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Bummed you can't make it this year's Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego? You're not alone. With busy work schedules and prior commitments, it can be tough to clear a full week for learning (and fun) in Southern California.
Time for the good news: While we can't bring you the San Diego sun, this year you can catch some of the hottest Sustainable Brands panels right from your living room (or cubicle, as the case may be). Thanks to sponsor CVS Health, those who can't attend SB'15 in person can still watch plenary sessions live, or on demand, for free.
So, don't let your friends have all the last-minute SB planning fun. Pull up your calendar, and start making time for these Sustainable Brands sessions you can watch live from home.
When: Monday, June 1, at 4:45 p.m. PT Register here
When: Monday, June 1, at 5:40 p.m. PT Register here
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 11 a.m. PT Register here
Heineken knows all about this difference and has taken some interesting steps to alleviate the friction. Learn more from Michael Dickstein, the company's global director of sustainable development.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 11:20 a.m. PT Register here
Expect not only a portrayal of the near future of tech innovation, but also an outline of specific sustainability-driven applications in smarter corporate, city and home infrastructure.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12 p.m. PT Register here
This presentation will analyze the value and potential of the newly-formed Closed Loop Fund. Len Sauers, VP of global sustainability for Procter & Gamble, will also touch on other partnerships the company has joined in advancing corporate sustainability agendas.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 11:40 a.m. PT Register here
Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and CEO of Hollender Sustainable Brands, co-founder of Sustain Condoms and former CEO of Seventh Generation, and Meika Hollender, co-founder and marketing director at Sustain Condoms, explain.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12:15 p.m. PT Register here
This presentation from Cynthia Figge, CEO and co-founder of CSRHub, will share the latest results.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 4 p.m. PT Register here
As the leading plant-based food and beverage brand, Silk surely has a role to play. Craig Shiesley, who leads WhiteWave Foods’ plant-based food and beverage business in the U.S. and Canada (including the Silk portfolio and So Delicious Dairy Free beverages), will talk about this new mindset in an SB presentation.
When: Tuesday, June 2, at 4:35 p.m. PT Register here
Their conversation will be followed by a presentation by Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss, a perennial favorite at conferences from SB to SXSW Eco.
When: Wednesday, June 3, at 10:40 a.m. PT Register here
In this session, Letitia Webster, the company's global director of corporate sustainability, explains how the company is integrating its brands' individual sustainability strategies and rolling them up into a "unified parent-corporation center of goal-setting, excellence and governance."
When: Wednesday, June 3, at 11:35 a.m. PT Register here
We know a little something about the ROI of sustainability here at TriplePundit, so we're pretty pumped for this one. On Wednesday afternoon, John Bradford, chief innovations officer for Interface, will talk about how the company is scaling a key pillar of its sustainability agenda to new heights.
When: Wednesday, June 3, at 12:15 p.m. PT Register here
That's pretty awesome on its own, but it's not the whole story. This peer-to-peer economy model teamed up with footwear giant New Balance to create even more shared value. Tune in for the scoop on what SB calls "one of the defining moments in mainstreaming the peer-to-peer economy."
When: Wednesday, June 3, at 4:50 p.m. PT Register here
In this session, John Schulz, assistant vice president of sustainability operations for AT&T, will discuss how the expansion of mobile technology is empowering consumers to live more independently and sustainably. He'll share what "steps AT&T is taking to bring new sustainability-driven innovation to consumers" and "how AT&T’s consumer engagement measurements have helped guide a new multi-pronged strategy."
When: Thursday, June 4, at 10:40 a.m. PT Register here
In this session, author and sustainability consultant Andrew Winston talks to Manuel Gomez, VP of sustainability at Walmart, to learn more.
When: Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. PT Register here
In this session, Andrew Winston talks with Gayle Schueller, VP of global sustainability for 3M, to find out how the company balances an increased focus by consumers and investors on social responsibility.
When: Thursday, June 4, at 11:20 a.m. PT Register here
When: Thursday, June 4, at 11:40 a.m. PT Register here
In this talk, songwriter and performer Prince Ea explains the program and why it matters. Offstage, Prince Ea is founder of Make SMART Cool (SMART being an acronym for Sophisticating Millions and Revolutionizing Thought). "The organization seeks to promote positive social change in various concrete ways from speaking at schools, organizing community events, benefit performances, partnering with community organizations and setting up educational mentorship programs," SB says.
When: Thursday, June 4, at 12 p.m. PT Register here
Want to make sure you don't miss a beat from this year's Sustainable Brands conference? Be sure to check out TriplePundit next week for coverage, and follow the hashtag #SB15sd on Twitter.
Mary Mazzoni has reported on sustainability in business for over a decade and now serves as managing editor of TriplePundit. She is also the general manager of TriplePundit's Brand Studio, which has worked with dozens of brands and organizations on sustainability storytelling. Along with 3p, Mary's recent work can be found in publications like Conscious Company, Salon and Vice's Motherboard. She also works with nonprofits on media projects, including the women's entrepreneurship coaching organization Street Business School. She is an alumna of Temple University in Philadelphia and lives in the city with her partner and two spoiled dogs.