Opportunity Green: Behind the Scenes

Next month, I’ll be reporting live via Twitter from the 5th annual Opportunity Green Business Conference being held in Los Angeles from November 10 to 11.

Opportunity Green is one of the largest green business sustainability conferences in the U.S. and we’ve signed on as a media partner to help showcase what we think will be an interesting confab.

To ramp up for the conference, I wanted to offer readers a sneak peek of a few of the green technology thought leaders slated to speak:

Long time EarthTechling readers are probably already familiar with Yves Béhar, the founder and chief designer of fuseproject.  Béhar partnered with General Electric to create the residential GE Watt Station, an easy to use electric vehicle charger designed to help accelerate the adoption of plug-in EVs and reduce charging time.   So just how can we refine design to create a sustainable future?  Béhar plans to guide us (and would be designers) along the path to a shinier future.

GE WattStation

image via GE

I don’t know about you, but excess packaging drives me crazy. So, I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Dell’s Oliver Campbell discuss developments in sustainable packaging.   Campbell and his team at Dell are implementing a plan that is projected to eliminate approximately 20 million pounds (10,000 tons) of packaging material from 2008 through 2012, using materials such as bamboo and mushroom-based foam.

Manuel Sattig from BMW will also be on stage discussing that company’s innovations as well as their ecological efforts across their entire supply chain.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he drives up in either the i3 or i8 green concept cars.  If the cars show, I’ll be sure to get some close-up photos that we can all drool on.

Excited yet? If so, we’ve secured a special registration rate for EarthTechling readers.  Use ET30 to register for the conference and get a 30% discount off your conference fee. (And don’t forget to say howdy.)

Contributions to this article made by EarthTechling’s Sara Thompson.

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