Free Seminar to Precede Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards

A nationally known speaker on Sustainability and a panel of experts discussing energy savings programs will be featured in an upcoming seminar.  The sustainability seminar will be Thursday, October 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign, IL.   The seminar is sponsored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC).

The free seminar will begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation from Praveen Gupta, an internationally renowned thought leader in the field of excellence and innovation.  Praveen is founding President of Accelper Consulting engaged in helping companies benefit from excellence and innovation in achieving their business objectives including sustainability.  He believes that sloppy designs utilizing unnecessary resources cause excessive waste, and lack of leadership in developing environment friendly innovative solutions has caused the sustainability fire to blaze.

Praveen has taught professional seminars world over for about 20 years. He has consulted with over 100 corporations in the areas of excellence and innovation. He has taught at DePaul University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and will launch a class at the University of Illinois, Chicago this spring. Praveen has authored several books.

Following Praveen’s remarks, a panel of speakers will discuss energy assistance programs that are available to organizations and homeowners. The panel speakers include:

  • Kristin Chalifoux – Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)
  • Steve Baab – ComEd
  • Carol Kulek – Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
  • Bob Romo – Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
  • Todd Rusk – IL Sustainable Technology Center
  • Richard Reese – IL Environmental Protection Agency
  • Cheryl Miller – Ameren Illinois

Panelists will give brief remarks about their program and then a panel discussion will follow.  Questions also will be taken from the audience.

While the seminar is free, participants must register.  To register, go to .

The morning seminar is in connection with the Governor’s Sustainability Award program.  Twenty seven organizations will be presented with Sustainability Awards at a luncheon for projects to help the environment and the economy.  The luncheon and award presentation is by invitation only.

ISTC has presented the Governor’s Awards since 1987.  ISTC is a division of the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability at the University of Illinois.

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