Monday, February 23rd
7:30 amRegistration & Breakfast
8:30am – 2:30pmSide Events – View full descriptions HERE

Keynote Interview

  • Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

  • Interviewed by Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers


A Scientist's Perspective on Climate Change

  • Ralph Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences


Making the Case for Action: Where is the Public on Climate?

  • Dr. Edward Maibach, Director, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

Making the Case for Climate Action: Perspectives on How and Why

  • Mike Boots, White House Council on Environmental Quality

  • Carol Browner, former U.S. EPA Administrator

  • Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres

  • Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability, Siemens

  • Facilitated by Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

5:30 pm – 7:30 pmWelcome Reception
Tuesday, February 24th
7:30 amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 am – 9:30amMorning Breakout Sessions

Climate Policy & Pursuing Business Opportunities


Addressing Infrastructure & Resilience


Making the Case & Developing the Strategy for Climate Action

International Leadership, Cooperation, and Market Readiness

2015 is a pivotal year for international climate negotiations, with anticipation of reaching a new global agreement next December in Paris. With the recent US-China joint announcement on climate, and other country pledges of domestic action expected this year, there is growing momentum heading into the Paris conference. But what does a new climate agreement mean for the corporate sector, and what effect will it have on global carbon markets and hopes for a global price on carbon? A panel of renowned experts will discuss the state of the negotiations, what to expect of the coming year, and how the interplay between the global talks and domestic targets.

Dirk Forrester, CEO, IETA (moderator)

Gary Gero, President, Climate Action Reserve

Tom Kerr, Lead Climate Policy Officer, IFC-World Bank Group

Andrew Ritchie, Head of Downstream Communications, Royal Dutch Shell

pdf-iconPreparing for Extreme Events

Businesses and governments face growing threats from extreme weather and climate change including damage to facilities, loss of water or power supplies, higher costs, and disruption of supply and distribution chains. According to a recent study, 90% of S&P Global 100 Index companies identify extreme weather and climate change as current or future business risks, while almost two-thirds say they are experiencing climate change impacts now, or expect to in the coming decade. This panel will explore emerging best practices leading organizations are using to identify risk and build resilience to extreme events.

Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pacific Gas & Electric

Kate Gordon, Vice President and Director of the Climate and Energy Program, Next Generation

Mike McCallan, Director of Emergency Planning, National Grid

Michael Mondshine, VP, Sustainability and Energy, WSP (moderator)

pdf-iconCooperation Across the Supply Chain: A Shared-Value Model

As organizations with large supply chains expand the scope of their GHG management and climate response, the supply chain represents a substantial suite of both risks and footprint reduction opportunities. This panel will highlight strategies for successful risk management, education, and mitigation efforts.

Ann Condon, Director, Resource & Environmental Strategies, Global Operations, EH&S, General Electric

Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company

Tim Juliani, Director of Corporate Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (moderator)

Jessica Sanderson, Director, Sustainability, Novelis
9:30 am – 9:45 amTransition Break
9:45 am – 10:45 amMorning Breakout Sessions
pdf-iconEvaluating the Economic Implications of Climate Change

We can already see the numerous social and economic effects that climate change is having across the globe. This session takes a deeper dive into how different communities are being impacted, how companies are responding, and initiatives currently yielding positive results. This diverse group of panelists will address community responses to climate impacts, the economics of climate change and energy prices, the social cost of carbon, and other important drivers of decision-making and action by organizations.

Peter Howard, Economic Fellow, New York University School of Law, Institute for Policy Integrity

Dr. Robert Kopp, Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University (moderator)

Sally Smyth, Policy Advisor, White House National Economic Council

Jeff Williams, Senior Manager, Climate Consulting, Entergy

pdf-iconInnovative Energy & Water Solutions

Energy and water are interconnected issues at the heart of the climate challenge. Water is critical input in both manufacturing and electricity generation, while a tremendous amount of energy is required to provide water services such as transport, treatment, and distribution. In areas that are increasingly water constrained, taking a holistic view to manage water and energy issues together can lead to environmental and economic opportunities. This session will examine public and private challenges, solutions, and successes.

Diana Bauer, Director of Energy Systems Analysis and Integration within the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy

Jim Chelius, Engineering Director, American Water

Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency (moderator)

Brad Spangler, Mediator & Program Manager, Meridian Institute

Full Disclosure: Driving Value Through Transparency

Transparency is a critical component of sustainability, but how do you determine which disclosure opportunities matter most to your organization and your stakeholders? How can you improve performance in those you deem significant? Experts will discuss current trends in reporting and disclosure, and how to leverage rankings and recognition to better engage all company stakeholders

Alka Banajaree, Managing Director, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Stephen Donofrio, Principal & Founder, Greenpoint Innovations (moderator)

Eugenia Gregorio, Director of Corporate Responsibility, The Tower Companies

Rich Miller, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, University of Connecticut

Lisa Shpritz, Environmental Operations Executive, Global Environmental Group, Bank of America

10:45 am – 11:15 amNetworking Break
11:15 am – 12:30 pmPLENARY SESSION

Welcome remarks

  • Stanley Meiburg, Acting Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection

In Conversation: Navigating the Clean Power Plan & Developing State Solutions

  • Charles Gray, Executive Director, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

  • Dr. Louis J. Hutchinson, III, Chief Revenue Officer, WGL Holdings, Inc. and Washington Gas

  • Melissa Lavinson, Vice President, Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation

  • Dr. Len Peters, Secretary, Energy & Environment Cabinet, Kentucky

  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, Commissioner, Public Service Commission, Maryland

  • Facilitated by David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry

12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLUNCH

The Economics of Climate Change & the Cost of Inaction

  • Introductory remarks given by Theodore Roosevelt IV, Board Chair, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Managing Director, Investment Banking at Barclays

  • Robert Rubin, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

2:15 pm – 3:30 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
pdf-iconMaking Deeper Cuts: The Plan for Taking Out Higher GWP Gases

We can already see the numerous social and economic effects that climate change is having across the globe. This session takes a deeper dive into how different communities are being impacted, how companies are responding, and initiatives currently yielding positive results. This diverse group of panelists will address community responses to climate impacts, the economics of climate change and energy prices, the social cost of carbon, and other important drivers of decision-making and action by organizations.

Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice President & Chief Counsel, US Climate and Energy Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Drusilla Hufford, Director, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (moderator)

Michael Parr, North American Advocacy Manager, DuPont Chemicals and Fluoroproducts

Nanette Lockwood, Global Director, Climate Policy, Ingersoll Rand

Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, U.S. Department of Energy

pdf-iconScaling Up Clean Energy Solutions

One of the great challenges in deploying microgrids and smart electricity networks is developing the business models, partnerships, and valuations to make it all work. This panel explores the obstacles of modernizing the electricity network, reforming the business model, and deploying capital, while also examining recent successes.

Jim Avery, Senior Vice President, Power Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric

Roger Ballentine, President, Green Strategies, Inc (moderator)

Trevor d’Olier-Lees, Director, U.S. Utilities & Infrastructure, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

John Dukes, Executive Director, Public Sector Business Development, Constellation

John Myers, Director, Environmental Policy and Performance, Tennessee Valley Authority

Lean & Green: Cutting Carbon in Buildings and Data Centers

Exponential increases in information sharing and storage have resulted in data centers energy use becoming an increasingly significant source of carbon emissions. At the same time, the commercial and residential building sector, together, are responsible for nearly 40% of CO2 emissions in the United States. This session presents efficiency opportunities, innovative 'greening' trends and technologies, and today's best practices for cutting carbon in building fleets and data centers.

David Hitchings, Director, greeNG Program Northrop Grumman

Nate Hurst, Global Director, Sustainability & Social Innovation, HP

Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation (moderator)

David Pogue, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

Maria Vargas, Director, DOE Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy

3:30 pm – 4:00 pmNetworking Break
4:00 pm – 5:15 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
pdf-iconThe Role of Renewables & Energy Efficiency

The Clean Power Plan (CPP) has the potential to put the largest emitting sector in the U.S. on a lower emissions pathway, and is the most significant U.S. policy for meeting reduction targets. As rules for power plants are being finalized, and states consider how best to meet their targets, this group of policy, business, and utility perspectives will discuss the significant role that energy efficiency and clean sources of energy will play. Panelists will present new business opportunities, corporate strategies, innovative financing and the deployment of clean technologies.

Matt Clouse, Director, Renewable Energy Programs and Policies, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (moderator)

Christopher James, Principal, China & U.S. Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project

Kevin Leahy, Managing Director, Environmental and Energy Policy, Duke Energy

George Minter, Senior Director of Policy and Environment, Southern California Gas Company

David Terry, Executive Director, NASEO
pdf-iconUrban Resilience & Smart City Solutions

In a rapidly changing climate, cities must address their own specific infrastructure and technology needs to build capacity in response to climate change, in addition to the economic, social, and physical stresses that result. This panel will explore how public sector entities are working to make cities more resilient to climate change and the associated challenges imposed on our communities.

Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center (moderator)

David Behar, Climate Program Director, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

Amanda Ikert, Director, Water and Adaptation Initiative, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Harriet Tregoning, Director, Office of Economic Resilience, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
pdf-iconEvolving Best Practices in Corporate Carbon Reduction Strategies

Progressive corporate leaders continue to be at the forefront of addressing climate change. This session shares innovative mitigation strategies, from developing an internal price on carbon, to addressing mobile sources, to investing in clean energy projects. Presenters discuss how their companies define success, what the process for buy-in and engagement has been, challenges presented along the way, and lessons learned through implementation and innovation.

Matt Banks, Manager, Climate and Business, World Wildlife Fund (moderator)

Alyssa Caddle, Principle Program Manager, Sustainability, EMC

Stephen Leffin, Director of Sustainability, UPS

Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director and External Affairs, The CarbonNeutral Company

David Tuluaskas, Director, Sustainability, General Motors

5:30 pmReception
7:00 pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner

Remarks by:

  • Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. EPA

  • Purna Saggurti, Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Wednesday, February 25th
7:30 amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 amBreakfast & Table Topics

Join a discussion table to engage in conversation on a variety of climate-related topics.
9:30 am – 10:00 amNetworking Break
10:00 am – 12:00 pmPLENARY SESSION

A White House Perspective on Climate Leadership

  • Brian Deese, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, The White House

Addressing Climate in your Operations: Climate Leadership Award Winners Share their Success Stories

  • Andy Battjes, Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Brown-Forman Corporation

  • Alexis Limberakis, Director of Environmental Sustainability, The Clorox Company

  • Discussion leader: Elizabeth Craig, Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mobilizing Capital for Innovative Market-based Solutions to Climate Change

  • Vikram Widge, Head of Climate Finance Policy, IFC World Bank

The Road to Paris: Preparing for COP 21

  • Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States

12:00 pmConference Adjourns