“Change Makers: Hone Your Skills” Workshop Includes Over 40 Participants

TIMAG2283hank you to everyone who attended pvSustain’s “Change Makers: Hone Your Skills” workshop on Wednesday, January 29th. Over 40 people, including municipal officials, non-profit leaders, and sustainability professionals attended the skills building event. The event included a keynote by Professor Joseph Krupczynski of the UMass Center for Design. As part of PVPC’s development of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor planning project, Joseph and his students worked with PVPC, the United Way Pioneer Valley, and Hampshire County United Way staff to assure participation of residents who are too often left out of traditional planning processes. The event also included small-group workshops led by Eric Weiss of the Hampshire Council of Governments, Paul Lipke of Health Care Without Harm, Lora Wondolowski of Leadership Pioneer Valley, and Lynn Benander of Co-Op Power.

Save the Date!

Fourth Annual pvSustain Celebration

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
4 pm – 9pm

Featuring special guest Judy Wicks

4:00 – 5:00 Cash bar, snacks, networking
5:00 – 6:00 Lightning talks from local experts (email cratte@pvpc.org to propose a talk)
6:00 – 6:30 Networking
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 Judy Wicks, Q&A, and pvSustain membership drive


Clarion Hotel
1 Atwood Drive
Northampton, MA


$40 pvSustain members
$50 non-members

Table of 8:

$320 members
$400 non-members

Click here to become a pvSustain member today!

Space is limited—register now!

1. E-mail cratte@pvpc.org
2. Mail check payable to Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center, Inc to:

Catherine Ratte
60 Congress St, First Floor
Springfield, MA 01104

Or call 413-781-6045 for more info.

Guest Speaker: Judy Wicks

(Click here for full bio and advance praise for Judy’s latest book!)

judy_wicks_smallJudy Wicks founded the White Dog Café on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. As the restaurant grew, so did her notion that the strength of her business relied upon the quality of its locally grown ingredients. Envisioning how strengthening relationships among independent, community-rooted enterprises could inspire profound social change, she founded the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia in 2001, and co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies that same year. Judy also founded Fair Food in 2000, dedicated to building a local food system in the Philadelphia region. In 2009, she sold the White Dog through a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting and using renewable energy. Her book, Good Morning, Beautiful Business was published by Chelsea Green, in March, 2013.