TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE FORUM:

The Power to Change Things

Hosted By: 

WSU Student Center Building

DATE:

Thursday, June 27, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
 

LOCATION:

Wayne State University
Student Center Building
2nd Floor Ballroom
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202

The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum invites your participation in a daylong conference on sustainable business practices and triple-bottom-line (People-Profit-Planet) business strategies! This event will see the congregation of Southeast Michigan’s business leaders come together to explore modern issues of business sustainability. Not only will this provide great networking, but the workshop will include plenary sessions and three breakout workshop tracks.

SMSBF is proud to have Terry Link as our keynote speaker for the event. Terry is a long-time thought-leader in Michigan; he brings more than twenty-five years of experience advancing sustainability initiatives in Michigan. His work has led to a number of advances, bringing resources to bear on the most pressing issues of our day.

In his blog, “Possibilitator”, Terry makes a cogent message. Terry knows the need to challenge the status quo; he’s well-read and shares his knowledge and wisdom freely. His insights are inspiring, far-ranging and point toward the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Our Agenda:

Time Agenda
8:30 am to 9:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking (Ballroom)
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Opening Session (Ballroom)
SMSBF Update
Kelly Wilson, Taste the Local Difference
Megan Baran, WSU Chapter, Net Impact
Regina Strong and Jack Schinderle, Michigan Dept. of EGLE

10:00 am to 10:15 am Networking Break
10:15 am to 11:00 am First Breakout Session
People Track
(Hilberry A)

Tim Ryan, Spitzer Center
“Four Levels of Happiness”

Planet Track
(Hilberry B)

Christian Koch, Lean & Green Michigan, LLC
“PACE: A ‘green financing’ mechanism streamlining the clean energy revolution”

Profit Track
(Hilberry C)

Jeff Hohlfeldt, Northern Industrial Mfg.
“An Easy Methodology for TBL Profits”

11:00 am to 11:15 am Networking Break
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Second Breakout Session
People Track
(Hilberry A)

DeAidre Jones, Detroit Library
“Information Literacy for Decision Making”

Planet Track
(Hilberry B)

Mala Hettiarachchi, WSU
“Plastic and Microplastic Pollution: Source Control”

Profit Track
(Hilberry C)

Danielle Todd, Make Food, Not Waste
“The Business of Wasted Food: How Startups are Preventing, Recovering, and Recycling Food Surplus

12:00 pm to 12:45 pm Lunch (Ballroom)
12:45 pm to 1:30 pm Panel Discussion: ” A Sustainable, Vibrant, and Local Economy”
John Chalifoux, MERA, The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing
Rebecca Dray, Society Profits
B. Anthony Holey, Detroit Community Wealth Fund
1:30 pm to 1:45 pm Networking Break
1:45 pm to 2:30 pm Third Breakout Session
People Track
(Hilberry A)

Karen Tyler-Ruiz, C2BE
“Building a Sustainable, More Equitable and Inclusive Local Economy”

Planet Track
(Hilberry B)

Kate Maguire, RRS
“Can I Recylce That?”

Profit Track
(Hilberry C)

Jarret Schlaff, Pingree Detroit
“Building Community Power through Localized, Sustainable, Worker Owned Manufacturing”

2:30 pm to 2:45 pm Networking Break
2:45 pm to 3:45 pm Keynote Speech: Terry Link, “An Attitude of Possibility”
3:45 pm to 4:00 pm Wrap-up and Closing

Meet Our Speakers:

Keynote Speaker

Terry Link

Terry Link

Starting Now, LLC

Terry Link is president of Starting Now LLC, a sustainability consulting firm that helps small business, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies improve their social, environmental and economic performance. Previously he was executive director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank, a regional charity that rescued food and developed community gardens to help feed those in need. Before that he was director of Michigan State University’s Office of Campus Sustainability, an office he started in 2000. He was also elected county commissioner for Clinton County, where he initiated a Green Government Initiative, oversaw the county’s greenhouse gas inventory and chaired the Solid Waste Council and Physical Resources Committee. He also served on the Michigan DEQ’s Environmental Advisory Council.

He has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and written and spoken widely on public policy, sustainability, information, environment, food, and education, including serving as associate editor of the 2014 encyclopedia, Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles and Practices (Gale/Cengage). He blogs occasionally on alternatives to the status quo at http://possibilitator.blogspot.com .

Breakout Session Speakers

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Spitzer Center

Leadership doesn’t start when one is given the reigns: It starts within the person and much earlier. If we can’t lead ourselves, how can we lead others? Tim Ryan, of the Spitzer Center, will help us understand the essence of leadership, as it’s been handed down through the ages, and how understanding the Four Levels of Happiness is essential to becoming an authentic human being and leader.

Dee Jones

Dee Jones

Detroit Public Library

Fake news is not a joke, but a reality of our day. While many of us believe we have the capacity to differentiate between what’s fake and what’s real, are we just kidding ourselves? Dee Jones, of the Detroit Public Library, will shed light on the concept of information literacy and how we can use an all too often overlooked resource to help sort the facts from the fiction.

DeAndra Lemelle

DeAndra Lemelle

Detroit Hives

The natural environment is essential to our survival. Without a healthy biota, we will perish. At the cross-section of local, social entrepreneurship and a healthy biota lies a buzzing organization. DeAndra Lemelle, of Detroit Hives, will show us the importance of bees and what native species mean to a healthy, local biota. This includes deepening our understanding and connectedness to nature – right here in our community.

Mala Hettiarachchi

Mala Hettiarachchi

Wayne State University

When it comes to the stuff we send to landfill, or the recycle bin, it’s easy to think, “out of sight, out of mind”. Yet, much of what we leave at the curb each week is ever actually “gone”. Mala Hettiarachchi, of Wayne State University, will give us a better sense of the microplastics problem, its origin and what is being done, and can be done, to reduce microplastic’s negative environmental impacts.

Kate Maguire

Kate Maguire

RRS

Recyclable materials are commodities, and as such, they follow the rules of commodity markets: When supply is up, prices are down. Today’s recyclable market is worrisome at best, but opportunities are opening-up thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit. Kate Maguire, of RRS, will examine the recyclables industry and given us an expert’s view on what’s happening and what’s to come.

Jeff Hohlfeldt

Jeff Hohlfeldt

Northern Industrial Manufacturing

The circular economy is essential to lowering negative environmental impacts. Beyond an abstract understanding, however, many of us may be puzzled by how to apply principles of the circular economy to the real world. Jeff Hohlfeldt, of Northern Industrial Mfg. has been implementing the circular economy in a number of areas. His talk will reveal what it’s like to make the circular economy real.

Jarret Schlaff

Jarret Schlaff

Pingree Detroit

Without meaningful work, we lose our sense of place in the world. In an age that sees an increasing number of us left behind by automation, it’s vital that we develop ways of providing meaningful, restorative work. Jarret Schlaff, of Pingree Detroit, will tell the story of how his team is using discarded material to create beautiful products, while at the same time providing meaningful work to people who otherwise wouldn’t have it.

Danielle Todd

Danielle Todd

Make Food, Not Waste

The shortcomings of industrial agriculture are becoming more and more apparent. To resolve these shortcomings, entrepreneurs are developing a localized food system that has the potential to be far more efficient. Danielle Todd, of Make Food, Not Waste, will talk about the work she’s done to reduce food waste and the business opportunities that are opening-up in this sector.

A “vendor mall” will feature small local businesses that are creating triple-bottom-line value. The event will include breakfast foods and lunch. Sign up today and lock in your commitment to sustainable business in Southeast Michigan!!

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Interested in Sponsoring Our Event?

This day long event was designed to attract an audience of decision-makers in sustainability arena, primarily from across Michigan. We encourage participation from a range of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, banking, finance, insurance, health care and governmental sectors. Sponsorships provide valuable visibility and networking opportunities.

  • Whole Event Sponsorship – $1,500
    • Slide about Business on Website, with link to Business’s website (posted from time of pledge to 7/15/19)
    • Full Slide at Event
    • Special Recognition at Event
    • Spokesperson Opportunity to Speak at Event
    • 400 Word Blog Post about Business with link to Newsletter
    • Receive 3 Event Registrations (a $225 value)
  • Food and Beverage Sponsorship – $800
    • Slide about Business on Website, with link to Business’s website (posted from time of pledge to 7/15/19)
    • Full Slide at Event
    • Recognition at Event
    • Receive 2 Event Registrations (a $150 value)
  •  People, Planet, or Profit Track Sponsorship – $500
    • Full Slide at Event
    • Recognition at Event
    • Receive 1 Event Registrations (a $75 value)
  • Keynote Speaker Sponsorship – $100
    • Full Slide at Event
  • General Sponsorship – $50
    • Logo on Slide with All Other Sponsors at this Level

Sponsor Packages are located on our Eventbrite Page under “Tickets”.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and event attendees! Without the support of our sponsors, the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum could not exist.