University to Host Forum on Environmental Entrepreneurship

Monday, March 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (March 12 , 2012) — On Tuesday, March 13, area businesses will benefit from an open forum at Saint Joseph's University: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship: Where "Green" Means the Color of Money. Hosted by the University's family business and entrepreneurship program in collaboration with the Entrepreneurs' Forum of Greater Philadelphia, this event will offer insight and networking opportunities with leading figures in the local green economy.

Kenneth Kury, Ph.D., assistant professor of family business and entrepreneurship, says this event is particularly relevant right now because of the growing demand from consumers to address social problems through entrepreneurship.

"The problems the world is facing in regard to environmental concerns and resource scarcity is at the forefront of people’s minds," says Kury. "These issues have a significant impact on society and people are concerned. This event seeks to share information on how these societal concerns can be addressed and produce both social and commercial value."

Kury says the forum will benefit students, business owners and environmentally-concerned community members as well as budding "green" entrepreneurs who will get the chance to connect with local professionals who have the skills and know-how to move these ideas and projects forward.

The forum's moderator, Ronald Fisher of MillCrest Law, LLP, has advised clients on electric power project developments of natural and landfill gas, waste coal and renewable energy facilities. In recent years, Fisher has advised a variety of clients involved in all phases of solar power development throughout the United States.

Panelists include Kury; Philadelphia University Associate Professor Rob Fleming, who directs the Master of Science in Sustainable Design; and Charlie Szoradi, chairman and founder of Independence LED, a leading high-performance lighting company in the U.S.

Sustainability and Entrepreneurship: Where "Green" Means the Color of Money will take place at Saint Joseph's University's Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall. The event will include networking from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the formal program from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. To register, visit

Media Contact

 Carolyn Steigleman, Director of Communications for the Haub School of Business, 610-660-1355,

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