Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

The Journey to Sustainable Prosperity with Dodd Galbreath of Lipscomb University

With increasing demand for sustainable products and services, sustainable business practices have never been more important to business and economic growth. Many of the world’s largest, most profitable companies are well down the path, transforming their thinking and their course in ways that integrate citizenship and sustainability into their core business strategies. The 2011 Green Business Summit – Innovations in Sustainability – is focused on providing your organization with insights to grow your business and succeed in an increasingly “green” environment. We will explore business models, practices and opportunities to help you stay competitive, improve profitability and grow market valuation. The 2011 keynote speakers are L. Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions and Don Moseley, Director of Sustainable Facilities for Wal-Mart. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the fourth annual Green Business Summit April 21-22, 2011 at the Nashville Convention Center.

 

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New World Home - The McMansion is dead

The McMansion is dead. And smart, efficient homes in walkable neighborhoods could well be the new longevity injection urban communities have been waiting for. At the International Builders Show in January, the National Association of Home Builders unveiled research showing that homes completed in 2010 averaged 2,377 square feet, a 3 percent drop from 2009. And that trend is expected to persist through 2015, when the average home size is expected to measure 2,152 square feet. This marks a significant reversal of a three-decade trend, which peaked in 2007 at 2,521 square feet. So, what’s driving this? Economic and demographic trends. Tune in to find out.

 

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Jim Hartzfeld of Interface Raise - Why sustainability is not insane

The story is now legend; the “spear in the chest” epiphany Ray Anderson experienced when he first read Paul Hawken’s, The Ecology of Commerce seeking inspiration for a speech to an Interface task force on the company’s environmental vision. Fourteen years and a sea change later, Interface, Inc., is approximately 40 percent to it’s target of “Mission Zero,” the journey no one would have imagined for the company, or the petroleum-intensive industry of carpet manufacturing, which has been forever changed by Ray’s vision. The once captain of industry has eschewed a luxury car for a Prius and built an off-the-grid home, authored a book chronicling his journey, and become an unlikely screen hero in the 2004 Canadian documentary, “The Corporation.” He was named one of TIME International’s “Heroes of the Environment” in 2007. He’s a sought after speaker and advisor on all issues eco, including a stint as co-chairman of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development.

 

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There's lead and a whole bunch of other stuff in your lipstick that you should know about

Join us for a special "Lipstick Lunch & Learn" and discover how the cosmetics industry is allowed to put anything they want in your cosmetics and personal care products. Known carcinogens, neurotoxins and lead are all found in American's cosmetics and personal care products and even though Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand have legally banned the worst offenders, a majority of American Cosmetics companies have taken a stand against reform. Find out how you can help the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics work towards a more open and toxin free cosmetics industry as we talk with Mia Davis, Organizing Director for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

 

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There's more toxins in coal than you realize

Georgia Sierra Club members and supporters are more than 11,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, they work together to protect Georgia communities and the planet. The Georgia chapter is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the state of Georgia. Erin Glynn, Regional Conservation Recruiter, discusses current work by the chapter regarding coal-fired plants in Georgia.

 

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