We’re huge on sustainability here in metro Phoenix. From Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability to our place on the US Green Building Council’s top 10 cities for LEED-certified construction, it’s clear that we Phoenicians are doing our part to take care of the planet. It comes as no surprise, then, that GreenBiz chose to host its sustainability conference in Phoenix for a third year in a row.
GreenBiz uses its websites, events, peer-to-peer networks, and research to seamlessly intersect business, technology, and sustainability. The organization’s biggest annual event (of the same name) occurred at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix just last week. Though the GreenBiz conference has become a favorite among Arizona entrepreneurs, it pulls attendees from all over the US.
GreenBiz ’17 brought together some of the world’s brightest thinkers and sustainability leaders for three full days of learning and networking. Starbucks Treasurer Drew Wolff, PepsiCo Global Water and Environmental Solutions VP Roberta Barbieri, and General Motors Waste Reduction Global Manager John Bradburn were just a few notable speakers at the conference. Companies leading the fight for sustainability ran booths where attendees could test out conservation VR, sample 100% recycled paper, and even test drive all-electric vehicles. Those unable to attend the event in person could submit Twitter questions for speakers before and during their time onstage.
All-access passholders were invited to attend exclusive tutorials on driving growth through sustainability assessment, supply chain transparency, and other environmentally-friendly startup and corporate techniques. Passholders were also able to attend “dinner clubs” that initiated discussion on different green and social topics. Such topics included racial equity, sustainable procurement, the circular economy, and more.
This year’s GreenBiz conference was an excellent way to catch up with the latest sustainable business practices. Of course, the event wasn’t all work and no play. Gourmet lunch was provided all three days on the JW Marriott’s expansive lawn. GreenBiz polished off the first day of the conference with an after-party (courtesy of Amazon) at Stonegrill. Attendees could even kick off their mornings with sunrise Zumba and all-levels yoga.
GreenBiz ’17 may be over, but those who missed it can still benefit from select program slots by registering for the GreenBiz Video Archive. The Video Archive allows entrepreneurs and corporate representatives to view some keynotes from GreenBiz ’17 for free.
Whether you attended this year’s GreenBiz conference, watched online, or missed it altogether, make sure to keep an eye out for tickets to next year’s event.
Cheers to a sustainable 2017!