Mindful Metropolis September 2011 : Page 6

The Green Economy Action SEPTEMBER 9 & 10, 2011 Moraine Valley Community College 9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937 There are many green events, but few opportunities to meet with the businesses, public agencies and experts involved in your local Green Economy. That's why The Delta Institute and Mindful Metropolis have teamed up to present the Green Economy Action Roadshow (GEAR), a series of two-day events designed to connect, transform and empower green business, government and lifestyles in different parts of the Great Lakes region. Join us at Moraine Valley Community College on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 for GEAR-South! Featured Speakers: Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Randy will explain how CMAP’s Go To 2040 Plan, the comprehensive regional plan for sustainable growth, will in-fluence and support the development of the green economy Chicago’s south suburbs. Jon Levey, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Green Choice Bank. GreenChoice Bank is the Midwest’s first holistically sustainable community bank, offering a values-based choice in banking to consumers and businesses and helping to grow the regional Green Economy. Howard Skolnik, President and Chief Executive Officer, Skolnik Industries Skolnik Industries specializes in the design and manufacture of containers for moderate to high level hazardous materials. Mr. Skolnik will discuss why he decided to incorporate sustainability into his business and how the program is producing significant cost-savings, improved employee health, reduced energy use in its plant and office space, and more efficient use of manufacturing materials. Event Schedule Friday, September 9: Business Conference and Expo 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Enjoy this relaxed pre-conference period to: Network with other Green Economy leaders and visit the Exhibits. Sign up for a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with a Delta Institute expert in the Appraisal Center from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Doug Widener, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter There are hundreds of environmental certifications available, and many businesses wonder which ones, if any, to adopt. What should buyers be looking for and how do they decide? When does it make sense to certify, and which certifications hold the most weight? 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Address Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.: GEAR Business Roundtable and Lunch Moderator: Richard McGinnis, Publisher, Mindful Metropolis Magazine Panelists: Jon Levey, Green Choice Bank Howard Skolnik, Skolnik Enterprises 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break, Visit Exhibits Breakout 3: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Energy Efficiency and Your Operation Presenters: Kevin Dick, Delta Institute Speaker from Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program to be announced Delta Institute is administering Cook County’s federal Energy Efficiency program, providing free audits and retrofit assistance for businesses, government agencies and nonprofit institutions in targeted communities. Learn how even a modest investment in energy efficiency can produce a substantial payback and find out about incentives that make it affordable for a limited time. Breakout 1: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Sustainability and the Supply Chain Presenter: Ryan Anderson, Delta Institute This session looks at how businesses are reducing energy use and carbon emissions and meet other sustainability performance requirements in order to save money and remain competitive. Breakout 2: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Green Certifications: What Do They Mean, Who Needs Them? Presenters: Abby Corso, Delta Institute

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