Jay Coalson, the executive director of Portland nonprofit Zero Waste Alliance, is scheduled to speak at the first meeting of a new organization, Sustainable Business Group Green Town U.S.A., next month.

The group, a network of business professionals, nonprofits and government officials concentrating on sustainability, was created by the Environmental Center, EarthShare Oregon and American Licorice, according to a news release.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 8, at the Environmental Center, 16 N.W. Kansas Ave., Bend, according to the news release.

After Coalson speaks, Laurel Haas, an employee at Bend-based American Licorice, will talk about a case study on the company’s efforts to minimize waste, according to the news release.

— From staff reports