2017 Agenda

Check back as agenda continues to evolve. For greater detail, see FULL AGENDA HERE
Wednesday, March 1st
8:00am – 6:00pmConference Registration
9:00am – 12:30pmWorkshops
12:30pmWelcome Lunch
1:00pmSpecial presentation by James Balog, Photographer & Founder, Earth Vision Institute
2:15pm – 3:30pmBreakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Knowledge

Navigating the Carbon and Clean Energy Landscape of Policy, Financing, and Technology
TRACK 2: Strategy

Developing the Strategy to Tackle Your Sustainability Challenges
TRACK 3: Solutions

Implementing Climate & Energy Solutions
The Changing Landscape of Climate Risk Disclosures
Creating a Resilience Strategy: Getting Buy-in and Measuring Success
Carbon Cutting Solutions for the Built Environment
3:30pm – 4:00pmWelcome Refreshments and Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pmOpening Plenary Session

The Nation’s Clean Energy Future, by Joseph Dominguez, Executive VP, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy, Exelon Corporation

The Post-Paris Path from Bold Climate Commitments to Concrete Action by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
5:30pm – 7:30pmWelcome Reception
Thursday, March 2nd
7:30amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30am – 10:30amDay 2 Welcome + Plenary Session

Transitioning to a Circular Economy by Lisa Jackson, VP, Sustainability, Apple

Debating the Nation’s Clean Energy Solutions Incentives, and Economic Future

Mobilizing Public/Private Partnerships to Support Climate Efforts
10:30am – 11:00amNetworking and Refreshments Break
11:00am – 12:15pmMorning Breakout Sessions
Leveraging Environmental Markets
Getting to Carbon Neutral: Aggressive Goals and How to Achieve Them Transforming the Grid: Building Smart, Resilient Energy Infrastructure
12:15pmNetworking Lunch
12:45pmGetting the Story Straight in a New Communications Climate by Andrew Revkin, Senior Reporter on Climate Change, ProPublica
1:45pm – 3:00pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
Driving Subnational Action: Climate Partnerships, Policies and Incentives Strategies for Large-Scale Renewable Energy ProcurementEmploying The Next Generation of Clean Fuels
3:00pm – 3:30pmNetworking and Refreshments Break
3:30pm – 4:30pmStrategy Exchange Sessions
Table Topics (in the main ballroom)


Sub-sector roundtables and working groups (in designated rooms)

Networking Lounge Open


4:30pm – 5:30pmAfternoon Plenary Session: Accelerating Innovation with Deb Frodl, Global Head of Ecomagination, GE, and Allan Schurr, President, Edison Energy
5:30pmReception featuring jazz by Chicago Diamond Trio
7:00pmCLIMATE LEADERSHIP AWARDS DINNER
Friday, March 3rd
7:30amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30am – 9:45amMorning Breakout Sessions
Financing a Resilient, Low-Carbon Economy Managing Risk: Water, Energy, and Carbon Cultivating a Climate Culture and Communicating Solutions

9:45am – 10:15amNetworking & Refreshments Break
10:15am – 12:00pmClosing Plenary Session

Remarks by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (serving Illinois’ 5th congressional district)

Driving Business and Economic Opportunity through Climate Leadership

Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University and author, Merchants of Doubt

12:00pmPost-Conference Team Lunches and Side Event Tour