Today we had the walk-through meeting in preparation for the first National Arts and Environment Summit on Monday. We are ready, maybe a tiny bit stressed, but ready nonetheless. Needless to say, everyone is enthusiastic and feeling positive about the experience. Green is good!
While Sunday’s events with the “Green Spot” and Hootie & the Blowfish concert will surely be engaging and lively, Monday is when the Summit leaders get down to business.
Over 20 of the nation’s foremost environmental and arts experts, along with government, community, and business leaders, will convene at Booz Allen’s headquarters to outline a list of strategies and practical solutions for fully engaging the performing arts world in environmental stewardship.
There are some heavy hitters coming in and I look forward to hearing what new ideas and solutions they have to encourage artists to green their practices. Of course throughout this process we want to hear from you. Share your ideas or simply let us know what you think. BTW, you can hear the results on Monday via webinar at 4:00 EDT. Space is limited and registration is required.
Below is the initial list of attendees...
Eric Friedenwald-Fishman, Facilitator
Creative Director/President, Metropolitan Group
VP of Operations and Interactive Media, Discovery Communications LLC, Planet Green
Manager, Operations & Education, Reverb
Executive Director, greenmuseum.org
President, Alliance to Save Energy
Rose Ann Cleveland
Executive Director, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
President, PEG Environmental Engineering
CEO, EarthEcho International
Director, Williams Center for the Arts
Senior VP/General Manager, CBS Radio
Terre Jones, Host
CEO/President, Wolf Trap Foundation
Chairman/CEO, ICF International
Founder/Executive Director, EcoArts
Vice President for Education, National Building Museum
Vice President, Environment, Energy, & Safety Policy, General Motors Corporation
Robert Lynch, Host
CEO/President, Americans for the Arts
Hon. Norman Mineta, Host
Chairman, Wolf Trap National Advisory Council on the Arts and Environment
Environmental Leadership Program Manager, National Park Service
Executive Director, Global Initiative on Arts, Culture, and Society, The Aspen Institute
Co-Founder/President, Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP)
Hon. Robert Stanton
Immediate Past Director, National Park Service
Former President and CEO, Noblis
President, PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community & Environment)
Director, Mayors’ Institute on City Design
Director of Arts, Wallace Foundation
Creative Director, wHY Architecture
PS – What is summer without Wolf Trap? It is a beautiful oasis that takes you miles away from the rushing around in the world. As you can see from the list above, there are many representatives committed to reducing carbon footprints and promoting environmental sustainability. I applaud Wolf Trap for bringing them all together.