Corporate Sustainability Council

Story Highlights
  • What is the worth of a fresh water mussel that filters up to ten gallons of water per day, or an earthworm aerating rich soils that feed millions of people each year?
  • More and more, businesses are assigning a price tag to such services provided by nature – and taking action to ensure their continued productivity.
  • Without a doubt, many companies in the Commonwealth know that investing in nature is good for business!

“The Corporate Sustainability Council provides a perfect venue for Kentucky-based corporations to openly discuss and forge partnerships to pursue profit-making practices which also support the state’s natural landscapes and environmental health. Collaborating benefits the communities where we live, work and play. – John Gagel, Manager of Sustainability for Lexmark

The Conservancy’s Kentucky Corporate Sustainability Council (CSC) was established in 2011 in response to a growing awareness among state-based businesses that their operations rely and have significant impacts on lands and waters. These companies have learned that protecting the Commonwealth’s diverse landscapes – farmlands, forests, rivers, karst systems, and lakes and streams – can benefit a business’s bottom line and elevate its reputation while strengthening the economy and promoting a healthier world.

Since 2011, the CSC has convened Kentucky-based businesses, Conservancy staff and leading sustainability experts at forums where members network, learn from each other, and identify solutions to environmental challenges that reflect common points of interest between business and nature.

  • In January 2013 Lexmark International hosted the CSC’s 2nd forum in Lexington where more than 30 people listened to Jennifer Molnar, the Conservancy's science lead for the TNC-Dow Collaboration, speak about ways that companies can incorporate nature and the value it provides to people into both their business and sustainability decisions.
  • In September 2012, founding companies – Lexmark International, Inc., Brown-Forman and 3M Ceryedane – and forty potential members gathered in Louisville’s revitalized NuLu arts district to tour The Green Building with the building’s owner and “mayor of NuLu,” Gill Holland. The Green Builidng is Louisville’s first commercial building to achieve a LEED platinum certification for sustainable building. Bryan Harding, the Conservancy’s Director of Marketing Partnership spoke at the forum to share with companies how to market their corporate sustainability practices. 

Collectively, Kentucky’s business community serves as a valuable clearinghouse for the type of entrepreneurship, ingenuity and determination necessary for helping the state’s natural landscapes stand up to human and resource development, a changing climate and other challenges. Support from Kentucky’s corporations, many doing business outside of the state, also benefits the Conservancy’s efforts to protect and restore natural habitats and working landscapes around the world.
Join Today! Help us protect the lands and waters essential to maintaining a healthy environment and vibrant economy in Kentucky. Contact Cadell Walker (859-259-9655, ext. 5017 or to learn more about the Conservancy’s Kentucky Corporate Sustainability Council.


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