Sustainability Festival


Sunday, April 5, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concord Academy


Concord Academy’s mission statement commits us “to build a more just and sustainable future.” As part of this promise, CA will host its first-ever Sustainability Festival on Sunday, April 5. We will gather to hear from national leaders in environmental advocacy, impact investing, sustainable neighborhoods, EV’s and more. There will be 20–30 exhibit booths and interactive displays, discussions, and calls to action around topics such as green building, clean energy, sustainable agriculture, social justice, and climate policy. There will be panels featuring students, faculty and alums, all sharing what they are doing right now to make a difference.

We have designed this event to be immersive, engaging and FUN!

Please scroll through the program description below, reserve the date and join us! You are welcome to bring your friends.



Doors open at 12:45pm


1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote Address

“The Environment 2020: What’s at Stake”


Sam Sankar, Senior Vice President of Programs, Earthjustice

Sam Sankar joined Earthjustice in 2019 as Senior Vice President for Programs. He is responsible for developing and overseeing the overall strategy and effectiveness of programs and coordinating the work of the Litigation, Communications, and Policy and Legislation departments.

Sam has been working on environmental issues throughout his career, which has included service as a staff attorney at the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, as a senior executive at General Electric, and as deputy chief counsel of a presidential commission formed to investigate the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He has also worked as a boat captain, machinist, and senior advisor to The Nature Conservancy.

Sam received his B.S. in civil engineering from Cornell University, an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University, and his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, he clerked for Judge William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit, Judge Louis Pollak of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

1:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Booths (see below for a list of participants) & Food
Student-Faculty Dining Hall and Main School Building


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Education Sessions (choose one)  

Sustainable Investing


Emily DeMaisi, Investment Advisor, NorthStar Asset Management, Inc.

Emily joined the NorthStar team in 2018 to continue NorthStar’s focus on building client relationships. She has worked in the Socially Responsible Investment field for nearly a decade, first as an academic focused on Corporate Social Responsibility policies in commercial banks and then as a practitioner and fundraiser at a Pittsburgh-based community development financial institution. She brings with her over five years of socially responsible investment management experience and a passion for shareholder activism. She works closely with individuals, families, and organizations to build investment portfolios that meet the social and financial objectives they seek to achieve through their investments. Emily has a diverse background which includes volunteering in the Peace Corps in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She holds a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Public Policy from Duquesne University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University.

Karen Shapiro, Director of Sustainable Investing, Provo Wealth Management

Karen works with individuals, families, and organizations who want their investments aligned with their social and environmental values. Her approach is grounded in the belief and supported by robust studies showing that socially and environmentally responsible companies create value and offer long-term sustainability and growth.

Trained as an environmental scientist, Karen received her M.S. from the Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health Management and a B.S. from Cook College, Rutgers University in Environmental Science. She has conducted environmental research at universities, including Queens College, MIT, and Harvard, and at two Boston-area nonprofit organizations. Her work, with funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, state environmental agencies, foundations, and companies, has been widely published and presented internationally.

Her advocacy work with companies focused on environmental and sustainability issues including sustainable forestry, climate change, sustainability reporting, and toxic chemicals found in consumer products. For example, working with environmental groups and other shareholders, she brokered an agreement between Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace that committed the company to sustainably source its paper pulp in exchange for Greenpeace ending its boycott against the company. She became an investment advisor to work with individual investors who share her passion in aligning their investments with their values.

Quyen Tran, Director, Equities, Impact Investing Strategist, BlackRock

As sustainable investment strategist, Quyen partners with industry practitioners, academia, and other organizations to develop thought leadership and strategy to advance the sustainable investment ecosystem.

Her prior roles include working at Wellington Management where she provided strategic guidance for the development of Wellington’s flagship impact investing strategy in public equities and as a senior investment consultant at Cambridge Associates, where she advised endowments, foundations, and other institutions determine total portfolio asset allocation strategies, and recommended investment products for their portfolios.

Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College.

Food Waste & Composting


Change is Simple

Change is Simple empowers students, schools, families, and communities to make changes that have already resulted in actions to lower carbon footprint. Children are the innovators and scientists of tomorrow. Change is Simple is empowering students with the skills and values to be climate leaders, and instilling lifelong social and environmental responsibility. Since its founding in 2011, more than 25,000 students have taken a Change is Simple workshop – in 79 schools and 25 cities throughout the Greater Boston area.

Ceci Crawford ‘20 and Olivia Takacs ‘20

Ceci Crawford and Olivia Takas have designed a senior project that combines environmental science, statistics, and engineering; all with the goal of working towards making CA a more sustainable school. Their project is multifaceted but the overall goal is to reduce CA’s food waste through extensive education to the student body, statistical research and convincing data, and even a little engineering. By the end of the year, we hope to have successfully lowered CA’s negative impact on the environment and will be able to display this with data showing a decrease in the food waste coming from the Student Faculty Dining Hall.

How to Create a Net Zero Possible Community and What Happens When You Do?


Dan Gainsboro P’20
Under the direction of veteran developer Dan Gainsboro, NOW Communities creates community-focused neighborhoods that emphasize sustainability and energy efficiency. The firm’s first major residential development, Concord Riverwalk, was an immense success – earning acclaim from planners, architects, and environmentalists alike, and generating tremendous demand for its cottage-style units. NOW Communities has been recognized with some of the architecture and urban development industry’s most prestigious awards, including Builder Magazine’s Project of the Year, the National Association of Homebuilder’s Community of the Year, and the American Institute of Architects’ New England Design Honor Award. Mr. Gainsboro’s education includes Boston Architectural Center Design Studio; Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Professional Development Courses; and Washington University, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, cum laude.

Peter Nichol

Peter Nichol is committed to pursuing more sustainable choices for himself, his students and the town of Concord. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Mali West Africa. His love our Earth stemmed from years of wilderness trips all over the world. He has taught Earth and environmental science for 25 years in New York City, Sharon, MA and for the past 15 years at Concord Carlisle High School. At CCHS he has led many green initiatives and is faculty advisor for the environmental club. He serves on the Climate Action Advisory Board for the town of Concord.

How to Talk about Climate Change so People will Engage


Alex Chatfield P’14

Alex is a social worker and climate activist from Lincoln, MA. He is the parent of Phoebe and Olivia Chatfield of the Class of 2014. His affiliations include the Episcopal Creation Care Justice Network, 350 MA MetroWest Node, and the No coal No Gas Campaign. His climate activities include hosting a documentary film series at his church, helping his church install solar panels to lower its carbon footprint, and engaging in peaceful civil disobedience to confront the fossil fuel industry in New England.

Corinne Doud

Corinne co-coordinates the Bedford MA Mothers Out Front Community Team, chairs the Environmental Justice Committee at First Parish in Bedford (and member of Unitarian Universalist Climate Justice Leadership Team), and second place nature photo winner 2019 Sierra Club MA (published in 2019 MA Sierran).

Sustainability and CA’s Curriculum – Faculty Panel


Sarah Gore, Modern and Classical Languages Teacher

Sarah Gore has taught French and Spanish language and literature for upwards of twenty years, the last twelve at Concord Academy, where she continues to teach and advise. Among her interests since graduate school has been writing about the intersection of fashion and literature, text and textile. One of her current goals is to promote awareness of the impact of clothing on the environment: her role as Faculty Advisor to Woolpack, CA’s knitting club, helps her share this focus with students as well. A project in progress is to organize a ‘course cluster’ where teachers and students can share learning about clothing’s impact on social justice and the environment in Science, Art, History and Literature. Sarah is an avid knitter and amateur musician as well as the parent of a CA senior and junior.

Stephanie Manzella P’14 ‘17 ‘18, History Teacher

Stephanie Manzella teaches in the history department and serves as one of the house faculty in Admadjaja. After students in her Twentieth-Century Africa class expressed an interest in how US trade policies diminished African food sovereignty, she decided to create a research seminar called The Politics of American Food. Students in this class explored topics such as the deregulation of the beef, pork, chicken and seafood industries, the ubiquity of corn and genetically modified crops, and the problem of food deserts. An avid baker and gardener, Stephanie taught some of her classes in Admadjaja where students contrasted home-baked goods to the industrial food in their reading about the fast food industry. In future iterations of the class, Stephanie hopes to bring students to a local farm to witness sustainable agriculture firsthand.

Gretchen Roorbach P’17, Science Teacher

Gretchen has been at CA for 12 years teaching Advanced Environmental Science courses, the Environmental Symposium, and Freshman Biology. In addition, she is the advisor to the school-elected Environmental Co-Heads, the Green Club advisor, the Recycling Coordinator, and a member of CA sustainability committees. Prior to teaching, she was a Fulbright Scholar studying EU environmental regulations; worked in the public, private, and non-profit fields as an environmental lobbyist, environmental engineer, environmental planner, and water resources manager. For the past 35+ years she has been actively engaged with increasing public awareness to environmental issues.

Ben Stumpf ’88, Computer Science Teacher, Visual Arts Teacher

This is Ben’s 18th year at CA, not counting the four he enjoyed as a student back in the 1980’s! He teaches Computer Science, filmmaking, and graphic design, coaches soccer and ultimate frisbee, and advises CA’s Model UN team. For ten years or so he’s been supporting local and global movements to stop the climate crisis.

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Closing Session

“Building a More Just and Sustainable Future”



U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan

Congresswoman Lori Trahan, a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal resolution, represents Massachusetts’ 3rd district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Trahan believes we have a responsibility to protect the planet our children will inherit. She has pushed to expand access to cost-saving renewable energy for low-income households; understands that access to clean air and water are fundamental human rights; and is working to align the U.S. with international consensus and to impose strict regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.


Jack Anderson ‘13, Financial Advisor of the JJET Investment Group at RBC Wealth Management

Jack graduated from Concord Academy in 2013. After CA, Jack attended and graduated from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He joined RBC Wealth Management in 2018 as part of the associate financial advisor program and successfully passed the FINRA’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE), Series 7 and 66 exams, as well as the Massachusetts life and health and accident insurance exams. He joined the JJET Investment Group, where he is responsible for enhancing the client experience through personalized, tailored service, focused on wealth planning and ESG Investing. He was born and raised in the Boston area. In his free time, Jack enjoys fitness, fishing, skiing, making music and spending time with family and friends.

Lauren Black ‘14, Trainings Logistics Lead, Sunrise Movement

Lauren Black was part of Concord Academy’s class of 2014, and graduated from Brown University in December 2018 with a BA in American Studies. Since June 2019, Lauren has been working full-time with Sunrise Movement, a national youth-led movement to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process through the Green New Deal. Sunrise is volunteer-powered, with over 300 hubs of local organizers across the country. Lauren’s role as Trainings Logistics Lead is to help bring in thousands more volunteers by organizing training events all over the US.

Abby Bresler ’17

Abby Bresler is a writer, artist, student, and organizer living in Hanover, NH. She graduated from CA in 2017 and is a junior at Dartmouth College, where she is pursing a major in environmental studies and a minor in creative writing. Abby co-founded and co-leads Sunrise Movement’s National Accessibility and Disability Volunteer Team, and founded Sunrise Dartmouth, where she is currently hub coordinator. She also served as Sunrise co-point liaison for the December 6th Boston Climate Strike.

Lisa Cunningham ’75, Architect, Warner + Cunningham, Inc.

Lisa Cunningham, CA ’75, is a life-long climate activist and a co-petitioner for Brookline’s recently passed bylaw, the “Prohibition on New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure in Major Construction”. She is a Brookline Town Meeting Member and Architect with her own firm, Warner + Cunningham, Inc. She would like to encourage everyone to institute their fossil fuel infrastructure prohibitions and to electrify everything – in their personal lives, and in their towns and cities. We are at a tipping point and we have no time to lose.

Amy Longsworth ‘76, Director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission

Amy Longsworth joined the Boston Green Ribbon Commission as director in May 2015, after many years as a corporate sustainability strategy consultant, most recently with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In her role as director, she works with member organizations and other partners from across Boston’s business, philanthropic, and public sectors to help the City implement its Climate Action Plan.

Anna Sander ’20

Anna Sander is a senior at Concord Academy and from Lincoln, MA. As an Environmental Representative on All-School Council and a Green Club co-head, she helps to coordinate sustainability efforts within the CA community. Outside of school, she is active within the Sunrise Movement and has spoken on panels and to community organizations throughout the Boston area to promote climate action.


During the festival, there will be an art project that all attendees are invited to participate in creating.

Many thanks to the Sustainability Festival planning committee:

Jennifer Beal ’79, P’12
Irene Chu ’76, P’20 ’22
Nina Frusztajer ’82, P’21 ’23
Kerry Hoffman P’14 ’20
Lindsay Kolowich ’09
Allyson Kurker P’22