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POSTPONED – Sustainability in Manufacturing

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Sustainability & Manufacturing: The Strategy and Approach of International Manufacturers toward Implementing Sustainability Goals
AGENDA Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • 4:30-5:30pm – Optional tour of Georgia Tech Kendeda Building, the most environmentally advanced education and research building ever constructed in the Southeast (registration required)
  • 5:30-6:00pm – Networking reception
  • 6:00-6:15pm – Welcome
  • 6:15-7:30pm – Panel discussion
  • 7:30-8:00pm – Q&A
VENUE Georgia Tech Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design – Main Auditorium
422 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
PANEL — Panelist Bios
  • Sara Irvani, CEO, Okabashi Brands, Inc.
  • Jim Reed, President, YKK Corporation of America
  • Satchit Srinivasan, PhD PE, Sr EVP, Director of Research, Development & Technology, Solvay Specialty Polymers
  • Andy Brehm, Site Director, Gainesville Bio Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Moderated by Valerie Thomas, Anderson-Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech
A growing number of manufacturers are treating “sustainability” as an important objective in their strategy and operations to increase growth and global competitiveness. But sustainable manufacturing is often too narrowly defined as simply manufacturing products in ways that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.
By focusing on how international manufacturing companies in Georgia are implementing sustainability goals, such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, this event will broaden the traditional definition of sustainability to include enhancing
the wellbeing of employees and the communities in which companies operate.
Partnering organizations:
French, German, Belgian, Netherlands and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce, the British-American Business Council, the Japan-America Society of Georgia, the Women’s Series, Global Change Program and the Ray C. Anderson Center for Sustainable Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Next Generation Manufacturing, Society of Plastic Engineers, Global Atlanta.
Max attendance 150


April 16
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Georgia Tech Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design – Main Auditorium
422 Ferst Drive NW,
Atlanta, GA 30313 United States
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