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Register Today for the OTA/SFTA Sustainability Learning Forum in Conjunction with OTA’s Organic Week DC.
“Putting Sustainability into Practice at MOM’s Organic Market”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 near Washington, D.C.

The pressures of climate change and resource scarcity, and the need to help workforces and supply chain partners thrive make it more important than ever to run companies in a sustainable manner. But how do you know if a business is truly sustainable? What does that look like from a real-world perspective? Would you like to learn about it?

If so, join the SFTA and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for a dynamic Sustainability Learning Forum on Tuesday, April 14, from 10am-1pm at MOM’s Organic Market in Rockville, MD (near Washington, D.C.). Hosted in conjunction with the OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days, the Forum provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about sustainability from a practical business perspective, and to network with sustainability professionals and others in progressive food and agriculture companies.

Led by Scott Nash, MOM’s CEO/Founder, participants will learn about MOM’s sustainability strategy, culture, sustainable supply chain initiatives, and other projects in a classroom setting. A MOM’s-hosted lunch will provide an opportunity to network and talk about challenges, opportunities, and innovations in environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

This event is perfect for continuing the education of your company’s leadership and sustainability managers as well as staff and regional sales representatives.

Free for OTA and SFTA members, $35 for non-members.

Space is limited, so register now! Deadline for registration is Friday, April 10. Maximum 50 people.

Questions? Contact Lisa Spicka at

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.