Tuesday, April 22 Michiana will be hosting its second Greentown conference. Billed as an event that brings the public and private sectors together to advance sustainability programs, this is a movement that has the potential of positively impacting the entire community. The question is will everyone see the value to them?
Why should I care about Greentown? For a quick answer, take a look at Majora Carter's powerful Ted Talk "Greening the Ghetto" Two of the Greentown Michiana sessions attempt to answer this question. “Creating a Sustainable Region: How Communities Can Work Together” is one of the panel discussions at 9:30. Moderator John Houseal, Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates will lead a discussion with Dr. Harris Alibasic, the Director of the Office of Energy and Sustainability for the City of Grand Rapids, J.B Hoyt of JBH Strategies, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman, and Ty Warner, the Executive Director of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. This discussion provides the opportunity to learn what neighboring communities are doing, how their efforts might provide synergy and ways to align efforts for the greatest benefit. Local businesses can use this as an opportunity to make new connections and expand business potential.
Another panel discussion is “Creating a Diverse Business Community”. This panel will discuss how do we create communities that welcome and invite diversity? How do we bridge gaps and focus on the triple bottom line – economic development, environmental effectiveness and social justice – to create truly healthy, sustainable communities? To have sustainable communities, we must be intentionally inclusive. This workshop will lead participants in identifying opportunities to grow communities by including underserved populations. Panelists include Donna Smith Bellinger, President, Group Endeavors, Margot Demont, Executive Director, Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Juan Hernandez, CEO, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Matt Hogarth, Administrator, The Crossings Education Center, Nichiah Petrovic, President, ND NAACP Student Organization, and Peter Stone, CEO, Stone Horses.
For more information about Greentown Michiana visit http://www.greentownconference.com/upcoming-events/greentown-michiana-april-22-23-2014/