Equity and Sustainability:
A More Inclusive Vision for the Future

Thank you to all who joined us on June 9! Stay tuned for details about next year's Summit.

In 2017, the Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit will explore new and promising areas of environmental sustainability, while also taking a deeper look at the issue of equity. We explore why equity is often overlooked in the discussion around sustainability, and the ways in which new economic opportunities can be pursued that are both socially and environmentally just. To underscore this point, the keynote speaker this year is Van Jones. Jones is, among many things, a leader working to build an equitable green economy. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in linking the economy, the environment and social justice, notably through initiatives he has founded such as The Dream Corps, Green for All and Rebuild the Dream.

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Highlights from this year’s Summit:

  • A keynote address by Van Jones (view video here),
  • A lunchtime awards ceremony honoring area small business leaders who have successfully incorporated sustainability into their business practices (view video here), and
  • A plenary session exploring the topic, "How Can a City’s Sustainability Projects Benefit Everyone?" (view video here)
  • Breakout sessions where attendees can dive deeper into issues such as sustainable business supply chains, the digital workforce, waste reduction and the circular economy, transportation, economic development, and the Green Cincinnati Plan.
  • Each year, we seek to widen the table for discussion around the issue of environmental sustainability. We bring together a broad audience of professionals who seek to engage in thoughtful discussion, share best practices, celebrate the work that is currently being done in sustainability throughout the Midwest and identify areas for future regional collaboration. We invite all who are interested to join us on June 9 and be ready to deepen your understanding and expand your network.


    Our Keynote Speaker: Van Jones

    Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning leader in the green economy. Best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, Jones was also the main advocate for the Green Jobs Act. Signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, this was the first piece of federal legislation to codify the term “green jobs.”

    In 2009, Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to President Barack Obama. In this role, Jones helped to lead the inter-agency process that oversaw the multi-billion dollar investment in skills training and jobs development within the environmental and green energy sectors. Since then, Jones has co-founded successful social enterprises, including Green For All, which works on building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, and Rebuild The Dream, a 21st Century “think tank” that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation.

    A featured TED speaker, Jones has been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on several lists of high achievers, including: the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World”; and the Root's 2014 “The Root 100.” He is presently a fellow at the MIT Media Lab and a CNN political contributor.

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    networking coffee 

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    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided


    All day entry,
    networking coffee 

    and lunch provided

    Sponsors for the Summit


    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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