Join business, government and academic leaders in developing action plans that advance key sustainability goals in materials, water, energy, and ecosystems. Learn what strategies are working and how we can bring them to scale by taking part in this working meeting, hosted by the United States and the World Business Councils for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Center for Business and Environment at Yale University.

kroon hallThe Action 2020 conference is scheduled for July 17-18 in New Haven, Conn., in Yale’s Kroon Hall, a striking showcase for sustainable design. The meeting is designed to continue compiling case studies and examples of what is working to address key goals in materials, water, energy and ecosystems. This will lay the groundwork for collaborative, actionable work plans.

Plenary sessions will present pressing challenges in each of the four focus areas – “must haves” that were identified in the WBCSD’s Vision 2050 report and refined this year to specific actions required to get significant results by 2020. We’ll open an extensive toolbox full of enablers, and thought provoking examples of what’s working and how we can bring those to scale.

Yale professors from the School of Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will facilitate assessment sessions to help companies gauge where they are in the sustainability spectrum and which key strategies make the most sense to be working on. Those participants who are ready for action will work with like-minded colleagues to piece together project plans.

Attendees will help define specific challenges to be presented at a data-driven and technology-based hackathon following the conference, at which a highly focused group of software developers will be asked to build solutions in an exciting 30hr push.

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