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Fifth Annual Opportunity Green Business Conference Showcases Fortune 500 Companies and Innovative Start-Ups Accelerating The New Green Economy

Submitted by: Opportunity Green

Categories: Sustainability, Environment

Posted: Nov 09, 2011 – 09:00 AM EST


LOS ANGELES, Nov. 09 /CSRwire/ - Opportunity Green 2011 is the preeminent multi-disciplinary sustainability conference facilitating an exchange of industry best practices, ideas and business models in the midst of Fortune 500 business leaders and green entrepreneurs as they gather together to learn from speakers at the top of their fields, meet exhibitors displaying the latest innovations and collaborate about how to accelerate environment-friendly business practices, clean technology and innovation.

  • Opportunity Green ranked #4 in "10 Best Conferences for Ideas and Entrepreneurship" - Worth Magazine, 2011
  • 2010 Finalist, BizBash Event Style Award - Best Green Initiative
  • 2011 Winner, California Product Stewardship Council Golden Arrow Award

"We chose the theme 'Accelerate' for this year's conference because the successes that have gotten sustainably-minded people and companies to where we are today accelerates and offers the momentum to drive to an even better future. At Opportunity Green we create a space for these individuals to share best practices, learn from each other and explore new possibilities—it's all fuel to reach our full future potential."

Program Highlights of Opportunity Green 2011

On opening day of the conference, Opportunity Green awards our 2nd Annual Eco Maverick to UNEP Ambassador & Award Winning Actor Don Cheadle. We honor Cheadle based on his exemplary service and commitment to the causes of both human rights and global environmental sustainability. We hope that this award will support his efforts to cast a spotlight on the reality that clean air, water and a thriving environment are human rights that should be safeguarded by individuals as well as companies and governments.

  • Opening presentation of the "2011 Green Governor of the Year" award to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont followed by an in-depth interview by award-winning journalist, Simran Sethi
  • The game-changers and cultural icons accelerating solutions to the world's most pressing issues including award-winning actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Don Cheadle
  • Case studies and best practices from leaders in sustainable business such as: Ben Packard, VP of Global Responsibility of Starbucks; Hannah Jones, VP Sustainable Business
    & Innovation at Nike; Cindy Ortega, Senior VP Energy/Environment at MGM Resorts International; and David Crane, CEO/President of NRG Energy
  • Pioneers in design such as Founder of Fuse Project and Conde Nast's "Designer of the Year"-2011, Yves Behar and Irwin Miller, Principal at Gensler
  • Sessions and panels that will address preeminent eco issues such as "Opportunities in Modern and Energy Efficient Transportation", 'The Business of Organics, Food Systems
    and Sustainable Agriculture", "Greening of the Music Industry", "Water, the New High-Stakes Business", "How Social Media is Forging the Sustainable Frontier", and "Getting Buy-in for New Energy Technology"
  • Taste of LA after-party on Thursday featuring award-winning sustainable eateries, entertainment and networking; presented by Southwest Airlines
  • Over 40 interactive, informative and fun exhibits in the exhibitor hall
  • The presentation of the Third Annual OG25 Innovative Green Start-Up Awards

OG25 Innovative Green Start-Up Awards Competition:

* On Friday, November 11, the Third Annual OG25 Innovative Green Start-Up Competition takes the main stage at the Opportunity Green Conference. Twenty-five finalists - representing the best and brightest entrepreneurial initiatives in clean technology, transportation, infrastructure, social innovation, water management, food systems, community development and more will compete in a fast pitch (one minute) presentation in hopes of being named "OG25 Green Start-Up of the Year". Past winners are Zimride (2010) and Ecovative Design (2009).

Key Sponsors and Partners of Opportunity Green Include:

* Opportunity Green is presented in partnership with The BMW Group and Gensler and hosted by UCLA Anderson School of Management Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with additional support from: Domtar Paper, Eastman Innovation Lab, Dell, eBay Green Team, AHA! Writers, Marsh & McClennan Companies, Yoxi, Los Angeles Center Studios, Southwest Airlines, Production Resource Group (PRG), Indo Teak Design, Kaiser Permanente, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Extension, American Apparel, Yoxi.tv, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles World Airports, Southern California Gas Company, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Everpure Pentair Water, Energy Upgrade California, Bottlehood, Vapur, American Reclaimed Product Supply, Borrego Solar, Boxman Studios, Zimride, ChicoBag, QuickMobile, Boostability, NS Tech, Hotel Angeleno, Design Printing LA,Tern Bicycles, Native Energy, NS Tech, Yolo Colorhouse, Juice Bar, Bikes Belong, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP, ICON Aircraft, Koncept Technologies, TreeLiving.com, ecoSolv, CRE Rentals, Tender Greens, Border Grill, Calamigos Ranch, and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD).

  • Other partners include: CSR Wire, MIT Sloan Management Review, Sustainable Industries, Triple Pundit, Inhabitat, EcoTuesday, Elephant Journal, Goodlifer, Centre for Sustainability and Excellence, Art Center College of Design, Product Development and Management Association-Los Angeles Chapter, Alliance to Save Energy, Cleantech Group, Larta Institute, U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter, Net Impact-UCLA Anderson Chapter, Net Impact-USC Marshall Chapter, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, The American Institute of Architects, American Institute of Architects - Los Angeles Chapter, LA Green Drinks, Industrial Designers Society of America, Green Business Networking, ecofabulous, GigaOM, Dwell, Organic Spa Magazine, Mother Earth News, Green Builder Media, Los Angeles Downtown News, eventologie, Ecorazzi, Esse Law Group, Build It Green, ASID LA, AIGA (re)design Awards, LA Clean Tech Incubator, CR Magazine, Earth911, Earth Techling and GreenVC.org.

About Opportunity Green

Founded in 2007, Opportunity Green brings together leading companies and visionaries in technology, design, media and more, showcasing the hottest opportunities to drive profitability through sustainability. The conference exposes and connects participants to an interdisciplinary cross-section of ideas at the forefront of sustainable business practices through a variety of formats, including creative panels and experiential workshops. Opportunity Green is the largest multidisciplinary green business conference, attracting over 850 attendees from Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge startups. Opportunity Green is the proud recipient of the Golden Arrow Award for Overall Excellence in Product Stewardship from the California Product Stewardship Council and a finalist for "Best Green Initiative" in the BizBash West Event Style Awards. For more information on the conference, visit www.opportunitygreen.com.

For more information, please contact:

Dawna Shuman Publicist
Phone: 818-789-1077
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Kristall Lutz Director of Strategic Alliances
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