Online Registration Open Now For Oakland County Green Summit

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WATERFORD, Mich., May 6, 2009 – Business owners, developers, lenders, community officials and those interested in turning their green operation into money in their pockets are encouraged to register for Oakland County’s Green Summit: Your Green Bottom Line.

The event is set for Tuesday, May 19, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, in Troy. Registration is $35 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. You can register online by going to www.oakgov.com/greensummit.

Topics for the event include:

  • Corporate Sustainability: The Triple Bottom Line
  • The Legalese of Going Green
  • Pros and Cons of LEED Certification
  • Going Green: Local Government Carrots and Sticks
  • Energy Auditing Primer

“Businesses are finding out that operating in a green way has economic advantages,” said Doug Smith, director of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. “This is an opportunity to learn from those in the field who are actually implementing the green practices and know-how to get these things done.”

Online Registration Open Now For Oakland County Green Summit

The keynote speaker for the event is Bill Stough, chief executive officer of the Grand Rapids-based Sustainable Research Group. Stough has more than 25 years of experience in providing technical assistance in the fields of environmentally sustainable business initiatives, industrial ecology and pollution prevention. He is the founder and past president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and has organized regional sustainable business networks in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, in southeast and central Michigan.

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch, Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch and Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash will be presenting awards to local businesses, schools and communities for their green practices.
The Green Summit is sponsored by Oakland County’s Planning & Economic Development Services, Water Resources Commission, Lawrence Technical University, Leadership Oakland, Troy, Auburn Hills and the Troy Chamber of Commerce.

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