Details and new sessions will continue to be added.
Workshops, Wed., February 28th
9:00 am – 10:30 am
The Next Generation of Accounting Programs: A Spotlight on Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a central component to many organizations’ climate mitigation strategies. It is one of the lowest-cost resources for addressing carbon emissions, and is a means to improve air quality and health and create jobs. This workshop takes a deep dive into innovative accounting for energy efficiency, discussing how consistent reporting, market-based schemes and trading could further incentive progress. It will also look at the barriers that are preventing us from capitalizing on the energy efficiency opportunity, and discuss how we can overcome them.

The Climate Registry will also provide an overview of the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEER), the operating rules and principles that set out a first-ever national standard for tracking energy efficiency and conservation savings, and the roadmap that identifies how the NEER could support and incentivize more investment in energy efficiency.

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Cottonwood A
Swimming Upstream and Downstream: Emerging Best Practices for Companies’ Scope 3 Emissions Reduction Target-Setting
Hosted by: World Resources Institute

As part of their science-based emission reduction targets, a growing number of companies are setting value chain targets to reduce associated scope 3 emissions. This workshop will cover emerging best practices, sector trends, and next steps on company scope 3 target-setting. It will include panel presentations from HP Inc. and the Kellogg Company describing their experiences in setting scope 3 targets and tracking performance against those targets, as well as a presentation from the Gold Standard on achieving project reductions within the value chain. Presentations will be followed by a general Q&A with the audience.

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Cottonwood B
Cities Leading on Energy Analysis and Planning: Tools for Understanding Your GHG Inventories & Developing Climate Action Plans
Hosted by: ICLEI

ICLEI and the City of Aspen, CO will present a toolkit developed from a Department of Energy funded project on understanding the drivers of change in greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. This toolkit will help local governments attribute inventory changes to impacts of policies and programs along with other external drivers, such as economic activity and weather. Such a framework will refine the development of effective climate policies. Following an interactive exercise with the tool overview and City of Aspen's case study, ICLEI will lead a broader discussion of tools and best practices for climate action plan development.

Speaker: Roel Hammerschlag, principal of Hammerschlag & Co. LLC

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jumpstart Your Renewables Journey
Hosted by: BSR and Rocky Mountain Institute

Hosted by BSR and Rocky Mountain Institute and based on their experience with hundreds of renewable energy buyers, you’ll understand your options, the business case, and how to leverage collaboration with others, plus where to make your first deals and projects.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cottonwood A
Advancing Innovative Climate Solutions through Public-Private-Plus Partnerships
Hosted by: Envision Charlotte

This workshop focuses on how businesses are working in partnership with cities to address climate change through innovation and data solutions. Envision Charlotte staff will lead with the story of the innovative partnerships that are collectively reducing buildings’ energy consumption in Charlotte, NC and share the key components to this successful work. Armed with best practices, participants will map out strategies to advance real-world projects that can change the face of our communities – starting with the public and private partners that could play central roles, and including strategies to ensure success.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC): Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Heating and Cooling
Hosted by: David Gardiner and Associates, World Wildlife Fund, and C2ES

A new initiative comprised of manufacturers and state and local governments—the Renewable Thermal Collaborative (RTC)—serves as the leading coalition for organizations that are committed to scaling up renewable heating and cooling at their facilities and dramatically cutting carbon emissions. Founding members are Mars, P&G, Cargill, General Motors, Kimberly Clark and the City of Philadelphia. Please join us for an interactive discussion with members of the RTC on the different barriers and solutions to renewable options for thermal energy usage.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Cottonwood B
Prioritizing Resilience Investments
Hosted by: C2ES and American Society for Adaptation Professionals

Climate change affects the operations of cities and businesses in many ways, from making neighborhoods hotter, increasing the frequency of disruptive and deadly extreme weather events, and altering global supply chains. Resilience planners in both public and private sectors have many options for addressing climate impacts, but may have trouble prioritizing resilience investments or finding resilience benefits in existing environmental and/or sustainability activities. In this World Café-style side event, participants will explore possible resilience strategies for dealing with different climate change impacts. They will rank each strategy and discuss the factors behind their choices. Participants will leave the side event with a clearer understanding of how public and private organizations value resilience investments and the key factors behind these decisions.

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