FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise to launch NJ Sustainable Economy Action Roundtable at 10th Anniversary Celebration

Madison, NJ (March 7, 2016) — On April 7, at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel in Morristown, NJ, The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) will formally announce its launch of the statewide New Jersey Sustainable Economy Action Roundtable (NJ-SEAR). This Roundtable will provide a unique cooperative venue for NJ business leaders to strategize sustainable business practices, metrics, and tools for New Jersey to timely and effectively transition to a viable, sustainable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible economy.

The NJ-SEAR has already generated substantial community interest, boasting an impressive roster of corporate leaders throughout New Jersey. According to Dr. Joel Harmon of ISE, “We’ve already received a highly enthusiastic response and commitment from major corporate players throughout New Jersey including Samsung, Campbell Soup Company, PSE&G, Verizon, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Becton Dickinson, the NJ State Chamber of Commerce, the NJ Business and Industry Association, the US Green Building Council-NJ, the NJ Employers Association, and others. We are at a critical crossroad in our resource conservation efforts, and this overwhelming response demonstrates the need for a sustainability dialogue.”

The Roundtable launch is set to coincide with an April 7 celebration of the 10th and 25th anniversaries, respectively, of ISE and The Center for Human Resource Management Studies (CHRMS) at the Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison Campus. Event featured speakers include Jonas Haertle, Head, PRME Secretariat from the UN Global Compact and a dedicated leader in sustainability worldwide, Charlene Wall-Warren, Sustainability Director, BASF, and David Levine, President and CEO of the American Sustainable Business Council. They will address sustainability as a cornerstone of future economic development, and the importance of business leaders taking the lead on implementing solutions to our challenging sustainability issues. Various community leaders will add their perspectives through a multi-media presentation.

“The April 7th event and launch of the NJ-SEAR mark an important milestone for the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise. We not only celebrate our first decade of making a difference in New Jersey, but look forward to the next decade as well, expanding our scale and impact even more to help business leaders manage our future sustainability challenges,” said Jeana Wirtenberg, Ph.D., ISE’s Senior Advisor and President and CEO of Transitioning to Green.

In furtherance of ISE’s core values, this event, planned by Gregory Butler of Greenest Meetings, will be 100% carbon-neutral. Said Butler, "The Westin Governor Morris stood apart from other local venues because of its dedication to sustainability.”

The event planning will incorporate a multitude of innovative resource conservation efforts, and will use only sustainable fair trade or local food products, with leftovers to be donated to the Morristown Food Bank.

Proceeds from the event will go to support scholarships for students studying sustainability.

For more information on the April 7th Celebration Event and to become a sponsor or purchase tickets, visit www.CelebrateISE.org. The event will be held from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown, NJ (http://www.westingovernormorris.com).

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ISE has been a catalyst for sustainable enterprise in New Jersey and beyond, providing invaluable research and forums for current and future leaders who are laying the groundwork for their organizations to reap the benefits of a profitable, sustainable future. The CHRMS and the ISE, under the direction of Dr. Joel Harmon, is a partnership established at Fairleigh Dickinson University that leverages the expertise of the business and academic communities to develop leadership and improve human resource management.

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