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June Newsletter
June 5, 2009, 12:58 PM
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“When we tug at a single thing in nature,
we find it attached to the rest of the world.”
John Muir

Greetings SBC members and friends,

The sun has finally begun to warm the soil and full bloom is everywhere.  Rivers flow at their peak and downtown Missoula is alive with activity, ripe in the depth of spring and with the promise of summer.

This warm newness manifested into thousands of people who turned out for a spectacular celebration of all things Missoula on May 16th at SBC’s first annual Garden City Localfest. We ate, drank and were merry while educating the public on what their part is in creating strong local economies.  We supported locally owned businesses and showcased many of our members in their quest for sustainability.

The next week I had the wonderful opportunity to join hundreds of fellow business owners, community investors, economic development experts, and sustainability leaders as we gathered to share best practices, discover new connections, and set the course for building local living economies at the 7th annual BALLE conference in Denver, Colorado.  BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, is the world’s fastest growing network of sustainable businesses. The Sustainable Business Council is one of 65 BALLE networks that collectively represents more than 20,000 entrepreneurs across the US and Canada.

This year’s BALLE conference proved to be one of the most dynamic and productive events in the sustainable economic development movement.  I was honored to be asked to present SBC’s Think Local Buy Local campaign to the conference attendees and share with them our successes.  I was and am proud to be a part of such a dynamic group of dedicated and inspiring professionals.  I return home to Missoula invigorated and inspired and ready to work hard for our members.

While I was networking with sustainability leaders in the Rocky Mountains, SBC was honoring the winners of this years Sustainability Awards.  Each year the Missoula Sustainable Business Council presents a series of awards to recognize and appreciate outstanding contributions to the concept of sustainable practices and the resulting positive effect on the quality of life in Missoula and Western Montana.  Winners must have made progress in all three aspects of sustainability: people, planet and profit.  This year’s award winners are:

Sustainable Business of the Year – ClearSky Climate Solutions
Sustainable Non-Profit of the Year – St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center
Sustainable New Venture of the Year – North Slope Sustainable Wood and Clawson Windows
Sustainability Advocate of the Year – Phil Condon, MFS, MS, UM Associate Professor and Sustainable Campus Committee Co-Chair and Jessie Davie, ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Business Council Volunteer of the Year – Jon Kuennen

The 5th Annual Sustainability Awards Presentation and final lecture of the 2008-09 season was held on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Stensrud Building Event Center.  The evening began with snacks and drinks from Hong Kong Chef, LePetit Outre, Posh Chocolat, Big Sky Brewing and Kettlehouse Brewing.  After the award presentation, the award winners formed a panel discussion and provided some great insights into the opportunities available and challenges in adopting sustainable business practices.

You can watch the presentation on Missoula’s Community Access Television (MCAT)+ at various times over the next few weeks.  It has been an incredible Spring.

I look forward to sharing with SBC and the community as we move forward in our mission together!

Yours in Sustainability,

Genevieve King, Director

PO Box 7991
Missoula, MT  59807
Phone: 406-82GREEN (406-824-7336)