Program

Below is the program from the 2016 MIT Sustainability Summit.

Friday 15 April 2016
08:00
Registration / Breakfast
09:00
Opening
John Sterman
Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics. Prof. Sterman's research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations, universities and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world. Prof. Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, won an IBM Faculty Award, won the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of the MIT Sloan School's "Outstanding Faculty" by the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on public television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, Business Week, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.
09:15
Tripod Keynote: Sustainability and Innovation at MIT
This keynote will feature three leaders in sustainability and innovation at MIT. The three will discuss innovation at MIT and the challenges that universities face in accelerating innovation, the role of the university in catalyzing environmental solutions, and the power of integrating sustainability into processes of innovation and entrepreneurship. The keynote address will also focus in on some of the key stakeholders in SOI, including entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, and citizens.
Vladimir Bulović
Associate Dean for Innovation; Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology; MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vladimir Bulović oversees a broad portfolio of efforts within the School of Engineering that support innovation and entrepreneurship. He co-directs the MIT Innovation Initiative and is the faculty leading the design and construction of MIT's new nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility.
Vladimir holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology and directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, which he developed as a unique open nanotechnology facility. He is also co-directing the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, among MIT's largest sponsored programs. Prior to joining the School of Engineering leadership Vladimir directed the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories, which during his tenure grew to support over 700 investigators and $80M of research programs from across the Institute. His research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and inorganic nanostructured films and structures and their applications in novel optoelectronic devices. His academic papers have been cited over 10,000 times, while his 60 U.S. patents and numerous patent disclosures have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. A practicing entrepreneur, Vladimir is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Lexington MA, which is manufacturing quantum dot optoelectronic components; Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA, which is focused on development of printed organic electronics; and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. These start-ups presently employ over 200 researchers in the U.S. and a similar number of employees abroad.
Vladimir received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where his academic work and patents contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award, and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching. Recognized as an authority in the field of applied nanotechnology, Vladimir was named to the Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, honoring his contribution to energy education, which led to the launch of the MIT Energy Studies minor, the first academic program that spans all five schools at MIT. In 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition. Most recently, Vladimir was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network and the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer in recognition for his continued contribution to innovation of practical applied nanotechnologies.
John E. Fernández
Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John E. Fernández ‘85 is the Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT, a professor of building technology in the Department of Architecture, and a practicing architect.  Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group, a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the resource intensity of cities and design and technology pathways for future urbanization. He is author of two books, numerous articles in scientific and design journals including Science, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Building and Environment, Energy Policy and others, and author of nine book chapters. He is Chair of Sustainable Urban Systems for the International Society of Industrial Ecology and Associate Editor of the journal Sustainable Cities and Society.  Fernández served as Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture from 2010 to 2015 and as the Director of the International Design Center at MIT from 2012 to 2015.  He previously served as the Director of Research for Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program.

Fernández is a member of the Board for New Ecology, Inc., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.  At MIT, Fernández serves on the Committee on the Innovation Initiative, the Faculty Policy Committee, and the Institute Planning Committee, as well as the Campus Sustainability Task Force, the MIT Materials and Waste Management Working Group, and the Metropolitan Warehouse Advisory Group. Fernández is Housemaster for MIT’s Baker House.

Fernández has served on several National Science Foundation Review Panels, as a member of the Department of Energy Roadmap 2020 Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science. He also served as a member of the Research Committee of the United States Green Building Council.  Fernández has participated in the launch of two startup companies in the past 5 years.  With his partner and wife, Malvina Lampietti, Fernández has been designer of more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction. As senior designer in two major New York City architecture firms Fernández led the design and construction of major commercial, institutional, and residential buildings in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Jakarta, Tokyo, Shanghai, and other locations.
Jason Jay
Senior Lecturer and Director, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. In this capacity, he directs the strategy and implementation of the School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, coordinating a vibrant Sustainability Certificate program for qualified Masters’ students, and supporting sustainability related research from all management disciplines. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. Dr. Jay co-teaches the flagship course series Strategies for Sustainable Business and Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT, and conducts research on hybrid organizations and the pitfalls and pathways of sustainability leadership.
10:00
Sustainability Oriented Leadership
What is required of leaders in order to drive sustainability oriented innovation? This question will be answered by industry leaders in sustainability and innovation, who will discuss the role of strong leadership in breaking the tradeoffs between performance and sustainability.
Michael Davies
Senior Lecturer, MIT Engineering Systems Division
Michael A M Davies is Chairman of Endeavour Partners. He founded the firm in 2003 to fill the need for strategy consulting explicitly for mobile and digital business and technology decisions. Since Endeavour’s founding, Michael has helped device manufacturers, service providers, and infrastructure providers make strategic decisions and drive innovation. He also works with financial investors and executives in sectors that are increasingly impacted by mobile and digital technology, including retail, healthcare, media and transportation. In addition, he served as Expert Witness for the Department of Justice in the anti-trust investigation of the AT&T and T Mobile merger.

Michael has deep business and technology expertise in mobile and digital domains. He is an expert in technology and business ecosystems, competition and collaboration, and the management of innovation. Prior to founding Endeavour Partners, Michael held executive and strategic advisory roles with leading firms including Boston Consulting Group, BellSouth International, Braxton Associates, GeoPartners Research and Mars Electronics. He has also been an entrepreneur, including pioneering the first global system for a mobile communication business outside Europe and the first personal digital assistant with digital connectivity (a predecessor to the modern smartphone).

In addition to his role at Endeavour Partners, Michael is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Guest Lecturer at the London Business School. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and the University of Durham.
Paula J. Loomis
Deputy Civil Engineer, U.S. Coast Guard
Paula J. Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, AICP, LEED BD&C is the Deputy Civil Engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard responsible for planning, programming, design, construction and operation of approximately 42,000 assets at over 2000 sites worth $18 billion including master planning, programming, budgeting, funding, design, construction, and operations as well as manpower and resources for civil engineering support. She leads the career fields of planning, architecture, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering for the civilian force across the Coast Guard.

Dr Loomis has responsibility to plan for how Coast Guard facilities will respond to climate change. Her team has begun a Coast Guard-wide vulnerability study with follow-on strategic planning to determine where the Coast Guard should be and how their facilities should be configured to confront change while accomplishing the CG mission and coordinating with local communities. Prior to the Coast Guard Dr Loomis was the Sustainability Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) worldwide in their Engineering and Construction section, responsible for providing sustainable design technical support and training for both the military programs and civil works programs.

She has 35 years with the Air Force (AF), Army, Navy, and General Services Administration. She was the Command Architect for Air Combat Command and Deputy in the AF’s Base Transition Office for Base Realignment and Closure 2005. She is a retired Air Force Colonel. In the private sector, she started the EDAW Virginia Beach office and taught architecture at Hampton University.

She holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Construction Management, Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy with an emphasis in Economics.

Dr Loomis is has served at many levels in American Institute of Architect (AIA) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) including the AIA National Board of Directors. She is currently on the National AIA Strategic Council and will be on the SAME National Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in both organizations.
Sophia Mendelsohn
Head of Sustainability, JetBlue Airways
Sophia Mendelsohn is currently the Head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways, where she is shaping policies and practices that enhance JetBlue’s competitive advantage and reduce environmental impact. Prior to JetBlue, Sophia was Head of Sustainability, Emerging Markets for Haworth Inc., a multinational manufacturer in the corporate real estate industry. At Haworth, she was responsible for increasing sustainable product offerings in emerging markets, including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Previously, Sophia worked for the Jane Goodall Institute, and international NGO, in Shanghai, China helping spread education about the environment to local and international schools in China. She managed a program called Eco Office, which helped partner corporations with local students in order to reduce the footprint of both offices and schools. Sophia sits on the board of GIGA, a Shanghai based NGO whose mission is to promote green building materials and transparency in the construction and design industry.

Sophia is accredited in the Leadership in Energy Environment and Design (LEED) green building rating system and certified to perform Life Cycle Amylases (LCA) and lead Global Reporting Imitative (GRI) reports. She speaks, reads and writes Mandarin, and lived in China for more than 7 years and is a passionate rock climber and traveler.
Kathrin Winkler
Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC
Transforming corporate mindsets about Sustainability has been both a personal and professional journey for Kathrin Winkler, who is Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer for EMC Corporation. As CSO for the world’s leader in cloud computing, Winkler provides the vision, strategy and leadership for EMC’s global sustainability initiatives. She chairs and collaborates with a virtual cross-functional team comprising EMC's Sustainability Leadership Council to integrate sustainability principles into the corporate culture, the business strategy, and day-to-day operations.
Winkler’s passion in such topics as Sustainability in the Cloud, Sustainability Governance Models, and Sustainability as a Cultural Norm, has made her a frequent guest speaker in many forums. In 2010, she appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet to provide insight into how information technology is contributing to energy efficiency.

Winkler founded EMC’s Engineering Green Team and its Design for Environment program while Senior Director with the Hardware Engineering Group. Prior to joining EMC in 2003, Winkler held senior consultant and technical leadership positions at Renaissance Worldwide and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Winkler is a Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and NetImpact, a nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. She also serves on the External Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. In 2014, she was honored with the Anita Borg Institute 2014 Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in recognition of her contributions to innovation, leadership, and sustainability in the field of information technology.
Hans-Aloys Wischmann
Head of Philips Research North America, Philips Research
Hans-Aloys Wischmann was born in Germany, enjoyed a few years as a child in New York, studied Physics in Cologne and Lyon, and joined Philips almost 25 years ago, immediately after receiving his PhD. He has held a variety of positions within research, the healthcare business, and the CTO office. As the Head of Philips Research North America, together with his team, he has moved the lab in 2015 from Briarcliff Manor, NY, to Cambridge, MA – and is now looking forward to building collaborations and partnerships in this fascinating and vibrant health-tech ecosystem.
11:00
Coffee Break
11:15
Structured Networking Workshop
This session will be split into three, 15 minute blocks. During each block, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions based on a series of topics related to sustainability oriented innovation. Attendees can rotate between differently themed panels for each of the three, 15 minute blocks.

Topics will include:
- Precision Ag
- Biologicals
- Alternative Protein
- Venture Capital
- Corporate Funds
- Crowdfunding
- Climate Policy
- Circular Economy
- Sharing Economy
- Electric Vehicles
- Biofuels
- Public Transportation Infrastructure
- Desalination
- Water Reuse
- Nano materials
- Built Environment
- University Sustainability (Sponsored by Leadership Sponsor, MIT Office of Sustainability and In Kind Sponsor, TU Delft)
- Advanced Manufacturing (Sponsored by Leadership Sponsor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering)
- Renewable Energy
- Energy Efficiency
12:00
Lunch
13:00
Utilizing Sustainability as a Driver of Corporate Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

It is commonly perceived that sustainability goes against the interests of business. This panel, however, explores how companies can successfully incorporate sustainability into their business practice and establish infrastructure and mechanisms for sustainability-oriented innovation, as well as the challenges and lessons that have been identified in the pursuit of corporate sustainability.
Daniel Aronson
Founder, SustainabilityOS
Daniel Aronson is the founder of SustainablityOS, which creates tools and resources to make sustainability activities 95% faster. Daniel has been researching, writing, and consulting on the environment, social responsibility, and innovation for over 20 years. During his consulting career, he has led sustainability strategy consulting for Deloitte and IBM and has worked with global sustainability and responsibility leaders in apparel, health care, telecommunications, high technology, and many other industries.

Daniel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School's class on strategic corporate citizenship and MIT’s Sustainability Lab, and has also authored and been interviewed for numerous publications (examples include how sustainability drives innovation, the sustainable value chain practices that lead to success, and ‘hard wiring’ sustainability into organizations).

He has also:
 Conducted the first research that examined which sustainable value chain practices actually work, made it possible for cities to set science-based carbon targets in hours instead of months
 Created much more sophisticated frameworks for types of sustainability-related customer-product fit (two dozen) and risk (1,000 distinct ones)
 Quantified (for the first time) the effect of sustainability leadership on innovation
 Cataloged dozens of different sustainability techniques (and their pros and cons), from common (e.g., substitution) to rare (e.g., transport-to-trade).

He serves on two board committees of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as a member of the Social Responsibility Advisory Board of the American Society for Quality, the US home for ISO 26000.

Daniel holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a BA with High Honors from UC Berkeley. He lives in the New York City area.

Representative clients: Nike, Johnson & Johnson (ranked #3 by CR Magazine), Autodesk (named #1 by Climate Counts), Interface (#3 globally according to GlobeScan) and Philips (#1 in the DJSI’s ranking of Industrial Conglomerates).
Tom Carpenter
Director of Sustainability Services, Waste Management
Tom Carpenter is the Executive Director of Sustainability Services for Waste Management. Since joining the company in 2000, he has collaborated with clients to drive creative solutions around materials, the supply chain and sustainability. Tom helped launch Waste Management Sustainability Services, a consulting group that provides executive level advisory services and sustainable innovation practices to organizations, communities and corporations.

Tom earned a MBA from Colorado Technical University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Trine University. He has served as a guest lecturer and presented at over 40 institutions and industry conferences, and has served on advisory boards including Keep America Beautiful, The Sustainability Consortium and NEIGBC.
Erin O’Driscoll
Global Ventures and Business Development Director , Dow Chemical
Erin O’Driscoll is Global Ventures and Business Development Director for Dow Chemical.

Erin manages a portfolio of internal and external growth projects prioritized across Dow Businesses that support corporate strategy and enable transformation.

Erin’s has been involved in new business development at Dow for over 25 years in both R&D and commercial roles.  She has lead efforts from early stage product inception through commercialization in a wide variety of technologies including renewable feedstocks, cellulosic derivatives, lithium ion batteries and markets including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and energy storage.
Erin received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Colorado-Boulder and her BS in Chemistry from Boston College.
Asheen Phansey
Sustainability Lead, High Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes
Asheen has served in various roles as a corporate sustainability leader at Dassault Systèmes since 2010, including product manager for the SOLIDWORKS brand, global head of its Sustainable Innovation Lab, and now sustainability lead for the High Tech industry. Dassault Systèmes is a $3B software company that provides businesses and people with 3D modeling apps and experiences to harmonize product, nature, and life.

Asheen lectures or advises students at Babson College and Harvard University, serves on Net Impact’s Advisory Council, and ranks as one of the most influential social media thought leaders in corporate sustainability (@asheen). In his ample remaining spare time, he enjoys learning languages and running (sometimes after his young kids). Asheen has experience in the biotech and aerospace industries, and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He doesn’t really believe that anyone reads conference bios; if you’ve read this far, he’ll buy you a drink.
Matthew Swibel
Director, Corporate Sustainability, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Matthew Swibel has worked every facet of the sustainability and communications profession over a nearly 15-year career, from award-winning journalist to lead communicator for a 6,000-employee segment of a Fortune 60 company to founding director of a corporate sustainability team.

In Matt’s current role, he leads the Corporation’s sustainability program, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He chairs the cross-functional Sustainability Working Group and serves as Secretary of the Corporate Sustainability Council, led by VP Leo Mackay. In 2012, he led the Corporation’s inaugural Sustainability Report and, in 2013, its first formal stakeholder engagement sessions and issues assessment.

From 2008 to 2012, Matt was Director of Enterprise Communications, where he led a team supporting the principal executive for several corporate headquarters functions including the CFO, CIO and SVP-Supply Chain. In this role, he oversaw multiple aspects of communications including employee and supplier engagement, Executive Office of the Chairman support, advertising and outreach to investors and financial/environmental media.

Matt spent almost a decade as a journalist, most recently as Associate Editor of Forbes, where he was recognized by the Overseas Press Club for his business reporting from abroad, co-edited the World Billionaires issue and traveled with the U.S. Secretary of State. Prior to Forbes, he was a staff reporter at Washington Business Journal, where his coverage of marketing and web-based political fundraising each earned Maryland-DC-Delaware and Virginia Press Association awards. He taught as an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Communications from 2005 to 2008.

Matt graduated cum laude from American University (DC) with degrees in Communications and Sociology and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Matt volunteers with religious and education organizations in Montgomery County, Md. He is a board member of New York-based Cornerstone Capital.
13:00
Alternative financing: How can SOI be funded beyond VC?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on SOI venture financing. The panel brings together several prominent investors and entrepreneurs that work directly in the financing of startup companies. They will cover the angel, corporate, nonprofit, venture capitalist, and crowdfunding perspectives of SOI financing.
Swati Chaturvedi
CEO and Co-founder, Propel(x)
Swati Chaturvedi is the CEO and co-founder of Propel(x) - an innovative investment platform for early stage, deep technology startups. Propel(x) enables angel investors to discover ground-breaking technology startups, access experts, customers and management to evaluate these companies, and meaningfully participate in the investment opportunity via small ticket sizes. 

Swati is also the founder of the MIT Alumni Angel Investors group of Northern California, which now has over 300 members and is one of the most active groups in the region. This was the first angel group for MIT alumni that has inspired chapters in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. Swati has an MS and an MBA from MIT, as well as an MS from UC Berkeley.
Temple Fennell
Private Markets Consultant, Flagship Ventures
Temple has more than 20 years of experience in operating businesses, direct investing, corporate finance and project finance for early-stage and growth companies. Temple is on the board of the Single Family Office, Keller Enterprises LLC, an active investor in the clean energy and sustainable agriculture/food sectors. He is a Strategic Advisor for Flagship Ventures and advises members of the Venture Capital and VentureLabs management teams with a particular focus on the Sustainability portfolio including sustainable food/ag, animal/human nutrition, renewable fuels and water.
Daniel Goldman
President and Chief Financial Officer, GreatPoint Energy
Daniel Goldman has over 25 years of energy industry experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, project development as well as private equity/asset investment and early stage venture investing. In addition to co-founding CEVG, he is currently the president and chief financial officer of GreatPoint Energy, a clean energy gasification company which has raised over $285M from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Citi, Dow Chemical and Wanxiang. He received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and is the current Chairman of the Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
Sarah Kearney
Executive Director, PRIME Coalition
Sarah Kearney serves as Executive Director of PRIME Coalition, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower foundations and families with the critical tools they need to invest in market-based solutions to climate change. Before PRIME, Sarah served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Chesonis Family Foundation, a grantmaking organization that supports transformational energy innovation. Based on her work, Sarah has been inducted into the Raven Society at the University of Virginia, and awarded the 2012 MIT Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award, 2014 Caltech Resonate Award, 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, and the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurs. Sarah holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. She serves on the board for Saha Global, which empowers women to start civil services businesses in Sub Saharan Africa.
Steve Taub
Senior Director of Advanced Manufacturing, GE Ventures
Steve Taub focuses his time on venture investments in the advanced manufacturing space, including areas such as 3D printing, robotics, and “smart manufacturing” software and analytics. He was previously part of the Energy Ventures team where he led GE’s investments in Ioxus, 1366 Technologies, GMZ Energy, and Arctic Sand. Steve joined GE in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Investment Strategy at GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE Capital. Earlier in his career he created and led the electric power technology research practice at IHS-CERA, and he has also worked at U.S. Department of Energy and Northrup Grumman Corp. Steve earned a master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. Originally from Long Island NY, Steve has lived in the Boston area since 1997.
13:00
Taking the First Steps: Early Visions to Scalable Prototypes

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

This panel is the first in a series exploring different stages of sustainability-oriented innovation — from the lab to prototype, from prototype to pilot, and from pilot to market. Focusing on innovations’ origins, this conversation will explore how inventors identify need and opportunity, develop SOI in the lab, and push SOI forward into the prototype stage.
Zach Armen
Senior Associate, Flagship Ventures
Zack joined Flagship in 2015 as a Senior Associate and focuses on sustainability and life sciences investments with a special interest in the agricultural sector.

Prior to joining Flagship, Zack spent six years at Goldman Sachs & Co. as an analyst and associate on the Private Banking management team in the Private Wealth Management division where he helped build the bank lending and cash management business from inception to over $10B in loan commitments.

Zack has been actively involved in volunteer work with the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), where he helped found NextGen, a committee of young professionals in the greater NYC area dedicated to generating awareness and fundraising for the charity. Zack's family owns an organic produce farm in Lincolnville, ME, which has spurred his interest in food, agriculture, and sustainability. Zack graduated with a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Johns Hopkins University and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan.
John Harthorne
Founder & CEO, MassChallenge
John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. To date, 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.1 billion and created over 6,500 jobs. John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT.
Brian Mayers
CEO, Nano Terra
Brian Mayers has been with Nano Terra Inc for 10 years, first as Scientist, now as CEO. Nano Terra is a product- and technology-development company – founded by Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University – whose objective is to help businesses create new products with differentiated technology. In our co-development programs, we focus on bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace. We provide rapid, flexible, world-class resources to engage in ideation, design, proof-of-concept, testing, and commercialization support. In this way, we play the role of “Accelerator” for many of our customers.

Dr. Mayers has helped create a company with a reputation for scientific excellence and rapid innovation for its customers. He has a passion for seeing new technology travel from the bench to economically viable products. Prior to joining Nano Terra Dr. Mayers worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Nano Terra’s Co-Founder, Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. Dr. Mayers earned a BA in Chemistry and Computer Science at Wesleyan University, and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Mayers holds 5 US patents and has authored 30 publications.
Matt Tortora
Chef, Co-Founder and CEO, Crave Food Services
Matt is the Founder and CEO of Crave Food Services, a food system consulting and technology company made up of a team of talented food professionals with over 100 years of experience as chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, managers, and veterans in the Greater New England Food System. Matt decided to become a chef, after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Missile Technician, shortly after the ‘farm­-to-­table’ movement began to mold the way we eat. He learned firsthand how to find and work with the best ingredients available locally. However, sourcing from as many as 20 local producers on a daily basis quickly became more of a full­-time job than actually cooking the food. Still the demand grew louder, consumers demanded fresh; they demanded to know where their food was coming from. As Matt struggled to keep up, he had an idea: build a tool using today’s technology to help streamline and organize local wholesale purchasing operations. He sought out dozens of local farmers and other chefs to better understand this complex problem and quickly realized that farmers, like chefs, had limited resources and were also struggling to keep pace with the consumer demand. Shortly after, Matt met his co-founder, Will Araújo, they joined forces and built a prototype over the next several months to test what they had learned. Today WhatsGood has grown into a platform present in over 13 states with several hundred users.
14:00
Break
14:15
Building Business Models that Enable Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

The need for sustainability opens up doors to new ideas and new ways to think about business. This panels explores companies that utilize entirely new business models that help them to advance through sustainability-oriented innovation.
Frank Gorke
Senior Director of Sales, Opower
Andrew Savitz
Principal, Sustainable Business Strategies
Andrew Savitz is a Principal at Sustainable Business Strategies, an independent consultancy located in Boston, Massachusetts. He was formerly a lead Partner in the Environmental and Sustainability Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). He is the author of the widely acclaimed book The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best-Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too (Wiley, August 2006, 2013). Andy's second book, Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line: How Companies Can Leverage Human Resources to Achieve Sustainable Growth (Wiley, 2013) presents a new, powerful case for employee engagement and is a call to action and guidebook for HR professionals. Andy has worked closely with many organizations to help them find their Sustainability Sweet Spots and to embed sustainability in their operational and employee life-cycle processes. Savitz is the founding Chair of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University, attended New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Georgetown University Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. Andy is a life-long resident of Massachusetts. Despite everything, he remains a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox.
Dr. Matthew Silver
Founder and CEO, Cambrian Innovation
Dr. Matthew Silver has more than 14 years of experience in technology, commercialization, innovation strategy and engineering design. He has played a key role in building Cambrian’s underlying technology and in guiding the firm to successfully penetrate and scale in commercial markets. Dr. Silver holds three advanced degrees from MIT – M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Technology; M.S. in Technology and Policy; PhD in Engineering Systems. Dr. Silver has published over 15 academic publications and testified before the United States Senate on the government’s role in early stage innovation.
Chris Taylor
General Manager of the Boston Area, Uber
14:15
Assessing the ROI of Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: What are the metrics?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on the metrics of SOI investment. The panel includes professionals from companies large and small and that specialize in environmental footprint and social handprint. They will discuss the multi-faceted investment returns generated by impact- and sustainability-oriented investments.
Catherine Benoit
VP Social Sustainability, New Earth
Dr. Catherine Benoit Norris, VP Social Sustainability at New Earth, co-created the first database for Social LCA, the Social Hotspots Database used by over 200 organizations including Google, Volkswagen, Arcelor Mittal, BASF and BMW. She directed and coordinated research for leading sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium) and edited or co-edited seminal publications on Social LCA for the United Nations Environment Program Life Cycle Initiative. Catherine also has years of expertise, deep engagement and leadership in international sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders (GSCP, SPLC, GISR, SAC, UNEP Life Cycle Initiative). Catherine teaches about social responsibility in product supply chains at Harvard Extension School.
F. Charles Goodwin
Managing Director and Head of Public Finance, BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC
F. Charles Goodwin is a Managing Director and the head of Public Finance for BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, a position he has held since 2012. In addition to his management responsibilities, Charlie specializes in working with governmental, non-profit organizations and certain project finance clients. He has been active with innovative socially responsible investments for a variety of issuers including ImpactAssets, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, Texas Water Development Board, the Children’s Institute, Residential Resources, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Williams College and has taken the Series 7, 50 (certification pending) 52, 53 and 63 licensing examinations.
Allen L. White
Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute
Dr. Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, USA, and directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative (www.globalreporting.org) and served as its Acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is Director of Corporation 20/20 (www.corporation2020.org ), an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. He also is Founder and Acting Chair of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (www.ratesustainability.org) and co-edits the Great Transition Initiative online journal (www.greattransition.org). His publications and speaking address issues of corporate purpose, design and governance in the context of global change, as well as innovation in sustainability performance measurement and ratings.
Hilary Young
Account Manager, Trucost
Hilary joined Trucost in 2015 and is responsible for managing corporate client relationships and business development in North America. Prior to Trucost, she worked on UL Environment’s Advisory Services team, developing enterprise-level sustainability solutions for clients in a number of sectors, with a focus on building sustainable supply chains. She has also worked for the UN Development Programme’s Bureau of Development Policy, in their Sustainable Energy Programme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.
Christina Zimmerman
Managing Director & ESG Strategist, Wellington Management Companies, LLP
Christina is a pioneer in the field of ESG research. She currently leads ESG strategy at Wellington Management Company, a $900 billion investment firm, where she and her research team help identify and assess environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks within investable companies alongside Wellington’s portfolio managers. She oversees investment integration of her team’s ESG research and ratings, used by over three hundred Wellington portfolio managers and analysts. As the firm’s designated thought leader and sought after expert on ESG integration, Christina also plays a key role educating clients across the globe about how to incorporate ESG issues into their investment plans.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2011, Christina worked as the manager of Public Policy and UN Engagements at the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in New York. As one of the PRI’s first employees, Christina played a key role growing the organization which now includes 1,500 signatories representing over $59 trillion in assets under management. While at the PRI, Christina spearheaded the Sustainable Stock Exchanges, an initiative which was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “World’s Best Sustainability Ideas”.

Christina is currently an executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is continuing to pursue her passion for transforming corporate sustainability and exerting her influence over the next generation of emerging innovators and leaders. Christina holds a BS in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
14:15
Breaking through, moving forward, and stepping into markets

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

This panel is the second in a series exploring the different stages of sustainability-oriented innovations. The conversation will focus on what it takes for innovators to move an idea from bench scale to pilot scale, and to prepare for market launch.
Mark Barnett
Co-Chair of Energy & Cleantech Industry Group; Head of Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development Practice, Foley Hoag
Mark Barnett co‐chairs Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech Industry Group and heads up the firm’s Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development Practice.  He works closely with clients developing innovative technologies and business approaches to solving energy and sustainability challenges, advising these emerging and high growth companies in all aspects of strategic development, financings and acquisitions, intellectual property and industry-specific regulatory and policy matters.
 
Mark advises leading U.S. organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund and Ceres on clean
energy policy and climate mitigation investment strategies, and serves as primary pro bono counsel to
the PRIME Coalition, recently recognized by the White House for its efforts to increase the flow of
philanthropic dollars into the early stage clean technology arena.
 
Mark’s prior experience includes time in government as counsel to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
(now the Connecticut Green Bank) and as VP Business Development & General Counsel at Sun Catalytix
Corporation, a grid‐scale energy storage company acquired by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2014.
Adam Rein
Managing Director, MissionPoint Partners
Adam Rein is a Managing Director at MissionPoint Partners, an environmental impact investment manager and advisor, where he helps lead direct investment origination, portfolio management, and broader impact investment strategy. In 2010, Adam co-founded Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT to bring low cost wind energy and telecommunications to the developing world. Adam is also a co-founder of Greentown Labs, the country's largest clean technology incubator. Previously Adam worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Adam has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Yale University.
Sara Ross
CEO, Sungage Financial
Sara Ross is the CEO of Sungage Financial, a company she founded to build a more affordable, sustainable, and enjoyable path to solar ownership for as many homeowners as possible. The inspiration for the company came from Sara's own experience installing solar on her 100-year old farmhouse in Massachusetts. Through that process, Sara experienced firsthand the need to develop consumer-friendly financing solutions that could be deployed with ease into the marketplace. Sara's voice was one of the first to argue that consumer preferences would shift away from third-party ownership and toward direct ownership of solar assets, a trend now well underway. Under her leadership, Sungage has grown to be one of leading clean energy companies in Massachusetts and received a SunShot grant for its contribution to reducing soft costs. Prior to Sungage, Sara was a policy and economic analyst for the City of New York, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates. She holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School and is the mother of two children.
Daniel Solomita
Founder and CEO, Loop Industries
Daniel Solomita, CEO of Loop Industries Inc., has been involved in the plastic recycling business since 2009, successfully developing landfill remediation projects across North America with industry leaders such as Invista, Dupont, and Ascend performance materials. He also developed a successful plastic trading business, working with recycling partners from around the globe including Vietnam, Hong Kong, Germany and mainland China.

As CEO and founder of Loop Industries Inc., Daniel leads all functions of the company, including R&D and Engineering, with the aim deploying our core expertize in depolymerization globally and create a global circular economy for plastics.

Daniel attended Concordia University in Montreal Canada. In 1999, he completed a degree in Microsoft Systems Engineering and Veritas Architecture before going to work for Bell Canada. After leaving Bell Canada, he entered into the plastic recycling industry.
Frank van Mierlo
CEO, 1366 Technologies
Frank van Mierlo is the CEO of 1366 Technologies, a solar technology company he started together with a team of engineers from RPI and MIT in 2008. The goal of 1366 Technologies is to make silicon based solar competitive with coal generated electricity. 1366 has developed a new wafer manufacturing process that cuts the cost of the silicon wafer in half and eliminates 2/3 of the energy needed to make the wafer. Modules manufactured with wafers from 1366 demonstration factory have been installed in Japan, Germany and the US.
Van Mierlo’s previous venture was Bluefin Robotics Corp., a company that enjoyed double digit growth and was always profitable under his leadership. Bluefin became the leading robotics company in its field and is known for its technical competence and a customer-centric approach. The company maintained a strong balance sheet, a healthy cash flow and a team of highly qualified engineers. In May 2005 the company was sold to Battelle.
Frank holds engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford and a business degree from INSEAD.
15:15
Break
15:30
Integrating SOI Into New Product Design and Development

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

This panel will focus on strategies- successful and unsuccessful- to incorporate sustainability into new product design and development. It will explore the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to embed sustainability-oriented innovation into design, including infrastructure development and organizational processes.
Jason Jay
Senior Lecturer and Director, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. In this capacity, he directs the strategy and implementation of the School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, coordinating a vibrant Sustainability Certificate program for qualified Masters’ students, and supporting sustainability related research from all management disciplines. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. Dr. Jay co-teaches the flagship course series Strategies for Sustainable Business and Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT, and conducts research on hybrid organizations and the pitfalls and pathways of sustainability leadership.
Johanna Jobin
Director of Global EHS and Sustainability, Biogen
Prior to her current role at Biogen, Johanna held the roles of Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community affairs, Director of Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability Programs Manager at EMD Millipore.
Jonathan Maher
VP of CSR and Sustainability, L'Oreal
Jonathan has been with L’Oreal for over five years, first as the global head of issues management and today as the VP CSR & Sustainability for L’Oreal USA. His role is to pilot the company’s sustainability strategy Sharing Beauty with All in the USA, in coordination with their laboratories, manufacturing, purchasing, product design & brand marketing teams.

A graduate from Sciences Po Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School, Jonathan worked previously at Société Générale, La Caisse des Dépôts and the French Railway Network (RFF).
Libby Wayman
Global Director of Innovation, Ecomagination, General Electric Company
Libby Wayman is the Global Director of Innovation for Ecomagination. In this role, Libby is responsible for driving cleaner technology and business model innovation, working across GE, with strategic partners, and the broader entrepreneur and research community.

Prior to this role, Libby served at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Senior Advisor and the Founding Director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, where she was responsible for developing the Department’s strategy for innovation in manufacturing technology to grow the U.S. clean energy economy and advance progress toward the nation’s energy goals. This initiative included launching the U.S. Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation; and resulted in new research and development on advanced manufacturing, high performance computing, and advanced materials manufacturing.

At the start of her career, Ms. Wayman founded and served on the board for energy technology ventures started out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She later joined SunPower Corporation to develop new products for the utility scale solar industry, and helped build Sequoia Capital’s Alion Energy.

Ms. Wayman earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she developed computational dynamic analysis methods and co-founded the MIT Energy Club, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT where she studied global environmental systems and focused on technology to address environmental challenges. Ms. Wayman has published on energy markets and technology, and holds several patents in energy technology.
15:30
Supporting Policy Levers: What are the Incentives for Sustainability-Oriented Innovation?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on public policy driving SOI. The panel features leading organizations and voices that are shaping regulation and enacting it. They will touch on the role of government and regulation in driving entrepreneurship and investment into SOI.
Alison Ernst
Senior Manager of Investments, MassCEC
Alison currently works at the MassCEC as a Senior Manager of Investments, where she evaluates clean technology start-ups for equity and debt investment across all sectors of the cleantech industry. Alison is also the MassCEC Program Manager for the Catalyst Program, which provides grants for prototype development, and the AmplifyMass Program, which provides cost share for ARPA-E recipients in MA. Prior to her time at MassCEC, Alison worked as an engineer developing, designing, and constructing utility-scale power plants at an independent power producer, completing projects in the wind, solar, biomass, and natural gas sectors. Alison holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSME from Duke University.
Anne Kelly
Senior Director of the Policy Program, Ceres
Anne L. Kelly is Senior Director of the Policy Program at Ceres, a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a more sustainable global economy.  Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of 38 leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level.  She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.
David Miller
Founder and Executive Managing Director, CEVG
Founder and Executive Managing Director of CEVG. An engineer by training, he brings over twenty years of technology startup management experience and over fifteen years of seed stage investing experience. He has been on the board of directors or advisory board of several clean energy companies, including Next Step Living, MyEnergy, Azima DLI, and Cambrian Innovation and has mentored many others. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment. He also has an appointment as Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
John Sterman
Director, MIT System Dynamics Group
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics. Prof. Sterman's research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations, universities and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world. Prof. Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, won an IBM Faculty Award, won the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of the MIT Sloan School's "Outstanding Faculty" by the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on public television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, Business Week, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.
Jason Wible
Technology-to-Market Advisor, ARPA-E
Jason Wible is a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he helps transition breakthrough energy technologies from lab to market. He is responsible for leading the commercialization strategy for the Reducing Emissions through Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE) and other ARPA-E programs relevant to the oil and natural gas industries. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Wible served as a principal at a technology startup company from 2009 to 2013. From 2000 to 2009, Wible worked at Schlumberger, an oil and gas services company. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Wible earned both a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Honors, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.
15:30
Fostering Scale and Success for People and the Planet

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

The final panel discussing the different stages of sustainability-oriented innovation, this conversation will focus on how entrepreneurs create new infrastructure, or leverage existing infrastructure, to achieve wide market diffusion. Panelists from multiple industries will reflect on elements critical to success as well as common barriers, and how a sustainability focus factors into these opportunities and challenges.
Dave Bend
Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs
Dave Bend leads Nest's energy partnership efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, focusing on developing Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings with utility partners. Prior to joining Nest, Dave worked in the utility industry for a number of years, first at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and later leading Opower's program delivery for the Eastern United States and Canada. Dave holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a MS from Johns Hopkins University and a BA with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis.
Timothy Ericson
Co-founder and CEO, Zagster
Tim co-founded Zagster in 2007, after being inspired by the launch of the Velib’ bike sharing service in Paris. He merged his background in corporate IT at a Fortune 500 company with his passion for biking to create a company that now leverages technology to make bikes accessible to hundreds of thousands of Americans in more than 30 cities in more than 20 states. Zagster is the leading provider of turnkey, hosted bike share services to corporations (General Motors, Quicken Loans, DTE Energy, Samsung); Universities (Duke, Yale, Princeton, Santa Clara); hotels (Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons); and real estate (Related, Domain Companies, Novare Group, Irvine Companies).

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Legal Studies from Drexel University, where he received the Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award. He has never owned car and prefers bicycling and riding public transportation everywhere he can.
Eric Fleet
Co-founder and Men’s Creative Director, Threads 4 Thought
Eric Fleet is the Co-Founder and Men’s Creative Director of Threads 4 Thought, a sustainable fashion brand for men & women. Eric came up with the concept for Threads 4 Thought during his time at Muhlenberg College, where he studied Business. In 2007, with the help of his now wife Leigh, Eric launched Threads 4 Thought. Starting as conscious tees with messages devoted to causes, the brand has now expanded to a whole line of ethically and sustainably made clothing for men and women. In addition to providing high quality products to help improve the planet, Threads 4 Thought is also committed to giving back. Eric and the entire staff at Threads 4 Thought, works closely with the International Rescue Committee (the IRC) to help refugees around the world. Threads 4 Thought is headquarter in New York City, with offices also in Los Angeles and Kansas City.
Tod J. Hynes
Founder & President, XL Hybrids, Inc.
Tod Hynes started XL Hybrids to address one of the largest and most immediate challenges in energy – rapidly reducing dependence on petroleum for transportation. XL Hybrids has developed a proprietary hybrid electric powertrain which is cost effective for commercial fleets and can be installed in both new and existing vehicles in 4 hours. This hybrid powertrain is rapidly getting adopted by Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and FedEx. XL Hybrids has also developed an advanced telematics platform which wirelessly collects vehicle operational data to optimize the performance of hybrid technology in real world applications. Tod raised $25+M of equity and debt to fund the venture and assembled and manages a cross disciplinary team from MIT, GE, EnerNOC and other leading organizations.

Tod is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT. He teaches a graduate level course called Energy Ventures which brings together engineering, science, business, and policy students to form new energy companies. Companies from this class have gone on to raise tens of millions of dollars and ARPA-e funding. He also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize in 2007 which has received $1+M of funding from both NSTAR and the US Department of Energy (DOE) and acted as the basis for the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition which held its 2012 finals at the White House. Student teams from over 60 universities have competed in the MIT Clean Energy Prize, and many have gone on to raise $100+M of funding in aggregate. Tod is also on the Board of the MIT Energy Club.

Tod was the Director of Alternative Energy for Citizens Energy for 5 years and launched Citizens’ wind development business. He successfully developed and sold over 230 MW of wind projects, and directed project acquisition, development and operations. Prior to joining Citizens Energy, Tod was the Co-Founder of Strategic Energy Systems, a distributed power generation consulting and engineering services firm.  He was also the Co-Chair of the Energy Committee for CERC, the organization that “greened” the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and was on the steering committee of the Boston Climate Action Network from 2003 to 2008. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Management Science. 
Lisa Sebestsa
Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital, LLC
Lisa is Managing Partner at Fresh Source Capital, LLC, and a General Partner in Fresh Source Capital Fund 1. She is on the leadership team of Slow Money Boston and was member of Sprout Lenders, LLC. Prior to Fresh Source, Lisa served as a consultant and Senior Investor to the Fair Food Fund. She also spent 15 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Boston-based firms Batterymarch Financial Management and Boston Advisors.

Lisa holds an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross and earned her Masters at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is a CFA® Charterholder and member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.
16:30
Break
16:45
Beyond Green to Gold: The 21st Century Sustainability Innovation Imperative
Dan Esty
Hillhouse Professor, Yale University
Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and Environment (www.yale.edu/CBEY), which he founded in 2006. Professor Esty is the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, energy, and sustainability -- and their connections to policy, corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, performance measurement, and economic success. His prizewinning volume, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, has recently been named the top-selling “green business” book of the past decade.

From 2011 to early 2014, Professor Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for bringing fresh thinking to both energy and environmental policymaking, including such innovations as the launch of Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation Green Bank and a “LEAN” restructuring of all of Connecticut’s environmental permitting programs to make the state’s regulatory framework lighter, faster, more efficient, and effective. Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, he served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency (where he helped negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change) and was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC.
17:30
Networking
Friday 15 April 2016
08:00
Registration / Breakfast
09:00

Opening

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09:15

Tripod Keynote: Sustainability and Innovation at MIT

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10:00

Sustainability Oriented Leadership

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11:00
Coffee Break
11:15

Structured Networking Workshop

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12:00
Lunch
13:00

Utilizing Sustainability as a Driver of Corporate Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

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Alternative financing: How can SOI be funded beyond VC?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

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Taking the First Steps: Early Visions to Scalable Prototypes

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

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14:00
Break
14:15

Building Business Models that Enable Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

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Assessing the ROI of Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: What are the metrics?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

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Breaking through, moving forward, and stepping into markets

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

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15:15
Break
15:30

Integrating SOI Into New Product Design and Development

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

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Supporting Policy Levers: What are the Incentives for Sustainability-Oriented Innovation?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

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Fostering Scale and Success for People and the Planet

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

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16:30
Break
16:45

Beyond Green to Gold: The 21st Century Sustainability Innovation Imperative

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17:30
Networking


Session descriptions


Opening

John Sterman
DIRECTOR, MIT System Dynamics Group
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics. Prof. Sterman's research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations, universities and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world. Prof. Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, won an IBM Faculty Award, won the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of the MIT Sloan School's "Outstanding Faculty" by the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on public television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, Business Week, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.


Tripod Keynote: Sustainability and Innovation at MIT

This keynote will feature three leaders in sustainability and innovation at MIT. The three will discuss innovation at MIT and the challenges that universities face in accelerating innovation, the role of the university in catalyzing environmental solutions, and the power of integrating sustainability into processes of innovation and entrepreneurship. The keynote address will also focus in on some of the key stakeholders in SOI, including entrepreneurs, corporations, investors, and citizens.

Vladimir Bulović
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR INNOVATION; FARIBORZ MASEEH (1990) PROFESSOR OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGY; MACVICAR FACULTY FELLOW, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vladimir Bulović oversees a broad portfolio of efforts within the School of Engineering that support innovation and entrepreneurship. He co-directs the MIT Innovation Initiative and is the faculty leading the design and construction of MIT's new nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility.
Vladimir holds the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technology and directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics laboratory, which he developed as a unique open nanotechnology facility. He is also co-directing the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, among MIT's largest sponsored programs. Prior to joining the School of Engineering leadership Vladimir directed the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories, which during his tenure grew to support over 700 investigators and $80M of research programs from across the Institute. His research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and inorganic nanostructured films and structures and their applications in novel optoelectronic devices. His academic papers have been cited over 10,000 times, while his 60 U.S. patents and numerous patent disclosures have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. A practicing entrepreneur, Vladimir is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Lexington MA, which is manufacturing quantum dot optoelectronic components; Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA, which is focused on development of printed organic electronics; and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. These start-ups presently employ over 200 researchers in the U.S. and a similar number of employees abroad.
Vladimir received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where his academic work and patents contributed to the launch of the Universal Display Corporation and the Global Photonics Energy Corporation. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award, and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching. Recognized as an authority in the field of applied nanotechnology, Vladimir was named to the Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow, honoring his contribution to energy education, which led to the launch of the MIT Energy Studies minor, the first academic program that spans all five schools at MIT. In 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition. Most recently, Vladimir was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network and the Xerox Distinguished Lecturer in recognition for his continued contribution to innovation of practical applied nanotechnologies.


John E. Fernández
DIRECTOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John E. Fernández ‘85 is the Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative at MIT, a professor of building technology in the Department of Architecture, and a practicing architect.  Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group, a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the resource intensity of cities and design and technology pathways for future urbanization. He is author of two books, numerous articles in scientific and design journals including Science, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Building and Environment, Energy Policy and others, and author of nine book chapters. He is Chair of Sustainable Urban Systems for the International Society of Industrial Ecology and Associate Editor of the journal Sustainable Cities and Society.  Fernández served as Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture from 2010 to 2015 and as the Director of the International Design Center at MIT from 2012 to 2015.  He previously served as the Director of Research for Sustainable Energy Systems of the MIT Portugal Program.

Fernández is a member of the Board for New Ecology, Inc., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.  At MIT, Fernández serves on the Committee on the Innovation Initiative, the Faculty Policy Committee, and the Institute Planning Committee, as well as the Campus Sustainability Task Force, the MIT Materials and Waste Management Working Group, and the Metropolitan Warehouse Advisory Group. Fernández is Housemaster for MIT’s Baker House.

Fernández has served on several National Science Foundation Review Panels, as a member of the Department of Energy Roadmap 2020 Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Envelope Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Science. He also served as a member of the Research Committee of the United States Green Building Council.  Fernández has participated in the launch of two startup companies in the past 5 years.  With his partner and wife, Malvina Lampietti, Fernández has been designer of more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction. As senior designer in two major New York City architecture firms Fernández led the design and construction of major commercial, institutional, and residential buildings in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Jakarta, Tokyo, Shanghai, and other locations.


Jason Jay
SENIOR LECTURER AND DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. In this capacity, he directs the strategy and implementation of the School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, coordinating a vibrant Sustainability Certificate program for qualified Masters’ students, and supporting sustainability related research from all management disciplines. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. Dr. Jay co-teaches the flagship course series Strategies for Sustainable Business and Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT, and conducts research on hybrid organizations and the pitfalls and pathways of sustainability leadership.


Sustainability Oriented Leadership

What is required of leaders in order to drive sustainability oriented innovation? This question will be answered by industry leaders in sustainability and innovation, who will discuss the role of strong leadership in breaking the tradeoffs between performance and sustainability.

Michael Davies
SENIOR LECTURER, MIT Engineering Systems Division
Michael A M Davies is Chairman of Endeavour Partners. He founded the firm in 2003 to fill the need for strategy consulting explicitly for mobile and digital business and technology decisions. Since Endeavour’s founding, Michael has helped device manufacturers, service providers, and infrastructure providers make strategic decisions and drive innovation. He also works with financial investors and executives in sectors that are increasingly impacted by mobile and digital technology, including retail, healthcare, media and transportation. In addition, he served as Expert Witness for the Department of Justice in the anti-trust investigation of the AT&T and T Mobile merger.

Michael has deep business and technology expertise in mobile and digital domains. He is an expert in technology and business ecosystems, competition and collaboration, and the management of innovation. Prior to founding Endeavour Partners, Michael held executive and strategic advisory roles with leading firms including Boston Consulting Group, BellSouth International, Braxton Associates, GeoPartners Research and Mars Electronics. He has also been an entrepreneur, including pioneering the first global system for a mobile communication business outside Europe and the first personal digital assistant with digital connectivity (a predecessor to the modern smartphone).

In addition to his role at Endeavour Partners, Michael is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Guest Lecturer at the London Business School. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and the University of Durham.


Paula J. Loomis
DEPUTY CIVIL ENGINEER, U.S. Coast Guard
Paula J. Loomis, PhD, FAIA, FSAME, AICP, LEED BD&C is the Deputy Civil Engineer for the U.S. Coast Guard responsible for planning, programming, design, construction and operation of approximately 42,000 assets at over 2000 sites worth $18 billion including master planning, programming, budgeting, funding, design, construction, and operations as well as manpower and resources for civil engineering support. She leads the career fields of planning, architecture, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering for the civilian force across the Coast Guard.

Dr Loomis has responsibility to plan for how Coast Guard facilities will respond to climate change. Her team has begun a Coast Guard-wide vulnerability study with follow-on strategic planning to determine where the Coast Guard should be and how their facilities should be configured to confront change while accomplishing the CG mission and coordinating with local communities. Prior to the Coast Guard Dr Loomis was the Sustainability Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) worldwide in their Engineering and Construction section, responsible for providing sustainable design technical support and training for both the military programs and civil works programs.

She has 35 years with the Air Force (AF), Army, Navy, and General Services Administration. She was the Command Architect for Air Combat Command and Deputy in the AF’s Base Transition Office for Base Realignment and Closure 2005. She is a retired Air Force Colonel. In the private sector, she started the EDAW Virginia Beach office and taught architecture at Hampton University.

She holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Construction Management, Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy with an emphasis in Economics.

Dr Loomis is has served at many levels in American Institute of Architect (AIA) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) including the AIA National Board of Directors. She is currently on the National AIA Strategic Council and will be on the SAME National Board of Directors. She is a Fellow in both organizations.


Sophia Mendelsohn
HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, JetBlue Airways
Sophia Mendelsohn is currently the Head of Sustainability at JetBlue Airways, where she is shaping policies and practices that enhance JetBlue’s competitive advantage and reduce environmental impact. Prior to JetBlue, Sophia was Head of Sustainability, Emerging Markets for Haworth Inc., a multinational manufacturer in the corporate real estate industry. At Haworth, she was responsible for increasing sustainable product offerings in emerging markets, including Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Previously, Sophia worked for the Jane Goodall Institute, and international NGO, in Shanghai, China helping spread education about the environment to local and international schools in China. She managed a program called Eco Office, which helped partner corporations with local students in order to reduce the footprint of both offices and schools. Sophia sits on the board of GIGA, a Shanghai based NGO whose mission is to promote green building materials and transparency in the construction and design industry.

Sophia is accredited in the Leadership in Energy Environment and Design (LEED) green building rating system and certified to perform Life Cycle Amylases (LCA) and lead Global Reporting Imitative (GRI) reports. She speaks, reads and writes Mandarin, and lived in China for more than 7 years and is a passionate rock climber and traveler.


Kathrin Winkler
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY AND CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER, EMC
Transforming corporate mindsets about Sustainability has been both a personal and professional journey for Kathrin Winkler, who is Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer for EMC Corporation. As CSO for the world’s leader in cloud computing, Winkler provides the vision, strategy and leadership for EMC’s global sustainability initiatives. She chairs and collaborates with a virtual cross-functional team comprising EMC's Sustainability Leadership Council to integrate sustainability principles into the corporate culture, the business strategy, and day-to-day operations.
Winkler’s passion in such topics as Sustainability in the Cloud, Sustainability Governance Models, and Sustainability as a Cultural Norm, has made her a frequent guest speaker in many forums. In 2010, she appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet to provide insight into how information technology is contributing to energy efficiency.

Winkler founded EMC’s Engineering Green Team and its Design for Environment program while Senior Director with the Hardware Engineering Group. Prior to joining EMC in 2003, Winkler held senior consultant and technical leadership positions at Renaissance Worldwide and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Winkler is a Director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), and NetImpact, a nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. She also serves on the External Advisory Board of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. In 2014, she was honored with the Anita Borg Institute 2014 Women of Vision Award for Social Impact in recognition of her contributions to innovation, leadership, and sustainability in the field of information technology.


Hans-Aloys Wischmann
HEAD OF PHILIPS RESEARCH NORTH AMERICA, Philips Research
Hans-Aloys Wischmann was born in Germany, enjoyed a few years as a child in New York, studied Physics in Cologne and Lyon, and joined Philips almost 25 years ago, immediately after receiving his PhD. He has held a variety of positions within research, the healthcare business, and the CTO office. As the Head of Philips Research North America, together with his team, he has moved the lab in 2015 from Briarcliff Manor, NY, to Cambridge, MA – and is now looking forward to building collaborations and partnerships in this fascinating and vibrant health-tech ecosystem.


Structured Networking Workshop

This session will be split into three, 15 minute blocks. During each block, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions based on a series of topics related to sustainability oriented innovation. Attendees can rotate between differently themed panels for each of the three, 15 minute blocks.

Topics will include:
- Precision Ag
- Biologicals
- Alternative Protein
- Venture Capital
- Corporate Funds
- Crowdfunding
- Climate Policy
- Circular Economy
- Sharing Economy
- Electric Vehicles
- Biofuels
- Public Transportation Infrastructure
- Desalination
- Water Reuse
- Nano materials
- Built Environment
- University Sustainability (Sponsored by Leadership Sponsor, MIT Office of Sustainability and In Kind Sponsor, TU Delft)
- Advanced Manufacturing (Sponsored by Leadership Sponsor, MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering)
- Renewable Energy
- Energy Efficiency

Utilizing Sustainability as a Driver of Corporate Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

It is commonly perceived that sustainability goes against the interests of business. This panel, however, explores how companies can successfully incorporate sustainability into their business practice and establish infrastructure and mechanisms for sustainability-oriented innovation, as well as the challenges and lessons that have been identified in the pursuit of corporate sustainability.

Daniel Aronson
FOUNDER, SustainabilityOS
Daniel Aronson is the founder of SustainablityOS, which creates tools and resources to make sustainability activities 95% faster. Daniel has been researching, writing, and consulting on the environment, social responsibility, and innovation for over 20 years. During his consulting career, he has led sustainability strategy consulting for Deloitte and IBM and has worked with global sustainability and responsibility leaders in apparel, health care, telecommunications, high technology, and many other industries.

Daniel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Business School's class on strategic corporate citizenship and MIT’s Sustainability Lab, and has also authored and been interviewed for numerous publications (examples include how sustainability drives innovation, the sustainable value chain practices that lead to success, and ‘hard wiring’ sustainability into organizations).

He has also:
 Conducted the first research that examined which sustainable value chain practices actually work, made it possible for cities to set science-based carbon targets in hours instead of months
 Created much more sophisticated frameworks for types of sustainability-related customer-product fit (two dozen) and risk (1,000 distinct ones)
 Quantified (for the first time) the effect of sustainability leadership on innovation
 Cataloged dozens of different sustainability techniques (and their pros and cons), from common (e.g., substitution) to rare (e.g., transport-to-trade).

He serves on two board committees of the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association and as a member of the Social Responsibility Advisory Board of the American Society for Quality, the US home for ISO 26000.

Daniel holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a BA with High Honors from UC Berkeley. He lives in the New York City area.

Representative clients: Nike, Johnson & Johnson (ranked #3 by CR Magazine), Autodesk (named #1 by Climate Counts), Interface (#3 globally according to GlobeScan) and Philips (#1 in the DJSI’s ranking of Industrial Conglomerates).


Tom Carpenter
DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES, Waste Management
Tom Carpenter is the Executive Director of Sustainability Services for Waste Management. Since joining the company in 2000, he has collaborated with clients to drive creative solutions around materials, the supply chain and sustainability. Tom helped launch Waste Management Sustainability Services, a consulting group that provides executive level advisory services and sustainable innovation practices to organizations, communities and corporations.

Tom earned a MBA from Colorado Technical University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Trine University. He has served as a guest lecturer and presented at over 40 institutions and industry conferences, and has served on advisory boards including Keep America Beautiful, The Sustainability Consortium and NEIGBC.


Erin O’Driscoll
GLOBAL VENTURES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR , Dow Chemical
Erin O’Driscoll is Global Ventures and Business Development Director for Dow Chemical.

Erin manages a portfolio of internal and external growth projects prioritized across Dow Businesses that support corporate strategy and enable transformation.

Erin’s has been involved in new business development at Dow for over 25 years in both R&D and commercial roles.  She has lead efforts from early stage product inception through commercialization in a wide variety of technologies including renewable feedstocks, cellulosic derivatives, lithium ion batteries and markets including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, and energy storage.
Erin received her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Colorado-Boulder and her BS in Chemistry from Boston College.


Asheen Phansey
SUSTAINABILITY LEAD, HIGH TECH INDUSTRY, Dassault Systèmes
Asheen has served in various roles as a corporate sustainability leader at Dassault Systèmes since 2010, including product manager for the SOLIDWORKS brand, global head of its Sustainable Innovation Lab, and now sustainability lead for the High Tech industry. Dassault Systèmes is a $3B software company that provides businesses and people with 3D modeling apps and experiences to harmonize product, nature, and life.

Asheen lectures or advises students at Babson College and Harvard University, serves on Net Impact’s Advisory Council, and ranks as one of the most influential social media thought leaders in corporate sustainability (@asheen). In his ample remaining spare time, he enjoys learning languages and running (sometimes after his young kids). Asheen has experience in the biotech and aerospace industries, and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA in Technology Entrepreneurship from Babson College. He doesn’t really believe that anyone reads conference bios; if you’ve read this far, he’ll buy you a drink.


Matthew Swibel
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Matthew Swibel has worked every facet of the sustainability and communications profession over a nearly 15-year career, from award-winning journalist to lead communicator for a 6,000-employee segment of a Fortune 60 company to founding director of a corporate sustainability team.

In Matt’s current role, he leads the Corporation’s sustainability program, reporting and stakeholder engagement. He chairs the cross-functional Sustainability Working Group and serves as Secretary of the Corporate Sustainability Council, led by VP Leo Mackay. In 2012, he led the Corporation’s inaugural Sustainability Report and, in 2013, its first formal stakeholder engagement sessions and issues assessment.

From 2008 to 2012, Matt was Director of Enterprise Communications, where he led a team supporting the principal executive for several corporate headquarters functions including the CFO, CIO and SVP-Supply Chain. In this role, he oversaw multiple aspects of communications including employee and supplier engagement, Executive Office of the Chairman support, advertising and outreach to investors and financial/environmental media.

Matt spent almost a decade as a journalist, most recently as Associate Editor of Forbes, where he was recognized by the Overseas Press Club for his business reporting from abroad, co-edited the World Billionaires issue and traveled with the U.S. Secretary of State. Prior to Forbes, he was a staff reporter at Washington Business Journal, where his coverage of marketing and web-based political fundraising each earned Maryland-DC-Delaware and Virginia Press Association awards. He taught as an adjunct professional lecturer at American University’s School of Communications from 2005 to 2008.

Matt graduated cum laude from American University (DC) with degrees in Communications and Sociology and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. Matt volunteers with religious and education organizations in Montgomery County, Md. He is a board member of New York-based Cornerstone Capital.


Alternative financing: How can SOI be funded beyond VC?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on SOI venture financing. The panel brings together several prominent investors and entrepreneurs that work directly in the financing of startup companies. They will cover the angel, corporate, nonprofit, venture capitalist, and crowdfunding perspectives of SOI financing.

Swati Chaturvedi
CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, Propel(x)
Swati Chaturvedi is the CEO and co-founder of Propel(x) - an innovative investment platform for early stage, deep technology startups. Propel(x) enables angel investors to discover ground-breaking technology startups, access experts, customers and management to evaluate these companies, and meaningfully participate in the investment opportunity via small ticket sizes. 

Swati is also the founder of the MIT Alumni Angel Investors group of Northern California, which now has over 300 members and is one of the most active groups in the region. This was the first angel group for MIT alumni that has inspired chapters in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. Swati has an MS and an MBA from MIT, as well as an MS from UC Berkeley.


Temple Fennell
PRIVATE MARKETS CONSULTANT, Flagship Ventures
Temple has more than 20 years of experience in operating businesses, direct investing, corporate finance and project finance for early-stage and growth companies. Temple is on the board of the Single Family Office, Keller Enterprises LLC, an active investor in the clean energy and sustainable agriculture/food sectors. He is a Strategic Advisor for Flagship Ventures and advises members of the Venture Capital and VentureLabs management teams with a particular focus on the Sustainability portfolio including sustainable food/ag, animal/human nutrition, renewable fuels and water.


Daniel Goldman
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, GreatPoint Energy
Daniel Goldman has over 25 years of energy industry experience in strategy, corporate and project finance, project development as well as private equity/asset investment and early stage venture investing. In addition to co-founding CEVG, he is currently the president and chief financial officer of GreatPoint Energy, a clean energy gasification company which has raised over $285M from investors such as Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures, Citi, Dow Chemical and Wanxiang. He received a B.S. from Cornell and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and is the current Chairman of the Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.


Sarah Kearney
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRIME Coalition
Sarah Kearney serves as Executive Director of PRIME Coalition, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower foundations and families with the critical tools they need to invest in market-based solutions to climate change. Before PRIME, Sarah served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Chesonis Family Foundation, a grantmaking organization that supports transformational energy innovation. Based on her work, Sarah has been inducted into the Raven Society at the University of Virginia, and awarded the 2012 MIT Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award, 2014 Caltech Resonate Award, 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35, and the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurs. Sarah holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT’s Engineering Systems Division. She serves on the board for Saha Global, which empowers women to start civil services businesses in Sub Saharan Africa.


Steve Taub
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING, GE Ventures
Steve Taub focuses his time on venture investments in the advanced manufacturing space, including areas such as 3D printing, robotics, and “smart manufacturing” software and analytics. He was previously part of the Energy Ventures team where he led GE’s investments in Ioxus, 1366 Technologies, GMZ Energy, and Arctic Sand. Steve joined GE in 2006 as Senior Vice President of Investment Strategy at GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE Capital. Earlier in his career he created and led the electric power technology research practice at IHS-CERA, and he has also worked at U.S. Department of Energy and Northrup Grumman Corp. Steve earned a master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. Originally from Long Island NY, Steve has lived in the Boston area since 1997.


Taking the First Steps: Early Visions to Scalable Prototypes

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

This panel is the first in a series exploring different stages of sustainability-oriented innovation — from the lab to prototype, from prototype to pilot, and from pilot to market. Focusing on innovations’ origins, this conversation will explore how inventors identify need and opportunity, develop SOI in the lab, and push SOI forward into the prototype stage.

Zach Armen
SENIOR ASSOCIATE, Flagship Ventures
Zack joined Flagship in 2015 as a Senior Associate and focuses on sustainability and life sciences investments with a special interest in the agricultural sector.

Prior to joining Flagship, Zack spent six years at Goldman Sachs & Co. as an analyst and associate on the Private Banking management team in the Private Wealth Management division where he helped build the bank lending and cash management business from inception to over $10B in loan commitments.

Zack has been actively involved in volunteer work with the Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), where he helped found NextGen, a committee of young professionals in the greater NYC area dedicated to generating awareness and fundraising for the charity. Zack's family owns an organic produce farm in Lincolnville, ME, which has spurred his interest in food, agriculture, and sustainability. Zack graduated with a BA (Phi Beta Kappa) from Johns Hopkins University and earned his MBA from MIT Sloan.


John Harthorne
FOUNDER & CEO, MassChallenge
John Harthorne is the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, MassChallenge is obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. To date, 835 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.1 billion and created over 6,500 jobs. John earned his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007. While at school, John won Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the 2007 Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT.


Brian Mayers
CEO, Nano Terra
Brian Mayers has been with Nano Terra Inc for 10 years, first as Scientist, now as CEO. Nano Terra is a product- and technology-development company – founded by Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University – whose objective is to help businesses create new products with differentiated technology. In our co-development programs, we focus on bridging the gap between the lab and the marketplace. We provide rapid, flexible, world-class resources to engage in ideation, design, proof-of-concept, testing, and commercialization support. In this way, we play the role of “Accelerator” for many of our customers.

Dr. Mayers has helped create a company with a reputation for scientific excellence and rapid innovation for its customers. He has a passion for seeing new technology travel from the bench to economically viable products. Prior to joining Nano Terra Dr. Mayers worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Nano Terra’s Co-Founder, Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. Dr. Mayers earned a BA in Chemistry and Computer Science at Wesleyan University, and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Mayers holds 5 US patents and has authored 30 publications.


Matt Tortora
CHEF, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, Crave Food Services
Matt is the Founder and CEO of Crave Food Services, a food system consulting and technology company made up of a team of talented food professionals with over 100 years of experience as chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, managers, and veterans in the Greater New England Food System. Matt decided to become a chef, after serving 10 years in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Missile Technician, shortly after the ‘farm­-to-­table’ movement began to mold the way we eat. He learned firsthand how to find and work with the best ingredients available locally. However, sourcing from as many as 20 local producers on a daily basis quickly became more of a full­-time job than actually cooking the food. Still the demand grew louder, consumers demanded fresh; they demanded to know where their food was coming from. As Matt struggled to keep up, he had an idea: build a tool using today’s technology to help streamline and organize local wholesale purchasing operations. He sought out dozens of local farmers and other chefs to better understand this complex problem and quickly realized that farmers, like chefs, had limited resources and were also struggling to keep pace with the consumer demand. Shortly after, Matt met his co-founder, Will Araújo, they joined forces and built a prototype over the next several months to test what they had learned. Today WhatsGood has grown into a platform present in over 13 states with several hundred users.


Building Business Models that Enable Sustainability-Oriented Innovation

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

The need for sustainability opens up doors to new ideas and new ways to think about business. This panels explores companies that utilize entirely new business models that help them to advance through sustainability-oriented innovation.

Frank Gorke
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF SALES, Opower


Andrew Savitz
PRINCIPAL, Sustainable Business Strategies
Andrew Savitz is a Principal at Sustainable Business Strategies, an independent consultancy located in Boston, Massachusetts. He was formerly a lead Partner in the Environmental and Sustainability Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). He is the author of the widely acclaimed book The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best-Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too (Wiley, August 2006, 2013). Andy's second book, Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line: How Companies Can Leverage Human Resources to Achieve Sustainable Growth (Wiley, 2013) presents a new, powerful case for employee engagement and is a call to action and guidebook for HR professionals. Andy has worked closely with many organizations to help them find their Sustainability Sweet Spots and to embed sustainability in their operational and employee life-cycle processes. Savitz is the founding Chair of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University, attended New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated from Georgetown University Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review. Andy is a life-long resident of Massachusetts. Despite everything, he remains a loyal fan of the Boston Red Sox.


Dr. Matthew Silver
FOUNDER AND CEO, Cambrian Innovation
Dr. Matthew Silver has more than 14 years of experience in technology, commercialization, innovation strategy and engineering design. He has played a key role in building Cambrian’s underlying technology and in guiding the firm to successfully penetrate and scale in commercial markets. Dr. Silver holds three advanced degrees from MIT – M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Technology; M.S. in Technology and Policy; PhD in Engineering Systems. Dr. Silver has published over 15 academic publications and testified before the United States Senate on the government’s role in early stage innovation.


Chris Taylor
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE BOSTON AREA, Uber


Assessing the ROI of Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: What are the metrics?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on the metrics of SOI investment. The panel includes professionals from companies large and small and that specialize in environmental footprint and social handprint. They will discuss the multi-faceted investment returns generated by impact- and sustainability-oriented investments.

Catherine Benoit
VP SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY, New Earth
Dr. Catherine Benoit Norris, VP Social Sustainability at New Earth, co-created the first database for Social LCA, the Social Hotspots Database used by over 200 organizations including Google, Volkswagen, Arcelor Mittal, BASF and BMW. She directed and coordinated research for leading sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium) and edited or co-edited seminal publications on Social LCA for the United Nations Environment Program Life Cycle Initiative. Catherine also has years of expertise, deep engagement and leadership in international sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders (GSCP, SPLC, GISR, SAC, UNEP Life Cycle Initiative). Catherine teaches about social responsibility in product supply chains at Harvard Extension School.


F. Charles Goodwin
MANAGING DIRECTOR AND HEAD OF PUBLIC FINANCE, BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC
F. Charles Goodwin is a Managing Director and the head of Public Finance for BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, a position he has held since 2012. In addition to his management responsibilities, Charlie specializes in working with governmental, non-profit organizations and certain project finance clients. He has been active with innovative socially responsible investments for a variety of issuers including ImpactAssets, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, Texas Water Development Board, the Children’s Institute, Residential Resources, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Williams College and has taken the Series 7, 50 (certification pending) 52, 53 and 63 licensing examinations.


Allen L. White
VICE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR FELLOW, Tellus Institute
Dr. Allen L. White is Vice President and Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute, Boston, USA, and directs the institute’s Program on Corporate Redesign. In 1997, he co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative (www.globalreporting.org) and served as its Acting CEO until 2002. In 2004, he co-founded and is Director of Corporation 20/20 (www.corporation2020.org ), an initiative focused on designing future corporations to create and sustain social mission. He also is Founder and Acting Chair of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (www.ratesustainability.org) and co-edits the Great Transition Initiative online journal (www.greattransition.org). His publications and speaking address issues of corporate purpose, design and governance in the context of global change, as well as innovation in sustainability performance measurement and ratings.


Hilary Young
ACCOUNT MANAGER, Trucost
Hilary joined Trucost in 2015 and is responsible for managing corporate client relationships and business development in North America. Prior to Trucost, she worked on UL Environment’s Advisory Services team, developing enterprise-level sustainability solutions for clients in a number of sectors, with a focus on building sustainable supply chains. She has also worked for the UN Development Programme’s Bureau of Development Policy, in their Sustainable Energy Programme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.


Christina Zimmerman
MANAGING DIRECTOR & ESG STRATEGIST, Wellington Management Companies, LLP
Christina is a pioneer in the field of ESG research. She currently leads ESG strategy at Wellington Management Company, a $900 billion investment firm, where she and her research team help identify and assess environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks within investable companies alongside Wellington’s portfolio managers. She oversees investment integration of her team’s ESG research and ratings, used by over three hundred Wellington portfolio managers and analysts. As the firm’s designated thought leader and sought after expert on ESG integration, Christina also plays a key role educating clients across the globe about how to incorporate ESG issues into their investment plans.

Prior to joining Wellington in 2011, Christina worked as the manager of Public Policy and UN Engagements at the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in New York. As one of the PRI’s first employees, Christina played a key role growing the organization which now includes 1,500 signatories representing over $59 trillion in assets under management. While at the PRI, Christina spearheaded the Sustainable Stock Exchanges, an initiative which was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the “World’s Best Sustainability Ideas”.

Christina is currently an executive MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she is continuing to pursue her passion for transforming corporate sustainability and exerting her influence over the next generation of emerging innovators and leaders. Christina holds a BS in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


Breaking through, moving forward, and stepping into markets

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

This panel is the second in a series exploring the different stages of sustainability-oriented innovations. The conversation will focus on what it takes for innovators to move an idea from bench scale to pilot scale, and to prepare for market launch.

Mark Barnett
CO-CHAIR OF ENERGY & CLEANTECH INDUSTRY GROUP; HEAD OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE, Foley Hoag
Mark Barnett co‐chairs Foley Hoag’s Energy & Cleantech Industry Group and heads up the firm’s Renewable Energy Project Finance and Development Practice.  He works closely with clients developing innovative technologies and business approaches to solving energy and sustainability challenges, advising these emerging and high growth companies in all aspects of strategic development, financings and acquisitions, intellectual property and industry-specific regulatory and policy matters.
 
Mark advises leading U.S. organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund and Ceres on clean
energy policy and climate mitigation investment strategies, and serves as primary pro bono counsel to
the PRIME Coalition, recently recognized by the White House for its efforts to increase the flow of
philanthropic dollars into the early stage clean technology arena.
 
Mark’s prior experience includes time in government as counsel to the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
(now the Connecticut Green Bank) and as VP Business Development & General Counsel at Sun Catalytix
Corporation, a grid‐scale energy storage company acquired by Lockheed Martin Corporation in 2014.


Adam Rein
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MissionPoint Partners
Adam Rein is a Managing Director at MissionPoint Partners, an environmental impact investment manager and advisor, where he helps lead direct investment origination, portfolio management, and broader impact investment strategy. In 2010, Adam co-founded Altaeros Energies, a startup launched out of MIT to bring low cost wind energy and telecommunications to the developing world. Adam is also a co-founder of Greentown Labs, the country's largest clean technology incubator. Previously Adam worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Adam has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Yale University.


Sara Ross
CEO, Sungage Financial
Sara Ross is the CEO of Sungage Financial, a company she founded to build a more affordable, sustainable, and enjoyable path to solar ownership for as many homeowners as possible. The inspiration for the company came from Sara's own experience installing solar on her 100-year old farmhouse in Massachusetts. Through that process, Sara experienced firsthand the need to develop consumer-friendly financing solutions that could be deployed with ease into the marketplace. Sara's voice was one of the first to argue that consumer preferences would shift away from third-party ownership and toward direct ownership of solar assets, a trend now well underway. Under her leadership, Sungage has grown to be one of leading clean energy companies in Massachusetts and received a SunShot grant for its contribution to reducing soft costs. Prior to Sungage, Sara was a policy and economic analyst for the City of New York, Harvard University, USAID, and Abt Associates. She holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School and is the mother of two children.


Daniel Solomita
FOUNDER AND CEO, Loop Industries
Daniel Solomita, CEO of Loop Industries Inc., has been involved in the plastic recycling business since 2009, successfully developing landfill remediation projects across North America with industry leaders such as Invista, Dupont, and Ascend performance materials. He also developed a successful plastic trading business, working with recycling partners from around the globe including Vietnam, Hong Kong, Germany and mainland China.

As CEO and founder of Loop Industries Inc., Daniel leads all functions of the company, including R&D and Engineering, with the aim deploying our core expertize in depolymerization globally and create a global circular economy for plastics.

Daniel attended Concordia University in Montreal Canada. In 1999, he completed a degree in Microsoft Systems Engineering and Veritas Architecture before going to work for Bell Canada. After leaving Bell Canada, he entered into the plastic recycling industry.


Frank van Mierlo
CEO, 1366 Technologies
Frank van Mierlo is the CEO of 1366 Technologies, a solar technology company he started together with a team of engineers from RPI and MIT in 2008. The goal of 1366 Technologies is to make silicon based solar competitive with coal generated electricity. 1366 has developed a new wafer manufacturing process that cuts the cost of the silicon wafer in half and eliminates 2/3 of the energy needed to make the wafer. Modules manufactured with wafers from 1366 demonstration factory have been installed in Japan, Germany and the US.
Van Mierlo’s previous venture was Bluefin Robotics Corp., a company that enjoyed double digit growth and was always profitable under his leadership. Bluefin became the leading robotics company in its field and is known for its technical competence and a customer-centric approach. The company maintained a strong balance sheet, a healthy cash flow and a team of highly qualified engineers. In May 2005 the company was sold to Battelle.
Frank holds engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford and a business degree from INSEAD.


Integrating SOI Into New Product Design and Development

Location: Dining Room 5 (6B, 52-624)

This panel will focus on strategies- successful and unsuccessful- to incorporate sustainability into new product design and development. It will explore the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to embed sustainability-oriented innovation into design, including infrastructure development and organizational processes.

Jason Jay
SENIOR LECTURER AND DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE, MIT Sloan School of Management
Jason Jay is Director of the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. In this capacity, he directs the strategy and implementation of the School’s goals toward including sustainability content in the curriculum for all students, coordinating a vibrant Sustainability Certificate program for qualified Masters’ students, and supporting sustainability related research from all management disciplines. He spearheads the Initiative’s fundraising efforts and engagement with industry and policymakers. Dr. Jay co-teaches the flagship course series Strategies for Sustainable Business and Laboratory for Sustainable Business (S-Lab), teaches executive education programs on sustainability for MIT, and conducts research on hybrid organizations and the pitfalls and pathways of sustainability leadership.


Johanna Jobin
DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL EHS AND SUSTAINABILITY, Biogen
Prior to her current role at Biogen, Johanna held the roles of Head of Corporate Responsibility and Community affairs, Director of Corporate Responsibility, and Sustainability Programs Manager at EMD Millipore.


Jonathan Maher
VP OF CSR AND SUSTAINABILITY, L'Oreal
Jonathan has been with L’Oreal for over five years, first as the global head of issues management and today as the VP CSR & Sustainability for L’Oreal USA. His role is to pilot the company’s sustainability strategy Sharing Beauty with All in the USA, in coordination with their laboratories, manufacturing, purchasing, product design & brand marketing teams.

A graduate from Sciences Po Paris and the Harvard Kennedy School, Jonathan worked previously at Société Générale, La Caisse des Dépôts and the French Railway Network (RFF).


Libby Wayman
GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION, ECOMAGINATION, General Electric Company
Libby Wayman is the Global Director of Innovation for Ecomagination. In this role, Libby is responsible for driving cleaner technology and business model innovation, working across GE, with strategic partners, and the broader entrepreneur and research community.

Prior to this role, Libby served at the U.S. Department of Energy as a Senior Advisor and the Founding Director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, where she was responsible for developing the Department’s strategy for innovation in manufacturing technology to grow the U.S. clean energy economy and advance progress toward the nation’s energy goals. This initiative included launching the U.S. Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation; and resulted in new research and development on advanced manufacturing, high performance computing, and advanced materials manufacturing.

At the start of her career, Ms. Wayman founded and served on the board for energy technology ventures started out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She later joined SunPower Corporation to develop new products for the utility scale solar industry, and helped build Sequoia Capital’s Alion Energy.

Ms. Wayman earned an MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she developed computational dynamic analysis methods and co-founded the MIT Energy Club, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT where she studied global environmental systems and focused on technology to address environmental challenges. Ms. Wayman has published on energy markets and technology, and holds several patents in energy technology.


Supporting Policy Levers: What are the Incentives for Sustainability-Oriented Innovation?

Location: Dining Room 4 (6C, 52-632)

This panel’s focus will be on public policy driving SOI. The panel features leading organizations and voices that are shaping regulation and enacting it. They will touch on the role of government and regulation in driving entrepreneurship and investment into SOI.

Alison Ernst
SENIOR MANAGER OF INVESTMENTS, MassCEC
Alison currently works at the MassCEC as a Senior Manager of Investments, where she evaluates clean technology start-ups for equity and debt investment across all sectors of the cleantech industry. Alison is also the MassCEC Program Manager for the Catalyst Program, which provides grants for prototype development, and the AmplifyMass Program, which provides cost share for ARPA-E recipients in MA. Prior to her time at MassCEC, Alison worked as an engineer developing, designing, and constructing utility-scale power plants at an independent power producer, completing projects in the wind, solar, biomass, and natural gas sectors. Alison holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSME from Duke University.


Anne Kelly
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF THE POLICY PROGRAM, Ceres
Anne L. Kelly is Senior Director of the Policy Program at Ceres, a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to mobilize investor and business leadership to build a more sustainable global economy.  Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), a coalition of 38 leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level.  She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies.


David Miller
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR, CEVG
Founder and Executive Managing Director of CEVG. An engineer by training, he brings over twenty years of technology startup management experience and over fifteen years of seed stage investing experience. He has been on the board of directors or advisory board of several clean energy companies, including Next Step Living, MyEnergy, Azima DLI, and Cambrian Innovation and has mentored many others. He received his BS and MS in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT, and completed his doctorate at MIT’s Lab for Energy and the Environment. He also has an appointment as Research Affiliate at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.


John Sterman
DIRECTOR, MIT System Dynamics Group
John D. Sterman is the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group. His research includes systems thinking and organizational learning, computer simulation of corporate strategy and public policy issues, and environmental sustainability. He is the author of many scholarly and popular articles on the challenges and opportunities facing organizations today, including the book Modeling for Organizational Learning, and the award-winning textbook Business Dynamics. Prof. Sterman's research centers on improving decision making in complex systems, including corporate strategy and operations, energy policy, public health, environmental sustainability, and climate change. He has pioneered the development of "management flight simulators" of corporate and economic systems. These flight simulators are now used by corporations, universities and governments around the world. His research ranges from the dynamics of organizational change and the implementation of sustainable improvement programs to climate change and the implementation of policies to promote a sustainable world. Prof. Sterman has twice been awarded the Jay W. Forrester Prize for the best published work in system dynamics, won an IBM Faculty Award, won the Accenture Award for the best paper of the year published in the California Management Review, has seven times won awards for teaching excellence, and was named one of the MIT Sloan School's "Outstanding Faculty" by the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. He has been featured on public television's News Hour, National Public Radio's Marketplace, CBC television, Fortune, the Financial Times, Business Week, and other media for his research and innovative use of interactive simulations in management education and policymaking.


Jason Wible
TECHNOLOGY-TO-MARKET ADVISOR, ARPA-E
Jason Wible is a Technology-to-Market Advisor at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) where he helps transition breakthrough energy technologies from lab to market. He is responsible for leading the commercialization strategy for the Reducing Emissions through Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE) and other ARPA-E programs relevant to the oil and natural gas industries. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Wible served as a principal at a technology startup company from 2009 to 2013. From 2000 to 2009, Wible worked at Schlumberger, an oil and gas services company. He is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). Wible earned both a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, with Honors, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama and a Masters in Public Policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas.


Fostering Scale and Success for People and the Planet

Location: Dining room 3 (6D, 52-640)

The final panel discussing the different stages of sustainability-oriented innovation, this conversation will focus on how entrepreneurs create new infrastructure, or leverage existing infrastructure, to achieve wide market diffusion. Panelists from multiple industries will reflect on elements critical to success as well as common barriers, and how a sustainability focus factors into these opportunities and challenges.

Dave Bend
ENERGY PARTNERSHIPS, Nest Labs
Dave Bend leads Nest's energy partnership efforts in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, focusing on developing Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Connected Home offerings with utility partners. Prior to joining Nest, Dave worked in the utility industry for a number of years, first at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and later leading Opower's program delivery for the Eastern United States and Canada. Dave holds an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, a MS from Johns Hopkins University and a BA with Honors from Washington University in St. Louis.


Timothy Ericson
CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, Zagster
Tim co-founded Zagster in 2007, after being inspired by the launch of the Velib’ bike sharing service in Paris. He merged his background in corporate IT at a Fortune 500 company with his passion for biking to create a company that now leverages technology to make bikes accessible to hundreds of thousands of Americans in more than 30 cities in more than 20 states. Zagster is the leading provider of turnkey, hosted bike share services to corporations (General Motors, Quicken Loans, DTE Energy, Samsung); Universities (Duke, Yale, Princeton, Santa Clara); hotels (Hyatt Regency, Four Seasons); and real estate (Related, Domain Companies, Novare Group, Irvine Companies).

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Legal Studies from Drexel University, where he received the Young Alumni Entrepreneur Award. He has never owned car and prefers bicycling and riding public transportation everywhere he can.


Eric Fleet
CO-FOUNDER AND MEN’S CREATIVE DIRECTOR, Threads 4 Thought
Eric Fleet is the Co-Founder and Men’s Creative Director of Threads 4 Thought, a sustainable fashion brand for men & women. Eric came up with the concept for Threads 4 Thought during his time at Muhlenberg College, where he studied Business. In 2007, with the help of his now wife Leigh, Eric launched Threads 4 Thought. Starting as conscious tees with messages devoted to causes, the brand has now expanded to a whole line of ethically and sustainably made clothing for men and women. In addition to providing high quality products to help improve the planet, Threads 4 Thought is also committed to giving back. Eric and the entire staff at Threads 4 Thought, works closely with the International Rescue Committee (the IRC) to help refugees around the world. Threads 4 Thought is headquarter in New York City, with offices also in Los Angeles and Kansas City.


Tod J. Hynes
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, XL Hybrids, Inc.
Tod Hynes started XL Hybrids to address one of the largest and most immediate challenges in energy – rapidly reducing dependence on petroleum for transportation. XL Hybrids has developed a proprietary hybrid electric powertrain which is cost effective for commercial fleets and can be installed in both new and existing vehicles in 4 hours. This hybrid powertrain is rapidly getting adopted by Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and FedEx. XL Hybrids has also developed an advanced telematics platform which wirelessly collects vehicle operational data to optimize the performance of hybrid technology in real world applications. Tod raised $25+M of equity and debt to fund the venture and assembled and manages a cross disciplinary team from MIT, GE, EnerNOC and other leading organizations.

Tod is also a Senior Lecturer at MIT. He teaches a graduate level course called Energy Ventures which brings together engineering, science, business, and policy students to form new energy companies. Companies from this class have gone on to raise tens of millions of dollars and ARPA-e funding. He also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize in 2007 which has received $1+M of funding from both NSTAR and the US Department of Energy (DOE) and acted as the basis for the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition which held its 2012 finals at the White House. Student teams from over 60 universities have competed in the MIT Clean Energy Prize, and many have gone on to raise $100+M of funding in aggregate. Tod is also on the Board of the MIT Energy Club.

Tod was the Director of Alternative Energy for Citizens Energy for 5 years and launched Citizens’ wind development business. He successfully developed and sold over 230 MW of wind projects, and directed project acquisition, development and operations. Prior to joining Citizens Energy, Tod was the Co-Founder of Strategic Energy Systems, a distributed power generation consulting and engineering services firm.  He was also the Co-Chair of the Energy Committee for CERC, the organization that “greened” the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, and was on the steering committee of the Boston Climate Action Network from 2003 to 2008. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Management Science. 


Lisa Sebestsa
MANAGING PARTNER, Fresh Source Capital, LLC
Lisa is Managing Partner at Fresh Source Capital, LLC, and a General Partner in Fresh Source Capital Fund 1. She is on the leadership team of Slow Money Boston and was member of Sprout Lenders, LLC. Prior to Fresh Source, Lisa served as a consultant and Senior Investor to the Fair Food Fund. She also spent 15 years as an equity analyst and portfolio manager for Boston-based firms Batterymarch Financial Management and Boston Advisors.

Lisa holds an undergraduate degree from Holy Cross and earned her Masters at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is a CFA® Charterholder and member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.


Beyond Green to Gold: The 21st Century Sustainability Innovation Imperative

Dan Esty
HILLHOUSE PROFESSOR, Yale University
Dan Esty is the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University with primary appointments in Yale’s Environment and Law Schools and a secondary appointment at the Yale School of Management. He serves as Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (www.yale.edu/envirocenter) and on the Advisory Board of the Yale Center for Business and Environment (www.yale.edu/CBEY), which he founded in 2006. Professor Esty is the author or editor of ten books and dozens of articles on environmental protection, energy, and sustainability -- and their connections to policy, corporate strategy, competitiveness, trade, performance measurement, and economic success. His prizewinning volume, Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, has recently been named the top-selling “green business” book of the past decade.

From 2011 to early 2014, Professor Esty served as Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection where he earned a reputation for bringing fresh thinking to both energy and environmental policymaking, including such innovations as the launch of Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation Green Bank and a “LEAN” restructuring of all of Connecticut’s environmental permitting programs to make the state’s regulatory framework lighter, faster, more efficient, and effective. Prior to taking up his Yale Professorship in 1994, he served in a variety of senior positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency (where he helped negotiate the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change) and was a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC.