Going Green: Sustainability in Business

In-Person Program!



Seedlings growing next to a lighbulb planted in the ground with a chart rising above themPROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A great deal of attention is focused on the greening of business these days, and for good reason. Yet there’s so much confusing jargon, ill-defined terminology, and conflicting information out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. This professional development program, facilitated by Dr. Terry Porter, associate professor emerita from the Maine Business School, will help you understand current business sustainability strategies and put them into practice in your own organization or business. Sustainability isn’t only good for the planet; it can lead to even greater success for your business.

Business sustainability refers to incorporating ecological, social, and community concerns into your unique business plan. Any business or nonprofit willing to reflect, learn and make an effort can reduce its carbon footprint, increase its corporate social responsibility and make a change.

Many business people feel they don’t have time to conduct a systematic review of their business strategy. In this workshop you’ll have an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day action, review your overall business plan, and refocus it in light of emerging sustainability opportunities.

The purpose of this program is twofold: first, it aims to help business owners, managers, members and concerned citizens make sense of the vast range of sustainability information available today. And second, it aims to help you develop a customized sustainability strategy for your business or one you care about.

During the 8-hour workshop, you’ll conduct a guided strategic analysis of your organization while learning about global, national, state and local issues in sustainability. You will be introduced to a variety of sustainability tools and consider which ones best fit your organization. We will also examine several case examples of excellence in sustainability practices. You’ll draft a plan for integrating sustainability goals into your business. Though our workshop time is limited, the aim is to leave you with resources and tools to continue your sustainability journey going forward.



October 21, 2022
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

At present, this program is scheduled to be offered in-person. This is subject to change⁠—we will be in touch with participants if the modality shifts.

We also partner with Dr. Terry Porter to offer customized trainings. Learn more about custom trainings here.



This is an in-person program, held at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast (80 Belmont Ave./Route 3).

We’ll alternate between instructor presentations and hands-on activities tailored to your company.



  • Revisit or develop your business plan using strategic management methods.
  • Learn about options for sustainability strategies in business.
  • Devise an action plan for benefiting your business by applying sustainability tools and resources.
  • Gain information on sustainability opportunities for Maine businesses.
  • Better understand current global and national trends related to sustainability in business.



This program is designed to benefit:

  • Small business owners and managers
  • Nonprofit groups, officers and employees
  • Entrepreneurs and startups (emerging and established)
  • Government officials
  • Members and stakeholders of larger businesses
  • Concerned citizens
  • Students in any field

Whether your business is large or small, for-profit or nonprofit, providing goods or services, this program will benefit you. Companies, businesses and organizations of all sizes can incorporate sustainability strategies into their plans. (You don’t have to be an eco-business to have a sustainable business plan.)

Not sure if this program is right for you? Contact us at um.fhc.pd@maine.edu or 207.338.8002 and we can help you figure it out.


Terry Porter Headshot Black and WhiteTerry Porter, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an associate professor emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught business strategy and sustainability at the Maine Business School for 13 years. She also initiated a Sustainability track in the MBA program and advised the student chapter of Net Impact, a leadership development program in sustainable business. Dr. Porter holds an MA in Clinical Psychology and is a certified mental health counselor. She is a 2014 Fulbright Scholar. Terry has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, counselor, coach, guide and facilitator.   




Click here for more information about paying for your professional development, including information about need-based scholarships, group discounts and tips on how to get your employer on board.

Current UMaine students are eligible for a 20% discount. Use code STUDENT20 at checkout.




8 hours / 0.8 CEUs

Certificate of completion

Learn more about Continuing Education Units here.



For more information or to request an accommodation contact Michelle Patten, Conference and Professional Development Coordinator, um.fhc.pd@maine.edu; 207.338.8002.

Interested in customizing a professional development program for your business, organization or team?

We can help you create an exclusive professional development program that meets your dynamic needs. Learn more.