ARCHIVED  March 25, 2011

Ritter will speak at NCBR Green Summit

FORT COLLINS – Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will be on hand to help the Northern Colorado Business Report present the fifth annual Green Summit.

The day-long conference takes place Thursday, April 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road.

Ritter, who is now the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and Senior Scholar within Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will deliver the keynote address at the event’s luncheon, which begins at noon.

He will also present NCBR‘s very first Environmental Entrepreneur Award. This award honors a Northern Colorado company that has had a significant positive impact on the environment and sustainability through the development of a product or service.

In addition to the lunch, Green Summit attendees can choose from a number of panel discussions and presentations as well as breakfast keynote speakers. During breakfast, Poudre Valley REA will present the Beyond the Limits Award, recognizing the commitment made by a Northern Colorado company to sustainable business practices.

This year’s Green Summit panels include Finding the Green to go Green: Funding, Rebates and Incentives for Sustainability Projects; Green Power on the Go: Options Beyond Oil; Growing a Green Culture: Developing and Sustaining a Green Business Plan, and the Green Office: Cost Management through Green Technology, Waste Reduction and Efficient Paper Flow.

More than 30 businesses will also be exhibiting products and services to help other businesses implement green business strategies, and the Better Business Bureau is sponsoring a Green Shred and E-cycling event as part of the Green Summit. Records will be shredded and recycled; e-waste such as computer components will be safely recycled through certified recyclers. There is no cost for Green Summit attendees.

Back by popular demand, the afternoon Green Summit sessions will be rapid-fire Hi 5 presentations by local businesses. Fifteen companies will each present a program instituted within their organization aimed at creating a more sustainable business practice. The time limit is 5 minutes using no more than 15 slides. Takeaways from the presentations will not be available in hard copy, but will be provided to Green Summit attendees through NCBR‘s website.

The city of Fort Collins’ Climate Wise EnvirOvation reception will close the day of green business from 3 to 5 p.m.. This celebration recognizes Climate Wise partners who have achieved platinum, gold, silver or bronze levels of participation and honors their commitment to green initiatives. The public is invited to attend the EnvirOvation reception free of charge. For more information and to register go to the Climate Wise website at http://www.fcgov.com/climatewise/.

The City of Fort Collins is the title sponsor for the 2011 Green Summit. Other sponsors are Kennedy and Coe, the Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming, Poudre Valley REA, Project Can initiative of the Governor’s Energy Office, Encana, The Hilton Fort Collins and DaVinci Sign Systems.

Tickets for the full-day Green Summit cost $49, including breakfast and lunch, and may be purchased online at the Northern Colorado Business Report website at www.NCBR.com.

For more information, email events@NCBR.com or call De Dahlgren, NCBR events director, at 970-232-3132.

FORT COLLINS – Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter will be on hand to help the Northern Colorado Business Report present the fifth annual Green Summit.

The day-long conference takes place Thursday, April 7, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect Road.

Ritter, who is now the director of the Center for the New Energy Economy and Senior Scholar within Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, will deliver the keynote address at the event’s luncheon, which begins at noon.

He will also present NCBR‘s very first Environmental Entrepreneur Award. This award honors…

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