2017 Full Agenda

Be sure to check back as program agenda continues to evolve
Wednesday, March 1st
8:00am – 6:00pmConference Registration
9:00am – 12:30pmWorkshops
12:30pmWELCOME LUNCH
1:00pmSpecial presentation by James Balog, Founder & Director, Earth Vision Institute and Extreme Ice Survey
2:15pm – 3:30pmBreakout Sessions (75-minute high level conversation, audience interaction)
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


Stay in the know as market expectations and regulatory context on corporate climate risk disclosures shift in an effort to increase efficiency and strengthen economic resilience. This session will provide an overview of recent developments (by SEC and Bloomberg’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) and key stakeholders will reveal how they are responding to the new regulatory context, challenges and opportunities arising from understanding climate impacts on business and markets, and expectations for further developments.

Laline Carvalho, Director, Financial Services Ratings Group, S&P Global

Tim Dunn, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Terra Alpha Investments LLC

Emilie Mazzacurati, Founder & CEO, Four Twenty Seven

Mardi McBrien, Managing Director, Carbon Disclosure Standards Board

Richard Saines, Partner; Head of North American Climate Change & Environmental Markets Practice, Baker McKenzie
Creating a Resilience Strategy: Getting Buy-in and Measuring Success


Cities are well positioned to help build resilient communities and protect their vulnerable populations, while businesses add valuable perspectives and resources to preserve their local interests and bottom lines. Learn how the public and private sectors are working to build a culture of resilience in a changing climate as this session explores each sector is working within their respective communities to identify goals, develop implementation strategies, and assess their progress.

Chris Benjamin, Director, Corporate Sustainability, PG&E

Ann Goodman, Author, Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience

Trine Stausgaard Munk, Project Manager, Ramboll Environ

Kimberly Hill Knott, Project Director, Detroit Climate Action Collaborative

Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer, IBM
Carbon Cutting Solutions for the Built Environment


Acquire new and innovative solutions and policy options to cut carbon from buildings and infrastructure. While we know that the built environment is responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions, we continue to explore transformative solutions. Panelists share their successes and lessons learned in their efforts to achieve scalable reductions through building retrofits, data center cooling, renewable installation and/or procurement, clean technologies, and internal stakeholder engagement.

Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor and Co-chair UC President Janet Napolitano’s Global Climate Leadership Council, University of California, Irvine

Eric Dominguez, Vice President Facilities, Engineering & Sustainability, Caesars Entertainment

Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Tafazzul Khan, Energy Efficiency Program Manager, Amazon

Ari Kobb, Director, Green Building Solutions, Siemens

3:30pm – 4:00pmWelcome Refreshments and Coffee Break
4:00pm – 5:30pmOpening Plenary Session

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

The Post-Paris Path from Bold Climate Commitments to Concrete Action

Keynote given by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Conversation facilitated by Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Barbara Buchner, Executive Director, Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative
Edward Cameron, Managing Director, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
Michelle Patron, Director of Sustainability Policy, Microsoft
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

Conversation facilitated by Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Featuring Lisa Jackson, VP, Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, Apple

Pick Your Source: Debating the Nation’s Clean Energy Resources, Incentives, and Economic Future

Conversation facilitated by Paula Gant, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy

Matt Bennett, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, ThirdWay
Jeff Erikson, General Manager, Americas, Global CCS Institute
Amy Francetic, Senior Vice President, New Ventures and Corporate Affairs, Invenergy, LLC

Mobilizing Public/Private Partnerships to Support Climate Efforts

Conversation facilitated by David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry, featuring Melissa Lavinson, Chief Sustainability Officer, PG&E Corporation and Chris Wheat, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago
10:30am – 11:00amNetworking and Refreshments Break
11:00am – 12:15pmMorning Breakout Sessions (75-minute high level conversation, audience interaction)
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
Leveraging Environmental Markets


Environmental challenges are met by a variety of strategies to overcome them and market-based solutions have proven, globally, to be effective. This session navigates current markets, from scaling renewables to the emerging energy efficiency market, to carbon finance, international emissions-trading, and low carbon technologies. Our panel of experts share how organizations can effectively leverage markets to lower their greenhouse gases.

Jessica Burdette, State Energy Office Manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, International Emissions Trading Association

Mark LaCroix, Executive Vice President, Americas, Natural Capital Partners

Alex Rau, Principal, Climate Wedge

Getting to Carbon Neutral: Aggressive Goals and How to Achieve Them


Leading organizations recognize that ambitious carbon reduction goals are necessary to drive transformational change and help keep warming below 2°C. Yet achieving these goals requires a diverse portfolio of low-carbon strategies and solutions. Panelists share their reduction strategies - from RECs and offsets, to energy efficiency, to internal carbon pricing - as well as lessons learned on securing stakeholder buy in and communicating progress.

Eric Christensen, Practice Leader, Sustainability & Energy, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff

Johanna Jobin, Director, Global Sustainability, Biogen

Hans Royal, Associate VP, Strategic Renewables, Renewable Choice Energy

Lisa Shibata, Senior Manager, Corporate Citizenship, The Walt Disney Company

Josh Wiener, Director, Global Sustainability, MetLife, Inc.

Transforming the Grid: Building Smart, Resilient Energy Infrastructure


As our energy needs change and infrastructure faces greater physical risks, the electric grid must evolve to meet future demands for clean, reliable, and inexpensive distributed energy. This session navigates complimentary policies and technological developments that are leading the way to building smarter, more resilient infrastructure, while panelists additionally share their successes using microgrids, smart tech, demand response programs, and renewable energy.

Shay Bahramirad, Director, Distribution Planning & Smart Grid Technology, ComEd

George Crabtree, Senior Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory

Darcy Immerman, Senior Vice President, Resiliency, AECOM

Robert Kay, Principal, Climate Change, ICF

Kate Zyla, Deputy Director, Georgetown Climate Center

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


How are U.S. states, companies, cities, and regional partnerships building momentum on climate action? These ’subnational’ interests will play an increasingly important role in helping countries meet climate commitments made in Paris. This session explores how they are moving forward on renewable energy deployment, energy efficiency, market-based climate solutions and transportation, and how they can continue to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

Ken Colburn, Principal, Regulatory Assistance Project

Danielle Sass Byrnett, Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Doug Scott, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow, Global Cities, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Strategies for Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement


Organizations increasingly seek to expand their renewable energy portfolio as a critical climate mitigation strategy. However, navigating the field of energy procurement options - including on-site generation, direct purchases, physical or virtual power purchase agreements and renewable energy certificates, among others – can be time consuming and challenging. Session participants learn how strategic procurement can help mitigate costs, reduce indirect emissions and hedge against volatile energy prices in renewable energy sourcing.

Blaine Collison, Managing Director, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Altenex (An Edison Energy Company)

Zach Dobelbrower, Sustainability Manager, DC Department of General Services

Marty Spitzer, Senior Director, Climate and Renewables, World Wildlife Fund

Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager, Renewable Energy, General Motors
Employing The Next Generation of Clean Fuels


It may not be surprising that transportation is now the highest GHG emitting sector in the U.S. Reducing the carbon intensity of fuels through cleaner gasoline, diesel, or compressed natural gas, the adoption of alternative fuels, or expanded electrification will dramatically reduce direct emissions stemming from the nation’s commerce and our personal and business miles traveled. Speakers share the value of alternative fuel technologies and policies to meeting carbon reduction goals, mitigating energy market volatility, and ultimately boosting the bottom line.

Rebecca Boudreaux, President & Board Member, Oberon Fuels

Jon Coleman, Fleet Sustainability & Advanced Technology Manager, Ford Motor Company

John DeCicco, Research Professor, University of Michigan Energy Institute

Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Director – Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, United Airlines

Ed Harte, Clean Transportation Product Development Manager, Southern California Gas Co.

3:00pm – 3:30pmNetworking and Refreshments Break
3:30pm – 4:30pmStrategy Exchange Sessions (60-minute in-depth conversations on variety of topics)
Table Topics (main ballroom)


Sub-topic Side Sessions

  1. Electric Power Index for Carbon (EPIC) Roundtable

  2. Getting Low-Carbon Fuels Right for Scale: Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles

  3. Healthcare’s Triple Bottom Line: Healthy People, Economy, Planet

Networking Lounge Open


4:30pm – 5:30pmAfternoon Plenary Session: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation

Conversation facilitated by Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and Anchor, Video, E&E News

Deb Frodl, Global Head of Ecomagination, GE
Allan Schurr, President, Edison Energy

5:30pmReception featuring jazz by Chicago Diamond Trio
7:00pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner
With Special Guests Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and Anchor, Video, E&E News and Dr. Timothy Lindsey, President, Highlander Innovation, Inc
Friday, March 3rd
7:30am – 8:30amBreakfast & Networking
8:30am – 9:45amMorning Breakout 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
Financing a Resilient, Low-Carbon Economy


Businesses and local communities across the country are driving our low-carbon economy, constantly on the quest for innovative investment and funding opportunities for clean technologies, infrastructure improvements, and resilience efforts. Panelists share their financing strategies – from green bonds to local policies and incentives to private investment – and engage stakeholders and the audience to further uncover practical financing solutions.

Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting

Craig Ebert, President, Climate Action Reserve

Jairo Garcia, Director Climate Policies & Renewables and Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Jewel James, VP, Market Expansion and Policy, Renovate America

Managing Risk: Water, Energy, and Carbon


Learn how leading companies are mitigating the risks of extreme weather and climate change by managing the use and impact of water, energy, and carbon in their operations and through supply chains. Speakers share how they identify, account for, and avoid carbon-related risk to protect product, develop a sustainable value chain, and maintain their bottom line.

Elysa Hammond, Director, Environmental Stewardship, Clif Bar & Company

Jack McAneny, Global Sustainability Director, Procter & Gamble

Jason Pearson, Executive Director, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Josh Prigge, Director of Regenerative Development, Fetzer Vineyards

Scott Stallard, Senior Manager, Environmental Stewardship, Lockheed Martin
Cultivating a Climate Culture and Communicating Solutions


From educating and engaging employees to showcasing innovation and operational efficiencies to industry peers and consumers, effectively communicating climate to stakeholders has proven to be a critical component of deploying clean energy and climate solutions. Session participants will learn strategies to effectively communicate the risks and opportunities of climate change, how to overcome common barriers, and develop new messaging to better reflect your company’s commitment to addressing climate change.

Cindy Drucker, Executive Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, Weber Shandwick

Marcius Extavour, Director, Energy, XPrize

Doug Glancy, Director, Climate Speakers Network, The Climate Reality Project

Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

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


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


Driving Business and Economic Opportunity through Climate Leadership

Clean Energy Jobs Update by Bob Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

Conversation facilitated by David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry, featuring Jeffrey Goodell, VP, Government & Airport Affairs, JetBlue Airways Corporation, Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Operations Executive, Bank of America, and Bruno Sarda, VP, Sustainability, NRG Energy, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, 56th California Assembly District

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

12:00pmPost-Conference Team Lunches, Tours & Side Events
1:30pm – 3:00pmTour of Soldier Field
In 2011, Soldier Field completed a rigorous certification and application process with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and was awarded LEED – EB Certification. Soldier Field is the first existing NFL stadium to receive this prestigious distinction. Join Brendan Daley, LEED AP, CPRP, Director of Strategy & Sustainability, Chicago Park District, and the Moira O’Connor, Director of Operations, Soldier Field, for a behind-the-scenes energy efficiency tour of the press box, operations room, playing field, loading dock, locker room, and more! Limited to 30 participants on a first-come/first-serve basis.

We will be meeting at Soldier Field (specific map/meeting directions will be provided) – a 20-minute taxi or Uber/Lyft trip from the hotel. (A public bus is available as well, but you will need to allow more time for transportation purposes.) If you need to leave from the tour for the airport, you are welcome to bring your luggage with you and it will be stored in a locked facility during the tour. Sign-up is required. To sign up or for more details, please email: questions@climateleadershipconference