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Polar bear advocate to speak at Summit of Sustainability breakfast

Beacon Journal staff report

Polar bear conservationist Robert Buchanan will be the keynote speaker Oct. 24 at the second annual Summit of Sustainability breakfast in Summit County.

Buchanan is founder of Polar Bears International, a group based in Bozeman, Mont., focused on saving polar bears and their habitat.

Funding provided by Buchanan’s group has aided some of the top scientists in the world in helping polar bears, and it helped fund research that led the U.S. government to list the polar bear as a threatened species.

The program begins at 8 a.m. at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station Ballroom. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Five sustainability awards will be presented for boosting energy efficiency, waste reduction and employee engagement in sustainability.

The winners, which a panel of five judges selected, are the city of Twinsburg (public sector), the Akron Marathon Charitable Corp. (nonprofit/community), GOJO Industries of Akron (large companies with more than 250 employees), Kent Elastomer in Kent (mid-sized companies with 25 to 249 employees) and Ms. Julie’s Kitchen in Akron (small companies with 25 or fewer employees).

The Summit of Sustainability is sponsored by the city of Akron, Summit County, Keep Akron Beautiful, the Greater Akron Chamber and ReWorks (the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority).

Tickets for the Summit of Sustainability are $25.

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