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Transforming Organizations with Sustainability Management

Date

Mar 29, 2017 -
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location

Columbia University, Low Library Rotunda

Hosted by the Earth Institute and M.S. in Sustainability Management program, this event will feature a panel discussion on the way that sustainability is used as an agent of change in 21st century organizations. The panel will discuss the importance of sustainability to investors, to production processes, to supply chains and in marketing. Sustainability is no longer simply an add-on, or a transparent PR strategy to make an organization look good, but an integral element of effective management. The physical dimensions of sustainability are increasingly important inputs in routine decision-making for organizations. The panel will discuss the way that key sustainability concepts have become embedded in the management of today’s top companies, nonprofit and government organizations.

Why are more investors insisting that firms demonstrate energy, water and material efficiency? How are organizations communicating their sustainability practices to investors, customers, stakeholders and the public? Can the Trump Administration stop the trend toward sustainability management? Panelists will explore these questions and more.

Moderated by the Earth Institute's Steven Cohen, panelists include: James Ossman, Senior Manager of Global Operations, Etsy; Curtis Probst, Managing Director of Sustainable Finance, Rocky Mountain Institute; Celine Ruben-Salama, Principal, FOR THE LONG-TERM; and Zachary Suttile, Director, Willdan Energy Solutions.

The panel discussion will be followed by a reception from 7pm-8pm, with free wine, beer and light appetizers.

Event Contact Information: Hayley Martinez, hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu

Speakers

James Ossman, Senior Manager of Global Operations, Etsy

Curtis Probst, Managing Director of Sustainable Finance, Rocky Mountain Institute

Celine Ruben-Salama, Principal, FOR THE LONG-TERM

Zachary Suttile, Director, Willdan Energy Solutions