Among the topics we’ll cover:

  • Accounting & Reporting
  • Building & Facilities
  • Business Operations
  • Business Strategy
  • Employee Engagement
  • Energy & Carbon
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Materiality & Risk
  • Smarter Supply Chain
  • The New Ecosystems
  • Transportation & Logistics
  • Waste, Water, Toxics

* Tuesday, January 24 2012

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

State of Green Business 2012

Joel Makower and John Davies present the 2012 annual State of Green Business Report, reviewing key trends and indicators and the state of the profession today. Read more…

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group; John Davies VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

One Great Idea: Un-Shopping

E-waste is the fastest growing part of the U.S. garbage stream – a fact that has huge environmental consequences. Israel Ganot has been thinking about how to get consumers to make significant changes ... without radically changing their lifestyles. Read more…

Presented by: Israel Ganot President, Co-founder and CEO, Gazelle

9:40 AM - 9:50 AM

One Great Idea: Designing for Sustainability

Model, author and entrepreneur, Summer Rayne Oakes shares how the biggest sustainable design innovations are spawning out of open-source collaboration. Read more…

Presented by: Summer Rayne Oakes EVP of Sustainability & Chief Storyteller, Above Live

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

Keynote Interview: Dan Hendrix in conversation with Marc Gunther

Interface is one of the most iconic companies in sustainable business, consistently leading the pack and creating a vision for all companies. Read more…

Presented by: Daniel Hendrix President and CEO, Interface

In conversation with: Marc Gunther Senior Writer, GreenBiz Group

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Can New York Be America's First VERGE City?

VERGE describes a convergence taking place among energy, information, building, and transportation technologies that will revolutionize cities. VERGE cities won't just be smarter -- they'll be more efficient, cleaner, safer, and more economically sound. Read more…

Presented by: David Bartlett Vice President of Industry Solutions, IBM ; Steve Cohen Director and Chief Operating Officer, Earth Institute, Columbia University

In conversation with: Andrew Shapiro Founder, Broadscale

11:15 AM - 11:25 AM

One Great Idea: Redesigning our Food Systems for the 21st Century

Global supply chains and production systems are complicated and poorly tailored to a world of unlimited resources. The food industry is a chief offender, using 60% of the world’s freshwater, causing 70% of the world’s deforestation, and producing one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more…

Presented by: Tensie Whelan President, Rainforest Alliance

11:25 AM - 11:35 AM

One Great Idea: Influencing Business with a Carrot, Not a Stick

Carrotmob pioneered a way to influence business by amassing a network of consumers, who spend money in order to reward companies for doing social good. In the process, it turns a positive spotlight onto leading companies while empowering consumers. Read more…

Presented by: Brent Schulkin Founder, Carrotmob

11:35 AM - 11:45 AM

One Great Idea: Transforming Consumption

Collaborative Consumption describes the rapid explosion in swapping, sharing, bartering, trading and renting being reinvented through the latest technologies and peer-to-peer marketplaces in ways and on a scale never possible before. Read more…

Presented by: Roo Rogers President , Redscout Ventures

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Keynote Interview: Fred Bedore in conversation with Joel Makower

It has been almost two years since Walmart announced a series of sustainability initiatives, including a declaration that it would cut 20 million tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions from the lifecycle and supply chain of its products by 2015. Read more…

Presented by: Fred Bedore Senior Director of Business Strategy and Sustainability, Walmart

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Food for Thought Lunches



1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Advance Preview: Findings from Ernst & Young and GreenBiz Group Survey on Sustainability Reporting

Be the first to hear the findings of a new survey by Ernst & Young and GreenBiz Group which sheds light on the latest trends in sustainability reporting in a time of economic uncertainty. Over 50 questions were asked of C-suite executives at Fortune 1000 companies across multiple industry sectors. Read more…

Presented by: John DeMelis Partner, Ernst & Young; Chris Walker Associate Director, Ernst & Young; Adam Carrel Senior Manager, Ernst & Young; Brendan LeBlanc Executive Director, Ernst & Young

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Optimizing Office Recycling and Reducing Waste

Businesses today realize that smart purchasing practices, use and disposal of their office supplies can go a long way toward fulfilling a company’s sustainability goals. In this workshop, representatives from paper manufacturer Boise Inc. Read more…

Presented by: Terry Stepney Brand Manager, Boise Inc.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Public-Private Partnerships: Helping Cities Save Money and Grow Sustainably

Public-private partnerships are being used more and more to enable cities to maintain control of critical resources while using private sector expertise to improve efficiencies, reduce waste and identify savings. Read more…

Presented by: Edwin Pinero Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water North America

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Developing an Employee-Driven Approach to Sustainability

Caesars Entertainment has developed a grassroots employee driven approach to sustainability which is highly operationalized with bottom line results. Learn about challenges and approaches to developing a best-in-class strategy driven from the bottom up and supported from the top down. Read more…

Presented by: Gwen Migita Corporate Director Sustainability, Caesars Entertainment

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM




2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Creating Supply Chain Value through Sustainability

At this session you’ll learn how organizations are re-examining their supply chains to reduce use and production of energy, carbon, water, materials, and waste, and adopting sustainability strategies to develop a high-profit supply chain. Read more…

Presented by: Sanjay Agarwal Principal, Consumer and Industrial Products Practice, Deloitte; Josh Nothwang Manager, Deloitte

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Incorporating Sustainability into Investment Decisions

In this workshop, participants will explore how environmental issues are increasingly factoring into investment decisions and what this means for companies. Read more…

Presented by: Daniel Saccardi Senior Associate, GreenOrder; Curtis Ravenel Global Head, Sustainability Group, Bloomberg L.P.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Mainstream Greening Your Brand

Incorporating sustainability into your brand story is fundamental to success in today's marketplace. But getting sustainability marketing right has proven tough, especially when it comes to converting sustainability into a purchase driver with the mainstream consumer. Read more…

Presented by: Freya Williams Group Planning Director, OglivyEarth; Graceann Bennett Director of Strategic Planning, Ogivly & Mather

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Insight into the Newsweek Green Rankings

Learn from the key research provider that produced the rankings for Newsweek and how they used a combination of quantitative and qualitative data to assess the environmental performance of the world’s largest companies. Read more…

Presented by: Alex Lamb Vice President, Trucost

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

GreenBiz Gurus

Small-group consultative sessions led by experts and thought leaders. Read more…

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Evening Reception

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