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You are cordially invited to our next ISSP-NYC Sustainability in Focus film screening and networking reception. We are delighted to present SEED: The Untold Story.  SEED reveals the David-and-Goliath story of passionate seed keepers battling multinational chemical seed companies to protect valuable seeds from becoming extinct.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds.  Through beautiful cinematography, SEED: The Untold Story recounts how seed keepers are ensuring our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. With biotech chemical companies controlling the majority of our seeds, committed farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers are fighting a courageous battle to defend the future of our food. These reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured agricultural resource and revive our cultural connection to seedsSEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Following an expert panel discussion and Q&A, the evening closes with a festive networking reception.


  • 5:30 - 6:00 PM: Registration
  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM: Film Screening
  • 7:30 - 8:00 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 8:00 - 8:30 PM: Networking Reception

       Romano & Associates, 16th floor
       Enter: 520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets), New York, NY
       Ask security to direct you to the elevators for Romano & Associates, 266 West 37th Street, 16th Floor (the
       buildings share one lobby).

Join us for this compelling film, discussion, and networking reception with sustainability professionals! 
Wines and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited - register today!

Ticket Information

     ISSP Members: $15 
     Non-members:  $25
     At the door:  $35 

For more information on this event and the ISSP Greater NYC Chapter, please contact


Heather Liljengren

A field botanist, seed collector, and promoter of the use of native plants in the landscape, Heather serves currently as a Supervising Seed Collector/Field Taxonomist in Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center in Staten Island, a part of the NYC Parks Department. 

She is a self-taught taxonomist focusing on the flora of the Mid-Atlantic.

Heather is a passionate educator for the local community about our connection to the native plants around us. She describes herself as a "plant nerd" with a background in horticulture who has realized the vital role of locally-sourced native plants in landscape design and the restoration of our local environment.

Marisol Rodriguez

Founder of Marisol Rodriguez Design, Marisol develops human-centric design solutions for sustainable development. She worked initially in product development for brands such as Nike, Verizon, and Colgate. Through her firm, she currently partners startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises, to develop products and business models that bridge the gap between technology, aggregate data, and sustainable development. Industry sectors include healthcare, smart cities, energy access, and micro-finance. 

Marisol holds a B.S. in industrial design from the University of Los Andes, an M.S. in sustainability management from Columbia University, and is a Think Swiss fellow from the University of Geneva. 

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Please note that the event will take place in U.S. Eastern Time (ET), starting at 5:30pm ET.  
May 16, 2018 2:30 PM   through   5:30 PM PT
520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets)
Romano & Associates, 16th floor
Ask security to direct you to the elevators for Romano & Assoc. (buildings share one lobby)
New York, NY
United States
Admission $ 25.00
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