2019 Training Sessions

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

Training Sessions, Thursday, March 21, 2019
Training sessions offer deep-dive instruction on applicable skills and decision-making for implementing specific climate solutions and occur concurrently with breakout sessions. Space is limited and registration required to attend training sessions.
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10:00 am – 12:00 pmWhy - and How - Companies Can Advance Smart Climate Policy
Hosted by: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

While voluntary corporate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are important, only public policy can deliver the pace and scale of reductions needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why policy advocacy is an essential element of climate leadership. This session will examine the business benefits of engaging in policy advocacy and equip attendees with the skills needed to support policies consistent with their ambitious climate and energy goals. Participants will engage with companies that are leading on policy advocacy and learn where their own support can make a difference. This training is designed for corporate sustainability officers and teams.

1:45 pm – 3:15 pmCarbon Neutrality from A to Z…ero
Hosted by: Natural Capital Partners

There’s a global call for carbon neutrality by 2050 to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Business has a critical role in meeting that goal but how does it deliver? Businesses require a pragmatic framework and approach to meet a carbon neutral goal that is not only credible, but also aligns with business strategy, generates business value and creates a capstone for all the sustainability programs in their organizations. From being a carbon neutral company, to offering carbon neutral products, or hosting carbon neutral events, there are many pathways to integrate carbon neutrality into your business, and this interactive session will discuss them in detail, including a panel discussion with corporate leaders who have already set or achieved the target.

3:15 pm – 4:45 pmPutting Together a Climate Resilience Plan
Hosted by: WSP

Development of effective climate resilience plans require key capabilities and risk-based approaches that combine climate science, data analysis and context-dependent inputs from social-scientists, economists and engineers. This type of approach enables practitioners to quantify and monetize the risks of climate change and the benefits of resilience, which is critical to educating regional stakeholders, government officials and the public – to better inform decisions and investments. This type of approach also encourages practitioners to actively engage with the public and adopt methods and metrics that consider social equity dynamics in the local context. Combining this information into a cohesive assessment enables better decision-making and better plans. This training will present a step-by-step framework for developing a climate resilience plan and provide participants with an understanding of how best to proceed to reduce risks and enhance resiliency. This session is designed for any community leader, asset owner, or company facing decisions on how to proceed given uncertainties inherent in our understanding of future conditions.
Training Sessions, Friday, March 22, 2019
8:30 am – 10:00 amPlotting and Executing Your Path to TCFD-aligned Disclosure
Hosted by: WSP

It has been just over a year since the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure published their final recommendations for assessing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change. In that time, there have been a number of pilot projects and several companies have served as early adopters who have effectively tested and stressed the guidelines. The results have shown a variety of strategic challenges and methodological obstacles to implementation. Yet, expectations of investors and other stakeholders continue to escalate. This training will outline the potential multiple paths to full implementation over time, the strategic decisions that must be made and the methodological approaches to ensure that your company maximizes the benefits of TCFD-aligned disclosure, while minimizing potential risks. This session is designed for any company facing expectations of TCFD-aligned disclosure, including large public companies and financial institutions of all sizes and structures.