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“Making Your Organic Business More Sustainable”

An OTA/SFTA Sustainability Learning Forum With Stonyfield and MOM’s Organic Market
in Conjunction with OTA’s Organic Week DC
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C.*
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So you offer organic products, but is your business truly sustainable?

That’s right. Organic food and agriculture present a host of benefits for the Earth and its inhabitants, but organic businesses can still have a negative impact unless they are managed sustainably.

Join the OTA and SFTA for a joint Sustainability Learning Forum during OTA’s Organic Week DC to learn more about how you can make your business more sustainable. We’ll include useful stories from the field of how sustainability has been incorporated by leading organic businesses.

Charis England-Smith
Charis Egland-Smith, MOM’s Organic Market Environmental Coordinator & Partnership Manager. Charis will address MOM’s sustainability initiatives highlighting community partnerships, environmental campaigns, and renewable power programs including solar panels, 100% Wind Powered energy purchasing, electric car charging stations, and closed door refrigeration.

Britt Lundgren

Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture. Britt will address Stonyfield’s sustainability goals and successes in the areas of ingredients, water use, transportation and distribution, waste, packaging, and greenhouse gas emissions. She’ll also discuss the company’s new sustainability strategy and goals.

Following this presentation, we’ll host a roundtable discussion addressing how companies like yours can incorporate sustainable business management practices, including helpful tools that are available to help accomplish this goal.

WHO: This event is perfect for continuing the education of your company’s leadership, sustainability managers and all other staff.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Forum will be held in Room 235 in the Hall of the States, 444 N Capitol St., NW, Washington, D.C. as part of OTA Member Day events.

QUESTIONS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION: The event is free! Registration is not required for OTA members. For questions, or if you are not an OTA member, please contact Katherine DiMatteo, SFTA Executive Director.

MEDIA: Please contact Sandra Marquardt, SFTA Communications Director.

* Note: this event was previously scheduled to be at MOM’s Organic Market headquarters. However, it will now be held at the same time, but in the same location as OTA’s other activities.

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.