Tin Mountain’s monthly Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series at noon on Thursday, April 8th at the Nature Learning Center in Albany will feature Carolyn Beem of LL Bean.  Carolyn will discuss company’s continuing efforts to green their products and practices. She will also address the challenges the company has encountered in achieving these goals.


Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, LL Bean began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe.  While its business has grown substantially, the company remains committed to the same honest principles upon which it was built – a focus on the customer, continuous product improvement and innovation, respect for people, preservation of the natural environment and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  The 220,000 sq. ft. Flagship campus of stores in Freeport, Maine is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and welcomes more than three million visitors each year. 


Carolyn currently manages corporate communications, environmental and government affairs for LL Bean at its corporate headquarters of Freeport, Maine.  Her professional responsibilities include corporate communications; helping set company policy on environmental issues from paper and products to transportation and buildings; advising her company on a number of legislative issues at both the state and national level; and directly engaging with a variety of associations and environmental groups.  She currently serves on the board of the Maine Merchants Association, the Maine State Chamber’s Taxation Committee, and has been involved with a variety of working groups with Business for Social Responsibility and Direct Marketing Association.  She is also quite pleased that Tin Mountain will be serving Flatbread pizza at the EcoForum.


Carolyn’s presentation will provide an overview of the company, focusing on current and future environmental initiatives at LL Bean.  These efforts include the areas of sustainable forest management, climate change, energy conservation, and developments in the product line.   


The Eco-Forum lunchtime lecture series is sponsored by The Flatbread Company of North Conway as well as the Rock House Mountain Baker and is presented at noon on the second Thursday of each month at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center in Albany. The public is urged to attend to learn more about salient issues facing our natural environment and to hear the views of thought-provoking speakers.