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Everything You Need to Know About Building a Sustainable Business

2/17/2004 --

DATE: 8:40 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Feb. 27

EVENT: The University of Michigan Business School's 9th annual Sustainable Business Conference & Expo will explore how efforts to create strong local business communities that can control their own economic destiny will provide a financially viable and ecologically sustainable alternative to the global industrial growth system. This year's theme is "everything you need to know about growing your business sustainably." Keynote speaker is H. Thomas Johnson, professor of business administration at Portland State University.

PLACE: Hale Auditorium, located in the Business School's Assembly Hall on the corner of Hill and Tappan streets

BACKGROUND: Johnson was recently named one of 200 leading management thinkers by Harvard Business School Press and is author of the award-winning book, "Profit Beyond Measure: Extraordinary Results through Attention to Work and People." Based on years of studying Toyota's methods, he will show how enterprises that work to a smaller scale and slower pace prove that small is not only beautiful, but efficient, practical and earth-friendly.

The conference will feature multiple breakout sessions with thirty additional speakers, corporate executives, government officials and NGO leaders. Topics include: product design, packaging, bio-based materials, energy and cogeneration, buildings, social responsibility, third-party certifications, marketing, fuels and transportation, land use, ISO and EMS. Exhibitors will also be on hand to showcase products and services with environmental and economic focus.

SPONSOR: University of Michigan Business School and Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF)


CONTACT: Thomas Gladwin at (734) 647-4491,; Sharon Paterson at (734) 429-8900

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847