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Before the Green is Gone: Sustainability Summit and Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden’s reimagined Founders Award Dinner, BEFORE THE GREEN IS GONE: 2017 Sustainability Summit and Dinner, was held at the Garden on Wednesday, June 14. Special Guests of Honor were the Royal Bank of Canada for its international Blue Water Project and Diane Katzin, Sustainability Advocate. This first-of-a-kind NYBG event was informative and inspiring as guests learned sustainability practices from Summit speakers and then, at dinner, celebrated RBC’s and Diane Katzin’s impressive work toward making our world more sustainable.

A few guest comments about the event:

  • “Positioning NYBG to be a convener of this important global conversation around climate is a welcomed endeavor and was well executed.”
  • “It was a wonderful evening in a truly wonderful place.”
  • “Bringing together corporate, nonprofit, media, and individuals to discuss these critical sustainability topics is a great idea and the first time I have attended a gala of this type.”
  • “An excellent event with thoughtful conversation and smart company. Well done!”

We hope you will save the date for BEFORE THE GREEN IS GONE: 2018 Summit and Dinner, to be held at the Garden on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The evening helps support NYBG and its 80 Ph.D. scientists who work around the world to advance plant research and conservation. The 2017 event was made possible by organizations and individuals who share The New York Botanical Garden’s commitment to a sustainable future. If you would like to make a contribution to the 2018 event, please visit our donation page.

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2017 Event Details

Read more about the evening’s agenda, as well as its important mission.

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The 2017 Summit: Water, Forestry, Energy

Find more information on the wide range of speakers and moderators contributing to the summit, along with the important topics being touched on during this milestone event at NYBG.

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Event Supporters

The 2017 event was made possible by organizations and individuals who share The New York Botanical Garden’s commitment to a sustainable future.

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