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Local Sustainable Economies Conference @ Northeastern University - Curry Student Center
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day


The Local Sustainable Economies Conferences is sponsored by:

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The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017.

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The conference will have 3 LEVELS OF IMPACT for advocates and entrepreneurs committed to building a local, green and fair economy:

ENERGIZE YOUR ENTERPRISE: A powerful line-up of luminaries in the local sustainable economies movement will share stories of what works and what they’ve learned along the way, highlighting real, attainable solutions to issues facing our businesses and non-profits, our communities and our planet.

CULTIVATE CONNECTIONS: Through targeted conversations and peer coaching, participants will learn from each other, finding courage and inspiration and developing relationships that will continue to serve them long after the conference.

MOBILIZE THE MOVEMENT: Together, we will explore the shifting role of local business in the larger economic, social and environmental context, identifying what’s coming up next, what’s needed and what we are called to do, both individually and collectively.

The conference will focus on 8 VITAL PRACTICES of a sustainable local enterprise, listed below. Our intention is to use our time together at the conference to advance the wisdom, strategies, and practical actions related to each of these practices. This way, not only will you benefit; so will our communities and our movement.

1. GET CASH: Attracting financial capital that’s aligned with the values and needs of your enterprise and your community.

2. LOCAL FIRST: Cultivating local partner, supplier and customer relationships to catalyze the Local First movement.

3. BE FAIR: Crafting equitable and effective information-sharing, decision-making and ownership structures.

4. GO GREEN(ER): Reducing the negative effects and maximizing the positive impact of your operations.

5. CREATE MAGIC: Igniting your enterprise and invigorating the new economy.

6. EAT LOCAL: Transforming our local food systems.

7. STORM CITY HALL: Shaping local laws and policies to support local business and community.

8. OPEN YOUR HEART: Building personal capacity for wisdom and compassion in the interest of more effective action.


• Learn and share with local leaders cutting edge, visionary and practical ideas on how to grow your organization, your local economy and our movement.

• Bring it back home – it’s all about `take-homes’ and `bringing back high energy, game-changing ideas, plans, & programs’.

• Co-create an expanded vision and impactful strategy for building Local Sustainable Economies.

• Be inspired by local economy leaders and entrepreneurs who are making a major impact on our local economies and our culture.

• Whether you are a small business owner or work inside a nonprofit or business, let your inner entrepreneur shine and help co-create the new economy!

• Enter a space where you can bring your heart and soul and engage with like-minded folks who share your core values.

• Become engaged in a national relationship-based movement to change our world during this urgent time of climate change and social upheaval.

• Be with your tribe – a group of people working for similar objectives and experiencing challenges very similar to those you face every day.

• Share your story, build friendships and expand your network

• Have fun!





Additional Support from:


Refund Policy – Registration is transferrable but not refundable. If you need to many any changes to your order, please e-mail
Member Discount – Sustainable Business Network & Local First Members, please contact josh@sbnmass to redeem your 20% discount
Housing – Dorms are available for rent for $76/night and are a 5-10 minute walk from the Curry Student Center where the majority of programming will be taking place. Suites have adjoining rooms with a shared bathroom.
Directions –
Via public transportation:
Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take an “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop, the first stop above ground. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station. Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station.
Driving from the north (via Route I-93 or Route 1)
Take the Storrow Drive exit, and proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound, and bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to the third traffic light, and turn right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route I-90, Massachusetts Turnpike)
Take Exit 22 (Copley Square), and bear right. Proceed to the first traffic light, and turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Take the next right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route 9)
Proceed east on Route 9; it will become Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Tremont Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Melnea Cass Boulevard, and then turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the south (via I-93, Route 3)
Take Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury/Frontage Road). Turn left at the third light, staying in one of the two left lanes. Proceed straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Logan Airport
Exiting Logan Airport, merge onto Route I-90 West/Mass Pike/Ted Williams Tunnel. Proceed about 1.5 miles, and then take Exit 24 toward Route I-93. Merge onto Route I-93 South via the exit on the left. Take Exit 18, Massachusetts Avenue, toward Andrew Square. Bear right onto the Massachusetts Avenue connector. Proceed straight on the connector, which becomes Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Manchester (NH)-Boston Regional Airport
Via automobile:
Exiting the airport, follow the signs to I-93 South, then follow driving directions to campus from the North via I-93.
Via public transportation:
The Manchester Airport Shuttle is a regularly scheduled bus service offered free of charge for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s ticketed airline passengers. All passengers must show an airline ticket, boarding pass, or printed travel itinerary into or out of Manchester to be eligible to use this free service.
Buses depart from the outer curb adjacent to the main entrance walkway of the terminal. The bus service operates every two hours, 24-hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays), between the airport and the Sullivan Square MBTA Subway Station.
At the Sullivan Square station, take the MBTA Orange Line (Inbound towards Forest Hills), getting off at Ruggles Station.