Tuesday, December 10, 2013
8:30 am - 4:00 pm (7:30 am - Registration)
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
New: Student rate $30 each for 3 or more, paid in advance by calling Lori Butler 412-258-6642.
Get ready for a whirlwind of ideas that will change the way you think about our region and the world – and sustainability itself. With 650 attendees, EXPOsed features 11 remarkable speakers in an exciting format to surprise, motivate, and lead to action. Roll-up your sleeves and get to work during the event through salon-style discussion, interaction with exhibitors, and a facilitated session by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development to collect your recommendations as it develops its next three-year agenda, setting the stage for 2020 and beyond.
Help our region. Help your organization. Help yourself. Rediscover sustainability and the triple bottom line it offers to your organization and to our region.
Keynote: Paul Hawken, with special introduction by Andre Heinz
Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Paul is one of the most respected and widely read thought leaders of the sustainable business movement. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles, and his writings have appeared in numerous publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, and Utne Reader.
He has written seven books including four national bestsellers, The Next Economy, Growing a Business, The Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest. The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. His books have been published in over 50 countries in 28 languages. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people.
Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He founded OneSun, an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry. Paul also founded the Natural Capital Institute, a research organization whose main project is the creation of the first open source platform for global social change, WiserEarth.
Sustainability EXPOsed Overview
Sustainability EXPOsed will ignite enthusiasm about sustainability by pouring fresh ideas into a ballroom full of motivated leaders. Conceived as a combination ideas/best practices expo, conversational salon and regional strategic planning forum, Sustainability EXPOsed will provide a dynamic venue for exploring, challenging, and recommending innovative approaches to sustainability opportunities.
Sustainability EXPOsed will feature presentations and exhibits designed to surprise, motivate, and lead to action. It will tap into professionals' and community leaders' interest in learning, sharing bold new ideas, and networking about sustainability innovations and applications that are shaping our region. And, timed to kick-off the Allegheny Conference on Community Development's next agenda-setting process, Sustainability EXPOsed has the potential to influence a broader regional agenda.
- An exciting format that ensures high value content and interactions among attendees.
- Keynote speaker Paul Hawken will provide an inspiring presentation that is honest and eye-opening about opportunities for where our region can aspire to head as well as opportunities and rewards for businesses and communities in becoming more sustainable.
- Nine short, juried, mind-expanding presentations about cutting-edge sustainability topics ready to be inserted in our region's strategic planning processes.
- Interactive plenary civic deliberation session reacting to the day's presentations as kick-off to the Allegheny Conference's next regional agenda-setting cycle.
- Recognition of businesses, municipalities, and organizations participating in regional sustainability performance programs.
- Exhibits featuring the speakers and other sustainability innovators to inform the public of and bring recognition to the ways in which businesses, local government, and nonprofits are applying sustainability in operations, management, products, etc.
- Serve as a vehicle to display, communicate, and develop innovative sustainable practices to expand the market for solutions further securing the Pittsburgh region as a benchmark for sustainability excellence.
- Pre-event release of a regional Sustainability Benchmarking report by PittsburghTODAY
Sustainability EXPOsed Moderator: Bill Flanagan, Executive Vice President -- Corporate Relations at Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Bill supervises investor relations activities for the Conference and Affiliates (the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance), including fundraising, membership services and educational programming. He also oversees organizational communications. In this role, Bill hosts Our Region’s Business on WPXI-TV, WJAC-TV, WTOV-TV and the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (PCNC), a Sunday morning business affairs program the Conference produces in partnership with WPXI-TV.
Robyn Beavers, Senior Vice President, founder of Station A Group, NRG Energy
"Innovating a 21st century low carbon, energy economy"
Over the last 12 years, Robyn Beavers has emerged as a business leader in strategic implementation and technology commercialization for clean energy, clean water and other sustainability technologies. Robyn joined Google in 2004. As a direct report to the co-founders, she founded Google’s Green Business and Operations Strategy Group, a new business unit focused on sustainability strategy. There she spearheaded installation of the 1.7 MW solar PV project on the rooftops of the Mountain View HQ, created progressive green building guidelines for global Google offices, kick-started the corporation’s renewable energy project finance strategy, and served as a sustainability advisor on Google products. After graduate school, Robyn also served as a Recovery Act Fellow for the Department of Energy in 2009, and then served as a leader of the pioneering team at Vestas Wind Systems that created an international brand and NGO called WindMadeTM. She recently worked for Dean Kamen as the Director of Commercialization for Power & Water products. Within one year, Robyn closed on significant funding deals with global strategic partners for the Slingshot water purification system and the Stirling power generator, which will be commercialized for both developing and emerging economies. In 2013, Robyn joined NRG Energy, the largest independent power producer in the US. In 2012, Robyn was selected to be featured on Makers.Com: Women Who Make America, a PBS/AOL video archive showcasing the stories of women from a diverse set of experiences and professions.
John Buckley, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, BNY Mellon
"Corporate Social Responsibility"
John is responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility practices and performance including strategy development, board of directors and executive management engagement, communications development and reporting. He is also the Chief Administrative Officer for BNY Mellon’s Marketing & Corporate Affairs Division.
Donald Carter, Director of the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Chair of the Master of Urban Design program in the School of Architecture
"Remaking Cities: Manifesto for the development and redevelopment of post-industrial cities"
Prior to joining CMU in July 2009, Don was President of Urban Design Associates in Pittsburgh where he led many of the firm’s most complex projects, drawing upon his broad international experience as an architect, urban designer, and developer. He continues to serve as consulting principal to the firm. Don is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, and a member of the Urban Land Institute. He has lectured and published internationally on urban design and architecture.
Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, UPMC
"The Illusion of Inclusion"
Candi is the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC. She oversees employee engagement and community initiatives involving more than 55,000 employees and the diverse communities served by UPMC.
In 2008, Candi launched the UPMC Center for Inclusion. Her recent efforts include the Dignity & Respect Campaign, now a national initiative, founded on 30 Tips that remind us to be mindful of how we treat others; the Cultural Competency Initiative, a practical approach for helping employees learn to interact with others in a culturally appropriate manner; Health Community Healthy You, a multifaceted UPMC effort to motivate the community to become partners in their healthcare; and serving as a co-chair of the Regional Health Literacy Coalition, a community collaboration focused on improving patient and provider communications.
Projjal Dutta, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York
“Taking the car out of carbon”
Mr. Dutta works toward two broad goals: 1) To reduce the environmental footprint of the MTA and 2) to verifiably measure the carbon benefits that accrue to the region, due to the MTA’s operations. The latter, in a carbon constrained future, could bring additional resources to the MTA and others like it. He was instrumental in the MTA’s carbon footprint being measured, verified and registered with the Climate Registry, the first transit agency of its size to do so. He has also played a leadership role in the transit industry’s effort to quantify its carbon benefits through his work on the Climate Change Working Group of the American Public Transportation Association. Mr. Dutta has combined the practice of architecture and urban design with cutting-edge sustainable design strategies that result in energy, material, and other resource conservation. He believes that sustainability is imperative for all development and should be an essential part of the tool-kit of any designer of the built environment.
Debra Eschmeyer, Co-Founder and VP of External Affairs, Food Corps
"Local food systems and education reform for healthy kids and sustainable communities"
Growing up on a dairy farm in rural Ohio, Debra was ingrained at an early age with an appreciation for how agriculture policy meets the plow. She is a recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in recognition of her school food reform efforts. As a Food & Community Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy and the Communications and Outreach Director of the National Farm to School Network, Debra created One Tray, a successful national campaign to improve child nutrition by encouraging a more direct connection between local farms and federal nutrition programs. She currently serves on the AGree Advisory Council and the Culinary Institute of America Sustainable Business Leadership Council. A go-to expert on food systems and policy, she works from her farm in Ohio.
Mickey McManus, CEO, and Principal of MAYA Design
"The 3rd Industrial Revolution is here...in Pittsburgh"
Mickey is president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab. In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in the connected world. To explore the emerging value at the intersection of design, technology, and business, Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley 2012). The book is a field guide to the future, where instead of information being "in" computers; people, products, environments, and cultures will begin to live "in" the information. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. Mickey is a frequent speaker on the topic of design, pervasive computing, and business innovation.
Hardik Savalia, Senior Associate, Standards, B Lab
"B Corporations redefine success by giving business a soul"
Hardik oversees the development of the B Impact Assessment, a tool that has assisted 15,000+ organizations in measuring what matters most - their company's impact on employees, communities, and the environment. Prior to joining B Lab, Hardik worked for the Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition to equip Philadelphia residents with tools to avoid home foreclosure.
Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer,
Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver
"What Denver knows that Pittsburgh should too...regional systems for sustainable development"
Jerry is Denver’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. He coordinates the efforts of all city agencies and their 11,000 employees in achieving the City’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals, among the most comprehensive and ambitious of any municipality in United States, seek to ensure that the basic resources upon which economic activity and quality of life depend are available and affordable to everyone in Denver, both today and tomorrow. Jerry’s office focuses on achieving 2020 goals for twelve resource groups: air quality, climate stability, energy, food, health, housing, land use, materials, mobility, water quantity, water quality and workforce.
Jerry previously served as the Director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, where he fostered several cutting-edge initiative, including the nation’s first regional food system assessment and plan (winner of the Trailblazer Award for innovation from the National Association of Development Organizations).
An attorney by trade, Jerry practiced as a commercial trial attorney representing businesses of all sizes for over 20 years, and was a partner in two of Ohio’s largest law firms.
Jeanne VanBriesen, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director, Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems (Water-QUEST), Carnegie Mellon University
"One Water...the energy-water nexus"
Jeanne is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research is in environmental systems, including biotransformation of recalcitrant organics, detection of biological agents in drinking water and natural water systems, and speciation-driven biogeochemistry of chelating agents and disinfection by-products. Jeanne has served on the boards of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and the Ohio River Basin Consortia for Research and Education. She is currently serving on the U.S.EPA Science Advisory Board.
Sustainability EXPOsed Sponsored by:
For exhibit and sponsorship information, please call: Ginette Walker Vinski at 412-258-6646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to our Media Sponsors!
Additional support by:
Bayer USA Foundation
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Sustainability EXPOsed Presented by:
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Chatham University, School of Sustainability & the Environment
Duquesne University (Sustainability MBA Program and the Center for Environmental Research & Education)
Green Building Alliance
Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon
University of Pittsburgh - Institute of Politics
Sustainability EXPOsed Leaders Group
Tom Bartnik, Pittsburgh Green Innovators
Carl Bender, Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies
John Buckley, BNY Mellon
Andrew Butcher, GTECH
Tracy Certo, Pop City
Jonas Chaney, WPXI-TV
Lalit Chordia, Thar Technologies, Inc.
Rachel Filippini, GASP
Bill Flanagan, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Bill Generett, Urban Innovation21
Pat Getty, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh
Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh
Dave Hassenzahl, Chatham University
Jim Hassinger, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Doug Heuck, Pittsburgh Quarterly
Brian Hill, Richard King Mellon Foundation
Susan Hockenberry, Local Government Academy
Gena Kovalcik, University of Pittsburgh
Deborah Lange, Carnegie Mellon
Mario Leone, Borough of Monaca
Mark Lewis, POISE Foundation
Rebecca Lucore, Bayer MaterialScience LLC
Kevin McKnight, Alcoa
Terry Miller, University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
Mick McManus, MAYA Design
Christine Mondor, evolveEA
Jamie Moore, Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Kim O'Dell, Heinz Family Foundation
Bill O'Rourke, Duquesne University
Jerry Paytas, Fourth Economy
Audrey Russo, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Mike Schiller, Green Building Alliance
Jim Spencer, EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., ChoosePAWind Founder
Sam Taylor, Science & Engineering Ambassadors
John Trant, Cranberry Township
This event builds off the prior twelve annual SWPA Smart Growth Conferences, hosted by several organizations around southwestern Pennsylvania. Listen to audio from the 2012 Conference.
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