What is

Sustainable Business Coalition

Our Mission Statement

To serve as the foremost organization in the Tampa Bay Region for the facilitation of communication among business leaders that embrace the Triple Bottom Line—People (Employee & Community Wellbeing), Planet (Environmental Health) and Profit (Economic Viability).


Sustainable Business Coalition

Sustany Foundation Sustainable Buzz 2014

October 13th, 2014

Support our friends at the Sustany Foundation and attend the 7th Annual Sustainable Buzz on
November 13, 2014 at the Straz Center Riverwalk. This year the party is bigger than ever with more vendors, community farms bringing fresh produce, VIP treats and food inspired by their Locavore Campaign. Attendees sampled the best in chef inspired cuisine with local farm ingredients, fresh brewed Bay area craft beer, and wine tastings.

Click here to get your tickets today –  The Sustany Foundation: Sustainable Buzz 2014.



Sustainable Business Award Winners Named for 2014

May 21st, 2014


Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay (formerly, Earth Charter US) proudly announces the winners of 2014 Sustainable Business Awards

Tampa, May 20, 2014 – Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa Bay (SBC), in partnership with The University of Tampa (UT) Center for Ethics, will recognize several businesses in the Tampa Bay area at its sixth annual SBC Sustainable Business Awards luncheon, at UT on Friday, June 13, 2014.

Businesses are being recognized for their contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay, while embracing the “Triple Bottom Line” — advancing the interests of People, Planet & Profit through innovative practices, products and services. University of Tampa MBA students, under the guidance of UT faculty at the Sykes College of Business, developed an evaluation process based largely on Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. Nominated businesses were then evaluated by the students, who made recommendations to SBC for the Award.

Congratulations to the 2014 Sustainable Business of the Year Award Winners:
The Refinery, Triad Cleaning Solutions, Advanced Healthcare Partners, Bayshore Solutions, Elutions, Suncoast Food Alliance and Landmarc Contracting.

“We train our people to be aware of USGBC and LEED Certification requirements, we stay on top of the latest innovations in green cleaning solutions, to provide our clients with the highest quality, renewable-resource paper products and more,” said Andrew Schaberg, GM of Triad Cleaning Solutions.

A survey by Accenture and the United Nations Global Compact reported that 93% of CEOs see sustainability issues as important to their companies’ future success. Alongside this, some 81% of the CEOs surveyed stated that sustainability issues are now ‘fully embedded’ into their companies’ strategy and operations, with many extending this focus to their subsidiaries and supply chains.

Over 70 Tampa Bay area businesses have been Award winners, including such leading employers as Syniverse, Mosaic, Xerox and Tampa Bay Times Forum, as well as smaller innovative tech companies like LumaStream. These businesses demonstrate business practices that embrace social, economic and environmental responsibility. “We want to applaud and encourage companies that are helping to transform the area economy and raise the standards of sustainability in business. Through the vision, innovation and investment of companies like these, our community as a whole grows stronger and more sustainable,” suggests Andrew McIntosh, Chairman of the SBC and partner with the law firm of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP.

Luncheon Awards Registration
The June 13, 2014 awards luncheon is open to the public. Corporate sponsorships are welcome. For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, Click Here.

About Sustainable Business Coalition
The mission of the Sustainable Business Coalition of Tampa is to support development of a sustainable economy in the Tampa Bay area by promoting and educating businesses about sustainable business practices that align profitability with environmental and social responsibility for the advancement of People, Planet & Profit. SBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Herb Goetschius, Chairman Sustainable Business Awards


Networking Breakfast Update

August 19th, 2013


Sustainable business enthusiasts enjoyed connecting with likeminded folks while admiring Uriah Urban Farms’ Living Wall of produce at the Roosevelt 2.0 on Friday, August 16. The event was organized by Earth Charter US in partnership with the University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics and hosted by David Smiles from Coastal Wipers and Uriah Urban Farms.


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Neil Beckingham–Mosaic Company, Shani Kruljac—Kessler Consulting, Mary Milne—Tampa Bay Times Forum, Don Ross—Kessler Consulting, Dan Verreault—University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics and Jan Roberts, Earth Charter US

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Miriam Zimms from Kessler Consulting speaking about upcoming Waste Resource Management Forum being held at University of Tampa’s Vaughn Center on October 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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Stephen Koontz from Tampa Bay Trane and Marco Oliveri from Delta M.

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Jan Barna—Kreher Architects, Nancy Walker—Walker Brands and Jennifer Baldwin—BKS Partners.

Shani Kruljac-Kessler Consulting, Angela Ruth--Tampa Downtown Partners and Brent Fernandez, University of Tampa's Center for Ethics Board.

Shani Kruljac—Kessler Consulting, Angela Ruth—Tampa Downtown Partnership and Brent Fernandez—University of Tampa’s Center for Ethics Advisory Board.

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George Sherman and Val Gallina—Earth Charter US learning about Uriah Urban Farms’ Living Wall from designer David Smiles.


July 4th, 2013

Earth Charter US Sustainable Business Coalition in partnership with the University of Tampa Center for Ethics Invites you to join Sustainable Business Leaders at a Networking Breakfast Friday, August 16 from 7:30 am to 9 am at the Roosevelt 2.0  “A Creative Urban Renewal Space Where Produce Grows on Walls” located at 1812 N. 15th St. in Ybor City

Do not miss this stimulating opportunity to connect with others who are engaged in People, Planet and Profit practices to strengthen the triple bottom line economy in this region.

$10. To register Click here http://tinyurl.com/mfnrxm3

For more information, please contact Jan@earthcharterus.org;


Earth Charter Fest

June 26th, 2013

A fantastic celebration of the Earth Charter!

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Earth Charter Fest is a three day festival from November 1 to 3 with exhibitions, concerts, films and banquets to “Celebrate & Promote the Wellbeing of People & the Planet through Conviviality, Arts & Culture”. Fest activities reflect the Earth Charter principles for Respect for Nature, Human Rights, Economic Justice and a Culture of Peace.

Participating venues include Museum of Science & Industry, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa Theatre, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Julian Lane Riverfront Park, WEDU Television Broadcast Studio, and Café Hey.

2013 Sustainable Business Awards

March 13th, 2013

logo sba 2013 Over 200 Tampa Bay business and community leaders celebrated this year’s thirteen outstanding companies that were recognized for sustainable business practices at the Fifth Annual Earth Charter US (ECUS) Sustainable Business Awards luncheon held at the University of Tampa on April 12th. See More


The Sustainable Business Awards (SBA) recognize local for-profit businesses in the Tampa Bay area engaged in practices that increase economic opportunities and improve the environment, employees and community. A sustainable business focuses on the well being of people, planet and profit and contributions to building a sustainable economy in Tampa Bay. Award criteria and business evaluation is accomplished by UT MBA students under the guidance of Sykes College of Business faculty.

SBA winners are businesses that make sustainable choices for their community, employees, health of our planet and the long-term stability and profitability of their businesses. They are inspiring, and they make a difference! 2008-2012 SBA Winners