Past Environment Events

Peter Gleick Keynote
Water Corporate Sustainability Panel
Sponsored Networking Break

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s annual Energy & Sustainability Summit is a signature event that brings together more than 300 business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to share best practices and lessons learned in applying new technologies to address energy and sustainability issues.

Please see below for highlights from our past Energy & Sustainability Summits.

2017 Energy & Sustainability Summit

Business Leadership on Sustainability in a Brave New World

2016 was officially the warmest year on record, with temperatures almost 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the pre-industrial level. The year also brought change to Washington, with many uncertain or fearful of what is to come.

California has vowed to continue to lead on climate and environmental issues. And business has, in many ways, taken responsibility for advancing the sustainability agenda over the last decade. For example, recent surveys show 85% of executives believe climate change is real and more than 90% of CEOs believe that sustainability is important to a company’s profits.

What are companies doing to address sustainability? And given the uncertain and uneven policy and regulatory environment, what are their plans going forward?


2016 Energy & Sustainability Summit

What’s Next After Paris & What’s In Store For California?

2015 was a momentous year.  First, there was a historic climate agreement in Paris where 196 countries agreed to limit their emissions of heat-trapping gases to try and stay below 2°C, and second the passage of SB 350 here in California, which calls for half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources, while also doubling energy efficiency in homes, offices and factories – all by 2030.  At the same time, the state remained mired in an extraordinary drought.

The 2016 Summit featured keynote addresses by Dr. Peter H. Gleick, Dr. Marc Jacobson, and Mary Nichols, plenary sessions on meeting COP21 goals, the circular economy, and the future of California climate and clean energy policy, as well as breakout sessions on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water.


2015 Energy & Sustainability Summit

Driving Growth Through Leadership on Climate and Clean Energy

Traditional sources of business value are being eroded and new opportunities are being created in our carbon and water constrained world. How can your company ensure it is best prepared to adapt to this changing landscape?

What’s more, with Governor Brown’s announcement regarding his clean energy goals and with the California Global Warming Solutions Act expiring in a few years, the state will again be called on to help lead the development of clean air and clean energy solutions. What will the impact be to businesses across the state?

The summit featured three concurrent tracks around the Governor’s 50-50-50 plan:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Next Generation Transportation
  • Renewables Deployment

The summit also featured keynote addresses by Tom Steyer, Investor, Philanthropist, and Advanced Energy advocate, and Steve McBee, President & CEO, NRG Home.

2014 Energy & Sustainability Summit

Building a Sustainable Enterprise in an Era of Climate Risk & Water Security

From Davos to New York to San Francisco, from Coca-Cola to Private Equity, to Cisco, climate change is increasingly on the minds of executives. The reason is simple: Traditional sources of business value are being eroded and new opportunities are being created.

Our 2014 Summit featured keynote addresses by Kate Gordon, VP Energy and Climate Program, NextGen, and Lance Pierce, Executive Director, Ceres, plenary sessions on smart cities, the energy-water nexus, and the business risk from climate change, and breakout sessions on water and energy.


2013 Energy & Sustainability Summit

Our 2013 Summit featured a keynote address by Senator Kevin De Leon, the Silicon Valley Power awards, plenary sessions on meeting sustainability through shareholder value and information and communications technology, and breakout sessions on energy and sustainability issues.