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March 29, 2019

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Friday, March 29, 2019

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Babson Sustainability Forum

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Previously known as the Energy & Environment Conference, the Babson Sustainability Forum is an annual gathering of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals, and students who care about environmental sustainability and making an impact within their communities. The theme of this year's forum is, Embracing the Future's Goals, focusing on the United Nation's Sustainability Development Goals while celebrating entrepreneurs, institutions, and businesses taking ownership of those initiatives. 

This year’s forum will feature:

  • Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director - Project Drawdown
  • Dr. Stephen Spinelli, President Elect - Babson College
  • Lisa Conway, Vice President of Sustainability - Interface
  • Paul Sellew, CEO & Founder - Little Leaf Farms
  • Gwen Ruta, Executive Vice President, Climate & Energy - Environmental Defense Fund
  • Chris Sherman, President - Island Creek Oyster
  • Kathryn L. Hersey, CFA, Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager - Cambridge Trust
  • Eric Hudson, CEO & Founder - Preserve
  • Dr. Caroline Daniels, Faculty Director, Fashion Entrepreneurial Initiative - Babson College
  • Amy DuFault, Director of Communications for the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, Co-Director of the Southeastern New England Fibershed
  • Marc Breslow, Ph.D. Policy & Research Director - Climate XChange
  • Jess Brooks, Chief Development Officer - Sunwealth
  • Phil Guidice, Ambrii - Former CEO, Board Member
  • Mark Lyra, Senior Director - Sumitomo Corporation
  • Mitch Tyson, Principal - Tyson Associates
  • David Miller, Ph.D. Managing Director - Clean Energy Ventures
  • Mark Buckley, Founder - One Boat Collaborative & Former Vice President of Sustainability - Staples
  • Carlos Nouel, Vice President of Business Development - National Grid
  • Christine Riley Miller, Director of Sustainability - Samsonite
  • Renee Vassilos, Founder - Banyan Innovation Group
  • Jesse Devitte, Co-Founder & Managing Director - Borealis Ventures, Co-Founder & General Partner - Building Ventures
  • Aaron Niederhelman, CEO – OneHealthAg, Host – Sourcing Matters, Founding Principal - Hingeline
  • Jim Verzino, Director & Entrepreneur in Residence - Windham Grows
  • Santiago Villagomez, CEO & Co-founder - Energia Real

Panels on:

  • Financing Tomorrow's Goals
  • Energy Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental, Social, Governance - Hosted by the Cutler Center
  • Leaders in Sustainability
  • Agriculture & Food
  • Fashion & Sustainability
  • Samsonite Workshop
  • Energy Storage & Efficiency
Babson Campus
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Community Action Program: Cradles to Crayons

This nonprofit organization provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Babson students will sort and put together care packages of clothes, toys, and books for children in the greater Boston area.

Fridays, 10:00-3:00 pm. Babson students will leave campus around 9:30 am and return around 3:30 pm.

Manager: Nick Aloia

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Community Action Program: Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore
This agency consists of a food pantry, a clothing closet, a furniture bank and housing for homeless families.Volunteers will assist with a variety of task from yard work to painting to repair work on shelters.

Students will leave at 9:00am and return by 2:00pm.

Manager: Wes Stenger
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Wellness-Power Yoga with Lauren Shaffer

Lauren Shaffer found yoga in 2011 as a stressed out college student in need of a calm and quiet spot to unwind. As a teacher, her mission is to provide students with a safe, sacred space with her guidance, knowledge and tools offered as support. She loves to teach a variety of classes from restorative to power, all of which tie breath with movement to a well thought out and sequenced flow. She includes the solid backbones of the practice—like functional movement and energetic organization—always presented with lightheartedness as she accommodate all levels. She also loves to bring some fun into her classes. Lauren’s focus is to ensure her students leave with their bodies feeling stronger, as well as a clearer mind helping them take on the rest of their day with a smile!

Babson Campus
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Community Action Program: Musterfield BELA Program

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs takes place at the Musterfield neighborhood of the Framingham Housing Authority. A housing authority is section 8 housing, a state or federally funded program aimed to assist low-income families pay for rent. The Entrepreneurial Leadership Programs focus on mentoring 7th-9th graders in developing everyday life habits that can lead them to be successful entrepreneurs and to think about entrepreneurship in a new way.

Fridays 4:00-5:30 pm. Babson students will leave campus around 3:40 pm and return around 5:50 pm.

Manager: Ambika Kathuria


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