Program Overview – 2022
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.
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.
Program Manager, Green Power Partnership, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Chief, Energy Supply & Industry Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Policy Director, The Climate Registry
Vice President for Business Engagement, C2ES
Networking & Visit The Virtual Exhibit Hall
2:30 – 300 pm
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.
Carbon Management Consultant, Jacobs
Director of Sustainability, North America, Kerry
Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan Companies
Director of Sustainability & Acquisition, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
Senior Sustainability Director, Jacobs
Conference Registration Opens
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Conference Registration Opens
7:00am – 6:00pm
7:00am – 8:45am
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.
Dr. Natasha Hodas, Ph.D
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.
Director, RISE Resilience Innovations
Deputy Director, Climate Resilience, California Department of Water Resources
Resilience Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Sustainability Analyst, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Acting Pollution Prevention Program Lead, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Networking and Refreshments Break
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.
Director, Corporate Climate Engagement, WWF
Director, Climate Science & Carbon Metrics, WWF
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.
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.
Director, Green Power Partnership Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Deputy Director, Market & Policy Innovation, Clean Energy Buyers Institute
1:00pm – 3:15pm
Introduction to the 11th annual Climate Leadership Conference from our organization leaders and headline sponsor.
Executive Director, The Climate Registry
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
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.
Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, The White House Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
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.
President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
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.
Director, U.S. Federal Government Relations, Carrier
Global Director, Public Affairs, GE
Networking & Refreshments Break
Virtual Exhibit Hall Open
3:15pm – 3:35pm
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.
Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council
Vice President of Environment, Land, and Government Affairs, Holcim US
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.
Vice President of Environmental Management and Safety, DTE Energy
Electrifying Transportation: Opportunities and Roadblocks
Public and private sector professionals discuss the necessity of, and progress towards, electrifying our transportation sector
Energy and Transport Senior Analyst, Abt Associates
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy
Vice President, Policy, CALSTART
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.
Global Environmental Executive, Bank of America
Chief Climate Officer, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
5:45pm – 7:15pm
7:00am – 8:45am
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.
President and Co-Founder, Project Vesta
Solutions Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
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.
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?
Vice President for Business Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
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.
Principal and Americas Climate and Sustainability Services Leader, Arup
Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
Green Building Plan Reviewer Panelist, Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Washington, D.C.
Energy and Sustainability Team Leader and Associate, Arup
Project Manager, Arup
Networking and Refreshments Break
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.
Project Manager, Corporate Climate Leadership, EDF
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.
Adaptation Program Director, Georgetown Climate Center
Climate Program Analyst, DC Department of Energy and Environment
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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.
Chief of Advisory Services, Bluesource, LLC
Manager, Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change, DTE Energy
Director, Ecosystem Marketplace, Forest Trends
Vice President of Business Development, Bluesource, LLC
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
Associate Administrator, Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Recipient of the 2022 Climate Pioneer Award
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.
Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Practice Leader, Corporate Climate Risk, Adaptation, and Resilience, WSP
Associate Deputy Secretary, Department of the Interior
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?
Vice President, Client Solutions, Climate Impact Partners
Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Danone North America
Angela Churie Kallhauge
Executive Vice President, Impact, EDF
Senior Scientist, Amazon
Advancing Energy Equity
This conversation focuses on the importance of bridging energy, equity, and justice as we race to zero.
Director of Policy Partnerships and Equitable Electrification, Rewiring America
Senior Director, Edison Electric Institute
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.
Chair, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Energy
U.S. Climate Leadership Effort
See you next year!