Green Business Forum at Triton College

Learn how some Chicago-area businesses incorporate sustainability practices into their operations and thrive by attending the Triton College Sustainability Center’s first-ever Green Business Forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in B-204/210 of the Student Center on Triton’s River Grove campus.  

The event, part of Sustainability Center’s monthly workshops called Sustainable Thursdays, will include several business representatives who will make presentations on their commitment, including the challenges and rewards they’ve faced, in running a sustainable business, as well as the green products and services they offer. An open panel discussion will follow the presentation. 

The following area businesses will be represented at the event: 

Consolidated Printing (Chicago) has won numerous environmental awards for its non-toxic processes and materials. Through the passion, initiative and long hours of its owner and staff, Consolidated Printing has managed to replace every one of the numerous toxic chemicals used in printing with natural products, including inks, toners, parts washers, solvents and more. Its facility has become a testing ground for developing these safer alternatives and is well known and respected in the printing industry. Founder and CEO Marilyn Jones will present. 

DSC Logistics (Des Plaines) is a privately-held mid-sized supply chain management company that provides both high-level, quality services to Fortune 500 companies (in some cases, acting as their Lead Logistics Partner), while offering  easy access to senior management and providing an outstanding level of service and value. DSC has adopted practices that promote the responsible use of resources throughout the company as well as educating and supporting customers and employees in sustainability initiatives. Mark Cliffel, Senior Manager of Business Process Integration, will present. 

Green Home Experts (Oak Park) is a retail store that specializes in everything needed to create a healthy home. From green lifestyle goods to sustainable building materials and eco-gardening, it supplies green alternatives to just about anything used in and around the home. The store is popular among young families and recently moved into a new, larger space to accommodate increasing demand. Owner Maria Onesto Moran will present. 

USAgain (West Chicago)collects unwanted textiles and resells them in the U.S. and abroad, effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing from landfills, while generating new revenue streams for U.S. businesses and non-profits and fueling local economies in emerging countries. In 2011 alone, USAgain collected 60 million pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles. Triton alumnus Carlo Cavallaro, USAgain's Director of Government Affairs, will present. 

The presentation will be moderated by Triton College Business Department Coordinator Dr. William Griffin, and special guest Cassie Carroll, Executive Director of the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA), will also be on hand.  

The event is free. For more information, contact Adrian Fisher, Sustainability Center Coordinator, at (708) 456-0300, ext. 3578 or e-mail afisher@triton.edu