The Sullivan Foundation’s innovative series of webinars, “Navigating the Unknown,” continues on Friday, April 10, with Jared Yarnall-Schane of the Biomimicry Institute and Crystal Dreisbach of GreenToGo and Don’t Waste Durham in Durham, N.C.
Hosted by Spud Marshall, the Sullivan Foundation’s director of student engagement, the Friday webinar takes place from 5-6 p.m. (ET) on Instagram Live. It will focus on environmental and sustainability issues.
Here’s more information about the Friday webinar’s guests:
Jared Yarnall-Schane: Yarnall-Schane is the entrepreneurship director at the Biomimicry Institute, based in Missoula, Montana. Connecting a network of innovators from across the globe, the Biomimicry Institute provides tools to develop sustainable solutions for a balanced ecosystem by empowering people to learn and apply nature-inspired strategies in design. Yarnall-Schane has led accelerator programs that have trained more than 50 early-stage startup teams, helping them to raise more than $20 million in funding along the way. He recently led the Biomimicry Launchpad Entrepreneurship Expedition into the jungle of Panama, with the goal of teaching 35 young entrepreneurs how to view their startup’s role in a different light—and how they could positively impact the earth. “We need a seismic shift in how we conduct business,” Yarnall-Schane wrote about the Panama expedition. “I can’t help but wonder how our current environmental crisis may look different if entrepreneurs and executives spent less time in boardroom meetings and more time having deep conversations in nature.”
Crystal Dreisbach: As founder of GreenToGo in Durham, N.C., Crystal Dreisbach runs an app-based social enterprise business that provides reusable takeout containers for local restaurants. Once customers download the GreenToGo app and buy a subscription, they can order carryout meals in reusable containers from any of the company’s participating restaurants and grocery stores. After eating their meal, they drop the containers off at designated return stations, and GreenToGo staffers retrieve them, wash and sanitize them and redistribute them to the partner restaurants. “We design waste out of the picture and keep resources local,” Dreisbach, a past Ignite Retreat speaker, told the Sullivan Foundation last year. Dreisbach also founded Don’t Waste Durham, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing consumer waste and encouraging sustainable practices. She and her team have led a campaign in Durham to reduce plastic waste, pushing for an ordinance that would require most local shoppers to pay a 10-cent fee on single-use bags (both plastic and paper) at retail stores and restaurants.
All “Navigating the Unknown” webinars are recorded and can be viewed at any time at sullivanfdn.org/webinar.