Corporate Sustainability Roundtable

The Roundtable Newsletter: April 2018


RSVP: may 10th roundtable 

Join us at Piedmont Natural Gas May 10th for our 3rd Corporate Sustainability Roundtable meeting as we explore energy savings and LEED certification.  Learn more HERE & RSVP soon.

Welcome new roundtable members

Representatives from green teams of six new companies will be joining us at the May 10th Roundtable meeting: HCA, Lockheed MartinUniguest, GS&F, Tennessee Solar Solutions, and Turner Construction.  Come meet them and get to know new colleagues.

The Importance of Energy Efficiency 

At the May Roundtable, we'll hear from energy experts and our host at Piedmont Natural Gas about the importance of energy efficient workplace practices.  Our energy inefficient buildings and infrastructure account for a significant percentage of human energy use.  Green teams that focus on efficiency not only save costs, but drive innovation and allow us to do more with less.  Click HERE to learn more.

What is LEED certification? 

We have an amazing opportunity at the May Roundtable to learn from LEED experts at USGBC, and also tour Piedmont's LEED certified building.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification process that ensures buildings and projects create a healthy, efficient, and cost-saving environment that saves energy, water, and resources.  Click HERE to learn more.

Middle point landfill & fees

Instead of expanding, Nashville's closest landfill, Middle Point, is now expected to be full in just 8-12 years. This will mean increased costs and fees for all companies to deliver waste to distant sites. Implementing sound waste reduction plans will become more critical than ever.  Click HERE to read more.


Earth Month & getting involved

April is Earth Month.  Click HERE to learn more about Urban Green Lab's activities, volunteer opportunities, and ways to get involved. Now is a great time to think about how the Roundtable can collectively educate fellow employees about the benefits energy savings.

other News & Resources

1. Vanderbilt & EEBs

A 2017 Vanderbilt University study found employee energy benefits (EEBs), such as subsidies for employee home energy audits and financial incentives for carpooling to work, were perceived by employers to maximize competitiveness.  And because of social responsibility concerns (plus saving money and time), employees tended to enroll.  Click HERE to learn more. 


2. SWANA & Kroger

SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) will be holding their annual conference in Nashville the week of August 20th.  Over 3,000 experts from across the U.S. will attend.  We are securing a food waste expert from SWANA to present at our August 23rd Roundtable hosted by Kroger and hope to offer Roundtable members the opportunity to attend the conference.  

3. Food Recovery

In case you missed the March Roundtable, Karl Ebert has extended his invitation to any Roundtable members to come to Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum for a site visit to learn more about how to start and sustain a food recovery program.  Karl can be reached at Need more info?  Contact our resident experts Jim Larson at Food Donation Connection or Matt Taylor from Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Get Food Smart TN.

4. next Roundtable dates (please hold)

  • August 23: Kroger, Food Waste
  • September 27: Music City Center, Water Conservation
  • November 15th: Host TBD, Recycling & Signage
  • December Sustainable Workplace Awards, date & location to be determined


Contact Laura Cook at  or Todd Lawrence at