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7:30 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 AM 
 Welcome and Overview of the Day
8:45 AM 
Opening Keynote 

Going Big on Climate Change – Challenges & Opportunities for Leadership

Tom Steyer – Investor, Philanthropist and Advanced Energy Advocate
Investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate Tom Steyer will discuss his work to address climate change, the impacts of this threat on our communities and economy, and the leadership role that business and California can play in helping to address the most critical challenge we face.
 9:20 AM
Plenary Panel I

Partnerships to Advance Municipal Climate & Clean Energy Goals

As cities strive to reduce GHG emissions, they are undertaking a diverse array of actions—from promoting renewable energy to expanding public transportation. A 2013 report found that 62% of actions that cities are taking to reduce GHG emissions at the city-wide level have the potential to attract new business investment and grow the economy. That same report demonstrates that cities report nearly $40 million in savings per year from tackling climate change.
This panel will explore how cities and businesses are working together to advance sustainability and clean energy goals and how this might help achieve the ambitious “50-50-50” goals set out by Governor Jerry Brown.
Barbara Hale, Assistant General Manager, Power Enterprise, SFPUC
Annabel Chang, Public Policy Manager, Lyft
Hilary Firestone, Senior Project Manager, Energy Efficiency, Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Stacey Lawson, President & CEO, Ygrene
Moderated by Katie Walsh, Cities Manager, North America, CDP
 10:25 AM
Plenary Panel II

Adapting to Climate Change: Strategies for Businesses and Communities

How equipped are businesses for climate change? How ready are the communities we live in to adapt to a changing world? Many critical elements of the Bay Area’s infrastructure, including airports, hospitals, water treatment plants, and the headquarters of major employers are built at or below sea level. That means a severe storm or rising seas could knock out huge parts of our regional economy, causing long-term damage to the Bay Area’s economic health.
This panel will discuss how prepared cities and businesses are for a changing climate and what the Bay Area region is doing to address flood risk together.
Max Weiss, Vice President, Insights, CDP
Gary Kremen, Board Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Andy Ball, President & General Manager, West Region, Suffolk Construction
Daniel Hamilton, Sustainability Program Manager, City of Oakland
Anne Toth, VP Policy & Compliance Strategy, Slack Technologies
Moderated by Mike Mielke, Sr. Vice President, Environment & Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
11:30 AM
Lunch & Networking
12:15 PM
Plenary Panel III

Business Leadership on Climate and Clean Energy

In the lead up to the next Conference of Parties meeting this December, which seeks to put together a binding agreement to keep the world below 3.6° Fahrenheit warming, a number of businesses are stepping forward to make critical commitments on clean energy and climate change. This panel will highlight business leadership on this important issue.
Sara Law, VP Global Insights, CDP
Ryan Schuchard, Associate Director, Climate Change, BSR
Kathrin Winkler, Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC
Emma Stewart, Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk
Moderated by Greg Dalton, Founder & Host, Climate One at The Commonwealth Club
1:00 PM
Networking / Transition to Breakout Sessions
1:20 PM
Breakout Session 1
These breakouts will all focus on how the state might achieve the ambitious “50-50-50” goals set out by Governor Jerry Brown, in three sectors — energy generation, transportation and energy efficiency.
Clean Energy:
Pathways to 50%

Jim Caldwell, Senior Technical Consultant, CEERT

Angelina Galiteva, CA ISO Board of Governors

Sienna Rogers, Director, Energy Policy Initiatives, PG&E

Ted Ko, Director of Policy, Stem, Inc.

Moderated by Tim McRae, Senior Energy Director, Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Energy Efficiency:
Pathways to 50%

Eric Duchon, Director Sustainability Strategies, Cushman & Wakefield

Amy Aves, Sr. Diretor, Global Real Estate Operations, Oracle

Karen Cochran, Real Estate Sustainability Lead, PG&E

Brian Glazebrook, Senior Global Sustainability Manager, NetApp

Moderated by Jim Boyle, President & CEO, Sustainability Roundtable

Petroleum Reduction:
Pathways to 50%

Gil Friend, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto

Daniel Witt, Manager Business Development & Policy, Tesla Motors

John Boesel, President & CEO, CALSTART Inc.

Ryan McCarthy, Science & Technology Policy Advisor to Chairman Mary Nichols, CA Air Resources Board

Moderated by Richard Schorske, Executive Director, EV Communities Alliance

2:20 PM
Networking / Transition to Next Breakout or EE Workshop
2:40 PM
Breakout Session 2
Clean Energy Case Study   Panel:
A number of organizations and companies have made high-profile commitments regarding use of renewables. This panel will explore how and why these organizations went big on clean energy.
Energy Efficiency Workshop from 2:30-5:00pm
The EE workshop will focus on building energy efficiency standards enforcement and compliance and the impact that green building rating systems can have for the commercial sector in CA.
Panel 1 – Building EE Standard Enforcement/Compliance – How do we meet GHG emissions and EE Goals for 2020 and beyond?
Panel 2 – Green Building Rating Systems in California – What you need to know for the commercial sector; who is reporting and why
Petroleum Reduction Case Study Panel:
This panel will explore the role of advanced data and communications technologies, the business case for these strategies, and approach for ensuring the emerging strategies deliver the greatest economic benefits and help meet petroleum and greenhouse gas reduction goals.


Rame Hemstreet, VP Operations & Chief Sustainable Resources Officer,  Kaiser Permanente

Joseph Stagner, Executive Director, Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University

Tiffany Wise-West, Climate Action Coordinator, City of Santa Cruz

Moderated by Steve Chadima, SVP Communications & Director of CA Initiatives, Advanced Energy Economy

Panel 1 Speakers:

David Ismailyan, Existing Building Units Analyst, California Energy Commission

Peter Turnbull, Principal Product Manager, PG&E

Gerard Lee, Studio Leader, Harley Ellis Devereaux

Moderated by Margie Gardner, Executive Director, California Energy Efficiency Industry Council

Panel 2 Speakers:

Ron Fong, Steering Committee, US Green Building Council, Northern CA Chapter

Melanie Loftus, Senior Consultant, Melanie Loftus Consulting

Megan White, Sr. Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group

Moderated by Bill Worthen, Founding Principal, Urban Fabrick


Ananth Prasad, Senior Civil Engineer, County of Santa Clara

Will Baumgardner, Principal, Arup

Paul Sakamoto, VP Field Operations, Savari Inc

Moderated by Rafael Reyes, Deputy Director, Prospect Silicon Valley

3:40 PM
Networking / Transition
4:00 PM
Fireside Chat

Requisite policies & strategies to advance CA’s clean energy leadership

California has a long history of leading on climate change. This innovation continues today with the announcement of the 50/50/50 plan by Governor Brown and the companion bill SB 350, as well as other pieces of legislation currently making their way through the legislature. This fireside chat with business executives and the CA Senate leader will focus on what is needed for the Golden State to continue to lead the way to a clean energy future.
CA State Senate pro Tempore Kevin de León
Danny Kennedy, Co-Founder & EVP, Sungevity & Co-Founder, SfunCube
Pat Romano, President & CEO, ChargePoint
Moderated by Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors
4:40 PM
Closing Keynote

The Future of Energy: The Power to be Free

Steve McBee, President & CEO, NRG Home
5:15 PM
 Closing & Wrap Up
Mike Mielke, Sr. Vice President, Environment & Energy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
5:30 PM
Networking Receptions
6:30 PM

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