2015 Sustainable Enterprise Conference Graphice Recording by Christine Walker
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For the 2015 Sustainable Enterprise Conference we registered 352 attendees and presented 47 speakers. Session topics included Energy, Water, Transportation, Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, Carbon Pricing, and Funding and Investing in Sustainable Enterprises. Our attendees came mostly from the North Bay and about half from the business sector.
Our interns Vera, Holly and Allison crafted our annual greening statement as a review of our own best practices, including hosting the conference in the solar powered SOMO Village Event Center, serving mostly vegetarian and local foods, and encouraging carpooling to the event.
In addition to working toward a low carbon event, we donated $1,000 to support youth programs as an offset our remaining impact. Global Student Embassy and Balance Edutainament are inspiring next generation leaders to action.
This year we introduced the Sustainability Innovation Scorecard to help organizations identify their areas of opportunity and leverage their strengths. In the two days after the Sustainable Enterprise Conference, we also produced the iHub Enterprise Accelerator and Future Makers Youth Summit.
The Future Maker’s Youth Summit shed light on the opportunities for youth in our community to pursue careers in sustainability. 50 people participated in the activities and fostered great discussions about generations together achieving something great.
The iHub Enterprise Accelerator introduced entrepreneurs and business leaders to a rapid fire innovation framework which lead them from problem through prototype to pitch in 3 hours. Presenter Terry Taylor said, "It's amazing what people are capable of in the right environment."
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Thank you to those that made this event possible including our sponsors, organizers, speakers, and volunteers. A Sustainable North Bay is a community effort.