Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference

Despite a slowly recovering economy, green business continues to be one of the world’s fastest growing industries. With the rising prices of energy, “going green” is imperative now more than ever. Vanguard University’s chapter of Students In Free Enterprise will once again serve the Orange County business community and university students by showcasing top industry leaders in the reform for sustainable business. The Environmental Sustainability Conference returns Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 to Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

The event’s influential keynoters are Jennifer Schwab of Sierra Club Green Home and Andrea Robinson of ARC Sustainability. Both are leaders in bringing environmental initiatives into their business culture. Jennifer Schwab is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Sierra Club Green Home. Developed to help Americans make their homes more energy efficient, SCGH educates consumers on how to improve the sustainability and health of their homes. “I am concerned about the green movement losing momentum at the consumer level. Adverse economic conditions are forcing the average citizen to focus on day to day survival, and while still sympathetic to environmental concerns, it seems that people aren’t embracing sustainable living as a top priority. That is why I am happy to speak to college students: to help instill in them a sustainable living ethic that becomes part of their everyday life, forever.” said Jennifer Schwab.

Andrea Robinson is the Founder and Director of ARC Sustainability, an environmental and corporate social responsibility consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Andrea was responsible for the comprehensive sustainability efforts and carbon footprint for the 2008 Democratic National Convention as the first-ever Director of Sustainability & Greening for the convention. “Smart business leaders know that sustainability is not a trend and that restoration is the goal. Beyond being simply the right thing to do from an ethical perspective, sustainable businesses are efficient businesses. They understand the impacts of their resource use and supply chains, as well as the growing power of the informed consumer to choose socially and environmentally responsible products. The CEOs, CFOs and companies that are going to have relevance in the future are the ones determining how to not just survive, but how to thrive sustainably.” Said Andrea Robinson.

The day will educate and empower attendees with ideas and resources for implementing innovative and sustainable business and life practices. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with speakers and prominent business leaders during the interactive workshops and exhibitor fair.

Featured Speakers include:
• Tyler Merrick, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Project 7
• Mike Levin, Executive Director, CleanTech OC
• Spencer Brown, Founder & Chief Tree Hugger, Rent A Green Box
• Jeff Duggan, Co-Owner & Founder, Portola Coffee Lab
• Evan Marks, Founder & Director, The Ecology Center
• Nicole Suydam, Vice President of Development, Goodwill of Orange County
• Kallie Dovel, Founder, 31 Bits
• Vera Chang, West Coast Fellow, Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation

The Fourth Annual Environmental Sustainability Conference continues Vanguard University SIFE’s tradition of gathering the Orange County business community for a unique and interactive educational experience. To register for the Environmental Sustainability Conference go to #VUGreenConf

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise)

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that brings together the leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better and more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Founded in 1975, SIFE has active programs on more than 1,500 college and university campuses in 40 countries. Through projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, participating university students, academic professionals and industry leaders are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change. For more information, visit Learn more about Vanguard University SIFE at CONTACT: Samantha Hawkins (916) 494-9145

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