Thank You for a Great Summit This Year!

Thank you for making the 2016 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit such a success! To view the program and specific materials from our panelists, click on the button below.

The Summit provides a platform to share resources and best practices throughout the region as well as to inform participants of national and international trends and opportunities. The Summit presents knowledge that attendees can use: successful ideas, new trends, and innovative technologies and practices as well as access to supply chain opportunities. The sessions and exhibits are designed to generate dialogue on valuable ideas in environmental sustainability and create connections and opportunities for regional collaboration and business.

This year, renowned author and sustainability thought leader, Paul Hawken will provide the key note address and provide a framework for the Summit’s theme of Innovation and Collaboration. Please join this gathering of regional leaders in sustainability, along with visionaries and innovators, and explore together how our businesses can become more sustainable, how public policy can provide the infrastructure for sustainability and how citizens can play a critical role in helping our region become a national model of sustainability.

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Featuring Keynote Speaker Paul Hawken

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Our Speakers

Rakesh Govind, Ph.D, Green Forward Technologies, LLC CEO

Rakesh Govind, Ph.D, Green Forward Technologies, LLC CEO

Moderator: Water Reuse -- Meeting the Water Shortage Challenge Dr. Rakesh Govind obtained his MS a

Ryan Vogel, Pure Blue Tech, Inc. CEO and Founder

Ryan Vogel, Pure Blue Tech, Inc. CEO and Founder

Panelist: Water Reuse -- Meeting the Water Shortage Challenge Ryan Vogel is the Founder & Executiv

John Hazlett, Williams Creek Consulting Team Leader - Integrated Planning

John Hazlett, Williams Creek Consulting Team Leader - Integrated Planning

Panelist: Water Reuse -- Meeting the Water Shortage Challenge John Hazlett, LEED AP O+M has over 1

Nathan Alley, Ohio Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Program Coordinator

Nathan Alley, Ohio Chapter Sierra Club Conservation Program Coordinator

Moderator: Transportation -- Linking All Modes Nathan G. Alley is Transportation Policy Coordinato

Program Schedule

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The Greenacres Foundation was founded by Louis and Louise Nippert as their greatest gift to the community. The Foundation provides education experiences for area school children in the areas of environment, sustainable agriculture, cultural arts and equine for free. Each experience is customized to the needs of the classroom teacher and concepts on the state standards tests. In 2015, over 25,000 school children participated in customized programs. Greenacres operates a sustainable agriculture farm producing grass fed beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey and vegetables that are available at the Greenacres Farm Store. Research into agriculture methods is conducted on the farm to promote sustainable agriculture techniques and healthy food choices. Located in the middle of Greenacres' 600 acres, The Greenacres Arts Center is available for rental for private events and charity fund raisers. The Greenacres Foundation is the steward of the Louis Dieterle Nippert Musical Arts Fund that distributes $5 million each year to performing arts organizations. For more information visit

The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue at Xavier University is dedicated to providing space and opportunity for dialogue about the critical issues of our age. It is founded upon the belief that the paths that lead to solutions to our most serious problems will emerge out of dialogue. Interreligious dialogue remains the distinguishing characteristic and integrating factor but in order to truly address the critical issues, the conversation must also include the other academic disciplines, representatives from the business community, government and civic society. The work of the center includes conferences, research and publications, and interfaith and inter-religious activities as well as exploring new forms of collaborative engagement on issues of religious, social and cultural diversity, social and economic justice, ecological sustainability, and local and global responsibility.

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Venue Location

Xavier University
Schiff Conference Center
Cincinnati, OH, 45207

(513) 541-1538

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