Monthly Archives: April 2020

About the Global Climate Pledge

By 2022, we are expected to have approximately 8 Billion people on our planet. Our Global Climate Pledge is seeking to engage 25% of that population in the next 2 years.

We ask for those who are leading a heavy carbon lifestyle to start making changes, but also want to include those who are most at risk to help us in building a brighter future for all!

We recognize the progress our national governments and international organizations (like the UN) are making, but we know there is an urgent need to engage citizens and additional NGO’s, Businesses, Governments, etc. in every country to assure we hold global warming well below 2℃ to benefit our health, security and prosperity.

This is the time we can come together to decrease our global emissions exponentially.

The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, Climate Counts and Rotary Club of Newport Beach/Global Service Rotary Club are the first few groups to join forces in engaging 2 Billion people in the next 2 years to start taking climate action.

Learn more at https://www.globalclimatepledge.com/

NFGCC Presents Biomimicry 101 – Learning from Nature to Respond to a Changing World

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Biomimicry is the process of learning from nature to find solutions to problems.

The world around us is changing rapidly, with the emergence of new diseases, new technologies, and new ways of working, companies need to find ways to respond and grow in rapidly changing times.

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) is presenting Biomimicry 101 – Learning from Nature to Respond to a Changing World on Tuesday, April 28 @ 2 p.m.

Biomimicry is an emerging discipline that seeks to emulate nature’s strategies and principles to create sustainable solutions to human challenges.

Much like today’s companies, nature must find ways to quickly solve problems and respond to a changing environment or perish. Learn how biomimicry can help companies, organizations and individuals respond to our changing world.

Host Jessica Tittl is an experienced and passionate chemist and microbiologist, dedicated to the development of breakthrough technologies and solutions to move the needle in human and environmental health.

By the end of the Webinar, attendees will learn:

  • The basic concepts of biomimicry
  • Examples of biomimicry in action in organizational structure, technology, and healthcare
  • The basic biomimicry processes
  • How biomimicry can be applied to your business

Tittl has over six years of product development and patent law experience, applying biomimicry and future forecasting to the development and protection of new technology.

Tittl works as a biological scientist in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida, where she researches coral disease. Jessica owns a consulting firm, BiomeFuture, that helps companies apply biomimicry and future forecasting principles to new technology and system design.

She is also the founder and executive director of nonprofit Discoverbiome, dedicated to educating the public on climate science and sustainability. Tittl resides in Gainesville, where she has built and lives in a tiny house on a sustainable farm!

Biomimicry 101 – Learning from Nature to Respond to a Changing World is being sponsored by Breaking Ground Contracting and the Florida Green Building Coalition. It’s a powerful philosophy being used by businesses to tackle some of the sustainability challenges of products and production processes.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdemsrzssQXB7rzd2v06wbXW04djtqA

This Week’s NFGCC Innovations in the Green Marketplace

Introducing Innovations in the Green Marketplace!

Many of our amazing members have adjusted their way of doing business to accommodate people during this time. We will be posting “Innovations in the Green Marketplace” weekly to show how you can support our members right now. View the Green Marketplace online to search through all our vendors!

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June 2, 2020

NFGCC members- if you are changing your business technique to work with these social distancing times and want to be listed next week, please reach out to us at northfloridagreenchamber@gmail.com and submit a photo, video link or logo with copy (200 words max) and a link. DEADLINE THURSDAY @ 5 p.m.

What is Sustainable Development?

An award-winning short animated film was produced by Animaskin for the United Nations to support sustainable development. Sustainable business development is about keeping the balance between social, economic, and environmental concerns in corporate decision-making; taking care of the natural resources the company uses, recompensing the communities in which companies work and promoting long-term value-creation for shareholders.

Updates on Financial Assistance for Small Business in North Florida

The North Florida Green Chamber strives to update members on ever-changing programs designed to assist small businesses during this unprecedented time in our history.

Link to Small Business Administration (SBA)

Coronavirus Small Business Resources, courtesy of the Small Business Development Center, University of North Florida

The City of Jacksonville COVID-19 Response Business Community Loan Program is designed to provide low-cost loans with less stringent underwriting requirements and flexible repayment terms to Duval County small businesses hurt from the current pandemic response.

The Northeast Florida Regional Council has updated their resource guide for small businesses.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is launching the Save Small Business Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the Foundation will provide $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities.

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