Business Innovation and Sustainability

6th Annual Sustainability Symposium and Expo: Sustainable Savings – Saving Money Through Supply Chain Innovation

When:  March 17, 2017 @ 8am

Where:  Brunswick Community College Leland Center, 2045 Enterprise Blvd., Leland, NC

Who Should Attend:  Directors, managers, and supervisors in charge of procurement, purchasing & buying;  supply chain management;  risk management, finance and investor relations; and farmers, grocers, and entrepreneurs planning to expand or growing their business.  It is also a great opportunity to network and learn from the experts.





About Business Innovation and Sustainability

Business Innovation and Sustainability provides resources and training for business and industry on sustainability practices in the region. The center creates networking opportunities through events, workshops, and forums. Companies are finding that to compete in a rapidly changing world, sustainability is becoming the lens from which innovative ideas and opportunities are emerging (Deloitte, 2013).

Dedicated to inspire innovation through sustainability leadership.

Our goal is to build local and regional partnerships, create an environment where new ideas flourish, problems become opportunities, and knowledge helps grow your organization. Business Innovation and Sustainability provides up-to-date sustainability resources and tools from nationally and internationally recognized organizations. The resources available add value to construction, manufacturing, small and large businesses, education, municipalities, healthcare, tourism, and agriculture.

We want to empower you with the tools necessary to innovate, incorporate sustainability, and create a competitive advantage 

Let us help you identify how to use your resources more efficiently, save money and be in tune with your community and its natural resources. Take advantage of the series of workshops available to learn what it means to be sustainable, the benefits of a life cycle analysis, how to measure and control your resources, and how to understand the benefits and best practices of sustainability.

The efficient operation of a facility is key in reducing the cost of energy intake; learn how to evaluate the benefits and challenges of renewable energy, the steps necessary to improve water and waste water management, the tools that help manage environmental regulations and compliance, the value of recycling and community collaborations, the impact of transportation n the supply chain, and stakeholder relationships for planning for the future.

Sustainability Accomplishments

The center’s accomplishments include:
STARS Report & Charter member
Sustainability Program at BCC


2010:  Green Information and Training Center established

2011:  First Sustainability Symposium and Expo for Southeastern NC, Solar Installer Program added, and Sustainability Forum created.

2012:  Second Sustainability Symposium and Expo for Southeastern NC and Green Building practices incorporated into trade programs.

2013:  Third Sustainability Symposium and Expo for Southeastern NC and The Sustainability through Innovation Leadership was established.

2014:  Sustainability Listening and Informational Sessions Launched.     Click here to review our Listening Session Summary.

Sustainability Programs Currently Offered

  • Trades
    • – Green Construction Rehabilitation Specialist
    • – Solar Installer
    • – Energy Auditor
    • – Weatherization
    • – Online programs: Ed2Go & Gatlin
  • Eco Tourism
    • – Kayaking
    • – Birding
    • – Sustainable Habitat
    • – Sustainable Tourism
    • – ETC
  • Business and Industry
    • – Online programs: Ed2Go & Gatlin (Link to programs)
    • – Green office Practices
    • – GRI Training
    • – Sustainability planning


Keynote Speakers
2016 Sustainability Symposium Agenda

2015 Sustainability Symposium and Expo Information and Presentations
Ecotourism Advisory Meeting Presentations


Program Offerings
Money Saving Energy
Sustainable Brewing
Aviation Ground School
Beekeeping, Production and Management I
Birding Class



Marilyn Graham
Director, Business Innovation and Sustainability

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