event details

Thursday, December 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

University of Minnesota
2017 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108


Agenda (PDF) »

Speaker Bios (PDF) »


Amy Skoczlas Cole -
S3 Strategies »

Tiffany Finley - Metropolitan Airports Commission »

Carrie Grossman - Ergotron »

Alexis Ludwig-Vogen - Best Buy »

Georgia Rubenstein -  Forum for the Future »


Wenck Associates

Host sponsor

Institute on the Environment

convener series SPONSORs

Andersen Corporation



sustaining series SPONSORs

American Engineering Testing

GNP Company

Larkin, Hoffman, Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.

LHB, Inc.

business and environment series: The state of sustainability in minnesota

about the program

Sustainability can be a moving target for companies and organizations that are often in different stages of understanding and implementing what sustainability means within their own organizations and across the value chain. What difference are sustainability programs making? How are business sustainability strategies determined? Who leads the sustainability strategy within organizations and what are we learning? As programs and markets evolve, what opportunities and challenges are on the horizon?

During this session we explored the sustainability progress being made by Minnesota businesses and the impacts on our community. We’ll also took a look ahead with an interactive discussion facilitated by Forum for the Future on what’s on the horizon for sustainability programs. 

Participants in this session:

  • Reviewed the current state of sustainability efforts in Minnesota
  • Explored how several Minnesota businesses began and matured their efforts
  • Discussed major trends that may influence sustainability programs moving forward
  • Envisioned the future and its impact and interaction with business and sustainability

state of sustainability SPEAKERS

  • Tiffany Finley, Manager, Sustainability, Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Carrie Grossman, Senior Supply and Facilities Manager, Ergotron
  • Alexis Ludwig-Vogen, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Best Buy
  • Georgia Rubenstein, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Forum for the Future
  • Amy Skoczlas Cole, Principal, S3 Strategies 


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Unilever Sustainable Living Plan »

General Mills Science-Based Goal »

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Circular Economy »

McKinsey: Remaking the Industrial Economy »

Metropolitan Airports Commission Sustainability Newsletter »

Best Buy Sustainability »

Ergotron Sustainability »

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