Program

Friday 27 April 2012
08:00
Registration and Breakfast
09:00
Opening Remarks
09:10
Intro Keynote
Jeremy Grantham
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Strategist, GMO
Mr. Grantham is co-founder and chief investment strategist at GMO, a Boston-based asset management firm with nearly $100 billion under management. Mr. Grantham is a member of the GMO Board and has also served on investment boards of several non-profit organizations. He has been featured in Forbes, Barron’s and Business Week and is routinely quoted by the financial press. Mr. Grantham is also the founder of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.<br><br>Mr. Grantham co-founded GMO in 1977; prior to GMO’s founding, he was co-founder of Batterymarch Financial Management in 1969, where he recommended commercial indexing in 1971, one of several claims to being first. He began his investment career as an economist with Royal Dutch Shell, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.<br><br>See Jeremy’s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/magazine/can-jeremy-grantham-profit-from-ecological-mayhem.html">thoughts on resource limitation</a> in The New York Times, or read his <a href="http://www.gmo.com/websitecontent/JGLetter_LongestLetterEver_4Q11.pdf">Q4 2011 newsletter</a>, the widely-circulated &quot;Longest Quarterly Letter Ever.&quot;
09:45
Morning Keynote
10:45
Sustainability in the Built Environment
When it comes to the built environment, our decisions have long memories. Considering the environmental impact wrapped up in every building, it's clear that sustainability improvements to the built environment can have a tremendous effect on our overall footprint. This session takes a deeper look at successful efforts in the built environment on multiple scales: cutting-edge green skyscrapers, building and neighborhood retrofits, transformation of real estate holdings, and the next generation of ratings/protocols.
10:45
Sustainability Transformation of Large Organizations
A commonly cited barrier to achieving sustainability is that changes are hard to reconcile, or even incompatible—with the existing missions of our public and private institutions. However, a growing number of organizations are proving this to be a fallacy. In this panel, representatives from large organizations, both private and public, will discuss how they have been able not only to succeed but also thrive by embedding sustainability into their organizations' core operating principles. Panelists will discuss challenges to implementation and strategies for creating buy-in and alignment at all levels of the organization.
Nancy Gillis
Director, U.S. General Services Administration Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office
Nancy Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the technical and policy recommendations outlined in the EO 13514 Vendor and Contractor GHG Emissions report; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.
Jeffrey Hollender
Principal, Jeffrey Hollender Partners and Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation
Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm and a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Jeffrey's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender is also the 2011-2012 distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business.
Jason Jay
Director, MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society
Jason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society. He teaches courses on sustainable business strategy, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that promote more sustainable business practices, and he leads an MIT-wide Sustainable Societies Research Group. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chris Park
Principal, Deloitte Consulting
Chris Park is a Principal and leads Deloitte’s Sustainability, Energy & Environment practice. Chris joined Deloitte Consulting LLP in 1994. He is a registered architect and in his career he has served clients in the public sector, life sciences, health care provider, manufacturing, higher education, financial services, not-for-profit and retail industries. Chris leads Deloitte’s service offerings in sustainability, corporate responsibility, energy and environment through the Sustainability Integrated Market Offering (IMO). His primary focus in the sustainability arena is strategy, operations, cost reduction, training and policy, performance management, and implementation planning. Chris’ recent clients include: Forest City, Amgen, Biogen, Comerica Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, United States Postal Service, Kaiser Permanente, Boston Scientific, HP and Target.
10:45
Challenges in Scaling Social Enterprises
Many of today's social and environmental innovators lack the knowledge, tools, and infrastructure to enter new markets. Compared to traditional private organizations, social enterprises may take a different approach to scaling, considering whether the goal is to scale the impact or the size of the organization itself. Blending perspectives from the social and private sectors, this panel, featuring practitioners, investors, and network facilitators' cutting edge practices, will discuss what it means to scale in the social sector and how social entrepreneurs and stakeholders can tackle this challenge together.
Blandine Antoine
Director of Strategy, EGG-Energy
Blandine Antoine is an energy enthusiast. She co-founded Prométhée (a non-profit committed to education on energy issues), and researched energy management policies in developing countries (including Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia). She co-founded EGG-energy upon returning from an "Energy World Tour" aimed at identifying innovative solutions to energy problems around the world and currently serves as its Director of Strategy. Blandine holds a diplme d'ingénieur from Ecole Polytechnique (France), MSc in nuclear engineering from UC Berkeley, and MPA from Ecole des Ponts Paristech (France). She is currently on leave from the French Department for Infrastructure and the Environment (MEEDTL).
Conor French
President, Indego Africa
A corporate attorney turned social entrepreneur, Conor is President & COO of Indego Africa and committed business partner to more than 400 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. Indego Africa is a non-profit social enterprise that integrates a market-based approach to income generation with a philanthropic investment in women’s education to break the cycle of systemic poverty in Africa.<br><br>Prior to joining Indego Africa, Conor practiced law at the global firm of Latham & Watkins. He represented public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and investors in a wide range of leveraged finance and other business transactions. As pro bono counsel to Ashoka, Conor structured joint ventures, strategic partnerships and other collaborations that provided critical support for Ashoka’s global network of leading social entrepreneurs.<br><br>Conor is a Truman National Security Fellow and an 85Broads Guy Who Rocks and he frequently speaks on issues related to social innovation and impact, economic development, micro-enterprise in Africa, business and philanthropy and non-profit leadership. His writing has recently been featured in McKinsey & Company’s What Matters, Ashoka’s Change Insight, Deal Lawyers and in an upcoming book entitled Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.<br><br>Conor serves on the board of directors of Red Hen Press (including chairing its audit committee) and NYU Law’s Alumni Association and is a member of the Committee on Attorney Professionalism for the NYSBA. Conor received a B.A. in History and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from NYU Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. He is qualified to practice before the CA, DC, MA, and NY bars.
Miguel Granier
Founder & Director, Invested Development
Miguel is the Founder/Director of Invested Development, a Boston based impact seed-stage investment firm. Before founding Invested Development he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia.<br><br>Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2003 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance.<br><br>In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel, has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York, and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. He holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Tracie Neuhaus
Manager, Monitor Institute
Tracie Neuhaus is part of the Monitor Institute's Cambridge office and has broad experience advising clients in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, both domestically and abroad. At the Institute, she has consulted to foundations and non-profits on issues related to strategic planning, growth, innovation, social change models, and impact measurement and evaluation. Before joining the Institute, Tracie spent several years as part of Monitor's commercial practice in Europe, consulting to clients in the life sciences, consumer goods, and public sectors on issues related to marketing and growth strategy and organizational effectiveness.<br><br>Tracie has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of the New York area, she has lived and worked in five countries, including the UK, France, India, Spain, and the US. In 2010, Tracie completed the 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge, in which she, along with 10 other women, successfully summitted three of the tallest peaks in Africa in three weeks, raising over $100,000 for three East African charities that empower women and girls through their work. She continues to be active part of the newly formed Peaks Foundation, serving as the founding president of the alumni society in 2011.
11:45
Networking Lunch with Pitch Session
12:45
Adoption of Transportation Alternatives - An Ecosystem Approach
As new advances in sustainable technologies or practices are created, they risk premature failure due to low adoption rates. We will examine this challenge through the lens of several emerging transportation alternatives and the necessary government infrastructure and economic ecosystems that enable their adoption. Panelists will discuss current business models such as bike and car share programs, alternative technologies designed at MIT including the Copenhagen Wheel, and the economic and governmental infrastructure driving adoption in both developed and emerging markets.
Henrietta Davis
Mayor, City of Cambridge
Henrietta Davis is the Mayor of the City of Cambridge. She has previously served eight terms on the Cambridge City Council and as the City’s Vice Mayor. For many years she was the Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee and she led the Council to adopt a Green Building policy for all new city buildings. Mayor Davis also served as the immediate past Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environmental Policy Committee.<br.<br>During her time serving the City of Cambridge, Mayor Davis has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation, aging in Cambridge and children’s health. She counts as significant accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Mayor Davis is proud to say that Cambridge is the 2012 "#1 Walking City in the U.S", according to Prevention Magazine.
Ruth Jurberg
Coordinator of Accelerated Growth-PAC Program, Government of Rio de Janeiro
Kristian Kloeckl
Research Scientist, MIT SENSEable City Laboratory
Kristian Kloeckl leads the Real-Time City initiative at the MIT Senseable City Lab in Boston and Singapore and teaches design at MIT as well as the IUAV University of Venice. A trained industrial designer, he has conducted his studies in Austria, Italy and the UK and holds a PhD in Design Sciences. Kristian has worked with Antonio Citterio in his Milan design studio and has consulted companies in Italy and Austria on industrial design and design strategy. His projects have been exhibited at the MoMA (2008), the Venice architecture Biennale (2008), the Vienna MAK (2009), as well as the Singapore Art Museum (2011).
John D. Macomber
Senior Lecturer in Finance and Real Estate, Harvard Business School
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, services, and technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and a principal in several real estate partnerships in Massachusetts. In the community, John is active with Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mount Auburn Hospital. He serves on the board of Vela Systems and is a past director of Boston Private Bank. Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.
Scott Mullen
General Manager, Hubway Bikeshare
Scott Mullen is a seasoned transportation professional with a focus on progressive, sustainable, green networks that promote livability in urban centers. Currently, Scott is the General Manager at Alta Bicycle Share, which operates Hubway Bikeshare. Hubway is a cutting-edge, sustainable bike sharing system that was launched in Boston in 2011. Comprised of more than 600 bicycles in Boston (as of 2011) with a planned regional network of more than 1,000 bicycles by the end of the year, bike sharing can help cities reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide residents more opportunities for activity. Prior to Hubway, Scott spent seven years at Zipcar, managing fleet operations in both Chicago and Boston as well as coordinating the national university program. Scott also spent five years as Managing Editor of The Ride Magazine, a Northeast publication covering bicycles and transportation issues.
12:45
Collective Action for Sustainability
Businesses are increasingly using the power of groups to solve issues and get buy-in from all stakeholders. In this session, representatives from the Center for Collective Intelligence and Continuum will discuss the emerging practice of using both socially-mediated and technology-mediated collective action as methods of addressing complex sustainability challenges.
Jason Jay
Director, MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society
Jason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society. He teaches courses on sustainable business strategy, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that promote more sustainable business practices, and he leads an MIT-wide Sustainable Societies Research Group. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Robert Laubacher
Associate Director, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Robert Laubacher is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) and also serves as CCI’s Associate Director. His research examines how the Internet is enabling new ways of organizing and undertaking work. He has published in academic journals and in venues such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal. He co-edited Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2003), a volume based on a multi-year research project at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and earned a Masters degree and completed doctoral coursework in modern history at Harvard. He also served as executive producer of two independent feature films, Home Before Dark (1996) which won the Jury Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and American Wake (2004). The films are available on Netflix or <a href="http://hazelwoodfilms.com/">www.hazelwoodfilms.com</a>.
Jenny Liang
Strategist, Continuum
Jenny is an expert at the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of information. She draws from both design and scientific research methodologies to help clients understand consumers, technology, and industy implications. Armed with this, Jenny can then make unexpected connections that drive new ideas and perspectives. In addition to client work, Jenny has also led a number of altruistic projects in her community.<br><br>At Continuum, Jenny has used her abilities to build innovation stategies for companies in the CPG, electronics, and tanspotation industries. She is an active member of Continuum's Social Innovation community and is currently developing initiatives to help companies profitably and meaningfully develop their social impact capabilities. Jenny also explores new design methodologies as a Lecturer at Otis College of At and Design and a Designer at Project H Design.<br><br>Jenny is a are combination of left and right-bained taining. She earned a BS (Honors) in Plant Biology from UC Berkeley and a MS in Industrial Design from At Center College of Design. Before joining Continuum, Jenny worked at a variety of design houses including Belkin, Sony, and ReadyMade Magazine. She has exhibited and presented her work at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California At, IDSA's International Conference, the Sustainable Cities and Mobility Conference, the Design of Pleasuable Products and Intefaces Conference, At Center Galley and ReadyMade Magazine.
Larry Susskind
Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT
Larry Susskind has been a professor at MIT for 40 years. He teaches environmental planning and negotiation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  He is director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program at the Harvard Law School and Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.  He has supervised more than 60 doctoral students who now work around the world in academia, government and the private sector. He is one of the founders and directors of the <a href="http://www.pon.harvard.edu">Program on Negotiation (PON)</a> at Harvard Law School where he is vice-chair for Education and a Visiting Professor of Law.  Professor Susskind founded the <a href="http://www.cbuilding.org">Consensus Building Institute</a> in 1993 and has been delivering tailored learning and organizational development solutions on a worldwide basis ever since. Through the executive training programs at PON he has offered specialized negotiation training (i.e., Technology Negotiation, Dealing with an Angry Public, Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation) to more than 40,000 people.

Professor Susskind is part of mediating teams operating in a number of countries. He has served as a mediator in more than 50 complex disputes as well as a Special Master appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is a member of the mediation panels of the National Association of Trial Court Mediators, The International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention, and the American Arbitration Association (Commercial Section).

He is the author or co-author of 18 books including Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results (Oxford University Press) as well as Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization (Harvard Business School Press) and the award-winning Multiparty Negotiation (Sage 2008).

Professor received a bachelors degree from Columbia University in 1968, a Master of City Planning from MIT in 1970 and a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT in 1973.
12:45
Sustainability in your Business: Emerging Best-Practices
Leaders in sustainability are faced with a growing array of standards from which to choose. While standards adoption is critical for building transparency and credibility, bringing sustainability to scale also requires investing in innovative strategies that aim to exceed stakeholder expectations. Join industry leaders in a dialogue on emerging standards and innovations that inspire teams, delight customers, and move organizations beyond best-practices.
Robert Eccles
Professor, Harvard Business School
Robert G. Eccles first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. He left in 1993 to work in the private sector and rejoined the faculty in 2007. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice and public policy perspective. He has written three books on this subject, The ValueReporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game (with Robert H. Herz, E. Mary Keegan and David M. H. Phillips), Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting (with Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr.), and One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (with Michael P. Krzus), which is the first book on this subject. One Report was the winner of the 2010 PROSE award in the category of Business, Finance, & Management. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee and the Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Jeffrey Hollender
Principal, Jeffrey Hollender Partners
Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation
Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm and a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Jeffrey's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender is also the 2011-2012 distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business.
Mindy Lubber
President, Ceres
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ <a href="http://www.ceres.org/bicep">Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR)</a>, a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched <a href="http://www.ceres.org/company-network/ceres-roadmap">The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability</a>, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. She also helps coordinate Ceres' <a href="http://www.ceres.org/bicep">Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP)</a>, a coalition of more than 20 leading consumer brand companies advocating for strong climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. and abroad.
13:55
Geoengineering: Can we do it? Should we do it?
Geoengineering is often thought of as a solution to climate change where large-scale technological solutions will step in to reengineer our climate system and save the day. Although geoengineering research is underway, it is still a controversial topic that brings up questions spanning science, geopolitics, industry, and ethics. In this panel, geoengineering experts at the forefront of science, business, and government discuss the feasibility and the ethics of geoengineering, and highlight key questions for future research. This session was developed with the help of MIT's Earth System Initiative.
Kerry Emanuel
Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and two books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, recently released by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press.
Eli Kintisch
Reporter, «Science»
Author of «Hack the Planet»
I’m a traditional science reporter reinventing myself as a creative climate journalist. Hack the Planet, a nonfiction book I published in 2009, explored why respected, wise scientists are exploring the frightening world of geoengineering the climate directly to reverse climate change. I'm a correspondent for Science magazine, where I've worked since 2005. As part of a Knight fellowship at MIT/Harvard this year I created the To Extremes art exhibition (toextremes.org) to encourage climate-art partnerships and create public art around climate change. I hold the monthly ClimateArtPizza shmoozing/brainstorming nights at my apartment at MIT. Next year I am co-teaching a class at Rhode Island School of Design on creating an ipad app around climate change. Email me on elikint@gmail.com and follow me at @elikint.
Ben Kravitz
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University
Ben Kravitz is a postdoctoral research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the Department of Global Ecology, working under the supervision of Ken Caldeira. His research largely involves climate model simulations to investigate aerosol radiative forcing and dynamical climate response, in particular involving various geoengineering scenarios. He is also one of the coordinators of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project, which provides climate modeling centers around the world with standardized experiments to determine the robust features of climate model responses to geoengineering. He has lately been spending his free time reading, getting back into cooking, and traveling, especially around his recently adopted home in the San Francisco bay area.
Justin McClellan
Aerospace Analysis Group Lead, Aurora Flight Sciences
Justin McClellan is the Aerospace Analysis Group Lead at Aurora Flight Sciences R&D Center. He focuses on the design and development of piloted and autonomous aerospace systems. His design experience includes interplanetary spacecraft, 5-year endurance solar airplanes, high-altitude airplanes, passenger and military transport aircraft. Recently McClellan led a year-long study on feasibility and cost of using aerospace vehicles for Geoengineering flights to the stratosphere. His team worked with climate scientists to design aerospace fleets that can deliver millions of tons of reflective mist to high altitude. There the mist reflects away some of the suns heat, cooling surface temperatures about a degree or two. The results of the study were featured in The Economist and McClellan has been interviewed by National Geographic Television. Prior to Aurora, McClellan was an aerospace systems engineer at AeroAstro Inc and earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2004 from Boston University. He will finish his Executive MBA at Boston University in 2013.
13:55
Socially-Mediated Collective Action Workshop
In collaboration with Continuum and the Climate CoLab, this unique workshop will demonstrate the facilitation process of using multi-stakeholder perspectives and opinions to address a pressing sustainability issue. Participants will work in groups to brainstorm potential solutions to a given sustainability challenge. At the end of the session, these ideas will be shared on the Climate CoLab website after the summit, where outside participants can provide feedback and responses, thereby increasing multi-stakeholder buy-in and maximizing collective intelligence.
Tiffany Chu
Business Development Associate, Continuum
With a background in architecture and urban design, Tiffany has a passion for understanding how people inteact with the world around them – physically, digitally, and psychologically. Prior to Continuum, Tiffany’s broad experiences span work at Pixar Animation Studios, h2o architectes in Paris, and the Office of Recovey Management in New Orleans. She was also a researcher at MIT's Sidewalk Laboatoy in the Depatment of Urban Planning, where she developed alternative forms of critical catogaphy and mapped sidewalk life and the use of public spaces. She is also an avid writer and social media specialist, regularly contributing to design publications such as Dwell and Core77. She snaps photos on her iPhone wherever she goes, ovewhelms friends and family with her early-adopter energy, and basically lives on the internet. Tiffany has lived and worked in Boston, San Fancisco, New York, Copenhagen, Taiwan, and Paris, and brings contextual and cultual threads from all of these places into her work. She is tained as a designer and holds a B.S. in Architecture and a concentation in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mike Clare
Strategist, Continuum
Mike brings simplicity and clear understanding to challenges that are complex and confusing. He finds inspiration in observing people and their relation to the world around them. With clients, he works to align what makes sense for their business with what will be meaningful to their end consumers. At Continuum, he worked with a Fortune 50 company to create a system to attract a new type of consumer – representing a new segment of their business. The project is one of the first major steps in transforming the entire company toward a new direction.<br><br>Prior to joining Continuum, Mike worked for a giftware company where he designed products and packaging and for a technology design firm where he developed projects that would create meaningful interactions between new technologies and people. Mike earned his bachelor of fine arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Erik Duhaime
Director of Partnerships, Climate Co-Lab
Erik Duhaime is a researcher at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and is the Director of Partnerships on the Climate CoLab team. Previously he was the Director of Business Development for the Capital Good Fund, a green microfinance startup based in Providence, RI, and the Manager of Project 20/20, a student-run initiative that retrofitted over 5,000 low-income homes with energy-efficient lighting. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Human Biology from Brown University and an M.Phil. in Human Evolutionary Studies from Cambridge University, UK. In the fall of 2012, Erik will enter the Sloan School of Management PhD Program with a concentration in Organization Studies.
Jenny Liang
Strategist, Continuum
Jenny is an expert at the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of information. She draws from both design and scientific research methodologies to help clients understand consumers, technology, and industy implications. Armed with this, Jenny can then make unexpected connections that drive new ideas and perspectives. In addition to client work, Jenny has also led a number of altruistic projects in her community.<br><br>At Continuum, Jenny has used her abilities to build innovation stategies for companies in the CPG, electronics, and tanspotation industries. She is an active member of Continuum's Social Innovation community and is currently developing initiatives to help companies profitably and meaningfully develop their social impact capabilities. Jenny also explores new design methodologies as a Lecturer at Otis College of At and Design and a Designer at Project H Design.<br><br>Jenny is a are combination of left and right-bained taining. She earned a BS (Honors) in Plant Biology from UC Berkeley and a MS in Industrial Design from At Center College of Design. Before joining Continuum, Jenny worked at a variety of design houses including Belkin, Sony, and ReadyMade Magazine. She has exhibited and presented her work at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California At, IDSA's International Conference, the Sustainable Cities and Mobility Conference, the Design of Pleasuable Products and Intefaces Conference, At Center Galley and ReadyMade Magazine.
Kelly Sherman
Design Strategist, Continuum
As a Design Strategist at Continuum, Kelly Sherman identifies the needs and wants of consumers, bringing to life new products, services and business opportunities for her clients. Her understanding of consumer needs has resulted in successful projects in diverse industries, including personal care, home cleaning, transportation, electronics, industrial equipment and hospitality.<br><br>With her sights on the future of design and business, Kelly is deeply engaged in Continuum’s environmental sustainability efforts and speaks regularly on the intersection of consumers, design and sustainability. She recently received a gold IDEA award for her work on Colorblind, an initiative focused on discovering what the average consumer thinks about environmental sustainability.<br><br>Outside of Continuum, Kelly uses her ability to translate observations of people into rich stories in her work as a practicing artist. Among her many creative accomplishments, Kelly’s “Wish Lists”—an installation which probes the wants and values of 40 individuals—is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
13:55
Big Data's Promise for Sustainability
Given today's unprecedented access to data and information, we have never been better equipped to address our current social, environmental, and economic challenges. On this panel, visionaries will highlight how big data is evolving to model earth systems and human behavior, and these leaders will discuss the opportunities that big data offers sustainability through meaningful behavior change. By exploring theories ranging from social statistics to science fiction, this panel will highlight the conditions required to model and apply big data, and investigate questions about ethics, privacy, and data ownership.
Cesar Hidalgo
Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab
Faculty Associate, Harvard Center for International Development
César A. Hidalgo is the head of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Asahi Broadcast Corporation Career Development Professor. César is also a faculty associate at Harvard's University Center for International Development. Before joining MIT, César worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Research Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Development. His work focuses on improving the understanding of systems using and developing concepts of complexity, evolution and network science. His areas of application include (i) economic development, where he has pioneered the use of networks to quantify the productive structure of countries and its evolution, (ii) systems biology where he has published work on disease co-morbidity and genetic regulation, and (iii), social systems, where he has worked on human mobility and social network analysis using mobile phone data. César A. Hidalgo holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.
Andrew Hoffman
Professor of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan
Associate Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Within this role, Andy also serves as Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Professor Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over ninety articles as well as nine books, which have been translated into five languages.
Francoise LeGoues
Vice President for Innovative Initiatives, IBM
Françoise LeGoues is the Vice President for Innovation Initiatives in IBM’s CIO’s organization. She and her team are responsible for identifying, testing and transferring emerging technologies that have the potential for transforming IBM and the way IBMers work, communicate, and innovate. She joined the IBM Research Division after getting a Ph.D. in Material Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University. As a Research Staff Member, and then as the manager of the “Materials Characterization” group, she authored over 150 scientific publications and obtained 4 patents. In her most recent role as VP and CTO for the Distribution Sector, in IBM’s Sales and Distribution organization, she used innovation throughout IBM to help define and build new industry solutions and to help clients define their own technology strategy. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and a member of the IBM Academy.
Alessandro Vespignani
Sternberg Distinguished Professor of Physics, Northeastern University
Alessandro Vespignani is Sternberg Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University with appointments in the College of Computer and Information Sciences, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Department of Physics. He is the director of the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical systems. Prof. Vespignani received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics and both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He completed his postdoctoral research at Yale University and Leiden University. Before joining Northeastern University, Prof. Vespignani was the J.H.Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and served as the Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and the Associate Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Prof. Vespignani is a fellow of the American Physical Society and elected member of the Academy of Europe. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and Scientific Director of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Italy.
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Afternoon Coffee Break
15:15
Afternoon Keynote
16:00
Closing Remarks
16:30
Cocktail Reception
Friday 27 April 2012
08:00
Registration and Breakfast
09:00
Opening Remarks
09:10
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Intro Keynote
09:45
Morning Keynote
10:45
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Sustainability in the Built Environment
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Sustainability Transformation of Large Organizations
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Challenges in Scaling Social Enterprises
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Networking Lunch with Pitch Session
12:45
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Adoption of Transportation Alternatives - An Ecosystem Approach
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Collective Action for Sustainability
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Sustainability in your Business: Emerging Best-Practices
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Geoengineering: Can we do it? Should we do it?
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Socially-Mediated Collective Action Workshop
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Big Data's Promise for Sustainability
14:55
Afternoon Coffee Break
15:15
Afternoon Keynote
16:00
Closing Remarks
16:30
Cocktail Reception


Session descriptions


Intro Keynote

Jeremy Grantham
CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF INVESTMENT STRATEGIST, GMO
Mr. Grantham is co-founder and chief investment strategist at GMO, a Boston-based asset management firm with nearly $100 billion under management. Mr. Grantham is a member of the GMO Board and has also served on investment boards of several non-profit organizations. He has been featured in Forbes, Barron’s and Business Week and is routinely quoted by the financial press. Mr. Grantham is also the founder of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.<br><br>Mr. Grantham co-founded GMO in 1977; prior to GMO’s founding, he was co-founder of Batterymarch Financial Management in 1969, where he recommended commercial indexing in 1971, one of several claims to being first. He began his investment career as an economist with Royal Dutch Shell, and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.<br><br>See Jeremy’s <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/magazine/can-jeremy-grantham-profit-from-ecological-mayhem.html">thoughts on resource limitation</a> in The New York Times, or read his <a href="http://www.gmo.com/websitecontent/JGLetter_LongestLetterEver_4Q11.pdf">Q4 2011 newsletter</a>, the widely-circulated &quot;Longest Quarterly Letter Ever.&quot;


Sustainability in the Built Environment

When it comes to the built environment, our decisions have long memories. Considering the environmental impact wrapped up in every building, it's clear that sustainability improvements to the built environment can have a tremendous effect on our overall footprint. This session takes a deeper look at successful efforts in the built environment on multiple scales: cutting-edge green skyscrapers, building and neighborhood retrofits, transformation of real estate holdings, and the next generation of ratings/protocols.

Sustainability Transformation of Large Organizations

A commonly cited barrier to achieving sustainability is that changes are hard to reconcile, or even incompatible—with the existing missions of our public and private institutions. However, a growing number of organizations are proving this to be a fallacy. In this panel, representatives from large organizations, both private and public, will discuss how they have been able not only to succeed but also thrive by embedding sustainability into their organizations' core operating principles. Panelists will discuss challenges to implementation and strategies for creating buy-in and alignment at all levels of the organization.
Nancy Gillis
DIRECTOR, U.S. General Services Administration Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office
Nancy Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the technical and policy recommendations outlined in the EO 13514 Vendor and Contractor GHG Emissions report; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.
Jeffrey Hollender
PRINCIPAL, Jeffrey Hollender Partners and Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation
Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm and a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Jeffrey's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender is also the 2011-2012 distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business.
Jason Jay
DIRECTOR, MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society
Jason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society. He teaches courses on sustainable business strategy, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that promote more sustainable business practices, and he leads an MIT-wide Sustainable Societies Research Group. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chris Park
PRINCIPAL, Deloitte Consulting
Chris Park is a Principal and leads Deloitte’s Sustainability, Energy & Environment practice. Chris joined Deloitte Consulting LLP in 1994. He is a registered architect and in his career he has served clients in the public sector, life sciences, health care provider, manufacturing, higher education, financial services, not-for-profit and retail industries. Chris leads Deloitte’s service offerings in sustainability, corporate responsibility, energy and environment through the Sustainability Integrated Market Offering (IMO). His primary focus in the sustainability arena is strategy, operations, cost reduction, training and policy, performance management, and implementation planning. Chris’ recent clients include: Forest City, Amgen, Biogen, Comerica Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, United States Postal Service, Kaiser Permanente, Boston Scientific, HP and Target.


Challenges in Scaling Social Enterprises

Many of today's social and environmental innovators lack the knowledge, tools, and infrastructure to enter new markets. Compared to traditional private organizations, social enterprises may take a different approach to scaling, considering whether the goal is to scale the impact or the size of the organization itself. Blending perspectives from the social and private sectors, this panel, featuring practitioners, investors, and network facilitators' cutting edge practices, will discuss what it means to scale in the social sector and how social entrepreneurs and stakeholders can tackle this challenge together.
Blandine Antoine
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, EGG-Energy
Blandine Antoine is an energy enthusiast. She co-founded Prométhée (a non-profit committed to education on energy issues), and researched energy management policies in developing countries (including Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia). She co-founded EGG-energy upon returning from an "Energy World Tour" aimed at identifying innovative solutions to energy problems around the world and currently serves as its Director of Strategy. Blandine holds a diplme d'ingénieur from Ecole Polytechnique (France), MSc in nuclear engineering from UC Berkeley, and MPA from Ecole des Ponts Paristech (France). She is currently on leave from the French Department for Infrastructure and the Environment (MEEDTL).
Conor French
PRESIDENT, Indego Africa
A corporate attorney turned social entrepreneur, Conor is President & COO of Indego Africa and committed business partner to more than 400 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. Indego Africa is a non-profit social enterprise that integrates a market-based approach to income generation with a philanthropic investment in women’s education to break the cycle of systemic poverty in Africa.<br><br>Prior to joining Indego Africa, Conor practiced law at the global firm of Latham & Watkins. He represented public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and investors in a wide range of leveraged finance and other business transactions. As pro bono counsel to Ashoka, Conor structured joint ventures, strategic partnerships and other collaborations that provided critical support for Ashoka’s global network of leading social entrepreneurs.<br><br>Conor is a Truman National Security Fellow and an 85Broads Guy Who Rocks and he frequently speaks on issues related to social innovation and impact, economic development, micro-enterprise in Africa, business and philanthropy and non-profit leadership. His writing has recently been featured in McKinsey & Company’s What Matters, Ashoka’s Change Insight, Deal Lawyers and in an upcoming book entitled Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World.<br><br>Conor serves on the board of directors of Red Hen Press (including chairing its audit committee) and NYU Law’s Alumni Association and is a member of the Committee on Attorney Professionalism for the NYSBA. Conor received a B.A. in History and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from NYU Law, where he was an editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. He is qualified to practice before the CA, DC, MA, and NY bars.
Miguel Granier
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, Invested Development
Miguel is the Founder/Director of Invested Development, a Boston based impact seed-stage investment firm. Before founding Invested Development he was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures, a seed-stage social impact investment fund affiliated with Gray Ghost Ventures in Atlanta, Georgia.<br><br>Miguel began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York in 2003 and continued that work as an independent consultant specializing in economic development and microfinance.<br><br>In addition to his work in microfinance and social enterprise, Miguel, has worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York, and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. He holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a specialization in Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
Tracie Neuhaus
MANAGER, Monitor Institute
Tracie Neuhaus is part of the Monitor Institute's Cambridge office and has broad experience advising clients in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, both domestically and abroad. At the Institute, she has consulted to foundations and non-profits on issues related to strategic planning, growth, innovation, social change models, and impact measurement and evaluation. Before joining the Institute, Tracie spent several years as part of Monitor's commercial practice in Europe, consulting to clients in the life sciences, consumer goods, and public sectors on issues related to marketing and growth strategy and organizational effectiveness.<br><br>Tracie has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of the New York area, she has lived and worked in five countries, including the UK, France, India, Spain, and the US. In 2010, Tracie completed the 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge, in which she, along with 10 other women, successfully summitted three of the tallest peaks in Africa in three weeks, raising over $100,000 for three East African charities that empower women and girls through their work. She continues to be active part of the newly formed Peaks Foundation, serving as the founding president of the alumni society in 2011.


Adoption of Transportation Alternatives - An Ecosystem Approach

As new advances in sustainable technologies or practices are created, they risk premature failure due to low adoption rates. We will examine this challenge through the lens of several emerging transportation alternatives and the necessary government infrastructure and economic ecosystems that enable their adoption. Panelists will discuss current business models such as bike and car share programs, alternative technologies designed at MIT including the Copenhagen Wheel, and the economic and governmental infrastructure driving adoption in both developed and emerging markets.
Henrietta Davis
MAYOR, City of Cambridge
Henrietta Davis is the Mayor of the City of Cambridge. She has previously served eight terms on the Cambridge City Council and as the City’s Vice Mayor. For many years she was the Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee and she led the Council to adopt a Green Building policy for all new city buildings. Mayor Davis also served as the immediate past Chair of the National League of Cities’ Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She is a member of the Massachusetts Municipal Association Energy and Environmental Policy Committee.<br.<br>During her time serving the City of Cambridge, Mayor Davis has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation, aging in Cambridge and children’s health. She counts as significant accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Mayor Davis is proud to say that Cambridge is the 2012 "#1 Walking City in the U.S", according to Prevention Magazine.
Ruth Jurberg
COORDINATOR OF ACCELERATED GROWTH-PAC PROGRAM, Government of Rio de Janeiro
Kristian Kloeckl
RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MIT SENSEable City Laboratory
Kristian Kloeckl leads the Real-Time City initiative at the MIT Senseable City Lab in Boston and Singapore and teaches design at MIT as well as the IUAV University of Venice. A trained industrial designer, he has conducted his studies in Austria, Italy and the UK and holds a PhD in Design Sciences. Kristian has worked with Antonio Citterio in his Milan design studio and has consulted companies in Italy and Austria on industrial design and design strategy. His projects have been exhibited at the MoMA (2008), the Venice architecture Biennale (2008), the Vienna MAK (2009), as well as the Singapore Art Museum (2011).
John D. Macomber
SENIOR LECTURER IN FINANCE AND REAL ESTATE, Harvard Business School
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, services, and technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and a principal in several real estate partnerships in Massachusetts. In the community, John is active with Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and Mount Auburn Hospital. He serves on the board of Vela Systems and is a past director of Boston Private Bank. Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.
Scott Mullen
GENERAL MANAGER, Hubway Bikeshare
Scott Mullen is a seasoned transportation professional with a focus on progressive, sustainable, green networks that promote livability in urban centers. Currently, Scott is the General Manager at Alta Bicycle Share, which operates Hubway Bikeshare. Hubway is a cutting-edge, sustainable bike sharing system that was launched in Boston in 2011. Comprised of more than 600 bicycles in Boston (as of 2011) with a planned regional network of more than 1,000 bicycles by the end of the year, bike sharing can help cities reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide residents more opportunities for activity. Prior to Hubway, Scott spent seven years at Zipcar, managing fleet operations in both Chicago and Boston as well as coordinating the national university program. Scott also spent five years as Managing Editor of The Ride Magazine, a Northeast publication covering bicycles and transportation issues.


Collective Action for Sustainability

Businesses are increasingly using the power of groups to solve issues and get buy-in from all stakeholders. In this session, representatives from the Center for Collective Intelligence and Continuum will discuss the emerging practice of using both socially-mediated and technology-mediated collective action as methods of addressing complex sustainability challenges.
Jason Jay
DIRECTOR, MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society
Jason Jay is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Sloan Initiative for Sustainable Business and Society. He teaches courses on sustainable business strategy, and gets students and alumni engaged in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations. His research focuses on cross-sectoral collaboration and hybrid organizations that promote more sustainable business practices, and he leads an MIT-wide Sustainable Societies Research Group. Prior to MIT, Jason was a management consultant for Dialogos International, where he consulted on leadership development and organizational change for major international corporations and NGO's including BP, the World Bank, and the Instituto Libertad y Democracia. Jason holds a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an AB and M.Ed from Harvard University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Robert Laubacher
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
Robert Laubacher is a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) and also serves as CCI’s Associate Director. His research examines how the Internet is enabling new ways of organizing and undertaking work. He has published in academic journals and in venues such as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal. He co-edited Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2003), a volume based on a multi-year research project at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He holds an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and earned a Masters degree and completed doctoral coursework in modern history at Harvard. He also served as executive producer of two independent feature films, Home Before Dark (1996) which won the Jury Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and American Wake (2004). The films are available on Netflix or <a href="http://hazelwoodfilms.com/">www.hazelwoodfilms.com</a>.
Jenny Liang
STRATEGIST, Continuum
Jenny is an expert at the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of information. She draws from both design and scientific research methodologies to help clients understand consumers, technology, and industy implications. Armed with this, Jenny can then make unexpected connections that drive new ideas and perspectives. In addition to client work, Jenny has also led a number of altruistic projects in her community.<br><br>At Continuum, Jenny has used her abilities to build innovation stategies for companies in the CPG, electronics, and tanspotation industries. She is an active member of Continuum's Social Innovation community and is currently developing initiatives to help companies profitably and meaningfully develop their social impact capabilities. Jenny also explores new design methodologies as a Lecturer at Otis College of At and Design and a Designer at Project H Design.<br><br>Jenny is a are combination of left and right-bained taining. She earned a BS (Honors) in Plant Biology from UC Berkeley and a MS in Industrial Design from At Center College of Design. Before joining Continuum, Jenny worked at a variety of design houses including Belkin, Sony, and ReadyMade Magazine. She has exhibited and presented her work at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California At, IDSA's International Conference, the Sustainable Cities and Mobility Conference, the Design of Pleasuable Products and Intefaces Conference, At Center Galley and ReadyMade Magazine.
Larry Susskind
PROFESSOR OF URBAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING, MIT
Larry Susskind has been a professor at MIT for 40 years. He teaches environmental planning and negotiation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  He is director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program at the Harvard Law School and Director of the MIT Science Impact Collaborative in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.  He has supervised more than 60 doctoral students who now work around the world in academia, government and the private sector. He is one of the founders and directors of the <a href="http://www.pon.harvard.edu">Program on Negotiation (PON)</a> at Harvard Law School where he is vice-chair for Education and a Visiting Professor of Law.  Professor Susskind founded the <a href="http://www.cbuilding.org">Consensus Building Institute</a> in 1993 and has been delivering tailored learning and organizational development solutions on a worldwide basis ever since. Through the executive training programs at PON he has offered specialized negotiation training (i.e., Technology Negotiation, Dealing with an Angry Public, Teaching Negotiation in the Corporation) to more than 40,000 people.

Professor Susskind is part of mediating teams operating in a number of countries. He has served as a mediator in more than 50 complex disputes as well as a Special Master appointed by the Superior Court of New Jersey. He is a member of the mediation panels of the National Association of Trial Court Mediators, The International Institute for Conflict Resolution and Prevention, and the American Arbitration Association (Commercial Section).

He is the author or co-author of 18 books including Breaking Robert’s Rules: The New Way to Run Your meeting, Build Consensus and Get Results (Oxford University Press) as well as Built to Win: Creating a World-Class Negotiating Organization (Harvard Business School Press) and the award-winning Multiparty Negotiation (Sage 2008).

Professor received a bachelors degree from Columbia University in 1968, a Master of City Planning from MIT in 1970 and a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT in 1973.


Sustainability in your Business: Emerging Best-Practices

Leaders in sustainability are faced with a growing array of standards from which to choose. While standards adoption is critical for building transparency and credibility, bringing sustainability to scale also requires investing in innovative strategies that aim to exceed stakeholder expectations. Join industry leaders in a dialogue on emerging standards and innovations that inspire teams, delight customers, and move organizations beyond best-practices.
Robert Eccles
PROFESSOR, Harvard Business School
Robert G. Eccles first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. He left in 1993 to work in the private sector and rejoined the faculty in 2007. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic which remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice and public policy perspective. He has written three books on this subject, The ValueReporting Revolution: Moving Beyond the Earnings Game (with Robert H. Herz, E. Mary Keegan and David M. H. Phillips), Building Public Trust: The Future of Corporate Reporting (with Samuel A. DiPiazza Jr.), and One Report: Integrated Reporting for a Sustainable Strategy (with Michael P. Krzus), which is the first book on this subject. One Report was the winner of the 2010 PROSE award in the category of Business, Finance, & Management. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Integrated Reporting Committee and the Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
Jeffrey Hollender
PRINCIPAL, Jeffrey Hollender Partners
Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation
Jeffrey Hollender is the founder of Jeffrey Hollender Partners, a business strategy consulting firm and a leading authority on social entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty-three years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the company into a $150 million natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Jeffrey's passion for changing the negative impact that industry has on the environment and society is evident in each of his seven books, including 2010's The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win. Hollender is also the 2011-2012 distinguished Citi Fellow in Leadership and Ethics at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is also the co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 110,000 business leaders committed to changing the rules of business.
Mindy Lubber
PRESIDENT, Ceres
Mindy S. Lubber is the president of Ceres and a founding board member of the organization. She also directs Ceres’ <a href="http://www.ceres.org/bicep">Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR)</a>, a group of 100 institutional investors managing nearly $10 trillion in assets focused on the business risks and opportunities of climate change. Under Mindy’s leadership, Ceres launched <a href="http://www.ceres.org/company-network/ceres-roadmap">The 21st Century Corporation: The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability</a>, a visionary practical guide highlighting environmental and social performance improvements companies and investors must achieve to succeed in the resource-constrained 21st century global economy. She also helps coordinate Ceres' <a href="http://www.ceres.org/bicep">Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP)</a>, a coalition of more than 20 leading consumer brand companies advocating for strong climate and clean energy policies in the U.S. and abroad.


Geoengineering: Can we do it? Should we do it?

Geoengineering is often thought of as a solution to climate change where large-scale technological solutions will step in to reengineer our climate system and save the day. Although geoengineering research is underway, it is still a controversial topic that brings up questions spanning science, geopolitics, industry, and ethics. In this panel, geoengineering experts at the forefront of science, business, and government discuss the feasibility and the ethics of geoengineering, and highlight key questions for future research. This session was developed with the help of MIT's Earth System Initiative.
Kerry Emanuel
PROFESSOR OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE, MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Dr. Kerry Emanuel is the Cecil and Ida Green professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has been on the faculty since 1981, after spending three years on the faculty of UCLA. Professor Emanuel's research interests focus on tropical meteorology and climate, with a specialty in hurricane physics. His interests also include cumulus convection, and advanced methods of sampling the atmosphere in aid of numerical weather prediction. He is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and two books, including Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes, recently released by Oxford University Press and aimed at a general audience, and What We Know about Climate Change, published by the MIT Press.
Eli Kintisch
REPORTER, «Science»
Author of «Hack the Planet»
I’m a traditional science reporter reinventing myself as a creative climate journalist. Hack the Planet, a nonfiction book I published in 2009, explored why respected, wise scientists are exploring the frightening world of geoengineering the climate directly to reverse climate change. I'm a correspondent for Science magazine, where I've worked since 2005. As part of a Knight fellowship at MIT/Harvard this year I created the To Extremes art exhibition (toextremes.org) to encourage climate-art partnerships and create public art around climate change. I hold the monthly ClimateArtPizza shmoozing/brainstorming nights at my apartment at MIT. Next year I am co-teaching a class at Rhode Island School of Design on creating an ipad app around climate change. Email me on elikint@gmail.com and follow me at @elikint.
Ben Kravitz
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University
Ben Kravitz is a postdoctoral research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the Department of Global Ecology, working under the supervision of Ken Caldeira. His research largely involves climate model simulations to investigate aerosol radiative forcing and dynamical climate response, in particular involving various geoengineering scenarios. He is also one of the coordinators of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project, which provides climate modeling centers around the world with standardized experiments to determine the robust features of climate model responses to geoengineering. He has lately been spending his free time reading, getting back into cooking, and traveling, especially around his recently adopted home in the San Francisco bay area.
Justin McClellan
AEROSPACE ANALYSIS GROUP LEAD, Aurora Flight Sciences
Justin McClellan is the Aerospace Analysis Group Lead at Aurora Flight Sciences R&D Center. He focuses on the design and development of piloted and autonomous aerospace systems. His design experience includes interplanetary spacecraft, 5-year endurance solar airplanes, high-altitude airplanes, passenger and military transport aircraft. Recently McClellan led a year-long study on feasibility and cost of using aerospace vehicles for Geoengineering flights to the stratosphere. His team worked with climate scientists to design aerospace fleets that can deliver millions of tons of reflective mist to high altitude. There the mist reflects away some of the suns heat, cooling surface temperatures about a degree or two. The results of the study were featured in The Economist and McClellan has been interviewed by National Geographic Television. Prior to Aurora, McClellan was an aerospace systems engineer at AeroAstro Inc and earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering in 2004 from Boston University. He will finish his Executive MBA at Boston University in 2013.


Socially-Mediated Collective Action Workshop

In collaboration with Continuum and the Climate CoLab, this unique workshop will demonstrate the facilitation process of using multi-stakeholder perspectives and opinions to address a pressing sustainability issue. Participants will work in groups to brainstorm potential solutions to a given sustainability challenge. At the end of the session, these ideas will be shared on the Climate CoLab website after the summit, where outside participants can provide feedback and responses, thereby increasing multi-stakeholder buy-in and maximizing collective intelligence.
Tiffany Chu
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE, Continuum
With a background in architecture and urban design, Tiffany has a passion for understanding how people inteact with the world around them – physically, digitally, and psychologically. Prior to Continuum, Tiffany’s broad experiences span work at Pixar Animation Studios, h2o architectes in Paris, and the Office of Recovey Management in New Orleans. She was also a researcher at MIT's Sidewalk Laboatoy in the Depatment of Urban Planning, where she developed alternative forms of critical catogaphy and mapped sidewalk life and the use of public spaces. She is also an avid writer and social media specialist, regularly contributing to design publications such as Dwell and Core77. She snaps photos on her iPhone wherever she goes, ovewhelms friends and family with her early-adopter energy, and basically lives on the internet. Tiffany has lived and worked in Boston, San Fancisco, New York, Copenhagen, Taiwan, and Paris, and brings contextual and cultual threads from all of these places into her work. She is tained as a designer and holds a B.S. in Architecture and a concentation in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mike Clare
STRATEGIST, Continuum
Mike brings simplicity and clear understanding to challenges that are complex and confusing. He finds inspiration in observing people and their relation to the world around them. With clients, he works to align what makes sense for their business with what will be meaningful to their end consumers. At Continuum, he worked with a Fortune 50 company to create a system to attract a new type of consumer – representing a new segment of their business. The project is one of the first major steps in transforming the entire company toward a new direction.<br><br>Prior to joining Continuum, Mike worked for a giftware company where he designed products and packaging and for a technology design firm where he developed projects that would create meaningful interactions between new technologies and people. Mike earned his bachelor of fine arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Erik Duhaime
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS, Climate Co-Lab
Erik Duhaime is a researcher at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and is the Director of Partnerships on the Climate CoLab team. Previously he was the Director of Business Development for the Capital Good Fund, a green microfinance startup based in Providence, RI, and the Manager of Project 20/20, a student-run initiative that retrofitted over 5,000 low-income homes with energy-efficient lighting. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Human Biology from Brown University and an M.Phil. in Human Evolutionary Studies from Cambridge University, UK. In the fall of 2012, Erik will enter the Sloan School of Management PhD Program with a concentration in Organization Studies.
Jenny Liang
STRATEGIST, Continuum
Jenny is an expert at the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of information. She draws from both design and scientific research methodologies to help clients understand consumers, technology, and industy implications. Armed with this, Jenny can then make unexpected connections that drive new ideas and perspectives. In addition to client work, Jenny has also led a number of altruistic projects in her community.<br><br>At Continuum, Jenny has used her abilities to build innovation stategies for companies in the CPG, electronics, and tanspotation industries. She is an active member of Continuum's Social Innovation community and is currently developing initiatives to help companies profitably and meaningfully develop their social impact capabilities. Jenny also explores new design methodologies as a Lecturer at Otis College of At and Design and a Designer at Project H Design.<br><br>Jenny is a are combination of left and right-bained taining. She earned a BS (Honors) in Plant Biology from UC Berkeley and a MS in Industrial Design from At Center College of Design. Before joining Continuum, Jenny worked at a variety of design houses including Belkin, Sony, and ReadyMade Magazine. She has exhibited and presented her work at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California At, IDSA's International Conference, the Sustainable Cities and Mobility Conference, the Design of Pleasuable Products and Intefaces Conference, At Center Galley and ReadyMade Magazine.
Kelly Sherman
DESIGN STRATEGIST, Continuum
As a Design Strategist at Continuum, Kelly Sherman identifies the needs and wants of consumers, bringing to life new products, services and business opportunities for her clients. Her understanding of consumer needs has resulted in successful projects in diverse industries, including personal care, home cleaning, transportation, electronics, industrial equipment and hospitality.<br><br>With her sights on the future of design and business, Kelly is deeply engaged in Continuum’s environmental sustainability efforts and speaks regularly on the intersection of consumers, design and sustainability. She recently received a gold IDEA award for her work on Colorblind, an initiative focused on discovering what the average consumer thinks about environmental sustainability.<br><br>Outside of Continuum, Kelly uses her ability to translate observations of people into rich stories in her work as a practicing artist. Among her many creative accomplishments, Kelly’s “Wish Lists”—an installation which probes the wants and values of 40 individuals—is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.


Big Data's Promise for Sustainability

Given today's unprecedented access to data and information, we have never been better equipped to address our current social, environmental, and economic challenges. On this panel, visionaries will highlight how big data is evolving to model earth systems and human behavior, and these leaders will discuss the opportunities that big data offers sustainability through meaningful behavior change. By exploring theories ranging from social statistics to science fiction, this panel will highlight the conditions required to model and apply big data, and investigate questions about ethics, privacy, and data ownership.
Cesar Hidalgo
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MIT Media Lab
Faculty Associate, Harvard Center for International Development
César A. Hidalgo is the head of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Asahi Broadcast Corporation Career Development Professor. César is also a faculty associate at Harvard's University Center for International Development. Before joining MIT, César worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Research Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Development. His work focuses on improving the understanding of systems using and developing concepts of complexity, evolution and network science. His areas of application include (i) economic development, where he has pioneered the use of networks to quantify the productive structure of countries and its evolution, (ii) systems biology where he has published work on disease co-morbidity and genetic regulation, and (iii), social systems, where he has worked on human mobility and social network analysis using mobile phone data. César A. Hidalgo holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.
Andrew Hoffman
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS, University of Michigan
Associate Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, University of Michigan
Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Within this role, Andy also serves as Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Professor Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues. He has written extensively about: the evolving nature of field level pressures related to environmental issues; the corporate responses that have emerged as a result of those pressures, particularly around the issue of climate change; the interconnected networks among non-governmental organizations and corporations and how those networks influence change processes within cultural and institutional systems; the social and psychological barriers to these change processes; and the underlying cultural values that are engaged when these barriers are overcome. He has published over ninety articles as well as nine books, which have been translated into five languages.
Francoise LeGoues
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INNOVATIVE INITIATIVES, IBM
Françoise LeGoues is the Vice President for Innovation Initiatives in IBM’s CIO’s organization. She and her team are responsible for identifying, testing and transferring emerging technologies that have the potential for transforming IBM and the way IBMers work, communicate, and innovate. She joined the IBM Research Division after getting a Ph.D. in Material Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University. As a Research Staff Member, and then as the manager of the “Materials Characterization” group, she authored over 150 scientific publications and obtained 4 patents. In her most recent role as VP and CTO for the Distribution Sector, in IBM’s Sales and Distribution organization, she used innovation throughout IBM to help define and build new industry solutions and to help clients define their own technology strategy. She is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, and a member of the IBM Academy.
Alessandro Vespignani
STERNBERG DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF PHYSICS, Northeastern University
Alessandro Vespignani is Sternberg Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University with appointments in the College of Computer and Information Sciences, the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and the Department of Physics. He is the director of the Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-technical systems. Prof. Vespignani received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D., both in physics and both from the University of Rome "La Sapienza," in 1990 and 1993 respectively. He completed his postdoctoral research at Yale University and Leiden University. Before joining Northeastern University, Prof. Vespignani was the J.H.Rudy Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University and served as the Director of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research and the Associate Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Prof. Vespignani is a fellow of the American Physical Society and elected member of the Academy of Europe. He is also a member of the editorial boards of several scientific journals, and Scientific Director of the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Italy.