.
“Through the Green Build Boot Camp workshops, we are ensuring that our
inclusion program represents businesses of all kinds and sizes. It’s a way to
support the development and utilization of small businesses, and especially
businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans,” says Tom Keckeis, Messer’s
President and CEO.
Messer sponsored the Green Construction Education Program by hosting the first
level of basic training at its headquarters on Fishwick Drive in Cincinnati.
The NSC positioned the Green Build Boot Camp© as the first step for small and
diverse businesses to become marketable in the green construction economy. Over
80 individuals participated in the Level 1 Knowledge component, which is an
engaging, interactive workshop that combines 4 hours of classroom instruction
with 2 hours of web-based training. The workshop included a “show and tell”
virtual tour of Messer’s green headquarters, which was recently awarded LEED
Silver EB Certification for an existing building. Participants learned
first-hand how transitioning their existing company to sustainable operations
can build value and competitive advantage into the enterprise. Messer intends
to extend the program through September.
Messer will host a graduation ceremony for the Green Build Boot Camp
participants on March 31, 2011 at its Bond Hill facility on Langdon Farm Road.
Meanwhile, companies committed to being proactive can move to the next level of
the program by creating a plan of action that is a roadmap to sustainable
operations. Workshops to provide technical assistance are being held at the
Ohio Small Business Development Center of the Urban League of Greater
Cincinnati in March and April.
About the National Sustainability Coalition
The NSC is a nonprofit initiative on a mission to improve the operating
efficiencies of small and diverse businesses through strategic partnerships with
major corporations, government agencies and community colleges. Organized as part
of Cybervillage, USA Inc., a 501(c) (3) Ohio corporation headquartered in
Cincinnati, the NSC operates under the direction of an eleven-member Executive
Committee that is comprised of a diverse group of well-known business professionals
and sustainability experts. Icy L. Williams, former Corporate Supplier Diversity
leader at The Procter & Gamble Company, serves as chairperson. The NSC offers a
range of environmental education and green workforce training programs to improve
sustainability performance and achieve success. For further information, visit: www.nscoalition.com.
Contact Details: Icy L. Williams, President
National Sustainability Coalition
513/242-1066 or 513/335-1978
Sonya Walton, Economic Inclusion Manager
Messer Construction Co.
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