The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

You were at the forefront of sustainability, spearheading progress and saving your company money and minimizing waste. Now your company is a leader in environmental innovation. You are ready to move past conservative risk-avoidance to the creation of bold business solutions that have sustainable benefits for business and communities that will effect generations to come.

Be on the front line and join BCLC for a working meeting that goes beyond the “introductory level” of most environmental conferences. Join numerous business sectors and leaders—including BASF, Chevron, Coca-Cola, IBM, ING, McKinsey, Prudential, Shell, Staples, and Target (see more below)—and partake in a conversation on where innovation has been and where it is going. Identify best practices, build diverse alliances, and forge ahead as the leader that will develop environmental opportunities for tomorrow.

BCLC's The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Working Meeting is an invitation only event that is open to BCLC Environmental Innovation working members, select businesses, and government and community leaders. The meeting will bring businesses together to discuss how to drive improvements around:

  • Managing the Present Use and Future Potential of America's Physical Resources
  • Utilizing Water for Consumption and Industry more Effectively
  • Financing for Environmental Innovation
  • Maximizing the Efficiencies and Synergies of the Built Environment

During the working meeting, The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report will be released. The report will detail the change achieved thus far and explore how the business community can maximize its role in future progress. View the agenda for more details.

Nancy Gillis from the U.S. General Services Administration will be giving keynote remarks at the event. 

Ms. Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the technical and policy recommendations outlined in the EO 13514 Vendor and Contractor GHG Emissions report; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects.

For more information on how to attend the working meeting, please contact Chris Ryan at or (202) 463-5714

Current attendees include leaders from:



BASF Corporation

Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (C2ES)


City of Charlotte North Carolina

Climate Prosperity Project, Inc.

COunterpart International

Counterpart International

Cox Enterprises, Inc.





Green Innovators in Business Network

Green Plus

GreenBiz Group

Hyundai Motor Company


ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA





McKinsey & Company

National Building Museum

Natural Logic

Next American City

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

Prudential Financial, Inc.



Shell Oil Company

Staples Corp.


The Coca-Cola Company

the taylor companies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Housing and Urban Development



World Bank

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD US Inc)

World Resources Institute


For more information on how to attend the working meeting, please contact Chris Ryan at or (202) 463-5714