- 2010 Green Business Summit
- 2010 Sustainability Lecture Series
- 2010 Green Business Leadership Awards
- 2009 Green Business and Living Expo
- More community outreach
2010 Green Business Summit provides map to success for local businesspeople
From hybrid bikes to worm droppings, the third annual Green Business Summit held by the Institute for Sustainable Practice, had a little something for everyone. The summit, themed “Waypoints on the Journey,” drew hundreds of businesspeople to campus to discuss the successes of and obstacles to “going green” in the business world today.
Large corporations were in the spotlight at the summit, April 13-14, on the Lipscomb campus. Mars, UPS Kimberly-Clark, HCA and Sam’s Club were among the national companies that presented best practices and case studies to attendees in areas such as carbon footprint calculation, green marketing, financial investment, renovation and waste management.
The Institute for Sustainable Practice has established a monthly lecture series to explore the conservation legacy of Phil Bredesen's gubernatorial administration. State officials from various areas will speak each month and near the end of the series, a special summary of lecture observations will be documented in a summary report tentatively entitled: "A Green Paper: Lessons Learned for Conservation and Prosperity in Tennessee.”
Gov. Phil Bredesen and the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) are among the two organizations and three individuals chosen to receive the inaugural Green Business Leadership Awards, presented by Waste Management and sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice. Winners will be recognized at Lipscomb’s Green Business Summit on Wednesday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m.
The second annual Green Business and Living Summit and Expo were a hit with green businesspeople and consumers who came together to support sustainable ways of making money and living life.
The summit and expo is an annual program of Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice, one of the many ways the institute is promoting a move toward sustainable living in the region.
About 60 vendors featuring everything from bamboo toys to electric cars gathered in Allen Arena at the Green Expo to present products and educate about healthier ways of living and dealing.
Around 250 businesspeople came out on Friday to the green Business Summit to discuss green issues such as the dangers of green washing (the process of marketing as green but not really practicing it), how to hire green employees, how sustainable companies can get financing or entrepreneurial opportunities in the green industry.
Around 1,200 people came to Lipscomb’s campus during the Summit and Expo to learn how they could become involved in making the world a healthier place.
The university and institute has donated space to the following organizations:
- Reunion of volunteers from former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Project
- Mayor Karl Dean’s environmental advisory committee
- Mayor Karl Dean's Green Ribbon Committee
- Two Kilowatt Ours retreats and fundraiser
- Strategic planning meetings for the Middle Tennessee board of the US Green Building Council
- The Summit for a Sustainable Tennessee
- Tennessee Conference on Higher Education and Sustainability
- Three events for the Cumberland River Compact
- Urban Land Institute of Nashville
- Board meeting for the Land Trust for Tennessee
- Monthly meetings by Engage Green and Lightening 100
- Free community addresses by two national sustainability leaders, Dr. Brian Nattrass and Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farms.
The university and institute have provided technical support, assistance or sponsorship for:
- Stanton-Chase International's first executive sustainability conference in Cool Springs
- Mayor Karl Dean's Green Ribbon Committee has been co-chaired by Lipscomb's President L. Randolph Lowry.
- The City of Chattanooga's Green Committee has sought technical input at two planning and policy conferences from the Institute.
- The Tennessee Department of Tourism sought help from the Institute to select speakers and topics for its historic sustainable tourism summit.
- Cumberland Region Tommorrow and Cumberland River Compact have worked with the Institute to promote green and natural infrastructure design.