2019 Full Agenda

The 2019 Climate Leadership Conference was held in Baltimore March 20-22. Check back for details on the 2020 program.

Wednesday, March 20
7:30 am – 6:00 pmConference Registration
9:00 am – 12:30 pmWorkshops
9:00 am – 10:30 amInnovation & Decarbonization: Creating a Roadmap to 2050 - hosted by C2ESThe Field of Climate Adaptation and Applications to Your Work - hosted by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)Scaling Collective Action: Best Practices for Setting and Achieving SBTs in the Value Chain - hosted by WWF, CDP, WRI and the UN Global Compact
10:30 am – 11:00 amNetworking and Refreshments Break
11:00 am – 12:30 pmRenewable Thermal Collaborative: Reducing Your Thermal Carbon Footprint- hosted by David Gardiner & Associates, World Wildlife Fund, and C2ESStreamlining GHG Accounting: Proposed Updates to TCR’s Reporting Guidance - hosted by The Climate RegistryWhat Comes Next? Just Transition through Inclusive Engagement - hosted by Delta Institute
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm
Welcome Lunch
Welcome by Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, City of Baltimore
Plenary Conversation: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: State of Climate Policy in the United States
Amy Harder, Energy and Climate Reporter, Axios
Jerry Taylor, President, Niskanen Center
David Hayes, Executive Director, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law
Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
2:15 pm – 3:30 pmAfternoon Breakout Panels
TRACK 1: Proven Solutions to Cut Carbon Emissions
TRACK 2: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Climate Innovation & Opportunities
TRACK 3: Managing Risk and Building Climate Resilience
Building Coalitions & Consensus for Climate ActionTechnologies for Accelerating a Clean Energy RevolutionNavigating the Burgeoning Climate Disclosure Landscape
Climate action is accelerated when stakeholder coalitions support efforts to change the status quo. Session panelists will share how they’ve built effective coalitions and gained consensus to drive environmental change in policies, sectors, and regions.The energy system of the future is more connected, dynamic, efficient, and built to provide low-carbon energy reliably. This panel will focus on the technological advances that are shaping investments by utilities and energy users in anticipation of a decarbonized future.Climate threats are materializing and demand for climate disclosures is continuing to grow. During this session, panelists will review recent changes in climate disclosure best practices and identify opportunities for more efficient reporting that delivers decision-useful information to a range of stakeholders.
Jessica Hogle, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation;
Victoria Mills, Managing Director, EDF+Business (moderator);
Danny Richter, Vice President of Government Affairs, Citizens Climate Lobby;
William Schleizer, CEO, Delta Institute
Jeff Erikson, General Manager, Client Engagement, Global CCS Institute;
Ryan Harty, Environmental Market Development Manager, American Honda Motor Co.;
Ann McCabe, Interim Executive Director, The Climate Registry (moderator); George Minter,
Regional Vice President for External Affairs and Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas;
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association
Yoon Kim, Director of Advisory Services, Four Twenty Seven;
Nancy Meyer, Director of Corporate Engagement, C2ES (moderator);
Maggie Peloso, Partner, Vinson & Elkins, LLP;
Susanne Torriente, Assistant City Manager and Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Miami Beach
Bill Brady, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Strategy, Exelon
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Networking and Refreshments Break
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmOpening Plenary Session
Keynote by Will Baker, President and CEO, Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Plenary Conversation: A Future for All: Climate Action for Thriving Communities
Diane Regas, President and CEO, The Trust for Public Land (moderator)
Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Michelle Romero, National Director, Green For All
Rich Brown, Senior Vice President, Environmental Social Governance, Bank of America
5:30 pm – 7:30 pmWelcome Reception
7:30 pmEvening Showing of "Paris to Pittsburgh" Documentary Introduced by Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability, City of Baltimore
Thursday, March 21
7:00 amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
7:30 amPower Breakfast: Influential Women In Climate
Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Diane Regas, President and CEO, The Trust for Public Land
Danielle Azoulay, Head of CSR and Sustainability, L’Oréal USA
Lisa Shpritz, Senior Vice President, Environmental Business & Engagement Executive, Bank of America
8:30 am – 10:00 amDay 2 Plenary Session
Keynote by Paul D. Tonko, U.S. Representative, 20th District of New York

Keynote by Chris Crane, President and CEO, Exelon Corporation
Plenary Conversation: The Clean Energy Revolution: Exploring Innovation and Massive Economic Opportunity
Jigar Shah, President, and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Katherine Hamilton, Chair, 38 North Solutions
Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES

Welcome by Governor Larry Hogan, State of Maryland

10:00 am – 10:15 amNetworking and Refreshments Break
10:15 am – 11:30 amMorning Breakout PanelsTraining Session
(10:00 am - noon)
TRACK 1: Proven Solutions to Cut Carbon EmissionsTRACK 2: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Climate Innovation & OpportunitiesTRACK 3: Managing Risk and Building Climate Resilience
Results-Driven Strategies for Deep Energy EfficiencyA New Carbon Economy: Expanding the Market for Carbon Capture and UseState & Regional Efforts to Build Climate ResilienceWhy - and How - Companies Can Advance Smart Climate Policy - Hosted by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Leading organizations are transforming the energy performance of existing buildings using the latest technologies, policies and investment strategies to drive efficiency across facilities. Panelists will address the levers that are helping them move past the low-hanging fruit and deliver meaningful results.Making carbon a useful commodity could transform the fight to achieve emissions targets and mitigate climate change. This session will address emerging uses, business cases, the policy landscape that is enabling important progress, and how we can rethink carbon’s fate as a harmful pollutant.Across the country, states and localities are carrying out focused climate resilience activities, contributing to community-level and regional resilience. Speakers will delve into the innovative policies and programs that are being pioneered to ensure safe communities and thriving economies for years to come.This training will examine the business benefits and skills needed to support policies consistent with ambitious organizational climate and energy goals. Participants will engage with companies leading on policy advocacy and learn where their own support can make a difference. This training is designed for corporate sustainability officers and teams. Pre-registration required.
Mark Huston, President of Retail Energy Business, Constellation;
Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (moderator);
Sarah King, Sustainability Director, SKANSKA;
Anna Pavlova, VP, Government Relations, Schneider Electric North America;
Dave Ribeiro, Senior Researcher, ACEEE
Jeff Bobeck, Director of Energy Policy Engagement, C2ES (moderator);
Mark Allen, President and Chairman, Algae Biomass Organization;
Robert Conrado, VP, Engineering Design & Development, LanzaTech;
Marcius Extavour, Executive Director, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality;
Lisa McNeilly, Director of Sustainability, City of Baltimore;
Katie Miller, Principal Consultant, Founder, Adaptive Futures (moderator);
Josh Saks, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
Victoria Mills, Managing Director, EDF+Business;
Lisa Manley, Senior Director, Sustainability Engagement & Partnerships, Mars, Incorporated;
Jessica Hogle, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, PG&E Corporation;
Chris Adamo, Vice President Federal and Industry Affairs, Danone North America
Jason Clark, Partner & VP, Ballast Research
12:00 pm – 1:15 pmLunch Buffet
Plenary Conversation: Changing the Game: New Frontiers in Corporate Sustainability
Janet Peace, Senior Vice President of Policy and Business Strategy, C2ES (moderator)
Edan Dionne, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs, IBM
Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand
Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President, Sustainability, Mars Incorporated
Alex Liftman, Global Environmental Executive, Bank of America
1:45 pm – 3:00 pmAfternoon Breakout Panels & Training Session
TRACK 1: Proven Solutions to Cut Carbon EmissionsTRACK 2: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Climate Innovation & OpportunitiesTRACK 3: Managing Risk and Building Climate ResilienceTraining Session (1:45 pm – 3:15 pm)
Accelerating Renewable Energy AdoptionBreakthroughs and Opportunities for a Climate-Friendly Supply ChainFinancing for a Resilient FutureCarbon Neutrality from A to Z…ero - Hosted by Natural Capital Partners
Featuring experts at the forefront of their organization’s clean energy procurement efforts, this session will explore new strategies and products available to large buyers, innovative financing options and the changing landscape of renewable energy markets.This session will showcase how companies are revolutionizing their supply chains by standardizing metrics used to measure emissions, increasing transparency around risk, and identifying synergies up and down their value chain to address mitigation and resilience opportunities.As the costs of extreme weather become increasingly obvious, so too are the investments needed to ensure resilience. Session panelists will discuss how to leverage existing funding streams and develop new innovative approaches to finance these strategies.Businesses require a pragmatic approach to meet a carbon neutral goal that is credible, aligns with business strategy, generates business value and creates a capstone for all the sustainability programs in their organizations. This interactive session will discuss the pathways to integrate carbon neutrality into your business and feature a panel of corporate leaders who have already set or achieved the target. Pre-registration required.
Scott Hassell, Director, Environmental Sustainability, Fifth Third Bank;
Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President of Operations and Chief Sustainable Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanente;
Doug Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio;
Chelsea Mozen, Sustainability Lead, Etsy;
Andrea Romano, Associate Director, Energy, Navigant (moderator)
Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability, Lee and Wrangler;
Sandra Genee, Director, Partnerships and Business Development, Gold Standard (moderator);
Yui Kamikawa, Senior manager, Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact, Coca-Cola;
Jennivine Kwan, Vice President, Sustainability Strategy Consultant, Corporate Properties Group, Wells Fargo
Joe Berg, Senior Restoration Ecologist, Biohabitats;
Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting (moderator);
Shaun O'Rourke, Director of Stormwater and Resilience, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank;
Mark Way, Global Coastal Risk and Resilience Director, The Nature Conservancy
Andria N. Smith, Sustainability Program Manager, UPS;
Dan Sobrinski, P.E., Vice President, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP;
Melissa Vernon, Director of Client Engagement, Natural Capital Partners;
Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners
3:00 pm – 3:30 pmNetworking and Refreshments Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmStrategy Exchange Sessions
Training Session (3:15 pm – 4:45 pm)
Building Supplier Capacity - Hosted by CDP
America's Pledge Roundtable - Hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Unlocking the Potential of Regenerative Agriculture - Hosted by Bonterra Organic Vineyards

Electrification of Fleets – Perspectives on Barriers to Entry and Increasing Adaptation - Hosted by Constellation

The Missing Ingredient in Corporate Sustainability Rankings - Hosted by EDF

Deep Emissions Reductions and Local GHG Measurement - Hosted by ICLEI

Making ESG Reporting Useful and Practical - hosted by IHS Markit

How to Make a Climate Commitment when you Can’t Say “Climate Change” - Hosted by Navigant

Carbon Neutral Buildings & Emerging Policy - Hosted by U.S. Green Building Council
Putting Together a Climate Resilience Plan - Hosted by WSP

Developing climate resilience plans requires key capabilities and risk-based approaches that combine climate science, data analysis and context-dependent inputs from social scientists, economists and engineers. This training will present a framework for developing a plan and provide an understanding of how to reduce risks and enhance resiliency. Pre-registration required.
Michael Flood, National Resiliency Lead, WSP;
Rawlings Miller, PhD, Climate Scientist/Risk Lead, WSP;
Michael Mondshine, Director, Sustainability, Energy, and Climate Change, WSP;
Allie Reilly, Social/Equity Associate, WSP
4:45 pm – 5:30 pmAfternoon Plenary Conversation: A Critical Time for Bold International Action

Selwin Hart, Executive Director for the Caribbean Constituency, Inter-American Development Bank
Cathy Woollums, Senior Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Carl Pope, Vice-Chairman, America's Pledge
Linda Coady, Co-Chair, Canada’s Generation Energy Council
Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President, C2ES (moderator)

5:30 pmCelebratory Reception featuring the Cold Spring Jazz Quartet
7:00 pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner and Ceremony
Keynote by John Racanelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Aquarium
Emcee: Frank Sesno, Director, George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs
Friday, March 22
7:30 amBreakfast and Networking
8:30 am – 9:45 am Morning Breakout Panels and Training Session
TRACK 1: Proven Solutions to Cut Carbon EmissionsTRACK 2: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Climate Innovation & OpportunitiesTRACK 3: Managing Risk and Building Climate ResilienceTraining Session (8:30 am – 10:00 am)
Joining the Circular Economy: Strategies to Close the LoopExpanding Clean Mobility and Transportation SolutionsPreparing for an Uncertain Future: Building Flexibility into Adaptation PlansPlotting and Executing Your Path to TCFD-aligned Disclosure - Hosted by WSP
The opportunities to transition to a circular economy are gaining traction amidst alarming reports of a spiraling global waste problem. Corporate leaders will share how circular economy principles are helping them develop regenerative systems and products, save money, reduce waste and cut emissions.The transportation sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation; here, panel experts will share the latest on clean vehicle options, coalitions, and major electrification investments, and discuss the role of these efforts in addressing climate change.While climate models are increasingly sophisticated, differing emissions scenarios and external factors mean the future is still uncertain. This session will present emerging methods to overcome decision paralysis and support actionable adaptation planning.This training will outline the paths to implementing climate-related financial disclosure, the decisions that must be made and approaches to ensure that your company maximizes the benefits while minimizing potential risks. This session is designed for any company facing expectations of TCFD-aligned disclosure. Preregistration required.
Danielle Azoulay, Head of CSR and Sustainability, L’Oréal USA;
Tom Dower, Senior Director, Government Relations, ArcelorMittal;
Judi Greenwald, Principal, Greenwald Consulting LLC (moderator)
Noora Singh, Director of Sustainability, PepsiCo
Carla Frisch, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute (moderator);
Wayne Killen, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Business Development, Electrify America;
Melissa Lavinson, Senior Vice President, Pepco;
Dan Welch, Project Manager, CALSTART;
Eric McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy and Legal Affairs, Proterra
Kristin Baja, Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network;
Geoffrey Danker, Policy and Environmental Strategy Manager, SoCalGas/SDG&E;
Robert Kay, Principal, Climate Change, ICF (moderator)
Julia Rockwell, Manager, Climate Change Adaptation Program, Philadelphia Water Department
Chris Bruno, Project Consultant, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change , WSP;
Michael Mondshine, Director Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP
9:45 am – 10:00 amNetworking and Refreshments Break
10:00 amKeynote: Jean-Christophe Flatin, President of Innovation, Science, Technology & Mars Edge, Mars Incorporated
10:15 amPlenary Conversation: Inspiration and Innovation: A Conversation with Climate Leaders
Alex Carr, Director, Special Projects, The Climate Registry (moderator)
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Doug Huxley, Climate Change Practice Leader, CH2M, now Jacobs
Noora Singh, Director of Sustainability, PepsiCo
10:45 amKeynote: High Stakes for Climate Solutions: A Public Health Perspective
Marsha Wills-Karp, Ph.D., Anna M. Baetjer Professor of Environmental Health and Chair, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Whiting School of Engineering
11:00 amPlenary Conversation: Climate Storytellers Who Inspire: Lessons from Communications Experts
Monica Trauzzi, Senior Director, External Communications, Nuclear Energy Institute
Roger Sorkin, Executive Director, American Resilience Project
Bernadette Woods-Placky, Chief Meteorologist and Climate Matters Director, Climate Central
1:00 pmPost-Conference Tours and Side Events
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Sustainability TourHealthy Harbor Walking Eco TourSustainability Tour of Exelon Building at Harbor Point
1:30 - 2:30pm (limit 40 participants)
Join fellow sports fans for a one-hour behind-thescenes tour highlighting the sustainability efforts and features of the LEED Gold certified- Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
1:30 - 2:30 pm (limit 30 participants)
Join a guided walking Eco Tour of the Baltimore Harbor’s urban sustainability projects, including floating wetlands, oyster gardens, Pierce’s Park rain gardens, and Mr. Trash Wheel. Tour will cover about one mile, so comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
1:00 – 1:30 pm (limit 15 participants)
Merging innovative design with a forward-thinking approach to sustainable building practices, the Exelon Building is a model for sustainable building practices – the core and shell have earned a LEED Gold designation, while the interiors have reached LEED Platinum status.
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