Sustainability related conferences..

I know I  haven’t posted in a while but it’s not because of lack of topics or writing skills..more like lack of mood and time..So here’s something to makeup..useful and timely 🙂 I was attending a green talk the other day and the host had listed a few important conferences held through out the year on this topic..I thought it might be a good idea to research and blog on it. Below is the fruits of my two hours of deep (?) research..

Net Impact National Conference:
This one I have attended and can vouch for; they fill in so many speakers, panels events, you lose a lot of weight just running around trying to make it from one topic to another!
According to the site (of which I am a member); “The Net Impact Conference is the only gathering in the world to bring together both graduate students and professionals to explore the latest ideas, tools, and careers that use business to achieve social and environmental good”.
The 2010 Conference,will take place October 29 – 30, 2010 at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Topics coverde include corporate responsibility, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship.
More info at:

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) Annual Conference:
Regularly ranked by independent analysts as one of the top sustainability conferences globally, the annual BSR Conference is one of the world’s largest events devoted to corporate responsibility. It features a global audience of senior business executives, entrepreneurs, and distinguished leaders from the public & private sector. This years conference will be held from November 2-5, Grand Hyatt, New York, NYC
More info at:

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo:
Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together at Greenbuild for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. This one takes place in Chcicago, in November (17-19). The good thing is they have available throughout the year recored versions of all speakers and panels from past sessions.
Check out:

Sustainable Brands Conference:
Join 700+ leaders at the 4th annual gathering of business innovators focused on building brand value through sustainability. Business and brand strategists, designers, sustainability executives, communications experts. Monterey CA, June 7-10.

Ethical Corporation Conferences:
This one is Europe based. It’s heralded as the biggest annual gathering of the CSR community in Europe. With an attendance of 450+, they offer an unrivalled networking opportunity and a good line-up of business leaders and CSR professionals as speakers -and workshops. This one is happening pretty soon..4–5 May 2010, Novotel West Hotel, London

For the food lovers; The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum, held this year in San Rafael, California, October 15-17 (with intensives October 14 and 18).
At this premiere environmental conference, social and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. I heard the youtube videos of last year’s talk given by Michael Pollan..they were amazing..I would go if I could afford the time and money!
Check out details at:

Green Festivals:
Green Festival®, a joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, discuss and celebrate what’s working in communities—for people, business and the environment.
Individuals along with business and community leaders come together to discuss critical issues that impact us at home and abroad. Activities include: 125 renowned authors, leaders and educators; great how-to workshops; cutting-edge films; fun activities for kids; organic beer and wine; delicious vegetarian cuisine and diverse live music. Held this year from March 22-23, Navy Pier, Chicago.
More details at:

Investors’ Circle Conference & Venture Fair:
“Since 1992, Investors’ Circle has been connecting mission-driven entrepreneurs and socially-minded investors working to create a sustainable future. This conference brings together the biggest names in social enterprise for three days of deal-making, networking, and thought leadership.” Relevant for folks interested in sustainable financing and related matters. Not too much in my interest level
Date: April 18-20, 2010
Location: The Westin Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future (WNSF) Annual Summit:
I had never even heard of this but it looks interesting and worth checking out. This is a primarily NY based organization whose stated mission is to: To advance sustainability through the commitment, talent, and leadership of businesswomen. They had two events in February and the next major event(WNSF Annual Summit) will be on  October 5th. More details on: They have a very interesting books list and plenty of green reports available; do check it out if possible.

Green America’s Green Business Conferences:
This site doesn’t have any information on their 2010 conference; I guess they are still recovering from the 2009 one. Although they are founders of the green festival; so maybe they are teaming up with them this year. Looks like SFO and Chicago are the two most popular green events destinations..NY has a lot of catching up to do 🙂
more info on:

Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) Conference:
This seems to be a truly international organization; their 2010 meetings are to be held in Japan and London, and the organization itself is based in Amsterdam..what fun! It’s based on a simple concept (so we would think!); the idea that a truly sound investment is one that provides financial rewards and offers social and environmental benefits. Besides conferences,they also offer training and advise on TBL investing.
Check it out at:

Social Capital Conference:
Last of the lot (but I am sure more conferences are getting planned as we speak/blog). This one again is financially oriented. This year’s conference takes place in October in SFO (where else!). Looks like the last one held was in 2008 and it claims to have  brought together ‘Hundreds of leading social entrepreneurs and investors from around the world’ to ‘accelerate the flow of capital to good’..
Interested parties can look at for more information.

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