Chamber Holds Fourth Annual Green Symposium

April is finally here and we turn a special focus to celebrating and protecting our Earth and honoring Earth Day (4/22).  As co-chair of the Dutchess Chamber’s Living Green Committee, I am happy to invite one and all to a free event aimed at providing the local business community with actionable steps to achieving sustainability.  Our fourth annual Green Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30-noon at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, located at 2715 Rt. 44 in Millbrook.

This year we will also feature an Agriculture Showcase highlighting the farming and agriculture members of the Chamber.  Several are signed up to display their local products, food samples and services. Part of the morning will focus on green energy programs, marketing strategies and business organic recycling and be filled with expert presenters, exhibitors, networking and Q&A forums. The event is complimentary to attend and is open to members as well as non-members. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Ajax Greene, founder Re>Think Local and co-founder of On Belay Business Advisors, will deliver the Symposium’s keynote address.  Greene will discuss his perspective on building “place-based” organizations and a business community that expresses a strong commitment to being conscious of the triple bottom line: people, planet and prosperity.  He will talk about combining synergies including marketing and branding, people management, finance, operations and a strategic commitment to social responsibility.

To register for the Green Symposium, please visit or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Living Green Committee works to implement greener practices for businesses that choose to reduce their ecological footprint. Throughout the year, they host numerous symposiums and events including the popular bi-annual Electronic Recycling Days.  For complete information about the group, visit and select ‘Living Green Committee’ under the ‘Committees’ tab.

For more on environmentally practices, please visit

Hope to see you April 29th!

by HV Shred