Ceres Conference 2015: Innovate. Collaborate. Accelerate
From the plummeting price of oil, to the exponential growth of wind and solar energy, to the epic drought in California, the time is ripe for creative disruption. And that was the major theme coming out of the Ceres Conference 2015, that we must innovate, collaborate and accelerate solutions to tackle climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability threats to our environment and the global economy.
The Circular Economy
Dame Ellen MacArthur delivers the opening keynote address at the Ceres Conference.
"Since Ellen MacArthur made the transition in 2009 from world-record-breaking sailor to champion of the circular economy, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has become a driving force behind shifting our approach to business away from that of take-make-waste to one centered on resilience, reuse and optimality."
The Economics of Climate Change
After addressing the audience, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy sits down with
CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll for a candid conversation about how
business can support the EPA Clean Power Plan.
“Believe me, when you say as a group, and you have, so many of you, that climate change is a challenge, but it also represents a huge economic opportunity, it speaks volumes for the efforts that we are taking.” she told the audience of sustainability-minded businesses, investors and nongovernmental organizations.
Geeta Aiyer wins this year's Joan Bavaria Award
Geeta Aiyer, sustainable investing entrepreneur and Founder and President of Boston Common Asset Management, has been awarded the seventh-annual Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets.
Geeta's effective leadership has helped incorporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) concerns globally into investment strategies and shift the landscape of sustainable investing. Epitomizing her broad reach, Aiyer was elected recently to the Advisory Council for the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.
The Beginning of the End of Oil
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute talked oil, renewables and
energy efficiency in his closing keynote to Ceres attendees.
The final keynote was by Amory Lovins, chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, founded in Snowmass, Colorado. A brilliant, world renowned energy expert and preeminent apostle of energy efficiency, Lovins has articulated the case for "soft energy paths"--renewables and efficiency--for the past 40 years in 29 books and hundreds of articles.