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Sustainability expert visits Green

11/1/2012 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the city of Green
GREEN — On Oct. 29, Mike Wallace, director of Focal Point USA with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in New York City and a Green High School alumnus, spoke to the Living Green Task Force, 30 Green High School students and a handful of city employees about measuring sustainability initiatives.

The purpose of the presentation, which took place in City Council Chambers, was to kick off the city’s Living Green Initiative, spearheaded by the Living Green Task Force, which will be responsible for setting the priorities for sustainability issues in Green.

Wallace, a 1986 graduate of Green High School, has almost 20 years of experience advising corporations, nonprofits and government agencies in their efforts to develop and implement sustainability initiatives, according to Green officials.

Currently director of GRI’s Focal Point USA, Wallace is a recognized expert in his field and is responsible for supporting the growth and quality of sustainability reporting in the United States, according to Green officials. Wallace has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a range of business associations.

Task Force members shown with Wallace (shown at right, second from left in back) include, from left: (back row) Sarah Haring, Mayor Dick Norton, Cynthia Vignos, Denise Talbott and Anthony Ziehler; and (front row) Megan Weidner, Yolanda Walker and Jane Warmus.

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