Program

Below is the program from the 2020 MIT Sustainability Summit.

Friday 6 November 2020
8:00 AM
See below for our preliminary conference schedule - check back for more updates!
8:15 AM
Coffee Chats
Join us for a virtual coffee with a small group before we kick things off!
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
9:05 AM
Morning Keynote
9:50 AM
Transition
10:00 AM
Building More Resilient Food Distribution Systems to Fight Food Insecurity
We are excited to announce that panelists from Replate will join us for this discussion.
Katie Marchini
COO, Replate
Katie is COO at the non-profit food rescue organization Replate where she spends her time figuring out scalable solutions for the food rescue space. She comes to Replate from the catering world and is passionate about working in the intersection between Food Insecurity and Climate Change.
10:50 AM
Transition
11:00 AM
Entrepreneurs in Upcycling
We are excited to announce that panelists from Take Two, FUMI, and Superfrau will join us for this discussion.
Take Two
,
Fumi
,
Superfrau
,
12:00 PM
Break
Grab some lunch or stretch your legs!
12:30 PM
Afternoon Keynote
Oatly
,
Jess Vieria
Director of Sustainability , Apeel
Jess Vieira, PhD, leads the Sustainability function at Apeel Sciences, where she is responsible for development and execution of the company’s Sustainability Strategy as it pertains to environmental and social impact. A core competency of Sustainability at Apeel involves using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to make informed decisions around product development and business strategy that aim to maximize the environmental benefits of Apeel’s technology in the market.

Prior to Apeel Sciences, Jess worked in the Environmental Technologies groups at both Apple Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company, where she focused on by-product synergy, waste reduction strategies, green infrastructure initiatives, and company-wide environmental targets. Jess holds a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering & Water Resources from Tufts University, as well as a Masters in Technology Management (MTM) and PhD in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
1:15 PM
Transition
1:30 PM
The Future of Protein
We are excited to announce that panelists from Nature's Fynd, New Age Meats, and Butter Meat Co will join us for this discussion.
Nature's Fynd
,
New Age Meats
,
Butter Meat Co
,
2:20 PM
Transition
2:30 PM
Building Sustainable Food Systems
3:00 PM
Transition
3:10 PM
How We Produce
3:50 PM
Transition
4:00 PM
Closing Keynote
Pat Brown
CEO & Founder, Impossible Foods
Patrick O. Brown is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company at the forefront of making nutritious, delicious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming.

The idea for Impossible Foods came to Pat while he was on sabbatical from his position as an HHMI investigator and professor of biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In reflecting on how he could use his training and experience to make the largest positive impact on the world, he realized there was a way to make delicious, affordable meat and dairy products, directly from plants – that would be better for the environment and for consumers. In 2011, Pat chose to devote himself full time to Impossible Foods.

After receiving his BA, MD and PhD (in Biochemistry) at the University of Chicago, Pat completed a residency in pediatrics at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. As a fellow with Mike Bishop and Harold Varmus, he defined the mechanism by which HIV and other retroviruses incorporate their genes into the genomes of the cells they infect.

At Stanford, Pat and colleagues developed DNA microarrays – a new technology that made it possible to monitor the activity of all the genes in a genome – along with the first methods for analyzing, visualizing and interpreting global gene expression programs.

He pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to classify cancers and improve prediction of their clinical course. He has also been a leader in making scientific and medical research results freely available to scientists, physicians and the public. With Harold Varmus, then Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Berkeley professor Michael Eisen, he founded the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit scientific publisher that has transformed the publishing industry by making scientific and medical research results freely available to the public.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor. He is also the co-founder of Lyrical Foods, Inc., maker of Kite Hill artisanal nut-milk-based cheeses and yogurts.
Friday 6 November 2020
8:00 AM
See below for our preliminary conference schedule - check back for more updates!
8:15 AM

Coffee Chats

READ MORE »
9:00 AM
Opening Remarks
9:05 AM
Morning Keynote
9:50 AM
Transition
10:00 AM

Building More Resilient Food Distribution Systems to Fight Food Insecurity

READ MORE »
10:50 AM
Transition
11:00 AM

Entrepreneurs in Upcycling

READ MORE »
12:00 PM

Break

READ MORE »
12:30 PM

Afternoon Keynote

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1:15 PM
Transition
1:30 PM

The Future of Protein

READ MORE »
2:20 PM
Transition
2:30 PM
Building Sustainable Food Systems
3:00 PM
Transition
3:10 PM
How We Produce
3:50 PM
Transition
4:00 PM

Closing Keynote

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Session descriptions


Coffee Chats

Join us for a virtual coffee with a small group before we kick things off!

Building More Resilient Food Distribution Systems to Fight Food Insecurity

We are excited to announce that panelists from Replate will join us for this discussion.

Katie Marchini
COO, Replate
Katie is COO at the non-profit food rescue organization Replate where she spends her time figuring out scalable solutions for the food rescue space. She comes to Replate from the catering world and is passionate about working in the intersection between Food Insecurity and Climate Change.


Entrepreneurs in Upcycling

We are excited to announce that panelists from Take Two, FUMI, and Superfrau will join us for this discussion.

Take Two
,


Fumi
,


Superfrau
,


Break

Grab some lunch or stretch your legs!

Afternoon Keynote

Oatly
,


Jess Vieria
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY , Apeel
Jess Vieira, PhD, leads the Sustainability function at Apeel Sciences, where she is responsible for development and execution of the company’s Sustainability Strategy as it pertains to environmental and social impact. A core competency of Sustainability at Apeel involves using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to make informed decisions around product development and business strategy that aim to maximize the environmental benefits of Apeel’s technology in the market.

Prior to Apeel Sciences, Jess worked in the Environmental Technologies groups at both Apple Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company, where she focused on by-product synergy, waste reduction strategies, green infrastructure initiatives, and company-wide environmental targets. Jess holds a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering & Water Resources from Tufts University, as well as a Masters in Technology Management (MTM) and PhD in Environmental Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


The Future of Protein

We are excited to announce that panelists from Nature's Fynd, New Age Meats, and Butter Meat Co will join us for this discussion.

Nature's Fynd
,


New Age Meats
,


Butter Meat Co
,


Closing Keynote

Pat Brown
CEO & FOUNDER, Impossible Foods
Patrick O. Brown is CEO and founder of Impossible Foods, a company at the forefront of making nutritious, delicious meat and dairy products from plants to satisfy meat lovers and address the environmental impact of animal farming.

The idea for Impossible Foods came to Pat while he was on sabbatical from his position as an HHMI investigator and professor of biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. In reflecting on how he could use his training and experience to make the largest positive impact on the world, he realized there was a way to make delicious, affordable meat and dairy products, directly from plants – that would be better for the environment and for consumers. In 2011, Pat chose to devote himself full time to Impossible Foods.

After receiving his BA, MD and PhD (in Biochemistry) at the University of Chicago, Pat completed a residency in pediatrics at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital. As a fellow with Mike Bishop and Harold Varmus, he defined the mechanism by which HIV and other retroviruses incorporate their genes into the genomes of the cells they infect.

At Stanford, Pat and colleagues developed DNA microarrays – a new technology that made it possible to monitor the activity of all the genes in a genome – along with the first methods for analyzing, visualizing and interpreting global gene expression programs.

He pioneered the use of gene expression patterns to classify cancers and improve prediction of their clinical course. He has also been a leader in making scientific and medical research results freely available to scientists, physicians and the public. With Harold Varmus, then Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Berkeley professor Michael Eisen, he founded the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit scientific publisher that has transformed the publishing industry by making scientific and medical research results freely available to the public.

He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor. He is also the co-founder of Lyrical Foods, Inc., maker of Kite Hill artisanal nut-milk-based cheeses and yogurts.