The Economist Events’ Sustainability Summit to Explore the New Rules of Sustainability

Inaugural Event to Take Place June 7th in Austin, TX

NEW YORK--()--The Economist Events is pleased to announce the debut of its 2017 Sustainability Summit next month on June 7th at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. Along with editors from The Economist, the event will gather critical thinkers, policymakers and business leaders for a wide-ranging conversation. They will address issues from the big macro trends shaping the sustainability agenda and the breakthrough technologies that are encouraging a sense of optimism despite the political climate, to the leading sustainability strategies being pursued by top companies.

The conference will cover topics such as what the capital markets want, breakthrough technologies, sustainability in a world of political change, corporate culture transformation, water as the new carbon, achieving food sustainability, infrastructure and squaring the circular economy.

"Even before the populist political events of 2016 raised questions about the future of sustainability, it was clear that achieving the goals set out by SDG/COP21 by 2030 would not be possible without significant shifts in how businesses and government work together," said Matthew Bishop, senior editor, The Economist Group. "We expect our discussions on June 7th to identify a clear path to greater, more-effective private-sector leadership in the sustainability effort”.

Some of the confirmed speakers at this year's event include:

  • John Podesta, founder, Center for American Progress, and former chief of staff U.S. government
  • Carol Browner, leadership council, Nuclear Matters and former administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ryan Popple, chief executive, Proterra
  • Steve Adler, mayor, Austin
  • Richard Waycott, president and chief executive, The Almond Board of California
  • Trisa Thompson, chief responsibility officer, Dell
  • Cyrus Wadia, vice-president, sustainable and business innovation, Nike
  • Jesse Griffiths, executive chef and owner, Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
  • Jason Bordoff, founding director, Center on Global Energy Policy
  • Cynthia Ringo, senior partner, DBL Partners
  • Philippe Lacamp, senior vice-president, Americas, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Jay Lipman, co-founder, Ethic

For more information on the overall event or to register for the conference, please go to

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Hitachi is the event’s Diamond sponsor, Monsanto is the event’s Supporting sponsor and Dow is the event’s Silver sponsor. The event PR agency is Porter Novelli.

Supporting associations include Global Sustain, SustainAbility, Austin Technology Council, City of Austin Office of Sustainability, Texas Public Radio, RealLeaders, Security and Sustainability Forum, Austin CityUP, Earth Day Initiative, and Food Tank.

The event is open to the media – please contact Samantha Van Gent with Porter Novelli (information below) for media registration details.

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Porter Novelli
Samantha Van Gent, 415-975-2229


Porter Novelli
Samantha Van Gent, 415-975-2229