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SFTA Knowledge Network
Putting Pen to Paper: Climate Action Plan Development and Progress Tracking

Thursday, June 6 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM
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SFTA is pleased to announce its first Knowledge Network session! The Knowledge Network creates a virtual sharing and learning environment where SFTA members can learn from one another on topics within the SFTA Sustainability Framework, as described in SFTA’s Declaration of Sustainability. Each session will focus on a set of specific practices or tools that help assess, measure, or communicate sustainability impacts. Additionally, the Knowledge Network provides an opportunity for one or more SFTA member(s) to highlight exceptional practices they have implemented in the topic of the day. It also holds space for companies to present challenges they are facing in the topic area, to encourage group sharing on addressing those challenges. Occasionally, sessions will also provide an opportunity to connect with and ask deeper questions of an expert in the area.

On June 6th, our first Knowledge Network session — Putting Pen to Paper: Climate Action Plan Development and Progress Tracking — will incorporate a bit of all those elements. The topic? Climate!

While normally open only to SFTA members, June’s inaugural Knowledge Network session will also be open to OSC2 members and companies who have made commitments to the Climate Collaborative.

This session will focus on sharing of specific techniques that companies employ to track climate impacts, set goals, and develop climate action plans or strategies. SFTA members will open the session and highlight their nascent or mature efforts to build a climate action plan. Discussion will have a special focus on their emissions tracking and reporting efforts.

The next portion will open up a question and answer question to dissect questions or challenges that attendees have regarding emissions tracking or climate action plan creation. This segment will be facilitated by climate action plan and greenhouse gas inventory experts Good Company. The questions that start this segment will be taken from a pool of questions that is submitted by YOU, the attendees, prior to the session. Ample time will be provided to encourage further discussion by attendees on the questions asked, or to ask/pose new challenges to the group.

Please note: We encourage and request that SFTA members submit any specific questions they have on their climate action planning or greenhouse gas inventory calculations to by May 31st, 2019. Advanced/very specific inventory calculation questions may not be addressed in this session, depending on time, but will be passed along to our Experts for offline discussion.

SFTA Sustainability Workshops 

SFTA’s “Going Sustainable” sustainability workshops are designed to deliver skills and information for sustainability practioners in the organic food trade. The core of our work is rooted in the Natural Step Framework and then each workshop delivers fun, interactive learning opportunities to help attendees further their sustainability programs.

SFTA offers these workshops for both individual companies and for any interested parties in a particular region.  Please contact us at if you would like to request a workshop at your office or location.

Sustainability 101

Workshop overview: Building the capacity for sustainability within the organic food trade through understanding, implementation, and reporting.

Who should attend: This hands-on workshop is designed for professionals who are newly developing a formal sustainability program as well as those who want deepen their skills in sustainability and report writing.

What attendees will come away with: This workshop is aimed at providing attendees the ability to apply The Natural Step Framework, presenting the business case for sustainability, sustainability report writing skills as well as the opportunity to network with peers in the industry focused on sustainability and reporting.

Sustainability 201

Creative Leadership, Collaboration and Co-creation for Sustainability: For many sustainability practitioners your job requires skills beyond scientific knowledge, analysis, data management and reporting.  In fact, what most practitioners face is a need to manage people, tell a story, cast a vision and drive change within their organization.

In this workshop we will address the following questions: How do we transfer ideas, co-create expectations, spread vision, and inspire action, effectively and exponentially?  How do we get other people to do what we want or need them to do?  We don’t and we can’t.  However, we can help people do what they want to do, and invite them to share, participate, and contribute in the sustainability work of your organization.

The soft skills workshop is a blend of key offerings from change management and creative leadership, which is an important framework for understanding your role as a sustainability practitioner and how to inspire and excite those you work with to share in the work around sustainability.

Hard Skills – There is a lot of technical expertise required for understanding and managing sustainability. This workshop brings together experts in various fields to share some practical advice and a sharpening of skills we need daily. Be it excel for managing data, carbon and energy calculations, waste management, and even public speaking or presentation skills.

If you are interested in receiving information about our workshops and other training please feel free to email us at

For more educational programs, please visit the Sustainable Food Trade Association Webinar Series.