Help your office go green, attend G2B

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Everywhere I
go this week, I’m reminded that Thursday is Earth Day. From the newspaper ads
telling me to celebrate the Earth by buying some “green” item (as a side note,
I think the promotion of Earth Day and consumption together is very ironic) to
tweets and Facebook posts sharing a hundred different ways I can make life a
little more “green.”

It’s so
secret that more people than ever before are interested in being “green.” But
while most people are incorporating more environmentally friendly practices into
their home life, it’s still sometimes a struggle to be green at work (besides
recycling all those emails you printed out). That’s where the G2B Conference
comes in. Held on Wednesday, April 28 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in
Appleton, the daylong event is filled with workshops and speakers to help your
workplace become more environmentally friendly. (And for LEED AP professionals,
you can also earn continuing education hours by attending.)

The day kicks
off with registration and networking followed by a keynote address by Darcy
Hitchcock, the president of a consulting firm specializing in the
implementation of sustainable business practices and co-author of The Business Guide to Sustainability.
She has more than 25 years experience in helping organizations change (total
quality management, self-directed work teams), and she applies that experience
to moving organizations toward sustainability.

The lunch
keynote address will be given by Matt Frank, secretary of the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources. He will provide a forward-looking view of how
Wisconsin state government and Wisconsin businesses can partner to make the
state a national leader in energy conservation, clean and renewable energy and

The day also
includes a series of workshops designed for businesses just starting on their
green path and greening up your workspace to more involved discussions about
environmentally-friendly lighting options and designing sustainability plans.
You can find a whole list of the workshops here.

A mobile
green classroom will also be a part of G2B. The HVAC Green Classroom is
designed to ensure that people throughout the country are informed and educated
on the latest cutting-edge technologies being used in the green movement within
the HVAC industry.

The cost to
attend is $99 and includes lunch. To learn more about this event, please click

— By
MaryBeth Matzek