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Fifth annual Green Wichita conference set for Jan. 25

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 5:38 p.m.

The fifth annual Green Wichita conference is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Century II Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas.

The conference, hosted by the city of Wichita, is targeted at businesses with a focus on building preservation, energy and sustainability.

“The city of Wichita feels a real need to convey energy and sustainability information to the public, particularly local businesses and industry in the area, not only to save costs, but also to see benefits in air quality,” said Rebecca Lewis, environmental compliance administrator for the city.

During the conference luncheon, keynote speaker Jeff Rice, senior director of sustainability for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will speak about the company’s efforts with its suppliers to be more sustainable.

“(Rice) is going to be discussing several initiatives that Wal-Mart has done to ‘green’ their supply chain by basically asking merchants to incorporate sustainable initiatives, so Wal-Mart is not only price competitive, but sells more sustainable products,” Lewis said. “We are very excited to have him.”

Other speakers at the daylong event include representatives from Wichita State University, Environ, KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition, Via Christi Health, Burns and McDonnell, U.S. Green Building Council: Historic Green, Spirit AeroSystems, Westar Energy, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Conference registration is required by Jan.23. The cost is $50 and includes continental breakfast, buffet luncheon and two drink tickets for a late afternoon mixer following the sessions.

For more information or to register, call 316-771-7345 or go to www.greenwichita.org.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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