Track 1: Corporate Sustainability: Economic, Environmental and Social Developments
- Theme: What are the drivers/impediments to sustainable growth and progress? Challenges such as resource scarcity, demographics and climate change are redefining expectations, public policies, regulatory frameworks and business environments. Discuss how companies anticipate and manage current and future economic, environmental and social opportunities and risks.
Track 2: The Impact of Sustainable Manufacturing Practices
- Theme: Manufacturers are becoming increasingly concerned about the issue of sustainability. Recognition of the relationship between manufacturing operations and the natural environment has become an important factor in the decision making among industrial societies. Discuss how making development sustainable is in general a challenging and complex undertaking, involving such factors as technology and engineering, economics, environmental stewardship, health and welfare of people and the communities in which they live and work.
Track 3: Sustainable Energy: Embracing the Challenges & Opportunities
- Theme: Discuss the development of clear and realistic long-term options for a sustainable energy future through research evidence-based information and advice, including smart grid. Discuss the scope of smart grid/distributed generation opportunities, overview of existing technologies, potential future technologies cost/benefit of distributed generation.
Track 4: Sustainable Business & Entrepreneurship: Incubators and Start-Ups
- Theme: What are the trends and forces underlying the changing character of the business-environment relationship? How are they creating significant entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals and companies? Discuss how Incubator programs are providing selected start-ups with mentors, networking opportunities, educational opportunities, access to resources, and space to help guide them through the early stages of product, service, and business development. INCLUDE: M-WERC (WERCBENCH LABS) AND WATER COUNCIL (BREW)