May 24, 2012
Attending the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Rainforest Alliance
On Wednesday of last week, I attended the 25th Anniversary Gala of the Rainforest Alliance held at the incredible American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit whose mission is sustainability. For the last 25 years, the Rainforest Alliance has worked tirelessly transforming land, lives, and livelihoods all around the world. They believe that the best way to keep the disappearing forest standing is by ensuring that it’s profitable for businesses and communities to do so. They work hard to ensure that millions of acres of working forests, farms, ranchlands, and hotel properties are managed according to rigorous sustainability standards. Once those businesses meet certain environmental and social standards, the Rainforest Alliance links them up to the global marketplace, where demand for these sustainable goods and services is, fortunately, on the rise. At the Gala, companies that have worked with the Rainforest Alliance, promoting environmental and social responsibility, are recognized for their efforts. I had been invited to the Gala as a special guest and an award presenter. I was very honored to take part in this evening, sharing in this celebration of 25 years of sustainability.
1 Here I am with Tensie Whelan, the President of the Rainforest Alliance. - Photography by Silk Studio
2 Daniel R. Katz, Founder and Board Chair, Rainforest Alliance; Tensie Whelan; Zoe Katz; Chris Noth, Awards Host for the Gala; and Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance - Photography by Silk Studio
3 On the Rainforest Alliance's green carpet with Tensie Whelan and Alanna Stang, the Editor-in-Chief of Whole Living
4 With Kerri Smith, Board Member, Rainforest Alliance; Tensie Whelan; Amaury de Poret, Board Member, Rainforest Alliance; and Lawrence Lunt, Board Member, Rainforest Alliance.
5 The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils and this is one of many fabulous dinosaur skeletons on display.
6 Posing with Raina Brett Russo, Co-Founder and President of EcoOutfitters.net, an online portal that connects homeowners and businesses with qualified solar energy installers.
7 With Tensie Whelan and Eric Ponçon, ECOM Board Member, who strive to make a better life for the producers of coffee, cotton, cocoa, and other soft commodities.
8 We were joined by Eric's wife, Carolina Ponçon.
9 With Wendy and Larry Rockefeller and Alanna Stang
11 Talia Castro-Pozo and Lee van Bradley have been dancing together for several years and travel all around the globe. It was an exciting performance.
12 The dancers rallied the guests from the cocktail reception, beckoning them to be seated for dinner.
13 Lovely and fragrant arrangements
14 A very interesting animal dispaly
15 All of these models are so life-like.
16 Projections on the ceiling noted the 25th Anniversary of Rainforest Alliance.
17 Dinner was held in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, where the great 94-foot blue whale model is suspended from the ceiling.
18 Andy Adcock, Trading Director for Foods at Marks & Spencer. Marks & Spencer was honored for its efforts to source their products from responsible sources and to make the store shelves themselves from FSC certified wood.
19 Chris Noth, our host, at the podium
20 Here I am presenting the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award to Monique Barbut, the CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility, the largest public funder of projects designed to improve the environment, with projects in over 182 countries. - Photography by Silk Studio
21 Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, SEMARNAT
22 I liked his colorful tie patterned with wildlife creatures.
23 We also heard from Daniel R. Katz, the Founder and Board Chair of the Rainforest Alliance.
24 Here I am with Chris Noth. It was a very nice and friendly evening.
25 Back Row - Alanna Stang; Andy Adcock; Michael O'Keeffe, Restaurateur; and Enrique Lendo, Head of the International Affairs Unit, SEMARNAT. Front Row - Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer Group plc, Sustainable Standard-Setter; me; Tensie Whelan; and Juan Rafael Elvira - Photography by Silk Studio