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Workshop and Keynote Lecture Help Local Businesses Adopt Sustainable Practices

September 21, 2018

A workshop and keynote lecture hosted by St. John Fisher College will bring together local experts and business leaders to share ways that companies and organizations can become environmentally and ethically sustainable.

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The workshop, “The Power of Impact Assessment: Tools and Strategies for Measuring Business Success,” features Patricia Donahue from the Measure Up Finger Lakes initiative; John Nichols and Bob Rissburger from the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF); and Debbie Friedel, director of sustainability for Delaware North Companies, who will present new initiatives and programs designed to build strong, competitive, and sustainable businesses and community services for Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.

Registration is $25 for the workshop, which begins at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Golisano Gateway Midlevel. Participants can register online until Wednesday, Oct. 3. The hour-long presentation will be followed by a networking reception.

That evening, Scott Socha, president of parks and resorts at Delaware North Companies, will deliver the keynote address, “You Don’t Need to Be a Scientist to Be Sustainable.” During his lecture, Socha, a 1993 Fisher graduate, will discuss his journey toward sustainability at Delaware North. The keynote begins at 6:30 p.m. in Basil Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Both events are sponsored by St. John Fisher College, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation (RABEF), Delaware North Companies, and Genesee Brewery.

The workshop and lecture are part of the Albatross Project, a College-wide, two-day initiative at Fisher that aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability across disciplines. Through collaborative teaching sessions, film screenings, a sustainability fair, public panels, and student projects, the campus community will explore the economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental dimensions of sustainability.

To learn more about the programs, email Dr. Linda MacCammon at