Sustainability Tools for Impact Entrepreneurs: Ensuring the Solutions of Today Don’t Become the Problems of Tomorrow
Cindy Cooper, The Lemelson Foundation
More entrepreneurs than ever are creating inventions and innovations that tackle social and environmental problems. But, without considering the full environmental impact of these new products and businesses, tomorrow's problems are likely to come from today's solutions. Not only that, up and coming businesses can reap the greatest cost savings and performance benefits by considering environmental responsibility early on. Studies with entrepreneurs show they are not prepared to consider the full lifecycle impact of the products, solutions and business models they are generating. New tools and resources specifically designed for startups and early stage businesses are helping to fill this need. The panelists in this session will: 1. Illustrate how inventors and entrepreneurs are integrating sustainable design and environmentally responsible business models to generate innovative, resilient and successful businesses. 2. Share tools and resources designed to make it easier for inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and capacity-builders to integrate sustainability at all stages of product and business development.
circular economy, environmental responsibility, impact entrepreneur, impact inventing, inventing green, lifecycle impact, sustainability, sustainable design
1. Cindy Cooper, Program Officer, The Lemelson Foundation 2. Marsha Willard, Program Director and Professor, Presidio Graduate School; board officer of International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) 3. Nicole Etchart, Co-founder & Co-CEO, or another staff member from NESsT
1. Janine Elliott, Program Officer, VentureWell 2. TBD entrepreneur who is using principles of Circular Economy and/or environmental responsibility in their startup
1. Tools for Design and Sustainability by NESsT, Presidio Graduate School, and VentureWell https://venturewell.org/tools_for_design/introduction/ 2. Inventing Green Video Series https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFgk5mnd33v0QSYHykx1CLvo4cuX3yc1A 3. Sustaining Our Planet: A Toolkit for Entrepreneurs https://www.lemelson.org/resources/news/lemelson-foundation-and-partners-release-tools-help-inventors-and-entrepreneurs 4. Resource Constraints Demand Smarter Approaches to Invention By Carol Dahl, Executive Director, The Lemelson Foundation https://www.lemelson.org/resources/success-stories/resource-constraints-demand-smarter-approaches-invention