The first Slow Living Summit — join us in Brattleboro, Vermont — Wed.-Fri. June 1-3
Sustainability means Slowing Down!
How do we make sustainability a mainstream movement?
How can businesses and organizations focused on sustainability collaborate better?
How can I find funding for my sustainable enterprise or organization?
How can sustainability put people to work and build vibrant local economies?
Join fellow sustainability experts from business, education, government and non-profit organizations from New England and beyond at the first Slow Living Summit for an intensive two-and-a-half day exploration to discuss these questions and find ways to build healthy, thriving local economies while encouraging, mentoring and supporting a new generation of activists, entrepreneurs and engaged citizens.
The summit takes place in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, Wed.-Fri. June 1-3. Strolling of the Heifers, best known for its annual agriculturally-themed parade and festival, is organizing the Summit in partnership with Marlboro College’s Graduate School and World Learning as part of the tenth annual Strolling of the Heifers celebration.
Who should come: Business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, government officials, foundation and non-profit leaders, community leaders, engaged citizens! We invite attendees representing all of the many organizations, businesses, educational institutions, funders and public entities who are working to make a resilient future an emergent reality in New England.
General registration: $180; student registration $115. Day rate (Thursday only or Friday only) $95; student day rate $65.
Scheduled speakers include:
Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist, co-founder of 350.org
Gary Hirshberg, entrepreneurship guru; president/CEO, Stonyfield Farm
Josh Viertel, Slow Food USA president
Majora Carter, President, Majora Carter Group; founder of Sustainable South Bronx
Chuck Ross, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture
Christine Bushway, CEO, Organic Trade Association
Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs, Google
Will Raap, founder, Gardener’s Supply founder
Terry Mollner of Trusteeship Institute and Calvert Funds and Foundation
John Cavanagh, Institute for Policy Studies
Trish Karter, Dancing Deer Baking Co.
Jesse Laflamme, CEO, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs
Slow Living Summit Schedule
Note: Throughout the conference, there will be a designated space for networking with organization displays, tables, poster sessions, etc. As well, there will be designated spaces for spur-of-the-moment presentations, discussions, and networking. Lunches may also include more informal specific topic discussion meetings.
Wednesday, June 1:
3:00-5:00 p.m.: Presentation of awards to finalists of Farm Food Business Plan Competition, followed by meetup between finalists and potential investors
4:00-7:00 p.m.: Registration
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Welcome, overview and opening keynote
Brattleboro, Vermont & Strolling of the Heifers
Brattleboro is an appropriate spot for the first Slow Living Summit. The town is a historic trade and transportation hub — it’s on the Connecticut River, it’s still served by freight and passenger rail, it has three exits on Interstate 91 (which is a lot for a small town!), and lies at the nexus of seven state highways running in all directions.
But life is a little slower here. There’s a vibrant downtown where people walk, cycle, shop and talk with neighbors at cafes and pubs. Town government is based on the classic New England town meeting, and debates are lively on topics ranging from local to national.
Beginning with such luminaries as Rudyard Kipling, the town has attracted writers, artists and craftspeople. It has been a center for healing, for manufacturing, for education. And beginning in 2002, it has hosted the annual Strolling of the Heifers Parade and festival, a weekend dedicating to honoring and supporting our region’s farmers.
You’ll enjoy your visit! Please explore the area by visiting our Chamber website and consider staying for the weekend to take in the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers on June 3-4-5 (explore the rest of this site for more info!).
Lodging and Dining:
We’ve negotiated special conference rates with several local hotels and motels. Just mention Slow Living Summit when you make your registration at any of these:
We also recommend:
For additional lodging options, please visit the Lodging Directory of the Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
Summiteers are free to make their own dining arrangements — downtown Brattleboro has a wide variety of fine dining establishments. We recommend the following who have specifically supported Strolling of the Heifers and the Summit.
Directions to Brattleboro
Note: the following directions are to the Marlboro College Graduate Center, where Summit breakout sessions and other events take place. The Latchis Theatre, where plenary sessions take place and where Wednesday evening registration is located, is diagonally across the major intersection just north of the Graduate Center. We encourage car-pooling to the conference, and during the conference from hotel facilities to downtown Brattleboro. Downtown Brattleboro parking is limited. Please do not park at the Marlboro Graduate Center except in designated areas. Downtown parking may be found at the parking garage on Flat Street and in other municipal lots.
From North: Interstate 91
From South: Interstate 91
From East: Route 9 NH
From West: Route 9 VT