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Sustainability Summit 2018

On November 1, The New York Botanical Garden held its second Sustainability Summit, an evening of thought-provoking dialogue and actionable ideas about how environmental stewardship is catalyzing industry innovation and investment.

NYBG CEO and President Carrie Rebora Barratt, Ph.D., and a powerful lineup of visionary leaders and innovators, discussed the influence and impact of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they affect the way businesses, communities, and nonprofits operate. Held at NYBG’s 250-acre urban oasis in New York City, the evening began at Ross Hall with cocktails and conversation, followed by two panel sessions, Performance-Driven Sustainability: At the Core of Business Practice and Building a Sustainable Future: Business Initiatives That Deliver Meaningful Results.

At dinner, we heard from Lord Norman Foster, Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, who was recognized for lifetime achievement in architecture and sustainable design.

Proceeds from the Summit support NYBG’s Sustainability Initiatives and the Center for Conservation Strategy, which advances global research to preserve and protect the vast biodiversity of the planet through thoughtful dialogue, scientific research, and collaborations with leaders in the field.

If you were unable to join us, please consider making a donation to support NYBG’s Sustainability Initiatives and Global Conservation efforts.

Header: Native to the U.S., Oaks (Quercus) are iconic trees in forests and woodlands and symbols of resolute longevity.

Summit Video Highlights

Watch highlights from the 2018 program, including remarks from NYBG CEO and William C. Steere Sr. President Carrie Rebora Barratt and the keynote speech delivered by Lord Norman Foster.


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Please read more about corporate commitment to sustainability below:

Bank of America, Bartlett Trees, Bloomberg, Hearst, Pfizer, Tishman Speyer

The Sustainability Summit is also supported by:

Adamson Associates, AKRF, Andron Construction Corp., J. Barclay Collins II, Allegra Dengler, Douglaston Development, Highline Capital, JMV Engineering, Diane Katzin, MetLife, Mrs. Nicholas J. Sakellariadis, Elizabeth Stribling, Tiffany & Co., Tillotson Design, Tishman Speyer, and William Gottlieb Real Estate