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Solutions Summit Overview

Solutions Summit 2012 brought 225 dedicated sustainability practitioners and researchers from business, industry, the nonprofit sector and academia together on May 22nd to identify and advance strategies for collaboratively solving sustainability challenges. Keynote speaker Paul Hawken, an internationally renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur and author, shared his perspectives on the economic and ecological landscape in which innovation will be fostered in coming years with a focus on climate, minerals and oceans.

Other featured presenters included sustainability leaders from 3M, Environmental Defense Fund, Caldrea, The Nature Conservancy, General Mills, eBay, Nestle Waters, and Truth Studio. In addition, we gained academic perspectives from experts at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Institute on the Environment, Seoul National University, Bocconi University, and many more. We hope you walked away inspired with new ideas!

Solutions Summit 2012 Highlights

Navigate the links on the right to learn more about the Solutions Summit 2012, including speakers, sponsors, and the Hospitality Dinner hosted on the eve of the Summit.

Media Coverage

Several blogs have been written summarizing Solutions Summit 2012 and highlighting important insights drawn from the day’s discussions.

“A Sustainability Hall Pass” by Lauren Werner-Foley, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

“‘Unlikely partnerships’ work on sustainability issues” by Dan Haugen, Finance & Commerce, Inc.

“Solutions Summit 2012” by Cass Erickson,


Thank you once again to our sponsors. Your contributions and support helped make the Inaugural Solutions Summit a true success.

  • 3M
  • Andersen Corporation
  • Best Buy
  • Caldrea
  • EFFECT Partners
  • Great Plains Institute
  • Heartland, Inc.
  • Hennepin County
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • The Stratford Companies
  • Tennant Co.
  • Trucost
  • Twin Cities Business
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