business and environment series: Trending in our backyards: a community-based path to business sustainability
about the program
People, planet, and profit – in order to truly build sustainable communities, we need to focus on all three. “Community” can mean a lot of different things, especially when talking about private sector roles in place-based sustainability. Businesses are beginning to venture beyond their individual sustainability operations to explore partnerships at the city and community level. A handful of American corporations are already making bold and unique moves in public-private partnerships that will further their bottom lines and increase transparency.
During this session, participants explored the emerging trend of localized approaches to sustainability and the vital role businesses play to create stronger, healthier communities. By exploring three resource areas – water, energy, and food – businesses can got a sense of their role in advancing sustainable communities.
- Greg Downing, Sustainability Manager, Target
- Catherine Gunsbury, Director, Sustainability and Transparency, General Mills »
- Kimberly Kupiecki, Strategic Marketing Director, Dow Water & Process Solutions
- Brian Ross, Senior Program Director, Great Plains Institute »
- Amy Skoczlas Cole, Principal, S3 Strategies »
Examples of localized SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS
- From smart grids to innovative public transit solutions, Panasonic partners with the City of Denver to create the newest sustainable community »
- L’Oreal invests in a safer, more sustainable community for employees and neighbors by investing in LED lights for nearby New York park »
For questions about the program, contact Dani Schurter at 612-334-3388 ext. 8107.