On Friday, September 27 BNIM, together with American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and BASE-KC, hosted a Sustainability + Business Event at the Bloch School to facilitate the important conversation on how to Act on Climate Change.
The event invited business leaders, agents of change, and those interested in sustainability and business from Kansas City and the region to participate in the dialogue on how Kansas City government, organizations and businesses can drive impact on climate change locally and inspire change nationally and internationally.
The event was moderated by James Russell, architecture columnist for Bloomberg News, and author of The Agile City: Building Well-Being and Wealth in an Era of Climate Change.
In the morning panel on "Barriers and Opportunities," Dr. Stephen Green, KCMO Schools Superintendent; Cindy Circo, KCMO Mayor Pro Tem; Sara Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group; Judi Cooper, Iowa Utilities Board; Bryan McGannon, ASBC; and Michael Collins, CEO Kansas City Port Authority focused on the themes of creativity in our schools to train the next generation of climate activists, innovation and doing more with less and finding solutions to pressing problems, and preparedness of cities in dealing with natural disasters and anticipating climate issues.
In the afternoon panel on "The Role of Entrepreneurship," Dennis Wierzbicki, President of Grundfos; John McDonald, Founder of Boulevard Brewing Company and Ripple Glass; Jacqueline Smith, Green Dirt Farm; Amy Hargroves, Sprint; and Shane Spencer, Green REIT focused on doing the right thing, modeling exemplary corporate behavior and the business advantage to corporate sustainability.
Each of the panels were focused on sharing a vantage point that values long-term thinking and places importance on doing the right thing for future generations. There was a pervasive recognition that climate change is not a partisan issue and its many impacts will only be affected using the power of many minds to drive innovation and find solutions.
As the event closed, Steve McDowell posed a question that we all can continue to answer with our actions and discussion: "What can we do as a community, region to erase boundaries to make profound change?"
View the summary videos on vimeo:
KCDialogue: Barriers and Opportunities from BNIM on Vimeo.
KCDialogue: The Role of Entrepreneurship from BNIM on Vimeo.
This event is part of a national series in Affiliation with the American Sustainable Business Council on Making the Business Case for Congressional Action on Climate Change.