In 2017, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of equity. They explore why equity is often overlooked in the discussion around sustainability, and the ways in which new economic opportunities can be pursued that are both socially and environmentally just. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Van Jones. Jones is, among many things, a leader working to build an equitable green economy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in linking the economy, the environment and social justice, notably through initiatives he has founded such as The Dream Corps, Green for All and Rebuild the Dream.
Highlights for this year’s Summit:
- A keynote address by Van Jones (read full bio here),
- A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring area small business leaders who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their business practices, and
- Breakout sessions where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as energy conservation, water quality, local food access, outdoor recreation, sustainable business supply chains and waste reduction.