Tuesday, November 1, 2011

GEAR Northwest: Green Economy Action Roadshow

On November 4 and 5, 2011, GEAR Northwest will be taking place at Roosevelt University, Schaumburg Campus, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL 60173. 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, a series of two-day events designed to connect, transform and empower green business, government and lifestyles. The Roadshow is designed to get your wheels turning on ideas, partners and other resources to help you grow with the Green Economy.

Keynote Speaker:

Don Bartell, Senior Director, Envrionmental Initiatives, Motorola Solutions.

Bartell works with teams across the company on a comprehensive strategy to advance and showcase Motorola's commitment to Corporate Responsibility. Don will share his experience driving environmental improvements across the entire value chain and offer insights about how any company can get started on a more sustainable path.

Featured Speakers:

Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Randy Blankenhorn is executive director of CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. Under his leadership, CMAP developed & is now guiding the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years.

Karrie Gibson, Founder & President, Vintage Tech.

Karrie Gibson is a trailblazer in the recycling industry. She founded Vintage Tech in 2005 as one of, if not the, first woman-owned recycling business meeting and exceeding R2, ISO, 14001 and Women Business Enterprise National Certification Standards.

Jon Levey, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, Green Choice Bank.

Jon A. Levey is a seasoned executive with 20 years of real estate, finance and entrepreneurial expertise. 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.

Ari Kobb, Seimens, Director, Green Building Solutions and Co-Chair, Siemens Sustainability Committee.

Ari Kobb heads the Green Buildings and Sustainability efforts at the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc. He is responsible for ensuring Siemens leadership in the Green Building area, and leads a range of efforts including the alignment of Siemens products, services and solutions to the LEED® rating system, new solution development, strategic planning and business development.

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Vice President, Earth Friendly Products.

As Vice President of Earth Friendly Products, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks is a driving force in convincing consumers, politicians and activists of the importance of preserving personal health, pet health, and the health of the environment. Her proactive concern to protect the environment with the goal of making our earth viable for future generations has become a large part of the company's mission. Kelly’s consciousness-raising pronouncements are sprinkled throughout such segments as "Go Green" with ABC News and NBC's Universal Green segment. As an expert in sustainability, a daughter who lost her mother to cancer and the mother of a Second Grader, Kelly's dedication to living an eco-friendly lifestyle reaches far beyond her career with Earth Friendly Products. Kelly resides in Huntington Beach, California with her husband and daughter in their environmentally-friendly home that was constructed using green products.

John Talbot, Weaver Boos.

Mr. Talbot is the Manager of Civil Engineering at Weaver Boos Consultants in Chicago, Illinois. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in numerous states, a licensed attorney in Illinois, & a LEED AP. Mr. Talbot has been Principal in Charge of over 50 major infrastructure & transportation projects, & has been a practicing civil engineer for over 30 years.

PROGRAM

DAY 1: Friday, November 4- Business Conference and Expo

7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

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.
Drop off your e-waste with the official e-waste collection provider anytime during the day.

9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Address

Don Bartell, Senior Director, Environmental Initiatives at Motorola

Bartell works with teams across the company on a comprehensive strategy to advance and showcase Motorola's commitment to Corporate Responsibility. Don will share his experience driving environmental improvements across the entire value chain and offer insights about how any company can get started on a more sustainable path.

10:00 - 10:30 Break, Visit Exhibits

10:30 - 11:15 Breakout #1: Sustainability and the Supply Chain

Presenter: William Schleizer, Delta Institute
11:30 - 12:15 Breakout #2: Green Certifications: What Do They Mean, Who Needs Them?

Presenters: Kevin Dick, Delta Institute
12:30 - 1:45 GEAR Business Roundtable and Lunch

Moderator:
Richard McGinniss, Publisher, Mindful Metropolis Magazine

Presenter and Panelists: TBD
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Breakout #3: Talking Dollars and Sense about Sustainability

Presenters: Abby Corso, Delta Institute and Jon Levey GreenChoice Bank
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Breakout #4: Emerging Markets for Green Products and Services

Presenter and Panelists: TBD
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception on the Exhibit Floor

To attend the event, click here.

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