WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- To some people, going green may sound like more trouble than it's worth. But businesses are thriving off the public's push to protect our environment. A business conference going on tomorrow will help businesses go green in more ways than one.
"We have got a tremendous amount of work to do to undo the damage that we've done to the environment," said David Flagler, one of the keynote speakers at the Emerging Green Business Conference. His company clean marine solutions treats and recycles waste water from boat owners power-washing their vessels. "Probably the best thing that we've done is listen to our customers, boatyard owners and the folks that are going to operate our wastewater treatment systems."
The conference is being put on by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association and the UNCW Cameron School of Business. It will highlight ways businesses can use recycling, using solar and nuclear energy, and water resources to succeed in a down economy.
"The guy that's speaking tomorrow (GE Hitachi's Eric Loewen) is talking about using nuclear waste and turning it into energy. He was called the man that could end global warming by esquire magazine. So it's guys like that that are getting out there on the cutting edge and investing in these things and starting these businesses that I think are going to help everybody in the economy as we move forward," conference coordinator Tyler Newman said.
Newman says grants will be available to help out new and existing green businesses.
"There are going to be several funding options from the state and federal and private level," Newman said. "It's a chance to network with other green businesses, there are going to be emerging technologies, innovative technologies here in North Carolina, and I think it's the way the economy is moving in the future."
WWAY is proud to sponsor the Emerging Green Business Conference. It runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Shell Island Resort at Wrightsville Beach. Businesses that are not signed up can still register online at http://www.wilmingtonhomebuilders.com, calling (910) 799-2611 or by coming to the conference early on Wednesday. Registration costs $50 for Wilmington-Cape Fear Homebuilders Association Members, $65 for non-members and $25 for students.