Networking and Activities
The Ceres Conference provides many opportunities to connect with corporate and investor leaders, non-profit groups, thought leaders and media. See many opportunities below to connect with conference attendees before, during and after the Ceres Conference
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Boston Harbor Cruise
Join us for an exciting and educational boat tour of Boston Harbor where you’ll see first-hand how the city is working to coordinate both public and private sectors to develop sustainable, value-added solutions that improve the city's ability to manage and plan for anticipated climate change impacts on it’s coastline, harbor and ports. Aboard the ship, we’ll be joined by city officials and a professional tour guide to point out building innovations, historic sites and more as we sail through historic Boston Harbor.
Come equipped with coats and questions and as this relatively informal discussion and tour will give way to networking while taking in the views of beautiful Boston Harbor from sea.
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration for this opportunity is REQUIRED. To register, you must first register for the Ceres Conference and then you will be provided with a link to register for this specific event.
Morning Activity Series
Get fit and get to know other attendees each morning!
On Wednesday, squeeze in your morning workout before the Conference gets started, with a guided waterfront run. All levels of runners welcome!
On Thursday we’ll host a private yoga session for Conference attendees. Mats and towels will be provided.
Activities will begin at 6:30AM each day. Check back for more details.
After our opening plenary session, Think Big: Mega Trends in Sustainability, Andrew Winston, author of The Big Pivot and Paul Gilding, author of The Great Disruption will sign copies of their latest books in the Clean Trillion Pavilion.
Whether you're a first-timer at the conference or a long-time friend of Ceres, you probably have a question or two about who we are and what we do. On Wednesday, join a casual breakfast with Ceres staff, and learn more about Ceres and how we are mobilizing businesses and investors to build a thriving, sustainable global economy. You'll have an opportunity to meet some of Ceres' experts, network with conference attendees, and learn more from our program staff about their work.
25th Anniversary Welcome Reception: Join us in celebrating Ceres’ 25th Anniversary and the start of the Ceres Conference 2014! This welcome reception will be a unique gathering of companies, investors, coalition members, as well as other conference attendees, and will provide a great networking opportunity before official programming begins. Join us on Tuesday, April 29, from 6:00-8:00pm.
Networking Reception: Join hundreds of fellow conference attendees for two hours of conversation, hors d’oeuvres and drinks —taking place at the end of the first day of the conference.
Networking breaks: In addition to the receptions, there are scheduled breaks throughout both days of the conference providing opportunities to interact with fellow attendees.
Organization: The Gold Standard
Lead: Lisa Rosen, General Counsel and Director of US Markets
Topic: How Do You Measure and Value Your Environmental and Social Impacts?
Description: “Impact investing” means different things to different people. How can we bring together the impact investment community to ensure that everyone is speaking the same language? Lisa Rosen, General Counsel and Director of US Markets of The Gold Standard Foundation, discusses a recent study of the valuation of sustainable development outcomes that represents the first step in quantifying and monetizing impacts on the ground.
Organization: Green America
Lead: Todd Larsen, Corporate Responsibility Director
Topic: Innovation in Clean Energy Finance
Description: Financing remains one of the chief barriers to growth of clean energy and energy efficiency in the U.S. Green America is working on one solution, Clean Energy Victory Bonds, with legislation introduced at the federal level and several initiatives in progress at the state level. Please join the discussion to discuss bonds, crowd source funding, and other options for clean energy across the country.
Organization: Green Century
Lead: Leslie Samuelrich, President
Topic: Note: Where is the Divestment and Reinvestment Movement Going Next?
Description: This table will cover work that 350.org and others in the divest-reinvest community are doing and how the fossil fuel free investing movement offers opportunities for organizations and institutions to shape climate change debate and policy.
Organization: Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Lead: Eric Israel, Director, GRI North America
Topic: Focus on what matters, and where it matters – materiality in GRI’s G4 Guidelines
Description: Materiality is rapidly transcending the lens of financial reporting through which it has traditionally been defined. As reflected in Global Reporting Initiative’s latest version of its Sustainability Reporting Guidelines – G4 – materiality in the 21st century involves a consideration of a company’s impacts beyond the mere bottom line. This topic table will take a closer look at how and why a focus on material impacts enables companies to more effectively identify and act upon the risks and opportunities they face in today’s increasingly globalized economy.
Lead: Azadeh Sabour, Senior Manager, Advisory Services
Topic: Research and Analysis Behind Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
Description: Over the past three years, Sustainlytics has worked in partnership with Ceres to Asses the Progress of U.S. companies towards sustainability. Please join our discussion to learn about the research process behind Gaining Ground and the framework we use to evaluate whether progress has been made.
Lead: Annabelle Bennett, Account Director
Topic: Valuing Natural Capital: The Next Trend for Business and Investors
Description: Learn how companies are measuring and managing the true cost of natural resources - their natural capital - in order to make better business decisions. See how this can inform supply chain management/sourcing decisions or engage the CFO & influence financial decisions.