Former Chicago Mayor Daley Headlines 2011 Sustainability Symposium

Richard M. Daley, Former Mayor of Chicago
Richard M. Daley

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, "famous for his green thumb and his iron fist," is among the headline speakers at the 2011 Sustainability Symposium, November 7-9, at Baldwin Wallace University. "Sustainable Innovation: Products, Processes, Services" is the theme for the three-day event at BW's Center for Innovation and Growth in Berea. Daley is scheduled to deliver a Keynote address on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and participants must pre-register on-line at http://www.bw.edu/academics/sustainability/symposium/. Call 440-826-5923 for more information.

During Daley's 21 years as mayor, Chicago planted more than 600,000 trees, constructed more than 85 miles of landscaped medians and built more than 7 million square feet of planted roofs--more than any other city in America. The Urban Land Institute lauded Daley for making the rustbelt city "more sustainable, livable, and lively." The U.S. Green Building Council praised Daley's "visionary and planet-changing leadership" by creating the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities and making him the first winner.

In addition to Daley, other major scheduled presenters include Jeremy Faludi, principal of Faludi Design and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who will deliver the opening address. The Symposium, which is free and open to the public, will explore the opportunities and challenges of sustainable innovation in the twenty-first century. 

Innovation Crucial in the Face of Unprecedented Global Challenges
"We begin with the premise that sustainable innovation will be essential for corporate success, social well-being, and long-term survival of the planet," said David Krueger, BW professor and director of the Institute for Sustainable Business Practice. "Innovation will be crucial as we face unprecedented global challenges like climate change, human population growth, natural resource depletion and rising threats to natural habitats and ecosystems."

Krueger believes private sector companies will need to lead the way toward an economic future shaped by "innovation, new products and services, and business models that drive down ecological footprints both within the manufacturing process and for consumers."

Jeremy Faludi
Jeremy Faludi

Sustainable Product Design and Biomimicry
Faludi, who works with companies in sustainable product design, will deliver the Monday, November 7 keynote address at 7:30 p.m. He will also lead a Tuesday, November 8 session on biomimicry, an exciting new field that studies nature in order to imitate its designs and processes to solve human problems. Faludi has taught courses in sustainable product innovation and design at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, and Minneapolis College of Art and Design and also worked with the Biomimicry and Rocky Mountain Institutes. 

Breakout Session Panelists Address Practical Application
The Symposium also will feature breakout sessions that address topics of practical application in sustainable innovation. Panelists will include
Ron Nielsen, general manager of global sustainability, Cliffs Natural Resources; Mike Boyack, director of safe and sustainable products, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Xerox Corporation; Dave Enzerra, director of social responsibility and public affairs, Lubrizol Corporation; Pam Cohen, behavioral economist, Dix & Eaton; Barb Brown, partner, Brown/Flynn; Mike Kaminski, senior consultant, EcoSmart specialist, MAGNET; Jen Magel, Energizer Corporation; Chuck Fowler, CEO, Fairmount Minerals; and Tom Morley, president, The LubeStop, Inc.

Sustainabiity and BW
The first Sustainability Symposium in October 2009 drew 500 people, while the second, in March 2010, attracted 800 attendees, along with world-renowned presenters.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, offers the state of Ohio's first undergraduate and first MBA in sustainability.

 Posted 10/11

 

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