The International Gift Exposition in the Smokies is proud to announce the return of the

Sustainability in Retail
Professional Program (SRPP)

Expand your knowledge of Sustainability through the key elements of Environmental, Social, and Economic Impact. By the end of the program, you will be able to make confident informed decisions when purchasing sustainable products and have a go-to-market strategy to incorporate this into your store and brand going forward.

Deadline to purchase the course has passed.

Join us and become a
Sustainability in Retail Professional
with an expert speaker lineup including:

Tommy Brown

Retail Manager
Saint Louis Zoo, Buyer of Conservation Goods, ZAG Board of Directors

Edward M. Spevak, Ph.D.

Curator of Invertebrates
Director-Center for Native Pollinator Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo

Nicole Leinbach

Retail Expert
Founder, & Retail Professor, Columbia College & Author of “Retail 101″

Course Description

This course is designed to empower retailers like you to make meaningful and sustainable changes in your business. Through a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities, you will gain an understanding of the principles of sustainability and how to apply them to your business. We’ll explore the environmental, social, and economic impacts and create action plans. Additionally, we’ll look at the role of retail in sustainability and identify ways to create more eco-friendly practices in your store. By the end of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of how sustainability can be incorporated into your daily business operations.

Pre-Show Webinar

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Time:  9 am – 1 pm PST / 12 pm – 4 pm EST (4 hours)
Location: Webinar

Hands On Tour

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023

Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Sevierville Convention Center

Preview companies that follow sustainable practices

Note: Those who registered for the Sustainability in Retail Program must attend the tour.

Recognition During the Opening Night Party

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Sevierville Convention Center

Participants will receive a certificate of completion during the Opening Night Party. 

Your RSVP Includes:

  • Educational Webinar
  • Sustainability Tour at Sevierville
  • Certificate of Completion (SRP) + Window Cling for your store