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    Renowned Business Authors to Address Sustainability at Beard Symposium

    Authors Bill McDonough and Andrew Winston will keynote Duquesne University's sixth annual Beard Institute symposium, 100 Years of Sustainability, which is being held on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom. This year's theme focuses on sustainability as a continuum, considering past practices, current initiatives and future projections.

    McDonough, architect and co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, will deliver the luncheon keynote address, and Winston, co-author of Green to Gold, will open the event as breakfast keynote speaker.

    In addition, the symposium will include a panel discussion featuring local executives and moderator Bill Flanagan, host of Our Region's Business. Panelists include:

    • Dr. Mohammad Zaidi, former vice president of technology for Alcoa and member of the RIO +20 project
    • Al Neupaver, chief executive officer, WABTEC
    • Dr. Urmi Ashar, board member, Excela Health
    • Greg Babe, chief executive officer of Orbital Engineering Inc., and former president and chief executive officer of Bayer Corp.

    During the symposium, Procter & Gamble will be presented with the Beard Institute's 2012 Green to Gold award, which recognizes an American company that demonstrates commercial success in sustainable business practices. The 2012 nominees included the Coca-Cola Company, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Unum and Xerox.

    For more information, contact Dawn Culver at 412.396.5259,

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