2014 Sustainability Symposium

Vision and Leadership: Transforming our Future

Presented by

Institute for Sustainable Business Practice


January 27-28, 2014


Center for Innovation and Growth
340 Front St., Berea, OH 44017 (directions)
Baldwin Wallace University


Participation will be by registration only. Corporate representatives will pay $75/person. Nonprofit and governmental representatives will pay $40/person. Representatives of symposium corporate sponsors will receive free registration for up to 10 participants. Register online for the event.


This two-day Sustainability Symposium focuses on vision and leadership in sustainability. Renowned leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors of northeast Ohio will address the challenge of how to move us forward to the kinds of transformational change that this century will require. While our region has made great strides in sustainability, we have much work to do. What will our communities, our companies, and our natural ecosystems need to look like beyond the short term if we are to we are to successfully embody "people, planet, and profits" by mid-century? And how will we get there? Come and engage some of our region’s best organizational and thought leaders in this exciting enterprise. Gain insights and ideas for how your organization can "move the needle" in this transformation.


Monday, January 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m.


David LaRue, CEO, Forest City Enterprises
Built on Purpose

Welcome: Robert Helmer, President, Baldwin Wallace
Moderator: David Krueger, Institute for Sustainable Business Practice, Baldwin Wallace

Forest City Enterprises is one of the nation’s leading commercial and residential real estate development and management firms, headquartered in Cleveland. Among their peers, they have distinguished themselves as a leader in triple-bottom line sustainability initiatives through their portfolio of properties, strategic vision, commitment to urban re-development, and innovative and creative civic engagements.

Tuesday, January 28

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Sustainable Communities - The Visionary Work of NEOSSC
Hunter Morrison, Program Director, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium

For the past three years, with major funding from HUD, NEOSCC has been engaged in extensive multi-stakeholder planning and development whose bold mission is to create conditions for a more vibrant, resilient, and sustainable Northeast Ohio. This session will provide a briefing on the scope of their important work and findings, with a special focus on implications and relevance for our private and public sectors.


10:00-11:30 a.m.
Biomimicry: A Prime Innovation Asset for our Region
Tom Tyrrell, chief executive officer, GLBio
Moderator: Dr. Karen Munroe, Biology Department, Baldwin Wallace

GLBio is a collaboration of Northeast Ohio organizations and individuals focused on developing a place-based, living learning ecosystem based on biomimicry. They aim to establish our region as the world's pre-eminent biomimicry lens capital. Learn how this new concept and initiative can be a vital component of our region's future, with significant and innovative opportunities for the private sector, especially in manufacturing. Why will biomimicry be such an unavoidable piece of our future?

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Vision and Leadership Within Smaller Firms - How the Triple Bottom Line Creates Competitive Advantage
Pat Conway, co-owner, Great Lakes Brewing Company
Barbara Philibert, Chief Operating Officer, Oatey Corporation
Moderator: Greg Sponseller, Director, Sustainability Clinic, Baldwin Wallace

Vision and leadership in sustainability can come from any organization, large or small. Learn how smaller, privately-held companies have demonstrated leadership in this field and have positioned themselves for the future.

1:00-2:45 p.m.
Corporate Leadership in Sustainability - Assembling All the Pieces
Jon Utech, Senior Director, Office of a Healthy Environment, The Cleveland Clinic
Nicole Koharik, Global Sustainability Marketing Director, GOJO Industries
Moderator: David Krueger, Institute for Sustainable Business Practice, Baldwin Wallace

Northeast Ohio has many companies that have accelerated their performance in "triple bottom line" sustainability practices. Come learn from two companies that have been working in this space long enough to have collected enough of the pieces that, when assembled, can move them to higher competitive levels of performance. Why have they embraced sustainability so deeply? How have they done it? Why do they believe it is so important to their organizations' futures?


3:00-4:30 p.m.
Vision and Leadership in the Public Sector - Creating a Sustainable Region by 2050
Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability, City of Cleveland
Julius Ciaccia, Jr., Executive Director, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Brian Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cleveland Metroparks
Moderator: Dave Nash, co-chair, Corporate Sustainability Network and partner, McMahon DeGulis LLP

This distinguished panel of public sector leaders will attempt to paint a vision of what our region needs to look like by mid-century and consider the vital roles of key public sector organizations in that quest. Ms. McGowan will address the roles of Cleveland’s municipal government as it tries to serve as a catalyst for various sectors in our region. Mr. Ciaccia will address the issue of water as a vital resource for the health of our human and natural systems. Mr. Zimmerman will address not only the importance of our invaluable park system, but more broadly how this park system is embodies the larger challenges of protecting and restoring our region’s rich ecosystems.


4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Closing social hour: Hors d'oeuvres and beverages


The Institute for Sustainable Business Practice (ISBP) is proud to partner with area corporations and nonprofit organizations that support our on-going efforts and that share our commitment to advancing corporate sustainable practices. These organizations provide financial support as well as internal champions of sustainability who relate to ISBP not only to promote ISBP programs and services within their organizations but also to keep us abreast of important sustainability challenges within their organizations to insure our relevance to the marketplace. Representatives of our sponsors also serve on a rotating, term basis on our corporate advisory council.

Turtle Plastics logo
Sustainable Cleveland 2019
Vexor Technology logo
Lube Stop logo
Lubrizol logo
Magnet logo
MTD logo
Nordson logo
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District logo
Sherwin-Williams logo
The Alliance For Water Future logo


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