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August 30, 2018

The “Road to Greenbuild” will spotlight corporate sustainability leaders.

“More and more, businesses recognize that sustainability can be a job generator, and they’re willing to send that message to policymakers,” says Brian Imus, Executive Director of the Illinois Green Alliance. While sustainable practices undoubtedly benefit the environment, public health and future generations, Imus adds, “Forward-thinking business leaders recognize that doing good by the planet is a good way to make money.”

At Sloan, we’ve always made sustainability the cornerstone of what we do, and we’re always happy to share our thinking.

One way we do so is by supporting events like The Road to Greenbuild, hosted by the Illinois Green Alliance on September 25, where our Director of Corporate Sustainability Patrick Boyle will speak on the panel.

What’s the “Road to Greenbuild” about?

The event’s full name is “Road to Greenbuild: How Chicago-Based Leaders in Sustainability are Making a Global Impact,” and its panelists have been chosen for their demonstrated leadership in sustainability along with their significant ability to influence the marketplace.

(Each panelist is a host committee member for the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo — the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building — which will be held November 14–16 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.)

The marketplace is getting the message. According to Clean Jobs Midwest, Illinois is home to nearly 120,000 clean energy jobs — almost 2% of the state’s workforce —with more than 700,000 in the Midwest region. Those numbers are the direct result of major corporations making sustainability part of their business models.

Imus calls the Road to Greenbuild “an exciting chance to show off what’s happening in Chicago. These are industry leaders headquartered in Chicago who are committed to sustainability and use their footprint to make an impact around the world.

“We will have a dialogue on what they see as their greatest environmental impact challenges and opportunities — which could be their own direct impacts or those of suppliers, customers and other stakeholders.”

Sustainability leadership from McDonald’s

The Road to Greenbuild will be held at the McDonald’s Randolph Street headquarters, and Jenny McColloch, the company’s Senior Director of Global Sustainability Strategy, is on the panel.

McColloch heads the McDonald’s Scale for Good program, which leverages the company’s size and reach “to take action on some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges in the world today.”

These challenges include reducing emissions, advancing sustainable beef production practices, improving packaging, eliminating waste and “...a holistic strategy spanning water conservation, quality and use.”

Architects, designers and engineers focused on building for sustainability will want to hear more about the company’s initiatives for smart restaurant design. Last March, McDonald’s “became the first restaurant company in the world to address global climate change by setting a Science Based Target to significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”

The striking new Clark Street restaurant is a showcase for some of the techniques and technologies McDonald’s may use to meet those targets in locations everywhere: solar power, increased greenery, environmentally friendly timber and permeable concrete pavers.

“What they do matches what they care about”

Imus says the Road to Greenbuild event will be “a chance for a lot of young professionals to think about their career paths. There’s no one right educational path to take — it’s more about your passion and your interests.”

He credits the members of the Illinois Green Alliance for applying that passion to the organization’s mission of promoting green buildings and sustainable communities.

“They lend their professional expertise to advancing that mission because they care about sustainability. Whether they’re on the real estate side or they’re contractors, architects or product manufacturers, what they do matches what they care about.

“Sloan’s involvement is a good example of that commitment to sustainability, where they’re able to connect with the community and share their experience.”

From the 1906 invention of the Royal® Flushometer to today’s automatic fixtures, Sloan’s innovations have saved building owners billions of gallons of water. Want to know more? Talk to Sloan!

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