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IonE Speaker Series – Sustainability: The journey from Promise though Practice, to Priority

October 17, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Institute on the Environment is thrilled to announce a brand new Fall 2018 Speaker Series titled “Making Change: Organizations and Sustainability”.

Our second talk on Wednesday, October 17th at 4 p.m. will feature Chris Lambe, Independent Consultant and former Director of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, presenting on “Sustainability: The journey from Promise though Practice, to Priority”. This hour long talk with Q&A will take place in the Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg’s Room R-380.

Livestream is available here.

Chris is an independent consultant specializing in corporate social responsibility and sustainability; global agricultural development; water and soil management and policy initiatives. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Agriculture and Food Security Center at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, he managed complex international partnerships and developed innovative mobile soil management systems. Chris served as a Special Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact, and managed the development of the U.N. Business Principles for Sustainable Soil Management. He is formerly the Senior Director of Social Responsibility at the Mosaic Company and Executive Director of the Mosaic Company Foundation. He was a board member of the New Vision for Agriculture at the World Economic Forum and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital. He managed a research team at Target Corporation focused on a new strategic direction for Target’s 5% giving, that resulted in a $1- billion commitment to America’s public schools. Chris was born in Dublin, Ireland, is a graduate of University College Dublin and was a candidate for public office in the Irish Senate.

The Series Context:

With the private sector producing more than 60% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and the largest corporations generating over $2 trillion in annual ‘externalities’ to society in the form of emissions, freshwater use, pol­lution, waste and land-use change, new sustainability-centric organizational models will likely need to dominate production and consumption systems within the decade.

To provide the IonE Community (students, researchers, faculty and staff) some insight into how organizations are thinking and acting in this direction, we present a new Fall 2018 speaker series “Making Change: Organizations and Sustainability”. This series offers students and scholars an opportunity to interact with leading corporate and organizational leaders actively pursuing sustainable transitions in the areas of energy, water, food, materials and communication. Please join us in exploring the major trends, catalysts and barriers affecting some of the most influential regional, national and global organizations’ sustainability efforts.


October 17, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


R380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences
1954 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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