A unique forum will bring together leaders in the facility-care industry to chart a course through the green hype and develop practical approaches to sustainable facility care, JohnsonDiversey announced.

With all the green hype now in the public dialogue, facility managers and service providers are challenged to find real, practical solutions for sustainable facility care.

The Sustainable Facility Care Forum will be held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2008 and will explore the theme "Mapping the Green Frontier." The one-day plenary event is sponsored by JohnsonDiversey in partnership with the Leonardo Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability. The forum will showcase best practices in sustainable facilities and is designed to advance sustainability as a viable business model.

"We're sponsoring the forum for decision makers to help map the future of sustainability in the cleaning industry," said JohnsonDiversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan. "JohnsonDiversey is committed to listening and promoting honest dialogue. We look forward to an event that furthers the cause of sustainable facility care."

An award for leadership in sustainability will be presented by Chairman Curt Johnson to a customer who demonstrates a unique commitment to sustainability, with a proven track record of meeting the highest standards of facility care for health, safety and the environment.

"Outstanding accomplishment in sustainability deserves recognition," Mr. Johnson said. "Sustainability has been a Johnson family legacy for generations. This award honors the enduring commitment and achievement in sustainability."

Forum participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the "Hall of Champions," which will showcase best practices in sustainable facility care.

The Sustainable Facility Care Forum is open to facility managers, building service contractors and in-house facility services managers, real estate portfolio executives and sustainability executives.

The Forum features renowned speakers such as Dan Esty, co-author of Green to Gold; and Kevin Kampschroer, director of research and exert services for the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration, plus two panels of industry experts. In addition, the forum will encourage audience participation through interactive electronic polling and open-mike, Q and A after the presentations. Following the event, the Leonardo Academy will produce a white paper capturing the day's proceedings and presentations.