Beyond Sustainability Conference at Hillsborough Community College: Nov. 3-4

Panels on green jobs, socially responsible investing and social justice, showcasing the latest in research, policy and grassroots actions.

Maggie Winslow, Presidio's Academic Dean of Economics - An Integrated Future for Ecological Economics Challenging economic assumptions that miss transformative opportunities

Steve Seibert, former Collins Center SVP - Beyond Sustainability; the Failure to Think Big Enough Resiliency, humility and the magic of dialogue as essential elements in addressing future challenges

Cory Brennan, Certified Permaculture Designer - Nature's Simple Design Permaculture and the interconnections of whole systems to foster sustainability and resilience

Unraveling the Green Jobs Mystery: Using Sustainable Practices to Grow Regional Economics and Stimulate Workforce Demand - Ginger Clark, Director Technical Programs, Hillsborough Community College, will highlight statewide challenges/opportunities as well as policy and economic development infrastructure needed for growing green jobs and action plans.

Economist Vesselka McAlarney will identify specific regional trends in the newly completed “FL Green Jobs” survey by the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Labor Market Statistics Center.

Mario Farias, CEO/Managing Director of The Farias Marketing Group in St. Petersburg, is working with the German solar company that is relocating to the city.

Margaret Rush, Sustainability Program Assistant with Environmental Protection Commission, will share the recently developed Hillsborough County Sustainability Plan with the specifics focused on “greening the region.”

Socially Responsible Investing: A Reality Check - Hosted by Christine Mendonça, investment consultant, focuses on impact investing in for profit businesses that have a social and/or environmental benefit that is inherent to their business model.

Stuart Valentine, CEO of Centerpoint Investment Strategies in Fairfield IA, has been part of Socially Responsible (SRI) since 1971. His focus is on integral Investing and the underlying ethics shaping this segment of the financial industry.

Global economist Hazel Henderson will address “the Global Casino” by Skype.

Social Justice and Sustainability - Jason Green, Sustainability Coordinator, St Pete College, will lead address questions at the root of sustainability — Is it endurance or stewardship? A process or an outcome?

George Sherman Sustainability Management professor and adjunct professor of ethics and professor, helps students prepare for careers in manufacturing, construction, government, military contracting and international business.

Beyond Sustainability, this 36th Institute for Florida Studies conference, is for business, government, education and community leaders. Registration for HCC, USF and St Pete College Students, Staff, and Faculty is waved with pre-registration and student ID. For all others, it’s $75 for two days and $50 for one. Consider using the rideshare option offered by ZIMRIDE. Sign up at

Eco-preneurs can offer a great idea/product at the Sustainability Exhibitor Marketplace for $100 to include four participants by completing the Exhibitor Form by October 31st.

Check the site for the complete list of topics, presenters and times

TheBeyond Sustainability: Ecosystems, Economics and Education Conference, sponsored by Hillsborough Community College’s Institute for Florida Studies and the HCC Sustainability Council, will take place November 3-4, 2011, at the John R Trinkle Conference Center of the HCC Plant City campus, 1206 N Park Rd, Plant City, FL 33563

This is an event for eco-preneurs who want to learn about green opportunities as well as those looking to invest or find a job with an eye on a sustainable future. With over 70 presenters, panels on green jobs, socially responsible investing and social justice, it will showcase the latest in research, policy and grassroots actions throughout the two days. With exceptional keynotes and deep dialogue, Beyond Sustainability will be one of the most diverse networking opportunities in 2011, as well as a place to meet others to plan actions into 2012.

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