In the beginning of this month Bresslergroup's Peter Bressler, Peter Byar, and Elysa Soffer teamed up with Gary Sorin of NRG Energy for a panel discussion called "Different Worlds Common Issues - Companies Find Common Grounds on Sustainability," at the Innovation Philadelphia Global Creative Economy Convergence Summit.
Mike Flanagan, the moderator started the group off pointing out how times have changed and "back then" sustainability was endorsed by hippies, but now it's accepted as a major business topic in a Levi's vs Brooks Brothers mentality.
Gary spoke about his experience with sustainability in the corporate world. He covered observations, the Walmart Sustainability Index effects, barriers to true sustainability, a what's next for business and sustainability as well as suggestions for getting started.
Peter Byar discussed how we as design consultants have the unique ability to guide and cajole clients regarding new product sustainability.
Lastly, Elysa Soffer spoke about how companies can calculate their carbon footprint and devise strategies for reduction, using Bresslergroup's internal efforts as a case study.