Sustainability Summit Stunning Success
on Two Fronts, On Demand Access to Sessions Forthcoming
In a breakthrough
approach to delivering a major conference, those involved in the
Corporate Sustainability Summit on May 28-29 in Austin, TX, can bask
in the glow of a highly appreciative audience and technical success.
The Corporate Sustainability Summit was a landmark event in
that the entire 2-day event was broadcast by WebEx drawing a
worldwide, virtual audience in addition to live attendees. Virtual
viewers could see and hear the presentations simultaneously with
attendees watching live in Austin, TX. Technology for the broadcast
was supplied in partnership with Cisco Systems.
virtual viewer, “Not sure what those on-site experienced, but I felt
the conference was terrific. A very impressive and qualified set of
speakers, and the content was extraordinary.”
emailed, “…I feel that some of the mystery and mystic was eliminated.
Sustainability is like any other challenge. Commitment, communication
and hard work all are needed. It is a bit of an art, but mostly it is
digging in and getting it done. And you gave them dozens of ideas on
how to do just that.”
The sessions gave
attendees and viewers a wide range of perspectives on critical issues
of the day including:
Offsets, RECs, Climate Science
-What is the carbon offsets debate really about? Do the offsets you’re considering buying meet
the R-S-V-P-E test? Rob Harmon, Chief Innovation Officer for Bonneville Environment Foundation, laid it on the
line in a scintillating presentation backed by 15 years experience
-Does it pay to be a skeptic when
delving into the debate on climate science? Dr. Michelle Michot Foss, One of the world’s internationally
recognized experts on energy policy, science, and economics says “you bet.” With 29 years of experience, Dr.
Foss showed how to analyze the economic factors and dig out the facts.
The utility of future will not look like
today’s utility. As a result the nature of public private partnerships is changing. Austin Energy lays out how
the city it serves will achieve a zero net building energy code and shift city facilities to 100% renewable
power. Corporate partners are a big part of implementing the plan.
The Political Climate
Dave Winstead, as former
Commissioner of Public Buildings, GSA, managed the massive shift to overhaul some 8,000 buildings into the
world of “green.” He gave viewers the political insider’s view of where money is earmarked, the mood
in Congress, and what happens when the stimulus money dries up.
Healthcare’s Battle to Become More
How hospitals are facing-up to their consumption of 836 trillion BTUs annually. It’s an
insider’s look at the realities of healthcare industry provided by Brian Weldy, VP/Facilities Administration
at Hospital Corporation of America, and VP/Sustainability for IFMA Healthcare Council.
Return on Sustainable Investments
As seen through the eyes of two corporate giants: Cisco and Dell.
Each one is using different tactics. Is one better than the other?
Rolfsen, Director of Sustainable Development for Cisco, explains his company’s Green Vision. Then, in a
dynamic software demo unveils Cisco’s Environmental Data Tool (EDT) to enable a corporate wide tracking of
facilities GhG emissions. Surprise, surprise – your company can also get access to this tool.
"How do we
gauge return at Dell? Same way we gauge return on the rest of our business investments," says Dane Parker,
Director of Global EHS and Facilities Sustainability for Dell Inc. Dell’s carbon neutral strategy integrates
all facets of its business – accounting for impact on suppliers and customers in addition to internal
Setting & Managing CEO Expectations, Maneuvering Your Organization Effectively
Culture, culture, culture. How do you change it within an organization? It’s a matter of
selecting the right path. Should you become the champion in your company? Or, is it necessary to become an
insurgent? Kit Tuveson, IFMA Sustainability Trainer, who learned from his 36 years of experience at
Hewlett-Packard, showed how to select the most effective route, and then make your case for sustainability
stick. “You don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression,” says Kit.
Metrics – How One Worldwide Financial
Institution Measures Sustainability
Want an eco-efficient organization? Trying placing sustainability at the center of your wheel.
Duetsch Bank has developed a 10 point plan with each point serving as a spoke in the wheel, explains Ron
Herbst, Head of Energy Management & Sustainability, directly from his London headquarters. Spokes include
carbon management, renewable power, green lease management, green FM contracts, and regulation – each tied to
metrics summary reports.
Real Estate – Establishing Market Value on Green Buildings
demand is rising for sustainable property, says Scott Muldavin, founder of Green Building Finance Consortium.
But, you better understand today’s needs of the three value drivers: regulator, space user, and investor.
Scott lays out the six distinct steps you must follow to determine value, and explains why RAP is key to
future of sustainable property investment
50 Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Ideas for Your Building
They’re quick, they’re simple and they
truly create more economic value in your building. Delivered by B. Alan Whitson, developer of acclaimed
Turning Green into Gold® program, who known for his “No Brainers.” There’s a financial bottom line and
Whitson showed how to get there.
How About the Media: What are They Covering & Why?
FORTUNE magazine and Wall St. Journal tell you what they’re watching (and investigating). Recorded on
tape is interchange between Bruce Dumaine, Global Editor of FORTUNE magazine, Russell Gold, Energy Reporter
for Wall St. Journal and its Environmental Capital blog, and Greg Zimmerman, Executive Editor of
Forthcoming on How to View all these Sessions in their Entirety
Virtual viewers electing
to join the Center for Corporate Sustainability’s Passport Program
will also receive the rights to download speaker slides and view the
presentations as frequently as you want for the 12 months following
the Summit, as everything is being archived for future retrieval.
Further, you will be allowed entry into a private social network being
created exclusively for live attendees and virtual passport holders.
Glenn Fischer, 503-274-7162
Dave Hewett, 503-970-9047