The SBN Sustainability Leadership Summit

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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

Price:   $90 Regular Admission for SBN Members// $110 for Non-members

           $110 FULL DAY (Summit, Lunch & Workshop) SBN Members // $130 for Non-members


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.


For more information on previous Summit conferences, check out these links: