Header Image
Thank you for a very successful launch event! Learn about our 2017 Europe and US events.
The Guardian Sun sentiel Image Map


Conference Agenda

Subject to Change

Wednesday November 30, 2016

7:30 - 8:45

Continental Breakfast sponsored by Sealed Air Corporation

8:45 - 9:15

Founding Sponsor’s Opening Remarks

Ernie Diaz
Regional President, Metro Florida, TD Bank

Welcoming Remarks

Jack Seiler
Mayor of Ft Lauderdale

Co-Chairperson’s Welcome

Aman Singh
Senior Managing Editor, RF|Binder

Nicholas Aster
Founder - TriplePundit
9:15 - 9:45

Keynote Address

David Fenton

David Fenton
Founder and Chairman, Fenton
9:45 - 10:30

Risk-Informed Decision Making Strategies For Resilience And Climate Adaptation

We have many clients who asked for our help with carbon emissions tracking and flood hazard vulnerability assessments to help them make better, risk-informed business decisions. They are embracing resiliency by preparing for sea level rise, extreme temperatures and high-consequence, low-probability storm events like Superstorm Sandy to protect their companies and maintain business continuity.
Daniel Stapleton
P.E., Sr. Principal, GZA
10:30 - 11:15

Keynote Address

Making Food Waste Reduction a Priority

If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest GHG emitter after China and the US. In the wake of such astounding statistics, we need to ask ourselves not only how we got to this point but, more importantly, what we can collectively do to reduce the climate impact of food waste and make more food available to meet growing global demand. By viewing food through a different lens, we can find ways to make better decisions that lead to reduced environmental impacts without compromising food choices.
Ron Cotterman
VP Sustainability, Sealed Air Corporation (#366 in Fortune 500)
11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break, hosted by GreenTrees
11:45 - 12:45

TD’s Smart, Green Buildings: Longstanding Commitment Drives “Powerful” Returns

Through this presentation, attendees will learn of TD Bank's journey to positively impact the environment through its longstanding commitment to building and maintaining smart, green buildings. TD’s partnership with Bright Power demonstrates the powerful returns of utilizing technology and innovation to reduce energy consumption and, ultimately, minimize the impact of climate change.
Joint Presentation

Joe Doolan
Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

Jeffrey Perlman
President & Founder, Bright Power
12:45 - 1:45


Brief remarks by:

Richard Eidlin
Vice President of Policy/Campaigns & Co-Founder, American Sustainable Business Council

Ran Tao
Manager, Sustainability Strategy & Implementation, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
1:45 - 2:00
Chairperson's Recap
2:00 - 2:45

What Does SAP Do to Protect the Climate Both as Exemplar As Well As Enabling Our Customers

SAP has been committed to protecting the climate for many years: as part of its sustainable corporate strategy, SAP has declared its goal of reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions to their year 2000 level by 2020 – despite strong company growth in the interim. This will involve cutting the company's CO2 footprint by half of the total figure for emissions in 2007.

SAP as exemplar – SAP’s sustainable corporate strategy

  - SAP is transparent about its own emissions
  - SAP relies on 100% green electricity worldwide
  - SAP supports international initiatives and declarations
  - Sustainable mobility at SAP

SAP as enabler - Solutions from SAP help customers cut carbon emissions

  - Digitized business workflows generate less CO2 than manual processes
  - Smart meter infrastructure enables energy companies and their customers to optimize energy consumption
  - In-memory technology makes it possible to analyze huge amounts of data, such as weather data, very quickly. This gives energy companies a powerful tool for simulating, calculating, and forecasting energy demand
  - Customer case study: Carbon footprinting of large product portfolios - extending the use of ERP systems to carbon information management

Stefan Hack
Global Head, R&D and Sustainability, Global Consulting Delivery, SAP
2:45 - 3:30

Climate Change and Finance

In this session, hear about how banks are approaching climate change as both a business opportunity and risk. Also, learn how initiatives like Citi’s $100 billion environmental finance goal are shifting conversations inside the bank and with its clients and stakeholders.
Joint Presentation

Val Smith
Director and Head of Corporate Sustainability, Citigroup

Tensie Whelan
Director of the Stern Center for Sustainable Business and Clinical Professor for Business and Society, NYU STERN
3:30 - 4:00
Networking Break, hosted by GreenTrees
4:00 - 4:45

Mitigating Climate Change through a Renewable Energy Strategy

As more companies go public with science-based GHG targets to help mitigate their impact on climate change, companies find and follow through on opportunities to use less. But it’s becoming clear that reductions in demand isn’t enough to meet goals and slow down rising temperatures. After setting key targets, companies need to deliver on sustainability and governance commitments. While many companies achieve quick wins with distributed generation projects and even large off-site PPAs, in order to meet the aggressive science-based targets set, a longer term renewable energy strategy and implementation plan is required. During this session, gain insights from companies and leading cleantech solution providers on renewable procurement strategies, including forming strategic partnerships and breaking down barriers to provide deeper value and savings to not only their company, but the planet as well.
Keith McHugh
Sustainability Solutions Architect, Schneider Electric
4:45 - 5:30

AmerisourceBergen Case Study

During this presentation, attendees will hear about AmerisourceBergen’s journey to integrate and operationalize sustainability into the business. This will include an overview of organizational governance processes and facility-level strategies.
Susan Lorenz-Fisher
Director of Sustainability, AmerisourceBergen (Pharmaceutical Distributor; #12 in Fortune 500)
5:30 - 5:45
Chairperson's Recap

Networking Cocktail Reception hosted by Renewable Choice Energy

Thursday December 1, 2016

7:15 - 8:15

Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 9:00
Co-Chairperson’s welcome
9:00 - 9:45

How IR Achieved What Will One Day Be the Norm: 90% Of Our Product Portfolio Directly Addresses Demands For Greater Energy Efficiency With Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Buildings, Homes, Industrial Spaces and Transport Markets Around the World

IR is publicly committed to significantly increasing energy efficiency and reducing environmental impacts from our operations and product portfolio by 2030, with key milestones specified for 2020. We are advancing high-performance, low-global warming potential solutions for our customers, while reducing the carbon footprint of our facilities and fleet. To date, the Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment has led to the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent to the CO2 emissions from burning more than 2.1 billion pounds of coal and the electricity used by more than 270,000 homes for one year. By 2030, we expect to reduce our carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons.
Scott Tew
Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency, Ingersoll Rand
9:45 - 10:30

Keynote Address

Why Energy Should Be a C-Suite Priority

Energy is one of the biggest operational expense line items for many businesses, but has received little attention from C-suite decision makers. Even as more enterprises make public commitments to energy reduction, many still delegate energy management to site-level managers with little insight into its impact on the broader business strategy. While CEOs are making big demands of their teams to understand how these trends impact areas like talent acquisition, supply chain management, and R&D, few are connecting the dots back to energy. In this session, experts reveal research into emerging leading practices in energy and how to effectively engage the C-suite in energy strategy.
Tim Healy
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Break, hosted by GreenTrees
11:00 - 11:45

The Role of Private Capital in Conservation and the Fight Against Climate Change

Join Chandler Van Voorhis, Managing Partner of C2I, LLC, - parent company to GreenTrees, LLC, as he discusses how the GreenTrees’ River System approach to reforestation is a sustainable financial process and also a new model for producing scale and delivering conservation capitalism. He will speak on how GreenTrees utilizes its ACRE (Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem) as a way for beginning to value our natural capital as well as review how GreenTrees employs the power of nature's technology to address climate change.
Chandler Van Voorhis
Managing Partner, GreenTrees
11:45 - 12:45

The Power of Partnerships: Engaged Employees + Environmental Commitment = Healthier Climate

Through a lively panel discussion, you will hear about the many benefits of “win-win” public-private partnerships, including companies’ strong commitments to the environment and preserving natural capital while deriving benefits for their local communities. In addition, you will gain insights about how companies have successfully engaged employees through a variety of activities, including involvement in environmental initiatives aligned with their valued partnership activities.
Panel Discussion


Margie Flynn
Principal & Co-Founder, BrownFlynn

Joe Doolan
Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

Kathryn Ott Lovell
Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Holly Elwell Bostrom
Climate-Smart Cities Director, The Trust for Public Land
12:45 - 2:00

Lunch, hosted by Ingersoll Rand

Remarks by: Daniel Kreeger
Executive Director at Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)
2:00 - 3:00

Leadership in Setting and Meeting Ambitious Goals: A Practical Guide to Carbon Neutrality

For years we have invested in sustainable innovations to reduce carbon emissions, water use and waste, and now we have achieved carbon neutrality. This means Biogen has effectively neutralized all carbon emissions from sources associated with our business, including internal operations, purchased electricity, employee commuting, business travel and suppliers of products and services.
Johanna Jobin
Director, Global EHS & Sustainability, Biogen

Daniel Aronson
Founder, Valutus
3:00 - 4:00

Corporate Sustainability Case Study: Avery Dennison

Due to the fact that Avery Dennison sits in the middle of a supply chain, the company is uniquely positioned to profoundly influence what’s happening from a sustainability standpoint. Avery Dennison is a Fortune 500 company, and so they can harness this unique position to global scale by affecting and measuring positive environmental and social change around the world.
Helen Sahi
Senior Director, Sustainability, Avery Dennison
4:00 - 4:30
Networking Break, hosted by GreenTrees
4:30 - 5:15

Investors, Risk Managers and the Sustainarati

Brendan LeBlanc
Partner - Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Evan Harvey
Director of Corporate Responsibility, Nasdaq
5:15 - 5:30
Chairperson's Recap
Networking Cocktail Reception. Sponsorship available with informal remarks to entire audience, please contact Jason@solveclimatechange.com if interested.

Friday December 2, 2016

7:15 - 8:30

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45
Chairperson's Recap
8:45 - 9:30

Achieving those 2025/2030 Goals with Big Data: The Science of Sustainability

From energy management to supply chain and marketing, identifying where and when to engage in sustainability requires unprecedented visibility and understanding of market, operational, and natural/social system dynamics. Particularly facing large firms with global production and distribution networks, finding efficiencies - and managing exposure risks - requires looking beyond annual, national, or company-wide averages to high-resolution big data solutions. Using industrial energy management and food chain sourcing as examples, Dr. Smith will illustrate firm-specific spatial and temporal variability of sustainability performance and introduce us to pathways for new sensing and analytics technologies across facility, companies and value chain networks.
Tim Smith
Director, NorthStar Initiative and Sustainable Enterprise, University of Minnesota
9:30 - 10:45

Urbanism 3.0

The typical narrative on sustainable urbanism and cities includes a series of imperatives that we all know and cherish: transportation hubs, public spaces, population density, walkable commercial districts, corridors that connect people and places, and more. The next wave of innovation is just now being integrated into the mix: district energy with battery storage, smart grids connected to smart buildings, visibility of spots through web/app marketing and other vanguard solutions.

We'll invite the key people working on these innovations to come together for the first time and brainstorm how cities can accelerate these Urbanism 3.0 districts at great scale across the U.S. and around the world, all powered by business - as is the focus of the event - so we may put a serious dent on climate change and help solve the crisis before it's too late. We've spent quite a bit of time researching to see if this has been covered in any significant way by other events, and we're happy to report that it has not. Companies vs. Climate Change will be the very first time this happens, and we are committed to bringing the best minds to that table.
Panel Discussion

Alex Diaz
Chief Idea Officer, AlexDíazEco

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk
Prof. of Architecture and Master of Urban Design Program Director, University of Miami, School of Architecture

Sonia Chao
Director, Center for Urban & Community Design and Research Professor, University of Miami, School of Architecture

Irela Bague
President, Bague Group

James Murley
Chief Resilience Officer, Miami-Dade County

Jonathan Burgess
Vice President of Sustainable Operations, The Spinnaker Group
10:45 - 11:15
Networking Break, hosted by GreenTrees
11:15 - 12:30

United/Alaska Airlines Joint session

The overarching theme will include analysis of where the industry is going. Some key questions to be answered will include:

  - Why we don’t wait for customers to ask for sustainable jet fuel
  - How aviation has always been an epicenter of change
  - Why sustainable jet reduces emissions
  - The two central points of the presentation will be: Connecting to long-term risk and preparing for a regulatory environment, and reasons to be hopeful and the timeline you will see change on.
Jacqueline Drumheller
Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines

Aaron Stash
Senior Strategist, Environmental Sustainability, United

Founding Sponsor’s Closing Remarks:
Joe Doolan, Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank

12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:15

Case Study: Bacardi's Award Winning Sustainable Supply Chain

Hear why Frederic Stromeyer and Bacardi were honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an industry leader in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
Frederick Stromeyer
Logistics Director, Bacardi U.S.A, Inc.
2:15 - 4:00
Unconference Group Discussion
End of Conference