Green Builder Media invites you to join us at our 8th annual Sustainability Symposium which will be held virtually over 2 days from 12:00-3:00 each day.

  • Day 1 will focus on innovative solutions that will enable us meet our climate goals and compelling, replicable case studies highlighting climate solutions that are working today.

  • Day 2 will focus on climate heroes, spotlighting climate activism in action and how companies can address historically low levels of consumer trust with authentic, meaningful sustainability messaging.


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Green Builder Media invites you to join us at our

8th annual Sustainability Symposium

was held virtually April 17 and 18, 2024
from 12:00-3:00 Eastern each day.

Recording is available here


Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12-3 ET

Jon Creyts: Positive Tipping Points—Reasons for Hope and Action on an Overheating  Planet Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Jon Creyts will outline how the latest climate insights  show rapid, transformational change is not only possible, but already happening faster than we realize . Growth in solar, wind, electric vehicle, and battery technology is outperforming analysts’ predictions, and tipping points are being crossed faster than we imagined. And, yet, while aspects of the energy system are moving from linear to exponential, we are simultaneously seeing a rapid increase in global temperatures and climate catastrophes. It is not too late to change our courseThis discussion will offer a fresh perspective on the state of the energy transition and explore what we can do to accelerate action.

Michael Barnard: Innovating our Way to Decarbonization Esteemed futurist Michael Barnard will outline projection scenarios for the decarbonization of our global economy as it unfolds for decades into the future, including the reimagining of buildings, distributed energy, concrete and steel, renewables, vehicle-to-grid technologies, and hydrogen based on the fundamentals of physics, economics and human nature.

Jeremy Rifkin: From Progress to Resilience: Reimagining Existence on a Rewilding Earth Celebrated economic and social theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin will explain how the Age of Progress, which took our species to the commanding heights as the dominant species on Earth, but at the expense of the wholesale destruction of life on the planet, is on a death spiral and a nascent Age of Resilience is quickly trending with a new meta-narrative that fundamentally transforms the way our species will live and flourish on a rewilding Earth.

Thursday, April 18, 2024 12-3 ET

Xiye Bastida: Climate Activism in Action Climate activist Xiye Bastida will spotlight how younger generations—Gen Zs in particular—are using their voices to combat climate change, calling out a broken status quo and demanding an urgent reckoning in the quest for a radically better future. Bastida will illustrate how activism is being utilized to implement endemic structural change, highlighting what’s working and how younger generations are flipping the script on our national dialogue in politics, business, and society.

Ashlee Piper: From Distrust to Delight Sustainability expert and cultural influencer Ashlee Piper will explore how we’ve reached unprecedented levels of consumer distrust and skepticism, offering solutions for remedying confusion, apathy, and eco-anxiety. Piper will discuss how to build trusting relationships and establish hope through authentic action and enhanced transparency.

Sara Gutterman: Sustainability Revolution Unveiled: ESG, Climate Disclosure, and Carbon Solutions Unleashed! Prepare to embark on an electrifying journey as Green Builder Media's dynamic CEO, Sara Gutterman, unveils the hottest sustainability trends revolutionizing the landscape for building professionals, homeowners, and businesses alike. Brace yourself for the seismic surge in demand for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies, the groundbreaking emergence of climate disclosure regulations, and the imperative quest for top-tier carbon offsets to forge a trailblazing path towards a net-zero, carbon-free built environment. Get ready to be swept away by the pulse-pounding momentum of sustainability's unstoppable ascent!


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Jon Creyts

Jon Creyts is the Chief Executive Officer of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). He is an internationally recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. Joining the organization in 2012, Jon has managed the strategy and execution of RMI’s global research and collaboration activities in multiple senior positions at the organization, most recently serving as chief program and strategy officer. Under his leadership, RMI has advanced market-based solutions to transform the global energy system to secure a clean, prosperous, and zero-carbon future for all. Prior to joining RMI, Jon was a partner with McKinsey & Company where he spent 11 years in the global energy practice. 



Michael Barnard

Michael Barnard spends his time projecting scenarios for decarbonization 40-80 years into the future, and assisting executives, Boards and investors to pick wisely today. Whether it's refueling aviation, grid storage, vehicle-to-grid, or hydrogen demand, his work is based on fundamentals of physics, economics and human nature, and informed by the decarbonization requirements and innovations of multiple domains. His leadership positions in North America, Asia and Latin America enhanced his global point of view. He publishes regularly in multiple outlets on innovation,business, technology and policy.



Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin is an economist, social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 21 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. He has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. He is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy.



Xiye Bastida

Xiye Bastida, a 21-year-old Mexican climate activist, is a Mother Earth defender, mobilizer, high level speaker, author, and thought leader. Hailing from the Otomi-Toltec Indigenous community in Central Mexico, she has been actively involved in organizing climate strikes and protests since 2019, co-organizing the largest climate strike in New York City with 300,000 participants. In 2020, she co-founded the Re-Earth Initiative, focusing on providing resources and knowledge to frontline communities. In 2023, she was named ELLE Woman of the Year, and ambassador to the U.N. High Level Champions.



Ashlee Piper

Ashlee Piper is a sustainability expert, author and speaker whose work has been featured on 270+ television segments, including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, and CNN, and in VOGUE, The Washington Post, InStyle, and NY Magazine. Piper's bestselling book, Give A Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. has been hailed as the 'sustainability Bible' by celebrities and reviewers. She's consulted on sustainability practices with well-known companies such as airbnb, LUSH, Nissan, and Eileen Fisher, has been a cabinet-level advisor to two Massachusetts Governors, and has spoken at the United Nations, SXSW and TED. Piper is also the creator of the #NoNewThings Challenge, and is a Professor of Sustainability Marketing. She holds a BA from Brown University and a Masters degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, UK.


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Sara Gutterman

As cofounder and CEO of Green Builder Media, Sara is a visionary thought leader and passionate advocate for sustainability. A former venture capitalist, she has participated in the life cycle (from funding to exit) of over 20 companies, with an emphasis on combining sustainability and profitability. She lives in Lake City, Colo., with her husband, where she is an avid long-distance runner, snowboarder, and Crossfit trainer. She is also on the Board of Directors at Dvele, runs the Rural Segment for Energize Colorado, and is a former County Commissioner.

The Sustainability Symposium 2024 is brought to you by:

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