A Sneak Peek at the State of Green Business Forum

Next week marks the publication of the fourth annual State of Green Business report, the GreenBiz Group's in-depth, data-driven look at just how far we've come on the greening of business -- and how much further remains to be traveled.

In conjunction with the report's release, we are expanding our State of Green Business Forum to provide an even closer look at how the leading lights of corporate sustainability are addressing the real-world challenges of embracing green business practices. The first Forum takes place in San Francisco February 2 and 3, followed by our second annual Chicago Forum on Feb. 9 and 10. We're also pleased to launch our first Washington D.C. Forum on Feb. 16 and 17

The Fora bring together the world's foremost innovators, thought leaders, and executives across all industries to discuss sustainability opportunities realized and challenges met in 2010. Among the presenters at this year's events are former San Francisco mayor and new California lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom, in conversation with GreenBiz.com executive editor Joel Makower; Intuit's Director of Sustainability, Rupesh Shah; Clorox CEO Don Knauss; Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard; and the assistant administrator of the EPA and former director of the Yale Center for Green Chemistry Paul Anastas.

In addition to main-stage discussions and hands-on workshops, attendees at the State of Green Business Forum will also have the opportunity to take part in small-group consultation sessions with the GreenBiz Gurus, and be able to ask questions and pick the brains of our featured presenters and experts in green business practices.

Each Forum brings new topics to the table. Among the participants at the State of Green Business Forum Chicago are Greg Thoma, director of research for the Sustainability Consortium; Jeff Drees, president of Schneider Electric; Brian Gilbert, Ernst & Young's U.S. Environmental Services Leader; Method's Chief Greenskeeper Adam Lowry; AT&T's Director of Energy John Schinter and many others.

Among the participants of the first State of Green Business Forum in the nation's capital are Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz; Campbell Soup's VP of CSR Dave Stangis; Dr. Arun Majumdar, the director of ARPA-E; and Michelle Moore, the federal environmental executive.

In addition to a star-studded and experience-rich roster of participants, each Forum will give attendees plenty of chances to network, mingle, and pick the brains of green business experts from some of the world's largest and greenest companies.

For more information and to register to attend a State of Green Business Forum, choose from these cities: San Francisco, Chicago, or Washington, D.C..