Engaging with Business and Industry to Advance Earth Stewardship
Monday, August 5, 2013: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
200DE, Minneapolis Convention Center
Scott L. Collins
Steward T.A. Pickett
In 2009, the ESA leadership called for Earth Stewardship as a framework for scientists and society to explore solutions that will help redefine our relationship with the planet and reduce the risks of degrading Earth’s life-support systems. This initiative builds on ESA’s Sustainable Biosphere Initiative in the 1990s which outlined research priorities in the ecological sciences. Between 2010-2011, a series of conversations with professionals in academia, agencies, planning, and religious organizations were held to learn about existing programs and initiatives of relevance to Earth stewardship. In 2012, ESA held a workshop to develop a broad-based strategy for learning, communicating and teaching about Earth stewardship. This session expands ESA’s engagement with society through a panel and discussion with business representatives. The session seeks to learn: 1) What does industry want / need from the ecological science community to advance Earth Stewardship? 2) What messages will resonate with the business community in terms of sustainability? 3) What are the most effective ways for the ecological science community to connect with the business community at multiple scales? As a result of the session, we aim to outline • Messages that resonate with the ecological science community to take an active part in business • Priorities for ecologists and for ESA as a professional society to build sustainability partnerships with the business community. Confirmed speakers include Keith Miller, 3M; Zakiya Leggett, Weyerhaeuser; Rick Black, Environ.