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Uponor partners with Greater MSP, the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, Minnesota Zoo, McKnight Foundation, Andersen Corporation and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment to explore business case for sustainability in Minnesota

Uponor Executive Sustainability SummitUponor North America (Uponor) is helping Minnesota companies take a leading role in addressing the mega trends that will impact business in the coming years, including global warming, resource depletion and disruption of the supply chain. The company has planned an Executive Sustainability Summit along with partnering organizations including the Minnesota Zoo, Greater MSP, the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, the McKnight Foundation, Andersen Corporation, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. Collectively, each of these organizations shares a vision of a sustainable, profitable and equitable future for all.

The summit will bring together business leaders from across the region to make the case for sustainability and create the opportunity for partnerships that will make Minnesota a leader in addressing some of the world’s largest challenges.

“Sustainability is increasingly tied into businesses’ success,” says Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America. “Sustainability efforts make corporate operations more stable and feed the long-term bottom line.”

Uponor North America has long led the sustainability charge, possessing a strong belief that businesses should be both profitable and responsible, finding the most innovative solutions to support people, profit and planet. For example, Uponor adheres to the sustainable development goals of the United Nations in the areas of clean water and sanitation, responsible consumption, climate change and creating job opportunities for underrepresented persons. Additionally, Uponor regularly undertakes sustainability projects including:

  • Creating the Sustainability Champions Network

  • Constructing expansions adhering to LEED® certification

  • Utilizing 100 percent green energy where possible

  • Collaborating with academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and industry partners to advocate sustainability topics

  • Establishing transparency in the supply chain

  • Utilizing low-impact packaging

  • Reducing emissions by 20 percent from 2015 levels

“We’re committed to addressing the key issues of our time – particularly water scarcity – through innovations that help reduce environmental impact and help the business community become better stewards of our natural resources,” says Gray.

The Executive Sustainability Summit will take place on Tuesday, May 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Zoo in the Tropical Atrium and Target Education Center Auditorium. It will feature keynote speaker Andrew Winston, a best-selling writer, speaker and thought leader on the topic of sustainability and other social issues impacting businesses.

Many of Minnesota’s leading companies are already slated to attend, including American Public Media, Ecolab, Health Partners, Medtronic and Target. “Our hope is that this event is the start of many conversations to come,” says Gray.

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Apple Valley, Minn.-based Uponor North America strives to be the partner plumbing and HVAC professionals rely on for smart water and energy solutions. The company is helping to advance the construction industry through innovation, education and advocacy, focusing on the defining issues of our time: water, energy and labor. An award-winning manufacturer of PEX piping and provider of plumbing, fire safety, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping, and pre-insulated piping systems, Uponor offers solutions for new construction, retrofits and remodels in the residential, light commercial and commercial markets. Uponor partnered with Belkin International in 2016 to form Phyn, a new intelligent water company that is revolutionizing the way consumers interact with water and helping solve major challenges facing the global water supply. Recognized for best-in-class manufacturing, sustainability, economic development and as a top workplace, the Uponor group of companies employs more than 4,000 worldwide. Uponor group’s global headquarters are located in Vantaa, Finland.

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Uponor Executive Sustainability Summit Uponor North America planned an Executive Sustainability Summit along with partnering organizations including the Minnesota Zoo, Greater MSP, the Minnesota Sustainable Growth Coalition, the McKnight Foundation, Andersen Corporation, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. Collectively, each of these organizations shares a vision of a sustainable, profitable and equitable future for all. Pictured is Bill Gray, Uponor North America president.

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Uponor Executive Sustainability Summit Nearly 100 community and business leaders attended the Executive Sustainability Summit on May 15 at the Minnesota Zoo, including (l-r), Apple Valley, Minn. Community Development Director Bruce Nordquist; Uponor North America President Bill Gray (host); Apple Valley Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland; and Uponor President and CEO Jyri Luomakoski.

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Uponor Executive Sustainability Summit Mega challenges of climate change, scarcity and radical transparency threaten our ability to run an expanding global economy. Keynote speaker, Andrew Winston, shared inspiring stories of how large corporations are bringing purpose into their products as they make the big pivot in changing how their organizations operate sustainably.

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Uponor Executive Sustainability Summit All attendees received an autographed copy of bestselling author and globally recognized business strategist Andrew Winston’s book, “The Big Pivot: Radically practical strategies for a hotter, scarcer, and more open world.”

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Uponor Executive Sustainability Summit All attendees received an autographed copy of bestselling author and globally recognized business strategist Andrew Winston’s book, “The Big Pivot: Radically practical strategies for a hotter, scarcer, and more open world.”

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