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Local Sustainable Economies Conference

June 7 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 10:00 pm

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017.


The conference is intended for small and local business leaders as well as advocates who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The conference will focus on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our environment and our local economy.

Through networking, participants will build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building sustainable businesses and organizations that ensure the long term success of both small business and our planet. Together we can amplify our impacts in building a vibrant local economy.

The conference will examine the seven pillars of a sustainable economy:

  • Local – Catalyze the Local First movement
  • Green – Discover & deliver solutions that stop climate change
  • Fair – Create an equitable economic system that benefits all communities
  • Food – Transform our local food systems
  • Community Capital – Move capital to local entrepreneurs & unleash the power of small & mid-size business
  • Entrepreneurship – Ignite your ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ & invigorate the new economy
  • Public Policy – Organize business & community leaders to strengthen our democracy & advocate for positive local & sustainable policies

Why Attend this Conference?

  • Learn & share with local leaders cutting edge, visionary, & practical ideas on how to grow your organization, your local economy, & our movement.
  • Bring it back home—it’s all about `take-homes’ & `bringing back high energy, game-changing ideas, plans, & programs’.
  • Co-Create an expanded vision & impactful strategy for building Local Sustainable Economies.
  • Be inspired by local economy leaders & entrepreneurs who are making a major impact on our local economies & our culture.
  • Whether you are a small business owner or work inside a nonprofit or business, let your inner entrepreneur shine & help co-create the new economy!
  • Enter a space where you can bring your heart & soul & engage with like-minded folks who share your core values!
  • Become engaged in a national relationship-based movement to change our world during this urgent time of climate change.
  • Be with your tribe–a group of people working for similar objectives & experiencing very similar challenges that you face every day
  • Share your story, build friendships, & expand your network
  • Have Fun!

Refund Policy – Registration is transferrable but not refundable. If you need to many any changes to your order, please e-mail
Housing – Dorms are available for rent for $76/night and are a 5-10 minute walk from the Curry Student Center where the majority of programming will be taking place. Suites have adjoining rooms with a shared bathroom. YOU MUST FILL OUT A SEPARATE FORM TO RESERVE HOUSING. CLICK HERE.

Directions –

Via public transportation:
Northeastern is accessible by subway via the Green Line of the MBTA. From downtown Boston, take an “E” train outbound to the Northeastern stop, the first stop above ground. The campus can also be reached from downtown via the Orange Line by taking any train going outbound to Forest Hills and getting off at Ruggles Station. Commuter rail lines connect with the Orange Line at Ruggles Station, Back Bay Station, and North Station.
Driving from the north (via Route I-93 or Route 1)
Take the Storrow Drive exit, and proceed to the Fenway exit. Follow signs for Boylston Street inbound, and bear right onto Westland Avenue. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, proceed to the third traffic light, and turn right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route I-90, Massachusetts Turnpike)
Take Exit 22 (Copley Square), and bear right. Proceed to the first traffic light, and turn right onto Dartmouth Street. Take the next right onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the west (via Route 9)
Proceed east on Route 9; it will become Huntington Avenue. Turn right onto Ruggles Street. At the fourth traffic light, turn left onto Tremont Street. At the second set of lights, turn left onto Melnea Cass Boulevard, and then turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From the south (via I-93, Route 3)
Take Exit 18 (Massachusetts Avenue/Roxbury/Frontage Road). Turn left at the third light, staying in one of the two left lanes. Proceed straight onto Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Logan Airport
Exiting Logan Airport, merge onto Route I-90 West/Mass Pike/Ted Williams Tunnel. Proceed about 1.5 miles, and then take Exit 24 toward Route I-93. Merge onto Route I-93 South via the exit on the left. Take Exit 18, Massachusetts Avenue, toward Andrew Square. Bear right onto the Massachusetts Avenue connector. Proceed straight on the connector, which becomes Melnea Cass Boulevard. Continue for approximately two miles and turn left onto Columbus Avenue. The Renaissance Parking Garage is at 835 Columbus Avenue.
From Manchester (NH)-Boston Regional Airport
Via automobile:
Exiting the airport, follow the signs to I-93 South, then follow driving directions to campus from the North via I-93.
Via public transportation:
The Manchester Airport Shuttle is a regularly scheduled bus service offered free of charge for Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s ticketed airline passengers. All passengers must show an airline ticket, boarding pass, or printed travel itinerary into or out of Manchester to be eligible to use this free service.
Buses depart from the outer curb adjacent to the main entrance walkway of the terminal. The bus service operates every two hours, 24-hours a day, seven days a week (including holidays), between the airport and the Sullivan Square MBTA Subway Station.
At the Sullivan Square station, take the MBTA Orange Line (Inbound towards Forest Hills), getting off at Ruggles Station.


June 7 @ 10:00 am
June 9 @ 10:00 pm


Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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