Past Agenda (2016 CLC)

Tuesday, March 8th
9:00 am – 5:00 pmConference Registration
9:00 am – 12:00 pmMorning Side Events and Workshops
1:00 pm – 3:30 pmAfternoon Side Events and Workshops
3:30 pm – 4:00 pmWelcome Refreshments and Coffee Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmOpening Plenary Session
Welcome Remarks: David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry


Beyond Paris: From Agreement to Action
Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Kevin McKnight, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa

Matthew Rodriquez, Secretary of Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency

Glenn Schmidt, Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Americas, BMW Group

Rhea Suh, President, NRDC

5:30 pm – 7:30 pmWelcome Reception
Wednesday, March 9th
7:30 amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 am – 10:30 amDay 2 Welcome + Plenary Session

Remarks and discussion leader: Frank Sesno, Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2009) and Director, George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs


How Effective Stakeholder Engagement and Climate Communication Leads to a Better Climate Management Strategy

Gwen Migita, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment

Tim Mohin, Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)

Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC



Getting to Zero: Climate Initiatives in Action

Harry Lamberton, Vice President - Energy and Environmental Services, Waste Management

Spencer Reeder, Senior Climate Project Developer, Philanthropic Initiatives, Vulcan Inc.

Megan Smith, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, King County, WA

Emilio Tenuta, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab

10:30 am – 11:00 amNetworking and Refreshments Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pmMorning Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Sharing Climate Solutions and Best PracticesTRACK 2: Identifying Risk and Building ResilienceTRACK 3: Navigating Policy and Innovative Financing
Transforming Transportation: Advancing Technologies, Fuels, Logistics, and Infrastructure

Growing urban centers, new regulations, and supply chain emissions are just some of the issues facing the transportation sector. Transforming transportation and driving down emissions will require comprehensive, low-carbon solutions that accelerate innovative technologies while modernizing infrastructure and logistics.

Jacqueline Drumheller, Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines

Todd Ellis, Director, Regional Sales, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

Elizabeth Fretheim, Director, Logistics Sustainability, Walmart Stores, Inc

Michael Lord, Executive Engineer, Toyota

Nate Springer, Manager, Climate Change, BSR

Eileen Wenger Tutt, Executive Director, California Electric Transportation Coalition


Adapting to the New Water Reality: Drought, Floods, Sea Level Rise and Uncertainty in a Warming World

We’re all faced with having to adapt to a new water reality. What can we learn from different regions’ challenges and solutions? This session explores water-related risk and how organizations are navigating such challenges through climate action plans, technology and innovation, new management approaches, and public policy.

John Englander, Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis

Edward Gharavi, Technical Services Manager, MillerCoors

George Hawkins, CEO/General Manager, DC Water

Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners
Innovative Financing for Clean Power Projects

Renewables don’t build themselves, and efficiency improvements have an up-front cost. This session navigates financing options for both government and industry, including green banks, green bonds, power-purchase agreements, and PACE.

Ari Matusiak, Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and New Markets, Renovate America

John Powers, Vice President of Strategic Renewables, Renewable Choice Energy

Jeff Schub, Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital

Marty Spitzer, Director, U.S. Climate and Renewable Energy Policy, World Wildlife Fund

Reid Spolek, Manager, Renewable Energy, Amazon Web Services
12:00 pmNetworking Lunch
12:45 pmGuest Speaker:


Andrew J. Hoffman, Author, How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
1:45 pm – 2:45 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
Achieving Carbon Reduction Targets through Building Design & Retrofits, Alternative Energy & Fuels, and Internal Carbon Pricing

Leading organizations understand that to substantially drive down their operational GHG footprint, it’s necessary to go beyond the low-hanging fruit and adopt a multifaceted strategy. Panelists share a suite of successful carbon reduction strategies – and their keys for securing buy-in, communicating results, and navigating barriers.

Blaine Collison, Managing Director, Network Services, Altenex

TJ DiCaprio, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft

Sean Kinghorn, Senior Sustainability Program Manager, Intuit

Richard Love, Manager, Environmental Sustainability, United Technologies

Joe Stagner, Executive Director, Department of Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University


Incorporating Climate Resilience Into Infrastructure Design

Across the country, storms, floods, drought, and wildfires have demonstrated the level of risk climate change poses. This session provides case studies and guidance on how organizations and municipalities can better identify risks and design infrastructure to withstand climate conditions well into the 21st century.

Peter Adams, Climate Resilience Specialist, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Judi Greenwald, Deputy Director for Climate and Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy

Duncan Marsh, Director of International Climate Policy, The Nature Conservancy

Crystal Raymond, Climate Adaptation Strategic Advisor, Seattle City Light

Lori Wigle, Vice President, IoT Security Solutions, Intel


Putting a Price on Carbon: Where Do We Go From Here?

In the run-up to Paris, there were growing calls for carbon pricing from businesses and governments. Nearly 40 countries have either established or are considering a price on carbon.
Regional carbon caps and markets in North America are expected to grow as states implement the Clean Power Plan. This session will explore the post-Paris trends on carbon pricing policies and what we can expect in the coming years.


Claire Halbrook, Climate Policy Principal, Pacific Gas & Electric

Ross Macfarlane, Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions

Janet Peace, Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, Center for Climate Change and energy Solutions (C2ES)

Richard Saines, Partner, Baker McKenzie, LLP

Michael Walsh, Managing Director for Public Policy and Research, Carbon Trade Exchange


2:45 pm – 3:00 pmTransition
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
The Bigger Picture: Engaging Internal and External Stakeholders through Product Innovation, Company Culture, and Value Chain Initiatives

From the supply chain, to product lifecycles, to employee and consumer engagement, stakeholders now expect climate leadership to encompass action well beyond just internal operations. It’s a tall order, but one with great impact. Speakers share how their organizations are delivering on these expectations.

Laura Clise, Director of Sustainability, Plum Creek

Alexandra Degher, Global Lifecycle Assessment Program Manager, HP, Inc.

Kirk Myers, Manager, Sustainability, REI

Steven Skarda, Global Climate and Energy Leader, Procter & Gamble

Mathew StClair, Director of Sustainability, University of California Office of the President



Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships to Build Inclusive and Resilient Communities

Underserved communities benefit from cross-sector climate action planning that addresses transportation, infrastructure, green space, public health, and disaster preparedness. This session shares case studies on the role public-private partnerships are playing to remove barriers and bring greater health, economic, and environmental equity to communities.

Rob Bennett, Chief Executive Officer, EcoDistricts

Amanda Rycerz, Climate Risk Analyst, Acclimatise

Margaret Tallmadge, Environmental Justice Manager, Coalition for Communities of Color

Katie Walsh, Cities Manager, CDP North America



The Cost of Inaction and Making the Business Case for Investing in Resilience

How are the effects of climate change impacting the bottom line? How are institutional investors evaluating risk and improving transparency around climate-related risk factors? This session explores how companies, insurers, and investors are making the case to build climate resilience as part of their core business strategy.

Alex Bernhardt, Principal and Head of Responsible Investments, Mercer

Bradley Campbell, President, Conservation Law Foundation

Kate Gordon, Vice Chair, Climate and Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute

Emilie Mazzacurati, Chief Executive Officer, Four Twenty Seven

Josh Sawislak, Global Director of Resilience, AECOM

4:00 pm – 4:30 pmNetworking and Refreshments Break
4:30 pm – 5:30 pmAfternoon Plenary Conversation


Meeting GHG Reduction Demands through Climate and Energy Policy

Kathleen Barron, Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Market Policy, Exelon

Alexandra Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)

Bill Ritter, Jr, Former Colorado Governor; Founder and Director, Center for the New Energy Economy

David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry

5:30 pmReception
7:00 pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner HERE ❯

Keynote Address:
Gina McCarthy, U.S. EPA Administrator
Thursday, March 10th
7:30 amNetworking Lounge Opens
8:30 am – 9:30 amStrategy Exchange Sessions over Breakfast HERE ❯
9:45 am – 11:00 amDay 3 Welcome + Plenary Session
Remarks by Seattle Mayor, Edward Murray


Case Studies in Climate Leadership: What it Takes to Develop, Implement, and Achieve Climate Goals Across Sectors

Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft

Rusty Hodapp, Vice President, Energy, Transportation & Asset Management, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated

Josh Wiener, Director, Global Sustainability, MetLife, Inc
11:00 am – 11:30 amNetworking and Refreshments Break
11:30 am – 12:30 pmMorning Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Sharing Climate Solutions and Best Practices
TRACK 2: Identifying Risk and Building ResilienceTRACK 3: Navigating Policy and Innovative Financing
City Solutions: Implementing Successful Mitigation Programs

Cities are rapidly growing, consuming two-thirds of the world’s energy and creating over 70 percent of global carbon emissions. Meanwhile, the majority of urban areas are coastal, putting them at risk of flooding as sea levels rise. Hundreds of mayors around the world have committed to strong climate action. This session explores urban climate change initiatives that are already seeing results.

Zach Baumer, Climate Program Manager, City of Austin

Derik Broekoff, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute – U.S. Center

Cal Broomhead, Climate and Energy Programs Manager, City and County of San Francisco

Jessica Finn Coven, Director, Office of Sustainability and Environment

Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Denver
Cultivating Climate-Resilient and Low-Carbon Supply Chains

Managing the supply chain provides a critical opportunity for companies to reduce their climate risk and impacts while benefitting the bottom line. This session explores strategies to move beyond tier one suppliers and increase transparency, reduce emissions, and build resilience throughout the entire chain.

Benjamin Foster, Supply Chain Advisor, Clif Bar

Michael Mondshine, Vice President, Sustainability and Energy, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff

Edward Rogers, Senior Director of Global Sustainability, UPS

David Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors

Juan Marin, Energy Strategy Leader, Kimberly-Clark
The New Marketplace for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Development under the Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan will fundamentally change the market for energy efficiency and corporate renewable energy development and purchasing. What do future incentives and market solutions look like, and how will cost-saving strategies be employed? This session explores how existing markets may be leveraged to accelerate CPP compliance and renewable development, and what creative policy solutions can be used to adapt existing and new markets to maximize the impacts of both.

Matt Clouse, Chief, Energy Supply & Industry Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mark Ellis, Chief of Corporate Strategy, Sempra Energy

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

Matt Stanberry, Vice President of Market Development, Advanced Energy Economy

Kate Swayne Wilson, GHG & Sustainability Lead, The Cadmus Group



12:30 pm – 1:30 pmNetworking Lunch

Guest Speaker: Denis Hayes, President, Bullitt Foundation, Earth Day Pioneer
1:45 - 3:00 pmClosing Plenary Session


Where do we go from here? Scaling Up Clean Energy Innovation and Investment

Chris Brown, President, North America, Vestas-American Wind Technology

Maud Daudon, President & CEO, Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Jeffrey Eckel, President, CEO and Chairman, Hannon Armstrong

Ron Pernick, Managing Director, Clean Edge, Inc.

Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University

Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas. Bloomberg New Energy Finance
3:30 pmPost-Conference Tours

Pike Place Sustainability Walking Tour (and happy hour at Pike Place Brewery!)

Tour the Greenest Commercial Building in the World: Seattle’s Bullitt Center