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    Author Barb Kolb

     
    Barb has been with GTN since its start in August 2000 and currently serves as Senior Director, Strategic and Sustainability Initiatives. In this role, she is responsible for working on strategic projects and initiatives, primarily related to the marketing function within the firm. To increase awareness, reduce GTN’s carbon footprint, and educate employees on sustainable practices they can adopt in the office and at home, Barb started GTN’s Green Initiative in 2019. This initiative links to GTN’s overall social focus on education through the sharing of knowledge about sustainability and accountability. +1.763.390.6796 | bkolb@gtn.com
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    The Pandemic and Sustainability – Making Time for Change

    Happy New Year! As most of us do, the start of a new year usually brings resolutions for making positive changes in one’s life. Changes that relate to diet, exercise, discovering a new hobby. This year, when making your 2022 resolutions, consider including one of eating more plant-based meals in your diet.

    GTN's Toys for Tots Drive 2021

    For the fourth year in a row, GTN is collecting toys for the 2021 Marine Toys for Tots Program! The ongoing pandemic has continued to negatively impact communities and families so it’s more important than ever to share resources where we can. Together, we can support the Toys for Tots mission in helping families across the United States provide gifts to their children.

    Making Lifestyle Changes to Combat Climate Change

    Replace single-use plastics with reusable items. Switch to LED lightbulbs. Turn off appliances and lights when not in use. So many tips on what you can and should do to “go green.” And a quick Google search on “tips for going green at home” will produce endless pages of tips and recommendations for making your life more environmentally friendly. Tips and recommendations are great, but the act of putting them into practice is what truly makes the difference. In a short sustainability blog series, we will share stories from several GTN employees who have prioritized sustainability by altering their lifestyles and adopting climate-focused habits.

    Beards & Braids for Busy Season Q&A with Move For Hunger

    More than 50 million Americans face hunger every day; meanwhile, 40% of the food produced in the United States every year is wasted. Move For Hunger offers a sustainable solution to this inexcusable paradox—and we at GTN couldn’t be more excited to partner with them for our annual 2021 Beards & Braids for Busy Season campaign.

    Fighting Hunger During Tax Busy Season

    Our annual Beards and Braids for Busy Season begins now! In the campaign’s eighth year, GTN is partnering with Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. Our 2021 Beards and Braids for Busy Season (BBFBS) campaign is striving to make an impact on the growing hunger crises that is affecting so many people due to COVID and its impact on global economies. We are very excited about the role we can play in helping the Move For Hunger cause.

    GTN’s Social Focus on Education and Philanthropic Initiatives

    In December, the Washington Post asked its readers to sum up calendar year 2020 in one word or phrase. They received over 2,000 responses with exhausting, lost, and chaotic rounding out the top three. And though it was all three of these words and more, 2020 was also a year when many of us took time to reexamine what is most important, where we want to spend our time, and how much we can accomplish when we all come together and give back.