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Malta Sustainability Forum 2019
14 November 2019
10:00 - 20:00
The Westin Dragonara Resort, St Julians

Contact Person
APS Bank

Event Overview

Join us on 14 November for the first Malta Sustainability Forum and learn how to make conscious decisions towards a more sustainable lifestyle and become a #thinkingcitizen. 

Develop your understanding of the social, economic and environmental challenges the world is facing in the context of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. 

Get inspired by experiences from no less than 20 local and international speakers who have decided to make the planet a better place to live.

Sign the MANIFESTO and contribute through simple yet effective ways to create a brighter future for people, business and environment.

About MSF

The Malta Sustainability Forum, the first of its kind, has as main objective to raise awareness on the topic of sustainability and empower the citizen to make conscious decisions towards a sustainable life. In fact, the overarching theme is the ‘Thinking Citizen’.

The Forum is targeting both consumers and corporations. It is apolitical as sustainability deserves all communities to work together for the good of all.

The Forum will address sustainability from all three pillars, i.e. social, environmental and economic.


10:00 Registration

11:00 Welcome - Marcel Cassar, CEO APS Bank

11:10 Opening Speech – H.E. The President of Malta, Dr George Vella

11:25 Keynote - Hon. Minister José Herrera - Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change

11:35 Reawakening Citizens’ Hearts and Minds: Living a Sustainable Lifestyle
The UN Sustainable Development Goals map out the world we want, and are built upon the pillars of sustainability: Environment, Society and Economy. Taking sustainability action requires a re-examination of our core values to align ourselves to who we aspire to be.

11:50 Panel 1. Implementing community change

Sharing the city as a commons: A sustainability transformation from the bottom-up
Urban sustainability can be achieved by citizens when they reclaim the city as a shared commons, unleashing collective intelligence and radical innovation!
Adrien Labaeye - Sharing Cities Fellow & PhD researcher at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Together we will save the world
7 simple principles to build unity through community and accelerate our transition to an inclusive sustainable future
Carl Pratt - Founder – Future Planet

Qaqoċċa: the hackers, the elderly and an artichoke
Alleviating loneliness within the elderly community
Kim Dalli - Corporate Affairs Senior Executive – Vodafone Malta Ltd

The Right to the Road
How to create the same opportunities for those that choose to walk, cycle or use the bus
Maria Attard - Associate Professor in Geography and Director - Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, University of Malta

7 steps towards a sustainable lifestyle at school, at home and in the community
Marvic Refalo – EkoSkola Officer - Nature Trust - FEE Malta

Case presentations, discussion and Q&A
Moderator - Rachel Attard – Editor in Chief – The Malta Independent

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Panel 2. Sustainable business models, essential for our economic future

Going green
Sustainability is not a choice but a necessity
Charles Xuereb - Chief Executive Officer - Trident Estates plc

Uniting to make information accessible
Accessibility to information, education and tools motivates and empowers businesses to become more sustainable in their practices.
Fiona Hornstein – Founder – Action Planet

Business Circularity Insights
Understanding the various approaches towards achieving circularity with different business set ups
Majbritt Kristensen - CE Insights at Circular Economics and Co-founder at ACT

Bringing Purpose into Business
Whilst profit is important, it should be pegged to purpose. Profit for Purpose is what creates a culture of like hearted individuals
Steve Mercieca - CEO and Co-Founder - QuickLets and Zanzi Homes

Sustainable Fashion: Another trend or a Fashion Revolution 
Understanding the business and consumer power in redefining the fashion industry as a force for good 
Tamara Fenech - Sustainable Business, Brand & Communications Development - Consultant & Strategist

Case presentations, discussion and Q&A
Moderator - Gayle Murphy – CEO - Global Green Events 

15:00 Panel 3. Changing Minds, not the climate

It starts with you
How we're doing in the battle against ocean plastics and where you tie in to our future
Andrew Schembri – Co-Founder - Żibel

Increasing quality of life through green technology
A green roof case study
Antoine Gatt - Project Manager 'LifeMedGreenRoof Project' - University of Malta

Sustainable rehabilitation in practice
Regenerating older properties while making them liveable and relevant to today’s needs
Antoine Zammit - Founding Architect and Urban Designer – studjurban

Multi-modality as an opportunity – Malta’s traffic problems/solutions
Malta today is facing problems with high traffic volume, deteriorating environmental conditions and public health concerns. Multi-modal transportation improves this, but what does that mean for the everyday life in Malta?
Nicole Klaesener-Metzner - Manager Project - Aegle Foundation

From common sense to smart cents: Being sustainable in your food choices and actions
The food we eat and how we buy, store and cook it can make a difference to our health and to the global climate. There are several everyday tips you can follow to shop and eat in a climate-friendly manner.
Suzanne Piscopo, Home Economist and Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Consumer Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

Conscious consumerism
Raising awareness on how small changes to daily routines can lead to better sustainability
Zen D’Amato Gautam - Founder and Main Organiser - Eco Market Malta

Case presentations, discussion and Q&A
Moderator - Abigail Cutajar - Sustainability Management - QPML

16:10 Actions for the Thinking Citizen Carl Pratt - Founder – Future Planet

16:30 Manifesto signing and coffee break

Evening Session: An APS talk in partnership with PwC

17:30 Registration

18:30 Introduction

18:35 APS talk: Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility
The emergence of the “sustainable organization”; a new type of the modern business organization that genuinely and effectively integrates environmental and social issues into its business model, strategy, organizational structure and conduct.
Ioannis Ioannou – Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

19:20 Discussion 

19:45 Networking reception

Other Information

Manifesto: Actions for the 'Thinking Citizen'

Sustainability is more than just recycling.

True sustainability considers all three pillars: social, environmental and economic; people, planet, profit. 

Time has come to rethink our strategies, to focus on how to ensure we are working together for the sustainability of the world that we know. To ensure that through simple yet effective ways we are creating a brighter future. One that has economic value long term, and is not setting us on a path towards degradation but is re-angled towards a thriving future for business, environment and people. 

This starts with us and the time is now. 

Join us and sign the Manifesto!

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