A 3-day innovation summit for creative entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders who are champions of progress toward future prosperity in the Climate Economy. Join us September 6–8 at the University of Vermont in Burlington.
Join us for the summit kickoff and celebration, featuring a musical performance by soulful songstress Kat Wright and the best of Vermont's local food trucks.
Stephen Lacey, the Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media, will lead a dynamic discussion between national business and policy leaders on the current progress of the climate economy, the opportunities ahead, and how to scale these efforts to achieve their optimal potential for the renewal of the American economy.
Cities and towns throughout the U.S. are leading climate economy development. Attend this Spark Speech session to hear some of the creative ways that communities have organized.
Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Talk of the Nation, and Charlie Rose, and has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, and Business Week.
Paul is the Manager of Environmental Responsibility at Patagonia. He focuses his efforts on reducing Patagonia’s environmental footprint and works to communicate the company’s philosophy and efforts in a way that inspires others.
Chairman and former president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm, an organic yogurt producer, based in Londonderry, New Hampshire since 1983.
Danny Kennedy is a clean-technology entrepreneur, an environmental activist, and the author of the book Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy—and Our Planet—from Dirty Energy.
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon.
Jigar Shah is the Co-Founder of Generate Capital, a specialty finance company that builds, owns, operates, and finances infrastructure assets involving energy, water, agriculture and basic materials.
Jostein Solheim has been Chief Executive Officer at Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc. since 2010. Solheim continues to champion the iconic ice cream maker as it navigates its next chapter in business history. The vision, according to Solheim, is that Ben & Jerry’s must continue to aspire to be a social justice company that just happens to make ice cream.
Serving the City of Burlington as mayor since March 2012 Mayor Weinberger has focused on enhancing quality of life for residents, fiscal stewardship of the City’s assets, innovation and economic development, addressing the City’s housing shortage, and 21st century policing.
From local, citizen-led efforts to policy councils that build collaboration between state, federal, nonprofit, and private sector leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development brings Vermonters together across political lines and organizational boundaries to create a better future.