Ingredients for Change

2012 & 2013 Illinois Green Business Summits 

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The 2012 and 2013 Illinois Green Business Summits served as a leading statewide opportunity for businesses, organizations, national leaders, government, utilities and universities to come together and discuss current and upcoming sustainable business trends, share best practices, and leave with the knowledge on how to best implement sustainable business practices.

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Check out the Summit Speaker Presentations below, but also click the button above to read summaries of each session.

Illinois Green Business Summit 2013 - Summary

L. Hunter Lovins Who better to inspire us at the 2013 Illinois Green Business Summit than L. Hunter Lovins?! 

Video of L. Hunter Lovin's keynote - pt. 1

Video of L. Hunter Lovin's keynote - pt. 2

L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions, also currently a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University; and the chief insurgent of the madrone project. Her presentation at the Summit is entitled, Lead, Follow, or Get out of the Way: The Business Case for Sustainability.

Lovins has consulted with large and small companies worldwide, including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. EPA, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S.  She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan. Lovins was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon.”

More about L. Hunter Lovins and Natural Capitalism Solutions

There was also a lunch panel with corporate sustainability leaders from Office Depot and Caterpillar, along with eight panels and workshops throughout the day focusing on topics such as employee engagement, finance and incentive programs, social media and green business marketing, energy and efficient technologies for your business, purchasing and waste, and more.

Attendees also engaged with 30 Sponsors and Exhibitors that shared what they are doing to make Illinois a more sustainable place to live and work. Huge thanks to them for helping make it happen.

What were the 'Ingredients' covered?

Water Conservation | Higher Education & Green Business | Employee Engagement | Financing & Incentive Programs | How to Begin Going Green | Marketing Green |
Social Media Strategy | Energy Efficiency Innovative Technologies | Purchasing & Waste | Community Partnerships for Sustainability

Roundtable Activity: After the lunch panel session, we discussed challenges and best practices for integrating sustainability at your organization. 

Illinois Green Business Summit Presentations

L. Hunter Lovins Keynote Presentation

L. Hunter Lovins - Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Watch L. Hunter Lovin's Speech: Part 1; Part 2

Lunch Speaker Presentations

Eric Heineman - State of Illinois Sustainability and Grant Programs

Yalmaz Siddiqui - Sr. Sustainability Strategist, Office Depot

Tim Lindsey - Global Sustainability Strategist, Caterpillar

Session and Workshop PowerPoints

Strategies for Getting Started & Practical Green Technologies (Summary of Panel Session)
- Vanessa Roanhorse, Project Manager, Delta Institute
- Kristine Chalifoux, Registered Architect, LEED AP, The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
- Cassie Carroll, Executive Director, The Illinois Green Business Association
- Lisa Elkins, Architect, Principal, 2 Point Perspective: architecture + interiors

Creating Greener Communities: How Green Business Promotes Economic Development 
(Summary of Panel Session)
- Joseph Clair, P.E., Center for Ecology and Environmental Development
- Lisa Medearis, Illinois Sierra Club - Cool Cities Program
- Reggie Greenwood, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation/South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association

Make it Personal, Make it Stick: Creating a Culture of Sustainability (Workshop)

(Summary of Panel Session)

Water Systems: Managing Stormwater and Conserving a Precious Resource (Summary of Panel Session)

- George Czapar, Director, Center for Watershed Science
- Megan Chery, Project Coordinator and LEED GA, Alliance for Water Efficiency 
- Jack Pizzo, Director, Pizzo and Associates Ltd., Ecology + Vision, Pizzo Native Plant Nursery LLC, and Native Landscape Contractors, LLC.

Smart Sustainable Purchasing and Waste Reduction Strategies (Summary of Panel Session)
- Eloise Karlatiras, President and CEO, Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
- Linda Laszewski, Resource Conservation Analyst, PepsiCo, Pepsi Beverages America
- Dennis Salazar, President and Co-Founder, Salazar Packaging, Inc.

Green Guide: Mapping Financial Incentives and Budgeting (Summary of Panel Session)
- Don Fournier, Former Director of The Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, "Overview of Incentive Programs"
- Dara Reiff, Outreach Coordinator, CNT Energy
- Chad Sieben, VP Business Banking, Busey
- Jason Vogelbaugh, Director of Energy Solutions, Alpha Controls & Services LLC

What’s Your Green Story? (Workshop)(Summary of Panel Session)
- Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner, Taiga Company

Driving Sustainability Education through Business (Summary of Panel Session)
- Gifford Pinchot, Founder, President, Pinchot & Company, and Founder, President, Bainbridge Institute
- Eban Goodstein - Director of Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College
- Terri Berryman, Project Director, Career Pathways/TAA Grant, Illinois Green Economy Network
- Ron Nahser, PhD, Director, Urban Sustainable Management Programs, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics and Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University
- L. Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism Solutions

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