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A plane approaches Duesseldorf airport, western Germany, as the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland continues to disrupt air travel throughout Europe on Tuesday.

Verbatim: Volcanic ash cloud postpones Green City conference in Fort Wayne

Statement issued by the city of Fort Wayne:

Due to his flight being canceled because of volcanic ash, world renowned sustainability leader, David Cook, is unable to make it to Fort Wayne for his scheduled appearance at the regional sustainability conference titled, “The Next Step to Emerging Economies: a Green City Business Initiative.” Cook was to lead area businesses in a day long workshop on April 22, 2010 and work with other area groups tomorrow.

Based in Stockholm, Cook was scheduled to fly to Fort Wayne today after a morning speaking engagement in Brussels but had his flight canceled because of volcanic ash.

“This just proves that nature is non-negotiable. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to make it to Fort Wayne this week but I am glad we could find an alternate date so soon. I’m looking forward to working with the businesses of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio,” said David Cook, founder of the Natural Step.

The Next Step to Emerging Economies workshop has been rescheduled to May 13, 2010 at the Grand Wayne Center. Nearly 130 business leaders from throughout the area are registered for the event. Those who registered for this week’s event do not need to re-register for the new date.

Registrants should contact Julia Gorrell at or 260-427-6059 with any questions.

There are a few additional spots available for those wanting to attend on the new date. The re-scheduled conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 13, 2010 at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Those interested in attending can register at The cost is $75 per attendee and includes lunch. Area businesses agreed to sponsor the conference as a way to keep the cost down and encourage business participation.

“I am proud of our business community for supporting this important initiative. It’s an event that clearly will show that the environment and profitability can live in harmony and grow our economy.” said Mayor Tom Henry.

The Next Step to Emerging Economies will present ideas from the Natural Step Network, an international nonprofit organization that helps integrate sustainability concepts into strategic planning. The network has trained well-known organizations including Nike, IKEA, Nissan, Starbucks, Dow Chemical, CH2M Hill and the City of Madison, Wisconsin.

David Cook, the Natural Step International’s former chief executive and now executive ambassador, will lead the workshop. Based in Stockholm, Cook has been connected to the Natural Step Network since 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council and the Sustainability External Advisory Committee of Dow Chemical. Also attending will be Natural Step USA Executive Director, Regina Hauser.

Attendees will learn about a systems-based approach, designed to develop a continuous learning environment. This approach helps organizations and communities accelerate progress on meeting the economic needs of today without compromising the environmental needs of future generations.

The Next Step to Emerging Economies workshop sponsors are CH2M Hill, Hilton Hotel Fort Wayne, Indiana Tech, Transformations Furniture, Ameresco, Citilink, Grand Wayne Convention Center, Kelly Box, Fort Wayne Metals, Kroger, Parkview, Indiana Michigan Power, Fort Wayne Newspapers, SIRVA, NIPSCO, Trane, the Indiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Current Mechanical, Elk Components, Hoosier Environmental Council, Moss Construction Cost Management, Rothberg Logan & Warsco, STAR Financial, Toter Inc., Viridian Architectural Design Inc., OmniSource.

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