Urmi Basu is a woman of few means, facing staggering need, but her mission is clear. In her work with New Light, a nonprofit organization in Kolkata, India, that works to save girls from becoming victims of sexual exploitation and to improve lives of the children of sex workers. She is dedicated to correcting wrongs, one at a time.
"On a global scale the problem of prostitution is so complex and huge that I would be completely overwhelmed if I think about it." Urmi says. "I choose to reduce the aperture of my vision and concentrate my energy only on things that I can do."
Peter Boyd formally of the Carbon War Room (recently awarded NGO of the Year at the Business Green Leadership Awards) and now a Senior Advisor with the B Team.
The main goal of Mark Z. Jacobson's research is to understand physical, chemical, and dynamical processes in the atmosphere better in order to solve atmospheric problems, such as global warming and urban air pollution, with improved scientific insight and more accurate predictive tools. He also evaluates the atmospheric and health effects of proposed energy- and transportation solutions to global warming and air pollution, maps renewable energy resources, and studies optimal methods of integrating renewable electricity into the grid.
Al Iannuzzi, Senior Director of Worldwide Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability at Johnson & Johnson
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Al is a Senior Director in the Worldwide Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability department at Johnson & Johnson where he directs the Global Product Stewardship and Green Marketing programs. He has over 30 years experience in the EHS field and leads Johnson & Johnson’s EARTHWARDS® greener product design approach, product stewardship objectives of the Healthy Future 2015 sustainability goals, green marketing, and emerging issues programs. Prior to J&J, Al worked for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and at an environmental consulting firm. Al received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Policy from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati where he researched EHS self-regulation programs. He is the author of the books, Greener Products: the Making & Marketing of Sustainable Brands (CRC Press 2011) and “Industry Self-Regulation and Voluntary Environmental Compliance” (CRC Press, 2002) and has written numerous articles and blogs on product stewardship and environmental compliance.
As Head of Sustainability for JetBlue, Sophia Mendelsohn is responsible for both the long-term vision of corporate responsibility and the operational reality of implementing change. Through change-management, Sophia has worked to bring composting to airports and established a recycling system that connects more than 50 airports and 800 flights a day… including the offsetting of over two-hundred million pounds of carbon.
Dale Sands is a Senior Vice President and Global Practice Director at AECOM and most recently spent two years as AECOM’s Environment Business Line Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Dale was appointed Vice Chair of the United Nations Private Sector Advisory Group for Disaster Reduction, and led AECOM’s collaborative partnership with IBM in developing the Climate Change “Resilient Cities” Scorecard for the UN.
In his EMEA Managing Director role, Dale successfully launched AECOM’s Environment business in Africa and re-established the Environment business in the Middle East. As a Global Environmental Practices Director, Dale will continue to lead AECOM’s global technical experts in Air and Environmental Health & Safety Compliance Services, Impact Assessment & Permitting, Remediation, and the Emerging Technologies of Climate Adaption, Nanotechnology, Acoustics, Process Engineering, and Geographic Information Systems.
Lew Blaustein writes at the intersection of sustainabilty and sports at the GreenSportsBlog. Lew is President of Lewis Brand Solutions, focusing on Green Sponsorship/Media, matching greening brands with green properties. All programs LBS works on must provide tangible environmental benefit as a core element. LBS also develops marketing/sponsorship programs for arts/entertainment properties. Lew also hosts "Green Gotham" on New York cable television.
Libby Bernick is Senior Vice President of North America for Trucost, a London-based firm that measures and financially values natural capital. Since 2000, corporations and Investors have used Trucost data and econometric tools to uncover more resilient business models and direct the flow of capital to more sustainable systems. As a member of Trucost’s senior leadership team, she manages the company’s North American business. Libby has worked in executive positions developing products and programs that enable companies to measure resource and commodity risks in portfolios and supply chains across North America, Europe, and Asia. An author of numerous articles and a frequent speaker at international industry forums on valuing natural capital, Bernick is expert in business strategies that incorporate sustainability-based market opportunities and environmental metrics. Ms. Bernick has degrees in engineering, chemistry and biology and over 30 years of experience working with businesses to integrate environmental performance into operations and decision-making