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Don’t Forget…

…To REGISTER for the upcoming Sustainability Summit by Friday November 13.

This official kick-off event for the Great Allegheny Passage Sustainable Business Network (GAP SBN) is hosted by the Trail Town Program and will feature presentations from local business owners operating successful businesses that merge economic and environmental interests.

The event will be held at the Turkeyfoot Valley Historical Society in Confluence, PA from 10am-2:30pm on Wednesday November 18.

We’ll also offer tips and practical solutions and programs to help you save money. And get more details about how to become a member of the growing GAP SBN! Enjoy a fresh, local lunch from the Lucky Dog Cafe.

Whether you’ve already implemented sustainable business practices, or are wondering what “going green” is all about and how it can help your business we hope you’ll be a part of the conversation about these new opportunities can boost business and create a unique experience for users of the Great Allegheny Passage.

(For more details on the Summit, see earlier post)

For questions or to REGISTER call (724) 603-3151 or e-mail

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Exciting Event – Sustainability Summit

Join the Trail Town Program for a great KICK-OFF EVENT for the Great Allegheny Passage Sustainable Business Network!

We are hosting a half-day summit on Wednesday, November 18, from 10:00am – 2:30pm.

No matter where you are in the process of making more sustainable choices for your business— whether you’re thinking about ways to save money, wondering what “sustainability” is all about and how it affects you, recycling or composting, or making even bigger changes— we hope to see you there.

At the summit we’ll…

  • Meet Eric Martin of Wilderness Voyageurs who will give a quick intro and talk about why he’s signing his businesses on to the program
  • Hear from Mike Dreisbach of Savage River Lodge about his impressive greening efforts, and the money he saves as a result
  • Discuss the SBN program and also give a brief demonstration on the FREE sustainability assessments that we offer
  • Walk or carpool to Lucky Dog Café for a fresh, local lunch
  • Visit the Confluence Cyclery to check out their energy efficient HVAC system and weatherization efforts
  • Hand out FREE CFL light bulbs to participating businesses
  • Give practical, economically AND environmentally sound solutions for running your business
  • Network and brainstorm with other Trail Town businesses interested in sustainable business practices

The cost to attend is $10 and covers lunch. Please register with the Trail Town Outreach Corps by November 13. Call (724) 603-3151 or email

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Up on the roof

This article entitled, “Where does your garden grow?” from MSN City Guides discusses the growing practice of restaurants using previously wasted roof space to grow fresh produce to serve in their businesses. While many of these restaurants are located in urban areas, the idea is inspired for all locales. Growing your own produce on your roof or in your backyard to serve in your Trail Town restaurant or B&B can save you money and attract customers interested in the “farm to table” connection and a unique dining experience along the Great Allegheny Passage.

These home-grown solutions to produce procurement save these restaurateurs anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars per growing season, plus they can grow themselves special ingredients that may be more difficult to find. One chef says it’s great for the environment (stormwater that would usually end up running off the roof and flooding the sewer system is used to water plants), a stress reliever for busy employees who spend a few minutes outside tending the garden or gathering its bounty here and there, and customers enjoy knowing their food was grown on-site. While it may seem more time consuming to grow your own herbs and veggies, almost all of the chefs report that the stress relief associated with working in the garden for a short time each day is very beneficial.

For more from these entrepreneurs in their own words and pictures, read the article. And follow the links for more on rooftop gardens and green roofs in general. As a special bonus, check out these photos from rooftop gardens all over the world.

What do you think?

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