One of our colleagues at ASU Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) asked us to post this event which is part of their signature Wrigley Lecture Series. The speakers for this series are vetted by professors affiliated with GIOS and the School of Sustainability. The series' aim is basically to bring the big thinkers throughout the world who are affiliated with sustainability and have them speak for free. The events are then generally followed with some refreshments and a chance to mingle so people will think about and chat about what they've heard.
This event will be of interest to many VPA community members. Gary Hirshberg is a very financially successful businessman who started with Stonyfield when it was a 7 cow organic farming school and he helped grow it into a multimillion dollar company. There are clearly a lot of hard philosophical as well as business choices that would have been made along the way, so his talk should be very interesting.
Hirshberg stepped down as CEO to found an organization dedicated to getting GMO food labeled. He will also talk about that.
After the talk, there will be a dessert reception in the lobby. Information is below. You WILL want to rsvp if you plan to attend this event because it will fill up. Link to the RSVP page is here: http://sustainability.asu.edu/events/rsvp/gary-hirshberg
Wrigley Lecture Series
In 1983, Gary Hirshberg and his business partner set out with seven cows at their organic farming school to prove that sustainability can be highly profitable. Thirty years later, his company, Stonyfield Farm, at $350M in annual sales, is the world's largest organic yogurt company, supporting thousands of family farmers on hundreds of thousands of highly productive chemical-free acres. Now Stonyfield's chairman, the former "CE-Yo" serves on many corporate boards and advises business and government leaders on sustainable solutions that enhance profitability for all stakeholders.
In this talk, Hirshberg will share his experiences and examples about how we can all think differently about harmonizing positive business and environmental outcomes. He will also describe his work as chairman and co-founder of the Just Label It campaign, which advocates for mandatory national labeling of genetically engineered foods, and explains how this campaign fits into a larger sustainability context.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
(dessert reception to follow)