SOURCE: Opportunity Green

Opportunity Green

September 27, 2010 12:42 ET

Fourth Annual Opportunity Green Business Conference Expands Role as Premier Forum and "Basecamp" for Sustainable Business Development

Industry Leaders Come Together to Help Green Business Practices Go Mainstream

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -  The Opportunity Green Business Conference, the preeminent immersive sustainability conference and startup competition facilitating exchange of industry best practices, ideas and business models, brought together Fortune 500 business leaders and green entrepreneurs to hear from speakers, learn from exhibitors and collaborate about how to accelerate environment-friendly business practice, clean technology and innovation.

The fourth annual conference, which took place September 22nd through 24th at Los Angeles Center Studios, featured addresses from Eric Garcetti, President of the Los Angeles City Council; Rick Ridgeway, VP of Environmental Programs & Communication, Patagonia; Andreas Schierenbeck, President, Building Technologies, Siemens Inc.; and Gopal Krishnan, Senior Director, Global Marketing Innovation and New Categories, The Coca-Cola Company, among others.

Last year's conference featured the first OG25 eco-startup competition, and building on the incredible success, Opportunity Green expanded the contest this year to include a second category dedicated to innovative product design. BBMG Strategic Marketing Firm, Eastman Chemical, Office Depot and the Coca-Cola Company sponsored the competitions, highlighting their commitment to environmentally responsible innovation and entrepreneurship. The contest showcased 25 of the most innovative eco-startup companies across the country along with 25 of the most cutting-edge eco-products.

Life Box™, selected by the attendees via real time text and twitter votes as the OG25 Innovative Product Design winner, is a company focused on seeded and biodegradable packaging materials. Zimride, an industry leading rideshare service, received the honor of Innovative Eco Start Up, and was awarded more than $26,000 in marketing and business services from BBMG and Office Depot.

"Opportunity Green has become a trusted launch pad for new 'green' companies and programs. We're seeing hundreds of companies entering the market, and many come to us to present themselves and their innovative solutions to the wider business community," said Karen Solomon, Co-Founder and CEO of Opportunity Green. "It's awe inspiring to see first hand, the innovative new ideas, models and product solutions that are at the forefront, and could potentially be the next big thing."

Several hundred companies were nominated for the prestigious award through Opportunity Green's website, recommendations by Opportunity Green staff and expert consultants. Nominations came from a variety of sectors, including water conservation, waste management, food systems, product design, social innovation, transportation and mobility, and resources conservation. Nominated companies have typically been in business less than five years, have fewer than 50 employees and less than $5 million in revenue.

Zimride received BBMG's $25,000 Brand Innovation Charette as well as a $1,000 shopping spree at Office Depot. BBMG is a brand marketing firm dedicated to strategic insights and creative solutions; their team of expert marketers is committed to building brands with purpose designed to engage today's conscious consumer.

Lisa Galido, Account Executive at Zimride, explained, "We came to Opportunity Green to collaborate with other credible companies who are focused on sustainable business and solutions and we're honored to receive this award to further our goal in informing the market that we have this great and impactful social network platform which large corporations and universities can use to really make a difference."

Opportunity Green selected the final 25 companies based on their combination of innovative thinking, marketing and simplicity of execution.

Other highlights include:

  • Gensler Architects' immersive design experience featuring iOS Lighting, Kimball Office presenting Interstuhl, Knoll, Coalesse and Room & Board's networking lounges that resemble Hollywood film sets
  • Art Center School of Design Sustainability Sustainable product exhibit featured in a central Geodesic dome
  • LACCD's NEXTREND Transportation Pavilion with prototypes from the X-Prize winners and other leading transportation and mobility exhibits
  • The three automotive X-Prize winners presented how it is possible for cars to get 100 MPG/MPG-equivalent
  • Real time crowd sourcing and feedback for 7th Generations scalability dilemma regarding distributing with large scale retailiers
  • Irwin Miller, Principal Architect at Gensler Architects, created and directed the innovative and design of the conference, "It was incredibly rewarding to see the design and mixed use areas come together at Los Angeles Center Studios. The excitement and creative energy was palpable and the variety of inspiring and beautifully crafted spaces allowed the diverse business leaders from all over the world to feel comfortable sharing ideas and exploring new partnerships."

The past three conferences sold out registration and sponsorships, and this year was the most interactive, immersive and influential experience yet. In addition to Gensler, other partners and sponsors included BMW Group, OgilvyEarth, NBC-Universal/Green is Universal, The Coca-Cola Company, Los Angeles Community College District NexTrendinLA2010, Eastman, GfK, BBMG, Classic Party Green Zone, Fast Company, Newsweek and Dwell.

About Opportunity Green
Founded in 2007, Opportunity Green brings together leading companies and visionaries in technology, design, media and more, showcasing the hottest opportunities to drive profitability through sustainability. The conference exposes and connects participants to an interdisciplinary cross-section of ideas at the forefront of sustainable business practices through a variety of formats, including creative panels and experiential workshops. Opportunity Green is the largest multidisciplinary green business conference, attracting over 800 attendees from Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge startups. For more information on the conference, visit www.opportunitygreen.com.

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