Corporate Sustainability Summit set for May 27-29, 2009, in Austin, Texas

January 17, 2009 |

Contact: Glenn Fischer

Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute

Center for Corporate Sustainability



AUSTIN, Texas – The Corporate Sustainability Summit has shifted to May 27-29, 2009 (from scheduled January 28-30) to accommodate the needs of our speakers. The Summit location remains the same: Hilton Austin, 500 E 4th St., in downtown Austin, TX.


Topics to be addressed at the Summit as sustainability now reaches into every aspect of corporate activity, including: 

Gauging Green in an Upside Down Economy


Managing Expectations of the CEO and Board of Directors

Ten Essential Elements of Negotiating a Green Lease

The Two Fronts of Green Valuation: Your Real Estate & Your Shareholders

What’s Coming from Capitol Hill on Energy Legislation

Dealing Creatively and Effectively with Your Local Government Authorities

PR Do’s, Don’ts, and Traps to Avoid in Developing a Sustainable Image that’s Credible

Sidestepping Legal & Risk Management Entanglements

Global Supply Chain Strategies – Spotting the Weak Links

Traditional Energy vs. Alternative Energy – Measuring the Economics

Carbon Offsets for Dummies

Session leaders confirmed to date include: Ron Herbst, Global Head of Energy Management &

Sustainability; Scott Muldavin, founder of Green Building Finance Consortium; and Dave Winstead, former Commissioner of Public Buildings Service for GSA.


Robin Rather, an environmental strategist based in Austin, will moderate a Town Hall.  Austin Mayor Will Wynn, known nationwide for his support of environmental issues, heads the Austin Welcome Committee.


The Corporate Sustainability Summit marks the beginning of a new network for an emerging professional specialty – executives that lead corporations in environmental responsibility and sustainable initiatives. Some corporations are still writing job descriptions for the executives in this new field. Facilities managers, real estate directors, and other corporate executives grappling with sustainability issues may also attend the Summit. 


A key objective of the Corporate Sustainability Summit: For executives filling this newly emerging position to meet in an intimate setting that allows face-to-face contact. “Many of these people have never met one another, even though they have similar problems and challenges,” says Glenn Fischer, president of Center for Corporate Sustainability.  “One of the goals is for attendees to return home with a PDA crammed with new contacts.”  


Registration is limited to 150. Breakout sessions will be kept small to facilitate interaction between session leaders and attendees.  At the Summit headquarters hotel, the Austin Hilton, a lounge with comfortable living room style furniture is being set up to allow small groups to meet on their own. 


The Center of Corporate Sustainability, a non-profit, is hosting the Summit.  Other principals in the Center are Dave Hewett, former Chairman of BOMA International, and Alan Whitson, President of Corporate Realty, Design & Management Institute and leader of the acclaimed Turning Green into Gold educational programs.


The theme for the Summit is Connect, Learn, Profit.

For Information and Registration:


Overlay Init