New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Presents 2012 Multicultural Sustainability Summit on October 9 in New York City

Spotlights Multicultural Green Tech and Fortune 1000 Collaborations

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) will spotlight green collaborations between innovative multicultural businesses and corporate America at the 2012 "Sustainability Summit: Be Eco Sharp" on October 9 at the Sentry Center, 810 Seventh Avenue in New York City from 7:30am – 5:00pm.

"Be Eco Sharp" examines green supplier diversity successes and ideas for viable corporate partnerships. There will be panels on sustainable technology; diversity & inclusion in advertising/media; the water market; alternate energy for commercial properties; reporting on green initiatives; financial institutions in the green supply chain; retaining green minority suppliers; sustainability camp for business leaders and an exclusive screening of "A Thirsty World" by filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand at Time Warner presented by FraichePR. Corporate match-making sessions will be held with green vendors.

The winners of the nationwide multicultural business competition "Innovation Challenge: Driving Sustainability & Diversity," sponsored by InnoCentive, Inc. and The Council, will be saluted: AirShip Technologies Group in Oregon for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that has renewable solar energy with rechargeable ultracapacitors; Selco Industries in Ohio and NJ for green line of biodegradable desk accessories; Re-Nuble in Virginia for low carbon renewable energy and organic fertilizer through the food waste and Green Competitive Advantage in Connecticut for a youth green leadership program. Judges included: Ernst & Young; Obama Administration; New York Times; BNY Mellon; Environmental Defense Fund and Pfizer, Inc. The top 50 semi-finalists will be showcased.

"This conference uniquely addresses sustainable green solutions, diversity and inclusion regarding urban communities," said Kevin V.G. Wells, The Council's general counsel/director of Minority Business Enterprise Services and an environmental attorney. "Senior representatives from Fortune 1000 companies will engage with both established multicultural green tech enterprises and emerging companies. This population is the group that major companies are desperate to identify and serve."

The sustainability summit sponsors are: AIG, BNY Mellon, Con Edison, Huawei, Time Warner, Extreme Energy Solutions, HermanMiller, Griffin Security, SHI and Capital One. Registration is $150 - $300 and includes a breakfast and luncheon. For more information: 212.502.5663 or

The Council, an award-winning National Minority Supplier Development Council affiliate, has approximately 200 corporate members and 1,300 certified minority businesses. Jurisdiction is New York State through Trenton, New Jersey.

SOURCE New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.