Sponsored by Eastern Bank and the Boston Metro, the Green Business Breakfast is by invitation only. It is an opportunity for our exhibitors and sponsors to connect with other local businesses and entrepreneurs, big and small. Mr. Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will be our keynote speaker. There will be a special awards ceremony and ample time to network.
Mr. Nam Pham
Nam Pham has long been involved in making the community a better greener place. Starting with his own Vietnamese community and now branching out across the state. He has great faith in small businesses and recognizes their value as an economic building block. He works hard to insure that small businesses are able to thrive along with medium and large ones. As Assistant Secretary he is also committed to bringing small and large businesses into the clean energy sector which is simultaneously making a difference for our planet and our Commonwealth.
Green Initiative Leadership Awards
New this year, we believe it is important to highlight the great work of community leaders, that are not necessarily recognized for the contributions to the betterment of the planet.
Former Governor Michael Dukakis
“As governor, I have helped lead the fight against acid rain, including passage of legislation requiring Massachusetts to reduce emissions in the absence of federal acid rain legislation. Massachusetts has enacted one of the most effective state superfund laws in the nation, forcing polluters to pay for over 80 percent of all cleanup costs to date. Since 1983, we have tripled both the budget and the manpower of the state hazardous waste program. We have promoted source reduction and recycling as the critical first steps in attacking the solid waste problem, and we are committed to recycling one-third of the material in the state's waste stream.” (Environmental Law Reporter 1988 [18 ELR 10296]
Governor Dukakis held the position of Governor of Massachusetts for three terms, the longest serving governor in the history of Massachusetts (1975-1979; 1983-1991). During that time, he was instrumental in making important improvements to the mass transit system and in fact rode the T to work every day.. Following his position as governor, Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton, to serve a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak. Given that the transportation sector still contributes a large share to Green House Gas emissions (around 27% in the US in 2015 according to the EPA), the work that Governor Dukakis did was both pragmatic and visionary.
He has continued his work by conveying his outlooks on policy and leadership as professor at Northeastern University and UCLA. The next generation is therefore able to find inspiration and innovative perspectives from one of our most modest yet amazing leaders.
Over more than 40 years, Greg Watson has worked in the sectors of agriculture and clean energy. He inspires young and old with his enthusiastic attitude and educational mission. He not only avidly supports urban agriculture and green roofs, but wind energy. In fact, while he was senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology within the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, he developed a stakeholder process for assessing the nation’s first proposed offshore wind project.
In the 1990s, Watson spent four years as the Educational Director and Executive Director of the New Alchemy Institute at Cape Cod. This provided a base for him to appreciate and practice organic agriculture and aquaculture. Having served as the 19th Commissioner of Agriculture with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick and also as Commissioner (1990 to 1993) under then Governors Dukakis and Weld, major accomplishments included the promulgation of innovative groundwater protection regulations designed to prevent contamination of aquifer recharge areas; he chaired the state’s Public Market Commission, which oversaw the planning and construction of the Boston Public Market. From 1995-1995 he served as executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative where he worked with residents and staff to establish one of the nation’s first urban agriculture programs featuring a 10,000 square foot greenhouse.
Currently the Schumacher Center’s Director of Policy and Systems Design, Greg Watson continues to grow his list of accomplishments. However, it is his intelligence, holistic approach, perseverance, and humility that enables him to be so successful at moving ideas to action.
Balasaheb Darade is an Expert Member of the Government of Maharashtra and the Founder of Shankara Rural Transformation where he has been working on creating sustainable model villages in India (Vidarbha region) and developing Youth Empowerment. There are three key areas of his efforts:
A. Work towards making a sustainable model villages considering 12 developmental parameters such as (health, hygiene, food, water, shelter, education, income generation/job creation, energy, social equity, connectivity,spiritual well being & public domain) and having this developmental process in rigid framework which can be prototyped and customized to the local environment.
B. Empower youth and leaders in villages to take responsibilities to uplift life in rural India.
C. Put together a coalition of individuals, NGO’s, experts, corporations in India and US who would want to be involved, brainstorm (generate ideas), share resources and competencies to help bring change, hope and smiles to the people of villages of Vidarbha and India.
Mr. Darade is a board member of the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation whose mission is to create a better and livable planet earth and ensure sustainable development for the nation through integrated action of youth and citizens. He is a member of Buldana District Council and a faculty member of the Art of Living under the direction of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He also holds a certificate from NASA for working on the Mars Rover and Deep Impact Mission and a Masters in nanotechnology from the University of Cincinnati, and was an entrepreneur in the USA before returning to India.
In a short time, this remarkable man has been able to make an enormous impact on our planet.
The delicious breakfast foods will be brought to you by: