2013 Program & Highlights

PLEASE NOTE: The program below is from this year's 2013 event, held this past February.

Wednesday, February 27th

9:00a – 5:30p


Registration Opens

Pre-conference Workshops & Events

GHG Protocol Scope 2 Accounting Guidance (9 - 10:30am) 
Host: World Resources Institute

Supply Chain Questionnaire Harmonization Roundtable (12 - 3pm)
Association of Climate Change Officers

GHG Reduction Goal Setting Workshop (1:30 - 4:30pm)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & The Climate Registry

Tackling Climate Change in the Arctic: An International Emergency (1:30 - 4pm)
The Climate Institute

Strategic Planning Using Environmental Data (4 - 5:30pm)
Host: Carbon Disclosure Project

Corporate Engagement in Carbon Finance (4:15 - 5:30pm)
International Emissions Trading Association 

6:00p – 7:30p

Welcome Reception

Thursday, February 28th

7:30a – 8:30a


Registration, Breakfast & Networking


8:30a – 10:30a

Plenary Session A

Welcome and Introductions:
David Rosenheim, Executive Director, The Climate Registry

Introductory Keynote:
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

Plenary Conversation: Energy & Climate Policy in 2013 and Beyond 
Discussion Leader: Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
William Reilly, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Brian Turner, Assistant Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
Rod West, Executive Vice President, Entergy Corporation

 Interview with Climate Thought Leader:
Jon Powers, Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental  Quality
 Interviewed by: Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director, Association of Climate Change  Officers

 10:30a – 11:00a

 Networking Break

11:00a – 12:15p

Breakout Discussions    


Operating in a Low-Carbon Economy


Risk Management & Disclosure


Sustainability & Metrics

The Global Push for Low Emissions Strategies

Public-private collaboration on policies, programs, and implementation plans that propel climate-resilient economic growth while curbing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Neil Beckingham, Sustainability Manager, The Mosaic Company

Matthew Ogonowski, Global Climate Change Specialist, USAID

Marian Van Pelt, Vice President, ICF International

John Viera
, Global Director for Sustainability, Ford

Moderated by:
 Ben Vitale, former President, The Climate Trust 


Assessing and Responding to Material Risks

A cross-sector group of experts will share how they approach, evaluate, and respond to climate related impacts crucial to their organizations’ bottom line and overall success.

Jay Bruns, VP Public Policy, The Hartford

Richard Holmes, 
Senior Strategic Advisor, Southern Nevada Water Authority

Jeff Williams, 
Director, Climate Consulting, Entergy

Charlene Wall-Warren, Sustainability Leader, BASF North America

Moderated by: Rebecca Ranich, Principal, Energy & Resource Management, Deloitte


Turning GHG & Energy Data Into Dollars

This session focuses on how to utilize GHG and energy data to inform operational decision making, improve efficiencies, and implement innovative and cost effective systems.  

Brian Castelli, Executive VP for Programs & Development, Alliance to Save Energy

Tim Higgs
, Environmental Engineer, Intel

Alec Rexroat
, Executive Director, Labor Management Cooperative Trust

Seema Wadhwa, Director of Sustainability, Inova Health Systems

Moderated by:
 Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy


12:15p – 2:00p



Lunch with Special Guest Speakers:

Katherine Hammack,
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)

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

2:00p – 3:15p

Breakout Discussions    

Making the Business Case for Climate Mitigation & Communicating Commitment

A session exploring how thought leaders engage employees, suppliers, and stakeholders to build the case for climate mitigation, get C-level buy-in, and communicate their commitment to the public.

        TJ DiCaprio, Global Director of Sustainability, Microsoft

Gwen Migita,
 VP Sustainability & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment

Jenell Moffett,
 Climate Protection Coordinator, City of Austin

John Reilly,
 Senior Lecturer, Center for Environmental Policy Research, MIT

Moderated by: Tom Carnac, Managing Director, CDP North America



Disclosure Requests, Green Ratings, and Recognition Programs: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Performance

While the demand for transparency remains high, how do organizations ensure - for their stakeholders’ sake - the integrity of their environmental performance and associated recognition?  What does climate leadership look like 10 years from now?

Diane Alwine, Director of Environmental Affairs, Hershey

Brian Rice,
 Investment Officer, CalSTRS

Stephanie Rico,
 VP Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo

Nick Shufro,
 Director, Advisory, Sustainable Business, PwC

Moderated by: Mike Bellamente, Director, Climate Counts

Incorporating Climate Metrics into Sustainability Programs

Addressing climate change is often a component of, or parallel to, organizations’ sustainability efforts –when incorporating metrics from GHGs, waste, water, and energy into broader sustainability programs, what synergies are discovered and how are they utilized to compete?

Bruce Klafter, 
Executive Advisor, Sustainability, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

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

Steve Tochilin, General Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Delta Airlines

Mike Wallace, Director, Focal Point USA, Global Reporting

Moderated by:
 Michael Mondshine, VP and Senior Policy Analyst Energy, Environment & Infrastructure Solutions



3:15p – 3:45p


Networking Break


3:45p – 5:00p

Breakout Discussions  

Fostering Operational Innovation
Responding to climate risks and opportunities requires cultivating employee culture, integrated decision making, and operational innovation. Panelists will discuss approaches to developing cross-functioning governance and the ‘innovation challenge’ at all levels.

Jim Gowen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, U.S. Navy 

Valerie Patrick, Sustainability Coordinator, Bayer Corporation 

Moderated by: Tom Bateman, Bank of America Professor of Commerce, McIntire School of Business, University of Virginia


Identifying Risks and Driving Reductions in the Supply Chain

As organizations with large supply chains expand the scope of their GHG management and climate risk response efforts, the supply chain represents a substantial suite of risks and footprint reduction opportunities. 

Edan Dionne, Director, Corporate Environmental Affairs, IBM

Mike Kelley, Chief Sustainability Officer & VP External Affairs, YRC Worldwide

Jeff Rice, Senior Director, Sustainability, Walmart

Kevin Watson, Manager, Life Cycle Logistics & Supply Chain Management, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Moderated by: Nancy Gillis, Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions Management, U.S. General Services Administration

Raising the Bar on Corporate Carbon Management: GHG Reporting (Scopes 1, 2, 3), Verification, and Goal Setting

Leading organizations share their progressive policies for third party verification, methodologies for aggressive GHG reduction goal setting, establishing 2nd and 3rd generation goals, and proven GHG reduction strategies.

Mark Buckley, VP, Environmental Affairs, Staples, Inc.

Grant Frost, Manager of Environmental Strategy & Sustainability, San Diego Gas & Electric

Chris Librie, Director, Environmental Initiatives, HP 

Jackie Zorovich, Director of Verification Services, The Climate Registry

Moderated by: Margery Moore, Director, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA  




7:00p – 9:30p


Awards Reception


Climate Leadership Awards Dinner


Friday, March 1st


8:00a – 8:30a


Breakfast & Networking


8:30a – 10:00a

Plenary Session B

Keynote Address: 
Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America

Sharing Insights: Conversation with 2013 Climate Leadership Award Winners
Discussion Leaders: Beth Craig, Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. EPA


10:00a – 10:20a


Networking Break


10:20a – 11:20a

Breakout Discussions  

Reducing Your Energy Footprint

Organizations compare best practices for reducing energy consumption in direct operations and throughout the supply chain, including examples of energy efficiency strategies, renewable energy opportunities and the role of RECs.

Jennifer Layke, Executive Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls 

Laura Pagliarulo, Manager, Green Products, Washington Gas

Jessica Sanderson, Director of Sustainability, Novelis

Phil Williams, VP, Sustainability & Technical Systems, Webcor Builders

Moderated by: Matt Clouse, Director, Renewable Energy Policies & Program, U.S. EPA

The Growing Cost of Extreme Weather

Panelists will discuss the recent impacts of Superstorm Sandy, along with reports published recently by the National Climate Assessment, the National Academies of Science, and C2ES on the growing implications of extreme events and climate change.

Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Kenneth Kunkel, 
Director, CICS, National Climatic Data Center, NOAA

Lindene Patton,
 Chief Climate Product Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Ltd.

Moderated by: Joe Casola, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions


11:30a – 12:30p

Breakout Discussions  

Renewables, PPAs & On-Site Energy Generation

Advanced approaches for increasing the renewable energy portfolio through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and on-site energy generation may be required to stabilize operational impacts of energy infrastructure risks and market price fluctuations.

Ben Foster, Senior Vice President, Americas, Optony

Lou Hutchinson,
 VP, Public Sector & Energy Efficiency, Constellation 

Bryan Jacob, Climate Protection Director, Coca-Cola Company

Moderated by: Blaine Collison, Director, Green Power Partnership Program, U.S. EPA

Case Studies on Building Operational Resilience Programs

How does a large operation adapt to climate change and the increase in frequency and volatility of extreme events? What are the best approaches to making an organization’s operations more resilient to these events and other climate related disruptions?  

Ken Daly, President, New York, National Grid

Jeff Hopkins, Principal Advisor, Energy & Climate Policy, Rio Tinto

Ellen Kennedy, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Calvert Investments

Moderated by: David Waskow, Climate Change Program Director, Oxfam America 



Last updated: Feb. 25, 2013


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