Have you heard about Co-Op Power’s upcoming Sustainability Summit? NESEA is a media partner for this great energy event coming up in May, and I just thought I’d share an event update from their office.
According to a recent press release, Keynote speaker, Halina Brown of Clark University and the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative will lead a facilitated session on “Transitioning to the New Economy”—an exploration of the interface between material consumption, human fulfillment, lifestyle satisfaction, and technological change. Attendees will connect with activists, thinkers, green professionals, and organizations involved in promoting justice and sustainability.
The summit will feature workshops on a diverse array of topics from cooperative development to sustainable heating options. Workshops include “Connecting to Small Business Success”, “Investing Your IRA Funds Locally” and “Equity as a Key Issue in Sustainability”. The summit will also feature an exhibitor area with live music and representatives from green businesses and grassroots organizations. Lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.
According to keynote speaker, Halina Brown, the topics of the Sustainability Summit reflect an emerging movement. “Interest is growing in alternative models for shareholder and privately-owned companies, especially among young people”, Brown said. “Cooperatives are among many types of such collectively-owned structures that are emerging across the country. These businesses provide hope for combining the key elements of a sustainable society: equitable wealth creation, technological innovation, community development, functioning democratic institutions, and ecological sustainability. But it will take an active and well-informed public and wise policies to turn these experiments in ownership into a major social force for change.”
If you’re going, be sure to stop by the NESEA booth!