Agenda Overview

We are excited to invite you to participate in the virtual 2021 Climate Leadership Series, kicking off with exclusive high-level plenary sessions and the Climate Leadership Awards Showcase, October 13-15.

2021 Virtual Climate Leadership Series: October 13-15

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 ratchets 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.

Antha Williams

Environment Lead, Bloomberg Philanthropies

2:15pm – 2:45pm 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

Governor, 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

Susy Torriente

Global Technology Leader for City Resilience, Jacobs

2:45pm – 3:30pm ET

Environment, Economy and Equity: A Conversation with EPA Administrator, Michael Regan (invited)
EPA Administrator Michael Regan explores the intersection of the 3 E’s – environment, economy, and equity – and shares how the Biden Administration’s commitment to environmental justice addresses climate change and paves the way for economic revitalization, job creation, and healthier communities.

3:30pm – 3:45pm ET

Break, Networking

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

Networking Rooms 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, DTE

Bob Blue

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

Maryam Brown

President, Southern California Gas Company

Leo Denault

Chairman and CEO, Entergy

Ralph Izzo

Chairman, President and CEO, PSEG

3:00pm – 3:30pm ET

Break, Networking

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

Networking Rooms 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.

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 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

Governor – State of Washington

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.

John Morton

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

Rick Saines

Partner – Pollination Group

Ailun Yang

Head of International Programs, Climate & Environment – Bloomberg Philanthropies

1:50pm – 2:00pm ET

The Road to COP: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry (invited), Sends Us Off to Glasgow

2:00pm ET

Kick-off Series Adjourns

October – December, 2021

Climate conversations will continue throughout the fall with a series of expert-driven webinars and workshops to address timely topics serving our collective efforts to meet ambitious climate goals. 


Full Schedule Coming Soon!