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2009 Seminars


The SEP presented "Benefit the Planet and Your Bottom Line: Sustainability Strategies for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" at the Whitman School Oct. 30, 2008. Participants explored key environmental challenges and opportunities for SMEs, methods for evaluating the relevance of sustainability to their operations and activities, and short- and long-term energy and water use strategies used by SMEs to achieve cost savings in their operations. The program featured success stories, presentations from leading academics and practitioners, a facilitated breakout session and a panel discussion.


In partnership with the Newhouse Advertising Leadership Series, the SEP sponsored a visit from Adam Werbach Nov. 12, 2009. Werbach was the youngest ever president of the Sierra Club (inaugurated at age 23) and is now global CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S, the largest sustainability consulting agency in the world. Werbach's firm advises companies with over $1 trillion in combined annual sales on how to organize core business towards long-term profitability. He is also author of the new Harvard Business School Press book, "Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto." Approximately 150 people attended the public presentation

On Nov. 3-4, 2009, the SEP collaborated with SUNY-ESF Outreach to present "Sustainable Use of Renewable Energy 2009: Putting Renewable Technologies to Work" (SURE 2009). This two-day program was attended by more than 150 prominent business people, entrepreneurs, non-profit professionals, architects, engineers, government officials, community leaders, educators and students interested in renewable energy technologies. Several SEP core faculty and leadership group members were involved in panels and presentations on topics including opportunities and incentives for businesses and home owners, and the evolving green supply chain.