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Responsible Business Leaders Convene in Chicago at the Green Business Conference
April 1, 2007

Chicago—Co-op America introduces their fifth production of the Green Business Conference to Chicago for the first time, April 17-20, prior to the Green Festival.  Offering a plethora of speakers, workshops, business-to-business networking, and much more.

Jeffrey Hollander, Seventh Generation CEO said, “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.”

At this conference you will learn everything you need to know about supporting and greening your business.  You will hear about the future of the green market in The State of the Green Economy, LOHAS’s 2007 Report on the Green Marketplace. You will design an action plan for your business to fight climate change.  You will learn how to market your green business from successful and experienced business leaders.  You will meet and build connections with other business owners to form synergies and grow together.

The Sundance Channel/Comcast will take the opportunity to host a special reception announcing their new and innovative “The Green” environmental programming.  And Chicago Magazine  unveils their eight Green Award  honorees – that have pioneered earth-friendly ideas that are making Chicago worthy of national recognition

“If you’re serious about taking your company green, be it a sole partnership or a corporation, the Green Business Conference is the place to start the journey,” said Clif Bar Co-Founder, Gary Erickson, who recently turned his company into one of the greenest businesses on the planet.

This year’s speakers include: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; Sadhu Johnston, Chicago’s Commissioner of the Environment; Michael Crooke, CEO Revolution Living; Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman Interface; Jeffrey Hollender, CEO Seventh Generation; Joel Makower, Founder Greenbiz.com; Van Jones, Executive Director Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Dominique Conseil, President Aveda; Frank Lampe, LOHAS  Report; Jen Boulden, Co-Founder IdealBite.com; Seth Goldman, CEO Honest Tea and many more.

To view the full program schedule and learn how you can attend please visit www.coopamerica.biz or call 1-800-58GREEN.  Don’t let this conference pass you by!

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 an excellent exploration of how to get from 'now' to a just and sustainable world, and the role of business in that journey!" Kate Amon, Owner of Kate's Caring Gifts "People and Earth Friendly Gifts"

“I got so much from the conference.  All your hard work and excellent planning made a huge statement and impact on me.  It opened my eyes and beliefs… and helped me see the importance of the movements Co-op America and its members are trying to accomplish.  Your conference brought a new sense of being and drive… and helped me learn more about what is truly important.  Thank you.”  Steven D. Kimmell, Sustainability Services Consulting

Co-op America, is a nonprofit consumer education organization for environmentally wise purchasing and investing, located in Washington, DC with over 3,500 business members and 75,000 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, San Francisco and Washington, DC and have over 60,000 people attend annually.  Co-op America’s Green Business Network™ is the largest and oldest national association of socially and environmentally responsible business in the nation.  Contact Mr. 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

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