The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF) is hosting a thoughtprovoking event on Thursday, September 29 to discuss the future of water management in the region. Policy and Commerce: Water Management Solutions in the Great Lakes Region will be held at the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward Ave.
In the wake of the Flint water crisis, many have begun to recognize just how precious water really is. This installment in SMSBF’s Member-Guest Speaker Series will focus on the Great Lakes, which account for 20 percent of the world’s freshwater, and our options for using and managing this resource.
Policy and Commerce will feature speakers Roy Cole and Grant Trigger, who will discuss how business and policy shape the environment.
Roy Cole is an experienced, successful businessman who graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1982 with a major in marketing and a minor in political science. His career has been long and varied, starting as a cheese broker in the early 80s. In February 2012, Cole started full time with Parjana Distribution LLC and remains with them today.
Grant Trigger is an environmental law and policy expert. Currently he is the cleanup manager at RACER Trust, an organization established by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to redevelop properties owned by General Motors. Trigger served as an environmental engineer for 10 years and as an environmental attorney for 20 years before joining RACER Trust.
The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. and will include networking, refreshments, and engaging presentations. The public is invited to attend the event for $25. SMSBF members may attend the event for free. For professionals looking to build lasting business connections and engage in topics surrounding sustainability, Policy and Commerce is a must-see event.
SMSBF President Michael Shesterkin notes the event’s potential impact on the larger community “More and more of us are beginning to realize just how scarce fresh, drinkable water really is. As residents of the Great Lake State, we’re under a tremendous obligation to take responsibility for the precious resource that surrounds us. Our Policy and Commerce: Water Management event promises to generate insights and motivate action; it’s something folks will not want to miss.”
Founded in 2004 and located in Ann Arbor, SMSBF is a non-profit organization that exists to promote sustainable business practices in the eight county region of Southeast Michigan. SMSBF provides the space wherein ideas and views about the most important topic of our time – sustainability – can be exchanged and applied to the everyday business world.. The organization currently hosts multiple events throughout the year, offering members, guests and others the opportunity to connect, discover and learn about what it takes to run successful, sustainable, triple bottom line businesses. To learn more about SMSBF visit their website, http://smsbf.org/.
For more information about the event, contact Michael Shesterkin at (734) 464-8353