Auburn to hold Sustainability Fair

Business leaders throughout the state will come together Friday for the second annual Sustainability Fair in Auburn.

The educational seminar will help organizations define strategies and share best practices to build an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable future.

The fair – hosted by Staples, Corporate Express and Coastwide Laboratories – will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Corporate Express and Coastwide Laboratories Facility, 4510 Frontage Road, Suite 102.

The fair will feature three industry expert sustainability speakers in Lauren Heine (11 a.m. and 2 p.m. presentations at 45 minutes each); Roger McFadden (noon and 2 p.m.) and Kathleen Drew (1 p.m.).

McFadden, chief science officer for Corporate Express, will discuss practical steps to sustainability, why sustainability is important to businesses, customers, employees and the bottom line and cutting-edge non-toxic and energy efficient cleaning products.

Heine, Ph.D., senior science advisor for Clean Production Action and principal of the Lauren Heine Group, will discuss the future of sustainability and how organizations can define practices to be more sustainable. Heine consults extensively with organizations seeking to integrate green chemistry and engineering into product and process design and development – eliminating toxics and the concept of waste, and moving toward economic, environmental and community sustainability.

Drew, executive policy advisor to the state’s governor, will discuss how state government helps develop sustainability practices for businesses and state resources that are available. She will also discuss current and future sustainability clean air, environmental, green building and recycling initiatives for Washington State.

Attendees also will participate in workshops about environmental initiatives, enhancing workplace sustainability and measuring return on investment of sustainable business practices and see first-hand the breadth of eco-conscious product choices including office products, workplace furniture, facility supplies and cleaners as well as learn more about Sustainable Earth cleaners at product demonstrations throughout the day.