There is a great opportunity coming up for those of us living in the intermountain region with an interest in a sustainable future. The Intermountain Sustainability Summit begins February 28, with events continuing through March 1 at Weber State University. Participants can choose from a variety of events, with main categories of recycling, water conservation, energy, and student opportunities. There are also several workshops: one on the planning, design, and techniques that go into LEED certification for buildings, and another on sustainable business development. Keynote speaker L. Hunter Lovins will talk about integrating sustainability into a capitalistic world for the betterment of all. The summit is especially an important weekend for students – the opportunities for networking learning are abundant. The summit website has all the important information. If you are hoping for an influential future career in sustainability or just want to learn how you can help improve things right now, don’t miss out on learning from experienced, like-minded people.
WSU Hosts Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit
WRITER: Kimberly Jensen, University Communications
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OGDEN, Utah –Businesses must use sustainable practices if they are to be profitable in today’s marketplace. That’s the message of the Fourth Annual Intermountain Sustainability Summit co-hosted by Weber State University and the Utah Recycling Alliance, Feb. 28 through March 1 in the Shepherd Union.
“The event brings together sustainability professionals across the region and provides an opportunity to gain the latest knowledge in recycling, waste management and conservation,” said Jennifer Bodine, WSU sustainability specialist. “Companies can learn how to get a green team going and gain information on how other businesses have implemented ecological practices. They’ll learn what practices have succeeded and which have failed.”
Achieving carbon neutrality, water conservation and waste reduction are a few of the topics being examined in workshops and lectures during the two-day event.
The conference will open with keynote speaker L. Hunter Lovins, president and founder of National Capitalism Solutions based in Colorado. Her presentation, “The Business Case For Sustainability” will discuss increasing both profits and quality of life. “Imagine a competitor paying a third of what you do for energy because they utilize solar and you use oil,” Lovins said. “You begin to see why the term sustainable needs to be taken seriously by companies, not just consumers. It turns out, in the end, it’s not so much about recycling as it is about your business going extinct.”
WSU is a case in point. The university saves a significant amount of money due to green initiatives. “Last year WSU saved nearly $1 million dollars in utility costs because of sustainability projects and cost-saving measures,” Bodine said. “These practices are gaining momentum because they make sense for the environment and a company’s bottom line.”
“The summit will offer a little bit of something for everyone,” Bodine said. “Both the beginner and the more advanced conservationist will come away with a new network of peers, the latest sustainability practices and the knowledge of how to implement them in their personal and business lives.”
Visit intermountainsustainabilitysummit.com for summit registration and schedule and weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
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Contact: Jennifer Bodine, WSU sustainability specialist
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