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Green to Gold: Watching Sustainability Transform Your Bottom Line

This half-day seminar features nationally-recognized sustainability implementation expert Darcy Hitchcock introducing Montana businesses to the profit potential in being or becoming a sustainable business in Montana.

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Where: Montana Business Incubator, 100 Poly Drive Room 163, (MSU Business School) Billings, MT

When: Thursday, September 28, 2006, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Featuring: Darcy Hitchcock and a panel of local experts 

Cost: $25 per attendee (includes lunch!)

To Register: 657-2138 or

For More Information: Kris Prinzing, MusEco (294-2260) or Joe McClure, Big Sky EDA (256-6871)

Green to Gold: Watching Sustainability Transform Your Bottom Line is a half-day seminar designed to introduce Montana business people to the opportunities awaiting them by embracing sustainability in their business practices and business plans.

This seminar will be held in Billings on Thursday, September 28, 2006. The event is envisioned as becoming an annual event to be held in multiple locations around the state in coming years. The initial Billings event will inform future efforts.

The seminar will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The event will begin with a catered sustainable lunch, during which a panel of individuals from our area will share their experiences with integrating sustainable practices into their businesses and operations. The panel will include Peter Crist of Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen and Wine Bar (Red Lodge), Peter Belschwender of On Site Management (Bozeman), Steve Collins of Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Yellowstone National Park Environmental Manager Jim Evanoff (both of Yellowstone Park).

A registration fee of $25 will be charged to attendees to cover food and materials expenses.

Click here for the BROCHURE  and here for the SUMMARY PAPER!

The curriculum will address the unique concerns of businesses and demonstrate the opportunities for successfully adopting sustainable practices. The information will be presented by experienced trainer Darcy Hitchcock and will include engaging visual aids and handouts. The session will feature ample time for questions. Regular breaks will be built into the curriculum.

Further Opportunities this Event Will Provide our Community:

Our Seminar Leader Darcy Hitchcock will give the following free talk to the public on the evening of Wednesday, September 27, 2006 in the Beartooth Room in the MSU-Billings Student Union Building:

Sustainability: The Natural Step toward a Better Future

There are so many problems in the world - sometimes it can be overwhelming. However, many of these problems stem from a handful of root causes. Sustainability is a way of seeing the world as a whole system, how our society, economy and the environment interact. Once you understand sustainability, threats, opportunities, and lasting solutions become more obvious. Come hear inspiring stories about steps organizations (businesses, governments and non-profits) are taking toward a sustainable society where people can live well within the limits of nature.


Seminar Leader Darcy Hitchcock will also give the following private presentation as the basis for discussion about Billings' future on Thursday morning, September 28, 2006. This meeting is an invitation only event for sponsors and community leaders.

Curitiba, Brasil: Constraints and Creative Solutions to Community Challenges

The municipality of Curitiba is famous for sustainability; they have a remarkably high quality of life on a developing country's budget. Their urban planning, transportation systems and social programs are world-class. Darcy Hitchcock visited Curitiba in 2005 to see first hand what they had done. This presentation summarizes the most relevant insights for the developed world.

SEMINAR AGENDA (Registration opens at 11 a.m.):

11:30      Introductions - Kris Prinzing, MusEco Media and Education Project

11:45      Lunch Served

12:00     Local Experts Panel - moderated by Jan Brown, Yellowstone Business Partnership

1:20       Break

1:30       Seminar - Darcy Hitchcock, Axis Performance Advisors

4:20       Closing Words - Jan Brown and Kris Prinzing


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Click here for the BROCHURE  and here for the SUMMARY PAPER!


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