Business Track

Morning Keynote:  Common-Sense Sustainability: Smart Ways to Make a Difference
Anna Clark, author of "Green, American Style" and president of EarthPeople, a global consulting and communications firm

Are you interested in maximizing your potential to make a difference? In this presentation, Anna Clark explains how consumers can vote with their dollars and entrepreneurs can seize opportunities. By sharing her own journey from that of consumer to sustainer, she sheds light on opportunities to change the world at home, at work, at school and in your community. Some questions she answers are:

  • What is sustainable living, and why should I care?
  • What are the economic benefits to sustainability?
  • What are the barriers that Americans are uniquely confronted with on this journey?
  • How can simple green living help my family save over $5,000 per year?
  • How can I gain the influence I need to make a difference?
  • What are the best opportunities for entrepreneurs to enter the eco-economy?

Session 1:  Southern Dallas Green Corridor
David Marquis, co-chair of the Mayor’s Green Building Task Force

The Green Corridor envisions developing southern Dallas in a way that is sensitive to both the community and the environment. From research institutes to manufacturing facilities that make green products, from urban farming to good quality green housing, the Green Corridor is an intentional approach to developing the tax base of the southern sector that will provide a sustainable economic engine for the region.

Session 2:  Toyota in Rockwall

Toyota of Rockwall is the world’s first LEED Gold Certified Dealership. It prides itself on its commitment to the planet, the local community and its customers, and it strives to always provide exceptional service to its customers.

Session 3:  Texas Instruments
Paul Westbrook, sustainable development manager

This session will define what sustainability means for a business, how you can measure it and why it is important. There will be several examples of sustainable initiatives that Texas Instruments has implemented. Sustainability is the balance of people, profit and the planet. When done well, it is not a compromise on any area, but an optimization that benefits all areas. Sustainable initiatives in the workplace can provide a competitive operating cost advantage and reduce business risk. They result in employee loyalty and make you the employer of choice. And they help ensure a safe, clean, healthy and enjoyable community where you operate. 

Session 4:  Half Price Books
Kathy Doyle Thomas, executive vice president

Ms. Doyle will be discussing the different ways that Half Price Books has been involved in sustainable business since the company started. She will talk about how they have evolved as a company, what they are planning for the future and how they challenge their customers to be environmentally friendly.

Evening Keynote:  Building a Sustainable Workplace
Mabrie Jackson, CEO and president of North Texas Commission

Being green is anything but a line item in a corporate budget.

Session 5:  Panel discussion with previous speakers
Moderated by Mabrie Jackson, president and CEO of North Texas Commission

Didn’t get to see the Business track presentations earlier in the day? Then come to this session. Presenters will give a quick overview of their company’s commitment to sustainability, which will be followed by a question and answer period.