Events Calendar

Sustainability unConference 2014 Hosted by EcoMotion @ District Hall
Apr 22 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sustainability unConference 2014, Presented by EcoMotion

When: Tuesday, April 22, from 5PM to 10PM

Where: District Hall, Boston’s new home for Innovation


Register here:

Got Earth Day plans?

Bring them to District Hall and be apart of the second annual Sustainability unConference on Tuesday evening, April 22nd from 5-10PM. EcoMotion, Impact Hub Boston, MassCEC, Earthos, Greenovate, District Hall and many others are providing a platform for diverse sectors to riff off one another and collaborate on the intersections of sustainability and innovation. The event is free to the public and will reflect the unique attendees who join the conversation.

What is an unConference? An unConference is an interactive event where participants propose topics and shape the agenda. There will be several planned exhibitors and thematic spaces, but the rest is up to you! Out-of-the-box ideas, idea paint walls, creative formatting, and props are encouraged. Programmed sessions will range from Sustainability in our Schools to Food Entrepreneurship, Cleantech and Eco-Districts to Beekeeping in the City, Women in Sustainability, Green Financing and many more!

Register here: If you are interested in volunteering for the unConference, please submit your information here.

Investing in a Sustainable Future Conference @ MIT Stata Center
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Economic Growth & Environmental Constraints

About the Conference

The goal of this conference is to stimulate thinking and discussion about the relationship between economic activity and environmental impacts.

A particular focus will be on investment: Can socially motivated investments lead to changes in the overall quality and direction of economic activity? How can investments help reduce resource extraction and consumption, promoting a sustainable future?

Guest Speakers

The guest speakers are thought leaders from government, academia, and the non-profit and for-profit sectors. More about the speakers…

Topics to be Discussed

  • Social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Pathways toward sustainable agriculture and clean energy
  • Links between investments, growth, and environmental sustainability
  • Effects of ownership structures on growth and the environment
  • Developing a sharing economy
  • The power of socially responsible investing
  • Corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives
  • How to define, reach, and maintain a practical and sustainable economic scale
April B2B Networking Meeting @ SBN Offices
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Identifying Prospects, Developing Leads, and Closing the Sale–The Good, the Bad, and the Spectacular!  

A Morning of Business-to-Business Networking Not to Be Missed! 

If the role of an entrepreneur is to find and fill a consumer need, what comes next? Join SBN, along with local entrepreneurs and sales experts for a morning of learning from the leaders who are “in the trenches” every day.

Learn how to leverage your network to grow your business! In the “Relationship Economy,” entrepreneurs must identify top prospects, connect with them, and hopefully turn them into customers. One fact has proven to be true–the larger and deeper your personal network is, the easier it is to sell your product either directly to indirectly through your network.

How-to-Close-the-Deal-When-Buying-a-CarConsider the following for our next meeting:
  • One or more of your biggest sales failures
  • One or more of your sales successes

Two prizes will be given to the “sales failure” that teaches us the most and the most instructive sales success story.

This will be a fun and very meaningful event, so don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to learn and grow!



Registration is now open!

$10 for SBN Members and Students: Buy now!

$20 for Non-Members: Buy now!


What: April B2B Networking Meeting

Where: SBN Offices

99 Bishop Allen Drive, 2nd Level Boardroom

Cambridge, MA 02139

When: April 29, 2014

Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Who: Anyone! Business owners, industry leaders, students, members & non-members, sales representatives, etc.!


Refreshments will be generously sponsored by Somerville Sustainable Cleaningan environmentally sustainable commercial janitorial service provider, committed to delivering service excellence at an unmatched value! 


Discounted Professional Headshots with Local Photographer! @ SBN Offices, 2nd Level Boardroom
May 1 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Join us at the SBN Offices for:

Professional Headshots for only $75!*

Shot by SBN Member, and local photographer, Melissa Blackall


Everyone needs a headshot these days!
Get a professional photo for websites, Linkedin, publications, conferences & more. 

Limited Sessions Available. Book now!

*Rate available for SBN, CLF & SLF Members only.
Sessions Open to the Public! Just $95 for Non-members
  • 20 minute session with professional photographer Melissa Blackall (charcoal grey backdrop)
  • Pre-Session call with Melissa to tell her more about your style and organization or professional needs
  • Private online proof gallery (10+ photos)
  • One High Resolution JPEG
  • Unlimited editing requests for your favorite photo
  • Option of purchasing more JPEGs and CD of all 10+ final photographs.
  • Future discounts on photography services


Date: May 1, 2014
Where:  SBN Conference Room (Central Sq.)
Address: 99 Bishop Allen Drive Cambridge, MA 02139
Time:  Sign up for a morning, afternoon or evening session
Book: E-mail Melissa ( to book your 20-minute session.

About Melissa:

Melissa has been a full-time professional photographer for 7 years.  She loves to bring her specialty of working with corporations, non-profits and small businesses to her local community. See her work here:

SBN’s 25th Annual Sustainable Business Conference 2014 @ UMass Boston
May 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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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: Examples of 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

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. Registration is required, and tickets are $25.00. 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.

Coming soon:

  • Massachusetts Sustainable Business Academy presents a workshop on How Colleges and Universities Can Support the Growth of a Sustainable Economy

  • 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



  • Chobee Hoy, Co-Chair of Brookline Local First and Owner of Chobee Hoy Real Estate, Inc.
  • Joe Grafton, SBN Treasurer and Director of Development for the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)

  • Michael Green, Executive Director of the Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC)

  • Laury Hammel, Executive Director of SBN and owner of The Longfellow Clubs

  • Susan Labandibar, President of SBN and owner of Tech Networks of Boston

  • Katherine McDonald, Executive Director of Clean Tech Open

  • Kim Mitchell, Co-Chair of JP Local First and owner of Boing Toys

  • Holly Sklar, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage

  • Rachael Solem, Co-Chair of Cambridge Local First and owner of Irving House

  • Dinesh Wadhwani, Owner of ThinkLite, Inc.


We hope that you will join us for another exciting conference designed for networking, sharing, learning and, most importantly, advancing the local and sustainable economy movement in Massachusetts and New England!

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

Hyper Local Craft Brewfest @ The Armory
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 14 @ 10:00 pm


Calling for foodies, craft brew fans, homebrew fans, locavores, brew hobbyists, and the curious minded!

3rd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
with a special Craft of Brewing Homebrew Showcase* on Friday Night!

3 Sessions
Friday, June 13, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30pm (plus Hombrew Showcase*)
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:00 – 10:00pm

Eventbrite - 3rd Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

What is Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest?
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is an annual tasting fundraiser presented by Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) that highlights and promotes local brewers of beer, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, home brewers, and food vendors.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest is a unique event that not only showcases local beverage producers, but also showcases local brews incorporating local ingredients. SBN’s definition of local starts in Massachusetts and encompasses all of New England. Hyper-Local means local producers (from New England) making products with ingredients from New England. Examples in the past have included brews made with local hops, apples, cranberries, grapes and even local oysters. While having unlimited 2oz tastings from local brewers, you can also sample and purchase delicious local food from vendors like Vermont Smoke and Cure, Taza Chocolate, and more.

What makes Friday night special?
Join us on Friday night for Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest with a special Hombrew Showcase co-sponsored byModern Homebrew Emporium highlighting home-brews and homebrewing with local ingredients. 


The Showcase, featuring a Homebrew Club Jamboree, will provide a chance for aspiring brewers, brew fans and the curious minded to experiment and learn what is available in the New England region for making their products. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about homebrewing, interact with other aspiring brewers, hear from experts, as well as taste a selection of the brews that will be showcased during the Saturday Sessions. 

In doubt? Attend on both days!

*Homebrews will only be showcased for the Friday night session. They will be provided by some of the coolest hombrew clubs in the region!