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Think positive. Design Positive. Make Positive.


NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Product Symposium- 
Sessions 8am - 5 pm
(Business Casual Attire)

Innovation Celebration- 
Cocktails 6pm - 7pm
Dinner 7pm-9pm
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Cocktail Attire)  

THE CONRAD HOTEL
102 North End Avenue
New York, New York
10282, USA

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Think positive. Design Positive. Make Positive.


NOVEMBER 13, 2015

Product Symposium- 
Sessions 8am - 5 pm
(Business Casual Attire)

Innovation Celebration- 
Cocktails 6pm - 7pm
Dinner 7pm-9pm
(
Cocktail Attire)  

THE CONRAD HOTEL
102 North End Avenue
New York, New York
10282, USA

The vision

The annual Cradle to Cradle Products Symposium and Innovation Celebration is a gathering of business leaders from across industries engaging in a ‘community of practice’ around Cradle to Cradle philosophy, sustainable design, and a celebration of innovation toward a Cradle to Cradle world.  Our goal is to learn, share, and collaborate across a full day program of plenaries, panel discussions, case studies, and breakout sessions.  We end the day with a celebration of our work at the Innovation Celebration cocktail reception and dinner.

Join us for a day of building on success and engaging in collaboration for shared success.

For information on the Fashion Positive Working Day (Thursday, November 12) please visit the Pre-Symposium page.

We’re visualizing the path to positive

We’re dedicating our annual Cradle to Cradle Product Symposium and Innovation Celebration toward helping every participant visualize their own path to safer materials, perpetually cycled,  delivering the kind of hard-earned, practical insights and perspectives that will make you want to rush back to your teams to share inspiration — while also providing enough fast-paced content and networking that you’ll stick around anyway.

Expect a gathering of business leaders from across industries engaging in a ‘community of practice’ around Cradle to Cradle philosophy, sustainable design, and a celebration of innovation toward a Cradle to Cradle world.

Expect invaluable global networking opportunities. 

Expect revelatory moments of knowledge sharing. 

And expect a whole lot of celebration — you’ll be amazed at the innovations that are turning the aspirational vision of Cradle to Cradle into products that are made with safe ingredients, perpetually cycled and manufactured in ways that respect humans and the environment — So much to celebrate! 


2014 Highlights

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The Product Symposium is an opportunity for you to learn from and engage directly with leaders in the field of Cradle to Cradle product innovation. It’s a place for companies to share best practices regarding supply chain and product innovation, and collaborate with industry leaders to identify solutions. In addition to learning, the symposium will allow ample networking time including lunch, networking breaks and a cocktail reception. 

Once again Jo Confino of the Huffington Post will be our emcee and moderator of the 2015 Product Symposium. Jo’s keen handle of global trends and sustainability topics paired with his provocative and humorous style make him the ideal emcee for this year’s expanded program.  

Attendance for the Product Symposium is limited to 400. Purchase tickets now.


MORNING PLENARY 8:30AM - 12pm

AN UPDATE ON GLOBAL TRENDS
William McDonough, Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy, Andrew Morlet, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS; THE INTERSECTION OF WORK, HOME & THE CONSUMER            
Ron Jarvis, Vice President of Sustainability at The Home Depot
Anthony Ravitz, Green Team within Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services

A VISION FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT          
Coert Zachariasse, CEO at Delta Development Group

FASHION & CIRCULAR DESIGN  
Linda Greer (NRDC Clean by Design), Scott Mackinlay Hahn (Loomstate), Scott Miller (Sustainable Apparel Coalition), Claire Bergkamp (Stella McCartney) and Lewis Perkins (C2C Fashion Positive). Moderated by industry expert Julie Gilhart. 

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BREAKOUT SESSION 1PM - 2PM

LETS TALK ABOUT PVC    
Anne-Christine Ayed, EVP Research, Innovation and Environment at Tarkett
Wes Sullens, Manager, Green Building Policy & Advocacy at StopWaste
Bill Walsh, Founder & Executive Director at Healthy Building Network
Professor Dr. Michael Braungart, founder of EPEA International and co-founder of MBDC

OVERCOMING HURDLES TO TRANSITION TOWARDS CIRCULAR ECONOMY: LESSONS FROM FASHION +
Claire Bergkamp, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Trade, Stella McCartney, Jay Bolus, MBDC, Ignasi Cubiñà, Eco Intelligent Growth, Tim Coombs, Bionic

WHATS NEXT FOR PACKAGING? A WORKING GROUP
Facilitated by Ken Alston, Cradle to Cradle Design Expert, MBDC Garrett Scheffler, Design Engineer, EcovativeDesign.com Ron Blitzer, Co-Founder, BeGreen Packaging

CATALYZING VALUE-DRIVEN INNOVATION IN YOUR COMPANY, BECOME A CATALYST
Eden Brukman, Concenter Solutions

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*Additional sessions being added


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GENIUS BAR

2PM-2:30PM

The Genius Bar will be staffed by our very own certification team members - the heart and soul of our organization. Visit our Ph.D. and assessment summary report experts to answer questions related to the Standard and Material Health Methodology and become a Genius yourself.


BREAKOUT SESSION 2:30PM - 3:30PM

Getting to Gold in Material Health: Tools for Inventory, Screening, Assessment, and Optimization
Margaret (Meg) Whitaker, Managing Director and Chief Toxicologist at ToxServices LLC
Robin Bass, [e]Team Design, Construction and Operations Lead, Google

C2C VALUE CREATION AS A DRIVER FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - A CASE STUDY FROM DELTA DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Owen Zachariasse Innovation and Sustainability at Delta Development Group - Partner at Zachariasse Consulting

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND GOING FOR CRADLE TO CRADLE GOLD IN FASHION
Lauren Hurst, Maiyet;  Tara Cappel, Director of Operations Metawear; Howie Fendley, MBDC; Ignasi Cubiñà, Eco Intelligent Growth with Matt Scanlan, Naadam Cashmere

WHATS NEXT FOR PACKAGING? A WORKING GROUP Part 2
Facilitated by Ken Alston, Cradle to Cradle Design Expert, MBDC Garrett Scheffler, Design Engineer, EcovativeDesign.com Ron Blitzer, Co-Founder, BeGreen Packaging

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BREAK +
GENIUS BAR

3:30PM-4PM

The Genius Bar will be staffed by our very own certification team members - the heart and soul of our organization. Visit our Ph.D. and assessment summary report experts to answer questions related to the Standard and Material Health Methodology            and become a Genius yourself.

 


BREAKOUT SESSION 4PM - 5PM

THE PATH TO POSITIVE: LESSONS FROM THE FRONT LINE
Reinhard Schneider, CEO, Werner & Mertz
Volker Steidel CEO, Lauffenmuehle
Pablo van der Lugt, Sustainability Consultant, Accsys Technologies
Albin Kaelin, CEO of EPEA Switzerland

THE CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED PRODUCTS PROGRAM: TRENDS, NEW DEVELOPMENTS, AND FUTURE PLANS  
Susan Klosterhaus PhD, Vice President, Science and Certification, Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute

BIOMIMICRY: AN INNOVATION STRATEGY FOR THE CRADLE TO CRADLE DESIGN
Beth Rattner, Executive Director, Biomimcry Institute

INVESTMENT IN CIRCULARITY: NEW MODELS FOR POSITIVE IMPACT
James Joaquin, Obvious Ventures, Ron Gonen, Closed Loop Fund, & Jeff Prins, The DOEN Foundation, Shally Shanker, Schmidt Family Foundation 

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INNOVATION CELEBRATION 6PM - 9PM

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ATTENDEES 

Accsys Technologies
Alcoa Foundation
American Express
Aveda
Avery Dennison
BeGreen Packaging
Biomimcry
Bionic Yarn
Cherokee
Closed Loop Foundation
The Cola-Cola Company
The DOEN Foundation
Delta Development
Designtex
Desso
Ebay
EcoIntelligent Growth
Ecovative Design
Eileen Fisher
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
EPEA
EPEA Switzerland
Evofem
Frederique's Choice
Google
GlobalGreenTag
Green Biz
H&M Foundation
HOK
Lauffenmuhle
Loomstate
Maiyet
Mara Hoffman
MBDC
Mechosystems
Metawear
NRDC
Obvious Ventures
Parsons
Perkins + Will
Royal Mosa
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Schmidt Family
Shaw Industries
Shaw Carpet
Steelcase
Stella McCartney
StopWaste
Sustainable Apparel
Target
Tarkett
Teknion
Textile Exchange
ToxServices
The George Gund
The Home Depot
The Reformation
Thread
Uniforms for the Dedicated
Van Houtum
Vugge til Vugge
Wake Forest
Walmart
Wells Fargo
Werner & Mertz
Wet-Green
Whole Foods

 

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Read below for detailed descriptions of the Product Symposium. 

Attendance for the Product Symposium is limited to 400. Purchase tickets now.


MORNING PLENARY

8:30AM - 12PM

AN UPDATE ON GLOBAL TRENDS
from the Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council
on the Circular Economy, 
William McDonough and Andrew Morlet,
CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. William and Andrew will discuss the intercepting mission of the Circular Economy and Cradle to Cradle design methodology, with an update of their collaborative work with the World Economic Forum. 

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS; THE INTERSECTION OF WORK, HOME & THE CONSUMER             Corporate pioneers in preferred purchasing of healthy products for work and home, The Home Depot and Google, will discuss their respective vision and leadership on transitioning consumers in both environment to safe and perpetually cycled materials and products in our buildings.                       Panel includes Ron Jarvis Vice President of Sustainability at The Home Depot, and Anthony Ravitz who leads the Green Team within Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services. 

A VISION FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT           
A Vision for the Built Environment from one of Forbe’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators of 2014. Coert Zachariasse, CEO Delta Development Group, the real estate developer behind Park 20/20, the world’s first full service Cradle to Cradle working environment will share his vision for the construction industry.  He will outline the opportunity to enter the circular economy by viewing buildings as material banks, by rethinking their business models, and by developing industrial symbiosis from architects to raw material suppliers. Zachariasee has put his vision into practice to realize the cleanest, most inspiring and productive working environment to date.  

FASHION & CIRCULAR DESIGN  
When tackling complex systems, movement can only accelerate through the collaboration of multiple stake holders. This statement is particularly true in the apparel industry and will be discussed by a panel that includes Linda Greer (NRDC Clean by Design), Scott Mackinlay Hahn (Loomstate), Scott Miller (Sustainable Apparel Coalition), Claire Bergkamp (Stella McCartney) and Lewis Perkins (C2C Fashion Positive). Moderated by industry expert Julie Gilhart. 


LET'S TALK ABOUT PVC

Since the beginning of the Cradle to Cradle Certified program, PVC has been on the banned list. PVC has changed and our understanding of the issues related to PVC has evolved. Tarkett in conjunction with EPEA and Michael Braungart worked to understand the issues linked to PVC and address them as a company. Tarkett has committed to become a C2C company by 2020, has several products certified under the C2C label, and also manufacturers products made with PVC. The session will cover:

  • A brief history of the PVC and its invention to capture the chlorine as a by-product of the caustic soda industry. We will describe the changes made by the industry led by Tarkett and the reality of PVC used in durable goods (floors, window frames, piping) and eliminated from the consumable goods
  • Tarkett will describe its journey and the changes brought to the manufacturing of PVC as well as changes in chemistry and commitments on end of use.
  • Healthy Building Network will discuss their recent publication in the “Post-Consumer Polyvinyl Chloride in Building Products” which highlights the importance of controlling the quality of recycled material for the Circular Economy.

Join us for the latest thinking on PVC and a provocative discussion about this controversial material

 

OVERCOMING HURDLES TO TRANSITION TOWARD CIRCULAR ECONOMY: LESSONS FROM FASHION POSITIVE

With all this talk about the Circle Economy, and the incredible shift that will be required to live it … is it even possible? These three Fashion Positive Leadership Phase partners would say: YES.

Join Stella McCartney, Bionic Yarn and Mohan Mueller AG as they candidly discuss challenges that these brands faced while on their way—and how they used Cradle to Cradle Certified help them design around, improve their materials, and stay flexible to create products that make a positive impact and support the circular economy. Learn how the work they are doing to grow the Fashion Positive Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials Library can benefit you and your company. 

 

CATALYZING VALUES- DRIVEN INNOVATION IN YOUR COMPANY

Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Yet, for the next industrial revolution to collectively shift product manufacturing towards positive outcomes, motivated individuals must inspire a much larger group to action. C2CPII has developed the Catalyst Program with this in mind, offering training and ongoing support to people who wish to advance the sustainability conversation within their own companies. This interactive session will:

  • Introduce the Catalyst Program and seed its community of practice through an open conversation among all attendees
  • Explore success stories and lessons learned from in-house champions of companies with C2C products
  • Discuss strategies, benefits, opportunities, and challenges of advocating for change

Whether you are new to Cradle to Cradle principles or a veteran of the certification process, there is a place for you at the table; Join us. The Catalyst Program is made possible with the generous support of the Roy A Hunt Foundation.

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR PACKAGING?  

There is an unmet global need for safe, recyclable or compostable packaging that helps companies make the right choices for their packaging needs. Addressing these needs will have profound positive impact on humans, the environment, and the bottom line. We will convene a two-hour session to learn from companies who are actively engaged in transformation of this industry and discuss what’s next. The session will include a panel discussion, case studies and breakout into roundtables. Together, we will create action steps for elevating packaging as the next important initiative in remaking the way we make things. During the two hours we will:

  • Explore the impacts and business opportunities of packaging in a global economy;
  • Apply Cradle to Cradle design and other innovative strategies for change;
  • Discuss how to design for the technical and biological nutrient cycles;
  • Examine systems for successful nutrient management; and Create a clear agenda for action.

We look forward to working with packaging stakeholders, companies who make packaging and companies who want to be part of this worldwide movement.

 

  

C2C VALUE CREATION AS A DRIVER FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT - A CASE STUDY FROM DELTA DEVELOPMENT GROUP

Delta Development Group is a global front-runner in cradle to cradle applications for the circular economy. They apply an innovative and practical approach that uses business as an engine for change. This session will present a case study of Park 20|20 the first full service Cradle to Cradle working environment. In Park 20|20 a unique level of sustainability is created together with a human centered design approach to create an environment of exceptional quality within the confines of market conforming budgets where an extremely high priority is attributed to aspects of health, wellbeing, inspiration and productivity. Sustainability is achieved through implementation of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy to create closed cycles for materials, energy, waste and water. By taking a human centered design approach every aspect of Park 20|20 is geared to energize and empower employees through inspiring ergonomic architecture and techniques, integrated landscaping and a high level of facilities to accommodate the combination of professional and private life. Continuing research is underway to ensure that all measures result in improved productivity.

Following the case study presentation, the audience will be engaged to think through many of the dilemmas that Delta Development faced in adopting C2C design and movement toward the circular economy. Together, we will examine next steps and acceleration strategies.

 

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND GOING FOR CRADLE TO CRADLE GOLD IN FASHION

The goal of continuous improvement is not “zero” or reducing the human and environmental impact of a product, but instead combines the progressive reduction of “bad” with the increase in “good.”

Join three Fashion Positive Leadership Phase partner companies who are on the continuous improvement pathway to Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM GOLD-level. Maiyet, Trigema, and Metawear all have Cradle to Cradle certified products at either the BRONZE or SILVER level, and are all working toward optimizing their materials in order to achieve GOLD-level certification.

Learn how the work they are doing to grow the Fashion Positive Cradle to Cradle Certified Materials Library can benefit you and your company.

 

GETTING GOLD IN MATERIAL HEALTH: TOOLS FOR INVENTORY, SCREENING, ASSESSMENT, AND OPTIMIZATION

One of the key challenges manufacturers face in making smart choices about material ingredients is understanding the methodology and data requirements of various product inventory and material health assessment programs. A similar challenge is faced on the consumer side where designers and specifiers need to make healthy material choices based on the information about the product and its impact on human health.

In this session, a leading toxicologist in the field will outline the key steps that manufacturers can engage in to pursue optimized chemistry and the tools available at each stage. But how does this information translate for projects teams to make informed decisions about material health? Google has been tackling this issue and earlier this year launched their new Healthy Materials criteria to guide to guide manufacturers and project teams world-wide to create and select products and materials that are on the path to optimization for positive human health impact. You will also learn what’s next for material health and how creating more complete accessible toxicological data will accelerate manufacture and design of materials and products with safe chemicals. Whether a manufacturer, specifier or just curious about material health, this session will demystify the healthy materials process and get you on the path to Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold. 

 

BIOMIMCRY: AN INNOVATION STRATEGY FOR CRADLE TO CRADLE DESIGN

The discipline of biomimicry—defined by Biomimicry Institute co-founder Janine Benyus as "a way of seeking sustainable solutions by borrowing life's blueprints, chemical recipes, and ecosystem strategies"—has produced wind turbines shaped like whales' tails, solar panels modeled after leaves, and cities and companies organized like mycelium. The Biomimicry Institute hosts design challenges -- both open innovation competitions and university-corporate engagements, to help the next wave of inventors learn from life itself.

Cradle to Cradle requires systems thinking and there is no better system than nature, with time-tested strategies over millions of years. Biomimicry offers specific design guidance based on the desired design function, making it a perfect fit with Cradle to Cradle's rigorous materials criteria, together producing truly healthier, safer, ingenious products.

In this session, Beth Rattner, Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute, will:

  • Introduce you to biomimicry through a series of company- and entrepreneur-based case studies
  • Articulate the relationship between biomimicry and Cradle to Cradle design
  • Provide tools that your team can use to explore innovation inspired by nature

 

INVESTMENT IN CIRCULARITY: NEW MODELS FOR POSITIVE IMPACT

A discussion of new investment and funding models for positive impact solutions. During this session, we will with explore the landscape Foundation, Corporate and Private Equity Investment in the next generation of product design, systems thinking and positive impact in the making of products. Panelists will come from Obvious Ventures, The Closed Loop Fund, Schmidt Family Foundation and the DOEN Foundation. The goal is an exploration of how both Foundations and VC/ Equity Investors are moving into more program and mission related investment. We will use the Fashion Positive Revolving Fund, The Closed Loop Fund and Obvious Ventures as models. We expect this to be of particular interest for our foundation and investor attendees.

 

THE PATH TO POSITIVE: LESSONS FROM THE FRONT LINES

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Platinum level has been developed as the ultimate aspirational goal within the Cradle to Cradle Products Program. Although a Platinum certification has yet to be achieved by any manufacturer, some companies have achieved platinum in a specific quality category. In this session, we will learn from companies who have achieved platinum in one or more C2C category, hear about their efforts in other categories toward the ultimate goal of Platinum certification. Stories will focus on innovative approaches to green chemistry, integrated management systems, product stewardship, partnerships in total chain management, environmental cost accounting, and more. When we highlight companies applying Cradle to Cradle principles, we are highlighting the building of better companies rather than just spinning better stories.

Behind all Cradle to Cradle Certified products are stories of human ingenuity, values driven goals, and positive impact for optimizing both product and processes. The Institute has initiated a global effort to gather in-depth and sharable information about innovation toward Cradle to Cradle ideals. These stories will become the basis of our outreach efforts and our new C2C Certified Catalyst train-the-trainer and community of practice program.

Join us to learn more about these innovative strategies, share your own path to platinum commitment, and sign up for the Institute to document your Path to Platinum in 2016.

 

 

 

 

THE CRADLE TO CRADLE CERTIFIED PRODUCTS PROGRAM: TRENDS, NEW DEVELOPMENTS, AND FUTURE PLANS

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard—administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and governed by an independent Certification Standards Board —provides a continuous improvement pathway toward the development of quality products. Version 3.0 of the Standard was released in November 2012,v3.1 was released in December 2014, and v4.0 is currently in development. The program continues to evolve in an effort to make the program more meaningful, improve quality, and lower costs. This session will include an overview of:

  • Certification trends
  • What’s new in v3.1
  • v4.0 development
  • Upgrades to the Certified Product Registries
  • Plans for automation and scalability tools

This is your opportunity to hear the ‘State of the Union’ and provide feedback on how the Institute can improve the certification program.

 

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Business leaders from across industries learn, share, and collaborate

across a full day program of plenaries, panel discussions,

case studies, and breakout sessions. 

 

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Business leaders from across industries learn, share, and collaborate

across a full day program of plenaries, panel discussions,

case studies, and breakout sessions. 

 

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WILLIAM McDonough

MCDONOUGH INNOVATION

Plenary: An Update on Global Trends

William McDonough, FAIA, FRIBA, Int., is a globally recognized leader in sustainable development. In 1996, McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development. In 2003 he earned the first U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award; in 2004, he received the National Design Award. In 2002, McDonough and Michael Braungart co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, a seminal text of the sustainability movement; this was followed by The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013).

 

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DR. MICHAEL BRAUNGART

EPEA

Session: Lets Talk About PVC

Michael Braungart is founder and CEO of EPEA International Umweltforschung GmbH and co-founder of MBDC McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Braungart's work has been published in numerous journals on science, public affairs, design and environment in Europe and the US. Dr. Braungart holds the Academic Cradle to Cradle Chair for Innovation and Quality, Rotterdam School of Management - Erasmus University (The Netherlands) and is professor of Process Engineering at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Working together with designer and architect William A. McDonough in their product design and development firm, MBDC, Dr. Braungart's work addresses topics from particles to policy. He has initiated worldwide scholarly and scientific inquiry into the adverse environmental and physiological impacts of industrially-produced consumer goods.

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ANDREW MORLET

ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

Plenary: An Update on Global Trends

Andrew Morlet joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2013 to define and launch its business programs and became its Chief Executive in 2014. Previously, Morlet was the global managing director for information and technology strategy at Accenture and a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he worked at the board level to develop corporate and business-unit strategy 1)for leading global companies across multiple sectors in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to entering consulting, Morlet worked in the not-for-profit sector as a clinical epidemiology and healthcare research scientist.

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RON
JARVIS

THE HOME DEPOT

Plenary: Healthy Environments; The Intersection of Work, Home & The Consumer

Ron Jarvis is vice president of sustainability for The Home Depot. He is responsible for aligning the Company’s business strategies with its social, environmental and sustainability objectives. Ron also leads our SER factory audits, Utility Rebates and Product Safety departments. Ron joined the Company in 1995 as a merchant. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including divisional merchandise manager, national product merchant, global product merchant, vice president of merchandising and senior vice president of pro and tool rental. Prior to joining the Company, Ron spent 11 years with Lowe’s in sales and merchandising. Ron has a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from North Carolina State University.


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ANTHONY RAVITZ

GOOGLE GREEN TEAM

Plenary: Healthy Environments; The Intersection of Work, Home & The Consumer

Anthony Ravitz leads Google's Real Estate & Workplace Services [e]Team, spearheading strategy on environments, experience and ecology across the company’s global real estate portfolio.  His team integrates Google’s values in design, construction and operations at all scales to create places where people and planet thrive.  They seek to drive learning and innovation through the organization and to bridge the gap between research and implementation in the science of healthy and high performance environments.  Since joining Google in 2006, Anthony’s experience includes projects ranging from renovation to master planning, facilities operations, and establishing

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OWEN ZACHARIASSE

DELTA DEVELOPMENT GROUP

C2C Value Creation as a Driver for the Circular Economy in the Built Environment

Owen  completed his undergraduate degree in business administration from Adelphi University Owen worked for McWilliams|Ballard, one of the most successful real estate sales and marketing firms on the east coast of the United States. Upon completion of a Masters Degree from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University In Strategic Management, Owen began working for Delta Development Group on the Cradle to Cradle® inspired area development Park 20|20. Owen assists in the development of, and is responsible for the management of all Cradle to Cradle®, innovation and sustainability activities at Park 20|20 and within Delta Development Group.

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COERT ZACHARIASSE

DELTA DEVELOPMENT GROUP 

A Vision for the Built Environment

Coert Zachariasse is owner and CEO of Delta Development Group, an independent, privately owned Dutch real estate development and investment company founded in 1988.  Delta creates sustainable buildings of quality that will retain their value indefinitely whether a new development, a redevelopment or an upgrade of an existing object. Focus is on projects that make a difference, that fulfill client needs, that improve and give positive spin off to their surroundings and give something back to society and environment while allowing Delta to remain a successful, viable and visionary company. Park 20/20, one of Delta’s projects presently under construction, exemplifies Coert Zachariasse’s progressive and ambitious thinking. It is this unique development which brought him into contact with renowned Cradle to Cradle author and architect of Park 20|20, William McDonough as well as Michael Braungart.

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JO
CONFINO

HUFFINGTON POST

Plenary & Breakout Sessions: Emcee and Moderator

Jo Confino is executive editor of impact and innovation at the Huffington Post as well as editorial director of What’s Working. As a journalist for the past 30 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites. He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and subsequently finance and business news editor for the Guardian. He was previously an executive editor at the Guardian and chairman of Guardian Sustainable Business. As head of the Guardian’s “living our values” vision and strategy, he launched one of the world's first interactive sustainability reporting websites and managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the village of Katine in Uganda.


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LINDA
GREER

NRDC CLEAN BY DESIGN

Plenary: Fashion & Circular Design

Linda Greer is a senior scientist and previous director of the Health Program at NRDC.  She has worked at NRDC for nearly 25 years. Domestically, Linda concentrates on federal toxic chemical policy, particularly EPA’s policies determining the adverse health impacts of chemicals in commerce, such as carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and neurotoxins.  She is a scientific expert in health risk assessment and an experienced lobbyist on Capitol Hill as well. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology (U of Maryland), a M.S.P.H. in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (UNC School of Public Health, Chapel Hill), and a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology (Tufts U).  

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SCOTT MACKINLAY
Hahn

LOOMSTATE

Plenary: Fashion & Circular Design

Scott Mackinlay Hahn co-founded Loomstate, a clothing line dedicated to environmental and social responsibility, in 2004. The company is now partnering with Chipotle Mexican Grill to design the fast-food chain's uniforms, set to debut over the next few months. Since then they have launched Loomstate 321 product, which is tencel-based, a really great yarn made from tree and wood pulp. Loomstate is "dedicated to creating demand for certified organic cotton using socially and environmentally responsible methods of production." 

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SCOTT
MILLER

SUSTAINABLE APPAREL COALITION

Plenary: Fashion & Circular Design

Scott is the Director of Business Development at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition where he promotes membership and Higg Index adoption. For over 10 years, Scott has been driving environmental projects to embed triple bottom line strategies across the hospitality, financial services and manufacturing sectors. Notably, Scott was featured in James Cameron’s Emmy winning climate change docu-series Years of Living Dangerously for his EDF Climate Corp work at Caesars Entertainment.  He holds a Masters in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, a Bachelors in Economics from UC San Diego and LEED AP and master composter designations.

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CLAIRE BERGKAMP

STELLA MCCARTNEY

Session: Overcoming Hurdles To Transition Towards Circular Economy 

Claire Bergkamp heads Stella McCartney's Sustainability Program in London. Since joining in 2012, Claire has worked internationally across the brand to shape a strong environmental improvement strategy. At the heart of this strategy is her work on sustainable raw material development and procurement. Her work also includes supplier engagement and improvement, which recently has been focused on improving energy and water efficiency of dye mills in Italy. Claire also oversees Stella McCartney's ethical trade and community outreach programs. 


JULIE
GILHART

Fashion Consultant 

Plenary: Fashion & Circular Design

Fashion industry veteran, Julie Gilhart, is a creative business consultant for a concentrated, influential set of fashion clients that includes the world’s leading online e-commerce platform, Amazon.com, and the largest luxury goods group, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy.Her interests and accomplishments are considerable in the areas of sustainability as well, including co-developing and launching with Christie’s the Bid to Save the Earth environmental auction and as an Ambassador for 1% for the Planet. She is a founder of Fashion Girls for Humanity, a non-profit focused on raising funds for immediate disaster relief. She serves on the boards of Parsons The New School For Design, Mulberry and Outerknown.

ANNE-CHRISTINE AYED

EVP RESEARCH

Session: Lets Talk About PVC

Anne-Christine Ayed spent 15 years with Dow Chemical where she held several R&D and business development leadership positions in Switzerland, Germany and USA. In 2004, she joined DBApparel, in Paris, a global branded apparel company where she was Research and Innovation Director and member of the group Executive Committee. She joined Tarkett in Luxembourg in September 2009 as Group Research & Innovation Vice President. Since January 2011, she has global responsibilities for R&D, Innovation & Environmental matters and became a member of Tarkett Executive Committee. 

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WES
SULLENS

GREEN BUILDING & STOPWASTE

Session: Lets Talk About PVC

Wes Sullens is the green building policy and advocacy manager for StopWaste in California’s Alameda County.  StopWaste is a local government agency that promotes the wiser use of materials, water and energy resources in the Bay Area region. Sullens represents StopWaste on regional and international green building codes, rating systems and legislation efforts. He is currently the chair of the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group for the U.S. Green Building Council and directs research on behalf of StopWaste to investigate embodied carbon and health impacts of recycled content building materials. 

JAY
BOLUS

MBDC

Jay Bolus is Vice President of Technical Operations for MBDC responsible for the development and implementation of MBDC’s Cradle to CradleSM Product Certification program. Additionally, Jay functions as MBDC’s Director of Science and is responsible for the accurate and timely completion of all projects. Jay was directly responsible for the development of MBDC's Cradle to CradleSM Benchmarking methodology, a tool to evaluate the impact chemicals and materials have on human and environmental health throughout their life cycles. Jay's projects include the development of the "McDonough Collection" of commercial carpet tiles in conjunction with Shaw Industries, the world's largest carpet manufacturer.


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TIM SIRIS COOMBS

BIONIC

Overcoming Hurdles to Transition toward Circular Economy: Lessons from Fashion+

Growing up in New York City, Tim experienced decades of plastic pollution caused by urban overconsumption and weak recycling infrastructure. He studied economics and product design in school, as well as textile engineering at leading fashion houses in New York. At the age of twenty-one he cofounded a technical outdoor gear company specializing in high-end camping equipment. At twenty-six he cofounded Bionic, in 2004 based on the concept of advanced sustainable materials and has since led many of the companies key product, market, and business development operations. Tim believes that environmental sustainability is possible if we can harmonize the economy with nature. He is committed to realizing that vision long-term.

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IGNASI
CUBIÑÀ

ECO INTELLIGENT GROWTH 

Overcoming Hurdles to Transition toward Circular Economy: Lessons from Fashion+

Ignasi Cubiñà is founder member and Director of Eco Intelligent Growth, a Barcelona based consultancy. Biologist, trained also in Marketing and Sales, he started his career working for more than 15 years both in food and pharmaceutical sectors. Since 2007, as EIG’s Director, he’s been dedicated to spread C2C® principles around the world, working for their implementation together with industry and local administration. Ignasi’s holistic approach has driven him to collaborate in projects from sustainable community design to companies’ transition towards the circular economy. Concerned on high impact sectors, he has been monitoring closely fashion and packaging trends, looking for new opportunities and partners for a positive change. Ignasi and his team are involved in several Fashion Positive Initiative projects as C2C General Assessors.

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KEN
ALSTON

MBDC

President of Consulting and Education Services at MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry). Originally I worked with MBDC as a client.  After discovering that Cradle to Cradle® design is about creating a positive outcome economically, environmentally and equitably speaking (not just becoming less bad) I saw how this could help companies move towards becoming more sustaining. Cradle to Cradle's Technical and Biological Nutrient cycles provide the critical underpinning of what is becoming known as the Circular Economy. MBDC is the premier consulting firm that teaches and implements Cradle to Cradle design and Circular economy with organizations of all kinds. 

 


JEFFREY
PRINS

THE DOEN FOUNDATION

Jeffrey was born and raised in Michigan, U.S.A. After receiving his college degree (Bachelor of Arts) he decided to move to the Netherlands permanently, where both his parents are from, and to study in Amsterdam for his Masters Degree. He subsequently worked at the European Parliament (Brussels and Strasbourg) and then the Dutch Parliament (The Hague) as a policy advisor. He later become a City Council Member (Amsterdam). He joined DOEN Foundation in 2005, the main fund of the three private Charity Lotteries in the Netherlands (i.a. Dutch Postcode Lottery). At DOEN he is, as program manager, responsible for establishing investment priorities and allocating funding, particularly in the field of climate change/energy and DOEN’s most recent program “designing a new economy” in which Cradle to Cradle receives a prominent role.


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SCOTT
HAMLIN

LOOPTWORKS

 

 

Scott Hamlin is the cofounder of LOOPTWORKS, a company that creates products from upcycled  materials. It is an innovative business that repurposes abandoned materials into meaningful, long-lasting and limited-edition products. The company is re-imagining product creation with the groundbreaking upcycling process, creating limited-edition clothing and accessories from excess materials. Its socially responsible designs are made from preconsumer excess materials. By re-using the world's preconsumer excess, the U.S.-based company aims to rid the world of waste, while inspiring a generation to reduce their impact on the planet.

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Ron
Blitzer

BEGREEN PACKAGING

Session: What's Next for Packaging? 

Ron Blitzer has been in the beverage, packaging and food distribution business since 1982.  In 2007, he co-founded Be Green Packaging located in Santa Barbara, California the “virtual” birthplace of the environmental movement in America.  The stated mission at BGP facilities is to be 100 % waste free, building a sustainable manufacturing base following Cradle-to-Cradle inspired manufacturing protocols and product development within the circular economic model.

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Beth
Rattner

BIOMIMICRY INSTITUTE

Session: Biomimicry; An Innovation Strategy for Cradle to Cradle Design

Beth Rattner is Executive Director of the Biomimicry Institute. Prior to this post, she was the executive director, and then vice president, of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.  
Beth's background, however, was not on the non-profit side, but rather working in the tech sector -- AOL, a Kleiner Perkins start-up, and Hewlett Packard -- then with Fortune 500 companies as a sustainability management consultant. During this formative work she met Bill McDonough, Michael Braungart, and Janine Benyus, who changed her career trajectory toward designing as nature instructs.

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Eden
Brukman

CONCENTER SOLUTIONS

Session: Catalyzing Value Driven Innovation in Your Company

Since 1996, Eden Brukman has focused on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat. She has helped shape the building industry through standards formation: coauthored Living Building Challenge and directed its evolution and global deployment from 2007-2012; served as the first Technical Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative; and contributed to the early development of other programs such as Declare, the Pharos Project ,and Ecodistricts. Also a licensed architect, Eden’s advocacy efforts have led to policy reform, decentralized building and community developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups in cities all over the world.


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GARRETT
Scheffler

ECOVATIVE DESIGN

Session: What's Next for Packaging?

Garrett is the business development lead of Ecovative's home-compostable Restore Mushroom Packaging product. Previously, he worked at Ecovative as a packaging and tooling engineer. Now Garrett is focused on bringing all natural packaging solutions to businesses across the country. Ecovative Design is at the forefront of the bio-industrial revolution. We aren’t just tweaking the chemistries of existing materials to make them slightly less harmful. We’re creating a new paradigm of manufacturing; where high performance, low cost materials are literally grown! 

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PAUL
MURRAY

SHAW INDUSTRIES

 

Paul Murray is the Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries Group, Inc. where he is responsible for sustainability and product stewardship. Murray joined Shaw, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world producing carpet and other floor coverings for the home and office, in February 2011 after more than 22 years at Herman Miller. At Herman Miller, a recognized early corporate leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, Murray served as EH&S and sustainable business practices leader. Named Herman Miller’s Director of Environmental Safety and Sustainability in 2006.

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RON
GONEN

CLOSED LOOP FUND

Session: Investment in Circularity: New Models for Positive Impact

Ron is a Co-Founder & CEO of the Closed Loop Fund.The Closed Loop Fund has been formed to provide municipalities zero interest loans and private firms engaged in public-private partnerships access to capital at below market rates in order to spur investment in municipal recycling programs. Ron was most recently, the New York City Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability. He joined the Bloomberg administration in 2012 with the task of developing and implementing a plan to divert over 30% of New York’s waste stream from landfills by 2017 and over 70% by 2025

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Susan Klosterhaus

CRADLE TO CRADLE

Session: The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program 

Dr. Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years' experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, she spent five years as the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and developed an expertise in the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products.


JAMES JOAQUIN

OBVIOUS VENTURES

Session: Investment in Circularity: New Models for Positive Impact

James Joaquin is the former CEO of Ofoto, Xoom, and Xmarks. James has been an investment partner at Bridgescale and Catamount Ventures. Now at Obvious Ventures, James invests in #worldpositive startups that combine profit and purpose. With over twenty-five years of experience building and leading technology companies from early stage company ideation to global market leadership. James has helped create entirely new categories such as online photography, web-based calendaring and the Personal Digital Assistant.  James has over twenty-five years of experience building and leading technology companies from early stage company ideation to global market leadership.

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JENNIFER GILBERT

I:COLLECT USA

Innovation Celebration & Product Symposium: Host

Jennifer Gilbert is the Chief Marketing Officer of I:Collect (I:CO), a global company that provides closed loop recycling solutions for unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles.  I:CO is committed to keeping these valuable material resources in an everlasting production cycle and to providing a sustainable approach to environmentally responsible consumption. In her role, Jennifer is responsible for leading I:CO’s company mission in North America by collaborating with manufacturers, retailers, hospitality industry, city governments, and other businesses and institutions.


 

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MATT
SCANLAN

NAADAM CASHMERE

Continuous Improvement and Going For Cradle to Cradle Gold in Fashion

Matthew Scanlan is the Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer for Naadam Cashmere. Matthew spent two years with venture capital/private equity firm Accretive LLC working to build out rapid growth incubator businesses in the BPO and Healthcare sector. With an interest in micro-economic development and a passion for non-profit, Matt set out for Mongolia’s Gobi Desert where he would begin laying the ground work relationships that Naadam is built on.

 

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TARA
CAPPEL

METAWEAR

Continuous Improvement and Going For Cradle to Cradle Gold in Fashion

Tara is the Director of Operations for MetaWear, the first GOTS certified cut-and-sew, garment dyeing, and screen-print operation in the US. MetaWear also recently produced the first Cradle-to-Cradle Certified printed T-shirt. Tara has helped take the company through both certification processes and continues to champion sustainability and consciousness throughout the supply chain. Before joining MetaWear, Tara cut her teeth in the buying offices of premier luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from The University of Denver's Daniels School of Business.


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Annie
Gullingsrud

FASHION POSITIVE

Overcoming Hurdles to Transition Towards Circular Economy: Lessons from Fashion +

Annie Gullingsrud works with Fashion Positive at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute as the Textile and Apparel Associate guiding fashion and textile brands, designers and suppliers toward the creation of optimized materials for the circular economy. She has progressive experience in both Marketing Communications and Fashion Design and has worked as a sustainability consultant, writer and fashion designer.

 


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Conrad Hotel


 

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Conrad Hotel


 

Conrad New York
102 North End Avenue
New York, New York 10282
(212) 945-0100


Contemporary & Sustainable 

The 2015 Product Symposium & Innovation Celebration will be held at the Conrad New York hotel, a LEED Gold, contemporary architectural landmark conveniently located downtown in the midst of thriving lower Manhattan. This luxury New York City hotel has 463 all-suite accommodations that provide dramatic views of New York city and the Hudson River below, minutes away from Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, SoHo, or visit the Statue of Liberty and the National 9/11 Memorial.

The hotel is the very first LEED Gold new construction project in an existing building in New York. 

Noteworthy environmentally-friendly considerations at the Conrad include: a green roof and chef’s roof garden, bike racks for public use, low flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation, LED lights that consist of more than 60% of all the lighting in the hotel, low VOC materials to promote indoor air quality, and Energy Star kitchen equipment that contributes to the overall building’s energy efficiency.  

The same green principles incorporated into the Conrad New York were also fostered along the new retail spaces next to the hotel.  These new retail shops and Danny Meyer restaurants have generated an even greater sense of community in the neighborhood, creating a place for hotel employees, local residents and tourists on foot to experience Lower Manhattan.