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Sustainable Business Practices Forum Set

September 15, 2010 — Students and local businesses can learn from the experiences of industrial leaders during the third annual Sustainable Business Practices Forum Wednesday, Sept. 22, starting at 9 a.m. in the University of Wyoming East Union Ballroom.

Representatives Nike and Patagonia will offer advice on defining and stimulating business sustainability. Speakers include Megha Doshi, with Nike's Sustainable Business and Innovation Department at 10:45 a.m., and Lisa Meyers, a member of Patagonia's environmental team, who speaks at 2 p.m. following a lunch break.

The forum will also offer an interactive panel from 9-10:30 a.m. to discuss issues in business sustainability. The panel will be comprised of five participants: Myers and Doshi; Robert Ballard, project director of UW's High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center; Gina Macilwraith of Grand Teton Lodge Company; and Josh Phair of Walmart.

The forum is a student-driven event designed to support UW's sustainability initiatives.

"This gives both students and local businesses a first-hand experience with big industry leaders and how they implement and define sustainability," says Ian Policky, co-chair of the SBPF committee. "For a long time, sustainability has been misunderstood and vaguely defined. This event is just a small piece of a bigger puzzle. We want to offer students and businesses a chance to take that first step to start talking about it."

The UW chapter of the American Marketing Association and Alpha Kappa Psi sponsor the free event. For more information contact Stephanie Harsha at (307) 871-4642 or

Robert Ballard, project director of the High Plains Gasification Advanced Technology Center, will be among panelists at the Sustainable Business Practices Forum.

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