2015 Business Forum

2015 Business Forum: The Green Home of the Future

Featuring insights from Jay Lund, CEO of Andersen Corporation

and moderated Q&A with Rick Kupchella, journalist and entrepreneur
7:30 – 9:15 AM
Friday, October 23, 2015
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis
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The Event

The 8th annual Great River Greening Business Forum will explore the role of the private sector in increasing affordable access to net-zero, energy-efficient homes.

On average, buildings are responsible for 40% of U.S. energy consumption – not including the energy impacts associated with manufacturing, transporting or disposing of building products – and the building sector is the largest contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. But with innovative public/private partnerships comes the opportunity for buildings to be the largest contributor to the solution.

Net-zero homes produce as much energy as they use, reducing environmental impacts while lowering energy costs for homeowners. As an example, Mr. Lund will highlight an innovative housing project in River Falls, WI that is serving as a viable model for sustainable and affordable community design.

Learn what’s possible when a diverse cross-section of stakeholders come together to address issues facing us all. Please join us as Jay Lund, Chairman, President and CEO of Andersen Corporation – the largest window and door manufacturer in North America – shares his insights.

About the Business Forum Series and Great River Greening

Now in its eighth year, the annual Business Forum has built a reputation among professionals from all industries and disciplines as an important opportunity to converge and learn from corporate leaders about environmental topics facing our community.

At last year’s Business Forum, more than 300 business professionals and community leaders connected with peers and learned about the nexus of food, water and energy from the unique perspective of Randy Hogan, Chairman and CEO of Pentair. Previous years have featured Ecolab CEO Doug Baker and Land O’Lakes CEO Chris Policinski.

Great River Greening’s mission is to secure the legacy of lands and waters through restoration, stewardship and partnership. Greening has no political agenda, but believes that collaboration and community-building are essential to solving our environmental problems. We do not get involved with legislation, policy or advocacy. We promote working together on the ground to improve our land and waters. The Business Forum furthers this mission by providing an opportunity for business and civic leaders to gather, learn and discuss how we can work together more effectively moving forward.

Featured Speakers


Jay Lund

Jay Lund
CEO Andersen Corporation

During his nearly 30 years with Andersen, Jay Lund’s experience spans positions in IT, marketing, sales, distribution, logistics and general management. He is chair of the company’s Board of Directors and a member of its foundation board. Jay also sits on the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Policy Advisory Board and the GREATER MSP Regional Economic Development Board. He is part of the St. Olaf College Board, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. 



Rick Kupchella
Journalist and entrepreneur

Rick Kupchella is a serial entrepreneur with a collection of companies in new media – focused on digital innovation, content marketing, consumer news distribution and network building. He spent 20+ years at KARE11 as an anchor & reporter – with stints in New York, Washington, DC, Michigan and Kentucky. Rick is a former President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and immediate past-Chairman of Smile Network International.


7:15 am  Registration, Networking and Breakfast Buffet
8:00 am  Introductions
8:10 am  Opening Remarks from Mr. Lund
8:30 am  Conversation between Mr. Kupchella and Mr. Lund
8:45 am  Audience Q&A
9:10 am  Concluding Remarks
9:15 am  Post-Event Networking

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Table Sponsors

Best Buy
Cermak Rhoades Architects
GoKart Labs
Stinson Leonard Street
Tennant Co.
Dick Barnes
Brenda Boehler
Roger Green
Tom Tessman and Patti O’Leary
Reed Watson