Events Calendar

26th Annual Sustainable Business Conference & Sustainability Leadership Summit @ Lesley University
May 15 @ 8:00 am


SBN and ThinkLite are pleased to present our 26th Annual Sustainable Business Conference and Sustainability Leadership Summit!

On Friday, May 15, 2015, please join us and over 100 business and community leaders who share similar values, to enhance and make real our vision for a sustainable planet. This year’s Summit is a half-day affair with Sustainable Workshops offered in the afternoon. See the details and agenda below!

Announcing Our Keynote Speakers!

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                                 Steve Grossman             Nicola Williams                Glynn Lloyd

Steve Grossman (Left) CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City & Former Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Nicola Williams (Center) Founder & CEO of The Williams Agency

Glynn Lloyd (Right) Managing Partner of the Boston Impact Initiative, Founder & CEO of City Fresh Foods

What: The SBN Conference consists of a Leadership Summit and Sustainable Workshops.

–The Summit is an interactive half-day gathering that brings together many of New England’s most successful entrepreneurs and community leaders with the purpose of developing new partnerships and collaborations that build the local, green and fair economy of the future.
–The Sustainable Workshops are open to everyone who is interested in building a sustainable economy that is local, green, and fair.

When: Friday, May 15, 2015
8:00-12:30 pm Sustainability Leadership Summit
1:30-4:00 pm Sustainable Workshops

Where: Lesley College, Brattle Campus
Washburn Auditorium, 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Price: Summit Fees: $75 Members early bird, $95 after April 15
$95 Non-members early bird, $120 after April 15
Sustainable Workshop Fees: $25

Presenting Sponsor–$3,000
Lead Sponsor $1,500
Supporting Sponsor–$500
Community Sponsor–$350

Summit Breakout Sessions: Five Pillars of a Strong Local Economy
Local – Passing a Passion for Extraordinary Customer Service from Generation to Generation featuring Michael & Emily Kantor of Cambridge Naturals                       

Green - Growing a Green Culture–The Key to a Sustainable Business featuring Tom Dunn of Eastern Bank                                    

Public Policy – Divest Now to Save Our Plant and Invest Now to Build our Community featuring Michael Green of the Climate Action Business Association  

Community Capital – Nurturing the Local Business Eco-System featuring Glynn Lloyd of Boston Impact Initiative 

Local Food – 50 By 60–A New England Vision for Food featuring Karen Spiller of Food Solutions New England

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Summit 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
12:00 Closing Comments and Open Space Reports
12:30 Lunch

Hyperlocal Craft Brewfest @ Arts at the Armory
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm

Calling for local craft brew fans, brew hobbyists, foodies, localvores, young entrepreneurs, nano-brewers, and the curious minded!

4th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
with a special Beer on Cask Tasting on Friday Night!

3 Sessions
Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:30 – 9:30pm (plus Cask-conditioned beers from selected brewers)
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 3:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Tickets: $48.00

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, newly established breweries, cider & mead, artisan beverage makers, and local 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 Valicenti Organico, Red Lentil, Taza Chocolate, and more.

What makes Friday night special?
Join us on Friday night for Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest with a special Beer on Cask Tasting “conditioned” by Randy Baril, Head Cellarman of NERAX (the New England Real Ale eXhibition). Try unfiltered and unpasteurised beer with no nitrogen or carbon dioxide added! Compare with the commercial version and tell us which one you love. The Showcase, also featuring a Small Batches Jamboree, will open dialogues between craft 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 also have an opportunity to learn more about making small batches and homebrewing. Additionally, attendees will get the chance to interact with other aspiring brewers, hear from experts, and taste a selection of the brews that will be showcased during the Saturday Sessions. In doubt? Attend both days!

What is Cask-conditioned beer?
Cask-conditioned beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. [1] Cask-conditioned beer served at Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest will be brewed by selected participating local breweries, who will also bring store bought version to sample at the event. Pretty cool, right?

SBN Boston Local Food Program
This event is a celebration of local craft brews in conjunction with SBN’s Boston Local Food Programs. The goal of SBN’s Boston Local Food Program is to transform the local food system by raising awareness about the abundance of wonderful locally grown and produced products in Massachusetts and New England and to encourage individual consumers, food and beverage producers, and vendors to Think Local First. Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest presents a great opportunity to build the bridge between local producers and consumers of craft brews in advancing the local food system.