2018 Program

Wednesday, February 28
8:00 am – 6:00 pmConference Registration
9:00 am – 12:30 pmWorkshops
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Welcome Refreshments and Coffee Break

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Welcome Lunch: Guest Speakers
Carl Pope, Vice-chairman of America’s Pledge
Dr. Martin Keller, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
2:00 pm – 3:30 pmBreakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Navigating Climate & Energy Policy
TRACK 2: Building Climate Resilience
TRACK 3: Advancing Climate Strategies
States Stepping Up on Climate Action
Cottonwood A

U.S. states are employing a wide range of climate and clean energy policies - from examining market-based approaches and expanding clean transportation infrastructure to investing in clean energy – that will help the U.S. meet its pledge to the Paris agreement. This panel examines which policies, collaborations, and commitments are having an impact across the country, and how these efforts can continue to scale.

Ben Grumbles, Secretary; Maryland Department of the Environment
Ann McCabe, Interim Executive Director, The Climate Registry (moderator)
Michael Regan, Secretary of Department of Environmental Quality; State of North Carolina
Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Reed Schuler, Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Sustainability for Governor Jay Inslee of Washington

The Resilience Dividend and Strategies for Business Continuity
Cottonwood B

Business continuity planning must increasingly consider climate risks. Adapting and employing best practices in risk management and accounting for co-benefits of resilience planning and projects - like pollutant reduction and green space expansion - can establish a comprehensive business case that aids project prioritization. Zeroing in on what resilience benefits are and how to quantify them, this panel will share their in-depth knowledge and best practices in risk management.

Meg Arnold, Managing Director; Valley Vision
Adam Freed, Principal, Sustainability; Bloomberg Associates (moderator)
Lisa Grice, Managing Partner, Anthesis Group
Dale Sands, Independent Consultant; International

Are We There Yet? The Clean Transportation Revolution
Grand Ballroom B

Zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) are gaining greater traction as automakers and governments commit to investments in electrified transportation. This panel will discuss the scope and potential impact of new pledges, how new technologies are being deployed, and which public- and private sector strategies will help overcome other barriers to establishing ZEVs as leading transportation options.

Britta Gross, Director, Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy; General Motors
Morry Markowitz, President; Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association
Parina Parikh, Clean Transportation Business Development Manager; San Diego Gas & Electric
Anne Smart, Vice President of Public Policy for North America; ChargePoint

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome Refreshments and Coffee Break

4:00 pm – 5:30 pmOpening Plenary Session: Keynote
Bridging the Gap Between the Science and Stakeholders
Katharine Hayhoe

Plenary Panel: Denver's Clean Energy Economy
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO
David Eves, President, XCEL Colorado
5:30 pm – 7:30 pmWelcome Reception
Thursday, March 1
7:30 amRegistration, Breakfast, Networking
8:30 am - 10:30 amDay 2 Plenary Session:
Plenary Panel: America's Pledge
Dan Firger, Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Dirk Forrister, CEO, IETA
David Hayes, Executive Dir., State Energy and Environmental Impacts Center, NYU
David Kang, Vice Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
Plenary Keynotes: Corporate Sector Action
Danielle Azoulay, Head of CSR & Sustainability, L’Oreal USA
Wayne Balta, VP for Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM,
Jay Harf, Vice President Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability, ‎L'Oréal
9:45 am – 10:00 am Networking and Refreshments Break
11:00 am – 12:15 pmMorning Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Navigating Climate & Energy Policy
TRACK 2: Building Climate Resilience
TRACK 3: Advancing Climate Strategies
What Will It Take? Strategies & Partnerships to Meet Ambitious Local Climate Goals
Cottonwood A

Public and private leaders are increasingly forming regional and cross-sector collaborations to achieve deeper carbon cuts and wider reach than if they were working alone. Panelists will share climate initiatives that are already producing results and discuss how they have overcome common barriers when partnering with other institutions and jurisdictions.

Vicki Bennett, Sustainability Director, City of Salt Lake City, Utah
Thomas Herrod, Climate and GHG Program Administrator; City and County of Denver
Bill Prindle, Vice President; ICF International (moderator)
Jeff Thompson, CEO Emeritus and Executive Advisor; Gunderson Health Systems

Collaborative Resilience Planning for Strong Local Economies
Cottonwood B

The impacts of climate change span well beyond any city boundary or corporate fence. Working together, public and private sectors can share knowledge, ideas and priorities to better plan for the long-term effects of climate change and recover from extreme weather events. Panel participants will share success stories that highlight the social, environmental and economic benefits of collaboration and how challenges were overcome.

Claire Bonham-Carter, Principal: AECOM;
Greg Guibert, Chief Resilience Officer; City of Boulder
Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO; All Aces, Inc (moderator)
Jon Utech, Senior Director; Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic

Emerging Trends in Climate Risk Disclosure and Management
Grand Ballroom B

This session will explore the actionable steps companies are taking to disclose their climate risks. Panelists will also discuss the voluntary framework to include climate-related risks and opportunities in their financial filings released by the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) last June.

Marisa Buchanan, Executive Director; Sustainable Finance; JP MorganChase
Malcolm Fawcett, Director, Climate Change; Conoco-Phillips
Dan Firger, Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies (moderator)
Avi Garbow, Partner; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

12:15 pmNetworking Lunch
12:45 pmGuest Speaker Keynotes:
John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado
Kim Jordan, New Belgium Brewery
2:00 pm – 3:15 pmAfternoon Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Navigating Climate & Energy Policy
TRACK 2: Building Climate Resilience
TRACK 3: Advancing Climate Strategies
Realizing the Value Proposition for Clean Energy Communities
Cottonwood A

The shift to a clean energy economy requires a significant evolution of current sectors, communities, and workforce capabilities. This panel will discuss how disadvantaged neighborhoods, coal communities, and rural populations are benefitting from clean energy transformations already underway and the economic opportunities for the years ahead.

Kevin Bryan, Senior Policy Director; Keystone Institute (moderator)
Antonia Graham, Energy and Sustainability Manager; City of Huntington Beach
Leo Raudys, Adjunct Professor; University of Minnesota
Aura Vasquez, Commissioner, LADWP
Kraig Westerbeek, Senior Director; Smithfield Foods

Addressing Climate Risks and Opportunities in Your Supply Chain
Cottonwood B

As climate change often compounds geopolitical risks and stresses natural resources, global supply chains are particularly susceptible to disruption. This session will address how companies with large supply chains expand the scope of their GHG management and climate risk response efforts to achieve growth and stability well beyond traditional organizational boundaries.

Ashley Allen, Climate and Land Senior Manager; Mars
Stephen Bernard, Senior Manager, Supply Chain Sustainability; AT&T
Patrick Browne, Director of Global Sustainability; UPS
Rick Saines, Partner; Baker McKenzie
David Wei, Director, Climate; BSR (moderator)

Renewable Procurement: The Path to 100%
Grand Ballroom B

As aggressive renewable energy commitments become standard, corporate energy and sustainability professionals share how they are shaping goals into strategic results. This session examines market access, risk management, stakeholder engagement, economic parameters and best practices for how companies can utilize power purchase agreements, energy attribute certificates, and onsite generation to build a holistic renewable portfolio.

Joby Carlson, Director, Energy and Operations Sustainability; Walmart
Saskia Feast, Vice President, Western Region; Natural Capital Partners
Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL
Tim Juliani, Director of Corporate Engagement and Sustainability; Edison Energy (moderator)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pmNetworking and Refreshments Break
3:30 pm – 4:25 pmStrategy Exchange Sessions
Planning for the Global Climate Action Summit, State of California
Table Topics

4:30 pm – 5:30 pmPlenary Conversation: North American Policy Solutions
Stéphane Lessard, Consul General of Canada in Denver
Bill Ritter, Director, Center for a New Energy Economy
Matt Rodriquez, Secretary, CalEPA
5:30 pmCelebratory Reception featuring 'Live Jazz'
7:00 pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner: Keynote by Gina McCarthy
Emcee: Leigh Paterson, award-winning Colorado radio reporter
Friday, March 2
7:30 amBreakfast & Networking
8:30 am – 9:45 amMorning Breakout Sessions
TRACK 1: Navigating Climate & Energy Policy
TRACK 2: Building Climate Resilience
TRACK 3: Advancing Climate Strategies
Leveraging Policy and Incentives for the Built Environment
Cottonwood A

With buildings accounting for nearly half of all GHG emissions in the U.S., innovative strategies for reducing those emissions are necessary in meeting ambitious climate goals. Organizations will discuss how they are reaching beyond the low-hanging fruit to reduce operational energy consumption and protect their bottom line by navigating relevant policies, leveraging available incentives, and investing in clean technologies.

Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Council; USGBC (moderator)
Stephen Harper, Global Director Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy; Intel
Jeannie Renné-Malone, Vice President Sustainability; Prologis
Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of the Mayor, City and County of Denver

Maximizing Resilience in the Energy Sector
Cottonwood B

The critical link between energy and our economy has been painted in stark relief in the wake of major weather events, from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria to the fires in California. Ensuring the resilience of this sector falls mainly on the business community and those that regulate them. This panel will discuss what is being done to ensure energy reliability even when disaster strikes.

Kit Batten, Corporate Sustainability, Climate Resilience Chief; Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Beth Chacon, Grid Storage & Emerging Technologies; Xcel Energy
Wendy Moser, Commissioner; Colorado Public Utilities Commission
Craig Zamuda, Senior Policy Advisor; Department of Energy (moderator)

Driving Deep Corporate Carbon Reductions Begins with Setting Ambitious Goals

For organizations striving to be leaders on climate, the foundation of a solid climate action plan is setting transparent goals and executing on a suite of tailor-made carbon reduction strategies. This session examines how sustainability professionals can secure buy-in, set ambitious targets, credibly communicate them, navigate barriers and implement a successful portfolio of reduction strategies.

Erin Augustine, Senior Sustainability Manager, Natural Resource Conservation; Kellogg Company
Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Corporate Responsibility; Adobe
David Eichberg, Global Initiatives Lead, Sustainability and Social Innovation; HP Inc.
Anna Stephens, Project Consultant; WSP (moderator)
Beth Wytiaz, SVP, Environmental Operations Manager, Bank of America

9:45 am – 10:00 amNetworking & Refreshments Break
10:00 am – 12:15 pmClosing Plenary Session: What’s Next for Climate Leadership
Alex Carr, Director of Special Projects, The Climate Registry, (moderator)
Davida Heller, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup
Sandy Taft, Director Environmental & Sustainability Policy, National Grid
Stewart Van Horn, Director of Global Sustainability, Kimberly-Clarke Corporation

Guest Speakers
Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization, Hip Hop Caucus
Gerry Anderson, DTE
Bob Perciasepe, President, C2ES
12:15 pmPost-Conference Team Lunches, Tours & Side Events
Sustainability Happy Hour (2-4 pm)
Tour of NREL (1-5 pm)
Have a safe trip home!
Join Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and The Alliance Center (TAC) for a happy hour with casual and informed conversation, concluding with a tour our cutting-edge workspace that is a leader in green building innovation. We will be joined by speakers from the conference and local leaders in sustainability to provide a more intimate setting for an in-depth conversation. Refreshments will be served, including a hosted bar with beer from New Belgium and hors d’oeuvres.

Visitors to the main South Table Mountain campus will learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research, visit the latest in high tech energy efficiency building technology and see how the NREL campus is demonstrating other clean energy technologies, as well as eliminating atmospheric pollution. Note, this tour has reached capacity and registration has closed. Pre-registered attendees should meet in the Four Seasons Hotel lobby at 1 pm for transportation to NREL.