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Ceres Conference 2008

Highlights from the 2008 Ceres Conference including speakers, plenary and workshops, sponsors, videos and photos.

Building Leadership, Creating Solutions

The 2008 Ceres Conference, held in Boston, MA, brought together 700 thought leaders from the business, investment, and environmental communities to explore and examine the integration of sustainability into business strategy and long-term shareholder value.

Keynotes and Plenaries

Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy and Ralph Izzo, CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) engaged in a lively discussion about the advantages and challenges of pending national climate legislation. Both CEOs expressed their support of the goal to cut national greenhouse gas emissions to 60-80% below current levels by 2050 outlined in the Warner-Lieberman bill, but debated the details of emission allowances and funding allocation.

Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield and Jeff Swartz, CEO of Timberland had a candid conversation about the environmental, social, and financial benefits of sustainability. The two CEOs reflected on the value of embedding sustainability into their business models and the positive returns they have each seen as a result of early action, company-wide commitments, and clean technology investments.

Van Jones of Green for All, Ted Roosevelt of Lehman Brothers, and Michael Eckart of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) agreed that a global transition to energy efficiency and low carbon technologies means significant opportunities for economic growth and job creation. Chip Giller of Grist set the stage for a stimulating discussion that explored the technologies, policies, and financing needed to obtain a clean energy future.


More than a dozen workshops explored sustainability issues from engaging stakeholders and improving sustainable governance practices to creating green jobs.

2008 Conference Workshops included:

  • Models Wanted: How insurance catastrophe models can help business and government plan for climate change
  • The Coal Conundrum: Too abundant to ignore, or too risky to pursue?
  • Corporate Governance and Climate: Creating sustainable companies from the boardroom down
  • Green Collar Job Creation for a Sustainable Economy
  • Government Actions on Energy Security and Climate Change: International, national, state developments


Two awards are presented each year at the Ceres Conference.

The Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards recognize best practices in reporting on sustainability, environmental and social performance by corporations and organizations. The winners for the Ceres-ACCA Sustainability Awards were:


The 2006/07 Sustainability Report, Ford Motor Co.
2006 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, The Timberland Company


2007 Report on Sustainability, Suncor Energy, Inc.


2007 Sustainability Report, Dell, Inc.

This year, Ceres presented a new set of awards at the annual Conference. The Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets recognize investors, corporations, and NGOs that have helped move the capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental health. The winners of the inaugural Bavaria Awards were:

Inaugural Bavaria Awards 2008

Impact Award

Enhanced Analytics Initiative

Innovation Award

Bainbridge Graduate Institute




2008 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Ceres Conference possible.

Lead Sponsors

Lead Sponsors 2008




Leadership Circle

Leadership Circle 2008








Supporting Sponsors

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Associate Sponsors

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Media Partners

Media Partners 2008

2008 Participants

Representatives from the following companies, groups and organizations attended the Ceres Conference 2008.

AIG Investments
American Airlines
American Council on Renewable Energy
American Electric Power
American Honda
American International Group, Inc.
American Renewable Energy Association
AMR Research
Andrews Publications, A Thomson West Business
Anglo American
Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
Apache Corporation
APCO Worldwide
APS - Arizona Public Service
Asahi Shimbun
Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
Australian Nuffield Farming Scholars
Aveda Corporation
B&D Consulting
Bainbridge Island Institute
Bank of America
Battelle Memorial Institute
Baxter International Inc.
BC Institute for Responsible Investment
Bentley College
Big Belly Solar
Binnacle Family Fund
Bloomberg, L.P.
Boston College
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Boston Common Asset Management, LLC
Boston Community Capital
Boston Globe
Boston University
Boston University School of Management
BP America
Brighter Planet
Brightleaf Group
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Brown University
BT Americas Inc.
BU Energy Club
BuildingGreen, LLC.
Business for Social Responsibility
CA Treasurer's Office
Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec
Calvert Group
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carle West Group
Cedar Tree Foundation
Center for a New American Dream
Center for Community and Corporate Ethics
Center for Resource Solutions
Center for Social Innovation, Stanford GSB
CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity
CHGE/Harvard Medical School
Citizens Bank
Citizens' Advisers, Inc.
Clark University
Clean Energy Group
Clean Skies
Clear Bridge Advisors
CLF Ventures
Climate Change Action Brookline
Co-op America
Coastal Enterprises of Maine
Coca-Cola Company
Community Energy Inc.
Concord Climate Action Network
Cone, Inc.
Confederation of British Industry
Connecticut State Treasurer's Office
Conservation Law Foundation
Consolidated Edison of New York
Constellation Energy
Cooler, Inc.
Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP
Credit 360
Curtis Packaging
Damespointe Consulting
Darden Restaurants, Inc.
David Gardiner & Associates
DC Public Service Commission
Dell Inc.
Deutsche Asset Management, Deutsche Bank
Dewey Square Group
Domini Social Investments
Dow Jones
Drucker Strategies
Duke University
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
Earth Share
Earthwatch Institute
Eaton Corporation
Ecointesys - Life Cycle Systems
EcoLogic Development Fund
Ecological Solutions
EcoResource Consulting and Coaching
Ecostorm Consulting
Electronics TakeBack Coalition
Elevate Destinations
EMC Corporation
Emerald Technology Ventures
Emerging Energy Research
Energy Future Coalition
Enhanced Analytics Initiative
Environment Northeast
Environmental Compliance Services, Inc.
Environmental Defense Fund
eQuilibrium Solutions Corporation
Erb Institute - University of Michigan
ERG, contractor to EPA's Green Power Partnership
Ethical Funds
Ethical Investment Research Service
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Exxon for Owners
F&C Asset Management
Federal Street Advisors
Fierce Markets
First Climate, LLC
Florida Department of Financial Services
Florida State Board of Administration
Foley Hoag LLP
Ford Motor Company
Forest Stewardship Council Global Fund
Framework: CR
Friends of the Earth
Future 500
Gap Inc.
General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church
General Electric Corporation
General Mills
General Motors Corporation
Global Reporting Initiative
Goulston & Storrs
Green Bee Services/CCAB
Green Century Capital
Green for All
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Power Corporation
Green Seal
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Hannaford Bros. Co.
Hannon Armstrong
Hanover College
Harvard Business School
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Law School
HDR Inc.
Healthy Kids
Hedstrom Associates
Heinz Center
Hewlett Foundation
Hogan & Company, Inc
IBM Corporation
Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University
Institute for Responsible Investment, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship
Institute for Sustainable Communities
Intel Corporation
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
International Council on Clean Transportation
International Dark-Sky Association
Investor Environmental Health Network
Investors' Circle
ITT Corporation
IW Financial
John Wiley and Sons
Jones Lang LaSalle
Joukowsky Family Foundation
JP Morgan Chase Investment Management
JPMorgan Asset Management
Just Means
Kelley Campaigns
KLD Research and Analytics, Inc.
Landon Butler & Company
Legg Mason Investment Counsel
Lehman Brothers
Levi Strauss & Co
Living on Earth
M.J. Bradley & Associates Inc.
Malachite LLC
Man Group plc
Man Investments Inc.
Manning Selvage & Lee
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Marlboro College Graduate Center
Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources
Massachusetts State Treasurer's Office
McDonald's Corporation
MD State Retirement Agency
Meeting Strategies Worldwide
Merrill Lynch
MERS of Michigan
Metcalf Institute on Environmental Journalism
Migdal Tefen Local Council
Miller Howard Investments
MIT Sloan Class of 2008
ML Strategies, LLC
MMA Financial Services
Mother Jones
Nathan Cummings Foundation
National Grid USA
National Wildlife Federation
Native Energy
Natural Resources Defense Council
Neenah Paper, Inc
Nephila Capital Ltd.
Nestle Waters North America
New Energy Finance
New York City Comptroller's Office
News Corporation
Nike, Inc.
NiSource Inc.
Nixon Peabody LLP
North Side Foods Corp.
Northeast Utilities
NorthStar Asset Management
Northwestern University
Oak Foundation
One Percent for the Planet
Ontario Power Authority
OSU Fisher College of Business
Oxfam America
Papillon Resorts
Parnassus Investments
Pax World
Pax World Fund Family
Pensions and Investments
Perlmutter Associates
PEW Charitable Trust
Pew Environment Group, Pew Charitable Trusts
Pfizer Inc.
PG&E Corporation
PHOTON Consulting
Piper Jaffray
Planet 2050
PNM Resources
PPG Industries, Inc.
PPL Corporation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Principled Capital
Progressive Asset Managment
Providence Journal
Public Service Enterprise Group
Rain Forest Alliance
Rainforest Action Network
Random House
Responsible Endowment Coalition
Reznick Group
RI Land Trust Council
Risk Management Solutions
RiskMetrics Group
Rockefeller & Comp Socially Resp Investing Group
Rockefeller Family Fund
Rose Found for Communities & Environment
S.C. Johnson, A Family Company
SAI Global
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Saunders Hotel Group
SC Johnson
Secure Technology Group LLC
Service Employees International Union
Shelburne Farms
Sierra Club
Skoll Foundation
SMART, University of Michigan
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Social Accountability International
Social Investment Forum
Solomon McCown & Company
Spectra Funds, Fred Alger Management
SRI World Group/ One Report
Stakeholder Research Associates
State Street Coffee
State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors
Sterling Planet
Stonyfield Farm
Stonyfield Yogurt
Strategic Action Center
StreamServe, Inc.
Suffolk University
Sun Microsystems
Suncor Energy Inc.
Sunoco, Inc.
Suntech America, Inc.
SustainAbility Ltd.
Sustainability Roundtable Inc.
Sustainable Business Network
Sustainable Business Strategies
Sustainserv, Inc.
Synapse Energy Economics
Syngenta International AG
Taiga Company
Teck Cominco Limited
The Calvert Group
The Christensen Fund
The Climate Trust
The Corporate Library
The Fair Trade Foundation
The Fletcher School
The Heinz Center
The Hershey Company
The Philanthropic Initiative
The Tidewater Group
The Timberland Company
The World Bank
Time Warner
Touchstone Consulting Group
Trillium Asset Management
Tufts University
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unite HERE
United Kingdom Consulate
United Steel Workers
University of Massachusetts, Boston
University of Michigan
University of Vermont
UPS Foundation
USAID's Blue Revolution Initiative
Virgin America
Wainwright Bank
Walden Asset Management
Washington College of Law
Waste Management Green Squad
Waste News
Weber Shandwick
Wellington Management Company
Western Clean Energy Campaign
Winslow Management Company
Wisconsin Energy Corporation
Wolfson Strategic Consulting
World Bank
World Resources Institute
World Wildlife Fund
XShares Advisors
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies