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2014 MSU Greening the Supply Chain Conference Expands and Features WMSBF Members

Building on the success of the 2013 conference, Michigan State University will expand its 2014 Greening the Supply Chain conference to procurement and sustainability professionals in Big Ten and Michigan public universities, in addition to MSU suppliers. The conference will also showcase green business practices and innovations at WMSBF members Grand Valley State University, Steelcase, and Nichols Paper, among other organizations and businesses.

According to Bill Latta, Assistant Vice President for Administration at MSU, the conference is focused on broadening sustainability and reducing environmental impact on campus together with product and service providers. “It’s bringing suppliers that provide products and services tot he university together with staff who purchase those,” said Latta in a 2012 interview. “What we’re trying to do is collaboratively figure out a better definition of what does sustainability mean for our campus and how can we reduce that environmental footprint or impact of the purchases we make.”

The April 21 conference will give participants the opportunity to attend several presentations and panel discussions on subjects ranging from end of life materials management and green construction practices to sustainable food sourcing and environmentally-friendly office supplies. The new Supplier Learning Showcase—an opportunity for suppliers to present on their sustainability practices—will follow these presentations.

The conference will take place at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, located on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing, and will run from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Registration is $75. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

For more information, or to register for the conference, visit the Michigan State University website, here.




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