Lunch and Lead: Luncheon Series Focuses on Sustainable Business Practices

Tuesday, January 26 2010

Written by Tania Thompson

BOISE, Idaho – The University of Idaho Boise center will offer up practical solutions for businesses that want to make a commitment to sustainability and improve their bottom line. It's the focus for monthly brown bag presentations that are part of the Lunch & Lead: Sustainable Business Practices series. The series runs February through December.

University of Idaho College of Business and Economics Dean Jack Morris will talk about the "Triple Bottom Line: Why Does Sustainability Matter?" on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11:30 a.m., at the university's Boise center, 322 E. Front St., Legacy Pointe Room. He will discuss whether stakeholders other than shareholders have a greater voice in the decisions that firms make.

Morris' presentation will set the stage for a series of monthly brown bag talks that will offer practical tools for creating more sustainable business enterprises. Subsequent presentations take place on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. All brown bag gatherings are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested at or (208) 334-2999. Drinks and cookies are provided; attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Other programs in the series include:
• March 4: "Profit: Creating Value Through Sustainable Product and Service Design," presented by John Lawrence, College of Business and Economics.
• April 1: "Planet: How Building Owners and Tenants Can Save Energy and Reduce Operating Costs With Building Commissioning and Energy Benchmarking," presented by Brad Acker, Integrated Design Lab, College of Art and Architecture.
• May 6: "Profit: Lean Business Practices," presented by Larry Stauffer, College of Engineering.
• June 3: People: "The Power of Play in Today's Corporate Office: Creating an Environment of Success One Game at a Time," presented by Shauna Corry, College of Art and Architecture.
• July 1: "Planet: Waste Minimization," presented by Darin Saul, Sustainable Idaho Initiative.
• Aug. 5: "Profit: Are Sustainability Reporting Metrics Value-Added Information?," presented by KD Hatheway Dial, College of Business and Economics.
• Sept. 2: People: Workplace Flexibility, presented by Patricia Kempthorne, Twiga Foundation.
• Oct. 7: "People: Sustainability Is More Than Crushing Cans – Leadership Principles for Creating Healthy Organizations," presented by Michael Kroth, College of Education.
• Nov. 4: "People: Preparing the Green Collar Workforce – Investing in STEM," presented by Jim Gregson, College of Education.
• Dec. 2: "Planet: The Power of Place," presented by Sherry McKibben, College of Art and Architecture.

Deadline for registration for the Feb. 3 brown bag is Tuesday, Feb. 2. For more information, call (208) 334-2999.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit