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FGCU Small Business Development Center Offers Free Seminar on Going Green, Feb. 27
2/18/2009

FORT MYERS, FL - The Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University is offering a free seminar, "Making Your Small Business Green - Benefits and Checklist," designed for business owners who want to incorporate sustainability into the work environment, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27 at the FGCU Lutgert College of Business. Lunch is included and registration is required.

Topics include defining the differences between "going green" and sustainability in business, how sustainability in business is changing the marketplace, and identifying some of the influencing factors.

Participants will acquire a better understanding of the opportunities and benefits associated with incorporating sustainability in business. A checklist and tips for "going green" will be included in the learning materials.

The seminar is sponsored by Office Depot, which encourages small steps toward greener offices around the world. The seminar also features guest speakers Heidi von Korff of SustainableCivil; Casey Neurock of NeuGreen, and Dell Jones of Regenesis Power.

Founding principal of SustainableCivil, von Korff has a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is a registered LEED Accredited Professional. She believes in making smart, innovative approaches to green buildings and green site developments, and is a green consultant for architectural and engineering projects throughout south Florida.

Neurock is the chief managing partner for NeuGreen, LLC. She is a LEED Accredited Professional with experience on numerous green and LEED registered projects throughout Florida. She has participated in green/LEED projects both as construction project management for large firms, and as a project consultant with two green consulting firms.

Jones is the vice president of Renewable Project Development for Regenesis Power. His current work includes development and management of renewable energy projects, valuation and trade of Renewable Certificates/Carbon Credits and work on renewable energy policy. In 2008, FGCU and Regenesis Power announced the official start of construction on the 16-acre solar energy farm on the FGCU campus.

To register online go to http://cli.fgcu.edu/sbdc/seminars.asp.

For more information about the seminar, contact SBDC assistant director Suzanne Specht at (239) 745-3704.

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