April Newsletter Content
  • COVID 19 Resources
  • How you can help!
  • Cool Choices Promotion
  • 21st Century Pathways Info Sessions
  • Green Masters Program Open
  • Earth Day / Month Events
  • Inspiration Corner
  • In the News
Let's Celebrate Earth Month - Virtually
This newsletter brings you resources for your business on COVID 19, then meaningful the ways you can engage and celebrate #earthday2020 . Most exciting on our list is the Cheif Sustainability Officer at Microsoft, Lucas Joppa , will be joining WSBC for a live presentation at 2:00 PM on April 20 at The Nelson Institutes Virtual Earth Day Conference. See Earth Day Event's section for more exciting earth month virtual activities.

Please stay safe and healthy as you virtually take sustainability action this Earth Month!
Helpful Resources Regarding COVID-19
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin’s request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans.

  • Information on disaster loan assistance HERE
  • Information on paycheck protection loan HERE
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Small Business 20/20 Program will provide grants of up to $20,000 to assist targeted businesses with cash-flow challenges resulting from COVID-19. Program funds will be made available through approved community development financial institutions. For more information, check out their W EBSITE
Manufacturing Resources
Compiled by WMEP Manufacturing Solutions, you can find a list of resources and information to help keep workers, businesses and communities safer
The Entrepreneur’s COVID-19 Playbook
A free guide to stimulus money, tax breaks, and legal tips w ritten by Kyle Westaway, to help you survive and thrive during the pandemic. This playbook is important for business owners to help navigate the applications for forgivable loans under the Payroll Protection Act. The playbook will tell you if you qualify and how to apply.
Understanding Unemployment Benefits in Wisconsin
The state has updated their unemployment application to meet the new CARES Act. The CARES Act opens up eligibility for unemployment insurance to include individuals who are not typically eligible, including self-employed. More information HERE
More Useful Links & Support
Learn How You Can Help!
During this pandemic, it's important to stay busy and productive in a safe and responsible manor. There's now an opportunity to serve remotely on volunteer projects for coronavirus relief from your home. All you need is a computer, a phone, and few hours of volunteer time. Fill out the designated form to sign up today!
In addition, if you have a project for the Service Corps to work on related to coronavirus OR your organization would like to partner with us on a project, email Allison Alt , Executive Director. Learn more HERE.
Earth Month Promotion on Cool Choices
Looking for a way to connect your teams in a meaningful way? Want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in a safe, fun and virtual way?

Cool Choices is a fun game-based platform that inspires individuals and teams to take actions that align with your initiatives, goals or company values. The game is built on sustainable actions but can be customized to meet your needs. The game is playing online and is a safe way to engage your workforce during social distancing and stay at home orders. Currently, we have added game cards that address health, safety and mental wellness to reflect our current reality.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are offering discounts to play through May.

If you want to learn more about the game and how it works, listen to the recording of the webinar from April 7. HERE

If you have questions, or to get a quote for a discounted game, please email Randy Bertram.
21st Century Pathway Info Sessions
21st Century Pathways; a five - day, hands-on, interactive workshop facilitated by subject matter experts designed to help you understand the risks and opportunities presented by these megatrends and develop a comprehensive, customized plan to benefit from them.  

To learn more about the 2020 Program, join us for a virtual info session on one of the following dates:
  • May 6 at 1:00 PM CDT
  • May 19 at 1:00 PM CDT
2020 Green Masters Program
If your business has been taking strides to become more sustainable, but need help finding the right resource to track, measure, and improve your progress, then this program is right for you. The Green Masters Program is being used currently by over 130 business in Wisconsin and our list continues to grow.

Next week, on March 24 we are gathering virtually via webinar to discuss the Green Masters Program. If you would like to learn more about how to use the program or how to leverage your participation, join us virtually.
Earth Month Virtual Events

ONLINE Earth Day Conference

Apr 20 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Virtual
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present, highlighting the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. Join in, as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.
Tactics And Tools For Carbon Strategy And Management

Strategies To Address Carbon In Your Business

Innovation And Climate Leadership By Business

Live at 2 p.m., April 20

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and Evolution Marketing (in collaboration with The Nelson Institute) have teamed up to present a four-part business workshop on carbon management and strategies. During this series participants will gain perspective on why carbon is important, the key terms associated with carbon management, and understand what tools and tactics businesses are using to manage, reduce, and offset their carbon footprints. Participants will also hear from industry pioneers leading on innovation and mitigation.
Virtual Climate Breakfast

April 22 7:30 AM
The Wisconsin Academy invites you to join us this spring for the third of four casual breakfast conversations organized around key areas for climate action in Wisconsin in 2020. This breakfast's focus is Natural Climate Solutions, and we will provide a place and space for community members to build on discussions and connections kindled at our 2019 climate events.
ISSP – 2020 Professional Development Webinar Series
The series begins: April 23rd
10am PT/1pm ET

This series is designed to help us during this global health crisis and as we emerge to shape our shared future. It will guide us to focus better in the midst of chaos.
In celebration of the 50th Earth Day, the producers of GreenCast decided to record a bonus episode! This episode is a little more free-form as the three producers talk about what Earth Day means to them and little things we can each to do celebrate Earth Day in Isolation to comply with Wisconsin's Stay At Home orders. With the beauty of technology this episode was recorded completely remotely and safely!

Inspiration Corner
Things You Should Know Podcast
Source: PureVantLiving

The podcast series, Things You Should Know, has four amazing episodes featuring intelligent visionaries that discuss different topics revolving around sustainability. In Episode 4 Gregory Stromberg discusses the importance of using clean drinkable water wisely to ensure that all kids have access to it. Gregory, along with the other speakers will help lift your spirts and educate you about new and exciting ways to living sustainably. For more information and to listen to the podcasts please click below.
In the News
How Have You Been Feeling?

During this pandemic, it's important to monitor both your physical and mental health. Many people have fortunately reported feeling physically healthy but that the pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health. This is due to grief. Internalizing this feeling, and accepting it is the first step in understanding how to help strengthen your mental health

Source: Harvard Business review
Discussing Climate Change

Thousands of businesses that affect climate change everyday are being put on hold due to this pandemic. Now is the perfect time to discuss how to properly get back in motion in an environmentally friendly way. "I f we have the chance to start anew, why would we want to rescue and lock in unsustainable systems and industries for another generation or more?"

Source: GreenBiz
9 Ways to Mobilize globally and Locally on Earth Day 2020

This April 22nd will mark the 50th annual Earth Day. In its mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide, Earth Day Network, the global coordinator of Earth Day, is working to build the largest global mobilization in history to defend the planet with a number of diverse campaigns.

Source: Madison Magazine