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"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." ~ 1987 Bruntland Report

How Business Can Respond to the Grim Predictions for Climate Change

March 6, 2007 by Girling Ph D

Robert Girling,Ph.D.
Professor of Business Strategy
Sonoma State University

The world is waiting to see how business responds to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report Climate Change 2007.

Will big business led by big oil and the automotive industries continue to down play what is now an unequivocal call to change the way we live? Or will the fledgling efforts of a few business leaders such as General Electric's Jeffrey Imhoff and Duke Power's Paul Anderson hold sway?

The fact is that more companies are coming to understand that continued prosperity vitally depends on how we treat the environment. As a result companies ranging from global companies like Agilent to smaller local companies like Oliver's Markets are pursuing a wide range of “green” business initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel consumption. While much of the movement during the past year has come as a result of skyrocketing oil prices and related energy and transportation costs the moral imperative of the UN Report will add impetus and push more companies to seek to show that they are doing something.

Who should attend?

Sustainable Enterprise 2007:
At Work. For Life.

Offers a unique opportunity for leaders to learn about managing an organization to be environmentally friendly, socially just, and economically viable.

Conference Objectives & Benefits:

  1. Understand sustainability, and the opportunities and challenges for organizations related to managing human, financial and natural resources.
  2. Discuss the risks presented by our global and local environment and business’ impact on it.
  3. Identify some tools and opportunities an enterprise can utilize to optimize resource management.
  4. Learn to identify proven attributes of sustainable practices.
  5. Network with other enterprise leaders who have implemented successful sustainable management practices, as well as those who are just getting started.
  6. Develop an action plan including pursuing 1-3 sustainability opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Business leaders, owners and other individuals who are responsible for setting the long-term direction of their organizations.

Call for Workshop Proposals

Sustainable Enterprise Conference 2007

May 4-5, 2007
Sonoma Mountain Village
Sonoma County, California

The Sustainable Enterprise Coalition, the Green MBA, and Sonoma State University are gearing up for our second annual conference:

Sustainable Enterprise 2007: At Work. For Life.

We are accepting proposals for workshops until Feb 20, 2007.

Our goal is to provide practical and interactive 90-minute workshops that stimulate discovery of what participants can do to develop sustainable practices in their enterprises, whether business, government, nonprofit or educational. We anticipate a broad-based audience and will be looking for a variety of workshops that address one or more of the following conference objectives:

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