Shortcut Navigation:

25th Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon

Come Spend Earth Day with Us–Learn About the Cutting Edge in Green Design
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Noon to 2 pm
Click here to see the invite


Claire Bernard
Vicki Foley
Katheryn P. Kempner
Catherine B. Sidamon-Eristoff     


On Wednesday, April 22, the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the American Museum of Natural History will host the 25th Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon. This year’s lecture, Come Spend Earth Day with Us–Learn About the Cutting Edge in Green Design, will delve into the issues of climate change and biodiversity loss, and will explore how our lifestyle choices can help address these problems by identifying ecofriendly design practices. Moderated by Lynn Sherr of ABC News’ “20/20,” the panel discussion will feature innovators who are making environmental sustainability a core value of their businesses.

After this thought-provoking program, guests will have the opportunity to continue the conversation sparked by the panel discussion and enjoy lunch and the company of good friends in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

With an established tradition of education and outreach, the Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon brings the latest information on important current issues. One of the Museum’s most successful and widely anticipated annual events, it showcases the Museum’s commitment to environmental research, education, and conservation.

Join us in celebrating this important and informative Museum event.



I would like to make a contribution to the Environmental Lecture and Luncheon.




  • All ticket and table sales are final.
  • Please note that tickets will not be mailed in advance. Guest names will be held at the door.
  • All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The non-tax deductible portion of each Table is $1,080; the non-tax deductible portion of each Ticket is $135.
  • For more information, please call the Development Special Events Office at 212-769-5165 or email


25th Annual Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon Panel

Lynn Sherr, moderator, an award-winning correspondent for ABC News’ “20/20” for more than twenty years, currently freelances on the air, in print, and online.  Throughout her career she has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women’s issues and social change as well as investigative reports.  Her newest bestselling book, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space, has just been published in paperback.  Her other books include SWIM: Why We Love the Water; her memoir, Outside the Box: My Unscripted Life of Love, Loss and Television News (2006), Tall Blondes: A Book About Giraffes (1997); and America the Beautiful: The Stirring, True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song (2001).   She is moderating the Spring Environmental Lecture and Luncheon for the twelfth time.

Helen Crowley joined Kering in 2011 and is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at the Luxury, Sport & Lifestyle Group. In this role, Dr. Crowley works with Kering’s 23 brands, including Gucci and Puma, as they develop and implement more sustainable business approaches. In particular, she focuses on ways to reduce business’s environmental footprint through more sustainable sourcing of raw materials, including innovative production methods and finding alternatives. Dr. Crowley has spent the majority of her 25-year career working in conservation and development programmes. She worked with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for 12 years, focusing mostly on conservation in Africa, as well as managing the WCS program in Madagascar for many years. In recognition for her long-term contribution to conservation there, she was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National by the President and Government of Madagascar. Dr. Crowley holds a Ph.D. degree in zoology from the Australian National University and sits on the boards of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network, Textile Exchange Europe, and IUCN USA. 

Martha Honey is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST). Over the last two decades, Dr. Honey has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, the Travelers’ Philanthropy project, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice. She is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism, Selling Sunshine. Previously, Honey worked for 20 years as a journalist based in Tanzania and Costa Rica. She holds a doctorate in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was executive director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006. Honey was profiled in Branded!, Michael Conroy’s book on certification,  and was named one of world’s top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel “watchdogs” by Conde Nast Traveler in 2008.

Matt Stinchcomb is the VP, Values and Impact at In this role he oversees the stewardship of the company's mission, and works to empower all employees with the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet. Presently, he is focused on reimagining the how, what, and who of entrepreneurial education. Matt is a graduate of Oberlin College, a reformed professional musician, and has been an employee of Etsy since its earliest days. He also serves on the boards of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics and the Center for a New American Dream. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, Benedikta, and their young sons, Francis and Lewie. 

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Maps and Directions

Enlighten Your Inbox

Stay informed about Museum news and research, events, and more!