2018 CORNELL ENERGY CONNECTION: Investing to Impact Our Energy Future (Nov. 2, 10-6pm)


Cornell University’s premiere conference on energy, Cornell Energy Connection, will feature keynote and panel experts discussing the role energy startups, new investment strategies and impact investing will play in shaping the future of the energy industry. Attendees will be immersed in industry trends and best practices as we explore new opportunities for meeting our national energy needs.

Join us for this one-day event to engage with professionals and influencers from across the energy landscape on emergent trends and challenges facing the industry. Open to students, academics and professionals working in the industry.

Early bird registration deadline is October 19th, 2018 and final registration deadline is October 29th, 2018. No walk-in registrations accepted.


Ground transportation and climate change (Nov. 3, 10-5:30pm)


The Five Thousand Pound Life is the League’s ongoing initiative to rethink our collective future through design in the face of climate change.

Transportation: Connection and its costs

How do we imagine transportation futures at a time of climate change? The Five Thousand Pound Life: Transportation explores the relationships between different forms of mobility and climate change by asking scholars and practitioners to unpack the varying relationships between mobility, development patterns, and energy use. We hope to achieve not only deeper understanding of the impact of existing transportation modes, but also projections of less carbon-intensive, more inclusive transport futures.

Learn more about the Five Thousand Pound Life project, and view past events on aviation and sea shipping.

Overview of Connection and its costs: Land

The current discourse surrounding mobility, the movement of goods, and cities is focused on convenience and mode rather than considering the production of greenhouse gases. This conference will look at radical changes happening in urban transportation through the lens of their potential climate change impacts.

In New York, a 24/7 subway system, citywide bus network, growing web of bike lanes, and dense, walkable neighborhoods provide New Yorkers with personal transportation options that minimize the production of greenhouse gases. Still, according to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, transportation accounted for 29.9% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. On-road vehicles also emit particulates and other air pollutants such as nitrogen and sulfur oxides, which contribute to asthma rates and premature mortality. The City is working to identify opportunities for further emissions reductions from cars and trucks to achieve New York’s goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

Advocates for new technologies such as driverless vehicles, electric cars, and digital applications claim that they are responding to climate change imperatives, but these claims need to be further examined. Do new options for personal mobility such as scooters, electric bicycles, and ride-hailing services truly impact the production of greenhouse gases? Are these technologies limited to certain communities of wealth? How can the movement of goods to and in the city be more energy efficient? And what kinds of ideas are architects bringing to the discussion?

This conference will engage scholars and practitioners in questions about the future of land-based transportation. The League is also organizing a Mobility Innovation series that will engage innovators and entrepreneurs to address themes raised in the conference.

The conference has been organized with the assistance of Jesse LeCavalier and Daniel Aldana Cohen.

Conference schedule

10:00 a.m.
Rosalie Genevro
Executive Director, The Architectural League of New York

10:10 a.m.
Anthony Townsend
Transportation consultant, author of Autonomous Vehicles: Future Scenarios for Cities, in partnership with the National League of Cities, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation, and Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia.

10:50 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Personal mobility and New York City
Rapid innovation is taking place in the autonomous, shared, and electric vehicles sectors, at the same time that New York’s public transportation systems are suffering service declines brought about by deferred maintenance and inadequate investment. What are the implications for the future mobility of New Yorkers? Who benefits and who loses as new technologies take hold in the city? What are the environmental impacts? Presentations by Jennifer Roberton, transit policy advisor in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability; Bruce Schaller, Schaller Consulting; and Mimi Sheller, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University, and author of Mobility Justice: Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes. Session moderated by sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen of the University of Pennsylvania, author of the recent white paper “Climate Justice and the Right to the City.”

Lunch break

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
The movement of goods
The movement from place-based retail to online distribution has dramatically affected global consumption patterns and the transportation systems that undergird them. What are the implications for land use, labor, and the environment? Presentations by Andrew Genn, Senior Vice President, Ports and Transportation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and Steve Viscelli, Senior Fellow, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania and author, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream. Session moderated by designer Jesse LeCavalier of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment.

2:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
The architectural response

Autopia 2.0? A cautionary tale from the United States of the Automobile
Gabrielle Esperdy
In the 21st century, urbanists are rightly studying the ways that electric and autonomous vehicles might transform our cities, but seemingly every technological advance also prompts waves of overblown rhetoric about the brave new urban world that will soon be upon us thanks to extended battery range and self-driving software. Such technofuturist euphoria has a decidedly familiar ring, and these uncanny echoes of earlier debates suggest that now might be a good time for some historical perspective. This talk will take a long look in the rearview mirror to scrutinize the way the automobile influenced urban form and urban thought in the middle of the 20th century, with reference to projects both realized and visionary and a focus on how architects and planners theorized the transformative power of mobility.

The space of the street
What possibilities open up if we can recapture the space of the street for living instead of for vehicles? Designers and planners including Amina Hassen of WXY Architecture, Urban Design and Planning and Sabina Uffer of Buro Happold present projects that address emerging opportunities for changing the way we use our streets.

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.


This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The Five Thousand Pound Life is also supported by Oldcastle Glass.

Raise the Green Bar 2018: Your Roadmap to Sustainability & Success (Nov. 8, 8-6pm)


Join the Good Housekeeping Institute and Made Safe for the second annual Raise the Green Bar Summit focusing on maximizing your brand’s sustainability efforts for increased consumer engagement and better ROI.

Registration includes cutting-edge keynotes, sessions, and panels; light breakfast; full lunch at the famed Hearst Tower; and cocktail hour at the Good Housekeeping Institute.


Some exciting highlights from our upcoming Raise the Green Bar 2018:

Dr. Phil Landrigan, MD will give a keynote on Epidemiological Impact of Environmental Pollution
TerraCycle’s Founder and CEO Tom Szaky will speak on circular economy and the realities of recycling
Actress and entrepreneur Alicia Silverstone will present a keynote in TED-talk format on her new clean-sourced, vegan supplement line
Carey Gillam, author of award-winning new book WHITEWASH, will speak about pesticides and the story of Monsanto and the corruption of agriculture, science and more
Ruthann Rudell from Silent Spring will speak on their Body Burden research
Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, will lead a panel on the power of retailers and how they are moving things forward on chemical and sustainability policies
Pamela Gill Alabaster, former CSO of Estee Lauder, L’Oreal and Revlon, will speak on Making the Business Case for Sustainability
Additional panels on Leading in a Time of Changing Ideals, Connecting with Consumers Around Sustainability, Where Transparency Leads, and more about How Your Company Can Raise the Green Bar!


Join Be Social Change and B Corp on November 8th for the New York Social Enterprise Connector, a facilitated networking event focused on connecting NYC’s social enterprise space to create new collaborations and grow each other’s networks.

The night will include interactive networking, healthy snacks, drinks from socially-conscious businesses and most importantly: a room packed with inspiring, like-minded people from B Corps, socially-conscious businesses, and people looking to learn more about amazing organizations using business as a force for good.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available. We strive to make Be Social Change events zero waste – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.



6:30pm – 7:20pm: Doors Open & Networking
7:20pm – 8:00pm: Short Program & Facilitated Networking Activity
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking & Closing

November 8th | 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Prime Produce
424 West 54th St, New York, NY 10019

Connecting with Change-Makers: Impact Careers (Sep 20th) 6:30-8:30pm


Networking in the sustainability space means building relationships for social impact. Join Bard MBA in Sustainability Director Eban Goodstein who will lead an interactive evening featuring career search stories, lightening round networking, and concrete strategies to meet the people who can help you change the future.

Featured panelists will include:

Brooke Forde, MBA ’14 | Project Manager, CBRE
Nour Shaikh, MBA ’14 | Vice President and Head of Operational Excellence, ING NY


Light refreshments provided.

Limited seating.

The Rise of Sustainability (Sep 18th) 6:00 PM

The Rise of Sustainability

Sustainability is now woven into the fabric of how the most innovative and successful companies operate, and the fashion and jewelry industries are no exceptions. Join our experts to learn about innovations in sustainable fashion and jewelry, the companies that are driving the movement and the circular economy, plus how you can contribute as a conscious consumer.


Date and Time

Tue, September 18, 2018

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT


The RealReal

80 Wooster Street

New York, NY 10012

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Be Social Change Dinner Salon (Sep 10th) 7:00PM-9:00PM

Join us on Monday, September 10th, 2018 for our next Be Social Change Dinner Salon: A Discussion on Networking for Introverts facilitated by Mollie Khine and Taylor Buonocore Guthrie of Convers(ate).

Are you interested in expanding your professional network, but the idea of going to a networking event sounds dreadful? Enjoy meeting new people, but don’t particularly like small talk? You will be in good company as introversion is something many of us have in common yet is not often discussed openly, especially around a table filled with people who could all learn from one another.

Come join us for good food, great company, and an opportunity to grow your network with new connections!


What Attendees Are Saying:

“I loved the idea of a dinner because sharing food always seems to take some of the awkwardness out of networking. The facilitation was excellent and really opened us up to conversation while still giving us a format to follow. This made connecting with people much easier than I’d expected!” – Caroline Contillo

“It’s gratifying to find other introverts like me with similar experiences and I left feeling energized and focused. Every Be Social Change event I’ve attended, I’ve come away learning something new and being more comfortable and focused in myself & my abilities. I’ve also found a community that’s focused on the future of everyone, not just a select few.” – Amanda Baird

NOTE: If you’re late, you may not be able to join a group when we start. Please arrive before 7:00. Refunds will not be provided to those who are late and cannot participate.

Dinner will be provided by Dos Toros along with wine and refreshments. Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available.
We strive to make Be Social Change events zero waste – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.

NY Sustainability Connector (Sep 6th) 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Join Be Social Change, Impact Travel Alliance, and Slow Money NYC on September 6th for the New York Sustainability Connector, a facilitated networking event focused on connecting NYC’s sustainability community! The event will be a great opportunity to connect with people and organizations in sustainable food, fashion, travel, energy, waste, and more!

The night will include interactive networking, healthy snacks, drinks from socially-conscious businesses and most importantly: a room packed with inspiring, like-minded people from organizations that are innovating and making a sustainable impact for a greener New York! Join us in strengthening New York’s sustainability sector by creating meaningful connections, building new partnerships, and sharing ideas and resources.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available. We strive to make Be Social Change events zero waste – help us by bringing your reusable water bottle to the event.

New York Sustainability Connector

6:30pm – 7:20pm: Doors Open & Networking
7:20pm – 8:00pm: Short Program & Facilitated Networking Activity
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Networking & Closing

September 6th | 6:30PM – 9:00PM

Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves) New York, NY 10019