ESBA works to support the adoption of sustainable business practices among local businesses by offering training, resources and networking opportunities in order to increase environmental, economic, and social prosperity on the Eastside.
About the Eastside Business Community
Sustainable practices present many of the greatest opportunities to achieve payoffs for your business, customers and community. Eastside businesses are responsible for roughly 30 percent of our community's greenhouse gases. Six Eastside mayors have signed the Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement, a commitment to reduce community-wide emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels. Only with a collaborative effort can we achieve these goals.
A Brief History of ESBA
ESBA was founded in early 2010 by a group of committed business representatives from the Eastside. Organizations at the table included Drugstore.com, Microsoft, Puget Sound Energy, Keeney's Office Supply, Waggener Edstrom, HDR, CH2MHill, City of Bellevue, and others.
In June, 2010, these businesses agreed that scaling up and formalizing their efforts would be of benefit, and as City of Bellevue aimed to enhance its community sustainability programs, it offered to assist with this growth.
With the help of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ESBA was proud to launch a new website in Spring of 2011, providing a greater platform for outreach and success among community stakeholders. Since the summer of 2010, ESBA has served, and been served by, over 100 representatives from 50-plus organizations throughout the Eastside.
A palpable movement is now in motion. Major accomplishments from local businesses are occurring every day. Enhanced opportunities to learn from each other exist and ESBA partners have created an ecosystem in which sustainable developments can occur in abundance.