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The rush to create products and services that are environmentally friendly has inspired many businesses to create products and services that are innovative, captivating and downright cool. All of a sudden, the sustainable market seems to be taking hold. Increasingly, we are seeing products that are simple, elegant, efficient and cutting-edge and the essence of true luxury. They are creating an enjoyable experience while leaving a small environmental impact.

This distinguished panel will examine four areas of this topic. Home environments—lighting, communications, energy use; disposable on-the-go products—such food services for home and office; buildings, and renovations—retrofitting existing home and work spaces to be more energy efficient and innovative in design; and, fashion and lifestyle.

Geoffrey Morris, President of TownVibe, has helped to organize and will moderate the evening’s meeting. TownVibe, organizer of the Green Awards, is a leading publisher of regional lifestyle publications, digital media, and live events. Its magazines include Fairfield Magazine, Bedford Magazine, Ridgefield Magazine, Wilton Magazine, Litchfield Magazine and Berkshire Magazine. The Green Awards recognize and highlight businesses, non-profits and individuals that are making a positive impact on the environment.

Trevor Cornelis is a Client Advisor at BMW of Ridgefield specializing in the brand’s most innovative vehicle segment, BMW i. Electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are bringing modern luxury to the automotive market with performance, inspiring design, and sustainability. It’s time to forget what you once thought about electric cars.

Véronique is the Director of Fashion and a Partner at Modavanti. Modavanti is an online retailer of over 150 designers of fashion and lifestyle products that are sourced not only for their beauty, design, and quality, but that are also manufactured with sustainability in mind — with environmental, economic and social integrity. Prior to Modavanti, her combined interests and experience in international trade, not-for-profit, and fashion led Véronique to found a social enterprise business and boutique, Atelier360 boutique in Greenwich specialized in artisan and sustainable fashion products from around the world. Her interests in sourcing and all things green were sparked from a previous career in commodities. She holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University.

Conor Coleman is Vice President of Business Development at Realm Control. Realm provides design, development, and installation of elegant, intuitive building control and management systems—creating beautiful environments that simply work.

Virginia P’an is CEO of Yumi Eco Solutions. Yumi Nature+ products are the perfect "green" solutions for home, office, or casual restaurant use. Made from renewable and sustainable bamboo fiber, they are durable, functional, non-toxic, and melamine free. Their elegant design make them appealing to use and low impact on the environment.

Contemporary, technologically-advanced, and visually engaging, the J House Greenwich is a boutique luxury hotel offering a unique living experience for all guests. Today, it is not enough to merely build and design a cool and interesting space; careful thought and consideration must be made to a comprehensive program of sustainability. J House has proven to be a leader in this field.

The Luxury Marketing Council has arranged 20 percent off the entire check at the J House Restaurant for anyone who stays for dinner after the event.