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Green Business Leaders Convene in Chicago

Submitted by: Green America

Categories: Events

Posted: Mar 01, 2007 – 06:00 AM EST


CHICAGO, IL – March 1, 2007 - Co-op America Business Network brings the Green Business Conference to Chicago on April 17-20, prior to the Chicago Green Festival.

Offering a plethora of speakers, workshops, and networking on developing and running sustainable businesses.

"When it comes to green business, this conference is as good as it gets," said Jeffrey Hollander, CEO of Seventh Generation, "It provides the best collection of green business leaders you’ll meet anywhere."

Denise Hamler director of the Co-op America Business Network recommends the conference, "This is a unique event to meet business peers in an intimate setting and learn from industry pioneers. We are in the perfect setting, where Chicago is leading the way in cutting-edge green technologies, products and services."

This year’s speakers include: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; Sadhu Johnston, Chicago’s Commissioner of the Environment; Michael Crooke, CEO Revolution Living; Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman InterfaceFlor; Jeffrey Hollender, CEO Seventh Generation; Joel Makower, Founder Greenbiz.com; Van Jones, President Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Dominique Conseil, President Aveda; Frank Lampe, LOHAS Report; Jen Boulden, Founder IdealBite.com; Seth Goldman, CEO Honest Tea and many more.

According to Hamler the event provides the tools to help businesses be more successful, "Eco-preneurs will learn about the size and growth of the green marketplace and how to design an action plan to fight global warming and become a carbon neutral business."

"If you’re serious about taking your company green, be it a sole partnership or a corporation, the Green Business Conference is the place to start the journey," said Clif Bar Co-Founder, Gary Erickson, who runs one of the greenest businesses on the planet.

Event Partners include leading green innovators: AVEDA, Annie’s Homegrown, Organic Valley Family of Farms, SustainLane, InterfaceFlor, Seventh Generation, Guyaki, Sambazon, Dr. Bronners, Fantastic Foods, Nature’s Path, Energy Star and the City of Chicago and Chicago Department of Environment.

For a full program schedule and complete list of event partners visit www.coopamerica.biz or call 1-800-58GREEN.

What is a "Green Business?"

Green businesses operate in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems. These businesses adopt principles, policies and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment.

Co-op America, is a nonprofit consumer education organization for environmentally wise purchasing and investing, located in Washington, DC with over 3,500 business members and 75,000 consumer members throughout the country. Co-op America is the publisher of the National Green Pages - which has over a million copies in circulation and the producer of the Green Festivals. The Green Festivals are in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC and have over 60,000 people attend annually. The Co-op America Business Network is the largest and oldest national association of socially and environmentally responsible business in the nation. Contact Todd Larsen at toddlarsen@coopamerica.org to learn more about socially conscious and environmentally wise purchasing and investing.


For more information, please contact:

Todd Larsen Co-op America
Phone: 202-872-5320
Phone 2: 800-58-GREEN


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