Letter from Fran Lawn, SBN’s GSI Partners New Program Manager
Posted on: September 05, 2017
When SBN first entered the scene in Philadelphia, I recall thinking what makes a business sustainable? And what does it look like for a business to consider more than just profit?
I was intrigued.
My first connection to SBN was almost 15 years ago when a group of landscape professionals convened to figure out how to create a more sustainable landscape industry. Most of these independent businesses were already committed to triple bottom line practices (people, planet, profit), but we hoped to better leverage each other’s skills and resources to address some of the environmental challenges Philadelphia faced.
In 2012 when SBN formed GSI Partners to support the success of Green City, Clean Waters, I was thrilled to see the creation of a business network working to ensure that the greenest approaches to stormwater management are facilitated and incentivized as much as possible and that the public and private investments being catalyzed by the plan are spent with local firms.
Five years later, I am fortunate to be a part of the SBN family and SBN’s GSI Partners team. Under the leadership of Anna Shipp, we will continue to move the needle forward on coalition-building, advocacy, and professional development opportunities, and to support Green City, Clean Waters and its triple-bottom-line approach. Through SBN’s GSIPartners, we will continue our work to maximize the local economic, environmental, and social impact of the GSI industry in our region.
I look forward to getting to know you and learning more about you and your business.