The University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business is hosting the inaugural Sustainable Business Symposium on May 10.

Hosted by the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies (BELS), this free, full-day event explores the current and future state of sustainable business in Colorado. Learn how leading businesses and sustainability experts in different sectors are proactively confronting challenging issues from a variety of perspectives.

Registration for the symposium is now closed.




 8:15-9 a.m., Margery Reed Hall

Coffee and pastries will be served.


Welcome Remarks

 9 a.m., Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater 

Bruce Klaw, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies


Sustainability Risk, Reporting and Investing

  9:30-10:30 a.m.  

This panel will explore sustainable business from the perspective of risk, reporting and investing. The session will shed light on how businesses, risk managers and investment professionals are thinking about climate-related risks to their businesses. It will also look at investment models and practices, emerging reporting and disclosure requirements, and growth and ROI opportunities related to sustainability.


  • Eivind Lorgen, Chair Emeritus, Investor Advisory Group at Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
  • Marika Christopher, Senior Director, Responsible Investing Strategy and Solutions at Nuveen, a TIAA company
  • Jennifer Leitsch, Managing Director, Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY


  • Chris Hughen, Associate Professor in the Reiman School of Finance

Coffee and Networking

 10:30-10:45 a.m. 


Social Sustainability, CSR and the Public Good

 10:45-11:45 a.m. 

This panel session will highlight, celebrate and teach others about how businesses are working to advance social sustainability and the public good. This will include detail on corporate social responsibility initiatives and efforts to create more equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace environments. Panelists will address how businesses identify opportunities and quantify their impacts, including their direct and indirect effects on profitability, growth, and/or worker recruitment and retention.


  • Anne DePrince, Associate Vice Provost for Public Good Strategy and Research, and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Denver
  • Jeannie Renne-Malone, Vice President, Global Sustainability at VF Corporation
  • Annie Kao, VP of Social Responsibility at Alterra Mountain Company


  • Don Mayer, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies

Lunch and Keynote Address

 Noon-1 p.m., Joy Burns Center Tuscan Ballroom  

The Future of Sustainable Business

Elizabeth Babcock, Executive Director, Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency at the City and County of Denver


Climate Concerns and Solutions: Water, Energy, Transportation and the Built Environment

 1:15-2:15 p.m., Margery Reed Hall, Reiman Theater 

The focus of this panel is how individuals are addressing and adapting to climate change in their industries. Panelists will delve into topics such as the contribution of each sector to climate change, the impacts climate change has on these sectors, how each industry assesses its carbon emissions, and the strategies the sectors are using to tackle climate change. The discussion will also touch on the economic and social advantages of investing in strategies for achieving net-zero carbon emissions and adapting to climate change challenges.


  • Daniel Trujillo, Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management
  • Sebnem Düzgün, Associate Department Head, Professor and Fred Banfield Distinguished Chair of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines; Founder of Thermofilic-AI-Powered Solutions for Geothermal Resource Discovery
  • Scott Morrissey, Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Denver International Airport
  • Grace Troccolo Rink, Associate Vice President, Decarbonization Strategy at AECOM
  • Ben Moline, Director of Water Resources and Environmental Policy at Molson Coors


  • Murat Kucukvar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies

Coffee and Networking

 2:15-2:30 p.m. 


Sustainability, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

This session will showcase founders, entrepreneurs and startups that are working to tackle the challenges of climate change and sustainability through innovative business models, products and services.


  • Mike Smith, CEO/Founder of Aclymate
  • Andrew Maxey, CEO/Co-Founder of Vartega Inc.
  • Alice Havill, Business Fellow at Breakthrough Energy
  • Liz Dennett, CEO of Endolith


  • John Sebesta, Koch Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship; Professor of the Practice in the Office of Entrepreneurship

Networking Happy Hour

  3:30-4:30 p.m., Joy Burns Center  

Enjoy refreshments and light hors d’oeuvres while connecting with fellow attendees and panelists.

Thank you to our sponsor: