Friday, September 24, 2010

PBLN's Commitment to Sustainability

At PBLN, we are commited to minimizing our impact on the environment.  To that end, we have taken the following actions for our upcoming CEO Summit, Products, Practices and Public Policy: Inventing of a More Sustainable, Competitive Economy
  • Our printed programs are made of 100% recycled paper and toner thanks to Recycled Paper and Printing Co.
  • Brighter Planet is our Summit's official Carbon Offset Partner. Brighter Planet's science-as-a-service technology platform brings carbon to life, enabling businesses and software developers to embed real-time carbon intelligence into their systems
  • Our give-away products include BPA-free water bottles and 100% recyclable grocery tote bags
  • Name tag holders are reusable and will be collected from participants at the end of the day
  • No bottled water will be served
  • Meals will be served on reusable china with reusable utensils
  • Waste will be composted and recycled when possible.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Energy & Environment Working Group meeting

Photos from the September 17 Energy & Environment Working Group meeting held at EnerNOC. Featuring: MA Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles, EnerNOC CEO Tim Healy, and Ceres President Mindy Lubber. U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA).  

Photos courtesy of Susan Young Photography.

Andy Tarsy (PBLN Executive Director), Ron Shaich (Chairman, Panera Bread), and  Mitch Tyson (CEO, Advanced Electron Beams)Tim Healy (CEO, EnerNOC)

Mitch Tyson delivers opening remarks

Mindy Lubber (President, Ceres)

John Shubin (CEO, Oobliata)

Roger Freeman (Managing Principal, Solventerra)

Mindy Lubber and Tim Healy during the panel discussion


Massachusetts Secretary of Energy & Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles


Jon Carson (CEO, Bidding for Good/cMarket) asks a question of the panel

Kip Hollister (Founder & CEO, Hollister Staffing)

Charlie Lord (Principal, Sustainable Community Resource Capital)

Mari Ryan (CEO, AdvancingWellness)

Tom Burton (Partner, Mintz Levin)

Katrina Iserman (former State/Government Affairs executive, Pfizer)

Joseph Berman (Partner, Looney & Grossman)

Panel discussion

Jim Boyle (President & CEO, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.)

Janet Kraus (Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School)

Tim Healy

Secretary Ian Bowles

Ray Demeo (VP - Global Sales, Coolcentric)

Gail Greenwald (Partner, Clean Energy Venture Group)

Jim Nail (Director, MA Interfaith Power & Light) and Mindy Lubber

Kirk Jensen (Sr. Vice President - Energy & Clean Tech Practices, William Gallagher Associates

U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA)

U.S. Senator Scott Brown

U.S. Senator Scott Brown

U.S. Senator Scott Brown takes a question from the audience

Tim Healy asks Senator Brown a question

PBLN Executive Director Andy Tarsy asks Senator Brown a question

U.S. Senator Scott Brown

Jim Nail (Director, MA Interfaith Power & Light) asks Senator Brown a question

Gregg Dixon (Sr. Vice President - Marketing, EnerNOC)

Roy Hirshland (President, T3 Advisors) asks Senator Brown a question

Matthew Liebhold (Founder, Cleantech Boston)

U.S. Senator Scott Brown, Roger Freeman, and Jim Boyle


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


A PBLN CEO Summit

Products, Practices and Public Policy:

Inventing of a More Sustainable,
Competitive Economy


October 8, 2010 | Bentley University, Waltham, MA



Agenda
Draft – all times and sessions are subject to change

7:45 – 8:20 a.m.Registration & Breakfast

8:20 – 8:45Welcome Remarks - Framing the Summit and Beyond
Speakers:
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Andrew H. Tarsy, PBLN Executive Director 
 8:45 - 9:30Keynote Address
Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Farm
9:30 - 9:45Break
9:45 - 10:50Small Group Sessions: What Products, Practices & Public Policies will Drive Invention of a More Sustainable and Competitive Economy?

Bridging Affordable Housing and Sustainable Development
Moderator: David Abromowitz, Real Estate co-Chair, Goulston & Storrs
Panelists: Tina Brooks, Massachusetts Undersecretary of Housing & Economic Development, Aaron Gornstein, President, CHAPA, Pam Goodman, President, Beacon Communities Development LLC

Visionary Entrepreneurship and Meeting a Social Need
Moderator: Janet Kraus, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Panelists: Jim Gordon, President, Cape Wind Associates, Jack Manning, Founder & CEO, Boston Capital Corporation

Leadership, Values, and Building a Visionary Business
Moderator: Andrew H. Tarsy, Executive Director, PBLN
Panelists: George Matouk, President, John Matouk & Co., Paul Sagan, President & CEO, Akamai Technologies, Trish Karter, Founder and Chief Deer, Dancing Deer Baking Co., Glynn Lloyd, CEO, City Fresh Foods

Innovation for All Students: Can Government, Business and the Non-Profit sector Reinvent School?
Moderator: Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation
Panelists: Michael Muldowney, CFO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Donna Cupelo, Regional President, Verizon, MA State Representative Charley Murphy, Chair, House Ways & Means Committee, Tiziana Dearing, CEO, Boston Rising

10:50 – 11:05 p.m.Break

11:05 – 12:10 p.m.Small Group Session 2: What Products, Practices & Public Policies will Drive Invention of a More Sustainable and Competitive Economy?

Can we have universal coverage, sustained innovation, AND cost containment?
Moderator: Martha Bebinger, WBUR.org
Panelists: Paul Levy, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mari Ryan, CEO, Advancing Wellness, James Roosevelt, Jr., President & CEO, Tufts Health Plan, MA Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Geoff MacKay, CEO, Organogenesis

What Will it Take to Truly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
Moderator: Roger Freeman, Managing Director, Solventerra
Panelists: Tim Healy
, CEO, EnerNOC, David Szymanski, Assistant Professor of Natural & Applied Science, Bentley University, Wanda Reindorf, CFO, Conservation Services Group, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Jeffrey Mullan

How Can Innovative Companies Drive Long-Term Job Growth and Economic Development in the Region?
Moderator: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe Innovation Economy Journalist
Panelists: Michael Dornbrook, COO, Harmonix Music Systems, Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners, Jon Carson, CEO cMarket/BiddingforGood, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Greg Bialecki

12:10 – 12:40Break/Lunch

12:40 – 1:45

Lunch Session
“The All-Economy” Panel
Can Business and Government Partner in the Invention of a More Sustainable and Competitive Economy?

Moderator:Barry Bluestone, Dean, Northeastern School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy

Panelists: Ron Shaich, Founder & Chairman, Panera Bread Company, Jay Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue & Director, Northeastern Center for Leadership and Public Life, Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy & Strategic Investment, Office of Mayor Thomas Menino, Edward Dugger III, President, National Institute for a Sustained Economy LLC, Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President for Communications, Community Relations, and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation

1:45- 2:00Break

2:00 – 3:00Spotlight Sessions with Candidates for Governor of Massachusetts
Moderator: Thomas D. Dretler, President & CEO, Eduventures, Inc.


Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill (I)
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D)
Charlie Baker (R)*

3:15 – 3:20 p.m.Closing Remarks
Speaker: David Belluck, Managing Director, Riverside Partners
3:20 – 4:15 p.m.Reception with all Speakers and Participants
* Baker has indicated he is unavailable. A spot will be reserved for him should his schedule change

A PBLN CEO Summit

Products, Practices and Public Policy:

Inventing of a More Sustainable,
Competitive Economy


October 8, 2010 | Bentley University, Waltham, MA


Speakers
David Abromowitz, Director & Co-Chair - Real Estate Practice - Goulston & Storrs

Charlie Baker (R), Candidate for Governor*
Martha Bebinger, Journalist, WBUR
David Belluck, Managing Director, Riverside Partners
Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing & Economic Development
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, MA Secretary of Health & Human Services
Barry Bluestone, Dean, Northeastern School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy
Tina Brooks, Undersecretary, Economic Development, Massachusetts
Jeff Bussgang, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill (I), Candidate for Governor
Jon Carson, CEO, Bidding for Good
Donna Cupelo, Regional President, Verizon
Tiziana Dearing, CEO, Boston Rising
Michael Dornbrook, COO, Harmonix Music Systems
Thomas D. Dretler, President & CEO, Eduventures & PBLN President
Edward Dugger III, President, National Institute for a Sustainable Economy LLC
Roger Freeman, Managing Director, Solventerra
Pam Goodman, President, Beacon Communities Development LLC
Jim Gordon, President, Cape Wind Associates
Aaron Gornstein, President, CHAPA
Tim Healy, CEO EnerNOC
Gary Hirshberg, CEO, Stonyfield Farm
Alan N. Hoffman, Professor of Management, Bentley University
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Trish Karter, Founder/Chief Deer, Dancing Deer Baking Co.
MA State Representative Jay Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue & Director, Northeastern University Center for Leadership and Public Life
Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe Innovation Economy Journalist
Janet Kraus, Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School
Paul Levy, President & CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Glynn Lloyd, CEO, City Fresh Foods
Geoff Mackay, CEO, Organogenesis
Jack Manning, Founder & CEO, Boston Capital Corporation
George Matouk, CEO, John Matouk & Co.
Michael Muldowney, CFO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jeffrey Mullan, Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation
MA State Representative Charley Murphy, Chair, House Ways & Means Committee
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D), Candidate for Governor
Tom Pincince, CEO, Digial Lumens
Wanda Reindorf, CFO, Conservation Services Group
James Roosevelt, Jr., President & CEO, Tufts Health Plan
Mari Ryan, CEO, Advancing Wellness
Paul Sagan, CEO, Akamai Technologies
Ron Shaich, Founder & Chairman, Panera Bread Company
Andrea Silbert, President, Eos Foundation
Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy & Strategic Investment, Office of Mayor Thomas Menino
David Szymanski, Assistant Professor of Natural & Applied Science, Bentley University  
Andrew H. Tarsy, Executive Director, PBLN




* invited

PBLN Policy Statements

The following four policy statements reflect the position of PBLN on these issues. The positions were developed by PBLN Working Groups and adopted by the PBLN Board of Directors.

As is PBLN’s emerging custom, we encourage individual business leaders to “opt-in” by signing on to our policy statements, which PBLN may use publicly to advance awareness of our position.

If you would like to opt-in and sign on to any or all of these three policy statements, you may do so by emailing PBLN Director of Operations Aaron Chalek at aaron@pbln.org.

PBLN Healthcare/Life Sciences Policy Statement
Values Statement
As progressive business leaders, we believe Massachusetts should continue to lead the nation as an innovator in health, health care and life sciences. To that end:
  1. We stand by the Massachusetts model for health reform achieving near universal coverage; and we are committed to universal health care as a right, not a privilege for all Americans;
  2. We support policies for cost containment in order to make universal coverage a sustainable and affordable reality;
  3. We support polices that promote innovation in health care and life sciences;
  4. We support policies that enhance the health of all our citizens including strategies to promote health care quality and disease prevention;
  5. We support policies that address disparities in access to/quality of healthcare for the disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minorities and those with economic barriers to access.

Policy Statement – Healthcare Cost Containment via Payment Reform
The current policy position that the Healthcare/Life Sciences working group proposes PBLN support is achieving cost containment through payment reform. Specifically, the issue is whether we support the recommendation made in July by the Governor’s Special Payment Commission to shift Massachusetts toward an all-payer global payment model over the next five years. The working group supports the broad goals of payment reform and the specific strategy of global payment, but also recognizes that many of the details have yet to be determined and the implications for consumers, providers, businesses and to innovation in health care and life sciences. We agreed to examine the topic of global payment in more detail at the October 23rd PBLN conference. Attached is a backgrounder on the Commission’s recommendation. With that context, the policy statement for the Board’s consideration is the following:

PBLN supports universal healthcare for all Americans as a right and not a privilege. In fully supporting Massachusetts’ innovative approach to achieving near-universal coverage, we view the next frontier for Massachusetts and the nation to be cost containment so that universal health care is affordable and sustainable. We support the findings of the Governor’s Special Payment Commission to shift Massachusetts toward an all-payer global payment model over the next five years. We are committed to deep engagement over the impact of this shift on all stakeholders including consumers, businesses, physicians and hospitals, disadvantaged populations, and to innovation in the health care and life sciences sectors.

PBLN Energy/Environment & Housing/Economic Development Policy Statement
Values Statement
Progressive business leaders understand that our planet, our society and the economy are inexorably intertwined. The nexus between energy and the environment exemplifies this interdependence. Energy makes our society and economy possible, but the way we currently take, make, use and waste energy is damaging our environment. Simply put, our biosphere is breaking down. We are collectively overwhelming the earth’s natural cyclic processes and capabilities to recycle; regenerate and replenish itself. To restore equilibrium, our society and economy must become sustainable. Accordingly, progressive business leaders are committed to supporting strategies and policies both within our companies and our society that move us toward a more sustainable future, where we strive to harmonize our activity with our environment in our communities, in our country and throughout the world.

Policy Statement: Confronting Carbon Pollution and Energy Price Inflation
Recognizing the potentially catastrophic threat that global warming and climate change present to our environment, our society and the economy, we, the Progressive Business Leaders Network, support the following policy positions:
  1. We support putting a put a price on carbon emissions, and allowing market forces to raise the price of carbon emitting forms of energy, thus stimulating the necessary shifts in our society and economy;
  2. We support policies that anticipate and correct imperfections in that market-based strategy in order to protect workers and small businesses and to facilitate innovation in alternative energy industries;
  3. We support the Waxman-Markey bill -- American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act), H.R. 2454 passed by the US House of Representatives in June 2009 as a baseline for energy legislation and encourage passage of legislation consistent with that bill and the provisions set out below;
  4. We support the adoption of comprehensive climate legislation that includes:
    1. A cap and trade system for pricing and reducing carbon emissions that reduces USA carbon emissions to meet internationally agreed average per capita emissions for OECD (www.oecd.org) countries by 2050;
    2. Auction of substantial majority of emissions allowances, with auction proceeds directed to ameliorate the negative impacts of pricing carbon pollution, provide funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and transition assistance for adversely affected worker; remaining allowances distributed at discretion of executive branch agencies;
    3. Incentives to stimulate energy innovation and renewable energy, including a national Renewable Portfolio Standard;
  5. We support aggressive action by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate Carbon as a pollutant;
  6. We believe that as the leading emitter of Carbon into the Atmosphere, the United States has a moral obligation to take the lead in developing global emissions standards;
  7. We support the steps taken by Governor Deval Patrick and the Massachusetts legislature to put Massachusetts at the forefront of state and regional efforts to address global climate change, to support renewable energy, to create “green” jobs and communities, and to build a "cleantech" cluster in Massachusetts to foster innovation and transition to a more sustainable economy.

PBLN Education Policy Statement
Values Statement
There is nothing more important for securing our future than the education of our children. The achievement gap along racial and economic lines in the United States is a reflection of grave social injustice and must be addressed as a top educational priority. The risk of education in the United States falling behind the educational standards of other leading nations presents both a moral and strategic imperative. We believe that the business community has an important role to play in addressing complex social sector issues like education; and we are committed to empowering innovative thinkers and education entrepreneurs to create new possibilities for children. It is in this spirit that PBLN supports passage of education reforms that bring access to innovation and excellence for all students from cradle to college. At the same time we view these innovations in education as essential contributions to the invention of a sustainable, competitive economy defined by shared and lasting opportunity and prosperity.

Policy Statement
  1. We support all public schools, including charter schools;
  2. We support policies that seek to ensure that all public schools, including charter schools, reach out to and include in innovative programs the various populations of students that have historically been under-represented in such programs;
  3. We support bringing innovative models to the children and teachers most in need of our attention because of the challenges facing the most underperforming schools;
  4. We support the development of innovative models within local school districts, whether they are put together by teachers, by local district administrators, by the state or by a combination of all of these valued members of the education community;
  5. Specifically, we support the package of K-12 education innovations and reforms filed by Governor Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, captured in the two pieces of legislation entitled, An Act Establishing Readiness Schools and An Act Relative to Charter Schools;
  6. We urge policy makers and business leaders to support additional innovation ideas including extended learning time for children at all levels and a comprehensive effort on excellence in education from cradle to college.

PBLN Housing/Economic Development Policy Statement
Policy Statement
PBLN supports market driven models that lead to the development of affordable
housing. We believe such models, including the Massachusetts Chapter 40B
Affordable Housing law advance the public interest, are vital to our economy and
reflect our values as a society. PBLN opposes the current effort to repeal the
Massachusetts Affordable Housing law by ballot initiative petition.

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Special thanks to a group of volunteers who play a critical role in policy development at PBLN and in helping to bring people together in substantive, relevant dialogue.

Education Working Group
Gloria Cordes Larson, President of Bentley University - Chair
Christine Williams, Special Advisor to the President & Deputy General Counsel at Bentley University - Coordinator

Energy/Environment Working Group
Mitch Tyson, Chairman of Advanced Electron Beams and Roger Freeman, Managing Principal of Solventerra - co-Chairs

Healthcare/Life Sciences Working Group
Joshua Boger, Founder & former CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & James Roosevelt, Jr., President & CEO, Tufts Health Plan - co-Chairs
Brian Carey, Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP., & Valerie Fleishman, Executive Director, New England Healthcare Institute - co-Coordinators

Housing/Economic Development Working Group
Thomas N. O’Brien, Managing Director, The HYM Investment Group - Chair
Sean Sacks, Assistant Vice President, New Boston Fund - Coordinator