2021 Virtual Climate Leadership Series

Ambition to Action: Mobilizing for a Decade of Decarbonization

The 2021 Climate Leadership Series has concluded. Recordings are available below.

Past Events

Wednesday, December 8th
Workshop: 1:00pm – 3:00pm ET
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Pathways to Net Zero: The Fundamentals of Getting to Zero

Preventing the worst effects of climate change demands immediate economic transformation. Fortunately, the number of global companies pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 is picking up pace. The pathway to net zero will vary by entity, but there will be consistent aspects of the journey: measuring a complete inventory and defining a reduction strategy, setting a science-based target with interim goals, implementing process and energy optimization, investing in clean energy, breakthrough technologies, and quality offsets, and then tracking and reporting progress. This workshop digs into the fundamentals of getting to zero, including science-based net-zero targets, investing in verified offset projects, and publicly reporting on pledges, progress, and best practices.

Part 1: Science Based Targets and New Criteria Considered for Net Zero Goals
Part 2: Leveraging Quality Offset Projects to Meet Net Zero Targets
Part 3: Where it all Comes Together: Best Practices and the Net Zero Portal (NZP)

Chelsea Hasenauer

Senior Manager of MRV Initiatives,
The Climate Registry

Tim Juliani

Tim Juliani,
Director of Corporate Climate Engagement, WWF US

Rick Johnson

Director, Sustainability
Entergy Corporation

Michael LeMonds

Vice President, Environment, Land & Government Affairs

Janet Peace

Chief of Advisory Services,
BlueSource, LLC

Andres Rodriguez

Program Manager, Energy & Climate

Thursday, December 9th

Webinar: 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

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Investing in our Cities: Pursuing Smart, Resilient Infrastructure

Climate-related weather events are damaging and disrupting infrastructure across the country, jeopardizing the local economies and livelihoods that rely on it. The recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide a critical influx of funding to increase infrastructure resilience moving forward. In this conversation, experts, and federal and local leaders will explore what is needed to leverage federal funds, catalyze private dollars, and scale up efforts to build climate resilient, equitable communities and how infrastructure investment is at the core of what cities need to get there.

Laura Brush

Resilience Fellow
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Damon Burns

Finance New Orleans

LaToya Cantrell

City of New Orleans

Emily Feenstra

Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives
American Society of Civil Engineers

William Hsu

Manager, Accelerator

Eric Letvin

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Mitigation,

Thursday, November 18th

Webinar: 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET

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Transforming the Built Environment through Smart Technology and Innovation

The built environment is currently responsible for almost 40 percent of global energy and process-related CO2 emissions. To achieve full system decarbonization, businesses must reach beyond the low hanging fruit to integrate new technologies, pursue innovative strategies, and support complementary policies and building codes that not only reduce onsite emissions but also support an overall net-zero transition of buildings. This session will introduce new technologies, policies, and approaches for transforming the built environment.

Steve Harper

Senior Director, Environment, Energy and Sustainability Policy,

Scott Tew

VP, Sustainability & Managing Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability,

Christie Gamble

Senior Director of Sustainability, CarbonCure Technologies

Eric Werling

National Director, Building America Program,
U.S. Department of Energy

Wednesday, November 17th

Workshop: 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

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Climate Risk, Opportunity, and Disclosure: Insights and Trends from TCFD Leaders

This workshop will provide an overview of key insights and trends from Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Risk (TCFD) leaders across a variety of sectors and offer high-level guidance on how companies can elevate their assessment of climate risks and opportunities to lead to greater strategic action. Attendees will gain lessons learned from leading companies that have prepared effective climate-related disclosures to meet the expectations of investors and stakeholders.

Rick Alsop

Advisor, Climate Change and Resilience, WSP Canada

Christopher Benjamin

Director, Corporate Sustainability,

Katie Eisenbrown

Senior Project Director, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change,

Emily Wasley

Practice Leader, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change,

Thursday, October 28th

Webinar: 1:00pm – 2:30pm ET

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The Critical Role that Natural Climate Solutions Play in Meeting Corporate Commitments

There is no single solution to addressing climate change, but nature-based solutions can make a big impact on our ambitious road to net zero. Nature-based solutions (NbS), or natural climate solutions, refer to projects that protect, restore, and manage natural ecosystems. They provide important environmental and social co-benefits too, contributing to more equitable communities, cleaner air and water, and increased biodiversity. Nature-based solutions are preventing greenhouse gas emissions, actively removing carbon from the atmosphere, and restoring green infrastructure and building climate resilience. It’s no wonder more companies are investing in natural climate solutions to meet their ambitious climate commitments! Join us to learn more about how companies are working to meet the ambitious goals of today while planning for a net-zero, climate resilient future.

Featuring a headline interview with Lisa Jackson, VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives at Apple.

David J. Eichberg

Global Head of Climate Action,
HP, Inc.

Alterra Hetzel

Vice President, Client Solutions, Natural Capital Partners

Stewart Lindsay

Managing Director, Corporate Engagement,
The Nature Conservancy

Andria Smith

Sustainability Program Manager,

Natasha Tuck

Director, Sustainability & ESG,

Lisa Jackson

VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives,

The Climate Leadership Series has hosted over 1,200 sustainability professionals to address today’s most pressing climate challenges through policy, innovation, and business solutions. View the program agenda below, or access live recordings on our YouTube Channel.

Climate Leadership Series Kick-off Event: October 13-15, 2021

Ambition to Action: Mobilizing for a Decade of Decarbonization

Wednesday, October 13th

2:00pm – 5:00pm ET

Climate Change Rises to Become a National Priority

2:00pm – 2:15pm ET

Welcome from your hosts, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry

The Moment is Now: Prioritizing Climate Action

Climate change receives overdue attention and dedication from the Biden Administration while states and municipalities battle climate-related threats on the front lines and the business community ratchet up ambitious climate goals. Antha Williams, Global Head of the Environment Program for Bloomberg Philanthropies shares why the moment is now, what we need to meet such ambitious goals, and why addressing climate change requires a whole-of-society approach.

Closing Remarks from Wendy Jaglom, RMI US Program Manager and Member, America Is All In.

Antha Williams

Environment Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Wendy Jaglom

US Program Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute and Member, America Is All In Secretariat

2:15pm – 3:00pm ET

Confronting the Threat of Climate Change and Building Resilience throughout the U.S.

Opening Remarks from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

Extreme weather events across the U.S. continue to increase in size, scope, and frequency. Hear from resilience officers working on the front lines to minimize destruction, maintain and invest in climate-smart infrastructure, and build climate resilience in their communities. 

John Bel Edwards

State of Louisiana

Wade Crowfoot

Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency,
State of California

Charles Sutcliffe

Chief Resilience Officer,  Office of the Governor,
State of Louisiana

Susanne Torriente

Global Technology Leader for City Resilience,

3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Environment, Economy and Equity: A Conversation with EPA Administrator, Michael Regan

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will explore the intersection of the 3 E’s – environment, economy and equity – and share how the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice addresses climate change and paves the way for economic revitalization, job creation, and healthier communities. He will be joined in a moderated discussion with Ebony Thomas, Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiatives Executive at Bank of America.

Michael Regan

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ebony Thomas

Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Initiatives Executive,
Bank of America

3:30pm – 3:45pm ET


3:45pm – 4:30pm ET

The Road to Zero Emissions and the Future of Transport 

We collectively won’t get to zero without transforming the transportation sector. It’s a tall order but the opportunity is BIG – to reduce GHG emissions, improve air quality and public health, create jobs, and advance equitable communities. This conversation focuses on the future of road transport and the investment, local policies, innovation and collaboration needed to drive positive change.

Jill Anderson

Senior Vice President, Customer Service, Southern California Edison

James Bradbury

Mitigation Program Director,
Georgetown Climate Center

Dawn Fenton

Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs,
Volvo Group North America

Keith Kerman

New York City Chief Fleet Officer,
NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

4:30pm – 5:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open

Thursday, October 14th

2:00pm – 5:00pm ET

Business Leaders Driving Climate Action

2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Decarbonizing the U.S. Power Sector

We are excited to present this special session to address the pivotal role of American utility companies in our quest to decarbonize the U.S. economy by mid-century. This impressive panel of executive leaders will share with the Climate Leadership audience why they are up for the challenge and what multifaceted opportunities they seek to leverage in getting to net zero. 

Gerry Anderson

Executive Chairman,

Bob Blue

Chair, President, and CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.

Maryam Brown

Southern California Gas Company

Leo Denault

Chairman and CEO, Entergy

Ralph Izzo

Chairman, President and CEO,

3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Break, Exhibit Hall Open

3:30pm – 4:30pm ET

2021 Climate Leadership Awards Showcase 

This year’s impressive class of Climate Leadership Award winners will share best practices, what drives their ambitious efforts to solve the climate crisis, and lend some inspiration to the Climate Leadership community during these challenging times.

4:30pm – 5:00pm ET

Exhibit Hall Open

Friday, October 15th

12:00pm – 2:00pm ET

The Global Race to Net Zero

12:00pm – 12:30pm ET

America Is All In Presents Breakthrough Policies and All-In Approach for Achieving U.S. Climate Goals 

America Is All In shares why an all-in climate strategy is needed to cut emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and set the stage for a fully decarbonized economy by mid-century. With the release of new analysis in Blueprint 2030, report author and leading experts discuss what exactly the road to zero means in practice.

Leon Clarke

Acting Director at the Center for Global Sustainability and a Research Professor in the School of Public Policy,
University of Maryland

Kevin Kennedy

Senior Fellow,
U.S. Climate Team
World Resources Institute

Verena Radulovic

VP, Business Engagement,
Center for Climate and Energy

Lainie Rowland

US Program RMI

12:30pm – 1:00pm ET

Governor Jay Inslee Shares the Important Work of Fellow ‘Supernationals’ in Battling the Climate Crisis  

Subnational governments around the world are laying out their own road maps for climate leadership. We welcome Governor Inslee to the virtual stage in a fireside chat with The Climate Registry’s Executive Director, Amy Holm, to share what kind of climate action superpowers state and local governments have at their disposal and how they are rising to the challenge and showing what leadership should look like.

Jay Inslee

State of Washington

Amy Holm

Executive Director,
The Climate Registry

1:00pm – 1:05pm ET


1:05pm – 1:50pm ET

Driving Capital and Innovation Towards Global Decarbonization

Driving the transition to net zero will require significant capital and investment in breakthrough technologies. The good news is that global efforts to address the climate crisis are broadening, deepening and accelerating. Experts forecast what to watch for and where the greatest impact may be for mitigating emissions over the next decade.

Karen Fang

Global Head of Sustainable Finance and Managing Director,
Bank of America

John Morton

Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury

Rick Saines

Pollination Group

Ailun Yang

Head of International Programs, Climate & Environment,
Bloomberg Philanthropies

1:50pm – 2:00pm ET

The Road to COP: a White House send-off to Glasgow

2:00pm ET

Kick-off Series Adjourns