GBO Group Workshops
Let us run a workshop at your company. The topics below are just samples of work we’ve done. We customize all workshops to your desired audience.
Personal and Financial Health through Green Living!
Participants learn how to save money on utilities, as well as how to eat much healthier, less processed, and more delicious food without changing their food budget. Participants walk away with a personalized to-do list that should save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year, and and a healthy recipe booklet from ManisKitchenworks.
Outcomes include better health, team building, and higher employee engagement.
Opportunities in Sustainability: A Business Leader Framework
Designed for management and owners of companies doing business in Hawaii, this workshop parses high level concepts and actionable strategies from Scott’s similarly titled MBA course at the Shidler College of Business. Participants will start with a basic sustainability education, then move on to identifying opportunities for their company to prioritize sustainability initiatives with high financial AND environmental/social return on investments. Going further, the workshop then educates business leaders about how to maximize the PR benefits of sustainability initiatives without overstepping and ending up with negative PR associated with greenwashing.
Outcomes include a set of prioritized action items customized for your company, an understanding of stakeholder engagement, and something more powerful than anything else: a shared purpose you can bring back to your company to drive innovation and growth.
American Savings Bank
Partnering with Manis Kitchenworks, the GBO Group led a sustainability education workshop for American Savings Bank (March 2013), helping teach participants the basics of healthy and sustainable food, label reading, and a basic understanding of the hidden costs in eating poorly.
Sustainability Human Resource Workshops for Hawai’i Businesses and their Leaders
Sponsored by the Workforce Development Council, with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the summer sustainability workshop series (Summer 2012) focused on the underemployed and displaced workers currently being trained in the job skills of the new, sustainable economy. Energy efficiency, alternative energy, local production, sustainable procurement, building operations management, green communications, and many other new economy job skills are being taught by the Workforce Development Council and the State Energy Sector Partnership, and this workshop aimed to show large employers what those job skills looked like, and how they could help those companies excel in the new sustainable global economy.
Scott Cooney, adjunct professor of sustainability at the Shidler College of Business MBA program at UH-Manoa and Principal of the GBO Group, and Laura Lesar, Sustainable Travel Accredited Professional, led this series of one-day workshops across the state of Hawai’i this summer.
Registrants for our summer 2012 workshop series included representatives from large companies (e.g., Four Seasons, BAE Systems, Aston, HECO, KIUC, Sheraton, Hyatt), small and mid-sized companies (e.g., Full-Sail Ecotours, Honolulu Furniture Company), state and local government officials, and heads of non-profit organizations. We surveyed participants from our four workshops across four Hawaii counties after the full-day workshops and summarized findings in our final report for Workforce Development.