Ceres Conference 2009
Achieving a Sustainable Global Economy
It’s Ceres 20th anniversary! At this year’s special conference we celebrated two decades of success, honored our founders, and unveiled Ceres 20•20, our bold vision for putting the global economy on a truly sustainable path over the coming decade.
Nearly 600 business, investor and public interest leaders gathered in San Francisco to discuss crucial sustainability issues from creating more sustainable corporations to enacting smart, innovative policies that will accelerate a clean energy economy.
Keynotes and Plenaries
Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and Chair of the International Earth Day Network, welcomed nearly 600 participants to The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
We were joined by an incredible line-up of speakers. Nike's Hannah Jones, Google's Dan Reicher and Jones Lang LaSalle's Laura Lee Martin discussed what is needed for creating the 21st century sustainable corporation.
CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes led a dialogue with Majora Carter from Sustainable South Bronx, David Douglas from Sun Microsystems and ClimateWorks CEO Hal Harvey about the policies and legislative steps needed to accelerate green innovation and ignite the clean energy economy.
Green America President and Ceres Board member Alisa Gravitz held a one-on-one conversation with PG&E CEO Peter Darbee about the bold solutions needed for a clean energy economy and the role electric utility companies must play in that transition.
View select keynotes and plenaries from the Ceres Conference 2009 on our Vimeo channel.
More than a dozen workshops explored sustainability issues from water and energy conflicts and sustainable food systems to clean tech investment strategies and financial market reforms.
2009 Conference Workshops included:
- Unlikely Collaborations: Driving Solutions Through Stakeholder Engagement
- A Green New Deal: Opportunities for Economic Growth and Job Creation from Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
- Taking Stock: Can Carbon Markets Stop Global Deforestation
- Financial Market Reform and the Interest of Stakeholders
- Opportunities for Investing in Clean Technology
Ceres 20th Anniversary Celebration
This year's conference wasn't all work. We found time to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a new film about our history and progress.
Afterwards, Sally Osberg of The Skoll Foundation sat down with Robert Redford for a candid conversation about the actor and director's films, life and history of activism.
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:
BEST SUSTAINABILITY REPORT
BEST SMALL OR MEDIUM ENTERPRISE REPORT
BEST FIRST TIME REPORT (CO-WINNERS)
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.
This year, both Bavaria Awards, the Impact and Innovation Awards, were presented to long-time sustainability hero, Robert Massie. Massie co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 1998, was Executive Director at Ceres and also served on the Board of Directors. Read more about Massie winning the Bavaria Awards...
2009 Conference Sponsors
Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Ceres Conference possible.
Anniversary and Dinner Sponsors