The Greening of Industry Network (GIN) conference in Mexico City aims to extend its presence in the Mexican and Latin American regions by studying private and public sector sustainability. GIN brings together multiple stakeholders (business, governments, academia and NGOs) with a mission of a strong academic and practitioner profile.  GIN has a long and thoughtful history for the exchange of knowledge and innovative perspectives on greening and sustainability.
To build on this tradition and history, the topic of the conference is on regional sustainable development. We see to focus on the ability of multiple actors to facilitate a transformation to sustainable societies on regional geographic scales. This topic has been a long-standing and complex issue within GIN. The upcoming conference will build upon the previous debates of recent GIN conferences held in Asia and Europe.

Why Strategies for Sustainable Regional Development?

Business, commerce and industry operate in increasingly global settings. Sustainable development also is closely connected to global systemic changes. The regional setting, as part of this system is receiving additional attention. The notion that sustainable production and consumption patterns need real collaboration between all parties involved is a requirement.  At the regional level business, governments, citizens and NGOs need to meet and interact. Yet, many questions remain on how to create effective strategies at the regional level. A core question which drives the aim of this conference is:

Can collaborative strategies by multi-stakeholders facilitate the conditions towards sustainable regional development models?

The conference aims to answer this and other questions which may arise during the conference. Very importantly it aims to facilitate discussion among stakeholders by sharing management and policy strategies towards sustainable regional development. Environmental and sustainable strategies are shaped by both compulsory (regulatory framework) and voluntary approaches (i.e. Corporate Social Responsibility). Due to its international presence across regions, GIN also provides the intercultural learning platform and expertise panel on subjects related to the sustainable regional development.

Subject coverage

‘Sustainability’ has taken on a meaning as a global vision from yet its further understanding and implementation relies on local and regional frameworks, following on the saying to ‘think globally, act locally’. As a consequence, its mechanisms and strategies require consensus resources from among local actors (knowledge and commitment platforms) and a local financial structure for innovation, for example.  Thus a number of relevant subjects (not intended to be exhaustive) have been identified included:

  • Sustainable industrial parks
  • New venture platforms for creation of clean-technological businesses
  • Private sector strategy: case studies showing best practices
  • Public-private partnerships to promote sustainability
  • Triple helix collaboration: institutes of higher education leading the capacity adaptation towards sustainable innovation;
  • Multi stakeholder participation for development: multi-functionality of landscapes – combining agricultural, industrial, tourism and city developments.
  • Industrial and non-industrial supply chains.
  • Inter- and Intra-organizational collaborations
  • Managing and scaling global sustainability effort into local execution.

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Enhance sustainable regional development is a broad-based effort.  All stakeholders and participants in these types of events are welcome and encouraged to attend. The variety of experiences on the conference topics will provide synergistic learning opportunities. The organization committee strongly encourages the participation of people from all levels of  industry (with a special focus on the involvement of small companies),  Industrial Chambers, Academia, Government, Media, NGOs, organizations responsible for funding green business or banks which finance the transfer of clean and green technology, among others.  Geographically, we encourage partners and participants from throughout the world.

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Paper (Abstract) Proposals deadline:

February 15th, 2012

Proposal feedback and acceptance:

February, 29th, 2012

Full papers submission deadline:

March, 30th, 2012

The abstract length should be no longer than 350 words (1 page). The scientific committee will be divided in accordance to the research fields in which the papers are framed. After selection, the committee will announce to the participants whether their paper has been accepted and provide them with a timetable outlining further communication arrangements. Papers selected for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings.  Additionally, some of the papers will be invited for special issues in the academic journals “Management Research Review” and “Technovation”.  A guide of authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submission are available on the journal’s website.  We strongly recommend that authors use these journal guidelines which especially pertain to your particular research work.

It is also likely that an edited book from Springer Publishers will be pursued for select conference papers.

Notes for prospective authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers will be refereed by the scientific committee. All papers will become part of the online GIN Archives that hold all conference information of the Greening of Industry Network since 1998.

Send your proposal to:
Miss Paulina Collazo
Telephone: (5255) 58 64 55 55 ext. 3171

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Conference registration for professionals:

USD 350

Conference registration for students:

USD 100

The conference registration fee includes access to all the events considered in the conference programme, a digital copy of the proceedings, English-Spanish-English realtime translation, coffee, lunch and reception on the second night. 

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