Upcoming Event: Sustainable Brands '14 San Diego
SB'12 Program Overview
SB'12 Program Highlights At-A-Glance
Every year, Sustainable Brands delivers a world class faculty of thought leaders and practitioners who are leading the sustainable brand revolution. This year, join over 150 speakers and nearly 1,000 attendees in over 80 sessions, workshops, group discussions, plenaries, and evening events. The revolution will be branded. Embrace the opportunity.
Plenary sessions begin Tuesday morning and feature many leading thinkers and practitioners of environmental and social innovation in the world today. Each day brings new conversation about the Trends and Drivers that are sparking the revolution, the Innovation driving us forward, and the Communications that are captivating our lives.
These speakers, plus many more, will help us to build shared vision and alignment about the issues and opportunities relevant to our community's mission.
Facilitated break out sessions are designed to equip sustainability, brand, and design professionals with the tools needed to build new business and brand value. You'll find skills training sessions, best-practice case studies, and discussion groups all designed to inspire, engage, and equip our community.
Hear from these and many other engaging speakers during 1 hour break out sessions in the afternoon.
Co-create - Collaborate
This year brings bountiful opportunities to 'work a problem' by collaborating to design potential solutions to a system challenge. The goal of co-create and collaborate sessions will be to facilitate cross-industry brainstorming that leads to activation in the coming year.
Co-create - Collaborate
From sustainable consumption to packaging and labeling, some of the questions put forth to co-create groups include the following:
- How can we make sustainability irresistible?
- How can we help consumers use less water in the shower?
- How can we improve the recyclability of #5 polypropylene?
- How can we bring a multi-stakeholder approach to drive radical shift in our supply chain?
Tuesday night is when small groups of your peers will come together to spark out of the box ideas from these and many other questions.
Take a deeper dive into half or full day interactive sessions on Monday during pre-conference workshops. These comprehensive sessions are a great way to elevate your knowledge in certain subject areas. Remember to purchase an ALL EVENT pass in order to participate in these productive work sessions.
These are some of the half or full day pre-conference workshops. Remember to purchase an ALL EVENT pass in order to participate in these productive work sessions.
Startup Competition (SBIO)
Now in its 4th year, Sustainable Brands Innovation Open showcases highly innovative, socially conscious entrepreneurs looking to create significant and positive environmental, social, and economic impacts within the business world. Ten semi-finalists announced in May will be chosen to present at SB'12.
Startup Competition (SBIO)
This year's expert judging panel will narrow the field to our top 10 semi-finalists. Meet some of this year's influential industry leaders who will help take these entrepreneurial ideas to the next level.
Phil Giesler, Director of Innovation, Unilever Corporate Ventures
Kate Heiny, Manager of Sustainability, Target
Olivia Khalili, Sr. Partnerships Manager, Ashoka's Changemakers
Renée Morin, President, PRé North America, Inc
Rahul Raj, Director of Sustainability, Walmart.com
William B. Rosenzweig, Partner, Physic Ventures
Sandy Skees, CEO/Founder, Communications4Good
KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz, Founder, Sustainable Brands
Andrew Winston, Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies
Ian Yolles, Chief Sustainability Officer, Recyclebank
Our entry form asks applicants to submit an overview of their business plan outlining the social/environmental impacts, economic viability, success measurement and scalability. Our expert judging panel will narrow the field to our top ten semi-finalists who will present their ideas at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego, California this June!
High-impact organizations are coming to SB'12 to showcase their initiatives. The CauseWay is designed to help the SB community move further than cause marketing and foster purpose-driven brand partnerships. This is the perfect opportunity for brands looking to link their internal purpose with causes and non-profits that matter to their stakeholders.
Each select Cause has the opportunity to join us in a CauseWay Breakout Session, with 3-5 minutes to explain what they do and offer ways our audience can purposefully partner with them; followed by Q&A.
'Causes' is helping facilitate this discussion as a MC and CauseWay Sponsor, and we're thrilled to have their insight and commitment onboard!
This year's Sustainable Solutions Expo will feature new tools and partners to help you build a successful and sustainable business and brand. Don't miss finding out about the new packaging solutions, data management tools, engagement technologies, and more to help you achieve your sustainability goals.
Find a sustainable solution to help meet your business needs. Meet representatives from these and many more companies as you learn about new tools and technologies. Now open to the local business community on Monday afternoon.
This is where the networking really happens. Relax and enjoy a fireside chat as you catch up with old friends and acquaintances or connect with peers in your industry when you sit down for an engaging conversation at one of many Birds of a Feather dinners. SB Playhouse returns this year with Chris Velan taking the main stage on Wednesday evening.
Monday night, "Chemistry Creates Connections" when attendees get the co-create and collaborative juices flowing. Jump start the week with Birds of a Feather dinners, the Alumni Get-Together, and an evening where the SB community drives their revolutions forward.
Tuesday night, find firepit discussions along the island, a Sustainable Solutions Booth Crawl, and more Birds of a Feather dinners followed by open space for co-creation and collaboration activities.
Wednesday night, don't miss the beachside BBQ followed by the return of SB Playhouse. Celebrate the evening with friends as 1% for the Planet's music artist Chris Velan takes the stage under the stars at the Barefoot Grill & Bar.
This year, join us for experiential learning sessions on Monday outside of the classroom. There is no better way to engage in learning than by experiencing results first hand. Remember to purchase an ALL EVENT pass in order to participate in these off-site learning adventures.
Experiential Learning Adventures
San Diego Zoo Global - Join us for a morning Biomimicry workshop and explore how nature's designs, patterns, structures, and behavior can apply to sustainable practices.
Balboa Park - An Afternoon walk-about exploring the unique partnership and collaboration between 26 different facilities toward a common goal.
Taylor Guitars and ArtFlor - Enjoy a full day with the President of ArtFlor and the Director of Sustainability of Taylor Guitars as you tour these facilities and learn how they are relocalizing manufacturing.