EnvironDesign®9: Powerful Ideas, Vigorous Actions, Compelling Visions

Annual conference explores insight, inspiration, ideas and actionable information on sustainable design and business practices.

(PRWEB) February 17, 2005 -- Do you know what ideas will best shape sustainable design and business practices in the future? What actions will most effectively place environmental stewardship and sustainable development front and center in mainstream America? Want to get better connected to the leaders and visionaries who are making it happen?

Come to EnvironDesign9. It’s a sure source of insight, inspiration, ideas and actionable information.

The EnvironDesign9 conference, scheduled for April 20 to 22, 2005, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, will combine unparalleled education with unlimited networking opportunities to explore how environmental stewardship is the creative and critical force driving contemporary design and product innovation. Now in its ninth year, EnvironDesign has a proven track record as a pioneering and innovative conference known for consistently raising the bar in an effort to ensure that sustainable design is the defining issue for the 21st century. Its agenda will include inspirational keynote speakers, facilitated roundtable discussions, concurrent workshop sessions and a Product Learning Center. Hundreds of sustainable design and business enthusiasts will gather at EnvironDesign9 to explore powerful ideas, vigorous actions and compelling visions.

Conference Highlights
•    Inspiring keynotes by environmental champions will examine the diverse scope of environmental concerns. Each keynote has been carefully selected to present not only big-picture thinking on critical issues, but also a targeted view of specific strategies and the importance of individual actions. Keynote presentations will be given by Dr. Lance Secretan, Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart, Deirdre Imus, Leslie Hoffman and Robert Fox, and Julia Butterfly Hill.
•    The introduction of “Conversations that Matter,” facilitated, interactive roundtable discussions will create networks of collaboration and shared knowledge and experience, empowering all attendees to see new ways of making a difference in their lives and in their work. These roundtables are patterned after the successful World Café concept.
•    “Celebrating a Sustainable You,” a relaxing and rewarding Thursday evening special event has been designed to rejuvenate attendees’ minds, bodies and spirits—allowing them to reconnect with the natural world via the choices they make as consumers.
•    Workshops that will focus on improving and strengthening key skills in three primary areas—Creativity & Innovation; Strategic Solutions; and Leadership & Vision—helping to magnify the opportunities for immediate value.
•    A more efficient and expanded schedule for the Product Learning Center maximizes the opportunities for one-on-one dialogue between the conference’s 50+ sponsors and its attendees.
•    The Third Annual Trash to Treasure Competition/Silent Auction—a lively and engaging competition that turns waste items into things of function and beauty—will be held, with proceeds to benefit the Earth Pledge Foundation to assist in its efforts to identify and promote innovative techniques and technologies that restore the balance between human and natural systems.
    Additionally, Pre- and Post-conference Workshops and Site Tours have been scheduled to provide additional learning opportunities for those individual who desire to maximize their experience.

Opportunities for a Diverse Audience
EnvironDesign9 effectively combines varied learning and networking opportunities to deliver essential information regarding real-life challenges and concrete solutions. Its diverse audience ensures engaging, insightful dialogue and unparalleled learning opportunities for:
•    Architects, engineers and planners
•    Interior designers
•    Industrial designers
•    Environmental executives
•    Facility managers
•    Real estate contractors, developers and owners
•    Government and environmental policy makers
•    Manufacturers and suppliers
•    NGOs and non-profit executives
•    Urban planners
•    Landscape professionals
•    Educators and students
•    Journalists
•    Environmental consultants

Why Participate?
Year after year, hundreds of professionals come to EnvironDesign because they know it’s the one event that will both inform and inspire. In the words of Bruce Babbitt, an EnvironDesign8 keynote presenter, “It is amazing for me to see a gathering of people drawn together not by narrow occupational categories, but by the implications and possibilities of a thematic approach to change in all its diversity.”

Register Early and Save
Attendees who register by March 10, 2005, can save up to $90 on the cost of a full conference registration. Other pre-registration prices will help attendees avoid higher on-site registration fees and lengthy registration lines. Savings on day rates also are available.

The annual EnvironDesign conference is co-produced by the following publications:
Interiors & Sources (www.isdesignet.com)
green@work (www.greenatworkmag.com)

For information, call 561-627-3393 or download complete conference details at www.environdesign.com.

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