The 2012 Convene for Green Conference was well attended, informative and inspiring. For the past 2 years, Convene for Green has united Nevada stakeholders around a common purpose and unified plan to further economic, environmental, and social regional sustainability goals.
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, current Mayor, Carolyn Goodman and Green Chips Chair and MGM Resorts Chief Sustainability Officer, Cindy Ortega, welcomed attendees.
The keynote speaker was Daniel Wallach, Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization that conceptualized and helped lead the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas following the tornado that wiped out the town in 2007. Today, the tiny two square mile community in the middle of rural Kansas in an internationally recognized model of a sustainably built community.
The message of Community Enhancement Through Collaboration was discussed by a panel comprised of Cass Palmer of United Way, Rick Mazer, Regional President of Caesars Entertainment, Clark County Sheriff, and Doug Gillespie and moderated by Rose McKinney-James. Stacey Crowley, Director of Nevada’s State Energy Office updated the gathering on their latest initiative.
Participants then broke out into smaller discussion groups on various topics to generate ideas for future action. The first discussion session considered issues related to Economics, Education, Energy and Transportation. The second discussion session focused upon Recycling, Water, Community Engagement and Public Health. Many thoughtful ideas and action steps were generated by these sub-groups that will be pursued following the conference.
The conference concluded with Vernard Williams of the Alliance for Climate Education inspiring the participants to “Do One Thing!” to make our community a better place.
Conference attendees left better informed on issues related to sustainability and energized to go forward as good stewards of the community work that needs to be done.
Congratulations Green Chips for a conference well done!