The 3rd National GBENN Summit occurred on November 8-9, 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. Over 35 green business programs that were interested in networking, learning, and sharing best green business engagement strategies for success attended. Thank you to the Museum of Science and Industry for donating space for the event and hosting the GBENN Summit. Thank you also to our Keynote – Aaron Stash – United Eco-Skies, to greenUP! in Nevada and the Illinois Green Business Association for hosting this year’s event.

Goals for the 2018 Summit

  • Strengthen the dialogue and advance collaborative opportunities that began at the 2013 Summit and continued during the 2016 Summit
  • Share best practice information across programs and foster collaboration that advances the unique objectives of green business programs
  • Advance strategic development goals of the Green Business Engagement National Network – driving greater network impact
  • Create collaborative programming that strategically stimulates network growth
  • Engage new green business engagement programs in the network, fostering networking and relationship-building between programs.

2018 Summit Agenda

The 2018 Summit Agenda can be found here.

Our keynote presentation for the 2018 GBENN Summit is United Eco-Skies.

Aaron Stash – Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, will be joining us to discuss how United is committed to operating sustainably and responsibly. This commitment means we strive to minimize the environmental impacts associated with our operations and continuously look for ways to reduce our footprint in the air, on the ground and at our facilities. Aaron will speak about their biofuels program in Los Angeles, as well as many other initiatives United has taken on to reduce their impact in the air and on the ground each day.

To learn more about United Eco-Skies before the Summit, click here.

2018 Summit Presentations

If you missed the Summit, or want to review a session, the 2018 GBENN Summit Presentations can be found here by speaker and Session title. Photos can be found on the GBENN Facebook page. We will release a summary of all Summit presentations and short video re-capping the Summit as well for viewing in the new year.

Keynote Presentation: United Eco-SkiesAaron Stash – Manager, Environmental Strategy and Sustainability

Session 1: “Building Collaborative Community Partnerships that Bolster Funding and Build Program Capacity”

Session 2: “Listen to your Business Community – Adapting Program Models to Meet Business Needs and Interests”

Session 3: “Comparing Two Regional Program Models – Engaging and Sharing Business Participants Across Partners and Synergistic Community Programs”

Session 4: “Building Standards and Adjusting Your Program to Serve Unique Business Sectors”

Session 5: “Focus on Impact and Efficiency, Not Waste! Engaging Large Facilities and Major Events in Resource Reduction Best Practices”

Session 6: “Marketing and Business Recruitment – Strategies for Business Recruitment while Maintaining your Program Brand and Presence in the Community”


Become a Member of GBENN Today, Summit attendance for one (1) included in Membership!

Qualified organizations that become GBENN members for 2018 at the $250 (Non-Profit and Government Agency) rate or $500 (Corporate) rate receive a free registration for one individual to attend the 2018 Summit. GBENN Members receive all the benefits listed on our members page! Become a GBENN member today and we will forward to you a discount code that you can use during the GBENN Summit registration process.