Champaign to host green business summit
CHAMPAIGN — Two nationally known authorities on sustainability — Joel Makower and Jim Hartzfeld —will be keynote speakers for the first Illinois Green Business Summit, scheduled Sept. 6 and 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign.
The summit is hosted by the Illinois Green Business Association, the Champaign-based group that helps businesses find the economic and environmental benefits of green practices.
Makower is chairman of GreenBiz Group and executive editor of the GreenBiz.com website. His books have included "The Green Consumer," "Strategies for the Green Economy," "Beyond the Bottom Line" and "Office Hazards: How Your Job Can Make You Sick."
For 14 years, he published a monthly newsletter, The Green Business Letter.
Makower is scheduled to speak at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 7.
Hartzfeld is managing director of InterfaceRAISE, the corporate consulting arm of Interface Inc. He works with companies to help them adopt cultures of sustainability.
Hartzfeld also served as chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council for two years.
He is scheduled to speak at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7.
Summit topics will include sustainable business practices, energy incentives, green certification programs, green technology, innovations and academic research. Five tracks will be offered, one of them on "Local Economy and Local Foods."
Representatives of business, government, academia and community organizations are encouraged to attend the two-day event.
Registration is $95 through June 15; after that, the registration fee jumps to $145. Student registration is $25.
Initial sponsors for what will be an annual summit include the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Radius Custom Solutions Group. The association continues to solicit sponsors, exhibitors and panelists for the event.
For more information, visit the association's website at http://www.illinoisgba.com or call the association at 531-2179.