Corporate Responsibility & Energy as Design - May 17 event at House of Sweden

House of Sweden on the Potomac River
I want to bring to your attention an upcoming event that may be of interest here in DC.  This was forwarded to me from Maja Persson, a friend and colleague who works at the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce.

Please note the information about RSVPing

Corporate Responsibility & Energy as Design
Enriching Lives by Inspiring Form Beyond Function
House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Continental breakfast will be served from 8:15 am and the seminar starts at 9:00 am

An increasing number of companies in today’s fast-paced and multilayered international economy understand the strong link between advancing core strategy and business practices and improving the common good. This is being showcased in a variety of ways, including through energy. Energy drives the future. This seminar focuses on ways in which responsible corporate citizens utilize energy as design to increase energy efficiency, and in turn benefit society, as well as their company constituents.

A panel of experts from leading Swedish and American companies will discuss energy beyond function, where form is a fundamental design element. Come learn how the interconnection of industry, creativity and lifestyle impacts the future of energy. This seminar is part of the Embassy of Sweden 2011 program “Fabric of Life”.

To attend: Please send an email with your name and affiliation to with “May 17” in subject line.


Michael M. Wood is Chairman of Redwood Investments LLC and served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden from 2006-2009. During Wood’s three years in Sweden he traveled to all 21 län (counties) looking for alternative energy companies that could benefit from cooperation with American venture capital and research institutions.  The Ambassador’s list of the best of these Swedish companies contains 52 firms and the embassy estimates the resulting volume of activity between Swedish firms and US interests is $150-200MM. 

Elizabeth J. Heider is Senior Vice President of Green Markets for Skanska supporting the development, design and construction of high performance green/LEED projects throughout their lifecycle.  Her 32-year career encompasses all phases of design and construction from master planning through project closeout as architect, construction manager, cost manager and VE facilitator. Heider serves on US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors which she will Chair in 2012.

Rebecca Ranich is a Director with Deloitte Consulting LLP and a senior international energy industry executive and commercial strategist with more than 20 years of experience. Rebecca advises on alternative and renewable energy strategies and issues, with a special focus on the commercial integration of new energy sources with existing infrastructure, and assessing the pending U.S. policy and regulatory initiatives at the State and Federal levels.
Tracey Kelly is Corporate Communication Manager at IKEA US in Philadelphia.  

Keynote Address by: Gunnar Oom, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Trade.

To attend: Please send an email with your name and affiliation to with “May 17” in subject line. 

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