Climate Action Business Summit 2020

CT Climate Action Business Summit Oct 21-13, 2020

Ranges from Big Picture to Brass Tacks

In less than two weeks, leaders in economic development, manufacturing, finance, law, public health, public safety, municipal government, industry, and higher education will come together to acknowledge corporate responsibility to address climate change – not gradually or in small steps but swiftly and with purpose.

Join James Osborn, Founder of Envest Asset Management as he discusses sustainable investing.

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Sustainable Investing as a Tool to Combat Climate Change

As the climate crisis continues to threaten business and society, the landscape of personal and business finance is changing. More than ever before, people are looking to integrate environmental and social well-being into their long term investment strategies to align their professional aspirations with their personal ethics. This session will provide a foundational understanding of the field of impact investing, cover tools to help you learn how to use sustainable investing to express your values of social &environmental responsibility, and trends within the industry. 

ABOUT JAMES

James has dedicated his entire career to industries that advance sustainability through environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and sustainable, responsible, impact investing (“SRI”). After working for institutions as an environmental engineer, an investment banker in social infrastructure, a clean energy banker, and, most recently, a clean energy investor in the private equity space, he started Envest Asset Management, LLC (“EAM”). As a grassroots effort to increase sustainable practices and investing to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits.

Outside of work he is an active board member on two non-profit boards: the Ridgefield Education Foundation (“REF”) in Ridgefield, CT, and the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT. James holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

 

Webinar: Deciphering the CARES Act for Small Businesses: 04/08/2020 Noon – 12:30pm

Deciphering the CARES Act for Small Businesses

*** Free Zoom Webinar ***

We will discuss certain aspects of the CARES Act. Passed on March 27th 2020, the CARES Act is a stimulus package to help small businesses, non-profits and self-employed impacted by Covid19. We will talk about Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster, Employee Retention Credit

This meeting will be approximately 20mins long with 5-10mins of Q&A.

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Also join us for: Deciphering the CARES Act for Individuals & Families on April 7th at Noon (ET)

Webinar: Deciphering the CARES Act for Individuals & Families: 04/07/2020 Noon – 12:30pm

*** Free Zoom Webinar ***

We will discuss certain aspects of the CARES Act. Passed on March 27th 2020, the CARES Act is a stimulus package to help individuals and families impacted by Covid19. We will talk about stimulus checks, unemployment, and retirement accounts.

This meeting will be approximately 20mins long with 5-10mins of Q&A.

*This meeting will be recorded*

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Join us for: Deciphering the CARES Act for Small Businesses on April 8th at Noon (ET)

Webinar: How to Reduce Expenses in Age of Coronavirus: 03/27/2020 12:15pm

** FREE WEBINAR **

Covid19 has all of us reassessing our finances. What are a few things that we can do to put ourselves in a better financial position during this period? Come join us for a free webinar to discuss a few tricks that may put your finances on better footing.
– 10-15min discussion
– 5-10min Q&A

We’ll talk: Mortgages, Insurance, Other Debts, Subscriptions

NOTE: THIS MEETING STARTS AT 12:15pm (EDT)
*This meeting will be recorded*

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Investing With Your Values: March 5th 5:30pm-7:30pm

Investing With Your Values
Sustainable Investing For All
Thursday, March 5th, 5:30 – 7:30PM

Join us for a Sustainability In Action event featuring James Osborn, the Founding Principal at Envest Asset Management, LLC (EAM).

The field of personal and business finance is changing. Now more than ever, people are looking to integrate environmental and social well-being into their long term investments and to align their professional aspirations with their personal ethics.

We understand that grassroots social, environmental, and sustainability advocacy can force significant change, which can be accomplished through investing. James will share how to shift long term investing from any position and leverage the growing number of investment options to make an even greater social impact while preparing for your financial future. Come join us on this journey, learn how to invest for the future and the future environment.

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Date: Thursday, March 5th
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: WeWork
450 Lexington Avenue
New York City

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TICKETS
$10 – Student Members
$15 – Members
$25 – Non-Members
Join us for a compelling workshop and networking with sustainability professionals! Drinks and light appetizers will be provided.
AGENDA
5:30 – 6:00PM – Check-in, Networking
6:00 – 7:00PM – Presentation Followed By Q&A
7:00 – 7:30PM – Networking Reception

Attendance earns .5 Continuing Education Units for ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP credential holders.

Space is limited for this event. Please register now, to ensure your seat!

The B-Corp Business Case: The Pros, The Cons & The Process: March 19th 5:30pm – 8pm

CT Sustainable Business Council is commited to providing programming that explores best practices in business sustainability. Certifications are an important component of measuring success in a way that is transparent and consistent across industry sectors.

B Corp certification is a third-party certification utilizing an assessment to measure a company’s social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. More than 3,200 Certified B Corporations in over 150 industries and 71 countries have achieved certification.

Join CTSBC for a dynamic, rapid-fire presentations from three sustainable business leaders and panel discussion on a range of perspectives and experiences pursuing B-Corp Certification.

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Agenda

5:30 pm – Registration. Please bring photo ID

6 pm – Welcome Remarks. Kristen Sullivan, Deloitte

Opening Remarks. Heather Burns, CT Sustainable Business Council

Sponsor Announcement. Sheri Borelli, Avangrid, Business Sustainability Commitment (BSC)

6: 20 pm Presentations:

Robert Hendrick, Bigelow

James Osborn, Envest Asset Management

Eric Francis, Trifecta Ecosystems

6: 45 pm Moderated Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:15 pm – Networking, Food & Beverage

8 pm – Adjourn

Heavy hors d’oeuvres include a signature, low-carbon footprint menu, sustainable wine courtesy of EnvestAM as well as sustainably sourced Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water and Certified Fair-trade, custom engraved chocolates from family-owned, mission-driven Noteworthy Chocolates.

You will meet folks from the C&I CLM team from Avangrid as a sponsor of this event, as well as sustainable business leaders, sustainable and corporate social responsibility professionals, social entrepreneurs and impact investors. Registration is required and closes March 15.

Meet new people working in the field such as sustainable business leaders, CSR professionals, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and others working to create positive change. JOIN US!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

A CELEBRATION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Bridgeport, Connecticut

Join Sierra Club Connecticut when they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at the Bijou Theatre in Bridgeport on Saturday, January 25. Festival films speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. The festival is a natural extension of Sierra Club Connecticut’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started in 2003 by the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a California watershed advocacy group. The South Yuba River received “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the river in 1999, and SYRCL celebrates the landmark victory with the film festival now in its 18th year.

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Featured films in Bridgeport include “Blind Sushi” about a blind travel writer who goes foraging and diving in Connecticut with the world’s first sustainable sushi chef, Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven; “Water Warriors” the story of a Canadian community’s successful fight to protect their water from the oil and natural gas industry, and “Climbing Out of Disaster” about a group of local climbers in the immediate aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, using their skills and knowledge for the greater good of the community.

The Bridgeport event is supported by local sponsors City & State Public Affairs and Envest Asset Management LLC and national partners: Peak Design, Clif, EarthJustice, Klean Kanteen, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Investing for a Sustainable Future

Investing for a Sustainable Future – preserving your largest assets in the climate crisis era.

About this Event

What’s at stake for your future? Have you thought about how the climate crisis may impact your life? How about the two largest assets in your life: your home, your investments? Often overlooked, your most valued assets may be at risk due to the climate crisis.

“Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us.” – Bill Nye.

So take charge and feel empowered. Learn strategies to fight climate change while preparing yourself for its impacts. This is risk management for the future.

Sustainne’s Business members, whose mission is to unite, nurture and grow a community dedicated to sustainable living, have teamed up to provide the community with a unique opportunity to discuss our changing world. Learn how best to respond to it while enjoying a sustainable wine tasting. Join TecKnow, Envest Asset Management at the TecKnow Pod in Westport, CT on Wednesday, November 13th at 7:00 pm for small bites and wine tasting.

Hear from TecKnow, a smart living solutions company, and Envest Asset Management, a private wealth manager, on how to prepare your two largest assets for the climate crisis. Using next generation green energy products for your home or business, TecKnow is creating sustainable whole home ecosystems that provide convenience and are energy efficient. Envest Asset Management augments portfolios to incorporate the use of environmental, social and governance metrics for future financial and environmental stability by aligning your investments to your ethics.

What You’ll Learn:

  • A deeper understanding of why sustainability matters and what it means
  • Integrated, cutting edge, simple technologies for your home
  • How to increase energy efficiency, decrease expenses, decrease carbon footprint
  • Programs to help incorporate cost effective home energy efficient improvements
  • Who is making sustainable investment products that can be used for individuals and businesses
  • How to augment investment portfolios that align with your values and ethics, and consider long-term economics

Admission:

FREE to all; however, must be at least 21 to attend. Sustainable wine tasting will be provided.

Location:

TecKnow Pod: 12 Elm St, Westport, CT 06880

Schedule:

  • 7:00 – 7:20 pm – Networking
  • 7:20 – 7:35 pm – Smart, secure, sustainable home demo
  • 7:35 – 7:50 pm – Sustainable Investment options
  • 7:50 – 8:20 pm – Q&A
  • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – Networking/Adjourn

About:

Phil Levieff, Founder, TecKnow

Phil is the visionary founder and CEO of TecKnow. He maintains not only the technical expertise that serves as the backbone of the firm, but 20+ years’ experience selling holistic interoperable software and service-based solutions at ADP. Phil progressed from a small-town sales associate to an established Global Sales Manager creating a solid sales channel to the private equity industry. In his various roles, he was responsible for getting a foot in the door, meeting executives and establishing long-term relationships, as well as having intensive knowledge of ADP’s technology suite including data privacy practices, total cost of ownership studies, predictive analytics and service platforms. This experience has proven indispensable as Phil leads the company of a TecKnow forward with his leadership and technical focus.

Phil has a BS in Communications and Media from Northeastern University. He is part of the leadership of the EV Club of Connecticut, a member of the Sustainable Fairfield Taskforce and is an avid musician.

James Osborn, Founder, Envest Asset Management

James has dedicated his entire career to industries that advance sustainability through environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and sustainable, responsible, impact investing (“SRI”). After working for institutions as an environmental engineer, an investment banker in social infrastructure, a clean energy banker, and, most recently, a clean energy investor in the private equity space, he started Envest Asset Management, LLC (“EAM”). As a grassroots effort to increase sustainable practices and investing to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits.

Outside of work he is an active board member on two non-profit boards: the Ridgefield Education Foundation (“REF”) in Ridgefield, CT, and the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT. James holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

This is a private event. Must have a ticket and must be at least 21 to enter the event.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please feel free to contact info@tecknow.me with any questions.

What if I can’t attend?

Space is limited. Kindly email info@tecknow.me for any cancellations

Earth, Wine, Fi-nance – Hartford

Earth, Wine, and Fi-nance Heads to Hartford

What about the unintended consequences to investing? By investing, are corporations negatively impact the environment, society, community, others? Are these corporations aligned with your values and ethics? Welcome Sustainable Investing – a.k.a Sustainable Responsible Impact Investing (“SRI”) or Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) Investing. Nowadays the world of sustainability has exploded. It’s at the forefront of state and federal legislation, corporate governance, product manufacturing, every-day living, and even finance.

Have some light refreshments, WINE (and craft beer) and join us on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00 pm for Earth, Wine and Fi-nance – Hartford, a workshop on Sustainable Investing.

What You’ll Learn

  • A deeper understanding of what sustainability means and its integration into businesses
  • Identify organizations and corporations that are using sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) into their corporate practices and business strategy
  • Who is making sustainable investment products that can be used for individuals and businesses
  • How to augment investment portfolios that align with your values and ethics, and consider long-term economic and sustainable viability
  • How to incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle

Admission:

FREE to all people; however, must be at least 21 to Attend. Light Hors d’oeuvres & Wine (and craft beer) will be provided. Plus A Special Prize to one Attendee.

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite

SCHEDULE

  • 6:00 – 6:15 pm – Networking
  • 6:15 – 7:15 pm – Workshop
  • 7:15 – 7:30 pm – Q&A
  • 7:30 – 8:00 pm – Networking/Adjourn

 

About James Osborn, Founder, Envest Asset Management

James has dedicated his entire career to industries that advance sustainability through environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and sustainable, responsible, impact investing (“SRI”). After working for institutions as an environmental engineer, an investment banker in social infrastructure, a clean energy banker, and, most recently, a clean energy investor in the private equity space, he started Envest Asset Management, LLC (“EAM”). As a grassroots effort to increase sustainable practices and investing to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits.

Outside of work he is an active board member on two non-profit boards: the Ridgefield Education Foundation (“REF”) in Ridgefield, CT, and the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT. James holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

Earth, Wine & Fi-nance – Stamford

Sustainability is so much more than what it used to be – defined by reducing consumption. Certainly, that still plays a major role, but it touches our lives in many more ways. Nowadays the world of sustainability has exploded. It’s at the forefront of state and federal legislation, corporate governance, product manufacturing, every-day living, and even finance.

Come join us on Thursday, April 11th at 6:00 pm for Earth, Wine and Fi-nance, an event held exclusively for Women to inspire conversation on how individuals and organizations are bringing sustainability to your doorstep. Experts in their fields, our panelists are leaders of Connecticut-based enterprises with a mission to making our lives much more sustainable.

What You’ll Learn

A deeper understanding of current legislative actions taken by and policy makers and change agents
How local businesses are creating products that are high quality, cost competitive and sustainable
How companies are integrating sustainability into their business strategy
The types of products that are often overlooked that could be hazardous to the environment and your health
How to incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle

Admission:

$20 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Sierra Club of Connecticut.  Hors d’oeuvres & Wine will be provided.

Tickets can be purchased at EventBrite

 

SCHEDULE

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Networking
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Guest Speaker
6:40 – 7:20 pm – Panel Discussion
7:20 – 7:30 pm – Panel Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Networking

GUEST SPEAKER

CT Senator 26th District – Will Haskell

FEATURED PANELISTS

ModeratorJames Osborn, Founder, Envest Asset Management

 

GUEST SPEAKER

 

CT Senator 26th District – Will Haskell

State Senator Will Haskell was first elected in 2018 to represent the twenty-sixth Senate District which consists of Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding and parts of Bethel, New Canaan and Weston. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he worked for the Democratic National Committee, and helped launch the Free Speech Project, an academic endeavor based at Georgetown University, his alma mater. He has previously worked for the Connecticut Office of the Public Defender, the Capitol Hill offices of Congressman Jim Himes and Senator Chris Murphy, and Hillary for America.

MEET OUR PANELISTS

 

Samantha Dynowski, Executive Director, Sierra Club-CT

Samantha Dynowski, joined the Sierra Club in August 2018 as Connecticut State Director. Prior to this, she was Director of Advocacy and Outreach and the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. A Connecticut native, Sam is an avid hiker and gardener and resides in West Hartford.  The Sierra Club makes a difference on environmental issues on the state and federal levels by informing and mobilizing its grassroots network of members and activists.

 

Jen Gorin, Founder, Impact Growth Partners

Jenifer Gorin is an experienced business professional and social responsibility activist. She is passionate about bringing her background in finance, market research, consulting and project management to help companies become better businesses for all stakeholders. Jen spent nearly a decade working in finance at Credit Suisse. As Director of Media and Telecom Investment Banking she executed mergers, acquisitions, and financings for media and telecommunication companies. She subsequently oversaw the delivery of “One Bank” to clients in the Americas region by integrating the services provided across divisions at Credit Suisse.

Prior to her career in finance, Jen directed public opinion advising projects for political and corporate clients at Penn, Schoen Berland, a market research, political polling and strategic consulting firm.

Jen has volunteered as a consultant for HBS Community Partners, advising greater New York based nonprofits including the Westport Historical Society, Wakeman Town Farm, the Audubon Society and Just Food, Inc. She is a member of the Westport Democratic Town Committee and is Co-Chair of the Democratic Women of Westport.

Jen has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Harvard College.

 

Analiese Paik, Founder, Sustainne

Sustainne’s mission is to unite, nurture and grow a community dedicated to sustainable living. Sustainne connects consumers who value sustainability with businesses that stand out in their efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible. Sustainne networks business members with one another to strengthen and grow their ecosystem through collaboration and innovation. Sustainne Community Partners play a vital role in advancing sustainability and she is committed to deepening their social impact through regular collaboration with the Sustainne community.

Prior to launching Sustainne Analiese was a sustainable food advocate and founder and managing editor of the Fairfield Green Food Guide, an award-winning digital news publication dedicated to empowering Fairfield County consumers to eat more locally and sustainably. She holds an MBA in Finance and previously worked in marketing management in the financial services industry.

She is the recipient of awards that include the 2016 and 2015 Morris Media Green Award Honorable Mention and 2012 Slow Food Metro North Snail of Approval Award.

 

Rhonda Sherwood, Founder, Sherwood Green Life

Rhonda Sherwood is a mother of three children and a life long advocate of toxic free living.  For seven years, she served as founding Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center in New York under the leadership of Dr. Philip Landrigan, the Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine.  She is the founder of Sherwood Green Life, a blog, retail and e-commerce store that sells luxury, plant based skincare, makeup, bath & body and hair care products. Ms. Sherwood holds a degree in biomedical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

MODERATOR

 

James Osborn, Founder, Envest Asset Management

James has dedicated his entire career to industries that advance sustainability through environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) issues and socially responsible investing (“SRI”). After working for institutions as an environmental engineer, an investment banker in social infrastructure, a clean energy banker, and, most recently, a clean energy investor in the private equity space, he started Envest Asset Management, LLC (“EAM”). As a grassroots effort to increase ESG practices, EAM brings SRI and ESG investing to individuals, families, businesses, and non-profits.

Outside of work he is an active board member on two non-profit boards: the Ridgefield Education Foundation (“REF”) in Ridgefield, CT, and the Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, CT. James holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.