ISSP-NYC Launches October 2015

ISSP-NYC Launches October 2015

The ISSP New York City Chapter (ISSP-NYC) brings industry-leading events, professional seminars and resources, professional networking receptions, and on-the-ground learning to the New York City sustainability community. Through year-round programming, ISSP-NYC offers three event tracks for sustainability professionals:

Leaders In Sustainability: Keynotes by industry leaders scaling sustainability innovations at the national and global level.

Sustainability In Action: Seminars, panels, and talks by sustainability leaders driving change at the local and regional level; networking events bringing together sustainability professionals from across the NYC metro area.

Sustainability In Focus: Screenings, exhibits, interactive events, expert panels, and networking receptions featuring award-winning films, visual arts, and multimedia creations that are extending the reach and relevance of sustainability practices.

ISSP-NYC welcomes the participation, ideas, suggestions, and inspiration from sustainability professionals across the New York City area. Join us!

Past Events

Sustainability In Focus
6/25/19 — RIVERBLUE

Event Chair Heather McAdam presented a screening of RIVERBLUE, a compelling documentary that spotlights how the global denim and textile manufacturing industries have caused the destruction of major rivers, water ecosystems, and local economies around the world. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, the film is a powerful call-to-action for the top fashion brands to lead the way in stopping this irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste. RIVERBLUE offers solutions that inspire hope for a more sustainable future. A post-screening discussion was led by Sanghamitra Padhy, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Law & Society, School of Social Science and Human Services, Ramapo College and Paul Gallay, J.D., President and Hudson Riverkeeper, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute. The evening closed with a networking reception.

 
RIVERBLUE   —  Screening & Panel Discussion

RIVERBLUE Screening & Panel Discussion

 

Sustainability In Action
5/07/19 — The River Project's Wetlab

ISSP-NYC Visits The River Project's Wetlab

ISSP-NYC Visits The River Project's Wetlab

ISSP-NYC Co-Chair Kristia Janowski brought together ISSP members and guests for an early morning visit to The River Project’s Wetlab, a marine science field station situated on New York Harbor. The Wetlab works to protect and restore the ecosystem of the Hudson River Estuary through scientific research, hands-on environmental education, and habitat improvement. The ISSP-NYC group learned of the environmental and bio-diversity impacts on the estuary over the past two hundred years, the ongoing challenges of waste water management, and the progress made in marine remediation.

 

Leaders In Sustainability
3/18/19 & 3/19/19 — Responsible Business Summit New York

ISSP joined WBCSD, The Climate Group and The Sustainability Consortium, among others, as a Supporting Partner with Ethical Corporation for the 7th Responsible Business Summit New York. Over 400 CEOs, mayors, sustainability executives, investors and NGOs came together for this international summit to discuss strategies and best practices for advancing social and environmental positive impact. Trisha Bauman, ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair, moderated the panel "Communicate Rigorous and Accurate ESG Data," discussing how companies can best communicate their ESG performance to different stakeholders.

 
ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman, Yum! Brands VP for Global Government Affairs & Sustainability Jon Hixson, and Hannon Armstrong Asst. VP of Investor Relations & ESG Reporting Amanda Cimaglia

ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman, Yum! Brands VP for Global Government Affairs & Sustainability Jon Hixson, and Hannon Armstrong Asst. VP of Investor Relations & ESG Reporting Amanda Cimaglia

Sustainability In Focus
2/07/19 — Sonic Sea

 
Sonic Sea  —  Screening & Panel

Sonic Sea Screening & Panel

Event Chair Heather McAdam presented a screening of Sonic Sea, a documentary produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, to launch the Chapter's programming for 2019. A multiple Emmy Award-winning film narrated by Rachel McAdams, Sonic Sea presents solutions for mitigating the acoustic onslaught increasingly threatening marine life due to commercial shipping, oil and gas exploration, naval sonar exercises and other sources. A panel discussion with experts from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and Gotham Whale and then a networking reception followed the screening.

 

Sustainability In Action
10/25/18 — Javits Green Roof

ISSP-NYC Founder & Co-Chair Mark Wolf hosted Chapter members and friends for a sunrise tour — led by Jacob K. Javits Sustainability Manager and ISSP-NYC Member Rebecca Marshall — of the Javits Center's 6.75-acre green roof. Second largest of its kind in the U.S., the Javits green roof is home to 26 bird species, five bat species and thousands of honeybees. In addition to serving as a sanctuary for local wildlife, the Javits green roof reduces heat gain throughout the building and absorbs up to seven million gallons of storm water run-off. As a result of all of the Center's sustainability initiatives, the facility's annual energy consumption has been reduced by 26 percent.

 
The Jacob K. Javits Center Green Roof

The Jacob K. Javits Center Green Roof

Sustainability In Focus
8/21/18 — Plastic Paradise: The Great Garbage Patch

 
Plastic Paradise  —  Screening & Discussion

Plastic Paradise Screening & Discussion

ISSP-NYC screened the award-winning documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a bold wake-up call to the far-reaching impacts of our enormous global consumption of single-use plastics. Chaired by Heather McAdam, the evening featured a post-screening discussion with Kathi Schaeffer, Executive Director of Public Affairs & Partnerships at the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Sara Ramirez, conservation biologist at St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network and Program Director of Plastic-Free St. Kitts.

 

Sustainability In Action
7/28/18 — Whale Watch

In celebration of summer, Event Chair Kelly Mumford hosted a New York Harbor whale watching and dolphin adventure cruise. Aboard an American Princess Cruises ship, ISSP-NYC members and guests explored the seas just 30 miles off the coast of Rockaways Breezy Point. Sightings included two humpback whales, over 20 dolphins, and even a sea turtle. In collaboration with marine scientists, American Princess Cruises uses these expeditions to enumerate and collect data about the whale and marine life along the New York City coastal waters.

 
Aboard with American Princess Cruises

Aboard with American Princess Cruises

Sustainability In Focus
5/16/18 — SEED: The Untold Story

 
SEED The Untold Story  —  Screening & Panel

SEED The Untold Story Screening & Panel

Hosted by Event Chair Heather McAdam, ISSP-NYC members and guests enjoyed a private screening of the award-winning documentary Seed: The Untold Story. Through beautiful cinematography, the film recounts how committed farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers are fighting to ensure our 12,000 year-old food legacy, threatened by a 94% loss in just the last century. Following the screening, a post-screening discussion was led by panelists Heather Liljengren, Supervising Seed Collector/Field Taxonomist, NYC Parks Department's Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island, and Marisol Rodriguez, Founder, Marisol Rodriguez Design. The evening closed with a networking reception.

 

Sustainability In Action
4/25/18 — The New York Sustainability Connector

ISSP-NYC partnered Be Social Change to co-host a professional networking event — New York Sustainability Connector — that brought together stakeholders from Braceletote, Ecocult, Fair Trade Coalition, Impact Travel Alliance, and Slow Money NYC. Held at Prime Produce in Manhattan, participants were treated to delicious, sustainable snacks and beverages from socially-conscious sponsors. Facilitated, interactive discussion formats enabled attendees to build meaningful connections and expand their professional networks.

 
2018 New York Sustainability Connector

2018 New York Sustainability Connector

Sustainability In Action
4/11/18 — Reduce Harmful Chemicals and Grow Your Business!

 
Reduce Harmful Chemicals and Grow Your Business!

Reduce Harmful Chemicals and Grow Your Business!

Event Chair Camille Cannistraci organized an expert-led workshop to address the importance of green procurement and best practices for businesses seeking to reduce their use of harmful chemicals. Co-sponsored by ISSP-NYC and the NY Sustainable Business Council, expert-led discussions focused on how businesses can leverage these sustainability practices to enhance brand equity and stakeholder engagement. The workshop and discussion were followed by a networking reception.

 

Sustainability In Action
2/05/18 — How the Broadway Green Alliance is Helping Broadway Theatres Reduce Their Environmental Footprint

ISSP-NYC and the Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) co-hosted a networking reception and panel featuring BGA theatre executives and artists. Held at the Environmental Defense Fund and hosted by Event Chair Isabelle Silverman, the panel discussed the ways in which BGA has significantly reduced energy use and waste across all aspects of Broadway theater production, operations, performances, and touring distribution. The audience Q&A addressed how this successful model can be replicated and scaled across other industries for improved sustainability achievement.

 
EDF Consultant & Event Chair Isabelle Silverman, Actress Mara Davi, ISSP-NYC Founder&Co-Chair Mark Wolf, Actress Megan Boone, Glen Pannell/a.k.a. Actor-Activist Mike Hot-Pence

EDF Consultant & Event Chair Isabelle Silverman, Actress Mara Davi, ISSP-NYC Founder&Co-Chair Mark Wolf, Actress Megan Boone, Glen Pannell/a.k.a. Actor-Activist Mike Hot-Pence

Leaders In Sustainability
1/08/18 — Corporate Citizenship: How the Private Sector is Advancing Sustainable Development

 
 
Oppenheimer Public Affairs Head Kim Weinrick, Freshfields CSR Lead Joy Tumang, Wild Tomorrow Fund COO Wendy Hapgood

Oppenheimer Public Affairs Head Kim Weinrick, Freshfields CSR Lead Joy Tumang, Wild Tomorrow Fund COO Wendy Hapgood

ISSP-NYC and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer co-sponsored a panel addressing how leading global enterprises contribute to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals through positive social and environmental impact initiatives. Event Chair Wendy Hapgood, COO of Wild Tomorrow Fund, moderated the panel featuring Kim Weinrick, Head of Public Affairs at OppenheimerFunds, and Joy Tumang, Freshfields North America Regional Lead for CSR & Pro Bono Programs. Sharing their firms' strategies and practices, the panelists addressed how to leverage a company's core assets to design and scale effective corporate citizenship programs.

 

Sustainability In Action
12/18/17 — Holiday Networking Reception

The ISSP-NYC annual holiday networking reception celebrated the Chapter's first two years of programming and outreach. Event Chairs Wendy Hapgood and Tina Brodsky hosted the event at the visionary P.S.Kitchen in Hell's Kitchen. P.S.Kitchen offers delicious, plant-based, sustainable foods and supports the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by donating 100% of all profits to local and global charities, including Yunus, The Doe Fund, The Bowery Mission, and more.

 
2017 Holiday Networking Reception

2017 Holiday Networking Reception

 

Sustainability In Focus
10/18/17 — Paul Bulteel: Waste Not

Photographer Paul Bulteel's Waste Not  —  Anastasia Photo Gallery

Photographer Paul Bulteel's Waste Not Anastasia Photo Gallery

ISSP-NYC partnered The General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A to hold a cocktail reception honoring Belgian photographer Paul Bulteel and to view his photo collection Waste Not at Manhattan's Anastasia Photo gallery. Belgium consistently ranks one of the best countries in the world for recycling waste, boasting a 62 percent rate, and the U.S. stands comparatively at 35 percent. Waste Not features scenes from Europe's extensive recycling systems working to restore industry and consumer materials for reuse, encouraging efforts to recycle waste on an unprecedented scale.

 


Sustainability In Focus
9/19/17 — Ocean Frontiers III

 

In partnership with Climate Week NYC 2017, ISSP-NYC offered a networking reception and private screening of the award-winning film Ocean Frontiers III. Spotlighting the United States’ first regional ocean plan in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the documentary reveals how ocean planning helps manage our coastal waters for generations to come. A post-screening panel addressed recent public-private initiatives designed to support a sustainable, thriving ocean from Virginia to Maine.

 
Ocean Frontiers III  —  Screening & Panel

Ocean Frontiers III Screening & Panel

 

Leaders In Sustainability
9/21/17 — Can Business Address Climate Change Effectively—And Redefine Itself in the Process?

ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman  —  Flanders House New York  —  Climate Week 2017

ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman Flanders House New York Climate Week 2017

For Climate Week NYC 2017, ISSP-NYC partnered The General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A, CO2Logic US, International Finance Corporation of World Bank Group, and Connect4Climate in an international panel on the ways in which multinational companies are driving climate action. Arnaud Brohé, President of CO2logicUS; Marcene Broadwater of IFC/World Bank Group; Hugh Locke of Smallholder Farmers Alliance; Davida Heller, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Citi; and Coleen Vien of Timberland discussed the financial methodologies — green bonds, carbon markets, internal pricing, etc. — and the public narratives that turn sustainability risks into business opportunities.

 
 
CO2Logic CEO Arnaud Brohé, Panelist  —  Can Business Address Climate Change Effectively, And Redefine Itself in the Process?

CO2Logic CEO Arnaud Brohé, Panelist Can Business Address Climate Change Effectively, And Redefine Itself in the Process?

Leaders In Sustainability
7/13/17 — Regional Governments and 2030 SDGs Agenda

 
ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman  —  Regional Governments and the 2030 SDG Agenda

ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman Regional Governments and the 2030 SDG Agenda

The General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the U.S.A and ISSP-NYC presented an international panel to discuss the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by regional and local governments. Panelists included Peter Wollaert, UNITAR Fellow and Managing Director CIFAL Flanders; Arnau Queralt, Director of the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Development of Catalonia; Rodrigo Messias, Policy Officer of nrg4SD (The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development); Ken Oluoch, Senior Program Officer at the Council of Governors in Kenya; Jacqueline Vieira, Executive-Superintendent for Environment and Water Resources in the Secretary of the Environment, Water Resources, Infrastructure, Urban Development and Metropolitan Issues of the State of Goias, Brazil.

 
Regional Governments and the 2030 SDG Agenda  —  Flanders House New York

Regional Governments and the 2030 SDG Agenda Flanders House New York

 

Sustainability In Action

6/21/17 — Summer Solstice Networking Reception

 
Summer Solstice Networking Reception

Summer Solstice Networking Reception

Bringing together sustainability professionals from across the Greater New York City Region, ISSP-NYC hosted a rooftop networking reception to celebrate the beginning of summer. A sunset vista over the Manhattan skyline created an inspiring setting for a festive cocktail gathering.

 

Sustainability In Focus
5/03/17 — New York City Premiere of Ocean Frontiers III

ISSP-NYC joined Greenfire Productions, Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium, Natural Resources Defense Council, Deepwater Wind, New York State Marine Education Association and The Nature Conservancy in New York to co-host the New York City premiere of Ocean Frontiers III, presented by Ocean Frontiers Film Series. Chaired by ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman and held at the New York Institute of Technology, the evening began with a networking cocktail reception and closed with a post-screening panel discussion and Q&A on the newly released Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.

 
Networking Reception  —  NYC Premiere Ocean Frontiers III

Networking Reception NYC Premiere Ocean Frontiers III

Leaders In Sustainability
4/19/17 — Crafting Tomorrow's Luxury

 
NYU-CSB Director Tensie Whelan; Laurent Claquin, Head Kering Americas; and ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman

NYU-CSB Director Tensie Whelan; Laurent Claquin, Head Kering Americas; and ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman

Partnering the NYU Stern Center For Sustainable Business, ISSP-NYC presented Laurent Claquin, Head of Kering Americas, in an evening keynote address and networking reception. Event Chair and ISSP-NYC Founding Co-Chair Trisha Bauman introduced Claquin, describing his central role in driving The Kering Group’s industry leadership in social impact and environmental sustainability achievement. The parent company of some of the most eminent global luxury and lifestyle brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, and Puma, The Kering Group is the only luxury group to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), a place that it has held over the past five consecutive years.

 
 

Sustainability In Action
4/03/17 — Spring Networking Reception

Thanks to Event Chair Wendy Hapgood, ISSP-NYC members and friends gathered for a spring networking reception at the Bareburger in the West Village, where they had a chance to try the celebrated Impossible™ Burger. Created by Impossible™Foods, the Impossible™ Burger offers a delicious vegetarian alternative for those who love burgers. As compared with the standard burger made from cows, the Impossible™ Burger saves the equivalent of 96% less land, 87% less water, and 89% fewer emissions.

 
Spring Networking Reception  —  Bareburger

Spring Networking Reception Bareburger

Sustainability In Action
2/01/17 — Democratizing Sustainable Business

Sustainability In Action Launch  —  ISSP-NYC, EcoVadis, and Green Team Spirit

Sustainability In Action Launch ISSP-NYC, EcoVadis, and Green Team Spirit

Event Chair Camille Cannistraci invited Dani Glaser, Founder and CEO of Green Team Spirit LLC, to kick-off ISSP-NYC's Sustainability In Action program track. Glaser presented the inspiring success story of Westchester Green Business, a public-private partnership between the Westchester County Government and The Business Council of Westchester. This launch event was co-sponsored with EcoVadis, the first cloud-based SaaS collaborative platform providing holistic corporate social responsibility ratings, which allow companies to track their global suppliers' environmental and social performance.