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Look Who’s Coming to Green Cities Florida

Submitted by: Green Cities

Categories: Renewable & Alternative Energy, Environment

Posted: May 16, 2009 – 03:36 PM EST


May 16 /CSRwire/ - ORLANDO, FL - 05.16.2009 - On May 19 the Orange County Convention Center will open its doors to Florida's top business, community and government leaders who are gathering to attend the first ever Green Cities Florida conference. The event is designed to create, connect and facilitate meaningful business dialogues while providing educational platforms for business and government with practical steps, strategic plans and appropriate tools for getting started down the path of sustainability.

This is no ordinary "green" conference. Designed specifically to address the economic and environmental challenges and opportunities that Florida faces, Green Cities provides 60 of the nations sustainability experts speaking on 7 separate educational tracks including; Growing Florida's Green Economy, Greening your Business A-Z, Green Government, Wise Business Choices in a Changing Economy, Green Events Planning and Production, Understanding and Responding to Climate Change, Green Cities Planning, Design and Construction and a training track which includes a half-day LEED workshop available for continuing education credit.

"Florida has the opportunity to emerge a leader in green business." States Mayor Richard Crotty, "This event is geared for motivated businesses and government leaders who desire to be more pro-active with "green practices" in order to realize the savings and opportunities associated with this new shift in doing business. Orange County is proud to support this conference because it enables business and government leaders to gain the knowledge they need to implement opportunities to help protect the environment, build community quality, and increase economic opportunities."

Some of the speakers include;

  • Gil Friend - Founder, President and CEO of Natural Logic Inc, providing advisory services in strategy, design, operations, and information systems that help clients build economic advantage through exceptional environmental performance.

  • Mike Italiano - President & Chief Executive Officer for Market Transformation to Sustainability and founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

  • Dr. Jennifer Languell - Founder and President of Trifecta Construction Solutions and nationally recognized leader in green building education.

  • Jerome Ringo - President of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America.

  • Tim Center - Director of Sustainable Florida - Collins Center, an alliance of private and public partners committed to identifying, supporting and communicating sustainable best practices.

  • John Lushetsky - Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy, with responsibility for all solar technology development, grid integration, and market transformation activities under the Solar America Initiative.

  • Steve Cochran - Internationally-recognized and nationally-prominent leader, speaker, writer, and advocate and practitioner in the field of sustainable enterprise.
Green Cities Florida participants will have the opportunity to network with business and government entities through professional and social networking integrated throughout the 2 day conference. In addition, attendees will take part in an historic event; the "Flip The Switch" ceremony for the largest solar array of its kind in the Southeast. The one-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) system is currently being installed atop the Orange County Convention Center and will be turned on for the first time the morning of May 20th during opening ceremonies for Green Cities Florida. Both Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando and Mayor Richard Crotty of Orange County will be on hand along with Senator Lee Constantine to "turn on the sun" - putting Florida on the map as a leader in sustainability.

Contributing Sponsors include: Advanced Solar Photonics, OUC and Permapave; Media Sponsors are EcoFactory, CSRwire, Sustianability; The Journal of Record and ENS.

Green Cities(TM) is produced by Seven-Star, Inc., an EPA award winning green event and green education expert. Green Cities(TM) Florida offers ideas, products, and services that provide business and government with the necessary tools and resources to make a shift toward sustainable practices. Topics range from green building to clean technology; organic agriculture to green investments; fair trade to the sustainable supply chain; and, integrating sustainability into corporate culture.

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