A Day in a (Un)Sustainable Life 2011

During the week of Earth Day 2011, people around the world will capture the state of (un)sustainable living in their community as part of A Day in a (Un)Sustainable Life 2011, an annual, global research & policy project lead by the Net Impact chapter at the University of St. Thomas. We invite everyone in your Net Impact chapter and your community to join in. Simply wander out into your community during the week around April 22nd with a digital camera and a journal. As you wander, photograph examples of what you see as the best and worst in sustainable living practices. As you compose a photograph, use your journal to capture the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing. Specifically, capture what makes this a best or worst in sustainable living practices for you. Also capture your feelings about what you are photographing. In 2010, we had participants from the U.S., Europe, and India who provided an interesting array of perspectives. You can read a summary of our 2010 findings in the project blog (http://adayinsustainability.blogspot.com/2011/03/day-in-unsustainable-life-2010-summary.html). You can also view many of the submissions at the 2010 submission group on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/adayinsustainability2010/). We’re hoping to replicate and extend last year’s success and hope that someone in NYC is inspired to help. For More Information: Email the project team at ADayInSustainability@yahoo.com for more information. There are more details about participating at the project blog: http://adayinsustainability.blogspot.com/2011/04/participating-in-day-in-unsustainable.html. Submitted by: David Alexander...

Swap, Don’t Shop: Making Green in the Sharing Economy

The Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York invites you to: MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN Swap, Don’t Shop Making Green in the Sharing Economy Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 6:00 pm • 6:00 – 6:30pm Doors Open and Early Networking • 6:30 – 8:00pm Program • 8:00 – 9:30pm Reception and Networking PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP 300 Madison Avenue, PwC Auditorium From Stephen Colbert’s Toasterster to Peer-to-Peer Banking, collaborative consumption is changing the way we think about ownership and opportunity. Join us as a new generation of entrepreneurs reveals how they capitalize on helping consumers share, sell, barter and swap their way to better lives in a world where access trumps ownership. MODERATOR • Cameron Tonkinwise, Ph.D., Chair, Design Thinking and Sustainability, School of Design Strategies, Parsons. PANELISTS • Adam Black, Founder/CEO, KeyWifi.com • Jennifer Lee (CBS ’08), Founder, ClosetRaid.co • Odile Beniflah, Senior Product Manager, Carpooling.com • Ron J. Williams, CEO, SnapGoods.com SPECIAL FEATURE REGIFT SWAP “Bring a regift. Take a regift.” What’s gathering dust at home may be just what someone else needs! Bring a small unwrapped new or gently used “regift” ($25 or under) to swap with others during the networking event. Unclaimed gifts will be donated to Housing Works. EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS • Valuable ideas and advice from Green Entrepreneur and Career Coach, Stefan Doering • Innovative shapers of the Sharing Economy: KeyWifi.com, Carpooling.com, Green Spaces and more $25 for CBSACNY, MCC Members & Students; $40 for non-members; $60 at the door REGISTER NOW: http://www.cbsacny.org/article.html?aid=1166 MAKING GREEN FROM GREEN Season 3 Certificate Program on Sustainable Business Attend four out of six events through...

Small Dinner Discussion w/ Social Entrepreneur Michael Dwork of VerTerra

Please join us at Gusto Organics on Thursday, May 10th at 7pm as we hear from social entrepreneur Michael Dwork, founder of VerTerra. Prior to starting VerTerra, maker of eco-friendly disposable dinnerware, Michael received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he won the Lang Fund competition, the outrageous business plan competition, and the Draper Fisher Jurvetson East Coast Venture Challenge. Michael will speak about how he started VerTerra, including how he set up a factory in India and placed his products at outlets such as Whole Foods and...

Designathon4SI* Call for Participants–Apply by August 8

Are you a leader working to change the world through business?  Please join us September 16-17 at the world’s first Designathon for Corporate Social Responsibility (think hackathon with design).  You, and hopefully a colleague or two, will be mentored by the faculty of the ground-breaking MFA in Design for Social Innovation program at SVA, guided through a design process customized for you, and provided with the tools you’ll need to continue on a path to success. Space is extremely limited: we are only accepting ten teams, so please sign up now. Applications are due by 8 PM on Monday, August 8. If you are selected to participate, we will send you event details and request payment prior to the Designathon. Event Details Schedule: Friday, September 16th, 6:30-9 PM: opening dinner and event kickoff Saturday, September 17th, 10 AM-5 PM: Designathon 6-9 PM: presentation of ideas (open to guests and the public) Location: 136 W. 21st Street Fee: $100 for the general participants; $75 for paid Net Impact members: (due upon acceptance into the program) Registration:  bit.ly/Designathon4SI More Info: dsi.sva.edu/designathon * Designathon4SI is a collaboration between Net Impact and DSI Design for Social Innovation at SVA is a new MFA Program improving the impact of social innovation through design, and preparing the next design leaders in social innovation for businesses and communities. Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable...

Impact Session #5 Covers Clean Tech on April 21

Get ready for the next Impact Session! This month’s topic: CleanTech.  We’ve run into some very cool projects in NYC from people and start-ups that are taking strides to improve energy efficiency, reduce consumption, and showcase renewable energy.  See speakers below. A reminder: Suggested Donation amount $5, to cover snacks and beverages, feel free to bring wine or beer, and get ready to have some fun. Since space is limited, please be sure to RSVP. Please note our location in downtown Brooklyn. Doors at 7:30, speakers start at 8:00! Jackson Lehr, Vice President California Bioenergy http://www.calbioenergy.com California Bioenergy (CalBio) is a renewable energy company that seeks out and develops opportunities to convert biomass into clean energy sources. Jackson Lehr is a vice president with CalBio.  He brings a combination of engineering, construction and environmental business experience to the CalBio team. He is also currently a partner in GO Ventures, one of the co-founders of CalBio. Jeremy R. M. Shannon, AIA, Passive House Consultant http://www.passivehouse.us The Passive House concept and design represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumptions of buildings by an amazing 90%. Jeremy is currently a Passive House consultant and architect for Prospect Architecture. He also is an instructor at the Parsons School of Design. John Humphrey, President, SEPartners http://www.SEPartners.com http://www.carbonharmony.com SEP is a nationally recognized clean energy consulting firm. In addition, Carbon Harmony, a carbon offset platform created by SEPartners, is taking action against climate change by offsetting events and concerts such as Sasquatch! music festival. John Humphrey founded SEPartners, Sollega, and Carbon Harmony.  He is also a volunteer for...

March “Issues in Depth” Calls

Are you taking advantage of your paid membership benefits by attending Net Impact’s “Issues in Depth” calls? Be sure to sign up for those in March covering CSR and social media, the global water crisis, and more! Meet the New Consumers: Five Marketplace Trends That Will Shape the Green Economy and Change the Future of Branding Raphael Bemporad, Founding Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at BBMG Wednesday, March 2, 2011 9:00-10:00 am Pacific / 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern / 5:00-6:00 pm GMT >> Sign up for this call Addressing the Global Water Crisis Through Market Mechanisms Alexis Morgan, Global Water Roundtable Coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund and Alliance for Water Stewardship Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:00-10:00 am Pacific / 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern / 5:00-6:00 pm GMT >> Sign up for this call Social Media & CSR 2.0 Mike Wallace, Director of Sustainability Reporting Framework for GRI & Adam Sulkowski, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Friday, March 18, 2011 9:00-10:00 am Pacific / 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern / 5:00-6:00 pm GMT >> Sign up for this call...