Hundreds of executives to gather in Arizona for post-COP21 forum

GreenBiz 2016
Attendees gather for an evening of networking at GreenBiz 2015.

More than 700 sustainability executives are set to convene next month in Arizona to discuss the trends, tools and technologies needed to move their companies toward a more sustainable future, energized by the climate goals set last month by the Paris Agreement.

GreenBiz 16, Feb. 23-25 in Scottsdale, Ariz., will bring together hundreds of leaders from the world's largest companies, sustainability nonprofits, academic institutions and government agencies. The event is convened by GreenBiz Group, the Sustainability Consortium and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, a unit of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

The three-day conference takes place during the two-week-long Sustainability Solutions Festival produced by ASU.

GreenBiz 16 is framed by the ninth annual State of Green Business report, an award-winning assessment of how companies are addressing the world's biggest sustainability challenges. Released Feb. 2, the report also illuminates the most important topics and trends impacting sustainability professionals and their companies.

"This year's event, on the heels of COP21, looms larger in importance, given the ambitious greenhouse gas-reduction targets that face us," said Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group and the event's host. "Sustainability executives are primed to up their game, making ever bigger commitments. At GreenBiz 16 they'll learn how their peers are taking on this challenge."

New to this year's event are six targeted program tracks, focusing on some key challenges and opportunities facing today's sustainability executives:

  • Design and the Circular Economy, presented by Dow
  • Purpose and Leadership, presented by PwC
  • Materiality and Metrics, presented by Sealed Air
  • The New Energy Landscape
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Engagement and Storytelling

GreenBiz 16 speakers include executives from Best Buy, Boeing, Campbell Soup, Dell, Dow, Gap, JLL, McKinsey, Sealed Air, Staples, Starbucks, Steelcase, VF Corp., Walmart and Walt Disney, as well as visionary leaders such as Ellen MacArthur and Paul Hawken. New speakers are being added weekly.

Included in the hundreds already registered to attend are executives from 21st Century Fox, 3M, Baxter Healthcare, Boeing, Facebook, Genentech, GM, Kimberly-Clark, Land O'Lakes, McDonald's, MillerCoors, Ralph Lauren, Sephora, Siemens, Sodexo, Target, Tiffany and Waste Management.

For more information about GreenBiz 16, visit: http://www.greenbiz.com/events/greenbiz-forum/phoenix/2016

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