Champaign to host green business summit

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 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 or call the association at 531-2179.

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CU Hatin wrote on June 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Is anyone interested in picketing this event like the unions did for the Mitch Daniels speech?  At least Daniels was talking about common sense solutions to real world problems.  The Green Business Summit will be filled with half truths about the global warming hoax and how to "save" money by spending more on "green" practices.  Not in my town!  The "green" movement is nothing new.  Don't you lemmings remember "reduce, reuse, and recycle" from 20 years ago?

Mark Taylor wrote on June 10, 2012 at 10:06 pm

That's absolutely right. These dang environazis are the worst thing since Hitler. These communistical fascists want nothing more than to make all of us live in mud huts burning cow patties while they live high on the hog in their govermint funded mansions.


Just because we've been having the hottest weather on record is no proof that the climate is getting hotter. And their lies about rising ocean levels and atmosphereical carbon levels are just that: LIES!!! Just like their lies about evolution. It's all been proved to be a hoax by Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck -- the only authorites anyone should listen to.

I'll be there picketing right beside you, brother. Let's show these enviro-mentals that we're no dupes.

CU Hatin wrote on June 15, 2012 at 4:06 pm


I'm glad you could grasp my sarcasm.  For those (unlike you) who still believe in man made global warming, here is a recent Forbes article for your reading pleasure:  "Doctored Data, Not U.S. Temperatures, Set a Record This Year"


Mark Taylor wrote on June 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

I know. Your sarcams is delicious. NASA, all them dang scientists, the UN and all them other countries are just part of this big conspiracy to make themselves rich. If we can't trust a corporation like Forbes to tell us the REAL TRUTH about this faked up global warming hooey, then who can we trust? It's not like they benefit from lieing about climate change, is it?