Heads up product designers and engineers, green business gurus, supply chain experts and product development pros: we want to remind you about the Greener by Design conference that's happening next week (Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13) in Alexandria, VA -- we mentioned it before. Just across the river from Washington, D.C., the conference offers you the opportunity to network with companies of all sizes and sectors who are integrating environmental thinking into their operations, and gives you a chance to share thoughts and bounce ideas off the leading thinkers on the greening of mainstream products. Come to the conference, and you're likely to walk away with a new outlook on green product development.
TreeHugger is happy to be a media sponsor, and I'll be there, learning about the latest in green product design and picking the brains of some of the smartest, most interesting individuals in green business. Some big names from some big-time companies will be attending. Joel Makower of GreenBiz.com fame, will be moderating many of the panels, which will feature speakers from Nike's Considered program, Clorox's Green Works cleaners and a head honcho from Wal-Mart's sustainability team, just to name a few. Essentially, lots of smart people from big companies at various levels on the relative "green ladder," working to climb ever higher.
Hit the jump to learn more, and, if you're interested in the conference but can't make it, leave your specific questions in the comments section and I'll do my best to get an answer. ::Greener by DesignSo, who should come to Greener by Design?
Though many of the speakers and green gurus are from very large companies, the conference is suitable for both small and large companies looking to increase green mindspace in their organization. Brand Managers, Business Strategists, Chief Sustainability Officers, Industrial and Product Designers, Product Engineers, and Supply-chain Managers are just a few of the types of attendees who'll be there. If it sounds good to you, register online and I'll look forward to seeing you there!
This is big-time, high-level stuff with people who have the leverage to really effect positive change at all levels of global commerce and business. With upwards of 80% of a product's life cycle impact determined during the design phase, hashing out greener design strategies is tremendously important, and integrating them with everyone from supply chain managers to marketing pros can be the difference between a good idea that just didn't make it and a revolution in the way we interact with products.
No matter if you're just coming on board with corporate responsibility, or are a seasoned sustainability pro, Greener by Design offers opportunities to learn, share, network and grow. Stay tuned for more coverage of the event next week, and get all the details at ::Greener by Design