Hundreds of Executives to Gather in Arizona for Post-COP21 Forum

Hundreds of Executives to Gather in Arizona for Post-COP21 Forum

GreenBiz 16 attracts leaders from Fortune 1000 corporations, NGOs and Government

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 9:00am

CONTENT: Press Release

OAKLAND, Calif., January 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ — More than 700 sustainability executives are set to convene next month in Arizona to discuss the trends, tools and technologies needed to move their companies toward a more sustainable future, energized by the climate goals set last month by the Paris Agreement.

GreenBiz 16, February 23-25, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will bring together hundreds of leaders from the world's largest companies, sustainability nonprofits, academic institutions and government agencies. The event is convened by GreenBiz Group, The Sustainability Consortium and The Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

The three-day conference takes place during the two-week-long Sustainability Solutions Festival produced by ASU.

GreenBiz 16 is framed by the ninth annual State of Green Business report, an award-winning assessment of how companies are addressing the world's biggest sustainability challenges. Released on February 2, the report also illuminates the most important topics and trends impacting sustainability professionals and their companies.

“This year’s event, on the heels of COP21, looms larger in importance, given the ambitious greenhouse gas-reduction targets that face us,” said Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor of GreenBiz Group, and the event’s host. “Sustainability executives are primed to up their game, making ever bigger commitments. At GreenBiz 16 they’ll learn how their peers are taking on this challenge.”

New to this year’s event are six targeted program tracks, focusing on some of the key challenges and opportunities facing today’s sustainability executives:

  • Design & the Circular Economy
  • Purpose & Leadership
  • Materiality & Metrics
  • The New Energy Landscape
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Engagement & Storytelling

GreenBiz 16 speakers include more than 100 speakers, including executives from Best Buy, Boeing, Campbell Soup, Dell, Dow, Gap, JLL, McKinsey, Sealed Air, Staples, Starbucks, Steelcase, VF Corp., Walmart and Walt Disney, as well as visionary leaders such as, Ellen MacArthur and Paul Hawken. New speakers are being added weekly.

Included in the hundreds already registered to attend are executives from 21st Century Fox, 3M, Baxter Healthcare, Boeing, Facebook, Genentech, GM, Kimberly-Clark, Land O'Lakes, McDonald's, MillerCoors, Ralph Lauren, Sephora, Siemens, Sodexo, Target, Tiffany and Waste Management.

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GreenBiz Group’s mission is to define and accelerate the business of sustainability. It does this through a wide range of products and services, including its acclaimed website and e-newsletters, GreenBuzz and VERGE; webcasts on topics of importance to sustainability and energy executives; research reports, including the annual State of Green Business; the GreenBiz Executive Network, a membership-based, peer-to-peer learning forum for sustainability executives; and conferences: the annual GreenBiz forum and VERGE.