Andrew Ellis: Essential Sustainable Business Planning for Entrepreneurs

Sep 17, 2021 · Pasadena, United States of America
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Essential Sustainable Business Planning for Entrepreneurs

Andrew Ellis, with The Climate Reality Project, will discuss his team's work with the LA Cleantech Incubator over the last winter and spring to help businesses reduce their environmental impact while advocating for social and environmental justice. He will talk about the resources and tools they use to empower businesses to address their impact on climate change, with a keen sense of profitability and a goal of building a better future for LA.

Drawing from work during winter 2020 and spring 2021 with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator - Founders Business Accelerator (LACI-FBA) program, Andrew will give an overview of the partnership between the LA Chapter of The Climate Reality Project and LACI-FBA program. Climate leaders from the LA Chapter structured a series of three presentations for both the Winter and Spring cohorts that provided LACI-FBA participants with tangible methods, resources, tools, and assessments. These one-on-one meetings allowed small businesses to adapt their business models and reduce their environmental impact and cost of doing business while advocating for social and environmental justice. Andrew will present the tools and resources they use to empower businesses to address their impact on climate change, with a keen eye on profitability - always with the overarching goal of building a better future for Los Angeles area communities. These tools and resources will be made freely available to all. The work of the LA Chapter of Climate Reality with LACI was done by a team of over 20 experienced cultural leaders, organizers, scientists, engineers, analysts, and business owners. Elements of their LACI presentations included climate science, health impacts, environmental justice, corporate social impacts, sustainable business practices and impact investing.

Andrew Ellis is a retired environmental scientist and industrial hygienist who began his career characterizing EPA listed SUPERFUND toxic chemical waste sites with the Environmental Protection Agency. He worked for many years as an industrial hygienist and risk manager in commercial insurance for the automotive industry. His scientific education includes an undergraduate degree in microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science degree in biology from the California State University - Northridge, where he focused on plant habitat restoration and conservation biology questions. His current research interests are devoted to the study of dinosaurs and paleontology, mass extinctions and their relation to climate change and he is currently associated with the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute in Red Lodge, Montana.

Andrew has been a volunteer with The Climate Reality Project as a Leadership Corps Member for the last eight years and was the founding Los Angeles Chapter Chair. He currently serves on the national leadership team of the Climate Business Working Group (CBWG) with a membership of over 1000 and he is co-chair of the Los Angeles Chapter CBWG for The Climate Reality Project. The mission of our all-volunteer CBWG is to assist businesses and entrepreneurs with educational presentations on climate science and assessment tools and resources they will need to create sustainable and resilient business models.

Andrew Ellis | MS
Climate Reality Project Mentor
Climate Business Working Group Leadership Team
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