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Aveda executive to discuss ‘Green Leadership’ April 14

Aveda exec talks about business environmental initiatives April 14.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [4-4-11]

Charles J. “Chuck” Bennett will discuss the “Aveda Earth & Community Care: Three Decades of Green Leadership” as Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business Morgan Thomas Executive lecturer Thursday, April 14.

The lecture will be from 11 a.m. to noon in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Bennett is vice president of Aveda Earth & Community Care, a branch of Blaine, Minn.-based Aveda, which creates botanical-based beauty products in an environmentally sustainable manner. Aveda’s products include plant-based hair care, skin care, makeup and lifestyle products.

Aveda is known as a leader among major cosmetics companies for its commitment to sustainability. It was one of the first companies to offer consumer-driven take-back programs for makeup containers and plastic bottle caps.

In the last two years Aveda reduced the municipal waste at its main manufacturing plant by 50 percent, and reduced its total recycling and reuse rate by 16 percent.

The Morgan Thomas Executive Lecture started in 1982 and is presented each year in honor of former College of Business Dean Morgan Thomas, who led the college from 1960-1982.

Those who want more information may contact Renee Grams in the College of Business, (507) 389-5419.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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