Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Green Business Leaders Convene in San Francisco for 7th Annual Green Business Conference

Nation's premiere green business event helps businesses go green and succeed

July 9, 2008

San Francisco -- Co-op America’s Green Business Network brings its seventh Green Business Conference to San Francisco, November 12-13, 2008 at San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb. The conference runs just  prior to the Green Festival, November 14-16, which is the largest green consumer event in the US.  The conference offers a plethora of speakers, workshops, business-to-business networking, and numerous green marketing opportunities.

This year’s theme focuses on how to grow and build an authentic green business. In this climate of all things green as Jeffrey Hollander, Seventh Generation CEO, says, “When it comes to green business, this conference is as good as it gets… the best collection of green business leaders you’ll meet anywhere.”

Attendees will learn what they need to build and lead an authentic green business. Successful green business leaders with extensive experience share their insights into the state of the green marketplace, and provide marketing and financial models for successful businesses.

Cutting Edge Green Marketing: Attendees will learn the latest in reaching the burgeoning green consumer marketplace. Raphael Bemporand, Principal and Founder of BBMG, a leading marketing firm, will unveil their new research study documenting current green consumer trends – The Conscious Consumer Report. Alison Worthington of The  Hartman Group will share their Sustainability Outlook Report detailing how consumers adopt sustainability practices and products.

The Latest in Climate Change: Businesses will be guided through an action plan to fight climate change by The Carbon Concierge and Native Energy. Will Rosenzweig will highlight best practices for growing successful green businesses by developing strong partnerships with investors.  Learning From the Leaders: Roxanne Quimby, Founder of Burt’s Bees and President of Happy Green Bee, will deliver a keynote as will Tracey Pettengill Turner, Founder and General Manager of MicroPlace, an eBay micro lending program.

Green Business leaders speaking include Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO of TerraCycle; Seth Goldman, President and TeaEO of Honest Tea; Miranda Maganini, Co-CEO of IceStone, LLC; Sharon Rowe, Founder and CEO of EcoBags; Rony Alcalay, Founder of Vital Hemptations; MaryAnne Howland, CEO of IBIS Communications; Charisse McAuliffe, Founder and COO of GenGreen™; Dennis Salazar, President of Salazar Packaging and many more.

Structured Networking Opportunities, where businesses meet and build connections with other business owners, will be available throughout the conference.

Register before September 12 for $200 discount.  To view the full program schedule and all speakers visit www.coopamerica.biz or call 1-800-58GREEN.

What is a “Green Business?”

Green businesses operate in ways that solve, rather than cause, both environmental and social problems.  These businesses adopt principles, policies and practices that improve the quality of life for their customers, their employees, communities, and the environment.

Here’s what some of the attendees from past Green Business Conferences had to say:

“The Green Business Conference is one of the most valuable resources I have. This is my second year attending and I continue to meet the most amazing and inspiring people who want to help each other!”  Jennifer Murphy, Chapter One Organics

“This was a great experience for us and the information we learned was eye-opening. I can't wait for the next one.” Jessica Sanchez, Kedzie Press

“Wonderful opportunities to network with businesses that share my values. Great real world examples of successful green businesses!” Elaine Chaney

Co-op America, is a nonprofit consumer education organization for socially and environmentally responsible purchasing and investing, located in Washington, DC, with over 4,000 business members and 80,000 consumer members throughout the country.  Co-op America is the publisher of the National Green Pages – which has over a million copies in circulation and the producer of the Green Festivals.  The Green Festivals are in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, DC and  over 150,000 people attend annually. Launched in 1983, the  Co-op America Green Business Network is the first and largest association of socially and environmentally responsible business in the nation,.  Contact Todd Larsen at toddlarsen@greenamerica.org to learn more about socially conscious and environmentally wise purchasing and investing.  www.greenamerica.org   www.greenfestivals.org

For more information please contact
Todd Larsen, Media Director
Co-op America
202-872-5320
800-58-GREEN

www.greenamerica.org

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Please contact Todd Larsen by email
or by phone at 202-872-5307.