2020 Earth Day Virtual Connector

Inspiring Speakers + Online Facilitated Networking

April 21, 2020 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm

 

Celebrate Earth Day virtually with the Be Social Change community to learn about the world’s largest environmental movement and what you can do to make every day more sustainable. 

At the 2020 Earth Day Virtual Connector, join a global online community and hear from amazing leaders and organizations sharing practical ways each of us can protect and restore our planet. This event will also include interactive online networking where you’ll meet and connect with inspiring, purpose-driven people who are innovating within the world of sustainability and making a positive impact for a greener planet with their daily decisions.

The Earth Day Virtual Connector is part of the ongoing Connector Series, fiscally sponsored by Prime ProduceLTD.

See you online!


Event Schedule:

  • 6:55 pm: Join us online
  • 7:00 – 7:20 pm: Hear from Earth Day and sustainability leaders and experts.
  • 7:20 pm – 8:10 pm: Connect with attendees during online facilitated networking
  • 8:10 pm – 8:30 pm: Hear about resources during our large group share on ways you can make a positive impact

Link to join us online will be sent to you the day of the event.

*Join this event for free when you become a Be Social Change Member!

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Event Speakers

John Oppermann

Executive Director, Earth Day Initiative
John Oppermann is Executive Director of Earth Day Initiative. John manages the breadth of Earth Day Initiative’s activities, from its annual Earth Day events to its year-round programs, which includes a program empowering people to switch their homes over to renewable energy and sustainable food education toolkit for schools. Based in New York City and helming the large-scale events there, the organization works with Earth Day organizers around the world to stitch together a cohesive theme and messaging, especially in a landmark anniversary year.  John is also a green and healthy home specialist and real estate broker, connecting people to the green and healthy home options that exist throughout New York City.  John has been featured as an expert on sustainability topics by a variety of media outlets including the New York Times, the Guardian, MSNBC.com, and the Washington Post. John graduated with a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Tom Szaky

Founder and CEO, Terracycle / Loop

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

Through TerraCycle, Tom creates circular solutions for hundreds of difficult waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum. TerraCycle operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies to integrate this material into their packaging. TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for household products in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019 in Paris, France and the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. with five new markets planned for 2020, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single- use’ consumption.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.

Tom Szaky

Founder and CEO, Terracycle / Loop

Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

Through TerraCycle, Tom creates circular solutions for hundreds of difficult waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum. TerraCycle operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies to integrate this material into their packaging. TerraCycle is the lead company in a new circular shopping platform called Loop that enables consumers to shop for household products in durable, reusable packaging. Launched in May 2019 in Paris, France and the mid-Atlantic and northeast U.S. with five new markets planned for 2020, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by ‘single- use’ consumption.

Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine, Time Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016 and is syndicated in more than 20 foreign markets on Amazon and iTunes.

Event Supporters

The Tomiak Foundation is a private foundation creating a more ethical society by permanently improving the treatment and living conditions of vulnerable people and populations. They fund programs and projects run by reputable 501c3 non-profit organizations. Focus areas have included ethical treatment for orphans, elderly people, veterans, and disadvantaged minority homeowners.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $54 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. for financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com.

CleanChoice Energy is a clean energy supplier with a mission to make clean energy accessible for everybody. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make a big impact on the air we breathe and on the environment. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space—you simply make the switch, and they make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power. Sign up for 100% renewable energy for free here.

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