Conferences

MARCH

GLOBE Conferences – “The GLOBE™ Series of trade fairs and conferences on the business of the environment are North America’s largest international gathering of senior representatives from the public, private and NGO sectors involved in the business of the environment.” (Vancouver, CA)

M9ztGLi0dud-b3JC6EdhkiLjATMBHHBawTwNuB7HW74Sustainability Summit– Much of the world is now in the early stages of an historic transition. A transition from economies that accommodate far too much waste and inefficiency and depend too much on fossil fuels to systems that are much more conserving, efficient and sustainable. The Sustainability Summit and Exposition recognizes unprecedented opportunities and encourages investment and development in the green sector. We highlight Energy, Water, Lifestyle, Business and Workforce.

APRIL

Brainstorm green – Fortune Brainstorm GREEN: Sustainable Solutions brings together an extraordinary community of the smartest CEOs and senior executives, investors, policy makers, environmentalists and thought leaders. 2013 participants included Harrison Ford, will.i.am, CEOs Dan Akerson of GM, Rosalind Brewer of Sam’s Club, John Donahoe of eBay, Tony Fadell of Nest, Robert McDonald of Procter & Gamble,  Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants, Ken Powell of General Mills, Cynthia Warner of Sapphire Energy and many other leaders and visionaries.

Ceres Conference – “The Ceres Annual Conference is a unique forum for America’s leading institutional investors, environmental groups and corporate executives to inspire and lead the way on “best practices” and other tools for analyzing, reporting and reducing environmental, social and economic risks.” (San Francisco, CA)

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference – This conference brings together individuals from UW-Madison interested in the environment and sustainability. This year’s theme was Conservation Everywhere: Sustaining Natural and Cultural Diversity and explored connections between biological diversity and human cultures and examine preservation across the whole range of environmental contexts: from forests and oceans to cities and farms. It raised awareness of the many frontiers of environmental action, including but beyond traditional wilderness areas: in neighborhoods and communities, in forward-thinking business models, and in sustainable urban areas.

MAY

Green Festivals – “A two-day party with a serious purpose: to accelerate the emergence of a new economic paradigm that is life-affirming and life-restoring.”  Sponsored by Global Exchange and Co-op America, the event is held bi-annually to unite “green businesses, social and environmental groups, and thousands of community members” to exchange in commerce and movement-building fun. (Chicago, IL + Various other U.S. locations)

Sustainable Brands – Sustainable Brands is an international community of learning and action focused on understanding and leveraging the role of brands in shaping a flourishing future. The Sustainable Brands Conference is ground zero for sustainability, brand and innovation professionals who come together from around the world to be inspired, engaged and equipped to succeed by building the better brands of tomorrow, while building a network of likeminded colleagues who can help.

JUNE

LOHAS Forum –  LOHAS stands for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, and this forum brings together business leaders from Fortune 500 companies, the entertainment industry, as well as celebrities and executives of nonprofit organizations.  Focuses on how companies can successfully enter the $227B LOHAS market, while enabling dialogue “between early trailblazers, emerging thought leaders and industry executives.” (Boulder, CO)

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair Since 1990, the Energy Fair has shown fairgoers how to change the world while having fun. Each summer the Fair transforms rural central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. The Energy Fair is the world’s largest renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living educational event of its kind. (Custer, WI)

SEPTEMBER

Growing Sustainable Communities – The conference is a two-day educational opportunity for municipal professionals, elected officials and business leaders who have a common interest in sustainability. The conference will be held directly preceding the Iowa League of Cities Conference in the same venue.

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OCTOBER

Bioneers Conference – The Bioneers Conference is an acclaimed leading-edge forum where you can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. Social and scientific innovators focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. These visionaries are already creating a healthy, equitable, diverse and beautiful world, our legacy for future generations and the web of life on which our lives depend. Here you can connect with hundreds or thousands of engaged folks making a real difference. (San Rafael, CA)

In Business Expo and Conference – Be part of the expo the business community raves about. With over 110 exhibitors, more than 1,000 attendees, dozens of revered speakers and countless opportunities to network, this is the event you won’t want to miss.

NOVEMBER

Co-op America Green Business Conference – “You can build the marketplace for green businesses.  You’ll connect with like-minded business visionaries.  And learn how green businesses succeed.” (San Francisco, CA)

U.S. Green Build Conference – Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

DECEMBER

Wisconsin Sustainable Businesses Council Conference – Each December, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council in conjunction with Cool Choices welcomes the Wisconsin business community for a direct business-to-business exchange of sustainability experiences, challenges, tools, solutions and ideas. The annual conference brings outstanding speakers together in a design that maximizes interaction with the audience. We commit to making your investment of time productive and memorable.