GreenCities™ Florida 2009 Picks Orlando Over 80 Florida Cities Expected To Attend

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GreenCities™ Florida is the launch of a national series of state based conferences, inspired by Seven-Star's 2005 production of the UN World Environment Day Green Cities Expo in partnership with the UNEP and City of San Francisco. The City of Orlando has been chosen as the host city for a March 10-12, 2009 event. This business to business and government conference will deliver practical, hands-on, interactive and collaborative experiences mainly targeting a "non-green" audience interested in learning how to "go green" and a gaining deeper understanding of sustainability and the billion dollar green boom.

Like many Floridian cities, Orlando's goals for innovation, sustainability, and green mobility are bold and comprehensive. With the support and energy of a state wide event like GreenCities Florida, I believe that in 15 years, we can succeed and build a better future for our children, our residents, and the world.

Orlando has been chosen as the host city for a unique conference designed to educate, inspire and provide practical tools for members of business and government curious about the billion dollar "green economy". GreenCities™ Florida 2009, will take place at the Orange County Convention Center from March 10-12, 2009 and offers over 70 presenters, 20 showcase sponsors, and more than 1,200 expected attendees. Partners in Education include U.S. EPA, Co-op America, AIA (American Institute of Architects), ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability),The Climate Project and Global Exchange.

"With our history of innovation and environmental stewardship as a foundation, Orlando is poised to become the America's center of innovation in clean, green technologies," said Christian Oleck, Chairman of the City of Orlando Sustainability Team. "Like many Floridian cities, Orlando's goals for innovation, sustainability, and green mobility are bold and comprehensive. With the support and energy of a state wide event like GreenCities Florida, I believe that in 15 years, we can succeed and build a better future for our children, our residents, and the world."

GreenCities™ Florida 2009 targets government and business stakeholders with the educational programs and resources needed to overcome common barriers and implement sustainable urban solutions. Florida's greater business and government community is invited to learn about sustainable initiatives and help plan the next phase of Florida's green economy.

"Small to medium businesses want to go green, and so do their host cities." says Joseph Malki, Executive Co-Producer of the event and VP of Seven-Star. "Our GreenCities events provide the practical "how-to's" from successful innovators across sectors of industry and government management. Since 1999 we have been offering "nuts-and-bolts" work shops and conferences inspiring leaders to adopt that "green" spark. Who ever wins the next election, we all know that sustainable business innovation has and will continue to deliver tremendous economic growth and cost savings for Florida and America overall. Urban leaders attending GreenCities ™ Florida will be able to make these distinctions separating the faddish and poorly though-out green-washing from the science of sustainability and its associated practice." Seven-Star is a 2008 EPA Gold Waste Wise Winner, the first event producers in the US to win the award.

GreenCities™ is also distinguished through:

The use of innovative learning systems, interactive and collaborative workshops, best practices case studies, conversation café environments, sustainable solutions roundtables, a green jobs fair, and open space technology sessions.

An immersion in case studies, green business resources, green AIA and USGBC projects, alternative energy analyses, economic development tools and sustainable practices from national, regional and local leaders in green business and government.

Open Space facilitated meetings where participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of strategic importance. These smaller focused breakout sessions will enable participants to ask pointed questions and have group discussions on issues and opportunities to join the green economy.

Innovative products offering: instead of an exhibit hall, the GreenCities™ Showcase will only be accessible only through sponsorship, which means that participation will be limited to a select group of innovative companies, each unique and complimentary to one another. The Showcase will be highly interactive, integrating the products and services of each sponsor to create a cohesive experience.

A general call for speakers, sponsors and media partners is being broadcast. To learn more, visit http://www.greencities.com.

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