Dec 6

Second Annual [Re]verse Pitch Competition

2015 [Re]verse Pitch winners, Brewnola, using spent brewery grain to create environmentally positive snack foods.

2015 [Re]verse Pitch winners, Brewnola, using spent brewery grain to create environmentally positive snack foods.

Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program from the City of Austin, US BCSD and Impact Hub Austin to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. Entrepreneurs work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start their new venture.

This year's event starts on October 11th. For more information, visit:

Jan 12

Making Markets, Moving Markets at Duke University

  • Duke University

Save the date for our next US BCSD meeting:

Making Markets, Moving Markets | January 11-12, 2017 at Duke University

Please mark your calendars for our next US BCSD meeting, which will be hosted in partnership with The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University on January 11-12, 2017.
Business leadership is using market mechanisms to help solve the biggest sustainability challenges - from carbon to water, circular economy, ecosystems and a range of other complex issues. These market solutions are moving the needle in the right direction, but continue to encounter challenges in: 
A) scaling up,
B) driving substantial shifts in financial markets, and
C) identifying and removing barriers to market solutions. 
Join the US BCSD and leading companies like Ingersoll Rand, General Motors, Monsanto and Fairmount Santrol on January 11-12, 2017 at Duke University for hands-on work sessions on existing and emerging markets, and in identifying the priorities for new marketplace innovations. Watch our website for more details as the date nears.

9:30 am09:30

Institutionalizing Resource Efficiency: A Roundtable Discussion

  • Washington DC

Co-hosted by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and World Economic Forum

The US BCSD will be joining the U.S. EPA and the World Economic Forum’s Systems Initiative on Environment and Natural Resource Security for a roundtable discussion with key global public and private leaders to discuss tangible solutions and systemic changes that help institutionalize sustainable materials management and resource efficiency.

The roundtable builds on the seven critical needs areas for institutionalizing resource efficiency and life cycle thinking that were distilled from the discussions during the U.S. EPA’s Workshop on the Use of Life Cycle Concepts in the Supply Chain to Achieve Resource Efficiency, held March 22-23, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia, as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency.

US BCSD members interested in receiving more information on the event are encouraged to contact us.

Oct 6

Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit

US BCSD Executive Director Andy Mangan will be speaking at the 2nd Annual Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit, October 5-6 in New York, NY. 

The summit, in partnership with Accenture Strategy, will convene innovative thinkers, practitioners and executives to address how businesses are embedding sustainability initiatives that are both good for business and good for society.

The conference will address critical issues in three important areas:

  • Driving profitability through social and environmental goals
  • Defining and measuring the business value of sustainable practices
  • Transformative game-changers: trust, digital and new business models

Learn more about the event and see who else is involved at http://www.bna.com/sustainable-business-summit-2016/

Sep 30

Expert Group Meeting: Implementation of an Eco-Industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Vietnam

  • Hanoi Vietnam

US BCSD Executive Director Andy Mangan is one of 15 international experts traveling to Vietnam this September to discuss perspectives on the definition, standards, requirements, success stories and results of eco-industrial parks and industrial symbiosis from around the world.

Contact the US BCSD for more information about this event.

7:30 pm19:30

Session at IUCN World Conservation Congress

We'd love for you to join us for our panel session at IUCN on Monday, September 5th, 7:30 to 9:30pm.


Coastal restoration is about playing offense to protect our natural capital. And there’s good news: restoration has been demonstrated to fix landscapes degraded by agricultural and industrial activity, storm surge and subsidence, and also deliver outsized environmental, social and economic benefits. 

This session will engage participants in how to unlock the billion-dollar business case for landscape scale restoration using the power of private-public collaboration and a breakthrough model.

Located in the Business and Biodiversity Pavilion. Learn more here.

Austin Materials Marketplace: Matchmaking Session – buildings, and the spaces inside and outside
9:00 am09:00

Austin Materials Marketplace: Matchmaking Session – buildings, and the spaces inside and outside

The built environment, including buildings and the spaces in and around them, is one of the most active sectors within Austin city limits. Our city is buzzing with builders, designers, building owners & tenants, and folks creating and maintaining outdoor spaces. We thought it’d be a good idea to get everyone together to talk materials and see what new matches we can uncover.

Think of this event as speed-dating for materials, with the goal of finding matches for your materials available and/or materials needs. We’ll have a handful of tables set up around the room, organized around key business functions and their associated materials. 

Learn more at http://austinmaterialsmarketplace.org/events/

Speaking Engagement: GEMI Summer Meeting - Resource Efficiency
Jul 28

Speaking Engagement: GEMI Summer Meeting - Resource Efficiency

Daniel Kietzer, US BCSD and John Bradburn, GM will be speaking on the Materials Marketplace at GEMI's Summer Meeting on Resource Efficiency in St. Paul, MN. The meeting will examine tangible resource efficiency projects/examples from across industries, and explore steps sustainability leaders are taking to implement circular economy concepts in their businesses and create value. Learn more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gemi-summer-meeting-resource-efficiency-registration-25796784878