Donna will present on the Greening Corporate Grounds Program and other resources to aid businesses and institutions with outdoor greening on their lands. She will discuss the many benefits including, among others, enhancing the environment for people, flora and fauna, water conservation, pollution reduction, cost savings, as well as the contributions to broader issues, such as corporate social and environmental responsibility, climate change response, and the shift to a green economy/green jobs. She will present a few cases from the first 3 years of the program, including Holcim's international efforts to support migratory birds. She will wrap up with a discussion on program expansion plans and some tools available to others who wish to work in a similar manner.
Donna Havinga - Donna Havinga, MES is an ecologist, educator and facilitator, who is well known for her leadership and expertise in ecological landscaping and restoration. As the Supervisor of CVC's new Urban Outreach programs, she developed the Greening Corporate Grounds Program with input from Evergreen and other program partners. She is currently expanding her work with corporations and CVC's partner agencies to increase focus on green economy and freshwater issues related to climate change. Prior to joining CVC, she was in private practice for 15 years and is co-author of the widely acclaimed Restoring Nature's Pl
Lisa Brush - Lisa is the Executive Director of The Stewardship Network. Lisa has been leading collaborative conservation initiatives in the nonprofit environmental sector for over two decades. In her role as co-founder and Executive Director of The Stewardship Network she has engaged thousands of professionals and volunteers in identifying community and conservation needs of the 21st century and determining strategic support The Network can provide. She has managed and overseen grant projects from federal and state agencies, as well as family and private foundations. She has been involved in all aspects of organizational management including foundation/agency relationships, grant based project funding, budget tracking, contract negotiation, implementation, accountability, project reporting and staff and board development. Lisa has facilitated strategic planning sessions, focus groups, citizen task forces, community visioning sessions, and public involvement and feedback meetings with groups ranging in size from four to four hundred. Lisa emphasizes tried and true in-person methods of bringing people together augmented by the use of cutting edge online technology. Lisa serves on numerous boards of directors, has a BA in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, an MS from University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and is a graduate of Michigan State University's Great Lakes Leadership Academy.