Energy and Environment Conference: Redefining Consumption

Babson College to host energy and environment conference April 1, 2016.

In the last decade, we’ve seen booms and busts in CleanTech, Impact, Sustainability, etc., but the past 12 months have seen some of the most exciting watershed events.

  • For the first time in history, renewable energy installations exceeded fossil installations,
  • Goldman Sachs bought an impact investing firm, Imprint Capital, and
  • Exxon Mobil has agreed in principle to address stranded carbon assets, stating, “ExxonMobil takes the risk of climate change seriously.”

This year’s theme, “Redefining Consumption,” digs into the megatrends of the sharing economy (Uber, AirBnB, ZipCar); artificial Intelligence & augmented reality (Oculus); recycling and “Upcycling” (eBay); demand response (EnerNoc); and the “internet of things”—all exciting, disruptive, and at the heart of Babson’s innovation identity.

Confirmed speakers and presenting companies include:

  • Bill McKibben—legendary environmentalist & author; founder of (pre-recorded address to Babson)
  • Ken Kimmell—president of the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Bea Johnson—lifestyle blogger & author of Zero Waste Home
  • Mark Donohue—chairman and CEO of Sheffield Pharmaceuticals and longtime cleantech executive, who will be giving a TED talk-style presentation on the future of consumption . . .

And an impressive list of executives from EMC, Biogen, Dow Chemical, Gilette, GE, Walden Asset Management, Empirical Asset Management, EnergySage, Balanced Rock, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, and more.

This conference continues to be one of the best-valued events in the Boston area, featuring outstanding, fresh ideas, top-notch professional networking, and access to graduate and undergraduate talent who are passionate about the field.

(Professional tickets are $75).

Sponsorship opportunities are available—contact Chirag Shah


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