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First, calculate and reduce your carbon footprint
Making an event ‘CO2 neutral’ is similar to making an organization ‘CO2 neutral’. The first step is to calculate the footprint of the event by identifying all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Major emissions sources include travel to the host city, local transportation, energy consumed by the event venue and the preparation of the meals. Climate advisors CO2logic calculated the footprint. Last year the summit emitted 45 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, with 95% that was caused by air travel. The remaining emissions were mostly caused by the preparation of meals, while local transportation and energy consumed by the venue proved to be negligible.
Once all emissions sources associated with the event were identified, strategies for reducing these emissions were devised. By selecting a destination city that is served by many direct flights, our event already avoided several dozens of metric tons of CO2. The caterer also received instructions to increase the share of local and vegetarian ingredients.
Then, offset your emissions through a project that benefits the vulnerable groups
Once energy conservation and emission reduction strategies were implemented, emissions that cannot be further reduced are offset. To achieve ‘CO2 neutral’ status, CvCC is supporting a Gold Standard-certified project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while still enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods.
Finally, engage event participants to do their bit to protect our climate
By holding this low-carbon event the CvCC wants to raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to inspire participants.
Satish Kavirajan has over 20 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing. He was Managing Director of The Center for Business Innovation (TCBI), a conference company that focused on healthcare, technology and finance, for 19 years. TCBI organized events that attracted thousands of executives from across the U.S. In 2019, Satish started up a new conference company, Actionable Intelligence Network. Prior to his work as a conference organizer, he was a business journalist.
Satish holds BA and MBA degrees from Columbia University.
Jason is an entrepreneur, business creator and developer, event producer, constant networker and leader in the corporate sustainability space. Prior to launching Companies Vs Climate Change Sustainability Consulting, Jason produced conferences and events for over 20 years. In 2015 he founded Companies Vs Climate Change, a boutique sustainability conference company. The conferences developed a strong following. They were mission based, content driven and provided intimate networking. He has worked in many industries including sustainability, nonprofit, technology, healthcare and life sciences. In 2006 he launched and led the global multi-million dollar event series “Digital Pharma”, which focused on digital pharmaceutical marketing, digital self treatment and patient to patient/patient to provider communications. He has always enjoyed the creative process of putting together an impactful event that leaves participants recharged and inspired..
Jason has a BA in Sociology and an MS in Communications from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Englewood, NJ with his fiance. He was thrilled to fulfill his dream of organizing a conference series that explores the massive business and human race saving opportunities that exist in the battle against climate change. He now has a goal to build a team of experts who will serve their clients to achieve their sustainability strategies.
Patrick creates positive environmental impacts and influences change through Corporate Responsibility. He led the Corporate Sustainability department of a Fortune 100 Company for several years. He is an authentic and dynamic leader. He has many years of international program and project management experience both internally and as a consultant. He understands how to navigate corporate matrixed organizations to focus on the triple bottom line. He is authentic and enthusiastic and an excellent communicator. Patrick knows how to successfully lead large international teams and will also roll up his sleeves to drive and deliver projects to completion. His experience includes:
• Corporate Sustainability program development
• Climate target setting
• Real Estate Sustainability Development
• Construction Project management
• Design and Space planning
• Energy, Water, and Material Waste Operational Efficiency
• Design and Building sustainability performance standards
• Energy Procurement
Patrick loves getting outdoors; camping, running, and spending time with his family.
Maureen Stroud is the Founder and Managing Director of Shinka Sustainability Consultants, LLC. Her inspiration for the name of the business comes from Japanese because she has a Japanese/English household since her husband grew up there and they travel there as much as possible.
In her practice, she is helping her clients evolve on their sustainability journeys and is passionate about product design and innovation. Her expertise is in developing sustainability strategies
She is also currently an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University in Chicago. She teaches an online course on Assessment and Reporting for Energy, Air, Buildings and Transportation.
Stroud formerly managed the North America and Global Carbon programs at Whirlpool Corporation. In her role at Whirlpool, she was responsible for Whirlpool’s North American Sustainability Strategy and manages the sustainability initiatives for products under the Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Aire Brands.
Previously, she developed sustainability standards for products in the building industry, managed a university sustainability program, provided sustainability and risk assessment services for large industrial and commercial clients, and managed hazardous waste remediation projects.
Maureen has held several voluntary and appointed positions including serving as a Board Member for the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF), Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF), serving as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Emerging Professionals National Committee, and providing Pro Bono consulting services through Net Impact Chicago Chapter.
I am passionate about Zero Waste and sustainable materials management. Gone are the days when “waste” was valueless (in fact this was never the case), all materials have some inherent value, even if not in the recycling market they have value to another person. Our impact on the planet is massive, one of the best ways we can easily minimize our impact on a daily basis is by reducing our own personal, and our business’, waste generation. I have made a personal and household commitment to Zero Waste to landfill, and started Think Zero to work with business to help them realize their waste reduction and diversion goals. My personal motto is “every little bit counts”. Together, if we all make some effort to generate less waste and divert more from landfill, we can make a big difference.
Soha Kirmani is a rising senior at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business pursuing a B.B.A in Business Management. She is involved in many on-campus activities such as holding a mentor role to other students and participating in an Entrepreneurship society. She has also received an A.A.S in Fashion Business Management from the highly ranked Fashion Institute of Technology. While at F.I.T, Soha studied and cultivated an interest in the need for sustainable practices within the corporate fashion industry and has continued to develop an interest within this field into other corporate ventures.
Based in Hyderabad, India, Swapan Kumar is an experienced Sustainability & EHS professional with a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing, management consulting and Audit industry.
Experienced Sustainability & EHS professional with a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing, management consulting and Audit industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, TCFD, Integrated Reporting, ESG Reporting, Climate Bonds, Carbon footprint and carbon neutrality, AA 1000AS Assurance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Water footprint and Water Positive, Water Resource Management, Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS), ISO 1400 1Lead auditor , OHSAS 18001Lead auditor, Stake holder engagement, Sustainable Business, IRIS Standard, BCMS Standard.
As the head of sustainability at Alaska Airlines, Jacqueline created and spearheaded the airline’s formal sustainability strategy and program. Under Jackie’s leadership, Alaska earned the reputation as the domestic aviation leader in environmental stewardship and received more than 25 environmental and sustainability awards, including being named the top North American airline on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index two years in a row (2017, 2018). Career highlights include: the launch and leadership of an industry-leading inflight recycling program, the first airline to fly multiple routes using sustainable aviation biofuels, the first airline to remove plastic straws and picks from service (“#StrawlessSkies”), and the publication of six Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reports.
Jacqueline currently advises, teaches, inspires, and mentors others to achieve success in their sustainability and environmental compliance programs.
Specialties: public speaking, GRI sustainability reporting, DJSI, ESG data and reporting, carbon emissions, climate change, aviation environmental issues, waste reduction, environmental compliance auditing, sustainability strategy, training/instruction in a wide-variety of environmental compliance and sustainability topics.