EnvironDesign®8: Sustainability at Work

April 1, 2004
Explore emerging issues, global perspectives and real-life
solutions that define 21st-century sustainable design and
business practices. Plus, a special preview showcases
environmental initiatives of event sponsors.
" I've been coming to EnvironDesign since the very beginning. EnvironDesign is a 'must attend' event for me and still the best conference when it comes to design and the environment. I hope to see you at ED9! "William McDonough,
FAIA, co-founder, MDBC

Come to EnvironDesign9.

  • What ideas are shaping the future of sustainable design and business?
  • Which strategies work, and how can you apply them?
  • How can you connect with the leaders and visionaries charting the way to a positive, prosperous future?
  • Where can you glean insights from other practitioners facing the same challenges and opportunities as you? The #1 source of insight, inspiration, and practical knowledge in environmental design.EnvironDesign9 combines unparalleled education with unlimited networking opportunities to explore how environmental stewardship is the creative and critical force driving contemporary design and product innovation. A well-respected tradition, EnvironDesign is where you need to be to learn what's new in this explosive movement—and to forge strategic connections with the key players helping make it happen.Expanded Program This YearMany new elements added this year are guaranteed to strengthen the conference's take-home value. This year's program includes: Practical, skill-focused workshops.Workshops at EnvironDesign9 will focus on improving and strengthening key skills in three primary areas—Creativity & Innovation; Strategic Solutions; and Leadership & Vision—helping to magnify the opportunities for immediate value. Expanded Product Learning Center hours.A more efficient and expanded schedule maximizes the opportunities for one-on-one dialogue between sponsors and attendees. More fun networking: "Celebrating a Sustainable You."An engaging and lively Thursday evening special event has been designed to rejuvenate attendees' minds, bodies and spirits—allowing them to reconnect with the natural world via the choices they make as consumers. Inspiring keynotes.Each keynote has been carefully selected to present not only big-picture thinking on critical environmental issues, but also a targeted view of specific strategies and the importance of individual actions. More knowledge-sharing: "Conversations that Matter."Facilitated, interactive roundtable discussions will create networks of collaboration and shared knowledge and experience, empowering all attendees to see new ways of making a difference in their lives and in their work. The Third Annual Trash to Treasure Competition & Silent Auction.This lively and engaging competition turns waste items into things of function and beauty—with proceeds to benefit the Earth Pledge Foundation to assist in its efforts to identify and promote innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems.

    Opportunities for a Diverse Audience
    EnvironDesign effectively combines varied learning and networking opportunities to deliver essential information regarding real-life challenges and concrete solutions. The conference's diverse audience ensures engaging, insightful dialogue and unparalleled learning opportunities for:

    • Architects, engineers and planners
    • Interior designers
    • Environmental executives
    • Facility managers
    • Industrial designers
    • Real estate contractors, developers and owners
    • Government and environmental policy makers
    • Manufacturers and suppliers
    • NGOs and non-profit executives
    • Urban planners
    • Landscape professionals
    • Educators and students
    • Journalists
    • Environmental consultants

    Why Participate?
    Year after year, hundreds of professionals come to EnvironDesign because they know it's the one event that will surely inform and inspire. In the words of Bruce Babbitt, an EnvironDesign8 keynote presenter, "It is amazing for me to see a gathering of people drawn together not by narrow occupational categories, but by the implications and possibilities of a thematic approach to change in all its diversity."

    The annual EnvironDesign conference, co-produced by Interiors & Sources and green@work magazines, consistently raises the bar in an effort to ensure that sustainable design and business practices are the defining issues for the 21st century.

    *On-site registration available at an additional cost.

    Limited space available for these sessions:

    4D. Cradle-to-Cradle Home
    6B. Behind the LEED Curtain
    6E. Beyond Greenwashing: Finding the Truth through Product Certification
    10A. Green Marketing: Lessons from the Green GraveyardWhy attend? Here's what some attendees from last year have to say:"I always enjoy this conference because it is like recharging my battery (An eco- friendly one, of course!). Attending speakers and workshops allow me to catch up on relevant issues that I keep planning on reading about, but time does not allow."

    " The keynotes were over the top. I got so many ideas and leads. It was a wonderful chance to connect with international leaders that I've wanted to meet for years."

    " The number of fields from which people came really added to my knowledge about who's doing what in sustainability."

    " The best thing about EnvironDesign for me (this was my third) is meeting people and sharing stories about how to make real progress."

    " All in all it was an inspiring conference. I came home with so much information and so many ideas for the future."

    " Overall, this is still my favorite conference to attend. I always leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to promote sustainable design again."
    "It is amazing for me to see a gathering of people drawn together not by narrow occupational categories, but by the implications and possibilities of a thematic approach to change in all its diversity."
    -- Bruce Babbitt, EnvironDesign8 keynote presenter

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