EPN’s big event, ‘Sustainability Through Reinvention,’ to feature speakers from Patagonia, Owens Corning, Jeni’s

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), a nearly 2,000-member professional group organized by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), has announced its 2018 Signature Event.

Growing sustainable supply chains

Called “Sustainability Through Reinvention,” it’s set for 7 p.m. April 16 in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public, but you have to register in advance.

The event, according its publicity, “will explore the concept of sustainable supply chains through the lens of reinvention.”

Embedding sustainability

The speakers — Katie Fornadel, supply planning analyst with California-based Patagonia; Frank O’Brien-Bernini, vice president and chief sustainability officer with Toledo’s Owens Corning; and Sarah Moore, retail project manager and sustainability strategist with Columbus’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams — “will share how they are working to embed sustainability into their supply chains.” All three will give TED-style talks.

Including reinvention

Moderator Nadya Zhexembayeva, chief reinvention officer with the WE EXIST Reinvention Agency, “will facilitate a deeper conversation” with the panelists and audience “about how to build reinvention and sustainability into our social, economic and environmental systems.” A Q&A session will follow.

Ohio State Provost and former CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron and SENR Director Jeff Sharp will give opening remarks.

Big attendance

Past year’s Signature Events have featured, for example, the Columbus Zoo’s Jack Hanna, conservationist M. Sanjayan and wildlife photographer Joel Sartore. Attendance has been as high as 1,400 people.

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