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Sustainability strategist speaks at business forum

October 31, 2007

Stuart Hart, one of the world’s leading authorities on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism for business strategy, will be the keynote speaker at a free public forum on business, environment and social responsibility.

Hart, the Samuel C. Johnson Chair in Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business, will speak on “Capitalism at the Crossroads: Aligning Business, Earth and Humanity” at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Monona Terrace Community and Convention CenterMonona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

A panel discussion at 11 a.m. titled “Perspectives on the Triple Bottom Line” will feature Steve Viederman, past president of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, and Bruce Kahn, second vice president of wealth management and a financial adviser at Smith Barney. John Farley, ecological economist and researcher at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, also has been invited to participate. “Triple bottom line” refers to the concept that business has social and environmental as well as economic obligations.

The forum is sponsored by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the School of Business, and Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. For more information, contact Molly Schwebach at 265-6712 or