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Where Green Meets Black 2013: What Works & Why For Sustainable Business

Date and Time

Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:30 PM

Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:30 PM


Ann Arbor, MI

About The Event

Leaders in business, education and research will review the latest findings on emerging trends, lessons learned and strategies for future sustainable business practices during a one-day conference scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the University of Michigan’s Rackham Auditorium in Ann Arbor.

Where Green Meets Black: What Works and Why for Sustainable Business,” is Michigan’s only annual statewide sustainability-focused symposium designed for businesses of all sizes and industries. Participants will acquire the latest data and have the opportunity to share best practices to directly influence the state’s economic future.

Conference co-hosts include the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF), the University of Michigan Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and EarthShare Michigan (ESMI).

Guest speakers and topics include:

Lauren Bigelow of Growth Capital Network, speaking on “Michigan Trends in Sustainable Entrepreneurship”

Robert W. Kuhn, an international corporate strategist, investment banker and public intellectual, addressing “How Sustainable Business Practices Enhance Profitability and Venture Capital”

Andrew Hoffman, the Holcim Professor of Global Sustainable Enterprise, presenting findings from his new book: Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability. Representatives from the public and private sectors will lead several panel discussions to address sustainability’s critical role in business, from strategy to management.

There will be several opportunities throughout the day for individual networking and discussion.

Tickets for “Where Green Meets Black” are $85 (SMSBF member price: $50) when purchased before September 20 and $100 thereafter (SMSBF member price: $70).

Admission to the all-day event (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) includes all speaker presentations and panel discussions, a continental breakfast and lunch.

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Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum –The Forum supports business leaders in Southeast Michigan in creating long-term and sustainable value for their stakeholders in a region and a world undergoing fundamental and rapid economic, environmental, and social change. The SMSBF Vision is to have a profound and positive impact on the growth and prosperity of Southeast Michigan through sustainable business practices.

EarthShare Michigan – EarthShare is non-profit federation of environmental charities with more than 25 years of experience in connecting people and workplaces with effective ways to support critical environmental causes. EarthShare@Work amps up employee engagement, raises critical funding, builds awareness about environmental issues, while supporting CSR initiatives, philanthropy and corporation’s green goals.

UM Erb Institute for Global Enterprise - The Erb Institute is committed to creating a socially and environmentally sustainable society through the power of business. Building on nearly two decades of research, teaching, and direct engagement, the Institute has become one of the world’s leading sources of innovative knowledge on the culture, technologies, operations and governance of business in a changing world. The Institute’s impact is realized most powerfully through our vibrant global network of students and alumni who are the transformative change agents in business, government and the non-profit worlds.

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For almost 30 years, EarthShare has given businesses and employees across America effective ways to care for our natural resources and contribute to a sustainable future. Today EarthShare works with the corporate sector to create dynamic and relevant engagement and philanthropic experiences for employee participants, businesses, and the communities where they live and work.

Our mission: To accelerate the pace of positive environmental change through the collaborative power of motivated businesses, individuals, and America’s vital network of environmental and conservation organizations.

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  • Program options for tailored or turnkey engagement
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  • Employee philanthropy and focused Issue Funds
  • Nationwide and community-based volunteerism and events
  • International, national and state-based participating nonprofits

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