LIKE our Facebook Page

Share Your Commitment and Passion for Producing Sustainable Events!

ISES NY Metro Chapter will hold its 2nd annual Sustainability Summit on April 3rd at the renowned Rubin Museum of Art, with catering by Stephen Starr Events. Building upon the success of last year’s award-winning inaugural program, the 2012 Summit will offer attendees information, insight, and updates concerning the latest event industry sustainability standards. The evening’s program will feature green event innovators and environmental experts in three distinct settings: educational workshops, keynote speakers, and something new, this year: Marketplace 2.0 (a unique networking event using industry-specific social spaces designed to connect attendees, experts and sponsors). 


The ISES NYC Sustainability Summit is dedicated to fostering green practices for the meetings and events industry.  We provide our stakeholders with a meaningful education and a network of resources that offer practical solutions for achieving sustainability goals, both personally and professionally.


  • The meetings and events industry is the second most wasteful industry in the United States after construction and demolition. (Source: EPA)
  • The average meal travels approximately 1,500 miles (2,414 km) before it reaches your table. (Source: PCMA Convention December 2006 and Alive Magazine, February 2008).
  • Using 1,000 disposable plastic teaspoons consumes over 10 times more energy and natural resources than manufacturing one stainless steel teaspoon and washing it 1,000 times (Source: Smart Meetings Magazine, Nov. 2006 and the Environmental Defense Council)
  • Over a five day period a conference for 2,500 attendees will use 62,500 plates, 90,000 cans or bottles, 75,000 cups, 87,500 napkins (Source: Convention Industry Council and PCMA Convene Magazine June 2004)

Our program will feature industry innovators and environmental experts in three targeted settings:

 EDUCATION – 4:00 – 6:00 – 2 sessions of 3 concurrent 45 min workshops in Rubin Museum Education Center
(132 W 17th Street)

GENERAL SESSION – 6:30 – 8:00 – Rubin Museum, Theater (150 W 17th Street)

MARKETPLACE 2.0 – 8:00 – 9:30 – Industry-specific social environments for networking: Rubin Museum, Colonnade (150 W 17th St)


Lee Ballin – Sustainability Manager , Bloomberg LP
Jimmy Carbone – Owner, Jimmy’s No 43 and Food Karma Projects
Jill Taub Drury – Co-Founder and CEO, Drury Design Dynamics
Robert LaValva – Founder, New Amsterdam Market
Paul Neuman – Chief Creative Officer, Neuman’s Catering
Tensie Whelan – President, Rainforest Alliance


Brent Baker – CEO, Tri-State Biodiesel
Kathleen Bakewell – Founding Principal, Brook Farm Group
Mitchell Beer – President and CEO, The Conference Publishers, Inc.
Steven J. Dorn –  Vice President, Milea Truck Group
Emily Doubilet – Founder, Susty Party
Irene Hamburger – Vice President, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Claire Hartten – Co-Founder, Green Rabbits
Paul Lipson – President, Barretto Bay Strategies
Deirdre Lord – Co-Founder and CEO, The Megawatt Hour
Viraj Puri – Co-Founder and CEO, Gotham Greens
Steve Smith – Owner, Oak Point Regional Food Campus


Jill Taub Drury – Co–Founder and CEO, Drury Design Dynamics
Christine Rico – Founder and President, Waste to Wealth Ventures
Johanna R. Walsh – CEO, Twirl Management
Kevin White – Chief Innovation Officer, XPL


GMIC is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings & events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards.