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Pittsburgh, May 14, 2009 —Is it easy being green? You’ll have a better idea of whether that little green frog was on the mark after listening to four area experts lead a panel discussion for the public about the responsibilities involved in environmental sustainability – whether you’re a member of the public or whether you are bringing your business up to speed on the latest requirements. The informal panel discussion is titled “Going Green: Are you ready? Do you have to be?” and will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Regional Learning Alliance (RLA) in Cranberry Woods, Cranberry Township, Pa. The RLA is a LEED Silver Certified facility and, according to its website, “a proud champion for the environment.”

The panelists are:

• Court Could, Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh, who will discuss “Business Innovation for Sustainability: Beyond Corporate Environmental Responsibility;”

• Phyllis Hartman, SPHHR, a senior human resources professional who regularly presents on sustainability and will talk about “The Crucial Role of the HR Function in Organizational Sustainability Initiatives;”

• John Trant, Jr., Chief Strategic Planning Officer for Cranberry Township, Pa., who went through a sustainability audit a year or so ago and will discuss “The Many Facets of Sustainability,” including its definition, how it can be successfully communicated to a variety of people and how local government makes a difference; and

• Nicole Bieak Kriedler, professor and chair of La Roche’s Interior Design Department, who is writing her doctoral dissertation on ”An Examination of Green Atmospheric Elements in Hotel Service Settings.” She will discuss “Designing for Sustainability: How You Can Make an Impact in Your Home.”

After each panelist provides these brief overviews of his/her area of expertise, the audience will be encouraged to become part of the discussion. The panel will be moderated by La Roche College Director of Public Relations Pam Wigley.

The seminar is approved for 2 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The panel begins at 7 p.m. The cost for participants is $15 for the session. To register, visit and click on the Business Matters button on the home page or call 412-536-1267.

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