Here at DuPont Sustainable Solutions there is a palpable buzz arising from our preparations for GLOBE 2012. The GLOBE™ Series of Conferences and Trade Fairs occurs every two years and is an opportunity for business and government leaders from across the globe to come together and discuss the business of sustainability, energy and the environment.

Editor's note: James Weigand is an employee of DuPont. DuPont is a sponsor of Sustainable Business Forum.

DuPont Sustainable Solutions believes that solving the issues businesses face around sustainable growth, collaboration, energy efficiency and environmental performance is critical to ensuring that companies, and society as a whole, can thrive now and in the future.

While at GLOBE 2012, executives from DuPont and DuPont Sustainable Solutions will be networking with other attendees, exchanging ideas and sharing experiences and knowledge. In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing our observations and learnings from GLOBE 2012 with the Sustainable Business Forum. Here’s a preview from GLOBE 2012 of what we’ll be discussing:

Opening Plenary: Building a Greener Economy through Innovation
ImageIt has been said that innovation will be one of the most important drivers of a greener economy. Innovation in the 21st century requires a new blueprint - one that topples the top-down approach and engenders collaboration among companies, governments, and communities. The GLOBE 2012 Opening Plenary will focus on innovation and its role in driving sustainability. Join an elite roster of business and government leaders at the Opening Plenary which will set the stage for GLOBE 2012.

Driving the Corporate Sustainability Agenda
Who's driving your sustainability agenda forward? Implementing sustainability across an entire organization requires an extensive skill set: a deep understanding of environmental issues, an ability to develop longer-term, innovative strategies, and an ability to implement "green" solutions that span the length, breadth, and depth of the company. Hear from the "Chief Sustainability Officers" of some of the world's largest organizations as they discuss the diverse strategies and tactics required for driving their corporate sustainability agendas forward.

Energy Efficiency and Alternative Power: Innovative Approaches for Business
As new technologies emerge and become increasingly cost competitive, many companies are taking aggressive steps to improve their energy efficiency and find new, alternative forms of energy to power their business operations. How are companies financing these shifts and what is the ROI on the efforts? Hear from companies who are minimizing the business risks surrounding a reliance on fossil-fuels by adopting innovative approaches to energy efficiency and power use.

Next Generation Biofuels: Driving the Development of a Lower Carbon Economy
Worldwide biofuel production continues to grow as new uses are found within the heat, power, and transportation sectors. As such, 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol and biodiesel from algae, are set to take an increasing share of the global energy mix. But what are the risks and impacts of a greater use of biofuels in terms of pricing, access to feed stocks, and overall reductions or increases in greenhouse gas emissions? What technologies are set to capitalize on the opportunities?  This session will explore the role that next generation biofuels will play in driving the development of a lower carbon economy.

People Power: Improving Performance through a Corporate Culture of Sustainability Leadership
Are you making the most of your most important asset? Leaders and managers who inspire and engage their employees are more likely to realize the full potential of their workforce, unlocking hidden talent and maximizing business performance. Hear from companies who are successfully using their leadership in sustainability initiatives to attract, motivate, and retain talent, and as a result, are improving company sales and overall performance.

Whether you are attending GLOBE 2012 or not, we hope that you will join in the conversation. Below is a list of helpful online resources about GLOBE 2012:

Have you been to one of the GLOBE Series Conferences before? What was your experience? What would you like to hear from us about GLOBE 2012?