Major investors and companies tackle climate change and sustainability


Source: Ceres

BOSTON -- Don’t let the weak economy and election-year rhetoric fool you: companies and investors across the United States and around the world are tackling climate change and other environmental challenges head-on—and are finding it profitable to do so. They are investing in solutions, deploying new technologies and adopting game-changing business models that are building a globally sustainable economy.

Ceres Conference 2012: Igniting Innovation, Scaling Sustainability will bring together 400-plus leaders from business, the investment community, government and the nonprofit sector to highlight some of the world’s biggest sustainability problems, present groundbreaking solutions, and create a forum for sharing best practices.

The event, to be held in Boston April 25-26, will feature sessions such as:

  • Smart Utilities: Investing Capital Amid Historic Uncertainty and Risk
  • Building a Sustainable Supply Chain
  • Building Sustainable Cities
  • Last Call at the Oasis: Solutions to the Water Crisis
  • The Road to 2020: Charting the Progress of the 21st Century Sustainable Corporation

As population and resource demands increase, major investors and corporations know that sustainability is essential to long-term success. The conference will highlight the latest ideas, trends, and achievements in sustainable business worldwide.

A full agenda can be found at: http://www.ceres.org/conferences/program. Reporters interested in attending the event are asked to contact Peyton Fleming, 617-733-6660, fleming@ceres.org


  • Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
  • U. S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, Massachusetts’ 5th District
  • Michael Kobori, Vice President, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Suzanne Fallender, Director of CSR Strategy and Communications, Intel Corporation
  • Sarbjit Nahal, Head of ESG, SRI & Sustainability Research, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research
  • Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President, NRG Energy Inc.
  • Anne Stausboll, CEO, California Public Employees’ Retirement System
  • Robert Eccles, Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Sean Kidney, Chair, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Jeremy Rifkin, President, Foundation on Economic Trends and Author
  • Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Chief Executive Officer, Green For All
  • Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres


April 25-26, 2012

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ET (day one)

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM ET (day two)


Westin Boston Waterfront

425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210

About Ceres

Ceres is an advocate for sustainability leadership.  Ceres mobilizes a powerful coalition of investors, companies and public interest groups to accelerate and expand the adoption of sustainable business practices and solutions to build a healthy global economy. Ceres also directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $10 trillion.

For more information, visit  http://www.ceres.org and http://www.incr.com.

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