Virginia Commonwealth University, a leader in sustainability, is excited to host the largest energy and sustainability conference in Virginia!
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More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they're adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results. The benefits of sustainability include:
January 30 Morning Plenary
, Chairman of Esty Sustainability Innovators Working Group and Director of the Palladium Group, discussed how organizations are leveraging sustainability to gain a competitive advantage.
View Mr. Lubin's biography
, President and CEO of Southeastern Institute of Research, provided insight into demographic trends impacting sustainability.
View Mr. Martin's biography
January 31 Morning Plenary
Virginia’s Biomass Infrastructure
- New product/service development
- Increased employee productivity
- Using alternative energy technology to meet carbon goals
- Increased test results for students
- Improved tenant retention
- Reducing length of stays in healthcare
- Reduced Absenteeism
- Increased return on investment
- Marketing sustainability for success
Track sessions focused on Manufacturing, Healthcare, Local and State Government, K–12, Commercial Real Estate and Higher Education market sectors.
Breakout sessions focused on specific vertical market issues, as well as a special presentation on the biomass infrastructure in Virginia, case studies on energy and sustainability, operations and maintenance, and creative financing.
Engaging the best and brightest!
The 800 attendees included representatives from the private, public, and academic sectors. The conference opened the way for high school and university students to contribute their thoughts on sustainability. The conference highlighted the rationale for adopting sustainability policy, best sustainable practices, and future opportunities for economic growth through sustainability initiatives.
Conference Photo Gallery
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VCU STEERING COMMITTEE
Van Wood, Ph.D., VCU School of Business
Mike Eisenman, VCU Business Career Services, School of Business
Scott Rash, VCU School of Engineering Foundation
Cliff Fox, Ph.D., J.D., VCU Center for Environmental Studies, Life Sciences
Robert Taylor, Virginia Real Estate Center, VCU School of Business
Ed Bennett, P.E., LEED AP, VCU Facilities Management
Jacek Ghosh, M. Arch., LEED AP, VCU Office of Sustainability
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