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Ceres Conference 2009

Highlights from the 2009 Ceres Conference including speakers, workshops, photos, awards and videos.

Achieving a Sustainable Global Economy

It’s Ceres 20th anniversary! At this year’s special conference we celebrated two decades of success, honored our founders, and unveiled Ceres 20•20, our bold vision for putting the global economy on a truly sustainable path over the coming decade.

Nearly 600 business, investor and public interest leaders gathered in San Francisco to discuss crucial sustainability issues from creating more sustainable corporations to enacting smart, innovative policies that will accelerate a clean energy economy.

Keynotes and Plenaries

Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and Chair of the International Earth Day Network, welcomed nearly 600 participants to The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

We were joined by an incredible line-up of speakers. Nike's Hannah Jones, Google's Dan Reicher and Jones Lang LaSalle's Laura Lee Martin discussed what is needed for creating the 21st century sustainable corporation.

CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes led a dialogue with Majora Carter from Sustainable South Bronx, David Douglas from Sun Microsystems and ClimateWorks CEO Hal Harvey about the policies and legislative steps needed to accelerate green innovation and ignite the clean energy economy.

Green America President and Ceres Board member Alisa Gravitz held a one-on-one conversation with PG&E CEO Peter Darbee about the bold solutions needed for a clean energy economy and the role electric utility companies must play in that transition.

View select keynotes and plenaries from the Ceres Conference 2009 on our Vimeo channel.


More than a dozen workshops explored sustainability issues from water and energy conflicts and sustainable food systems to clean tech investment strategies and financial market reforms.

2009 Conference Workshops included:

  • Unlikely Collaborations: Driving Solutions Through Stakeholder Engagement
  • A Green New Deal: Opportunities for Economic Growth and Job Creation from Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • Taking Stock: Can Carbon Markets Stop Global Deforestation
  • Financial Market Reform and the Interest of Stakeholders
  • Opportunities for Investing in Clean Technology

Ceres 20th Anniversary Celebration

This year's conference wasn't all work. We found time to celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a new film about our history and progress.

Afterwards, Sally Osberg of The Skoll Foundation sat down with Robert Redford for a candid conversation about the actor and director's films, life and history of activism.


Two awards are presented each year at the Ceres Conference.

The Ceres-ACCA North American Sustainability Reporting Awards recognize best practices in reporting on sustainability, environmental and social performance by corporations and organizations. The winners for the Ceres-ACCA Sustainability Awards were:


General Electric


Seventh Generation


Ball Corporation

The Joan Bavaria Awards for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets recognize investors, corporations, and NGOs that have helped move the capital markets from a system focused on short-term profits toward one that balances financial prosperity with social and environmental health.

Bob Massie Bavaria 2009This year, both Bavaria Awards, the Impact and Innovation Awards, were presented to long-time sustainability hero, Robert Massie. Massie co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 1998, was Executive Director at Ceres and also served on the Board of Directors. Read more about Massie winning the Bavaria Awards...





2009 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for making the Ceres Conference possible.

Anniversary and Dinner Sponsors

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Media Partners

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2009 Participants

Representatives from the following companies, groups and organizations attended the Ceres Conference 2009.

3BL Media
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
Advantest, Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
American Airlines
American Electric Power
American Water
Anvil Knitwear, Inc.
Apache Corporation
APS - Arizona Public Service
As You Sow Foundation
ASAP Professional Services
Aveda Corporation
Avoided Deforestation Partners
Balcony Films
Ball Corp
Ball, Corp
Bank of America Corporation
Bank of America/Science Applications International Corporation
Barclays Global Investors
Baxter International Inc.
Bay Area Climate Solutions
Bellweather Foundation
Best Buy
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Bio-Logical Capital
Blue Wolf Capital Management LLC
Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Boston Common Asset Management
Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions
Bright Green Talent
Brighter Planet
BrightLeaf Group
British Embassy
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Bryant Miller & Olive
Bullitt Foundation
Business for Social Responsibility
Ca Labor Fed
CA Natural Resources Agency
California Air Resources Board
California Division of Recycling
California Public Employees Retirement System
California State Teacher's Retirement System
California State Treasurer's Office
Calvert Group
Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
Carbon Disclosure Project
Cater Communications
CDR Associates
Center for Clean Air Policy
Center for Resource Solutions
Cenveo Anderson Lithograph
Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc.
Circle Bank
City of Aspen
City of Palo Alto
City of San Jose Environmental Services Depratment
Clean Energy Group
Climate Change Capital
Climate Earth, Inc.
Climate Smart Business
Climate Solutions
Climate Works Foundation
Columbia University
Compton Foundation
Concept A
Cone, Inc.
Conservation International
Consulate General of Greece
Context America
Cooler, Inc.
Credit 360
CSU Chico
David Gardiner Associates
Dell Inc.
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Department of Conservation
Deutsche Bank Asset Management
Dev Contact
Domani Sustainability Consulting
Duke Energy
Duke University
Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Earth Policy Institute
Earthwatch Institute
EASE Foundation
Eisenman Associates
Electric Power Research Institute
EMC Corp
Energy Foundation
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Systems Enthusiast
Equator, LLC
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Fair Trade Foundation
Far Hills Group, LLC
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
First Climate
Ford Motor Company
Foundation for a Sustainble Future
Friends of The Earth
Gap Inc.
General Mills
General Motors Corporation
Generation Investment Management LLP
Glass Lewis
Global Energy Network Institute
Global Green USA
Global Reporting Initiative
Global Sustainable Food Lab
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Goodwin Procter LLP
Google, Inc.
Green America
Green Building News
Green Consultants
Green For All
Green Impact
Green MBA of Dominican University
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
Green Mountain Energy Company
Greener World Media
Greenpeace International
Haley & Aldrich
Harvard Extension
HDR Architecture and Engineering
Healthy Child/Healthy World
Heidrick & Struggles
Hewlett Foundation
IBM Corporation
Industry Funds Management
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
Intertek, Coporate Social & Environmental Responsibility
Jessica Fullmer
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Johnson Controls, Inc
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kaiser Permamente
KLD Research & Analytics, Inc.
Laborers' International Union of North America
Lawson Valentine Foundation
Leonardo Academy
Les Echos
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lincoln Crow Strategic Communications
Liz Muller LLC
M.J. Bradley & Associates, LLC
Majora Carter Group
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Marmanie Consulting Ltd
McDonald's Corporation
Meeting Strategies Worldwide
Merck & Co., Inc.
Middlebury College
Migdal tefen Local Council
Milberg LLP
National Grid USA
National Starch
Native Energy
Natural Resources Defense Council
Neenah Paper
Nestle Waters North America
New Generation Energy
New Voice of Business
New York City Comptroller's Office
Nike, Inc.
Northwestern University
Olson Hagel & Fishburn LLP
Oxfam America
PA Consulting Group
Pacific Institute
Paradigm National Corporation
Park Foundation
Parnassus Investments
PCG Asset Management
People 4 Earth
PG&E Corporation
Photon Consulting
Planning Company Associates, Inc.
Plug In America
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) - University of Massachusetts Amherst
Portfolio 21
Portfolio 21
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presidio School of Management
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Project On Labor, Climate & Sustainability
Pure Strategies
R.W. Beck, Inc.
Rainforest Action Network
RBC Wealth Management
Regulatory Assistance Project
Resource Renewal Institute
Rianta Capital
RiskMetrics Group Inc.
Rockefeller & Co. Socially Responsible Investing Group
Rockefeller Family Fund
S.C. Johnson
San Diego State University
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco State University
Saunders Hotel Group
Sea Change Foundation
Sentinel Investments
Seventh Generation
Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
Sierra Club
Single Source Synergy Foundation
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Skoll Foundation
Social Investment Forum
Social Venture Technology Group
Solution Capital
Spanda Matters
SRI World Group, Inc.
Stakeholder Research Associates Canada
Standard & Poor's
Stanford University
Starbucks Coffee Company
State Street Corporation
Stuart Portfolio Consultants
Sun Microsystems
Sun Power Corp
Suncor Energy Inc.
Sundance Institute
Sundance Preserve
Suntech America
Sustainability & Proxy Analysis
Sustainability Footprint
Sustainable Development Capital
Sustainable Investor Intelligence
Sustainable Ventures
SVT Group
Swiss Re
Symantec Corp
Synapse Energy Economics, Inc.
Synthesis Media
Teleosis Institute
Tellus Institute
The Commonwealth Club of California
The Energy Foundation
The Environment Council
The Future 500
The Long Now Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Timberland Company
The Works
The World Bank
Threadneedle Asset Management
Touchstone Consulting Group
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
Trillium Asset Management Corporation
TriplePundit &
Trust Company of the West
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Green Building Council
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Methodist Church--Gen Board of Pension & Health Bene
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania / StartingBloc
University of Phoenix
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
UPS Foundation
Vantage Point Venture Partners
Veris Wealth Partners
Virgin America
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Water Asset Management
Weber Shandwick
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo
Western Clean Energy Campaign
William Blackburn Consulting, Ltd.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Women's Network for a Sustainable Future
World Economic Forum Inc.
Yale Environment School
Yale School of Management
Ze-gen, Inc.
Zennstrom Philanthropies