New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council Features Green Trends in Fashion, Beauty & Style at Sustainability Summit 2013 on October 9
New York, NY, October 09, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) will spotlight designer Tabitha St. Bernard’s zero waste sustainable clothing at the Sustainability Summit 2013: Expanding Green Innovations on Wednesday, October 9 from 9am – 5pm at BNY Mellon, 101 Barclay Street in New York City.
At the Summit, leading sustainability experts from beauty, style, sports, data centers, printing and real estate will explain how they look for ways to create energy efficiency, reduce environmental impacts and engage innovative companies in their green efforts. There’s a “Shark Tank” style segment, the Sustainability Opportunity Arena, with suppliers pitching their green-tech products and sustainable services to venture capital firms, investment funds and environmental thought-leaders. Attendees are offered a special rate for Green Courses e-learning tools, interactive green courses that offer a certificate program. In addition, the Summit conducts one-on-one targeted matchmakers for corporations seeking innovative vendors. This year, the Sustainability Summit is extremely proud to partner with the Taipei Economic & Cultural Affairs Office and the Taiwan Green Trade Project under its Ministry of Economic Affairs.
In the Fashion Industry, there are hidden supply chain environmental risks--from the factory collapse in Bangladesh to harmful chemicals used in the beauty industry to clothing’s environmental impact from washing and drying. Brooklyn-based Tabitha St. Bernard, co-founder and designer of award-winning Tabii Just will show her zero waste sustainable clothing line. Manufacturing in Brooklyn, Bernard even develops usage for waste scraps from the cutting room floor. She draws on her Trinidadian heritage with a Brooklyn edge. A dress by Tabii is at Princeton University’s Sustainable Fashion Exhibit. Other fashion and style panelists include: Gail O’Neill, former HGTV host and current contributor to Southern Seasons magazine; Amy Hall, director of Social Consciousness for women’s clothing designer Eileen Fisher and Scott Mackinlay Hahn, co-Founder of Loomstate.
The sports industry spans food, memorabilia, stadiums, media rights and corporate sponsorships. Mike Lynch, managing director of green innovation for NASCAR and Frank Supovitz, senior vice president of events, National Football League and Adam Lansky of Major League Baseball discuss how sports associations are making concerted efforts to instill sustainable operations. R. Donahue Peebles, founder of The Peebles Corporation, a leading African American real estate development firm, will examine sustainable trends in commercial realty. Other panels are: 3D printing and GRI reporting & guidelines. The Summit’s keynote speakers include Bruce E. Mosler, chairman of global brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield.
“Diverse small/ medium enterprises need to reposition their business’ brand with sustainable’ practices to attract new client opportunities. It’s also equally important for major brands to see how the diversity/ inclusion model under sustainability aligns with their Corporate Social Responsibility goals,” said Kevin V.G. Wells, general counsel and director of Minority Business Enterprise Services for The Council, who is an environmental attorney that launched the Sustainability Summit. “By attending this one-day event, attendees will be immersed in innovative sustainability trends and ideas that cover a range of industries. This Summit is an invitation and challenge to all enterprises to create sustainable partnerships between innovative minority suppliers and the Fortune 500. It’s a necessity in order to remain viable in the 21st century.”
The Sustainability Summit will include full breakfast and lunch. The General admission: $90.00, student: $50, Council-certified MBE $75.00 and corporate: $150.00. For more information, contact The Council at (212) 502-5663 or register online at www.nynjcouncilgreen.com