Side Events

Information on 2017 side events is coming soon. You may reference 2016 side events below.
Tuesday, March 8th
9:00 am – 12:00 pmAchieving High Quality Data in Carbon Accounting
Hosted by: The Climate Registry

Part 1: Accounting for Purchased Electricity: Implementation of Scope 2 Emissions Guidance
Part 2: Streamlining the Inventory Verification Process and Lessons Learned

Take a closer look at what new Scope 2 GHG reporting requirements will mean for your inventory and get a hands-on demonstration of verification best practices from a reporting organization’s point of view. Part 1 of this workshop will focus on the specific disclosures necessary to ensure your inventory is in conformance with the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance as well as TCR’s updated General Reporting Protocol. Part 2 will break down verification best practices for organizations interested in moving beyond reporting, highlight a case study of verification in action, and let participants walk in a verifier’s shoes for a few minutes to gain new tips for ensuring quality data.

Eric Christensen, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff
Tom Day, U.S. Postal Service
Ann Howard, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
Peggy Kellen, The Climate Registry
Dru Krupinski, Cameron-Cole
Derek Markolf, LRQA, Inc.
Britta Victor, PG&E
9:00 am – 12:00 pmRising to the Challenge: West Coast Business Leadership and Climate Action
Hosted by: Washington Businesses for Climate Action

This session will examine the role that businesses and business groups are playing to usher in the low carbon economy along the West Coast. Panelists will provide an overview of their policy advocacy work, successes and challenges to date, and opportunities for future business engagement. There will be a facilitated and interactive roundtable discussion for all attendees following the panel.

Brenna Davis, Sustainability Director, Virginia Mason, Chair of WBCA
Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council
Erik Wohlgemuth, COO, Future 500.
Facilitator: Kevin Wilhelm, Sustainable Business Consulting

10:30 am – 12:00 pmDefining and Measuring Success When Planning for Resilience
Hosted by: C2ES and the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

The session will focus on the question of what "success" might mean when examining an organization’s resilience to climate impacts, and how one might define and measure it. Participants will be introduced to a framework for defining and evaluating success in resilience planning that has been developed by scientists, practitioners and stakeholders on the West Coast. Facilitated discussions will allow participants to exchange experiences from across geographies and scales of governance (local, regional, state, federal), while considering multiple interests that need to be integrated in resilience planning (e.g., economic growth, ecological integrity, cultural values, and community priorities).

Joe Casola – Deputy Director, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
Katy Maher – Science Fellow and Resilience Coordinator, C2ES
Amy Snover – Director, Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
Janet Peace – Senior Vice President, Policy and Business Strategy, C2ES
10:00 am – 12:00 pmRenewable Energy Workshop: Designing a Corporate Strategy to Save Money, Manage Risk, and Reduce GHGs
Hosted by: Altenex

This interactive workshop is designed to help corporate energy and sustainability professionals shape organizational renewable energy goals and interests into concrete strategic actions. Key issues for discussion include: market access and rationalization, risk management, economic parameters, stakeholder engagement, best practices, additionality, development trends, scoping on- and off-site opportunities. The expert panel will share direct experiences from the corporate, development and utility worlds.

Blaine Collison, Altenex
Kevin Hagen, Iron Mountain
Duncan McIntyre, Altenex
Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund

1:00 pm – 3:30 pmCommunicating on Climate: 13 Steps and Guiding Principles
Hosted by: ecoAmerica

Business leaders communicate with customers in emotionally compelling ways to drive sales, profits, and growth. Communicating on climate should be no different. Join America Knows How for a workshop on the best methods and language for creating, and delivering, a compelling climate message. We will feature research experts with deep experience in communication and behavioral science, marketing experts who have successfully applied research to practice, a round table discussion with business leaders on how to apply the learnings, and tools and resources for you to use to effectively build values and engagement on climate solutions.

Presented by:
Lita Reyes, Business Sector Director, ecoAmerica

1:00 pm – 3:30 pmSetting Science Based GHG Reduction Targets: Guidance and Best Practices
Hosted by: World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and CDP

For companies striving to be leaders on climate, the foundation of your climate strategy must be a science-based target. This session will take a deeper dive into what a science-based target is; the business case for setting a science-based target; the process of setting a target; and how to credibly shape the target and communicate it publicly. This workshop is based on best practices defined by the Science-Based Target Setting Manual from the Science Based Target Setting initiative, a partnership of CDP, WRI, WWF, and UNGC. The workshop will be led by CDP, WWF, and WRI and includes speakers from leading companies already adopting this practice.

Nate Aden, World Resources Institute
Cynthia Cummis, World Resources Institute
Tim Letts, World Wildlife Fund
Nicole Lubutong, CDP
Laurel Peacock, NRG
Kevin Rabinovitch, MARS, Inc.
1:00 pm – 3:30 pmRegional Collaboration: A Roundtable on Community Strategies for Combating Climate Change
Hosted by: Climate Solutions

Urban leaders across the U.S. are forming regional collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, achieving deeper and faster results than if they were working alone. Participants will first hear from elected officials and staff who have created place-based partnerships to drive community-scale carbon reduction strategies. Participants will then discuss what barriers they may face in partnering with neighboring jurisdictions, and brainstorm potential solutions to overcome those obstacles.

Laura Engeman, San Diego Climate Collaborative
Megan Smith, King County Executive Office
Matt Kuharic, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
Nicole Sanders, City of Snoqualmie, WA
Elizabeth Willmott, Climate Solutions
Wednesday, March 9th
5:30 pm Climate Leadership Awards Reception
7:00 pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner HERE ❯

Thursday, March 10th
8:30 am – 9:30 amStrategy Exchange Sessions

Join a Conversation: Attendees are invited to join their peers in a deeper discussion of different challenges or emerging ideas in the sustainability sector. These facilitated sessions provide solutions-focused networking opportunities, enable deeper engagement on a professionally relevant topic, and create potential for collective action on important climate issues.

Table #1: Meeting Carbon Reduction and Renewable Energy Targets through Market-based Solutions
Discussion Leader: Mark LaCroix, Natural Capital Partners

RE100, the Paris Agreement, Science-based targets: a new level of ambition and commitment is being set for climate leadership in 2016 and beyond. This session focuses on how market-based solutions are combined with internal efficiencies to enable businesses to meet stretching targets rapidly and effectively, while also contributing to sustainable low carbon development around the world.

Table #2: Learn More about EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership
Discussion Leader: Melissa Klein, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA's Center for Corporate Climate Leadership serves as a resource for all organizations looking to expand their work in the area of greenhouse gas measurement and management. In this session EPA will discuss technical tools, educational resources, and opportunities for information sharing and peer exchange among organizations interested in reducing the environmental impacts associated with climate change.

Table #3: Fossil Fuel Infrastructure, Carbon Bubbles and Divestment – Supply-Side Approaches to Carbon Reduction
Discussion Leader: Ross Macfarlane, Climate Solutions, and Pete Erickson, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Although most climate policy debates have focused on limiting the demand for and combustion of fossil fuels, activists, investors and governments are increasingly targeting new infrastructure dedicated to extraction of fossil reserves that will need to stay in the ground if we hope to meet global GHG reduction targets. This session provides an opportunity to talk about the reasons for and limitations of supply-side strategies, including the growing divestment movement and campaigns opposing fossil fuel infrastructure.

Table #4:
Addressing Carbon on Campus: Ideas Exchange for Academic Institutions
Discussion Leader: Alex Carr, The Climate Registry

Academic institutions are an important actor in the fight against climate change: they are producing research that supports climate science, acting as incubators for innovative ideas and solutions, leading by example in managing their own carbon output, and priming a new generation of climate leaders. This session provides a forum for discussion about the challenges, opportunities, best practices and climate solutions unique to university and college campuses.

Table #5: Offsite Solar: The New Solution for Renewable Energy Integration
Discussion Leader: Bill Eddie, OneEnergy Renewables

This session will review case studies, discuss key market considerations, and demonstrate how an offsite solar project can be customized to meet your challenging sustainability and renewable targets. Renewable energy credits have long been available to customers looking to meet sustainability goals. You’ve looked at other renewable energy options, including wind and rooftop solar PPAs. Offsite solar projects can now provide customers an avenue by which to meet sustainability goals—while reducing risk through a long-term energy hedge.

Table #6: Leveraging Innovative Partnerships and Programs to Address Climate Change
Discussion Leader: Scott Pearson, San Diego Gas & Electric

Scott Pearson will guide a discussion on how utilities are anticipating, preparing for, reacting to, and recovering from climate change-related threats, while minimizing impacts to the community, economy and the environment. SDG&E will share how they are working with the U.S. DOE, NOAA, California Public Utilities Commission and local governments to collaboratively reduce or prevent greenhouse gases through deployment of new technologies and renewable energy, energy efficiency upgrades, new outreach efforts, and improvements to the operations of systems.

Table #7: Unlocking the Climate Reduction Potential in Fleets and Freight
Discussion Leader: Nate Springer, BSR

BSR’s Future of Fuels initiative works with companies to drive a sustainable transition to low-carbon commercial road freight with new tools and data, partnerships and collective action. Learn from how our members are developing low-carbon fleet strategies to meet corporate climate goals.

Table #8: So You’ve Made a Renewables Commitment. Now What?
Discussion Leader: Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund

As founding members of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, WWF and BSR work with companies to meet their renewable energy goals. Join them and other companies for a discussion on lessons to move from commitment to action on renewable electricity.

Table #9: The Natural Infrastructure for Business Guide (developed by CH2M and The Nature Conservancy for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development)
Discussion Leader: Brandy Wilson, CH2M

Not only is green infrastructure a cost-effective way for businesses to protect assets, meet regulatory requirements, and achieve a number of other objectives, it is also key to climate adaptation and mitigation. Attend this session to learn more about how the guide raises awareness about natural infrastructure approaches, defines the business case for investing in natural capital through robust case studies, and provides a decision tree and support tools for helping business decide when and how to integrate natural infrastructure to their sites.

Table #10: The State of North American Offset Markets
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Weiss, Climate Action Reserve

Offsets have been established as an effective tool for reducing emissions in regulatory and voluntary programs, serving as a key component in programs such as California’s cap-and-trade program, as well as sustainability programs for companies and events. This interactive discussion will explore where the offsets markets stand now, how they may evolve next and how they could play a role in your sustainability program.

Table #11: Climate Resilience in the Utility Sector
Discussion Leader: Chris Benjamin, Pacific Gas & Electric

From extreme weather to rising tides, climate change poses various risks to the utility sector. Join us for a discussion of how to build greater resilience and collaborate to meet this important challenge.

Table #12: The Role of Policy in a Climate Strategy
Discussion Leader: Tim Juliani, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Managing, measuring, and reporting emissions is only one part of a robust climate strategy. As corporate support for the Paris Agreement showed last fall, climate leadership also means being willing to step out on policy. We’ll have a roundtable discussion on ways to engage on this contentious political issue.

Table #13: Land Management and Climate Change Mitigation
Discussion Leader: Josh Prigge, Fetzer Vineyards

This strategy session will focus on the impact of agriculture and land management practices as it relates to atmospheric carbon and climate change. A discussion on how organic and regenerative agriculture practices can increase soil’s ability to sequester carbon, and how organizations can implement these practices and contribute to global climate change mitigation through farming.

Table #14: Training Up: Successful Models for Increasing the GHG MRV of Your Staff
Discussion Leader: Michael Gillenwater, GHG Management Institute

With the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement rules still TBD, there is much uncertainty on how to prepare. One thing seems clear, though, corporate carbon footprinting is unlikely to be key part of this future. Come discuss what the future of GHG measurement, reporting, and verification may be.

Table #15: Is Water the New Oil? A Discussion on Global Water Stress in the Coming Decades
Discussion Leader: Dr. Sheldon Drobot, Harris Corporation

This discussion addresses new opportunities and our greatest challenges facing the growing global water problem. Topics include how to obtain better water measurements, how to improve modeling of water resources, how to manage water stress issues, and how climate change may exacerbate water stress situations.

Announcing the NEW International Sea Level Rise Institute
Discussion Leader: John Englander, Author, and Executive Director, International Sea Level Rise Institute

Attend this session to learn about the new International Sea Level Rise Institute, discuss the challenges of adapting to rising sea level, and ask John Englander, Author, ‘High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis’ your burning questions.

World Climate Role-Playing Climate Negotiation Simulation
Discussion Leader: Jennifer Haskell, Senior Project Leader, Climate Interactive

This session will introduce attendees to innovative, interactive tools to raise climate change awareness and further mitigation discussions within their organization and with key stakeholders. Using Climate Interactive’s World Climate UN-style role-playing exercise, participants will get a taste of the dynamics of international climate negotiations and how this tool can be useful at the organizational level. The tool uses a peer-reviewed computer model developed by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan School of Management.
3:30 pm – 5:30 pmPike Place Sustainability Walking Tour (and happy hour at Pike Place Brewery!)
Hosted by: Seattle 2030 District & Sustainable Seattle

The behind-the-scenes sustainability tour of the Pike Place Market will look at the extensive recycling and composting operations, the used cooking oil collection process, new LED lighting upgrades completed by fish and produce vendors and other GHG-reducing measures. The tour will be followed by a happy hour at the Pike Place Brewery.
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmTour the Greenest Commercial Building in the World: Seattle’s Bullitt Center
Hosted by: The University of Washington Center for Integrated Design

Tour The Bullitt Center, described by Architectural Digest as "the greenest commercial office building in the world". Tours will begin in the University of Washington Center for Integrated Design Discovery Commons, and include the building's mechanical and electrical rooms, the gray water and rain water treatment systems, non-flush composting toilets and the "irresistible" stairway.