Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

Wednesday September 19, 2018 Meeting Announcement

Why Businesses have Sustainability Agenda, Plus Two Bold Predictions

Speaker: Dr. Neil Drobny

Program Director, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility,

Environment, Economics, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) Program

Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

The Clintonville Women's Club

3951 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214

 (Click here for directions) 

Registration required: 

Registration deadline is Thurs. September 13th 12 pm

E-mail to register  

(Please include your dinner choice in the email)

About our speaker

Dr. Drobny started his professional career in environmental consulting. He established and managed a regional environmental consulting firm that grew to over 125 people with operations in four states during this phase of his career. He transitioned into academic career nearly 12 years ago to apply his business experience in learning and promoting best practices in environmental sustainability. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in sustainable business practices in the Fischer School of Business. Additionally, he was appointed the first director of Environmental, Economics, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) program at the Ohio State University. He has also undertaken the responsibility of establishing Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab in order to bring experiential learning in sustainability to the Ohio State students. He received several awards and recognition for his leadership in promoting awareness in sustainability. Check out the following link for more on his sustainability endeavors:

Presentation Abstract

Dr. Drobny will discuss why sustainability is an important and growing driver of strategy in nearly all industrial and commercial business sectors around the world.  He will describe historical roots and then fast forward to economic, cultural and political factors propelling businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable business practices. He will draw upon examples from global and local companies that support his courses at Ohio State and from several decades of consulting, as well as visits to corporations in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden where he takes students annually for an academic study abroad.  He will also provide some thoughts about where sustainable principles and practices will take corporate leaders in the future.

Program Details

5:00-6:00 PMExecutive Committee Meeting-All members welcome
6:00-6:30 PMCheck-in and Social Hour-Cash bar available
6:30-7:15 PM

Dinner Menu

Choose from:

Chicken Tuscany


Sundried Tomato Ravioli

2 side dishes

Salad- house tossed salad


Tea, Coffee

Iced Tea, Water


Assorted dessert buffet

7:15-8:15 PMPresentation-Speaker: Dr. Neil Drobny
8:15-8:30 PMClosing Remarks, if any

ACS Members: $20 per person. Non-members: $25 per person. $5 for retired, emeritus, and unemployed section members and students. Payment will be collected at the door.  Cash and checks accepted.  There is no cost to attend the program only. Dinner cost will be waived for new members who joined the local section in 2017 and 2018 when they attend their first local section meeting. Remember that this is a dinner order and must be paid.  Please help control costs by honoring your order.

RSVPPlease send an e-mail to providing the information listed below.
E-mail Reservations


  • First and last name
  • Membership category: member, non-member, retired, emeritus, unemployed, student.
  • Employer, if applicable
  • Indicate if you will join us for Dinner & Program or Program-Only
  • Indicate if you are a new member and attending Columbus section events for the 1st time, if applicable


Reservation Deadline
Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Program Contact
Bob Kroshefsky,


From the East – Take I-70 West to exit 100 B for Fourth Street (toward US 23 North).  Turn right onto South 4th Street.  Turn left onto West Broad Street.  Restaurant will be on your left just beyond COSI between the railroad trestles.


From the West – Take I-70 East to Exit 97 for US 40/West Broad Street.  Turn left onto US 40 (West Broad Street).  Restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far!


From the South – Take I-71 North to exit 106A/106B on the left and merge onto OH 315 North.  Take US 62/OH 3/Rich Street exit toward Town Street.  Turn right onto OH 3/US 62/West Rich Street.  Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto South Gift Street.  Turn right onto West Broad Street.  The restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far