Boy Scouts of America Brings Leading Sustainability Experts Together to Examine Challenges, Best Practices and Solutions

Register Now to Join Corporate Leaders, Scouting Professionals, Volunteers, and Youth for this Important Dialogue at the 2014 Sustainability Summit


sustainability banner 600x300pxThe Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will host leading experts on sustainability during the 2014 Sustainability Summit on October 27-30. Taking place at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, the gathering will provide an open forum for discussion, education, and collaboration between corporate leaders, professional and volunteer Scouters, and youth about sustainability. These groups will have the unique opportunity to listen to and learn from each other about corporate sustainability challenges, best practices, and potential solutions.

“Whether sustainability is your passion or you would simply like to learn more about it, we encourage you to attend the 2014 Sustainability Summit to hear from key industry experts and youth leaders about the value of sustainability and how to make it work for you,” said John Stewart, ‎director of Sustainability for the BSA. “Attendees will be able to take these learnings and develop a sustainability vision that allows their organization to make a tremendous impact on the community.”

With a focus on identifying innovative solutions that balance business needs with the needs of future generations, sessions will provide insight on evoking leadership, appealing to a broader audience, having a long-range sustainability plan, and developing a sustainability vision. Attendees will participate in engaging sessions and panel discussions, network with others who are passionate about sustainability, and hear presentations from the best and brightest in the industry, including:

  • John Picard, founder and CEO of John Picard & Associates, and the man who greened the White House
  • Sir Robert Swan, fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, polar explorer, and founder of 2041
  • Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author, speaker, and advocate of creation care (how to approach sustainability through one’s faith)
  • Joel Salatin, farmer, lecturer, and author, who Time magazine recognizes as the most innovative farmer in America
  • Kathleen Gasperini, co-founder and senior vice president of Label Networks
  • Cynthia Scott, author, consultant, and executive coach, and Presidio Graduate School educator
  • Robert Birkby, Eagle Scout, outdoor educator, author, and past director of conservation at Philmont Scout Ranch
  • Hayes Barnard, chief revenue officer of SolarCity
  • Tom Easterday, executive vice president, secretary, and chief legal officer of Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
  • John Lanier, director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation
  • Wayne Brock, chief scout executive of the BSA
  • Alex Houston, 2014 National Eagle Scout Association World Explorer
  • Laurence Gumina, 2014 National Eagle Scout Association World Explorer

For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has maintained its commitment to sustainability, with respect for the outdoors as a key component of the organization’s heritage. Now it’s time to challenge each other to take that initiative from stewardship to sustainability and from “leave no trace” to leaving the world a better place.

One of the ways the BSA has done this is through the sustainable designs and operations practices of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Beckley, W. Va. The 10,600 acres that house the Summit Bechtel Reserve previously hosted railroads, coal mining, and timbering operations, but now through investment in habitat restoration and green infrastructure it is a model of sustainable development. A tour of this site is available for all 2014 Sustainability Summit attendees.

Registration for this event is open until October 26. To sign up or learn more about the 2014 Sustainability Summit, please visit: