PITTSBURGH -- For the second year in a row, Covestro LLC will host its THINC30 Summit and continue efforts to bring the 17 global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (U.N. SDGs) to the local Pittsburgh community, inspiring collaboration for a more sustainable, inclusive region. The daylong event will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center October 17, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
Register to attend Covestro THINC30: https://covestrothinc302018.eventbrite.com.
“Covestro is proud to sponsor THINC30 again this year after a resounding response to last year’s inaugural summit,” said Jerry MacCleary, chairman and CEO, Covestro LLC. “THINC30 gave us insight into just how many people and organizations share Covestro’s passion for Pittsburgh – and want to take an active role in shaping its future. We hope to keep the momentum going this year, with a focus on creating a thriving, sustainable region that benefits everyone who lives here.”
The theme of THINC30 18 is “Putting Purpose to Work in Pittsburgh: Integrating the U.N. SDGs in Thought and Action.” Like last year, the forum will bring together members of Pittsburgh’s business, nonprofit, academic, government and civic communities—all of whom have a shared interest in advancing the region’s growth and prosperity. This year, attendees will be challenged to take more concrete actions by collaborating around goals, such as eliminating poverty and hunger, tackling bias and inequity, mitigating climate change, and improving Pittsburgh’s air and water quality.
The program will feature a diverse lineup of local and national experts, spotlighting how businesses, organizations and individuals can and are forging partnerships to create more robust, inclusive communities. Keynote speakers include:Cristina Mittermeier, National Geographic photographer; Katharine Wilkinson, vice president, communications and engagement, and senior writer on Project Drawdown; and Valerie Kinloch, dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for breakout sessions with two different tracks. The Social Track will feature a number of social innovators who are pioneering new business and organizational models and partnering for change. The Industry Track will provide practical guidance for companies wishing to build the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals into their business models.
“With last year’s summit, we introduced regional leaders to the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and highlighted how those goals could be applied locally to strengthen communities,” said Rebecca Lucore, head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Covestro LLC. “This year, we want to help attendees get to the next level, including involving them in creating Pittsburgh’s very own ‘Drawdown’ – a workable plan to scale up sustainability best practices in our region.”
THINC stands for transforming, harnessing, innovating, navigating and collaborating for a purpose-driven, sustainable future by 2030. Its mission is to introduce and accelerate sustainable business development, public-private partnerships and social innovation in the Pittsburgh region by utilizing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a roadmap and showcasing how these goals can be achieved by leveraging the growing need for purpose among individuals, organizations and businesses.
Additional information about the event, including registration, can be found here: www.covestro.us/thinc30.