Sustainable Business Breakfast

Fri. Jun 4, 2021 8:00am - 10:00am EDT
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Sustainable Business Breakfast

It's easy to say we are going to commit to being a sustainable business, but what does it take to put this commitment into action? This year, Pittsburgh's top leaders in corporate and community sustainability will discuss what it takes to implement sustainable practices and how to connect to global sustainability goals. Local business leaders will talk about ways, both large and small, that they are transforming their companies and communities into shining examples of sustainability — and ways in which they hope to improve.

The 2021 Sustainability Business Breakfast will take place during #WorldEnvironmentalWeek at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Downtown and will feature a panel of innovators discussing the current climate of green industries in Pittsburgh. Moderated by City of Pittsburgh Chief Resilience Officer, Grant Ervin and Chief Corporate Relations Officer for the Allegheny Conference, Bill Flanagan. Space is limited so book your ticket now!

Event Panelists Include:

CB Bhattacharya | Zoffer Chair of Sustainability and Ethics, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

CB Bhattacharya is the H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. He is a world renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. His research and teaching focuses specifically on how companies can use underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity, reputation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability to strengthen stakeholder relationships and drive firm market value.

Elizabeth Cook | General Manager, Advanced Grid Solutions for Duquesne Light Company

As general manager of advanced grid solutions for Duquesne Light Company (DLC), Elizabeth manages and leads efforts within the transmission and distribution power grid’s operations and planning groups. In order to transform DLC into a digital utility of the future, Elizabeth works with internal and external partnerships to collaborate with local, state and federal planning entities, as well as universities and industry, to drive advanced grid solutions and plan for the future power grid. In addition to her responsibilities at DLC, Elizabeth is a mother of six, a business owner and a published author. She holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jana Lake | President, 3R Sustainability & Chief Sustainability Officer/CSR Practice Lead, SRI Quality System Registrar

Jana Lake is the President of 3R Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer/CSR Practice Lead of 3R's sister company, SRI Quality System Registrar.  Jana helps clients realize the value of sustainability in their organization by defining their material ESG impacts, risks and opportunities, aligned to their business strategy, and helps them define the right goals, metrics, and action plan to achieve them.  Her work with the USGBC and the Green Sports Alliance resulted in the "Ready to Play" Playbook, which provides critical guidance on creating a healthy facility and reopening safely to athletes, staff and fans.  In 2015, Jana launched 3R Sustainability to offer sustainability consulting services for buildings and businesses, and in 2020, 3R became a certified woman-owned business. As CSO for SRI, Jana led the work to become a B Corporation, for which the company was recognized as a Best for the World honoree for its positive impact on its employees. Jana has spent more than 25 years in consulting, several with Accenture leading its global internal change team aligning its people, processes, and programs to achieve the company's strategy.  Jana is an active member of CEOs for Sustainability with Sustainable Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance, Strip District Neighbors Advisory Board, and she was recognized as a USGBC Shero for Mentoring.

Justine Russo | Director of Sustainability and Business Intelligence, PITT OHIO

As the Director of Sustainability and Business Intelligence for PITT OHIO, Justine Russo leads PITT OHIO’s award-winning sustainability programs.  This includes heading the cross-functional Steering Committee, implementing the company’s carbon calculator, and reporting on actionable sustainability metrics.  In 2017, she joined the Board of Directors of Sustainable Pittsburgh.
As part of her role at PITT OHIO, Justine also develops data-driven solutions, delivering analysis and tools that leverage information from throughout the PITT OHIO organization, with a concentration on customer, marketing, and sales analytics. 
Justine graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA and a BS in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Robert Sroufe | Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business

Dr. Robert Sroufe is the Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, and Professor of Sustainability & Supply Chain Management at Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business.  He develops research and project-based pedagogy within the #1 in the USA, and globally top-ranked MBA Sustainable Business Practices program.  Winner of numerous teaching awards, he has published international and national refereed journal articles and multiple books on sustainable business practices.  Research interests include understanding the drivers of sustainability performance, management systems, Integrated Management and Integrated Bottom Line (IBL) performance, integration and change management, high-performance buildings, Building Based Learning (BBL), strategic sustainable development, and management education.

Greg Winks | Co-Founder, Solbridge Energy Advisors

Greg began his career in the solar industry in 2011, working for solar developer Community Energy. He has also worked as a consultant in several areas of the industry, most recently with Tesla. In 2017, Greg co-founded Solbridge Energy Advisors in an effort to change the paradigm in the local solar marketplace. As an independent solar consultancy, Solbridge provides unbiased guidance to homeowners, business owners, government leaders, and other decision makers seeking to evaluate and implement solar energy solutions. 
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Fairmont Pittsburgh 510 Market Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222