Sustainability Institute sponsors conference exploring the business case for sustainability

By Janel Shoun on 1/16/2009

  
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National corporate leaders will be on hand to provide a business case for practicing corporate sustainability to a senior executive audience at the Marriott Cool Springs on Friday, Feb. 13. A networking breakfast begins at 7:30, followed by the conference from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
 
Corporate sustainability has become increasingly critical in the wake of the nation’s ongoing economic struggles, scarcity of resources and the demand for long-term economic viability. These topics will be examined at the conference as well as a look at corporate sustainability’s effect on people, the environment and profitability. The conference is hosted by the Nashville office of Stanton Chase International and sponsored by Lipscomb University's Institute for Sustainable Practice among others.
 
 “Corporate sustainability is an emerging and forward-thinking approach to business,” said Daniel Casteel, managing director of Stanton Chase’s Nashville office. “Investors are showing a strong interest in companies that place a premium on sustainability, especially in the current economic times.”
 
As far back as 1999, the Dow Jones launched its own sustainability index, declaring sustainability as “an investable concept” that is instrumental in driving interest and is mutually beneficial to companies and investors. The index analyzes companies’ financial, customer, product, governance, stakeholder and human strategies.
 
 
The conference will feature three keynote presentations, which will provide insight and leadership from their experiences with building corporate sustainability programs and how they can provide long-term value for businesses.
 
Jay Steere, global senior director – outdoor specialty for Timberland, will present on Timberland’s evolution in becoming a major player in the world of corporate sustainability. His company is now nearly synonymous with corporate social responsibility as its efforts to positively impact the environment, engage the community and campaign for global human rights have been overwhelmingly successful.
 
Mark A. Weidman, president of Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., will also be on hand to discuss how his company is helping communities meet their sustainability goals. Wheelabrator Technologies, a subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc., is a premier renewable energy generation company that produces clean energy from waste fuels. Since it opened the first commercially successful waste-to-energy facility in the U.S. in 1975, Wheelabrator has been leading the charge in clean energy generation.
 
Mark Miller and Joe Gibbs of the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP, will present information on federal tax incentives for energy conservation and alternative source energy production. The firm is one of the largest in the South, with offices in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and the District of Columbia, providing legal services to a diverse client base ranging from individuals and emerging business enterprises to established local, regional, national and international companies.
 
Sponsors of the conference include Koerner & Associates, attorney search consultants; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP; McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations; and the Lipscomb University Institute for Sustainable Practice.
 
To register for “Sustainability = People, Planet, Profit,” call (615) 259-4000, ext. 223, or register online at www.mpf.com/stantonchase. Seating for the conference is limited. Please register by Feb. 6.