PLANET held a three-day meeting at Hunter Industries in San Marcos, California, to discuss “Innovating Toward a Sustainable and Profitable Future.” The purpose of the meeting was three-fold: to develop a better understanding of business models that currently work productively with sustainability and balance profitability, to start drafting a statement of intent and plan to carry out positive momentum within the industry and to work to align or surpass standards of LEED.
The group that met looked at what sustainability means to the employee. They determined a potential outcome of employee-centered sustainability programs is better retention and buy-in.
A follow-up meeting will be held in Ohio on a date not yet confirmed. They will also hold an online forum to continue discussions and to establish a sustainable task force. During the meeting the groundwork for the 2009 Crystal Ball Report was completed and research goals were identified.