The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Green Business Committee Retail and Hospitality sub-committee is presented the first ever MCC Green Film Festival. Segments of four films were shown. The films focused on green and sustainability issues in the food and restaurant industry, organic farming, urban farming, composting, and water and energy issues relating to agriculture. The films were Fresh, Food Inc, Flow and Gasland. Gasland was nominated for an 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. A panel discussion and then a networking cocktail party catered by GustOrganics.The event was photographed by Jeffrey Holmes Photography, event photographer New York.
Program speakers included Nancy Ploeger, President, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean: School of Managements Student Advancement Programs, NYIT; David R. Pospisil, CEM, Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs, Con Edison Company of New York; Keynote by David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, NYC.
The panel discussion was moderated by Marcel Van Ooyen, Executive Director of GrowNYC. Panel members included Ron Bergamini, CEO, The Action Environmental Group; Alberto Gonzalez, Founder and CEO, GustOrganics, Ana Joanes, Producer/Director of FRESH; Alan Someck, Project Director – Green Hospitality Initiative of New York State Restaurant Association Education Foundation.The event was sponsored by Green Hospitality Initiative (Sponsored by the New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.)