Our Spring UNITE discussion focuses on our collective responsibility to design and implement sustainable practices. While individual responsibility is important, we often underplay the role that organizations play in securing a more sustainable future. For example, some companies claim to be sustainable with little effort committed to implement real change. What can organizations do to design and adopt sustainable practices and what can individuals do to hold them more accountable? Moderated by Blake Jackson, our panelists Natasha Scotnicki, Roxane Spears, and Yvette Perullo will help us to answer this question.
Prepare for an exciting exchange of ideas with our diverse panel taking place on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Stantec for UNITE. Enjoy a night of amazing conversation, drinks, light apps, and networking. Bring your questions and learn the impact organizations can make on the world by working to be sustainable!
Doors open at 6:30pm; Discussion begins at 7:00pm.
Moderator & Panelists
Moderator: Blake Jackson, AIA, Associate and Sustainability Design Leader: Stantec Architecture & Engineering in Boston, MA.
His work focuses on the nexus between sustainability, wellness, and resiliency, and he serves as a company-wide resource for projects, particularly those seeking third-party certification/s. He has over seventeen years’ experience in planning, retail, hospitality, labs, healthcare, commercial, higher-education, and multifamily projects on four continents. Blake is a prolific author, speaker and educator, and he recently served as Vice President for Advocacy for the Boston Society of Architects. In 2015, he was named a national “40 Under 40” built environment professional by Building Design and Construction Magazine.
In this role, she leads and manages a team of fourteen sustainable business strategists advising Ceres member companies on integrating sustainability into core business strategy and strengthening their performance across a range of key sustainability issues. As Senior Program Director, Natasha provides strategic guidance to corporate engagement in key sectors across the network, including the technology, financial services, and transportation sectors, and leads the Network’s programmatic goals focused on driving sustainable business solutions. In addition to her role engaging with member companies, she also manages corporate outreach to prospective member companies in order to continue to strengthen the impact and scale of the Network.
Natasha joined Ceres over fifteen years ago, and has focused on corporate sustainability performance in her role for the past eight years. Prior to joining Ceres, Natasha worked in sales management at CNET Networks in San Francisco, where she sold international marketing solutions to U.S.-based technology clients. Prior to CNET Networks, at publisher Addison Wesley, Natasha was an account manager, supporting six teams in South America.
Natasha graduated cum laude from Duke University with a bachelor of arts in history and Spanish.
Panelist: Roxane Spears, Vice President of Sustainability and A& D, Eastern Division: Tarkett
Roxane has been with Tarkett for 15 years. She started as an A&D representative then moved into the role of Director for the A&D team. Roxane has always had a focus on sustainability at Tarkett. Roxane believes that we all need to work towards radical transparency and healthier building materials. She was on the Tarkett Sustainability Advisor Council as well as representing Tarkett at various conferences and key accounts prior to taking on her current role.
She is co-founder and partner at Re-nourish (re-nourish.org), an independent nonprofit organization that provides resources and tools to help advocate awareness and action for sustainable systems thinking in the graphic design community. Yvette’s book Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice addresses the real life challenges of working with clients to create responsible solutions by outlining various approaches, pitfalls, and real-world case studies.
She received her MFA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University and her MA degree in Graphic Design from the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. She has lectured internationally on sustainable graphic design and as a design educator, Yvette focuses on integrating sustainability methodology into her courses. Yvette is the Creative Director at Bartlett Interactive, an agency with a commitment to sustainability and triple bottom line business practices.
UNITE Panel Series
UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event, all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.