Mayor Tom Henry reminds business to register for Regional Sustainability Conference

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Press release from the City of Fort Wayne:

Mayor Tom Henry reminds business to register for Regional Sustainability Conference
Deadline Approaches for Earth Day 2010 Event

The registration deadline for businesses in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio to sign up for the regional sustainability conference -“The Next Step to Emerging Economies” is drawing near. Space is limited and attendees have until noon on April 19, 2010 to register for the event.

“This one-day conference will help regional job creators learn and translate proven ideas into their strategic plans. Sustainability is the conference focus; enhancing economic opportunity is our ultimate goal,” said Mayor Tom Henry.

The event will present ideas from the Natural Step Network, an international nonprofit organization that helps integrate sustainability concepts into strategic planning. The network has trained well-known organizations including Nike, IKEA, Nissan, Starbucks, Dow Chemical, CH2M Hill and the City of Madison, Wisconsin.

David Cook, the Natural Step International’s former chief executive and now executive ambassador, will lead the workshop. Based in Stockholm, Cook has been connected to the Natural Step Network since 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council and the Sustainability External Advisory Committee of Dow Chemical. Also attending will be Natural Step USA Executive Director, Regina Hauser.

“A central lesson of the new economy is that ‘green’ is as good for business as it is for the environment,” said Mayor Henry. “Sustainability is now a fundamental part of the profit equation for any competitive company. Equipping local business owners and executives with sustainable business practices will ensure our community remains an attractive and vibrant place long into the future.”

Attendees will learn about a systems-based approach, designed to develop a continuous learning environment. This approach helps organizations and communities accelerate progress on meeting the economic needs of today without compromising the environmental needs of future generations.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 22, 2010 at the Grand Wayne Center. The cost is $75 per attendee and includes lunch. Area businesses see this as an important event. They agreed to sponsor the conference as a way to encourage business participation.

“A prestigious event of this caliber often costs four times that amount. This is a tremendous value for businesses in the area,” said Terry Thornsbury, president of Viridian Architectural Design and conference committee member.

Online registration is available at For more information about the conference, contact Julia Gorrell at 427-6059 or Again, the registration deadline is noon on April 19, 2010.

The Next Step to Emerging Economies workshop sponsors are CH2M Hill, Hilton Hotel Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech, Transformations Furniture, Ameresco, Citilink, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Kelly Box, Fort Wayne Metals, Parkview, Indiana Michigan Power, Fort Wayne Newspapers, SIRVA, NIPSCO, Trane, the Indiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Current Mechanical, Elk Components, Hoosier Environmental Council, Moss Construction Cost Management, Rothberg Logan & Warsco, STAR Financial, Toter Inc., Viridian Architectural Design Inc., Omnisource.

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