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Sustainability focus of local breakfast

Local business leaders will discuss why sustainability is a good dollars and sense proposition at Marylhurst University's networking breakfast on May 10.

'It's time to move beyond defining sustainability to a conversation about making our businesses both sustainable and profitable,' said David Mc-Namee, the new chairman of Marylhurst's undergraduate business department.

'We'll get to the heart of the triple bottom line - economic, social and environmental sustainability - by showcasing individuals who are making sustainability work for their organizations.'

The main speaker will be Chris Van Dyke, CEO of the Portland-based green outdoor apparel company Nau. His topic will be 'The Economics of Sustainability.' A longtime executive with Nike, Van Dyke helped co-found Van Dyke and Zilligen in 2004, a firm dedicated to helping corporations make social responsibility a core value.

A seminar titled 'Sustain-able Business Practices and Real Results' will feature three Northwest business leaders - Chuck Kilo of Greenfield Health Systems, Kathleen Lansing of Lansing Linoleum, and Rick Gruen of Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Breakfast and Van Dyke's talk will be held from 8 to 9:45 a.m. The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Registration is required. The networking breakfast fee is $25. The cost for both breakfast and seminar is $75. To register, email or call 503-534-4059.