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Sustainability and U.S. Competitiveness Summit

Washington, DC USA
October 8, 2009

As a follow up to its 2007 stakeholders event on sustainable manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Commerce will hold a "Sustainability and U.S. Competitiveness Summit" on October 8, 2009 in the Department's Herbert C. Hoover Building Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

The Summit will have two key objectives: a) reporting back to stakeholders on projects completed under the Department's Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI) since the 2007 event, and b) obtaining a second round of feedback from individual U.S. stakeholders regarding the present utility of the SMI and how it might evolve to meet the current and future needs of the U.S. manufacturing sector and broader business community.

Regarding the second objective of the Summit, topic areas that could be discussed include, but are not limited to: "green supply chain" challenges, regulatory compliance, the future nexus between U.S. competitiveness and environmental stewardship, how the SMI can support U.S. service providers in their sustainability efforts or incorporate their challenges and needs under the SMI mandate, and identifying U.S. regions where Commerce could conduct future regional facility tours similar to those held in 2008 and in Seattle, Washington on July 13, 2009.

Due to capacity limitations, the Summit will be limited to approximately eighty to eighty-five non-government participants. Commerce’s goal is that the Summit will present a diverse group of attendees in terms of affiliation, size, geographical base, and particular manufacturing sector. Commerce encourages the participation of representatives of trade associations, U.S. businesses, academia, and other relevant U.S. entities that have a strategic interest in sustainable manufacturing as it relates to U.S. industry competitiveness.

Companies, organizations or individuals interested in attending should email and provide their name and contact information. Persons who express an interest in attending the Summit may, if they wish, provide information on their business or organization and why they believe they could make a useful contribution to this event. Those individuals or company/organization representatives selected to attend will be notified by email in mid-to-late August 2009. For further information regarding this event, please refer to the Federal Register Notice attached or contact Bill McElnea at 202-482-2831.