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CHICAGO — Applying the concept of sustainability to the value creation process of businesses will be explored at DePaul University’s Sustainable Business Conference Jan. 18 at the DePaul Art Museum during its “Climate of Uncertainty” exhibition.

Free and open to the public, the conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave., in Chicago, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop.


“Keynoters, panelists and presenters from industry, policymaking organizations and think tanks will discuss avenues through which ideas may be developed for profitable projects that are mindful of the environment and social challenges of our time,” said conference organizer Ali Fatemi, a professor in DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business.


The third annual conference will include speakers form Northern Trust, Hancock, New America Foundation, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Chicago Metropolis 2020, Interface, Haworth, Boeing, Eli Lilly, Biohabitats and E2.


Sustainable finance, local and global perspectives on sustainability, food matters and driving innovation through design are among the topics on tap for eh conference, which is presented by the finance department at DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business. For more information, contact Kristine Rellihen at To register for the conference, go to


The DePaul Art Museum’s “Climate of Uncertainty” is an interactive exhibition that explores the impact of humans on the environment. The exhibit opens Jan. 10 and runs through March 24.


“Climate of Uncertainty” features 12 artists engaged in long-term projects that address humans’ role in environmental degradation. Seven photographers document issues ranging from the destructive effects of extractive industry to the effect of careless waste disposal on animal populations. Several artists use installations to provide audiences with a participatory and immersive experience on deforestation and the enormous consequences of large-scale damming. Other media included in the exhibition are sculpture, printmaking and mixed media.


In conjunction with the exhibition, a number of programs featuring leading scholars, environmental activists and artists will be held at the museum to encourage a dialogue on the topics. A full list of programs and events related to the exhibition is online at

The museum is free and open to the public Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 773-325-7506 or visit




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