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Driving Sustainability


Apr 08, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027

The Sustainability Management Student Association presents their 5th Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium, “Driving Sustainability: Who’’s Responsible?”

Limited resources, rapid urbanization and social accountability are a few of the many challenges facing the private and public sectors. Driving Sustainability will ignite enthusiasm and accelerate solutions to society’s most pressing environmental concerns.

Join us as industry leaders illustrate how sustainability is integrated into our society and how associated challenges are addressed through a combination of ideas, best practices and strategic planning. Our expert panels and featured presentations will provide a dynamic venue for exploring sustainability opportunities and showcase innovative initiatives, to achieve environmental objectives within our communities using multidisciplinary approaches.

For further information regarding this event, please email Pamela Vreeland.


Opening Remarks: Steven Cohen, The Executive Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Ralph Bianculli Jr., Managing Director, Emerald Brand
Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Company
Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic, Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE
Collette Ericsson, Chief Sustainability Officer & Enterprise Asset Management Lead, New York Metropolitan Transportation Bus Operations
Allen Hershkowitz, President, Green Sports Alliance
Matthew Ketschke, Vice President of Distributed Resource Integration, Con Edison Company of New York
Ellen Kondracki, Senior Director, Global Sustainability, Becton, Dickinson and Company
Nilda Mesa, Director, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Sharyn O’’Halloran, Senior Vice Dean & Chief Academic Officer, Columbia University’’s School of Professional Studies
Celine Ruben-Salama, Corporate Sustainability Consultant, CBRE
Peter Smith, Vice President of Delos Solutions, Delos Living
Miguel Sossa, Co-lead Smart Cities NA, Accenture
Amanda Stevens, Manager, Env. Research Program, NYSERDA
Brian E. Wennersten, Director, Project Management & Design, Global Real Estate NBCUniversal Media, LLC