Climate change, advanced and renewable energy are topics at sustainability …

September 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Registration closes Tuesday, Sept.
24, for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 summit conference, scheduled Oct. 3-4 at
Cleveland Public Auditorium.

Advanced and renewable energy
and climate change are the focus of the two-day conference.

John Montgomery, a veteran Silicon
Valley attorney, entrepreneur and author of “Great From the Start: How
Conscious Corporations Attract Success,”
will talk about what new companies
ought to do to spark the creativity of their employees, assist the greater
community and become successful.

Chuck Kutscher, a physicist,
nuclear and mechanical engineer and a manager at the U.S. Department of
Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory for more than three decades, will
talk about climate change and what to do about it.

His address and discussion
will dovetail with the city’s releases of its own Climate Action Plan, a
document being developed by the city and more than 50 business and institutional

Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is
a 10-year effort to lead the region to develop and to adopt sustainable
practices both in everyday life and in business and government.

Corporate, civic and
institutional leaders have been involved from the start. The annual summit meetings have attracted 400 to 600 participants.

As in previous sustainability
summits, David Cooperrider, a professor of organizational behavior at the
Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, will help
participants organize themselves into discussion groups.

Using “appreciative inquiry,”
a management technique he and others have developed at Weatherhead, Cooperrider
and a team of assistants have enabled participants at previous conferences to
not only come up with new ideas but to coalesce into groups that developed entirely
new programs, some of which became new businesses.

Some of the sustainability
concepts that have emerged from previous conferences have emphasized conservation,
eliminating wasteful practices, recycling strategies, energy efficiency
technologies, supporting local and urban farming, adding more green space and
developing a suburban-urban network of bike lanes.

Overall, sustainability has
been presented as a way of thinking that focuses on minimizing society’s impact
on the environment and on enabling leadership to emerge, and cooperation to
develop from the bottom up. Cooperrider has conducted hundreds of appreciative inquiry conferences for
corporations around the world.

Registration for this year’s summit
is $40
, but there are scholarships available by contacting Bryan Robinson at

Registration includes lunches, a discount on tickets for the Oct. 3 Cleveland Browns-Buffalo Bills game and an Oct. 5 free bus tour of local solar and wind projects in conjunction with GreenEnergy Ohio.

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