2019 Workshops

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

Workshops, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
9:00 am – 10:30 amInnovation & Decarbonization: Creating a Roadmap to 2050
Hosted by: C2ES

How can we decarbonize the U.S. economy? Through C2ES’s unique Climate Innovation 2050 initiative, dozens of leading companies have provided valuable input into three possible futures, each a scenario that defines and explores key features of potential low-carbon futures. Developed by C2ES, along with the Rand Corporation and the Joint Global Change Research Institute, these scenarios outline possible pathways to decarbonize the U.S. economy by 2050.

C2ES has leveraged this process to outline near-term steps policymakers can take to put us on the pathway to decarbonization. In the fall of 2019, Climate Innovation 2050 will produce an economy-wide roadmap that defines key choices for businesses and policymakers alike.

Workshop attendees will learn insights from this year-long scenario initiative, discuss implications of the roadmap with business leaders, and help inform a vision for the U.S. economy that federal, state and local policymakers can use to chart a course to a decarbonized future.

9:00 am – 10:30 amScaling Collective Action: Best Practices for Setting and Achieving SBTs in the Value Chain
Hosted by: WWF, CDP, WRI and the UN Global Compact

With the IPCC 1.5 report demonstrating the urgency of now, corporate climate leadership is increasingly defined by actively scaling collective action and ambition. Setting Scope 3 targets (required for an SBT) is only the first step—implementation is the key.

Join CDP, WRI, WWF, UN Global Compact for a workshop on the rapidly evolving landscape of value chain best practices. Additional details and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

9:00 am – 10:30 amThe Field of Climate Adaptation and Applications to Your Work
Hosted by: American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP)

What shared values and objectives unite climate change adaptation professionals? What strategies and actions help ensure effective, equitable, and ethical climate change adaptation practice? Where should the field of climate change adaptation be heading?

ASAP staff will kick off the first half of this session by introducing the Living Guide to the Principles of Climate Change Adaptation, a framework of values, norms, goals, and practices that have emerged over a decade of experimentation, research, and on-the-ground work on climate adaptation.

Next, invited adaptation experts will illustrate how individuals, organizations, and projects are applying those principles in their communities or organizations. In the second half of this session, participants will create their own checklist for principled adaptation to apply in their company, organization, projects, or investments.

11:00 am – 12:30 pmWhat Comes Next? Just Transition through Inclusive Engagement
Hosted by: Delta Institute

Coal plants around the country are closing their doors. While this is not the first industry shift to have an impact on communities, among the challenges posed by the transition away from coal is the question of how to address the impact this transition has on people, economies, and places along the way.

Using Delta Institute's Coal Plant Redevelopment Roadmap as a guide, this workshop session will provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss solutions-oriented actions that can be taken to move their communities to a cleaner energy economy as coal-fired power plants become less economically competitive. After a short presentation, this interactive workshop will allow participants time to work through a case study of a community looking to move to a clean and resilient energy system.

Working in small groups, participants will 1) develop a resource plan to fund transition activities and support displaced workers, 2) identify potential local and state policy solutions, and 3) create a community engagement strategy to move their redevelopment forward through inclusive and meaningful conversations. Since Delta Institute's founding in 1998, we have engaged in a community-driven redevelopment of vacant sites and brownfields, including former coal plants.

11:00 am – 12:30 pmRenewable Thermal Collaborative: Reducing Your Thermal Carbon Footprint
Hosted by: David Gardiner & Associates, World Wildlife Fund, and C2ES

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. Members are Cargill, General Motors, Kimberly Clark, L’Oréal, Mars, P&G, and the City of Philadelphia.

Please join us for an interactive discussion with members of the RTC on how to set and implement a renewable thermal goal within your organization. This workshop will help you map your thermal footprint, explore how to build organizational support, provide examples on renewable thermal technologies, and offer insights into legal and financial considerations.

11:00 am – 12:30 pmStreamlining GHG Accounting: Proposed Updates to TCR’s Reporting Guidance
Hosted by: The Climate Registry

Join The Climate Registry (TCR) for a preview of proposed updates to its greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting guidance ahead of the Spring 2019 program launch. For the first time in over 10 years, TCR is fundamentally transforming its GHG reporting guidance in order to streamline the reporting process and enhance flexibility for organizations pursuing innovative strategies.

Key updates will include: a new modular protocol format, support for the disclosure of emission reductions, and the incorporation of updates to ISO 14064-1. Following this overview, TCR staff will answer questions and accept comments on the draft protocols.

Details and new sessions will continue to be added.