Logistics & Travel Information for Next Week’s Conference

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you to Yale University next week, June 25-26, for our annual summer conference, organized in collaboration with the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Below you’ll find a few notes on logistics and other last minute considerations. And if you haven’t registered yet, you can do so by clicking here now.


Dress code for the two-day event is business casual. Please note the slight chance of rain on Wednesday and plan accordingly. Our venue has a beautiful courtyard and a lot of great outside space for us to take advantage of, so hopefully that chance of rain stays low!


Public transportation is easily available if flying into La Guardia:

1) Get out of the terminal and walk to the bus stop (La Guardia transport information folks can point you in the right direction)
2) Get on the M60 bus (comes every 20 min, $2.50, need to prepay before you get on)
3) Take the bus to E 125 St/Lexington Av (about 30 minutes)
4) Walk to Harlem 125 St. (1 minute to the west)
4) Take a train to New Haven Union Station. ($16.50, ~2 hours)

New Haven train services run through Union Station:

Address: 50 Union Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519
Serviced by: Metro-North, with connecting service by Amtrak and CT Transit
There are a number of transportation options to get you from Union Station to the Yale campus, including the Yale shuttle, and a number of taxi services.

New Haven has a number of taxi services should you need a ride:

City Wide Taxi/Yellow Taxi/New Haven-Milford Taxi: 203.777.0007
Heritage Taxi: 203.466.6666
Horizon Cab Company: 203.777.5555
Metro Taxi: 203.777.7777
Quick Taxi: 203.777.7778
Yellow Taxi: 203.777.7770


Yale School of Management
Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale University
165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511

We’ll be in Edward P. Evans Hall, the new home of the Yale School of Management, for the duration of our two-day agenda. Our registration table will be set up outside of Bewkes Classroom 2410. After entering through the main entrance of the building, head up the stairs to the second floor, and you should see us there.


Edward P. Evans Hall is within reasonable walking distance from most hotels in downtown New Haven. Click on the map for a more detailed look at walking directions.

Download the Agenda

Light breakfast foods and coffee will be available outside of Bewkes Classroom 2410 starting at 8:00am on both the 25th and 26th, so please feel free to come early and mingle with your colleagues. The agenda kicks off at 9:00am on both days of the conference.

If you have any other questions, feel welcome to contact Daniel Kietzer at the US BCSD at 512.981.5417.

Checking In from Beijing

Andy Mangan, US BCSD Executive Director, is in Beijing this week reporting on outcomes from the Bohai By-Product Synergy Project. Special thanks to US BCSD members ConocoPhillips, Holcim, Alcoa, and GM; representatives from the US DOE, LBNL, Yale, NDRC, and MIIT; and our project partner the China Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Why Scaling Up is so Damn Hard

a conversation with Christine Bader, author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil”

We’ll be highlighting a new speaker and agenda theme each week leading up to our summer conference on June 25-26 at Yale University. This week, we’re featuring Christine Bader, who will be delivering a keynote talk, “Why Scaling up is so Damn Hard,” the morning of June 25th.

We all know what companies need to do. But what is it like to be the one who is assigned to actually do it? Why do even companies and individuals with the best intentions fail — and what do they need in order to succeed? Christine Bader, Yale SOM ’00 and Author of “The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil,” was one of those people. She will kick off our conference by sharing reflections and lessons from her time with BP, weaving in the stories of other intrapreneurs inside big companies, to inform and inspire us.

Evolution of a Corporate IdealistAbout the Book

“The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist is a quick read, effortlessly gulped during a long airplane flight. The writing is clear and concise, and if the book doesn’t leave one convinced that every multinational has suddenly developed a guiding conscience, it does offer some encouragement that many are on the way.” –The New York Times

With special thanks to the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, we’ll be providing copies of the book to all meeting attendees free of charge. Interested? Click here to register now.

Primer Congreso Internacional de Residuos in Buenos Aires

congresoAndy Mangan, US BCSD Executive Director, was invited to speak about By-Product Synergy on April 25th at the first Congreso Internacional de Residuos (International Congress of Waste), held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The global event was attended by representatives from Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, United States, Brazil, Spain, Greece, Italy, England, Germany and France.


Andy Mangan, US BCSD


Andy Mangan, US BCSD

Dr. Pedro J. J. Alvarez, Rice University.

Dr. Pedro J. J. Alvarez, Rice University.

For Yale and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, sustainability is good business

SOMPreOpening-17Geneva/New Haven, CT, April 8, 2014The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today announced a partnership with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and the Yale School of Management (SOM) that will promote collaboration between Yale scholars and global business leaders to address critical sustainability issues. The partnership builds on ongoing collaborations between the Yale Center for Business and the Environment and the WBCSD’s U.S.-based Regional Network partner, the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The partnership will enable Yale students and faculty to engage directly with business leaders from across the WBCSD network with the ultimate aim of inspiring management practices –particularly across the 25-school Global Network for Advanced Management established by SOM – that better address the business challenges of the 21st century.

“The world needs action on sustainability issues, and more importantly, action that can be scaled up,” said Peter Bakker, president, WBCSD. “We’re partnering with Yale University to better leverage the worlds of science and management schools to scale up ideas and create new ways of approaching how business can positively contribute to a sustainable future.”

The partnership’s initial focus will be the promotion of regional internships for students, research opportunities, and a pilot online course – Natural Capital: Risks and Opportunities in Global Resource Systems, which was launched in January. The course uses case studies to highlight businesses’ dependence on access to critical resources, such as materials, energy, food and water, and the risks and opportunities inherent to operating in an increasingly resource-strained environment.

“WBCSD is leading the effort to bring actionable science about the resource systems on which we all depend to networks of global and local businesses around the world,” said Yale professor Brad Gentry, co-director of the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale (CBEY), who teaches the online course.

“Helping businesses understand the systemic risks to their operations going forward, as well as the opportunities to offer business solutions for those risks, is the best path for bringing business creativity and innovation to a sustainable future.”

The WBCSD will also leverage its vast network of business leaders, policymakers and subject-matter experts for a Yale-based speaker series that will offer real-world insights on sustainability issues. In addition, the partnership calls for the creation and use of new materials and curriculum for sustainability leadership and innovation, including faculty workshops and an “immersion week” for faculty and business partners.

About Yale F&ES

The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) is an internationally recognized graduate school that trains tomorrow’s environmental leaders, and creates new knowledge to sustain and restore the long-term health of the planet and the well-being of its people. Yale F&ES provides professional training across a broad range of specializations to students from around the world, offering masters degrees in environmental management, forestry, forest science and environmental science, in addition to a PhD degree program. Yale F&ES also offers joint masters degrees with nine different schools for disciplines including law, management, public health, and architecture.

About the Yale School of Management

The Yale School of Management attracts broad-minded, intellectually curious students and faculty. An integrated curriculum, close ties to Yale University, and an active connection to the Global Network for Advanced Management ensure that Yale MBAs not only acquire crucial technical skills but also develop a genuine understanding of an increasingly complex global context. Yale MBAs assimilate information and ideas from multiple sources, functional areas, and points of view to lead effectively in all regions and sectors. Yale SOM offers a full-time MBA program, as well as an MBA for Executives with focus areas in sustainability, asset management, and healthcare, Master of Advanced Management, and PhD.

About the Global Network for Advanced Management

The Global Network for Advanced Management is a group of 25 leading business schools around the world that promotes exchanges between professors, students, and alumni, as well as research into global business issues. The network supports project work between students as part of a global team, organizes exchanges such as the Global Network Weeks through which students can attend lectures and courses at other member universities, and offers Global Network Courses, for-credit courses taught online by a member school that are open to students throughout the network.

New USCCF Report Highlights the US BCSD’s Industrial Scale Water Collaboration


On March 20th the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a new report titled “Achieving Energy and Water Security: Scalable Solutions from the Private Sector.” Featuring more than 25 business success stories, the report shows how companies solve energy and water challenges in their operations and supply chains. The US BCSD’s Louisiana Water Synergy Project is highlighted as one of the 25.

For the past two years, the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD) has worked with 21 diverse companies in the lower Mississippi River watershed to address a range of water issues. Coca-Cola is working with Mosaic Fertilizer to address water quality concerns. Valero Energy and Nucor Steel Louisiana LLC have explored new options for wetlands restoration through changes in water management. Projects and policy recommendations have emerged that have been greeted with high interest by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and from a concurrent public sector regional water planning effort.

This multi-sector teaming demonstrates that there is considerable regional interest in using the speed and efficiency of market-based institutions to seek out ways of converting water problems into economic opportunities, and to develop a collective capacity for conserving watershed systems as both private and public goods. (Page 40)

Visit the USCCF’s website to download the report and learn more about how the private sector leverages new technologies, innovation, partnerships, and other approaches to help achieve greater energy and water security. The report also features best practices from leading companies including FedEx, Shell, Ford, Microsoft, Office Depot, and more.

Accelerating Sustainability: Energy and Water in Your Operations and Supply Chains

accelerating sustainabilityYou slashed your water consumption. You shrank your energy bill. You improved efficiencies in your supply chain. Now what? It’s time to put sustainability to work for your business. On May 6th, join us at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Accelerating Sustainability Forum to learn innovative sustainability strategies that can enhance your brand, cut cost, and grow revenue faster and at greater scale.

The Chamber, US BCSD, WBCSD and SustainAbility will be bringing together some of the greatest minds and proven practitioners from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to explore two approaches — enhanced, scaled collaboration and sustainability-driven innovation. These concepts are redefining what businesses can achieve around energy and water use that delivers shared value for your business, society, and the environment. Through visionary speakers, action-oriented sessions, and ample networking opportunities, you will work with other sustainability leaders to refine the partnerships, tools, and techniques you need to create the energy and water solutions to accelerate transformative change.

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