University at Buffalo Chief Sustainability Officer Ryan McPherson (second from left) presents alongside Eric Walker, director of the Erie County Department of Energy and Management, during day one of Capital Institute’s Regenerative Economy Workshop and Strategy Session on April 19, 2017. Also pictured are (seated l-r) Fred Keller, Cascade Engineering CEO, Vincent Stanley, Patagonia director of philosophy, and John Fullerton, Capital Institute founder and president.


Capital Institute traveled to Buffalo, New York for Earth Week, joining several inspired and forward-thinking groups to hold Building a Regenerative Economy in Buffalo-Niagara, its first Regenerative Economy Workshop, to facilitate moving beyond the scope of mere sustainability and catalyze the transition toward a fully Regenerative Economy (see photos below).

Featuring Cascade Engineering CEO Fred Keller and Patagonia Director of Philosophy Vincent Stanley alongside Capital Institute’s John Fullerton, Dr. Sally GoernerSusan Arterian Chang, and Canopy Lab’s Eric Derks, the two-day workshop and strategy session aimed to identify the early local signs of regenerative activity, develop stronger local networks of regenerative vitality, and begin to position Buffalo for national leadership in establishing a more just and sustainable way of life that benefits people, the environment, and business.

Organized in partnership with Niagara Share and the University at Buffalo’s Office of Sustainability, the workshop engaged more than two dozen individuals representing leading Buffalo businesses, institutions, and organizations, including:

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Photo credit: Nancy Parisi