Come listen, learn, and ask questions to industry leaders in food, lifestyle, and fashion sustainability!
Innovative Ways to Grow and Purchase Food Sustainably in NYC
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Our relationship with food is personal and oftentimes complex. With confusing ingredients, labels, and research, it can feel overwhelming to know what to buy, where to buy it, and what impact it has on our planet. This can get even more complicated given the constraints of a dense urban environment.
Join us to discuss how farming, innovation, education, entrepreneurship, design, storytelling and more can help explain the “sustainable food movement” and offer tangible ways for you to support it, even while living in the NYC region. Our impressive group of panelists are involved in cutting-edge strategies to make it easier for consumers to grow and purchase food that has a smaller carbon footprint, as well as a greater, positive impact on surrounding communities.
Ariel Lauren Wilson (Moderator)
Editor of Edible Manhattan
Lauren grew up on family's farm in western North Carolina. She is the editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn as well as a member of the Slow Food NYC board.
Ceci de Corral
Project Manager, Design and Installations at Brooklyn Grange
Hailing from the tropics of Puerto Rico and Miami, Cecilia "Ceci" de Corral moved to New York to study design at Parsons in 2007. After training with the Brooklyn Grange team during the 2014 growing season she committed herself to making the city a greener and happier place. Ceci now works designing, building, and maintaining gardens, and can typically be found hustling materials around, dead heading flowers, and researching plants.
Co-Founder of Oko Farms
Yemi Amu is the founder of Oko Farms, an aquaponics education, production, and design company in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Farm Manager at the Moore Street Farm, Oko Farms' outdoor aquaponics farm that produces a variety of freshwater fish along with vegetables and herbs. Yemi also directs all of Oko Farms' programming including education, consultation + design/build and community engagement.
Entrepreneur/Farmer at Square Roots
Erik Groszyk graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in Government. Previously, he worked in investment banking and digital marketing before discovering his passion for urban agriculture. In 2014, he was a trainee at Brooklyn Grange, and has since managed urban agriculture projects across NYC. He is currently an entrepreneur at Square Roots, an urban agriculture accelerator located in Brooklyn.
Founder of Local Roots
Wen-Jay Ying is the founder and director of Local Roots NYC which connects New Yorkers with local farm produce through weekly produce markets and builds community with events like farm trips and cooking clubs. She was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Former Mayor Bloomberg and named NY1's New Yorker of The Week. Ying is an alumni of The Good Work Institute and speaks at the International Culinary Center Farm to Table School on local agriculture. She hosts Food Stripped Naked, a weekly radio show where she converses with chefs, farmers, and others involved in the food system.
Sustainability as a Lifestyle: What it Means for Consumers and Brands
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Given today’s political environment, it’s time to take stock of the role and efficacy of ‘conscious consumerism’ and explore what it means for consumers and brands today. Join us to discuss topics such as - How can the average person make sustainable and ethical decisions in his or her everyday life? What are brands’ responsibilities to make these decisions easier and more accessible for consumers? And how can brands and organizations become powerful agents of change without co-opting and exploiting the issues that consumers care about?
Our diverse panel will provide a range of perspectives on these important questions and more with distinct expertise across the lifestyle spectrum. Each panelist is dedicated in their own way to inspiring consumers to make better decisions around what they buy, wear and eat - without compromising on quality or design.
Molly Malloy (Moderator)
Director of Brand Purpose Planning at Futerra
Molly is the Futerra US office’s token millennial and token Midwesterner. She has nearly 10 years of experience in working with some of the world’s biggest brands to develop and activate their purpose strategies. Current clients range from REI to one of the world's largest beauty brands to a nonprofit focused on women's equality. Prior to Futerra, Molly worked in various agency and creative environments, including most recently at Edelman, where she was a Vice President in the agency’s Business + Social Purpose practice.
PR & Social Media Manager at UncommonGoods
Jen Coleman is the PR & Social Media Manager for UncommonGoods, an online and catalog retailer based in Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal. UncommonGoods is a founding B Corporation that features unique, handmade, recycled, and environmentally friendly products, most of which are made in the USA.
Andrea Reyes is the chair of the NYC Fair Trade Coalition. She currently works as an adjunct professor at LIM and Berkeley College teaching a variety of classes within the fashion industry. Andrea is also a small business owner. A. Bernadette was created in collaboration with her sister, Amberle, after living in Uganda. A. Bernadette works with artisans in Uganda creating accessories, home goods, and more from recycled/upcycled materials. She has received multiple degrees from various programs at F.I.T. including pattern making, International Trade and Marketing, as well as a masters in Global Fashion Management.
Founder of RE.BIN and Environmental Attorney
While a practicing attorney at the Environmental Integrity Project, Whitney Ferrell began spending her free time designing a recycling solution: a modern, space-saving bin that would blend seamlessly with any household aesthetic. Harnessing her knowledge of sustainability and the environment, she created RE.BIN to fill a void in the marketplace. In March 2016 she launched a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal of $50,000 in just over a month, solidifying what Ferrell thought all along; people want to do good and recycle but they want stylish options that compliment their décor and fit their lifestyle. The final product is unlike any other on the market today. The RE.BIN is the only stylish, functional and sustainable recycling bin that is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic.
Founder - Creative + Editorial Director of LAIKA Magazine
Julie Gueraseva is the founder of LAIKA, a groundbreaking publication that showcases modern vegan living through a diverse range of original content. It is NYC’s first vegan print magazine. Gueraseva has worked as an art director and designer with the likes of Def Jam Records, Redbook Magazine and Farm Sanctuary. She now devotes herself to utilizing the arts and grassroots media to promote sustainable living and embolden the vegan narrative. LAIKA Magazine is the recipient of the 2016 Merit Award for photography from the Society of Publication Designers.
Fashion Forward: Sustainable is the Future
6:00pm - 6:45pm
Clothes are one of the most intimate possessions we own and yet our relationship with our clothes is one of the most toxic. Through thoughtless consumption we are complicit in an industry that is devastating our planet. It’s time we re-evaluate our relationship to the clothes we wear. While our desire for more has no limits, our planet does. Preserving our earth’s resources is the biggest fashion statement we can make.
Join our panelists in an engaging Q&A session about the state of the fashion industry and how, just as we've helped create an industry, we can change it. Panelists will share what they are doing to move the fashion industry forward and why it is important that we stay conscious in an environment that promotes the opposite. Learn how your voice can be a catalyst for change and why sustainable fashion is the only fashion. Bring your fashion questions. Get answers.
Faye Lessler (Moderator)
Founder of Sustaining Life
Faye Lessler is a New York City-based, California-born advocate for sustainable living, a community organizer, and the founder and writer behind Sustaining Life, a blog intended to inspire you to live a more sustainable lifestyle. During the day, Faye supports entrepreneurs as Receptionist at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator and on nights and weekends she creates space for sustainable fun as the Events Coordinator for the Ethical Writers Coalition. Faye believes that sustainable living is not only fun and stylish, but also attainable and empowering.
Remade Production & Special Projects Coordinator for EILEEN FISHER
Teslin Doud is a circular designer and aspiring world saver, utilizing fashion as a vehicle for change. She grew up in the small beach town of Santa Cruz, California where the unique environment helped to nurture her feeling of responsibility to the Earth. While attending Parsons the New School for Design, Teslin's passionate dedication to sustainable fashion and craft resulted in her winning the inaugural CFDA x Tory Burch Mentorship Award. She worked on a design challenge which culminated with the “Remade In the USA” capsule collection, a project adopted as a new commitment and initiative for EILEEN FISHER. Teslin is a freelance writer for the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), contributing articles about sustainability and fashion for CFDA.com.
Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs
Designer and Founder of Tabii Just
Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs is the designer and founder of Tabii Just, a clothing label designed and manufactured in NYC that adheres to zero waste ideals in regards to design. Tabitha is a fashion activist in support of fair wages and working conditions for garment workers, a sustainable approach to fashion and a more thoughtful way of shopping as well as women's right in the garment industry. Tabitha is a Women's March organizer who uses her platform to make space for youth voices. Tabii Just has been featured in WWD, People StyleWatch, MarketWatch and AMNY among others. Tabitha has been featured in Bustle, Mic, MTV, The Washington Post, Vogue and CBS and quoted in the New York Times.
Store Manager for United By Blue in NYC
Dan Taylor is the store manager for United By Blue in New York City. He oversees all operations for their Nolita store, from merchandising and staffing to in-store event planning. United By Blue is an outdoor lifestyle brand of apparel and accessories committed to protecting the world's oceans: for every product sold they remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company hosted cleanups. Dan also leads most of United By Blue's waterway cleanups in NYC.
CEO of Wearable Collections
Adam is CEO at Wearable Collections, a NYC based company dedicated to diverting textiles from the fashion industry from landfills. Since 2004, Wearable Collections has been a pioneer in the NYC clothing collection scene implementing a large scale residential building program. Understanding that convenience is essential to any successful recycling program, Wearable Collections has partnered with GrowNYC to bring its service to 31 weekly greenmarkets and recently launched a campaign with the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability to offer shoe drives citywide. Since its inception Wearable Collections has diverted over 13 million lbs of clothing, shoes and textiles from landfills.