Nature’s Fortune

Why should businesses invest in nature?

Because it is one of the smartest investments they can make, according to Mark Tercek. The services that nature provides— clean water, air, and protection from storms, floods, and other disasters— can help businesses reduce costs, mitigate risks, and protect assets. Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and The Nature Conservancy CEO, Mark Tercek, for a discussion on how business, government, and society can thrive by investing in nature.Mark Tercek is president and chief executive officer of The Nature Conservancy and author of the bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.

Prior to his current role, Tercek was a partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 24 years. During his tenure, Tercek managed several of the firm’s key units, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Pine Street, the firm’s leadership development program.  Tercek also developed the firm’s environmental strategy and led its Environmental Markets Group.

Mark Tercek’s book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

Adam Lowry, cofounder and chief greenskeeper, Method Products. Lowry is an entrepreneur, scientist, designer, and author. In 2000, he cofounded Method Products, the leading innovator in stylish and sustainable cleaning and homecare products. As chief greenskeeper, he focuses on bringing sustainable innovations to the Method business. He also directs the sustainability aspects of product design, sourcing, production, and marketing. Previously, Lowry worked as a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s department of global ecology.

DETAILS: Monday, November 17, 2014, The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago, 636 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605. Registration 5:30 p.m., Presentation and discussion 6:00 p.m. Adjournment and book signing 7:15 p.m.

Members of C2ST or Chicago Council on Global Affairs $10; Nonmembers $20.

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Registration closes November 16.

C2ST members, use code that was emailed to you to register at reduced rate, or contact us at to obtain code again.

ABOUT C2ST: Chicago Council on Science and Technology is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization that brings researchers and scientists out of the lab, directly to you. We work with national laboratories, leading academic institutions and museums to educate the public on issues of critical scientific importance. In an age when barely one in four voting adults meet a basic level of scientific literacy, we aim to reignite an excitement and passion for science and technology, and remind Chicagoans of the quality and quantity of R&D that takes place in their backyard.

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