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Business and Sustainability

Past Events

We welcome you to review BSG's history of inspiring speakers and events. Click any of the events to see more information.

 

2005

Tim Bishop Genentech New Horizons: Environmental Sustainability in the Biotech Industry
Dominique Conseil AVEDA Innovation: The Secret Tool for Sustainability
Slim Shekar PAX Scientific Designing and Marketing a Biomimicry-based Product
David Gottfried USGBC Greening our Buildings, Industry, and Lives
Michael Braungart
Peter Senge
William McDonough
EPEA
SoL
MBDC
Conference: Cradle to Cradle Design and Intelligent Materials Pooling in Practice
Michael Braungart EPEA Cradle to Cradle Design: A New Driver of Business Innovation
Michael Braungart EPEA The Promise of the Next Industrial Revolution: Cradle to Cradle Design
     
2004
Ted Nace Author, Gangs of America Shattering the Bounds of a System That Keeps Corporations Dysfunctional
Paul Murray Herman Miller Sustainability at Herman Miller: The Power of One
Bill DeVincenzi SJSU Ahead of the Curve: Integrating Values and Business Smarts
Barbara Waugh
Chris Weil
Joe Kresse
HP
Chris Weil & Co.
BSG
Mindshift Café for Business
     
2003    
Multiple Multiple Silicon Valley Sustainability Tour:
Smart Strategies to Grow Business Value
Kay Breeden Seagate Doing the Right Thing: How Seagate is Growing its Business, Responsibly
Joan Bavaria Trillium Asset Management Socially Responsible Investing: The Real Costs and Benefits
Joe Kresse BSG The Divine Right of Capital
Paul Dolan Fetzer Vineyards New Sustainable Business Principles
Lisa Friedman EDG Workshop: Sustainability - Part 2 : Making It Happen
Lisa Friedman
Joe Kresse
EDG
BSG
Workshop: Sustainability - Part 1 : Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
Janine Benyus Biomimicry Surrounded by Genius: What Can Nature Teach Us About Sustainable Business?
     
2002    
Lisa Friedman
Joe Kresse
EDG
BSG
Workshop: Sustainability - Part 1 : Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
Katherine Ellison Author, The New Economy of Nature The New Economy of Nature
George Zimmer Men’s Wearhouse Organizational Success through Reciprocal Altruism
Lisa Friedman EDG Workshop: Sustainability - Part 2 : Making It Happen
Lisa Friedman
Joe Kresse
EDG
BSG
Workshop: Sustainability - Part 1 : Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
Multiple Multiple Sustainability Provider’s Seminar
Karl-Henrik Robert The Natural Step A Framework for Social and Ecological Sustainability
John Pepper Procter & Gamble Procter & Gamble’s Journey to Sustainability
L. Hunter Lovins
Walter Link
RMI
Global Academy
Natural Capitalism
Lisa Friedman EDG Workshop: Sustainability - Part 2 : Making It Happen
     
2001    
Lisa Friedman
Joe Kresse
EDG
BSG
Workshop: Sustainability - Part 1 : Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
William McDonough William McDonough + Partners Designing Like Nature
Gail Brownell Agilent Sustainability Made Real
Peter Brew IBLF Business & Sustainability: Are Europeans Ahead?
Paul Ray Author, Cultural Creatives Suddenly, Sustainability Counts!

 

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December 6, 2005, "New Horizons: Environmental Sustainability in the Biotech Industry"

The Business & Sustainability Group (changing its name to Sustainovation) invites you to attend an In-Depth Conversation

Tim BishopSpeaker: Tim Bishop
Senior Manager for Corporate Environmental Programs Genentech

With over 240 marketed products and more than 300 new products in the "pipeline," the biopharmaceutical industry is booming. What are the environmental impacts of biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and how will industry growth affect California?

As the founder of the biotech industry, Genentech has always been in a position of industry leadership. The company recently announced its plans to lead in the area of environmental sustainability as well, with the publication of its first corporate environmental report. Come and learn about Genentech's environmental goals and its plans for environmental stewardship within the biotech industry.

About Mr. Bishop
Tim Bishop has worked at Genentech for over eight years, during a period of remarkable growth and transition. In this time, Mr. Bishop has spearheaded a number of strategic environmental initiatives, including:
• creation of a corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) group;
• development of corporate EHS standards;
• establishment of corporate environmental goals; and
• publication of the company's first environmental performance report.

Prior to his career at Genentech, Tim worked as an international trade consultant and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Tim holds an MBA and a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University (1997) as well as a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Pomona College (1990).

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Thursday, November 3, 2005 "Innovation: The Secret Tool for Sustainability”

Can sustainability feed innovation? Can innovation feed sustainability?

The Business and Sustainability Group (BSG) welcomes you to a breakfast presentation and dialogue featuring one of the true innovators in product sustainability, AVEDA. Join us for a discussion with company president Dominique Conseil…with us all the way from Minneapolis!

Mr. Conseil will explain how the search for more sustainable products and processes has centered around a mainstream, common business goal: innovation. He will share real-life examples of how the company has been able to innovate both inside the company and in partnership with vendors, such as:

• Innovation in packaging: lipstick, plastic jars, plastic bottles, and tubes, aiming at 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content
• Innovation in raw material sourcing: meeting the particular standards set by the company
• Innovation in botanical supplies: fostering a permanent improvement in organic supplies
• Innovation in green chemistry: finding naturally derived substitutes to petrochemical substances

These examples will help explain the importance for a company to share its agenda and values with its suppliers and commit to long-term partnerships and education initiatives. Conseil will highlight the applicability of Aveda’s lessons learned to non-cosmetic businesses, and how the company has created a central environmental management system around the CERES principles. He will also emphasize the role that a premium price position has played in the success of its product line, and how the company has actively welcomed its customers as partners along its sustainability journey.

About Mr. Conseil
• A career spanning marketing and general management in global markets. “The same human heart beats under different skin colors” is his favorite summary of his international experience.
• As President of Aveda, he focuses on bringing to the salon industry a sustainable business model based on distribution selectivity, consistent both with the salons’ focus on highly individualized quality services and with parent company Estée Lauder’s business culture.
• A member of the World Future Society, the New York and Minnesota Japan Societies, and a supporting member of The Demeter Association, Inc., which promotes biodynamic agriculture.
• Fluent in French and English, as well as Japanese, German, Swedish, Tagalog, and Thai.
• Mr. Conseil holds a Masters in Management (Marketing and International Finance) from the Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord business school in France, and a degree in Pacific Anthropology and Polynesian Languages from INALCO, the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2005 "Designing and Marketing a Biomimicry-based Product”

Look into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

Biomimicry-based product design. What are the advantages, and what’s involved in bringing a truly innovative product to market?

Slim ShekarPlease join the Business and Sustainability Group (BSG) in a presentation & discussion with Slim Shekar, EVP and Chief Licensing Officer of San Rafael based PAX Scientific.

Most companies have the challenge of developing and marketing a product or technology based on fairly finite and precise product specifications. However, developing a fundamental discovery and commercializing it poses very special challenges. Slim Shekar will discuss the lessons learned during the past three years in executing a commercialization strategy for the firm's fundamental biomimetic discovery.

About Mr. Shekar
• Prior to joining PAX Scientific, Mr. Shekar was Founder, President, & CEO of Netgami Technologies, Inc., an Internet infrastructure company in the distributed computing sector.
• A distinguished career in venture capital, strategy and technology management, and management consulting, including senior positions at Bechtel Enterprises, Arthur D. Little, SRI International, and Siemens AG.
• Mr. Shekar holds a BA from St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Sponsored by Arthur D. Little, he participated in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:00pm - 9:30pm "Greening our Buildings, Industry, and Lives"

“…no organization has had a bigger impact on the environment than this one in terms of energy and materials saved, toxins eliminated, greenhouse gases avoided, and human health enhanced.”
Paul Hawken—Foreward to “Greed to Green”

"David Gottfried's work has led to the beginning of the transformation of the most important sector in the nation's energy economy…”
Gil Masters—Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

David GottfriedThe Business and Sustainability Group (BSG) welcomes you to a networking opportunity and in-depth dialogue with David Gottfried, life-long environmental advocate, author, and founder of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils.

Gottfried will start by sharing insights, stories and experiences from his personal “greening” journey, as he progressed from a real estate developer in the booming 1980’s to a pioneering green management consultant today. Participants will then learn about:

• The formation of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils and how the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard is transforming construction in the US, Europe, China, and India
• How to build an economy that embraces the true cost of natural resources
• The change that has occurred in the building industry and the market system within which it operates
• How each person can make a real difference by applying Gottfried’s lessons learned to his/her work, personal, and spiritual life

Following Mr. Gottfried's presentation, participants will have an opportunity for small group discussion to delve deeper into the evening's topic and identify personal solutions. Attendees will then reconvene as a larger group to share their insights. Gottfried will be available for book-signing at the end of the evening.

About David Gottfried
Mr. Gottfried has over two decades of multidisciplinary real estate, consulting and non-profit organizational experience in the building industry. Gottfried is the President of WorldBuild, which works exclusively with organizational clients that strive to lessen their reliance on limited natural resources and wasteful practices, while boosting lifecycle based economics and quality of life. WorldBuild has served as the sustainable development consultant for many of the leading and award winning sustainable organizations and projects in the United States.

David Gottfried serves as a board member and officer of the U.S. and World Green Building Councils. Mr. Gottfried previously held executive level positions in several real estate development and construction management organizations. Gottfried received his degree in Engineering and Resource Management from Stanford University, and is a regular lecturer for Stanford’s Civil Engineering Department. Gottfried is the recipient of the Environmental Enterprise Award from Acterra’s Business Environmental Network. He is also the founding Chairman of ASTM's Green Building Committee, and author of “Greed to Green: The transformation of an industry and a life.”

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June 6-7, 2005, "Cradle to Cradle Design and Intelligent Materials Pooling in Practice"

with Dr. Michael Braungart & Dr. Peter Senge…and special guest William McDonough

SRI International
Menlo Park, California

In a world where increasing attention is being paid to the impact our business activities have on the health of our communities and our biosphere, Cradle to Cradle Design is being embraced as a powerful new framework for thinking about how we can build more beautiful products and a healthier bottom line, while having a fully beneficial impact on the world around us.

This 2-day conference was led by one of the visionaries of the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) framework, Dr. Michael Braungart, one of the most influential business thinkers and authors of the past 100 years, Dr. Peter Senge, and practitioners who are already creating award-winning Cradle to Cradle products/projects.

Dozens of innovators from around the world joined together to build a solid understanding of the potential, challenges, and evolving solutions for applying C2C principles to existing or envisioned products or projects. Participants worked together to build a set of guidelines and next steps for implementing a C2C plan, and built a network of support for future collaboration.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005 "Cradle to Cradle Design: A New Driver of Business Innovation"

Listen to the lecture, "Cradle to Cradle Design: A New Driver of Business Innovation"

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The Foundation for Global Community’s “Business and Sustainability Group” (BSG) welcomes you to a breakfast presentation by world-renowned design chemist Dr. Michael Braungart. On a special visit from Germany, Dr. Braungart will discuss:


Professor Dr. Braungart works with major industrial producers on issues of materials assessment, waste and energy balances, life-cycle design, and designing for disassembly. He is also active in designing new products, and was instrumental in the creation of the compostable fabric line Climatex®Lifecycle™ with William McDonough.


Using concrete examples from everyday products such as computers, mobile phones, shavers, and soda bottles, Dr. Braungart will explain how Cradle to Cradle design and Intelligent Materials Pooling (IMP) can help companies realize the potential for significant innovation and breakthroughs that could impact a company’s top and bottom lines for many years. Specific benefits could include:


• Increased revenue and market share based on unique, new products and processes
• Operational cost savings from creating closed-loop production and consumption lifecycles
• Increased productivity through improved product and process design
• Reduced worker exposure to toxic materials
• Enhanced brands due to true environmental stewardship
• Improved relationships with customers and suppliers through Cradle-to-Cradle lifecycle service

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Listen to the lecture, "The Promise of the Next Industrial Revolution: Cradle to Cradle Design"

Download the Power Point presentation from this event. (15.5 meg)

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Tuesday February 15, 2005 "The Promise of the Next Industrial Revolution: Cradle to Cradle Design"

The Business and Sustainability Group (BSG) and the Stanford Center for Social Innovation welcome you to a presentation by one of the world's true visionaries in sustainable product/process design, Dr. Michael Braungart.

Stanford Graduate School of BusinessAbout Dr. Braungart:

• Partner and co-author of “Cradle to Cradle” with William McDonough
• Winner of several global awards for outstanding scientific achievements in environmental protection and design excellence
• Manufacturing and supply chain advisor to leading corporations, such as Herman Miller, Nike, Ford, SC Johnson, Interface, Unilever, BASF, and Volkswagen
• Co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia

Dr. Braungart will highlight concrete examples of companies that are moving beyond making products less harmful to making products that support a sustainable future. You will gain an understanding of the concept of Cradle to Cradle Design and its application in fields ranging from product design to corporate strategy to materials engineering. Also, you will discover the real story behind the products you use every day, such as Coca Cola bottles - how they impact your health, your environment, and the well-being of future generations.

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Monday, August 30, 2004, “Shattering the Bounds of a System That Keeps Corporations Dysfunctional”

Our thought-starter, Ted Nace, will open the evening with observations on the origins of corporations, the 200-year evolution of corporate systems, and the forces that have shaped corporate roles in society today. Participants will then explore their own ideas in small groups, followed by idea sharing, Q&A with Mr. Nace, and the potential of forming action groups.

In "Gangs of America” (Berrett-Koehler, 2003) Nace encapsulates his research into the historical roots of the corporation and the institutional structure of power in America. The complete text of the book can be downloaded in PDF format from www.GangsofAmerica.com and is available in print form from your bookseller. Nace also wrote and edited for PC World, Macworld, other computer magazines and book publishers, and founded Peachpit Press, the world's leading publisher of books on computer graphics and desktop publishing. Peachpit outpaced older and larger publishing companies to become the world's leading source of books on computer graphics and desktop publishing.

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Friday, July 23, 2004, Paul Murray, Corporate Environmental Affairs Manager at Herman Miller, Inc., "Sustainability at Herman Miller: The Power of One"

Are you interested in learning about the advantages realized by companies on the cutting edge of building and product design?

Please join us in a presentation and small-group discussion with Paul Murray, Corporate Environmental Affairs Manager of global office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. For more than half a century, environmental stewardship has stood as a central corporate value and strategy at Herman Miller. Mr. Murray will discuss the company's sustainability journey, including the power of each employee to make the company a better place to work and more profitable, and the financial and non-financial advantages of sustainable building and product design. As an example, Herman Miller recently added a new generation of environmentally friendly fabrics and materials to its product line."

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Thursday, May 6, 2004, "Ahead of the Curve: Integrating Values
and Business Smarts"

Hear Mr. DeVincenzi discuss the root causes and outcomes of recent corporate misdeeds. He will suggest some systemic solutions and actions that individuals can take to encourage more ethical behavior by companies. Following Mr. DeVincenzi's presentation, participants will have an opportunity for small group discussion on the evening's topic, followed by a wrap-up to learn others' thoughts.

Mr. DeVincenzi has been a lecturer in Accounting and Finance at San Jose State University for ten years, and received the Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award in 2004. He earned his MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and has thirty years of industry experience, including ten as Vice President of Finance or Chief Financial Officer. A California CPA, Mr. DeVincenzi is a trustee of the Foundation for Global Community, and is a past president of the San Francisco chapter of the Financial Executives Institute

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Saturday, March 27, 2004 The Business and Sustainability Group
of the Foundation for Global Community cordially invites you
to a: MindShift Cafe for Business

Have a conversation about the future role of business at
the MindShift Cafe by exploring the implications of an
emerging view of an interconnected and interdependent world.

Conversation Starters:
Barbara Waugh, Co-founder e-inclusion, HP Labs
Chris Weil, Chairman and CEO, Christopher Weil & Co., Inc.
Joe Kresse, Former partner, international public accounting firm

Speakers will describe this new worldview and how it is re-shaping business. Participants will then be able to discuss their thoughts on the subject in small groups and will have a chance to develop strategies and tools to move business in this direction.

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Thursday November 13 and Friday November 14, 2003, Silicon Valley Sustainability Tour 2003:
“Smart Strategies to Grow Business Value ”

  • Are you looking for the next wave of innovation to revitalize your company?
  • Are you looking to build the business of the future?
  • Do you want to be a key provider in the emerging sustainability marketplace?
  • Do you want to meet and network with other leaders and implementers of innovation and sustainable business practices?

Day One:

  • Roche Bioscience
  • IDEO
  • Ars Vivendi Retail and Wholesale
  • City of Palo Alto
Day Two:
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hewlett Foundation (Gold LEED Certification)
  • Hitachi Global Storage Technologies

The theme of this year's tour was "Sustainability Everywhere!" At each site, organization representatives will show and tell how they actualize sustainable practices. You will see transferable, proven examples of sustainability in products and services, business processes, workspaces, organizational practices, and culture. Each day will end with an application session, where participants review insights from the day and consider the implications for their own organization.

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Thursday, November 6, 2003, Sustainability Breakfast Series:
Kay Breeden—VP, Worldwide
Environment, Health and Safety, Seagate Technology
“Doing the Right Thing: How Seagate is Growing its Business, Responsibly”

Kay Breeden has more than 25 years of experience working internationally for industry and government in EH&S management, business strategy, auditing, policy development, and technical studies. Her career includes management positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Booz, Allen & Hamilton and AT Kearney (international management and technology consulting firms), Digital Equipment Corporation, and more recently Behavioral Science Technology, a global consulting firm and leader in applying behavioral science tools to culture change in the areas of safety, performance management, and self-directed teams

At Seagate, Ms. Breeden oversees all environmental and occupational health and safety-related functions for the Company’s 48,000 employees in more than 15 countries. Under her leadership, a company-wide, cross-functional effort is in place to manage Corporate Social Responsibility.

Although professionally she works to minimize risk in the business environment, in her free time she embraces risk through her active participation in adventure racing events. These 24-48 hour non-stop events include mountain biking, rappelling, white-water rafting, navigating, running, and hiking through rough terrain.

Ms. Breeden holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois.

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Monday October 20, 2003, Sustainability Breakfast Series:
Joan Bavaria—President & CEO,
Trillium Asset Management
"Socially Responsible Investing: The Real Costs and Benefits"

Joan Bavaria is a long-standing leading figure in the socially responsible investing (SRI) movement. In 1981, Ms. Bavaria co-founded the Social Investment Forum, an organization of research, advisory, banking, and community loan fund organizations engaged in socially responsible investing. Then in 1982 she co-founded Trillium Asset Management (formerly Franklin Development & Research), of which she is currently President and CEO.

Ms. Bavaria was Founding Chair of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES). In 1989, the Coalition released the ten principles for environmental management now known as the CERES Principles. Endorsing companies include General Motors, Bank of America, IT&T Industries, Sun Company, Timberland, and Ben & Jerry's. Bavaria currently sits on the boards of CERES, Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund, The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, and LightHawk, pilots for the environment. She is also on the Dean's Committee for International Development at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Advisory Boards of the Greening of Industry Network and the Corporate Environmental Management Program at the University of Michigan.

In November of 1999 Time.com lauded Ms. Bavaria as “Hero for the Planet.” Then in October of 2000 Ms. Bavaria was honored by Global Green USA and Green Cross International’s President Mikhail Gorbachev with the Millennium Award for Corporate Environmental Leadership.

About Trillium Asset Management

An employee-owned investment advisory company with thirty-four employees and approximately $650 million under management, Trillium services clients with a concern for the social and environmental impacts of their investments. The company publishes research on social issues and investments, works with clients and companies on their social and environmental management issues, contributes significant resources to social activism and community work, and donates 5% of its before-tax profits to charitable causes.

For more information about Trillium or CERES, please visit:

http://www.trilliuminvest.com/default.asp
http://www.ceres.org/our_work/principles.htm

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Wednesday, August 6, A conversation led by Joe Kresse: The Divine Right of Capital
In modern corporations, those who "put up the money" are the only people who have a say in how the corporation works. They also are the only stakeholders entitled to the corporation's financial returns.

  • What are the origins of this corporate form?
  • How did corporations become "persons" under the law?
  • Why do they have unlimited life and no limits on their type of business?
  • How did they end up with the profit as their only legal purpose?
  • What are some possibilities for a new view of corporations?

Joe Kresse coordinates the Business and Sustainability Team at the Foundation. He is a retired partner of an international accounting firm and has a MBA from the Stanford Business School. His remarks will be followed by a conversation among those attending about designing the 21st century corporation and how communities can be involved in this process.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2003, New Sustainable Business Principles - Paul Dolan President, Fetzer Vineyards
Paul Dolan's personal interest in sustainable business practices, including organic farming and resource conservation, is successfully integrated into the day-to-day operations at Fetzer Vineyards. His vision and management of the winery have resulted in countless awards for the company's leading-edge conservation methods, as well as their socially responsible business practices. Dolan has created a dynamic team that includes expert enologists, lab technicians and organic viticulturists. His philosophy has always been to make wines that are "true-to-type" varieties, clearly reflecting the varietal character and complexity of the grape. During his time as Fetzer Vineyard's Winemaker, Paul Dolan was named "Winemaker of the Year" in 1991 by Dan Berger, wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and Fetzer Vineyards was named Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine seven years in a row.

Dolan is an officer on the Board of Directors of the Wine Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, WineVision, Businesses for Social Responsibility, and the Savings Bank of Mendocino County.

Paul Dolan was born and raised in Oakland, California, and holds a Master's Degree in Enology. Descended on his mother's side from three generations of winemakers at the original Italian-Swiss Colony and on his father's side from the winemaking Concannon family, he hails from two distinguished families in California winemaking.

This presentation was sponsored by: Foundation for Global Community, World Business Academy, Sustainable Business Institute, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, Pacific Industrial Business Association, and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network.

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March 14, 2003, Sustainability - Part 2 : Making It Happen
This seminar offers models of sustainability practices, a framework for implementation, practical business examples, a mapping process which will help participants clarify their own Triple Bottom Line vision, strategy and action plan.

During the seminar, participants will create an actual “Triple Bottom Line Blueprint” for their own organizations. We encourage participants to attend in teams to maximize the effectiveness of their next steps towards implementation.

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Fenruary 26, 2003, Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
This seminar provides information on principles and models for building a sustainable enterprise. What is the Triple Bottom Line? How does it work? Why is it of value? Is it practical? Will it work in my organization?

The seminar facilitators will present the principles of sustainability and encourage interactive dialogue that will assist the participants in building a foundation to enable their company to become a Triple Bottom Line organization. Participants will have an opportunity to share their personal goals, discuss possibilities they see in their companies, and investigate the “doorways” through which their company can begin the process of developing sustainability policies and practices.

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January 29, 2003, Surrounded by Genius: What Can Nature Teach Us About Sustainable Business?- Janine Benyus
Widely hailed for its intelligence, clarity and inspiration, Janine Benyus', book "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature", is helping businesses design products and processes that mimic the creativity and power of nature. It is becoming clear that when nature's design methodologies are adapted, it is possible to not only make great progress, but through reverse engineering to find solutions to both common and complex problems.

Biomimicry is also guiding businesses seeking to become more sustainable and working to design "earth friendly products" in "earth friendly ways." Using the biomimicry principle, Tufts scientists working with the R&D group at Digital Equipment Corporation are investigating ways to cool chips by studying the millions of thin film scales that absorb and dissipate heat in a butterfly's wings. Lucent scientists are studying the spherical calcite lenses of the deep-sea brittlestar as a model for light transmission systems in optical computers. Iridigm is building low- energy PDA displays that can be read in using parallel, thin-film reflecting surfaces to generate brilliant colors, an idea they got from the tropical morpho butterfly."

Janine is a graduate of Rutgers University, New Jersey, with degrees in Natural Resource Management and English Literature. In addition to writing popular books in the life sciences, she consults with sustainable business leaders, serves on the Dream Team at Interface, Inc., and gives talks about the natural genius that surrounds us.

Janine's other titles include an animal behavior guide entitled Beastly Behaviors and three ecosystem-first field guides: The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern US, and Northwoods Wildlife: A Watcher's Guide to Habitats. She ghostwrote The Bodywise Woman:Reliable Information about Physical Activity and Health for the Melpomene Institute for Women's Health Research.

Her natural habitat is the northern Rockies, where she enjoys sculling, backpacking, and skate skiing.

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December 6, 2002, Sustainability - Part 1 : Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
This seminar provides information on principles and models for building a sustainable enterprise. What is the Triple Bottom Line? How does it work? Why is it of value? Is it practical? Will it work in my organization?

The seminar facilitators will present the principles of sustainability and encourage interactive dialogue that will assist the participants in building a foundation to enable their company to become a Triple Bottom Line organization. Participants will have an opportunity to share their personal goals, discuss possibilities they see in their companies, and investigate the “doorways” through which their company can begin the process of developing sustainability policies and practices.


October 17, 2002 The New Economy of Nature - a Presentation by Katherine Ellison
Why shouldn't people who deplete our natural assets have to pay, and those who protect them reap profits? Conservation-minded entrepreneurs and others around the world are beginning to ask just that question, as the increasing scarcity of natural resources becomes a tangible threat to our own lives and our hopes for our children. The New Economy of Nature brings together Gretchen Daily, one of the world's leading ecologists from Stanford, with Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, to offer an engaging and informative look at a new "new economy" — a system that recognizes the economic value of natural systems and the potential profits in protecting them.

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October 16, 2002 Organizational Success through Reciprocal Altruism a talk by George Zimmer, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Men's Wearhouse
The Men's Wearhouse is the largest men's tailored retail chain with over 650 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The core of its success is its corporate culture, based on servant leadership values. The Men's Wearhouse has succeeded in the retail industry by breaking all of the industry rules, which call for employees to receive low pay, little training, and lots of part-time work. Instead, the company adopted a novel approach of treating its people well.

Zimmer was an early adopter of "servant leadership" and has successfully integrated the practice of the philosophy into the Men's Wearhouse culture. Servant-leadership seeks to involve others in decision making, is strongly based in ethical and caring behavior, and enhances the personal growth of workers while improving the quality of organizational life. Under this guiding principle, managers and executives are in the service of those with whom they supervise. They are committed to uplifting both the minds and spirits of their employees. This pledge has engendered employee loyalty rarely found in other retail operations. Mr. Zimmer will talk about how the Men's Wearhouse has proven that these values are compatible with traditional business measurements of success.


July 10, 2002 Sustainability PartII: Making It Happen
This seminar offers models of sustainability practices, a framework for implementation, practical business examples, a mapping process which will help participants clarify their own Triple Bottom Line vision, strategy and action plan. During the seminar, participants will create an actual “Triple Bottom Line Blueprint” for their own organizations.


June 27, 2002 Sustainability Part I: Why Now, Why Your Company, How To Move Forward
This seminar provides information for building a sustainable enterprise. How does it work? Why is it of value? Is it practical? Will it work in my organization? It presents the larger context of environmental and social sustainability, and encourages interactive dialogue that will assist the participants in building a foundation for sustainability in their companies. The seminar will also present practical models and principles of sustainability and give participants time to practice with simulated case examples. Participants will have an opportunity to share their personal goal, discuss possibilities they see in their companies, investigate the “doorways” through which their companies can begin the process of developing sustainable business practices, and plan their initial action steps.



June 7, 2002 Sustainability Provider’s Seminar
A seminar for organizations that offer sustainability services to businesses in the Bay Area, in areas such as educational events and materials, measurements and tools, and consulting for sustainability strategy and implementation. This seminar is designed to support the ever-widening network of sustainability providers in California. The purpose is to enhance learning about the tools available to companies as they work to bring sustainability into their organization, gain a deeper understanding or each provider’s products and services, find ways to collaborate and support each other’s work and create a more unified package of services that can be offered to businesses.

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May 8, 2002 A Framework for Social and Ecological Sustainability: Its relationship to leadership, management, product development and metrics
Dr. Karl-Henrik Robert, Founder, The Natural Step
www.naturalstep.org

Professor Karl-Henrik Robèrt, M.D., Ph.D., is one of Sweden's foremost cancer scientists who, in 1989, initiated an environmental/sustainability movement now identified globally as "The Natural Step".
This movement, both a science-based process, and a non-profit advisory organization, has been instrumental in assisting companies, individuals and organizations as they integrate sustainability into their core strategy and operations. Major companies such as IKEA, Electrolux, McDonalds Corporation, The Home Depot, Starbucks, Nike and Bank of America have begun to incorporate "The Natural Step" framework into their business practices. For his work in this area, Dr. Robert was awarded the Green Cross Award for International Leadership in 1999 and the Blue Planet Prize (The “Noble Prize for the Environment”) in 2000.
An audio tape of this presentation is available for $5.00. To order, send an e-mail to:
cmorris@globalcommunity.org


April 16, 2002 Procter & Gamble’s Journey to Sustainability: Significant Milestones
John Pepper, Chairman of the Board, Procter & Gamble
www.pg.com

Mr. Pepper was instrumental in Procter & Gamble’s 1999 decision to focus on the “more holistic concept of sustainable development”. The company’s “2001 Sustainability Report” (available at www.pg.com) states, “The men and women of P&G share a deeply felt purpose: to improve the lives of consumers in every part of the world. One important way in which we fulfill this purpose is through our commitment to the concept of sustainable development . . . now and for generations to come.” In 2001, P&G ranked first in Business Ethics Magazine list of “100 Best Corporate Citizens” and was recognized by the Humane Society of the United States for their longstanding financial and scientific commitment to advancing alternatives to animal testing. In 2000, P&G was rated number one in the non-cyclical consumer products sector by the Dow Jones Sustainability Group and was honored with the Remy Schlumberger Award for successful sharing its profits with employees since 1887 - YES 1887!


March 11, 2002 Natural Capitalism
L. Hunter Lovins, CEO, Strategy, Rocky Mountain Institute
Walter Link, President, Link Group and Global Academy
www.rmi.org and www.theglobalacademy.org

The late 20th Century witnessed two great intellectual shifts. The first was the fall of communism, with the apparent triumph of market economics. The second, now emergent in a rapidly growing number of businesses, is the end of the war against the Earth, with the eventual competitive victory of a new form of economics we call “Natural Capitalism.”

L. Hunter Lovins holds BAs from Pitzer College (political studies and sociology), a JD from Loyola University School of Law with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the School, and an honorary LHD from the University of Maine. She has co-authored nine books and with colleague Amory Lovins she has shared the 2000 Time Magazine “Hero for the Planet Award”, and the 1999 Lindbergh Award.

Walter Link is an international businessman, investor and social entrepreneur intensely engaged in no-profit activities. In the business area, he chairs the Link Group, with investments in real estate, assisted living facilities, ecological farming, financial investments and technology oriented venture capital in Europe and America.
An audio tape of this presentation is available for $5.00. To order, send an e-mail to:
cmorris@globalcommunity.org

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March 1, 2002 Sustainability II - Making it Happen!
This seminar is for teams of individuals from companies and organizations who have a basic understanding of the Triple Bottom Line and its goals and purpose. This seminar offers: models of Triple Bottom Line practices, a framework for implementation, practical business examples, a mapping process which helps participants clarify their own Triple Bottom Line vision, strategy and action plan. During the seminar, participants create an actual “Triple Bottom Line Blueprint” for their own company or organization, that they can take with them to guide their next steps.


December 7th, 2001 Sustainability I - Why Now? Why Your Company? How to Move Forward
In the current economic crunch, corporate officers may be inclined to focus on retrenching and cutting back. However, successful companies in the future increasingly will be those that are socially and environmentally aware and sustainable. Now is the time to begin that process.

This interactive seminar will present examples and experiences that assist the participants in building a foundation that will enable their company to become a Triple Bottom Line organization (one that measures its success not only in financial terms, but also by its social and environmental performance). Participants will have an opportunity to share their personal goals, discuss possibilities they see in their companies, and formulate specific next steps.


November 15, 2001 Designing Like Nature
William McDonough, Architect & Founder
William McDonough + Partners
www.McDonough.com

William McDonough, FAIA, is an internationally respected designer recently recognized by Time Magazine as a "Hero for the Planet." His ideas and efforts were also honored when he received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, the nation's highest environmental honor.

Mr. McDonough is founding principal of William McDonough + Partners, Architects and Planners, a globally respected design firm practicing ecologically, socially, and economically intelligent architecture and community design in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. McDonough and his team are now working to transform the Ford Motor Company's Detroit area River Rouge factory into a sustainable building complex. Recent award-winning projects have included Gap Inc., Nike, Herman Miller, and Oberlin College.

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September 14, 2001 Sustainability Made Real
Gail Brownell, Environment & Sustainability Manager
Gene Endicott, Director of Public Affairs
Agilent Technologies
www.agilent.com

Come discover how to make sustainability a reality in your business. This breakfast meeting will focus on Agilent’s "Dreams Made Real," its first environment and social responsibility report, which expresses the company’s commitment: "to continually strengthen our environmental performance and contribution to society so that sustainable development is made real today and for future generations."


May 11, 2001 Business & Sustainability: Are Europeans Ahead?
Peter R. Brew, Associate Director,
Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum
www.iblf.org

Peter Brew worked for 40 years in the field of pension management with the Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Group in the United Kingdom. He most recently held the position of Deputy Chairman. In 1998 he retired to become Associate Director of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. Supported by some 65 leading global company members, the Forum works strategically around the world with leaders in business, civil society and the public sector to: encourage continuous improvement in responsible business practices, with emphasis on the company’s core business practices, social investment strategies and engagement in policy dialogue; developing cross-sector partnerships to take effective action on social, economic and environmental issues; and help create an enabling environment in which responsible business practices and cross-sector partnerships flourish.
An audio tape of the presentation is available for $5.00. To order, send an e-mail to:
cmorris@globalcommunity.org


January 26, 2001 Suddenly, Sustainability Counts!
Paul H. Ray Ph.D., Sociologist and Co-Author of The Cultural Creatives
Integral Partnerships, LLC
www.culturalcreatives.org

Paul Ray is a founding partner of the consulting firm, Integral Partnerships, LLC. His research has identified the emergence of a group of people whom he calls Cultural Creatives – 50 million Americans and 80 to 90 million Western Europeans who care deeply about ecology and saving the planet, about relationships, peace, social justice, and about authenticity, self actualization, spirituality and self-expression. The information he has gathered indicates that a deep and fundamental shift is taking place in the current culture. This shift is one that must be understood by anyone in business responsible for futures planning and for the ongoing success of their particular enterprise.
An audio tape of the presentation is available for $5.00. To order, send an e-mail to: cmorris@globalcommunity.org

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