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US BCSD National Meeting in New Orleans

  • City Park 1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA, 70124 United States (map)

Join us! January 30-31, 2019 for our US BCSD National Meeting, hosted at City Park in New Orleans

Driving the business case for collaboration on sustainability

On the Agenda

Our agenda balances an engaging lineup of subject matter expert panels with facilitated discussion on actionable opportunities to expand or enhance your company/organization’s sustainability portfolio. Organized around our four US BCSD platforms, each panel will explore creative approaches and hot topics in the sustainability space today; afterwards, you’ll be able to dig in to the details at your table with other attendees.

If you're looking to work alongside leading companies on water, circular economy, cities, and ecosystems projects; and explore cross-cutting topics like sustainability valuation, public-private partnerships, tools, metrics and incentives - this meeting will be a great entry point to get involved with our work.

January 30, 2019

8:00am | Opening

9:00am | Water Platform

10:30am | Cities Platform

12:00pm | Lunch Talk: LDEQ Secretary Chuck Brown, Ph. D.

1:30pm | Circular Economy Platform

3:00pm | US BCSD 2019-20 Strategy

4:30pm | Sustainability Tour and Reception at City Park

January 31, 2019

9:00am | Water and Circularity - the Ecolab Approach

9:30am | Ecosystems Platform

11:00am | Leveraging Business, Academic and Organization Partnerships

12:00pm | Lunch

1:00pm | Cross-cutting Opportunities and Trends in Sustainability

  • Great Lakes Sustainability Initiative

  • 10 Across Initiative

  • Sustainability Standards

  • Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard

2:00pm | Adjourn



Awareness of the risks associated with water-related issues is rapidly coming to the forefront of industry planning and operations. Understanding and addressing both risks and opportunities will help organizations navigate around issues such as water quality and water quantity at both site-specific and watershed scales. This session will explore examples of how companies and partners are dealing with water issues through collaboration and regional scale solutions. Examples include improving infrastructure resilience and innovation in water quality improvement. Speakers include:

  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

  • RES

  • Port Fourchon Project Team

  • Tierra Resources/Entergy



How can we more effectively connect regional business capabilities and interests with the big city challenges; issues like resiliency, data collection and organization, energy efficiency, mobility and others? What partnerships (organization and program partnerships) should we be prioritizing to support this platform? Invited speakers include:

  • City Park, New Orleans

  • City of New Orleans

  • Greater New Orleans Foundation

  • Life City


Circular Economy

The US BCSD is the leading facilitator for business-to-business material reuse in the US, helping develop and scale new reuse and recycling market opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn about our multi-state approach to building and developing new markets, and hear case studies on projects that address cross-platform challenges (like plastics + ecosystem restoration). Table discussions will follow to map out how your companies and organizations can get engaged. Speakers include:

  • Pathway21’s Materials Marketplace team

  • Companies engaged in the LA Floating Islands Project



Ecosystem services are becoming an integral part of infrastructure solutions. Nature based solutions can offer lower cost, highly reliable approaches to dealing with issues such as stormwater management, flooding mitigation, water quality and quantity issues, and carbon sequestration. Industry is collaborating with key partners to identify, quantify, and in some cases monetize, ecosystem services in order to make a more compelling business case. This session will explore examples of applying ecosystem services as solutions for industry needs. Speakers include:

  • Schlumberger

  • Dow

  • Restore the Earth Foundation




This event will be hosted at beautiful City Park in New Orleans, a 1,300 acre oasis that has been enchanting New Orleanians since 1854.

Parkview Terrace Building

City Park

1 Palm Dr

New Orleans, LA 70124

(click here for exact map to the venue)

Questions? Contact Daniel Kietzer at or 512.981.5417

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