Second annual 3E Summit to help local businesses create environmentally sustainable practices

The second annual Energy-Economics-Environment (3E) Summit will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. The summit was started last year to help local businesses strengthen their bottom line through energy improvements.

The creation of the annual summit stems from the Green Cincinnati Plan which called for an educational outreach effort among other things.

According to event organizers, some of the nation’s largest companies have shifted focus towards sustainable practices and products in what some industry experts call the “triple bottom line” approach. They say that such changes have occurred because of new consumer habits and demands to do so, but that many small- and medium-sized businesses have been unable to incorporate such practices into their business plan thus far.

“The 3E Summit offers practical guidance on how small- and mid-sized businesses can incorporate sustainable business practices and products into their business plan and increase their bottom line,” event organizers state.

This year’s summit will include top panelists, from around the Cincinnati region, that will host breakout sessions covering topics like energy and water saving techniques, company-wide sustainability programs, green building, and how to engage local sustainability co-op programs among others.

The sustainability event will also feature James L. Turner and Gary Jay Saulson who will talk about how Duke Energy and PNC are leading the way in new energy approaches respectively.  Organizers also say that there will be more than 30 green exhibitors on-hand to discuss sustainable practices and showcase their energy saving products.

The 2010 3E Summit will take place from 7:30am to 2pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Tuesday, September 28. Those interested in attending can do so by register in advance for $50 online or by calling (513) 579-3111.  The early registration fee will not only get you into the summit, but also include a continental breakfast and “lunch by the bite.”