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Is Sustainability a Corporate Nicety, or Corporate Necessity?

Friday, Apr. 1, 2011

April 14 event will bring together sustainability leaders from a half-dozen area businesses to discuss accomplishments and challenges in the field of sustainable business.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 1, 2011 -- Prominent leaders of the Silicon Valley and the regional business community will discuss the proper role of sustainability in the corporate world at an upcoming Sustainable Business Studies Club (SBS) spring panel discussion.

The event will take place on April 14 at 7:30 p.m in Lucas Hall’s Forbes Family Conference Room, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA.

The panelists are expected to share the career path that led them to their current positions; how sustainability benefits their respective companies, and the challenges they face. They will also share details of accomplishments, such as Oracle’s energy-reduction savings of $900,000 a year. 

Panelists include the following executives from top Silicon Valley businesses:

*Bruce Klafter, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Applied Materials
* Dr. Mukesh Khattar, Manager, Energy and the Environment, Oracle Energy and Environment
*Katie Excoffier, Sustainability Manager, Genentech
*Michael Beutler, Global Director, Sustainability Reporting, SAP
*Brent Downing, Architect, Landscape Architect, LEED AP, Devcon Construction

Santa Clara University Sustainable Business Studies co-founders, Adrienne Syme, (finance major,’12) and Emily Orbanek (economics and environmental studies major, ’11) will moderate and facilitate a question and answer session following the discussion.

About the Sustainable Business Studies Club
The Sustainable Business Studies Club was founded by two Santa Clara University business students who saw a need for sustainability to have a larger presence in the education, culture, and community of the business school. Through networking, outreach, and academic activities, SBS’s 75 undergraduate and graduate members have the opportunity to build solid relationships with prominent members of the Silicon Valley who recognize sustainability as a key component of 21st Century business.

Media Contact:
Adrienne Syme


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