Sustainability Challenges & Economic Opportunities

How can business integrate sustainable practices into their operations to protect the environment while improving the bottom line? With this tremendous interest and investment in sustainability, numerous opportunities for economic development and investment are being created for businesses to provide new services, technologies and infrastructure to meet this ever growing demand. However, it is often difficult to separate the rhetoric from the actual substance of how best to do this. And it isn’t always easy to find out what others are doing in this area, or to determine what practices might work for your own organization.

That is why a group of thoughtful leaders from the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors have been meeting over the course of the summer to plan an event whose results may be of interest to you:

Sustainability: Challenges and Economic Opportunities

November 5, 2014    
Sponsored by: Duke Farms and the Somerset County Business Partnership

This forum was created to highlight some best practices and programs that are already in place here in New Jersey, discuss the challenges we all face and the opportunities which exist, and to begin to create an informal network to put you in touch with colleagues with whom you can compare notes. The workshop was by invitation only and was hosted at Duke Farms, which allowed attendees to see firsthand a wide array of sustainable practices.




Registration/Light Breakfast/Networking






Michael Catania, Executive Director, Duke Farms
Mike Kerwin, President & CEO, Somerset County Business Partnership
Freeholder Peter Palmer, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders




Opening Speaker: Overcoming Challenges to Sustainability


Rep. Rush Holt, NJ's12th District




Panel #1 Defining the Challenge (Moderated by Dean Jim Hughes, Rutgers University)


Transportation and Sustainability-Jack Lettiere
Water Resources- Chris Sturm, NJ Future
Duke Farms Initiatives – Michael Catania
NJDEP – Bob Marshall, Asst. Commissioner for Sustainability and Green Energy
Munich ReAmerica Sustainability Effort -Christopher Walinski








Panel #2 Responding to the Challenge (Moderated by Dean Jim Hughes)


Princeton University’s Sustainability Programs – Shana Weber
NJIT, Innovating Sustainable Systems – Donald Sebastian
Advance Properties Presentation –Michael Sommer
Pfizer’s Sustainability Initiatives – Russ Downey
Wyndham’s Sustainability Initiatives – Michael Babicki




Lunch Presentations


Somerset County’s Sustainability Efforts (Freeholder Peter Palmer)
Keynote Speaker (Ralph Izzo, Chairman & CEO, PSEG)




Breakout Group Discussion: How Do We Go Forward from Here?


(Participants will break into small moderated groups to develop answers to a series of questions and report back to the whole group at the end of the session.) 





Reports from Breakout Groups

Wrap Up and Concluding Remarks

Rep. Rush Holt, NJ's12th District












Ralph Izzo PSEG CEO and Chairman













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