S4S: Staff & Consultant Training

The S4S program is designed to build your capacity to run effective and innovative local, small business efficiency/sustainability programs. To do this, we provide you with training that builds and enhances skills the of local staff and consultants.

Training makes S4S uniquely effective. Once a community has invested in S4S training, the programs are replicable without continually hiring outside contractors.

NCS provides training to help you become an expert in sustainability for small businesses, including the tools and skills to run effective trainings and one-on-one consulting. Training can be delivered on-site or online, at our site or yours, depending on your unique needs.

Training topics will vary depending on whether you are participating in the S4S Complete, Custom, or Enhance programs, as well as your specific needs.

Sample training topics: 

Sustainability consulting 101

Tools and skills to run educational program(s)

Best practices in marketing your small business sustainability program

Going beyond ‘quick wins’—how to help businesses integrate sustainability into their organization and increase profitability

Behavioral change —getting beyond the barriers to implementation

Sustainability for manufacturers—moving beyond lean

Engaging tenants—conquering split incentives

Communicating sustainability to the mainstream


NCS' Philosophy: "NCS is a non-profit. We work with organizations that are authentic in their pursuit of sustainability as a way of fulfilling our mission. This doesn’t mean altruism – businesses should pursue sustainability because it increases profitability and manages risks. It does mean that we choose clients because they are committed to implementing sustainability and not just talking about it."
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