Side Events

2017 Side Events, Workshops, and Trainings. Details and new sessions will continue to be added.
Wednesday, March 1st
9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Salon D
How Cities Are Driving a New Climate Future
Hosted by: C2ES and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

This event highlights two important aspects of local climate action: 1) how cities and their leaders are using their platform to facilitate transformative climate solutions, and 2) how cities and private actors are implementing local solutions. Speakers will engage attendees in a discussion about how cities are driving the new climate future through political leadership and action, and present tangible ideas that attendees can take home and put into practice. Who should attend? Local leaders, practitioners and private sector partners.
9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Denver/Houston
The Next Frontier: How Dual Scope 2 Reporting Can Help You Meet Your Sustainability Goals
Hosted by: The Climate Registry, SCS Global Services, and WattTime

Thanks to recent improvements in measuring greenhouse gas emissions from purchased electricity ("Scope 2" emissions), organizations can report and reduce these emissions more effectively than ever before. This session will explore how organizations are leveraging the latest developments to make progress toward sustainability goals.

The session will cover:
(1) Dual reporting requirements (location-based and market-based) for Scope 2 emissions in a greenhouse gas inventory, including reporter and verifier perspectives on accounting for renewable energy and mitigation efforts;
(2) New technologies that automate emissions reductions by detecting real-time variation in the emissions factor of power grids;
(3) New databases that may help electricity customers make more informed choices about their power products
9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Salon ABC
Moving Beyond Scopes 1 and 2
Hosted by: CDP and WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff

Part 1: Engaging Suppliers to Reduce Scope 3 Emissions
Part 2: Using LCA to Reduce GHG Emissions by Design

Engaging suppliers and conducting Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) are two key tools for reducing GHG emissions and other environmental impacts from the full life cycle of products. This session will explain supply chain, spend, the difference between procurement and purchasing as well as provide an overview of how LCAs are used to drive product innovation towards sustainability in the pre- and post-product launch phases. Product-designers, supply chain managers and those involved sustainability management and marketing of products and services will benefit from this session’s insights into LCA and supply chain.
10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Salon E
Best Practices for Setting and Achieving Science-Based Targets
Hosted by: World Resources Institute (WRI)

More than 200 companies have committed to set GHG targets in line with limiting warming this century to less than 2-degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This session will explain current best practices in setting science-based targets and discuss strategies that can support companies in achieving their reduction targets. Speakers will present GHG reduction strategies including best practices in purchasing renewable energy, engaging with suppliers and implementing internal carbon pricing programs.

This workshop will include speakers from the Science Based Targets Initiative, the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and the author of the UNGC Executive Guide on Internal Carbon Pricing, as well as a panel of company speakers discussing their strategies to achieve science-based targets.
11:00am – 12:30pm
Sustainable Cloud Computing Roundtable
Hosted by: Green Electronics Council

A 2013 study showed that if 80% of world enterprise transitioned to cloud computing and powered down local servers, we could see a 4.5 megaton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Electronics Council is developing a Cloud Computing Purchaser Guide and this workshop will discuss the sustainability performance characteristics of cloud computing services and how best to develop an environmental benefits calculation for use by purchasers of cloud computing services.
11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Salon D
What Makes Infrastructure Resilient?
Hosted by: C2ES

What makes infrastructure resilient? Cities and businesses across the country are taking action to strengthen the resilience of their buildings, transportation systems, energy and water services, and telecommunication systems to climate change. This session will explore issues associated with resilient infrastructure, including challenges and barriers, priorities, innovative solutions, and opportunities for collaboration. Facilitated discussions will allow participants to discuss some of these issues based on their own experiences, and exchange ideas about infrastructure needs and opportunities.

Strategy Exchange Sessions on Thursday, March 2nd from 3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Denver/HoustonElectric Power Index for Carbon (EPIC) Roundtable
Hosted by: The Climate Registry

The Electric Power Index for Carbon (EPIC) is a new TCR initiative that aims to increase the quality of data that can be deployed to drive and document GHG emission reductions associated with electricity use. During this session, TCR staff will provide an overview of EPIC and invite feedback on its value proposition and scope in advance of a full stakeholder consultation process.
Location: Salon ABGetting Low-Carbon Fuels Right for Scale: Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles
Hosted by: BSR

BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) will lead discussion around the draft set of buyer’s principles that BSR’s Future of Fuels members including UPS, Walmart, Amazon, have developed. The Fuel Principles are aimed at increasing the availability of sustainable, low-carbon fuel for the 7 percent of global emissions from freight, starting with road. BSR is seeking input from across the value chain (fuel producers, technology developers, OEMs, fleet owners, and freight and logistics buyers) as well as interested stakeholders (particularly intermodal partners, government, academia, and non-profits).
Location: Salon DHealthcare’s Triple Bottom Line: Healthy People, Economy, Planet
Hosted by: Health Care Without Harm

What is the health care sector doing to create sustainable, resilient, and low carbon health care? As it turns out, a lot! The health sector’s economic, political, and moral influence offers significant opportunities to lead society in addressing the effects of climate change and the risk it poses to human health. Hear from leading health systems about innovative actions they are taking to address climate change and how the health sector is playing a major leadership role in fostering change that protects the health of people and the planet.

Robin Guenther, Robin Guenther, FAIA Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor, Health Care Without Harm (moderator)
Brenna Davis, Director of Sustainability, Virginia Mason Health System
Rachelle Wenger, Director, Public Policy and Community Advocacy, Dignity Health
Katie Wickman, Sustainability Manager, Advocate Health Care
Location: Salon ETable #1: Setting Aggressive GHG Goals and Making Plans to Meet Them
Discussion Leaders: Dan Sobrinski & Kealy Herman, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff
Location: Salon ETable #2: Short Term Implementation Challenges: Scope 2 GHG Accounting
Discussion Leader: Doug Huxley, CH2M
Location: Salon ETable #3: After Carbon, What's Next? Considering Natural Capital
Discussion Leader: Mark LaCroix, Natural Capital Partners
Why should businesses begin to think about a broader approach to their environmental impact, beyond carbon emissions, and what are some of the first steps to consider?
Location: Salon ETable #4: Making & Communicating Corporate Solar Energy Purchases
Discussion Leaders: Sarah Busch & Elliott Engelmann, Center for Resource Solutions
Discuss solar energy procurement options and learn best practices for communicating those actions. Share your experience structuring solar energy deals and benefitting from sustainability commitments.
Location: Salon ETable #5: Frontline Strategy for GHG Reduction
Discussion Leaders: Margaret George & Jeff Ruskowitz, Caesars Entertainment
A discussion on how companies are leveraging their environmental program and capital investment to drive impact and GHG reductions.
Location: Salon ETable #6: The Nexus of Food, Energy, and Climate Change Policy
Discussion Leader: Don Scott, National Biodiesel Board
Investing in clean energy creates jobs and can infuse wealth into our economy. Bioenergy and biofuels can improve the abundance of food as well as its affordability and nutritious quality. Growing food and fuels together can optimize land use and leave more for natural habitat.
Location: Salon ETable #7: Transportation Electrification
Discussion Leader: Parina Parikh, San Diego Gas & Electric
Discussion of current transportation initiatives in both the private and public sectors.
Location: Salon ETable #8: How to Achieve Climate Action Goals and Save Money with Renewable Energy
Discussion Leader: Hans Royal, Renewable Choice Energy
Location: Salon ETable #9: Verification Demystified: What’s Involved and How your Organization Can Benefit
Discussion Leader: Michelle Zilinskas, The Climate Registry
Hear from accredited verifiers about what is involved in the verification of GHG data, the major benefits of completing verification, and how you can prepare for a smooth process.
Location: Salon ETable #10: Engaging Your Supply Chain
Discussion Leader: Betty Cremmins, CDP
CANCELLEDTable #11: Sustainable Cloud Computing
Discussion Leader: Nancy Gillis, Green Electronics Council
Location: Salon ETable #12: Getting Connected: How to Save with Electric Vehicles
Discussion Leader: Dan Welch, C2ES
The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon dioxide in the United States. Electric vehicles have emerged as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money in the process. Most major automakers are planning to introduce electric vehicle models to the U.S. market within the next few years. This table discussion will explore electric vehicle technologies and market drivers that create opportunities for cost-effective climate solutions.
Location: Salon ETable #13: 3 Engaging Technology Innovation for Climate Resilience
Discussion Leader: Garrett Melby, GoodCompany Ventures
Review a range of strategies being deployed to elevate climate adaptation and resilience
as a focus for the venture innovation ecosystem.
5:30pmClimate Leadership Awards Reception
7:00pmClimate Leadership Awards Dinner
Friday, March 3rd
1:30pm - 3:30pmTour of Soldier Field
In 2011, Soldier Field completed a rigorous certification and application process with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and was awarded LEED – EB Certification. Soldier Field is the first existing NFL stadium to receive this prestigious distinction. Join Brendan Daley, LEED AP, CPRP, Director of Strategy & Sustainability, Chicago Park District, and the Moira O’Connor, Director of Operations, Soldier Field, for a behind-the-scenes energy efficiency tour of the press box, operations room, playing field, loading dock, locker room, and more! Limited to 30 participants on a first-come/first-serve basis.

We will be meeting at Soldier Field (specific map/meeting directions will be provided) – a 20-minute taxi or Uber/Lyft trip from the hotel. (A public bus is available as well, but you will need to allow more time for transportation purposes.) If you need to leave from the tour for the airport, you are welcome to bring your luggage with you and it will be stored in a locked facility during the tour. Sign-up is required. To sign up or for more details, please email: questions@climateleadershipconference
2018 Climate Leadership Conference