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Forum Highlights How You Can Be Both Conservative and Sustainable

For Immediate Release: 
June 22, 2016

CSU & American Sustainable Business Council Host “Conservative Thought and Sustainability”

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Bob Keener

CLEVELAND (Wednesday, June 28, 2016)—During the Republican National Convention, Cleveland State University and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) will host an interactive forum to explore how sustainability policy can be utilized to meet the goals of conservatism. “Conservative Thought and Sustainability” will bring together national and Cleveland-area business leaders, policy makers, the media and RNC delegates to examine the financial benefits that companies large and small are achieving through sustainability practices.

In response to market demand, the private sector is leading the way in developing clean technology and other sustainable products and services.  These companies look to public policy and regulations to influence private investment in these areas. The CSU/ASBC forum also will examine how conservative principles can foster policies that encourage domestic clean energy, address environmental challenges to business,  and ensure a dynamic, competitive marketplace.

"Conservative Thought and Sustainability" will be held 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, in the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Atrium at 1801 Euclid Ave in Cleveland, one mile from the Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public and lunch will be served. Registration is required.

"Too often, sustainability is associated with liberal political thought, to the detriment of broad-based policy-making, but core conservative principles do not conflict with environmental, social and economic sustainability," asserts Richard Eidlin, vice president of policy/campaigns and co-founder of ASBC.  "Conserving natural resources is inherently a conservative idea and can be achieved while protecting personal freedom and relying on dynamic market forces.

“As both private- and public-sector initiatives demonstrate, we can have a more sustainable world without growing government or extensive regulation, while encouraging choice, providing clear pricing signals, and encouraging competition by limiting the concentration of power. This forum will explore how conservative thought can enhance sustainable goals and create better public policy,” Eidlin concludes.

Victoria Avi, manager of Cleveland State University’s Sustainable Business Center,  observes that, “Sustainable development is synonymous with economic, social and environmental prosperity. By sharing many examples of innovative business practices, we can inspire business leaders of all political backgrounds to implement solutions that provide triple bottom line -- financial, social and environmental -- benefits."

The forum will feature panels on sustainability as a competitive advantage, enhancing national and environmental security, and building an ecosystem of sustainability entrepreneurs and innovators. Speakers will include Rob Sisson, President of ConservAmerica; Catrina Rorke, Energy Policy Director for the R Street Institute; Alex Bozmoski of republicEN; Trammel Crow, philanthropist and founder of Earth Day Texas; and Cathy Belk, President of JumpStart, Inc., Northeast Ohio’s business incubator.

ASBC is organizing educational policy forums at both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions to highlight the financially positive impact that sustainability can have on the US economy. Both programs focus on corporate best practices as well as government’s role in addressing current environmental and economic challenges.

About the American Sustainable Business Council
The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 200,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.

About Cleveland State University
Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution that provides a dynamic setting for Engaged Learning. With 17,000-plus students, nine colleges and more than 175 academic programs, CSU was again chosen for 2016 as one of America’s best universities by U.S. News & World Report.