The Lineup

Ingredients Session I

Strategies for Getting Started & Practical Green Technologies

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Interested in sustainability for your business or organization, but unsure where to start? This session will cover how to evaluate and benchmark green opportunities, discuss energy efficient strategies as a place to start, and the latest products available to help you reduce resource use and your bottom line.

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Ingredients Session II

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

1:45 - 3:00 PM

Natural Capitalism Solutions (L. Hunter Lovin’s organization) will be hosting an interactive workshop that teaches you not only the “how” for engaging employees, but creating a culture of sustainability in your organization that continually encourages improvement, changes organizational habits and behavior, as well as cuts costs!

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Ingredients Session III

Green Guide: Mapping Financial Incentives and Budgeting

3:15 - 4:30 PM

Hear an overview of current Illinois incentives relating to energy efficiency, and gain a better understanding about budgeting and financing for green projects through a lender’s perspective. Learn why evaluating the savings to investment, as well as ROI, can help determine how to get the best bang for your buck.

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Creating Greener Communities: How Green Business Promotes Economic Development

10:00 - 11:30 AM

Discover the correlation between sustainable business practices and their influence on the local economy. See how transitioning green practices into the community increases economic activity and creates more conscious community members. Also, hear examples of Illinois programs and communities putting these principles into action.

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Water Systems: Managing Stormwater and Conserving a Precious Resource

1:45 - 3:00 PM

Gain a better understanding of the ecological importance of water, the state of our resources in the Midwest, and how to conserve them. Uncover practical water-saving tips for your business and how to mitigate surface and storm water runoff.

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Driving Sustainability Education Through Business

3:15 - 4:30 PM

In this panel, discover the future of higher education and how it relates to sustainable business. Hear how education is changing to mirror a quickly shifting green economy, as well as strategies to foster relationships between business and higher education entities to help guide relevant curriculum.

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Smart Sustainable Purchasing and Waste Reduction Strategies

1:45 - 3:00 PM

A business's purchases directly affects its waste. Learn sustainable purchasing practices that support your local economy, decrease costs, and reduce waste from the start. Discover the business case for waste minimization and how to effectively collaborate with suppliers and waste haulers to reduce waste output.

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What's Your Green Story (Workshop)

3:15 - 4:30 PM

Learn through success stories how sharing your sustainability journey builds a better brand, creates a competitive advantage, and demonstrates the business case for sustainability. In this interactive workshop, identify the benefits and strategies of a green business, create your own green story, and learn how to successfully communicate it to stakeholders and new customers.

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