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Sustainable Business Summit Coming to Boone September 30 PDF Print
Written by Lisa Doty, Watauga Recycling Coordinator   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 03:54

If you are interested in growing your business with sustainable business practices and principles, exploring sustainable business opportunities, sharing your sustainable business experiences and hearing those of others as well as understanding how to use sustainable practices and products as a market differentiator for your business - you should attend the Sustainable Business Summit to be held on Friday, September 30 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.
The Summit features Dr. Pat Long, Director of the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University.  The intent of the Summit is to:

expose participants to the compelling opportunities and benefits of incorporating sustainability practices or products into their business models,
offer opportunities to hear from and talk to local business leaders who are successfully incorporating sustainable products or practices in their businesses
provide opportunities for participants to learn how to make their sustainability initiative a market differentiator,
provide “how to” information on how to incorporate sustainability practices in the everyday operations of a business,

·           and allow participants to network and meet other business leaders interested in or actively          incorporating “green practices and products.
Pat Long is the Director at the Center for Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina University. He has extensive experience in grappling with the competing requirements of regional development and resource conservation. He comes to ECU from the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder, where he established the nation's first sustainable tourism center. Long holds tenure in ECU's College of Business and applies a much-practiced interdisciplinary approach in guiding the development of a new MS degree offering in Sustainable Tourism, as well as directing the Center's plans for multi-campus partnerships.

This Summit is presented by MountainKeepers, in partnership with the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Center for Sustainable Tourism at ECU and the Appalachian State University Office of Sustainability.  For more information about MountainKeepers visit,  Display table space is available.  Call 828-268-0637 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Agenda:
8:30 - Registration
9:00 - Welcome and Overview of the Day
9:15 - Choosing Sustainable Business Practices – why it’s the “Smart Business Direction”
10:00 - Networking Break
10:30 - Panel Discussion - Sustainable Business Practitioners
Networking & Lunch with Panelists
1:00 - Workshops
“Making Sustainability a Market Differentiator”
“Sustainable Business Basics -Green Business Plan Certification “
2:30 - Adjourn to Tours (Optional)
To Register:
Send name, email, phone number and address with registration fees to:
MountainKeepers, PO Box 21 DTS, Boone, NC 28607
Fees for the summit are $40.00 or $20 Members of MountainKeepers, $50 on day of event

Register by 9/21/2011 to qualify for lunch, please let us know if you prefer a vegetarian option
Make Checks payable to: MountainKeepers

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