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Business Alliance hosts sustainable building meeting in Frisco Thursday

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FRISCO – What does “Sustainable Building” mean? That’s the big question two Summit Independent Business Alliance (SIBA) members will address at a public monthly “Eco-Forum” taking place today from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

To be held at The Backcountry Brewery – 720 Main Street in Frisco – this gathering will be open to all residents and business owners in Summit County. It’s a refreshing opportunity to learn about sustainability and how it relates to building, development and the greater good of Summit County. It’s also an excellent networking event, as many folks tend to hang around, enjoy a beer on the house, talk “vision” and share experiences after the half-hour presentation, which will be given by The Resource for Sustainable Building’s “Eco-Ambassador of the Month” SIBA.

“We’re very excited to have SIBA hosting this upcoming Eco-Forum, which is the third forum that’s been sponsored this year by The Resource for Sustainable Building,” says Lindsey Shorthouse, a board member for The Resource. “The goal for the May forum is to have two Summit County construction company owners share their personal experiences and expertise with the public, and spark conversations around what ‘sustainable building really entails. There are some myths, and we’re gonna bust them by disclosing some misconceptions around what’s green and what’s not. It should be a lot of fun!”

On tap for the evening (in addition to the brewery’s homemade beers) will be an introduction by SIBA’s executive director, Katie Roberts, who will speak on “Greening Your Business Relationships” and the role entrepreneurs can play in supporting sustainable building and earth-friendly practices. Then, Todd Gourley of Powder River Construction, Inc. and Ryan Evanczyk of Arapahoe Construction will share the limelight to give pointers about building green and saving money by going green, plus how they’ve benefited through establishing relationships with other “green-minded” vendors and those in related industries. Roberts will wrap up the happy hour get-together with words about SustainaBiz, a one-day business and leadership conference taking place June 2 and featuring an impressive lineup of local and regional speakers.

Anyone interested in sustainability, progressive professional practices, building/remodeling a green home or business, or just networking for the sake of generating possible leads is invited to attend The Resource for Sustainable Building’s monthly Eco-Forums. No RSVP required – just an interest in “keeping it green.”

For more information or to join The Resource’s mailing list, visit http://www.TheResourceSummit.com.


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