Opening Keynote and General Session Speakers

The Program Planning committee is proud to bring you the following opening keynote and general session speakers. These talented speakers think, do and measure sustainability in higher education, business and consulting. 


Renew, Restore, Regenerate: Sustainability Director’s Panel

with Meghan Chapple, Claudia Frere-Anderson and Aurora Winslade

About 10 years ago, colleges and universities began their journeys to a lower carbon future by signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now known as the Climate Leadership Commitments. Over the course of a decade, many things change including campus leadership, goals and priorities. Learning from the past and thinking of the future, how do we renew our charge and our place in campus life? Three female directors of sustainability will share their many years of experience and how they imbue a philosophy of “renew, restore and regenerate” into their work.

Catching the Sun - Opportunities for a Sustainable Solar Future

with filmmaker, educator, and eco-activist, Shalini Kantayya

After lunch on Monday, Shalini Kantayya shows us that sustainable energy isn’t just right for the environment, but also means untold economic opportunities. There’s a race afoot for the clean energy future—the foremost global economic opportunity of our time. Already more than half of the new energy that’s coming online globally is from renewable sources. It represents a trillion dollar industry. And all over the world, countries are making a transition. Some countries will actually leap-frog the grid and catapult into a distributed future. President Obama has said “the country that leads in clean energy will be the country that leads the 21st Century.” The U.S. can help lead a global transition to clean energy that can rebuild the ladder of economic opportunity in America. Solving the energy crisis could be a party of innovation, invention, and economic opportunity through disruptive technologies that democratize energy. If we are to succeed in retrofitting the nation for clean energy, a new generation of workers must be trained to confront the massive technological challenges that lie ahead. But who wins and who loses? What does building a ‘green economy’ actually look like on the ground?

Our Health and the Economic Impacts of Sustainable Fisheries

with Chef Barton Seaver

In his lunchtime address, Chef and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Barton Seaver, will discuss his mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner.