Sustainability Solutions Café

Sustainability Solutions Café with Joe Indvik '10

Unlocking the energy efficiency market:  How better financing, smart technology, and aggressive entrepreneurship can make it happen.

Joe Indvik ’10, Co-Founder and President of SparkFund, is an entrepreneur and consultant focused on making energy efficiency happen at scale.  He will talk about how his startup is unlocking the small project market, and some key lessons learned.

Doing Business in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World

 It’s a sign of change in the U.S.’s business landscape when a company as “mainstream” as Walmart is considered to be a global renewable energy leader. The company has an aspirational goal to draw 100% of its power supplies from renewable energy. While the goal has no target deadline, Walmart is nonetheless the largest onsite renewables user in the U.S., and continues to make progress toward its goal.

What does renewable energy do for Walmart? Andrew Winston has the answer, and it has to do in part with extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy, which are becoming less of a rarity, and have the power to knock out power grids for days.

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The Big Pivot: Doing Business in a Hotter, Scarcer, More Open World

Andrew Winston is a global thought leader on business strategy and speaks globally about how companies can profit in a volatile world. He advises many of the world’s leading companies, helping them develop new strategies through his provocative ideas and next generation frameworks. Known for his bestselling book, Green to Gold, he joins us to discuss his new book, The Big Pivot, a groundbreaking look at the world’s mega-challenges and how corporate strategy and tactics need to change to manage the risks and seize the opportunities.

Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture

Mark Winne has worked for 40 years as a community food activist, writer, and trainer. From organizing breakfast programs for low-income children in Maine to developing innovative national food policies in Washington, DC, Winne has dedicated his professional life and writing to enabling people to find solutions to their own food problems as well as those that face their communities and the world.

http://www.markwinne.com/

EcoLogic - "What Makes Conservation Stick?"

Featuring guests from the EcoLogic Development Fund: Barbara Vallarino '98, Executive Director, and David Kramer '96, Senior Manager for Impact, Learning and Innovation
EcoLogic's mission is to empower rural people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico. EcoLogic's fundamental theory of change is that if rural communities of Mesoamerica have the ability, incentives, and support to provide for themselves in sustainable ways, then they can improve their well-being and quality of life while conserving biodiversity at a scale well beyond that of their own village. Since 1993, EcoLogic has worked with local partner NGOs and rural associations to serve over 700 communities in Mesoamerica.

Helen van Hoeven - "Transforming Markets To Mitigate Environmental and Social Impacts"

Trade and economic growth have improved the quality of life for millions of people around the world, but it has come at a high cost to the environment. As market demand for food, fibre and fuel increases in the coming decades, so will the impact on our planet's natural resources. During this session we will discuss, amongst other topics, if big brands can help save biodiversity and if consumers should have a choice about sustainable products.

John Ehrenfeld - "Flourishing, Not Sustainability, Should Be Our Goal"

John Ehrenfeld, a leader in industrial ecology, has drawn deeply on philosophy and psychology to make the case that rekindling genuine care for ourselves, other humans, and other life on earth is the key to transitioning our consumerist culture from pervasive unsustainable trends to sustainability.
Following his visit to Dartmouth, John wrote a blog post about his experience: http://www.johnehrenfeld.com/2014/05/care-connection-and-consciousn.html

John Christopher - "Psychological Well-Being and Sustainability: What's the Connection?"

John Christopher is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Psychiatry Department at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and specializes in deepening the theory, research, and promotion of well-being, focusing on health psychology and behavioral medicine. With the Café audience John explored the intersections of psychological well-being and the pursuit of sustainability.

Michael Low from Green Fire Farm; Steve and Rich Sullivan from Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture - "Biochar: A Sustainability Solution As Business and Practice."

Michael, Steve and Rich described how their individual backgrounds prompted their interests in biochar, and how they are making use of the many positive aspects of biochar as a farming tool and as the product of a business.

Learn more about Michael Low and the Green Fire Farm at www.vermontbiochar.com.
Learn more about the Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture at www.sullivancsa.com.

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