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Summit for a Sustainable Economy

American Sustainable Business Council

“Summit for a Sustainable Economy"

Democratic National Convention
Charlotte, North Carolina
K&L Gates LLP, Hearst Tower
214 North Tryon Street, 47th Floor, Charlotte
September 5, 2012 – 8:30 am to 1 pm

Join us in an interactive discussion with business leaders and elected officials
exploring how public policy and business engagement can help build a more sustainable economy.

RSVP required, as seating is limited.
Photo Identification required for access to building. (Media is welcome)
Arrive early.

The half-day Summit will explore:

  • How public policies can help promote a more sustainable economy
  • Strategies for using financial capital for responsible, transparent and tangible investments
  • Initiatives for building vibrant local economies
  • Developing economic metrics that reach beyond GDP and factor in environmental and social factors
  • Best practices by leading socially responsible companies, and,
  • The transition that American market-based capitalism is undergoing in which new values and new business coalitions are emerging to ensure future prosperity.

The Summit will tell a consistent story: Business, particularly small and mid-sized firms, prosper when the larger economy resets its priorities to ensure a robust middle class, transparent financial markets, affordable healthcare, clean energy, a fair tax system, reliable infrastructure, a campaign finance system not controlled by the wealthiest companies.

Speaker Bios


SESSION ONE: Responsible Capital: Investing in a Prosperous America

Financial capital can be deployed to create new jobs, stabilize communities, catalyze new productive technology and services and increase overall societal well-being. It can also be used to reduce competition and enable a relatively few to consolidate market and political power. This session explores ways to use capital to have a broader societal impact. We’ll also explore how tax policies can encourage more of what the economy needs. And finally, we’ll look at how "responsible capital" can foster local economic development where the metrics of success account for externalities and hidden costs.


  • Roger Smith, President, American Income Life
  • Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director, Investors Circle
  • Brian Schneiderman, Self Help Credit Union
  • Shivani Siroya, CEO and Founder of InVenture
  • Congressman James Clyburn, D-SC


  • Frank Knapp, President, South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce

SESSION TWO: Building Sustainable Communities

Healthy economies; rural, suburban, urban – require the same ingredients: clean and affordable energy, jobs with a future, quality products and services, affordable health care, a robust food system, a sense of place and leadership from responsible businesses. This discussion looks at the degree to which government factors in such sustainability issues as: the value of a diversified local economy, quality of life, good infrastructure, TOD, education and strong environmental standards when seeking to attract new business.


  • Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder, Seventh Generation
  • Betsy Blaisdell, Environmental Stewardship, Timberland
  • Nikhil Arora, President, Back to the Roots
  • John C. Komisin, AIA, Little Architects


  • Bryan Howard, USGBC

SESSION THREE: Business Models & Accounting for a Sustainable Economy

A key to creating a more sustainable resilient economy is changing what we measure and value, balancing financial success with social impact and introducing full cost accounting. We’ll also explore trends that require businesses to measure financial, social, and environmental impact and efforts to move beyond GDP as our sole measure of success.


  • Kim Jordan, CEO, New Belgium Brewing
  • Lew Daly, Senior Fellow, Demos
  • Beth Richardson, B Lab
  • Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Elected Official (TBA)


  • Richard Eidlin, Public Policy Director, American Sustainable Business Council

Register Today

To Learn More about participating or sponsoring, contact:
Richard Eidlin, ASBC Policy Director,, 303-478-0131

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and its fifty plus partner organizations represent over 150,000 businesses and more than 300,000 individual entrepreneurs, owners, executives, investors and business professionals who can speak firsthand to the value of “triple bottom line” sustainable, socially responsible and environmentally sound policy initiatives.