SBN’s 25th Annual Sustainable Business Conference 2014

May 15, 2014 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
UMass Boston
UMass Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
Summit Only $90/$110; FULL DAY with Lunch $110/$130
Taryn Johnson

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SBN’s 25th Annual Sustainable Business Conference

The SBN 25th Sustainable Business Conference, comprised of our Third Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit (Invitation Only) and open Afternoon Sustainability Workshops, will be held at Ryan Hall, UMass Boston on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

The 2014 Sustainable Business Conference will explore sustainability through the lens of entrepreneurship and collaboration! Our theme this year is Sustainable Entrepreneurs Take the Lead: Partnerships & Collaborations that Build a Strong Local Economy! 

We’ll bring together many of New England’s most successful entrepreneurs, business and nonprofit leaders, government officials, local funders, and academics with the purpose of developing new partnerships and collaborations that build a local green, and fair economy of the future.

SBN’s 25th Annual Sustainable Business Conference

What: 25th Annual Sustainable Business Conference

  • 8:30-12:30 p.m. Third Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit
  • 1:30-4:00 p.m. Local, Green, and Fair Workshops

Theme:   Sustainable Entrepreneurs Take the Lead! Partnerships and Collaborations that Build a Strong Local Economy

When:   Thursday, May 15, 2014

Where:   Ryan Hall at University of Massachusetts Boston


Third Annual Sustainability Leadership Summit

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The 2014 Sustainability Leadership Summit will feature short inspirational keynote speakers, action-oriented breakout sessions , and “open space technology” programs that generate new plans for change, based around the five pillars of a strong local economy. In previous Summits, several innovative programs were conceived, and ultimately became became important examples of collaborations that are building a stronger local economy.

SBN’s Sustainability Leadership Summit is by invitation only, but afternoon workshops are open to the public! We are always looking for new leaders to engage in our work, so if you or someone you know would benefit from attending the Summit, please contact Laury Hammel or call 617-395-0250. 

Sustainability Workshops– Open to the Public!

1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

New this year, SBN is offering optional afternoon seminars hosted by partnering organizations that are highly focused and action-oriented and open to the public. Our Sustainability Workshops will run from 1:30-4:00 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $10.00, and $15.00 at the door. Spaces will fill up quickly!

Now available for registration:

  • Climate Action Liaision Coalition Presents: “Building a New Economy to Stop Climate Change.” To sign up and learn more, click here.
  • Massachusetts Sustainable Business Academy presents: “Enacting and Engaging in the New Economy.” To sign up for the afternoon workshop only, click here!

Coming soon:

  • SBN’s Boston Local Food Program presents Building a Successful Local Food Business–Tried and True Strategies for Winning the Game of Local Food Commerce


Conference Agenda:  

8:00  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30  Welcome and Introduction

8:50   Keynote Speakers

9:45   Breakout Sessions on Five Pillars of a Local Economy

  • Local First

  • Green Economy

  • Public Policy

  • Community Capital

  • Local Food

11:00  Open Space Technology Action Planning

12:00  Closing Comments and Open Space Reports

12:30  Optional Networking Lunch

1:30-4:00  Sustainability Workshops


Five Pillars of  a Strong Local Economy

Breakout Panel Discussions

  1. Local–Building Strong Local Economies and Vibrant Communities

  2. Green–Growing the Green Economy

  3. Public Policy–Leveraging the Power of Small Business to Foster Constructive Public Policy

  4. Community Capital–Raising Capital for Localized Economic Development

  5. Local Food–Transforming the Local Food System


2014 Sustainable Business Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our 2014 Presenting Sponsor, ThinkLite, LLC!

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Thank you to our 2014 Supporting Sponsors!

Supporting Sponsors

Thank you to our Community Sponsors!

Insource Services, Inc. 


Interested in sponsoring the conference? Please contact Taryn Johnson to request a sponsor package! We have many different options and benefits designed to fit your business needs.

For more information or to request an invitation, please contact Taryn Johnson at, or call 617-395-0250.

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