Submitted by: Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE)
Posted: Mar 13, 2013 – 03:58 PM EST
CHICAGO, Mar. 13 /CSRwire/ - On March 8th and 9th, 2013, the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) hosted its Certified Carbon Strategy Practitioner Training in Chicago. Participants included environmental managers, sustainability specialists, and strategic development professionals from a wide range of business sectors.
Nikos Avlonas, President and Founder of CSE, served as the lead facilitator for the training which covered such robust topics as greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting, climate change regulations, and understanding the carbon footprint process for businesses and operations.
On the second day of training, guest speaker Menno Enters, Director of Energy and Sustainability at Walgreens, announced his company’s plan to build the nation’s first net zero energy retail store, which will produce energy equal or greater to what is consumes. The LEED Platinum building will include an array of solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heating & cooling, and carbon dioxide refrigeration. As Menno explained, the net zero project is one of several sustainability initiatives that Walgreens is operating. “We hope to learn from this store and incorporate elements from it into other stores.”
Other guest speakers included sustainability pioneer Dr. George Nassos, and green buildings expert George Vavaroutsos.
Since 2005, CSE has held a competitive advantage in leading change and driving sustainable development with its unique and advanced services. As part of these services, CSE’s advanced certified trainings have received global popularity and recognition and now act as a stepping stone for organizations that aspire to progressively implement sustainability into their core operations.
To date, more than 500 professionals on 5 continents have attended CSE’s certified trainings including practitioners from Coca-Cola, BP, United Airlines, Sara Lee, World Bank, Honeywell, Oracle, Grainger, Sears Holdings Company, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
CSE is hosting its next Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner trainings in TORONTO on April 18th-19th and NEW YORK CITY on June 13th-14th, and Green Buildings Strategy Training in CHICAGO on May 8th and 9th.