Changing Communities for Good

May 2013 Theme: Community Development

The people that surround our businesses are essential to our success — whether they come in the door to purchase our goods or are living downstream from our factory. Too often in “business as usual”, people are left out of the equation. At BGI and OSR, people are considered central to businesses and organizations not only as customers but as partners, friends, stakeholders, and community members.

As we work to create sustainable businesses, we are also working to create sustainable, healthy communities. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating community in our work during the month of May where our focus will be on the theme of Community Development.

We’ll have a BGI community celebration on May 9th with our first-ever Un-Gala to honor Libba and Gifford Pinchot and 10 years of creating leaders of sustainability. We hope you’ll join us! Regardless, we would love to hear your appreciation for their dedication to BGI.

As well, throughout the month, we’ll be blogging, sharing, and starting conversations on Community Development. Below you’ll find more information on the events happening this month and how you can participate on social media and the blog:


May 9 | Un-Gala | BGI Pioneer Square

We’re celebrating 10 years of BGI and honoring Gifford and Libba Pinchot. We’re also unveiling our plan for the next ten years, be among the first to hear our vision of an inspired future.


May 17 | Building a Sustainable Economy (BASE): Sustainable Building Lecture | Bainbridge Island Library, Bainbridge Island

Join us to discuss sustainable water with prize-winning journalist and author Jamie Workman and explore how to unite people across the spectrum to solve the three paradoxes of water: value, efficiency, and monopoly to unlock the true value of water.

>> More information and register now!

May 22 | Net Impact BGI: Entrepreneurship | BGI Pioneer Square

Net Impact BGI is pleased to present the latest installment in our series of community events, this time focused on Entrepreneurship and Start-Ups. More information to come.

>> Register now!

May 28 | Young Professionals with Pride | BGI Pioneer Square

BGI is thrilled to host the May Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) by the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA).

>> More information and register now!

May Change Agents in Residence (CAIR)

As part of the integrated MBA curriculum, CAIR gives current students and the BGI community the opportunity to talk to industry leaders. These pioneers advance sustainable business practices, research social and ecological sustainability, and lead organizations for social and economic advocacy.

This May, BGI is honored to host the following Change Agents:

Jessica McGlyn

19acfd9Jessica McGlyn is the Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) U.S., Inc., based in Washington D.C. She promotes WBCSD projects, publications and work programs to the US offices of WBCSD members as well as to American-based thought-leaders, NGOs, academia and the business community. Jessica also helps build, manage and leverage relationships with other U. S. organizations that have an interest in sustainability to amplify WBCSD’s impact.

Before joining WBCSD, Jessica was a lobbyist for the World Wildlife Fund where she advocated the US government on a variety of global conservation, climate, trade and development issues. At WWF, she also led an initiative to integrate conservation with development policy and partnered with leading Development NGOs to advocate for modernized U.S. foreign assistance. Prior to that she worked at the Global Forest & Trade Network, helping companies green their wood and paper supply chains.

Jessica started her career in the forest products sector, working for over a decade for International Paper in a variety of environmental and operational positions. She holds a Masters in Science from Yale and a BS in Biology and BA in History from Messiah College.


JGWorkman.colorJamie Workman graduated cum laude in history from Yale and Oxford in 1990. As a prize-winning investigative journalist in Washington, DC, Workman was recruited as special assistant to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, where Workman pioneered river restoration through national dam removals. Moving overseas as senior advisor to the World Commission on Dams under Nelson Mandela, Workman advised corporations, governments and international NGOs on natural resource policy, valuation, mitigation and adaptation. He has published dozens of articles and several books on how to unlock the true value of water, including the award-winning dramatic non-fiction narrative, “Heart of Dryness: How the Last Bushmen Can Help Us Endure the Coming Age of Permanent Drought”.

His work unites people across the spectrum to resolve The Three Paradoxes of Water:

1. The paradox of value. Water is priceless in use, and yet remains worthless in exchange. This flaw at the heart of his Wealth of Nations confounded even Adam Smith.

2. The paradox of efficiency. The more efficiently we consume it – drip irrigation, timed sprinklers, low-flush toilets, high-pressure nozzles – the more water we collectively use.

3. The paradox of monopoly. Saving water eats into utilities’ revenue, forcing cities to reward waste, punish conservation, and undercut performance and customer relations.

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