Green Builder Media Announces the 8th Annual Sustainability Symposium 2024: Existential Solutions

Join Green Builder Media for Sustainability Symposium 2024, held virtually on April 17 & 18. Reserve your spot today!

Lake City, Colo., Jan. 31, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Considered to be the most compelling thought leadership event of the year, the Sustainability Symposium 2024 will transcend climate rhetoric and dive deep into actionable solutions for our planet's most pressing challenges. While the Climate Emergency sets the stage, our focus is on the future—a future where resilience, innovation, and community activism pave the way for a sustainable world.

“We have curated a world-class lineup of speakers who are not just thought leaders but also “action leaders,’”says Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media. “These acclaimed individuals are in the field taking action and inspiring others to do the same. Our aim with this year’s Sustainability Symposium is to arm attendees with knowledge and actionable steps that they can implement in their communities, businesses, and personal lives.”

The Symposium, which is free to all attendees, will be held virtually over two days from 12:00-3:00 ET each day. 

Day 1, April 17, will focus on innovative solutions that will enable us meet our climate goals and compelling, replicable case studies highlighting climate solutions that are working today. Speakers include: 

  • Jeremy Rifkin: From Progress to Resilience–Reimagining Existence on a Rewilding Earth.

Celebrated economic and social theorist and author Jeremy Rifkin will explain how the Age of Progress, which took our species to the commanding heights as the dominant species on Earth, but at the expense of the wholesale destruction of life on the planet, is on a death spiral and a nascent Age of Resilience is quickly trending with a new meta-narrative that fundamentally transforms the way our species will live and flourish on a rewilding Earth. 

  • Michael Barnard: Innovating our Way to Decarbonization.

Esteemed futurist Michael Barnard will outline projection scenarios for the decarbonization of our global economy as it unfolds for decades into the future, including the reimagining of buildings, distributed energy, concrete and steel, renewables, vehicle-to-grid technologies, and hydrogen based on the fundamentals of physics, economics and human nature. 

Day 2, April 18, will focus on climate heroes, spotlighting climate activism in action and how companies can address historically low levels of consumer trust with authentic, meaningful sustainability messaging. Speakers include:

  • Ashlee Piper: From Distrust to Delight.

Sustainability expert and cultural influencer Ashlee Piper will explore how we’ve reached unprecedented levels of consumer distrust and skepticism, offering solutions for remedying confusion, apathy, and eco-anxiety. Piper will discuss how to build trusting relationships and establish hope through authentic action and enhanced transparency. 

  • Xiye Bastida Climate Activism in Action.

Climate activist Xiye Bastida will spotlight how younger generations—Gen Zs in particular—are using their voices to combat climate change, calling out a broken status quo and demanding an urgent reckoning in the quest for a radically better future. Bastida will illustrate how activism is being utilized to implement endemic structural change, highlighting what’s working and how younger generations are flipping the script on our national dialogue in politics, business, and society.

  • Jon Creyts: Positive Tipping Points—Reasons for Hope and Action on an Overheating Planet.

Rocky Mountain Institute CEO Jon Creyts will outline how the latest climate insights show rapid, transformational change is not only possible, but already happening faster than we realize. Growth in solar, wind, electric vehicle, and battery technology is outperforming analysts’ predictions, and tipping points are being crossed faster than we imagined. And, yet, while aspects of the energy system are moving from linear to exponential, we are simultaneously seeing a rapid increase in global temperatures and climate catastrophes. It is not too late to change our course. This discussion will offer a fresh perspective on the state of the energy transition and explore what we can do to accelerate action.

“If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of important dynamics that are driving innovation and transforming our economy, don’t miss this inimitable event,” says Gutterman. “Join us as we explore real-world case studies and transformative ideas that are not just theoretical but are already shaping our world for the better.”

Registration is free! Click here to reserve your spot today!

A heartfelt thank you to Trane Technologies and Whirlpool Corporation for their continued support of our annual Sustainability Symposium, as well as their comprehensive commitment to corporate sustainability. 

About Green Builder Media

Green Builder Media is North America’s leading media company focused on green building and sustainable living content. With a comprehensive suite of content marketing, digital, social, and print media options, high-profile demonstration projects, market intelligence, data services, and live events, Green Builder Media offers a blend of visionary and practical information covering a broad spectrum of topics, including decarbonization, electrification, smart home technologies, energy efficiency, intelligent water, indoor air quality, resilient housing, renewables, and clean transportation.


Sustainability Symposium 2024