Larkin Hoffman and Mall of America Host Second Annual Big Green Conference

11/11/2010

Thank you to all who attended and made the second Big Green conference a successful event!

This conference has quickly established itself as the place where "business and government meet." The conference featured expert speakers with innovative ideas addressing the future of green technology.

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Click below to view presentations and biographies of speakers at the 2010 Big Green Conference. (Note that some of the presentations may take a minute or two to download given the large file size).

WELCOME
Blois Olson, Vice President of Tunheim Partners

MORNING PLENARY SESSION
Topic: Alternative Energy — Preparing for the Future of the American Electric Grid

Jim Turnure, Environmental Policy Manager at Xcel Energy.
Nathan Franzen, Solar Development Director at Westwood Professional Services.
John Brost, Business Development Manager at Outland Renewable Energy.
Bill Glahn, Director of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security.
Mike Mergens (Moderator), Attorney at Larkin Hoffman. 

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION A
Topic: Corporate Sustainability — Taking it Beyond the Boardroom

Gail Eadie and John Logan Black III M.D., Green Committee, Mayo Clinic.  View Presentation.
Keith Miller, Manager for Environmental Initiative Sustainability at 3M.  View Presentation.
Alice Wheelwright, Vice President of Global Initiatives at Ecolab.
Mike Robertson (Moderator), Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION B
Topic: 2010 Environmental Review — Advocating for Change

Ciara Schlicting, AICP, Project Manager at Bonestroo. 
Peder Larson, Attorney at Larkin Hoffman.  View Presentation.
Scott Strand, Executive Director at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. View Presentation.
Julie Perrus (Moderator), Attorney at Larkin Hoffman.

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION C
Topic: The 2030 Plan — Affecting Change within Development and Design.
  View Presentation.
Patrick Thibaudeau, Vice President at HGA Architects. 
Julianne Laue, Senior Associate at DLR Group.
Laura D’Ardenne, Manager of Sustainable Construction at PCL Construction.
John Carmody (Moderator), Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota.

LUNCH PRESENTATION
Topic: Public Private Partnership — Driving Metro Economies

Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of Burnsville and President of U.S. Conference of Mayors. 
Tom Lander, Vice President at Mortenson Construction.
Bill Griffith, Attorney at Larkin Hoffman.
Gene Winstead (Moderator), City of Bloomington.

AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION
Topic: 21st Century Issues in Water Supply — Treating and Managing this Valuable Resource

Gary Hohenstein (3M), representing Manufacturing & Energy Use Technical Work Group, part of the Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework Taskforce.  View Presentation.
Norm Wenck, Chairman at Wenck Associates.  View Presentation.
Melissa Wenzel, Senior Pollution Control Specialist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  View Presentation.
Pam Shubat, Minnesota Department of Health.  View Presentation.
Maria Surma Manka (Moderator), Account Manager, Tunheim Partners

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION A
Topic: Business Planning and Corporate Sustainability — Keeping Up With the Changing Regulatory Structure of Environmental Law

Alfred Marcus, Professor and Edson Spencer Endowed Chair in Strategy and Technological Leadership, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  View Presentation.
Alexandra Klass, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota Law School.  View Supplemental Materials.
Jeremy Edwards (Moderator), Mall of America.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION B
Topic: Retail’s Carbon Footprint — Evaluating Comprehensive Efforts to Secure Sustainability at Mall of America and SUPERVALU

Terry Matula, Director, Sustainability Solutions.  View Prsesentation.
Tom McIntyre, Director R & D, Energy and Environmental at SUPERVALU. 
Dave Haselman (Moderator), Executive Vice President of Operations at Mall of America

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION C
Topic: Green Retailing — Sharing Best Practices for Sustainability Among Major Retailers

John Greenwalt, Plant Manager at Pepsi Beverages Company.
Leo Raudys, Senior Director Environmental Sustainability at Best Buy.  View Presentation.
Will Ander (Moderator), Author of “Greentailing” and Partner at McMillan Doolittle LLP.  View Presentation.

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Better Place — Global Provider of Electric Vehicle Networks and services
Topic: Future of the Electric Vehicle Market — Highlighting Advances at Better Place and How the Electric Vehicle Market is Critical to the Future of Worldwide Transportation

Jeff Miller, Vice President of North America, Better Place.
Bill Griffith (Moderator), Attorney at Larkin Hoffman.

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