Open to current and prospective US BCSD members, state government representatives, and regional project participants - especially those with operations in/near Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Join us in Austin, Texas for our first South Central Regional Meeting. Hear first hand from project participants and US BCSD collaborators from the region on their work in sustainable development, and work hands-on with US BCSD members and staff to develop and scale sustainability platforms and projects.
Strategic Planning Process: Overview and Updates
US BCSD members are participating in a strategic planning workshop the day before this event to help retool the US BCSD's approach and prioritize and co-create platforms, projects and partnerships that respond to the important sustainability challenges facing business today. Much of this work will be relevant to projects and activities in the South Central region - we'll provide and overview of the outcomes to set the stage for the day's discussions.
9:00 - 10:00am
10:00 - 12:00pm
Regional Project Updates
What's happening now in the South Central region in US BCSD projects and initiatives? In a series of lightning talks from project participants and US BCSD staff, learn about ground-level project activities and how your company can get involved. We're particularly keen on exploring and leveraging the asymmetry between large manufacturers that make up the core of the US BCSD membership, and smaller innovators doing great things at the regional level. Content areas will cover:
- Water: Louisiana Water Synergy Project and expansion opportunities
- Circular Economy: Austin and Tennessee Materials Marketplaces, [Re]verse Pitch Competition, Texas A&M Architecture Competition
- Gulf Coast & Hurricane Harvey: Clean-up projects, other lessons for business
1:00 - 3:00pm
Regional Opportunities and Priorities
Building on the morning sessions, US BCSD staff will lead an afternoon workshop examining opportunities and priorities for the South Central region, pushing to and pulling from work outside the region as appropriate. At the end of this session, attendees should have a clear understanding of where and how they can get engaged in the US BCSD work program - specifically, platforms and projects for South Central Region.
4:00 - 6:00pm