Fairfax County Green Business Partners Forum

Friday, March 31st, 2023

This event is sold out. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist,
please send an email to greenbusiness@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Green Business Partners Forum will showcase energy- and climate-success stories and opportunities from throughout Fairfax County; and provide local businesses the opportunity to network with green business leaders.

Green Business Partners

You’re invited! Join us at the Green Business Partners Forum on March 31st, 2023, and explore cost-effective pathways to achieving carbon neutrality for your business.

Not only will climate-conscious business practices contribute to lowering operational costs, reducing waste, and contributing to a healthier community, they can improve a business’s brand, which attracts customers, employees, and investors alike.

The Green Business Partners Forum will also provide a preview of Fairfax County’s new Green Business Partners program, with an opportunity to sign on as an inaugural member.

The Green Business Partners program will bring together local business leaders with a variety of networking, educational, promotional, and employee engagement benefits to support energy and climate-focused business development across sectors in the county. The program will also honor and celebrate the current leaders in this field, as well as teach how green business practices can reduce costs, share resources like grants or other incentives and give a platform for learning through peer exchange.


Event Agenda

Emcee: David Heyman, President, Smart City Works

9:30 AM

Welcoming & Opening Remarks
10:00 AM
- Jeffrey McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Mark Carrier, President
B. F. Saul Company Hospitality Group

Keynote Speaker
10:15 AM
Rachel Goldstein, North American Public Policy Director,
Mars, Inc.

Panel Discussion
11:00 AM

Learning from Leaders:  How to Scale Green Business Practices for Success
- Moderator - David Heyman,
President, Smart City Works
- Panelist - Mariano D'Aguiar, Founder and Master
Cacao Roaster
, River Sea Chocolates
- Panelist - Jeff Merritt,
Market Vice President, Cox Communications
- Panelist - Nancy Prowda, Senior Director ESG B2B
and Head of Meet with Purpose globally, Hilton

Networking Lunch*
12:00 PM

3 Breakout Sessions
1:30 PM

Show Me the Money: Financing Tools to Energize Your Efforts
- John Morrill, Acting Director
Fairfax County Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination
- Ellen Dickson, Outreach and Business Development,
Virginia PACE Authority
- Sarah Frey, Director,
PFM Financial Advisors, LLC

Energy Benchmarking to Build Momentum
- Nisha Thirumurthy, CEO, Vybe Energy, LLC

   Growing Your Green Workforce: Strategies for Recruitment and Development

Mike Batt, Vice President, Talent,
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
- Deb Roepke, Interim Executive Director,
Alexandria Seaport Foundation
- Kendra L. Janevski, SPHR, SHRM-SCP,
Director of Human Resources, Vault Consulting

Spotlight on Green Business Partners Program
2:40 PM
Dan Storck, Supervisor, Mount Vernon District,
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
- Neely Law, Community Specialist, Fairfax County
Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Closing Remarks
3:30 PM
Dan Storck, Supervisor, Mount Vernon District,
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

*Lunch provided.

The event will be open to all Fairfax County businesses, both those that would like to learn more about adopting sustainable business practices as well as existing green business leaders.

This event may be recorded for promotional purposes.

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