Program Overview – 2022

2022 Agenda

For an overview of our agenda, please view the Schedule at a Glance

See below for a breakdown of the hybrid format for our upcoming 2022 event.


Virtual Workshops

1:00 – 2:30 pm


Revising the Climate Leadership Awards

Hosted by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

This year EPA, TCR, and C2ES are taking the opportunity to conduct a deep dive into our awards categories and criteria to ensure that after 10 years since the launch of the awards program, they are still accomplishing our goals of acknowledging and honoring the true leaders in climate action and GHG emissions reduction. Led by EPA, this workshop session will share the proposed updated categories and criteria, along with a proposed timeline for finalizing the criteria and application process.


Christopher Kent

Program Manager, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Matt Clouse

Chief, Energy Supply & Industry Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dan Krekelberg

Policy Director, The Climate Registry

Verena Radulovic

Vice President for Business Engagement, C2ES


Networking & Visit The Virtual Exhibit Hall

2:30 – 300 pm


Virtual Workshop

3:00pm – 4:30pm


Supply Chain Mobilization: Measuring and Accounting for Scope 3

Hosted by: Jacobs

Organizations and governments are in the spotlight to reduce their GHG footprint and ensure their facilities and supply chains are resilient to the risks of climate change. In response, organizations are making bold commitments to address value chain emissions without relying on offsets. In this workshop, Jacobs and its partners will bring real-world lessons learned from implementing supply chain strategies and solutions, with actionable tools and practical resources for moving beyond the foundational step of using spend data to screen Scope 3 emissions and prioritize suppliers.

Chelsea Hasenauer

Carbon Management Consultant, Jacobs

Christina O'Keefe

Director of Sustainability, North America, Kerry

Joe Rozza

Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan Companies

David Asiello

Director of Sustainability & Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense

Erin Laude

Senior Sustainability Director, Jacobs


Conference Registration Opens

6:00pm – 8:00pm


Conference Registration Opens

7:00am – 6:00pm


Networking Breakfast

7:00am – 8:45am


Interactive Workshops

9:00am – 10:10am


Toward Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Opportunities, challenges, and the role of “handprint” impacts

Hosted by: Intel

This workshop will explore net-zero GHG target setting opportunities and challenges within manufacturing sectors, as well as the role of downstream “handprint” impacts in the global transition to net-zero emissions.


Dr. Neal Elliott, Ph.D, P.E.

Director Emeritus, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Dr. Natasha Hodas, Ph.D

Carbon Footprint Program Manager, Global Public Affairs and Sustainability, Intel Corporation

Sharon Nolen, P.E., C.E.M.

Program Manager & Fellow, Global Natural Resource Management, Eastman

Additional Confirmed Speakers:

  • Sharon Nolen, P.E., C.E.M., Program Manager & Fellow, Global Natural Resource Management, Eastman
  • Erik Mohn, Global Director, Sustainability Consultancy, Schneider Electric

Local Leadership, Federal Support: Pathways Toward Climate Resilience in U.S. Communities

Hosted by: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

The growing intensity and frequency of extreme weather events due to climate change necessitates strong action across levels of government and the private sector to increase climate resilience. This workshop will explore local and regional experiences with climate resilience planning and project implementation, how federal programs and policies intersect with and are supporting climate resilience, and what more is needed to accelerate resilience action.


Paul Robinson

Director, RISE Resilience Innovations

John Andrew

Deputy Director, Climate Resilience, California Department of Water Resources

Laura Brush

Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Shannon Blair

 Sustainability Analyst, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Sarah Gould

Acting Pollution Prevention Program Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory


Networking and Refreshments Break



Interactive Workshops



Science-Based Targets and Beyond: Paths to Net Zero

Hosted by: World Wildlife Fund

In this workshop, WWF experts will present how the Science-Based Targets initiative’s Net Zero standard and new methodology for companies setting targets with footprints in the Forest, Land and Ag (FLAG) sectors are creating a new benchmark for the integrity of corporate Net Zero claims. We will explore how these new methodologies will interact with other developments, such as the upcoming GHG Protocol revisions and efforts to increase the supply and integrity of the voluntary carbon markets.


Tim Juliani

Director, Corporate Climate Engagement, WWF

Christa Anderson

Director, Climate Science & Carbon Metrics, WWF

Tim Letts

Deputy Director, Corporate Climate Engagement, WWF

Elevating ESG to the Board Level and Beyond

Hosted by: Diligent

This session will discuss the benefits of building a strong ESG program, how to treat ESG disclosures, and how best climate leaders can present their efforts to internal stakeholders while also articulating the business value behind it. In an effort to instill confidence in their work and help influence ESG policies and programs the workshop aims to provide tools to help practitioners: effectively communicate ESG policies; educate directors and executives on ESG strategy; and get their buy-in to adopt actions ensuring progress towards ESG goals.


Dottie Schindlinger

Executive Director, Diligent Institute

Abbey Raish

Partner, ESG & Impact Practice, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Purchasing Clean Energy for Impact

Hosted by: Center for Resource Solutions

Investments in clean energy are critical to meeting growing energy demand and reducing carbon emissions. Today, corporate and institutional buyers of clean energy are also looking to maximize the environmental impact of their procurement. Participants of this workshop will explore different clean energy impact strategies and learn how buyers can measure and communicate impacts associated with their procurement. Guest speakers will share their own clean energy impact strategies and how they navigate through common challenges. This workshop will also offer an interactive format for attendees to engage with each other and share practices and different strategies.


Peggy Kellen

Director, Policy, Center for Resource Solutions

Lucas Grimes

Manager, Policy, Center for Resource Solutions

James Critchfield

Director, Green Power Partnership Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Doug Miller

Deputy Director, Market & Policy Innovation, Clean Energy Buyers Institute


Networking Lunch



Plenary Session

1:00pm – 3:15pm


Welcome Address

Introduction to the 11th annual Climate Leadership Conference from our organization leaders and headline sponsor.


Amy Holm

Executive Director, The Climate Registry

Nat Keohane

President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Antha Williams

Global Head of the Environment Program, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Policy Wins and Federal Action on Climate

Keynote address by White House Administration officials highlighting federal climate policy and how the federal government is reducing its own carbon footprint.


Andrew Mayock

Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, The White House Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President

Janet McCabe

Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Power Sector’s Transition to Net Zero

Power sector leaders share how the industry is decarbonizing its own emissions and paving the way for others.


Lisa Jacobson

President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Ralph Izzo

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

Calvin Butler

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Exelon

Pedro Pizarro

President and Chief Executive Officer, Edison International

Driving Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

Leading companies discuss the critical role of public policy in meeting enterprise-level, national and global climate goals.


Victoria Mills

Managing Director EDF+Business, Environmental Defense Fund

Steve Harper

Senior Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel

John Monsif

Director, U.S. Federal Government Relations, Carrier

Meghan Thurlow

Global Director, Public Affairs, GE


Networking & Refreshments Break
Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

3:15pm – 3:35pm


Plenary Session

3:35pm – 5:40pm


Decarbonizing the Built Environment

Making up 40% of overall emissions, the built environment’s pathway to net zero includes new opportunities for developers, builders, construction and materials.


Elizabeth Beardsley

Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council

Michael LeMonds

Vice President of Environment, Land, and Government Affairs, Holcim US

Nanette Lockwood

Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy, Trane Technologies

Joan Glickman

Program Manager for Residential Buildings Integration, Building Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Ensuring a Just and Fair Transition: When a Coal Fired Power Plant Goes Offline

This conversation focuses on the importance of community-level planning when transitioning away from fossil fuels as we race to zero.


Shawn Patterson

Vice President of Environmental Management and Safety, DTE Energy

Jeremy Richardson

Manager, Carbon-Free Electricity, Rocky Mountain Institute

Electrifying Transportation: Opportunities and Roadblocks

Public and private sector professionals discuss the necessity of, and progress towards, electrifying our transportation sector


James Schroll

Energy and Transport Senior Analyst, Abt Associates

Cynthia Williams

Global Director, Sustainability, Homologation and Compliance, Ford Motor Company

Michael Berube

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy

Jessica Olson

Vice President, Policy, CALSTART

Matthew Nelson

Director of Government Affairs, Electrify America

Climate Finance: How Public Dollars Can Catalyze Private Investment

Experts discuss the significant capital and investment needed to achieve net zero and the breakthrough technologies and trends on the horizon.


Rick Saines

Partner, Pollination

Alex Liftman

Global Environmental Executive, Bank of America

Jake Levine

Chief Climate Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation


Welcome Reception

5:45pm – 7:15pm


Conference Registration



Networking Breakfast

7:00am – 8:45am


Interactive Workshops

9:00am – 10:10am


Negative Emissions: The Role of Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Solutions to Achieve Carbon Neutrality and Beyond

Hosted by: Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Given the strong likelihood of continued carbon dioxide emissions from hard-to-decarbonize sectors, carbon dioxide removal (CDR) methods will likely be needed to produce the “negative emissions” required to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality (and then carbon negativity). As more funding becomes available for CDR projects, this deep dive discussion will feature experts from research institutions, project developers, and policy advocates to identify major opportunities and challenges for the emerging CDR sector.


Kelly Erhart

President and Co-Founder, Project Vesta

Mahmoud Abouelnaga

Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Scott Segal

Partner, Bracewell LLP

Casey Leist

Senior Director of Carbon Finance, CarbonCure Technologies

How Federal Agencies are Prioritizing New Climate Funding for Transportation

Hosted by: ICF

The Bipartisan infrastructure Law has provided a significant infusion of funding to help the Biden Administration address climate change. In this session, ICF will lead a discussion with federal government transportation officials about how they plan to prioritize, provide support for, and create access to funding to make the greatest impact on climate change. The discussion will also provide information about funding opportunities and access for potential recipients.

Stacy Noblet

Vice President, Transportation Electrification + ICF Climate Center Senior Fellow, ICF

Coral Torres Cruz

Senior Advisor to the FHWA Administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation

Dr. Rachael Nealer

Deputy Director for the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation

Navigating the SEC Proposed Ruling: What does this mean for businesses now and into the future?

Hosted by: WSP

This session will cover the differences between current voluntary corporate disclosure practices aligned with the TCFD Recommendations and the GHG Protocol and what is proposed in the SEC ruling specifically highlighting the main differences. Breakout groups will brainstorm ideas on how to mainstream climate change into business functions, whether or not the SEC proposed ruling changes. In what ways are businesses already incorporating or mainstreaming climate change enterprise-wide (e.g., into their business strategy, risk management, and financial oversight), and what areas need to improve in the future to effectively manage climate change and reduce the associated risks?


Verena Radulovic

Vice President for Business Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Katie Eisenbrown

Senior Project Director, WSP

Darius Nassiry

Practice Leader, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change at WSP; Director, Climate Finance at Climate Finance Advisors, Member of WSP

Innovations in Washington, D.C. Building Decarbonization

Hosted by: Arup

Join Arup, global built environment consulting firm, for an offsite panel discussion that will bring together experts from public and private sectors to address the importance of working together across the architecture, engineering and construction industry to achieve practical and scalable solutions to lower buildings’ carbon footprint for our net zero future. This event has limited tour capacity, so please register only if you are able to attend.

Robert Kay

Principal and Americas Climate and Sustainability Services Leader, Arup

Kevin Kampschroer

Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration

Ali Alaswadi

Green Building Plan Reviewer Panelist, Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Washington, D.C.

Linda Toth

Energy and Sustainability Team Leader and Associate, Arup

Lauren Wingo

Project Manager, Arup


Networking and Refreshments Break



Interactive Workshops



The Policies We Need to Jumpstart the Electric Truck Transition

Hosted by Environmental Defense Fund

Despite making up only about 4% of vehicles on the road, the buses, work trucks and tractor trailers that distribute people and goods are the largest contributor among all highway vehicles to nitrogen oxide emissions and health harming fine particulates. Trucks are also a leading source of climate pollution in the U.S. The good news is the last five years have seen tremendous progress in both the supply and demand for large, zero emission vehicles. Accelerating the transition to zero-emission trucks is critical to meet net zero and other climate goals, especially for companies with significant Scope 3 emissions. But that transition will not happen without public policy. Therefore, net zero commitments must be coupled with advocacy for policies that create market certainty for zero-emission trucks and invest in clean, affordable charging infrastructure.


Maren Taylor

Project Manager, Corporate Climate Leadership, EDF

Jayant Kairam

Director, Global Public Policy - Environmental & Sustainability, Walmart

Clarence Tong

U.S. Federal Affairs and Policy, Arrival

Coordination of Effort Across Governments to Address Extreme Heat in Disadvantaged Communities

Hosted by: Georgetown Climate Center

Extreme heat is an emerging public health crisis, causing more deaths than any other weather-related hazard, and is compounded by climate change. Due to historical inequities, people of color in urban areas are disproportionately exposed to high temperatures and suffer greater consequences. To address extreme heat impacts, every level of government needs to be involved. This panel will: provide an overview of programs and policies cities and states are employing to help their residents "beat the heat;" discuss the Biden Administration's Extreme Heat Interagency Working Group's efforts to support state and local efforts; and address potential areas for governments and agencies to add expertise, assistance, and resources.


Mark Rupp

Adaptation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center

Sarah Edwards

Climate Program Analyst, DC Department of Energy and Environment

Kathleen Dolan

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

Victoria Ludwig

Program Manager, Heat Island Reduction Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Nature-Based Solutions​: Carbon Market trends and Industry Perspectives​

Hosted by: Bluesource, LLC

This workshop will discuss the drivers for reductions and removals and how they differ from other types of solutions. It will dive into the efforts by the current standards body to distinguish removals in protocols and public registries, and will explore existing and projected supply and demand for nature-based solutions. This workshop will be interactive, using technology to involve the audience in the conversation about nature based solutions throughout. The bulk of the workshop time will be spent in conversation with industry leaders in the fight against climate change who will discuss their experience to date with greenhouse gas reduction goals and the role nature is playing in those goals.


Janet Peace

Chief of Advisory Services, Bluesource, LLC

Greg Ryan

Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change, DTE Energy

Stephen Donofrio

Director, Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Trends

Lizzie Aldrich

Vice President of Business Development, Bluesource, LLC

Andy Meislin

Sustainability Supervisor, UPS


Climate Leadership Hall of Fame Luncheon
Virtual Exhibit Hall Open



Climate Pioneer Award Presentation

With a special video message from Gina McCarthy

Presenting the Award

Vicki Arroyo

Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Recipient of the 2022 Climate Pioneer Award

Mary Nichols


Plenary Session

1:45pm – 3:15pm


Building Resilience in Combating the Climate Crisis

Climate actors from the public and private sector share lessons learned and hope for building a climate resilient future.


    Josh Sawislak

    Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Emily Wasley

    Practice Leader, Corporate Climate Risk, Adaptation, and Resilience, WSP

    Sarah Greenberger

    Associate Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior

    Nicole LeBoeuf

    Assistant Administrator for National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Crystal Romeo Upperman, PhD.

    Scientist and Author

    Nature-Based Solutions: Ensuring Quality and Longevity

    An important strategy for getting to net zero, how are entities incorporating nature for mitigation solutions? Where are the most impactful projects to keep up with demand?


      Alterra Hetzel

      Vice President, Client Solutions, Climate Impact Partners

      Chris Adamo

      Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Danone North America

      Angela Churie Kallhauge

      Executive Vice President, Impact, EDF

      James Mulligan

      Senior Scientist, Amazon

      Advancing Energy Equity

      This conversation focuses on the importance of bridging energy, equity, and justice as we race to zero.

      Jamal Lewis

      Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification, Rewiring America

      Kwame Canty

      Senior Director, Edison Electric Institute

      Trisha Miller

      Chief Innovation and Development Officer, Elevate

      Ginger Sykes Torres

      Vice Chair, Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, City of Phoenix

      Clean Energy Pathways

      Procurement and development of new clean energy is an important step towards achieving our net zero goals.


      Carla Frisch

      Acting Executive Director and Principal Deputy Director, Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Energy

      Maryam Brown

      President, SoCalGas

      Bob Blue

      Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Energy

      U.S. Climate Leadership Effort


      Conference Adjourns

      See you next year!