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Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network welcome you to this platform for learning, planning, acting, and leading together on climate and justice on our campuses, in our communities, and across our society and economy.


The next milestone of live programming will take place on October 7 & 8, 2021.


This platform will remain open throughout the yearlong Climate Action Pursuit. Registered participants can view resources and recordings from past sessions at any time! To do so, 

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Wednesday, February 24
 

10:00am EST

Office Hours
There will not be a recording of this session.

Open space for conversations with IEN and Second Nature staff.

Moderators
avatar for Hannah Bowen

Hannah Bowen

Director of Events and Communications, Intentional Endowments Network
avatar for Michele Madia

Michele Madia

Senior Director of Programs and Communications, Second Nature

Wednesday February 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Climate Action Pursuit Welcome and Keynote Conversation: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
Click on the VIDEO STREAM button to watch the keynote address, and/or the WELCOME RECORDING button to watch the welcome portion.

Welcome from SN/IEN, orientation to the program and an engaging Keynote conversation with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder, Urban Ocean Lab & Co-Founder, The All We Can Save Project, on "All we can save - rooting our work in compassion, connection, creativity, and collaboration."

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • It’s important to create community, even in a virtual space. Some of the tools we’re using for that include: meaningful introductions including land acknowledgements; Slido polls/interactive questions; peer to peer conversations
  • The Pursuit will be a 4-milestone journey driven by what participants are looking for
  • Participants in the Pursuit are setting ambitious goals
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Moderators
avatar for Tim Carter

Tim Carter

President, Second Nature
avatar for Georges Dyer

Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!
avatar for Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

CFO, East Bay Community Foundation

Speakers
avatar for Ludovica Martella

Ludovica Martella

Independent Researcher, Miami-Dade Office of Resilience
I am a professional researcher and advocate committed to promoting climate justice and gender equality through the engagement of multiple stakeholders. I am particularly interested in local-based approaches to minimize the effects of climate change in climate resilient communities... Read More →
avatar for Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Founder, Urban Ocean Lab; Co-Founder, The All We Can Save Project
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for coastal cities, and is co-creator and co-host of the Spotify/Gimlet podcast How to Save a Planet. With Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, she c... Read More →


Wednesday February 24, 2021 11:00am - 12:15pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

Pursue Neutrality - Carbon Neutrality: Maximum Ambition for Aligning Campus, Endowment, and Community Commitments
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Pursue Neutrality: Hear from University of California President Michael Drake, Chief Investment Officer Jagdeep Bachher, and other leaders about the next generation of carbon neutrality commitments

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Covid has shown us that we must address climate and inequality in an integrated fashion - and that we must all get comfortable with change. Don’t wait for policy changes from government or Board committees, start by making change from within today
  • In order to make substantial change endowments must make intentional decisions to pursue sustainable investing; it is also a way to do well while doing good.  Fossil free strategies have performed very well, and there has been a seachange amongst third party investment managers to embrace ESG investing in the last 5 years. 
  • For funding campus climate action - reinvest savings from energy efficiency into further emissions reductions - but funding for large-scale infrastructure remains a challenge.
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Moderators
avatar for Sandy Urie

Sandy Urie

Chairman Emeritus, Cambridge Associates

Speakers
avatar for Jagdeep Bachher

Jagdeep Bachher

Chief Investment Officer & VP Investments, University of California System
avatar for Dr. Michael V. Drake

Dr. Michael V. Drake

President, University of California System
avatar for David Phillips

David Phillips

Associate Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, University of California - Office of the President
avatar for Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Veerabhadran Ramanathan

University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Wednesday February 24, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

2:30pm EST

Peer to Peer Conversation Block
There will not be a recording of this session.

Connect with peers for facilitated – but informal – discussions about what you’re facing in your work – the good, the bad, the complicated.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Gaskin

Russ Gaskin

Managing Partner, CoCreative
Russ helps people who don't know each other and often don't even like each other solve complex problems together in the areas of shared prosperity and ecological sustainability--and builds the capacity of others to do the same.As the managing partner of CoCreative, a systems change... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Simms

Sharon Simms

Consultant, CoCreative
Sharon leverages her experience in curriculum development, program development, strategic planning, and training to advance meaningful collaboration among diverse stakeholders.Sharon has 20 years of experience working in human/social services and has worked with the nonprofit sector... Read More →


Wednesday February 24, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
Zoom

5:00pm EST

End-of-Day Reflection
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Open space for recapping the day’s sessions, reflecting, and planning for the work ahead.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • We need to use the events that occurred in Texas last week as a reminder and motivator for our work

Speakers
avatar for Tim Carter

Tim Carter

President, Second Nature
avatar for Georges Dyer

Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!
avatar for Dianne Dillon-Ridgley

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley

Board Member, Crane Institute of Sustainability
avatar for Alice DonnaSelva

Alice DonnaSelva

Managing Director, Intentional Endowments Network


Wednesday February 24, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Thursday, February 25
 

9:00am EST

Office Hours: Meet IEN's Steering Committee
There will not be a recording of this session.

Open space for conversations with IEN Steering Committee Members.

Hear from IEN Steering Committee members on what drove them to serve on this leadership group for the Intentional Endowments Network, and ask questions about the Network's current activities and priorities.

This will be an interactive, informal opportunity for networking and peer-learning. 

Moderators
avatar for Alice DonnaSelva

Alice DonnaSelva

Managing Director, Intentional Endowments Network
avatar for Georges Dyer

Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!

Thursday February 25, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EST
Zoom

10:00am EST

Office Hours: Second Nature - Ask Me Anything
There will not be a recording of this session.

Open space for conversations with Second Nature leadership.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Carter

Tim Carter

President, Second Nature

Thursday February 25, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Leveraging Technology: Bold Planning and Steps to the Resilient, Carbon Neutral Campus of the Future
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Keene State College (NH) has set aggressive sustainability goals and, like many higher education institutions, faces barriers to implementing them. We will learn about the creative vision and bold initial actions of this public liberal arts college and their plans toward achieving multi-faceted, short and long-term goals on the road to decarbonization. The approach will reveal key elements associated with partnership, technology, and stakeholder engagement, as well as alternative financing.

As a company Siemens is well-along their path to carbon neutrality. The Chief Sustainability Officer of Siemens will delve into this aligned vision that helps to create synergies and momentum. One example of this is the distributed energy microgrid at the Princeton (NJ) research campus. This project demonstrates the optimization of localized energy generation and storage, building load, and grid supplied electricity, as well as supporting corporate research.

Learn how these campuses are planning and implementing solutions and how their lessons may help your campus achieve its goals.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Davidson

Chris Davidson

Director of Hybrid Power Solutions, Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Chris Davidson is Director of Hybrid Power Solutions for Siemens Smart Infrastructure. His professional career spans more than two decades developing, managing, and engineering standard as well as customized integrated electrical solutions, such as power conversion equipment for power... Read More →
avatar for Martin Powell

Martin Powell

Head of Sustainability, Siemens USA
Martin Powell is Chief Sustainability Officer for Siemens USA and oversees efforts at dozens of corporate campuses that will lead to the company’s achievement of global carbon neutrality by 2030. In his previous role as Global Head of the Urban Development Practice, Martin led the... Read More →
avatar for Diana Duffy

Diana Duffy

Coordinator of Energy and Utility Services, Keene State College
Diana’s work at Keene State College helps procure the power to energize the campus in a pipeline-free corner of New England. Prior to Keene State, Diana was on National Grid’s energy efficiency team managing a range of programs serving customers in four northeastern states. She... Read More →
avatar for Cary Gaunt

Cary Gaunt

Director of Campus Sustainability, Keene State College
Dr. Cary Gaunt currently serves as the Director of Campus Sustainability at Keene State College (KSC), where she facilitates an accomplished team of colleagues and a cross-campus stakeholder group (the Sustainability Council) to lead, develop and implement initiatives that reinforce... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Siemens

Siemens

Siemens Smart Infrastructure strives to create the ideal campus environment, built on smart infrastructure and leveraging digitalization. The right environment for learning can lead to great things. Students focus on learning and exploring their future. The institution adheres to... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Maximizing Impact of Renewable Energy and Carbon Offsets
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This session will share best practices and latest trends for carbon reduction tactics, focusing on renewable energy, carbon offsets, and biomethane. While many campuses are procuring renewable energy and/or carbon offsets, many do not know the details of how to ensure they are high-quality and having maximum impact. Concrete considerations and case studies will be shared to leave the audience with practical next steps to bring back to their campuses.

The clock is ticking to greatly reduce carbon emissions to avoid the worst of a climate catastrophe. These negative impacts will affect everyone, not just those who are emitting the most carbon, and will have a disproportionately large impact on the most vulnerable communities around the world. Everyone should be asking themselves what they can do to avoid this fate and how they can leverage the resources at their campus to go from being part of the problem to part of the solution. The first step to carbon reduction is energy efficiency. But once your campus is as efficient as possible (with a plan for continual improvements), what can be done next? This session will review the main tools schools can use to greatly reduce their carbon emissions, from procuring the traditional options of renewable energy and carbon offsets, to the more nascent option of renewable natural gas. To begin, key considerations will be reviewed when looking to utilize these different tools to ensure purchasers are having maximum impact. Starting with renewable energy procurement, considerations discussed will include fundamental REC accounting and claims as well as differing procurement strategies. For carbon offsets, topics will include how to ensure emission reductions are real and verified as well as co-benefits to consider. Finally, the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions will discuss why it is expanding its Green-e voluntary certification program to include Renewable Natural Gas, including the challenges and opportunities for this new resource in the voluntary market. This session will share real life examples from Swarthmore College, Chatham University, and the University at Buffalo sharing their experience utilizing these climate action tools.


Speakers
avatar for Michelle McGinty

Michelle McGinty

Manager, Program Outreach, Green-e | Center for Resource Solutions
Michelle McGinty is the Program Outreach Manager at Center for Resource Solutions, a nonprofit with a mission to create market and policy solutions to advance sustainable energy.  As Program Outreach Manger, Michelle works to get the word out about the program initiatives at CRS... Read More →
avatar for Mary Whitney

Mary Whitney

Director of University Sustainability, Chatham University
Mary Whitney is the Director of Sustainability at Chatham University, and an Assistant Professor of Practice in Sustainability for the Falk School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University. For over 15 years she has overseen the institution’s many sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Drake

Elizabeth Drake

Climate Action Manager, Swarthmore College
Elizabeth Drake is the Climate Action Manager in the Office of Sustainability, where she leads climate protection activities across the institution in support of the College’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. This includes leading the College’s award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Ryan McPherson

Ryan McPherson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo


Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Net Zero Across Asset Classes
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This session will explore the concept of net-zero portfolio construction across asset classes. Panelists will provide perspectives on how public and private equity and fixed income strategies can be aligned to achieve net-zero goals. They will also explore the role of Scope 3 emissions and the impact of investing in climate solutions as part of a comprehensive net-zero portfolio strategy. The conversation will focus on solutions that can provide the risk-adjusted returns and capital protection endowments need, while also having a meaningful impact on the real economy and supporting an equitable transition to a low-carbon future.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • The biggest hurdle is making the (public, or even internal) commitment to a Net Zero portfolio - there are options for investing already out there once you do make that commitment
  • Investors have to do strong analysis around the carbon footprint of investments just like any other investment factor - it may be a challenge, but it will get easier with better reporting/data availability… but you have to do it whether it’s easy or not.
  • Net Zero can sound like a negative thing, but it’s really about looking forward - is your portfolio ready for the future?
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Moderators
avatar for Joy Williams

Joy Williams

Senior Advisor for Climate Strategy, Education and Finance, Manifest Climate

Speakers
avatar for Temple Fennell

Temple Fennell

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures
avatar for Amberjae Freeman

Amberjae Freeman

CEO, Etho Captial
avatar for Nathalie Wallace

Nathalie Wallace

Head of ESG Strategy & Development, Mirova US


Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Strategies to Reduce Commuter Emissions

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In 2019 the transportation sector overtook power production as the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Signatories of the Climate Leadership Commitments have been required to track and draw down their commuting emissions but it continues to be a challenging output to track accurately and even more difficult to reduce. Despite these challenges, campuses continue to explore ways to track these emissions and offer access to alternative transportation options, and this session will highlight those efforts and opportunities.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Pandemic has highlighted a lot of positives in relation to commuting - less traffic, congestion, opportunity to update buildings and space utilization. Shouldn’t go back to BAU, try to balance the positives of telecommuting with in person operations
  • Pandemic has also highlighted the issues of equity and privilege. Telecommuting is a privilege. Essential workers still need to go to work. Urban public transit has survived, smaller metro areas public transit has suffered and been cut
  • Lots of opportunities linked to commuting - such as the expanding of broadband to rural areas to support telecommuting. Expensive to fund public transportation, this could offset that need.

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Muzzy

Stephen Muzzy

Senior Manager of Climate Programs, Second Nature

Speakers
avatar for Bradley Flamm

Bradley Flamm

Director, Office of Sustainability, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Bradley Flamm is the Director of West Chester University’s Office of Sustainability where he works with the large community of students, faculty, staff, and neighbors active in WCU’s Sustainability Council. WCU has adopted an ambitious Climate Action Plan and includes sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews

Project Director, UNH Sustainability Institute
avatar for JC Porter

JC Porter

Assistant Director Commuter Services, ASU
avatar for Alli Roberts

Alli Roberts

Director, State Policy, Ceres


Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

What Do Retirement Plan Sponsors Need to Know About Sustainability?
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Nonprofit institutions offer limited Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing options in their retirement plans, despite substantial evidence that these strategies reduce risk and enhance long-term investment performance. This panel is intended to help clarify how plan sponsors and trustees can consider sustainable investing strategies.

Resources:

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Gitterman

Jeff Gitterman

Co-Founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management

Speakers
avatar for Jim Roach

Jim Roach

Senior Vice President, Retirement Strategies, Natixis Investment Managers
avatar for Mary Green

Mary Green

Vice President & Client Portfolio Manager ESG, Federated Hermes


Thursday February 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

Avoiding Greenwashing: Identifying True Integration in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Investing
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Session Description:

By now almost everyone has heard of the benefits of integrating environmental and social considerations into how investment managers assess the viability of a company’s business model and the quality of its governance. But with the explosion of managers who are describing their strategy as an ESG strategy, how do we know which ones are taking advantage of a seeming trend and which ones have truly developed expertise in this area?  How do we avoid greenwashing? Come hear from managers who will provide concrete examples of the way ESG is integrated into their investment decisions.


Some Key Takeaways from this session:

What are some of the elements that mark an active investment manager that is incorporating ESG into their investment strategy?
  • Demonstrate intentionality about investing in companies that will benefit from and contribute to sustainable development
  • have long investment time horizons - 7 or more years
  • consider the intersection of environmental, governance & social factors in their approach
  • engage in dialogue, and if necessary collective pressure with other investors, to change corporate behavior to reduce a company’s negative impact on society and to enhance the value of the company
  • adapt and enhance currently available ESG metrics into their analysis
  • ability to identify the issues with ESG data and limitations of knowledge and work to both resolve those issues and invest actively to resolve those problems
consider and engage companies on their impact on all stakeholders, not just shareholders

Moderators
avatar for Madeline Clark

Madeline Clark

Associate Investment Director, Cambridge Associates

Speakers
avatar for Natasha Landell-Mills

Natasha Landell-Mills

Partner & Head of Stewardship, Sarasin Asset Management
avatar for Kevin Walkush

Kevin Walkush

Portfolio Manager, Jensen Investment Management
avatar for Lorna Logan

Lorna Logan

Analyst, Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors
avatar for Anne Matusewicz

Anne Matusewicz

Responsible Investment Strategist, Eaton Vance


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

Solutions Center and Accelerating Climate Action Planning
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This session will review some of the many solutions that are being applied on campuses to reduce climate impacts. The Solutions Center was created to better inform senior campus decision makers about the climate solution options that they could or should be considering based on goals such as economics, publicity impact, feasibility, timeline for implementation, ease of maintenance, and GHG emission reductions.
The discussion will also address the downloadable tool for ranking and prioritizing your climate action projects based on these criteria. The Solutions Center is covered by a Creative Commons license, making the infographics and other information readily available for reuse.  This was done to assist campus energy and sustainability professionals in communicating complex climate solutions to campus leadership and decision makers. 
The Pursuit Panel will also feature a dialogue among campus and industry climate action implementers who are building a peer network to learn from one another, share leadership, and form collaborative solutions on the road to zero.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Campuses of all types have set aggressive sustainability goals and face barriers to implementing them. In this session, we discussed how a public liberal arts college set their vision and took action to achieve multi-faceted goals. The discussion also addressed technologies, stakeholder engagement, and financing.
  • Two campus case studies were presented: Keene State College in NH and a corporate research campus in NJ that is owned and operated by Siemens. The Siemens campus has a distributed energy microgrid to optimize onsite energy generation and storage, supplemented by grid supplied electricity.



Speakers
avatar for Eric Howard

Eric Howard

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Second Nature
I've been with Second Nature for 2+ years, assisting and directing our relationships with an array of entities that provide climate-related services to campuses.
avatar for Dave Karlsgodt

Dave Karlsgodt

Director, Brailsford & Dunleavy
Dave Karlsgodt is a director in Brailsford & Dunlavey’s Management Advisory Services practice group, spearheading the development of interactive tool sets and management of data that provide clients the basis for successful outcomes. Dave is also adept at explaining complex topics... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Chapple

Meghan Chapple

Director of the Office of Sustainability, George Washington University
Meghan Chapple serves as the Director of George Washington University's Office of Sustainability and is the Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives. She has led GW through its comprehensive sustainability strategy process, and has established the university’s reputation... Read More →
avatar for Kate Nelson

Kate Nelson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
In 2008 the Office of Sustainability at UW-Milwaukee was established as one of the first in theUW System, and has been under Kate’s direction since. She is responsible for planning &managing a variety of sustainability initiatives, including, but not limited to; energy conservationstrategies... Read More →
avatar for Chris O'Brien

Chris O'Brien

Director of Business Development, CustomerFirst Renewables
Chris O’Brien is Director, Business Development at CustomerFirst Renewables and a long-time participant in Second Nature Summits and programs. He leads outreach and solution delivery efforts with a focus on the higher education market. He brings more than 20 years of energy, sustainability... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

The Offset Network: Carbon Offsets Done Differently Through Campus Driven Projects
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This panel will introduce attendees to the members and recent work of the Offset Network-- a collaboration of higher education institutions to catalyze and support unique offset projects that provide educational and research opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The mission of the network is to reduce barriers to entry for higher education institutions to implement offset projects.

Some key takeaways from this session:
-The Offset Network is a collaboration of higher education institutions to catalyze and support unique offset projects that provide educational and research opportunities for students, faculty, and staff
-Members of the Offset Network develop peer reviewed projects and submit protocols for review
-Network has robust potential for student engagement and involvement 

Moderators
avatar for Andy DeMeo

Andy DeMeo

Climate Programs Data Manager, Second Nature

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Arsenault

Matthew Arsenault

Program Manager, Duke University
avatar for Emma Fulop

Emma Fulop

Program Coordinator, Duke Carbon Offsets Inititive
avatar for David Vandermast

David Vandermast

Associate Professor of Biology, Elon University


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

What is a Net Zero or Net Positive Portfolio? Q&A with the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance
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Net Zero Portfolio commitments are emerging as a key strategy for accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy.  The Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance, supported by the UNEP Finance Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment is a network of over 30 asset owners that have made this commitment. The standards and methodologies for net zero portfolios are still emerging and evolving.  This session will be a chance to hear from the Alliance about what making a net zero commitment entails, the importance and impact of doing so, and what the challenges and emerging tools and solutions are.

Speakers
avatar for Jesica Andrews

Jesica Andrews

Senior Project Manager, Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

What’s in My Retirement Plan?
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Nonprofit institutions offer limited Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing options in their retirement plans, despite substantial evidence that these strategies reduce risk and enhance long-term investment performance. For those organizations that have added those funds, they have also recognized that it helps to attract and retain top employees. Join us for an informative, in depth and interactive session where we hear firsthand from a company representative why they wanted to add these funds, how they did so, and the results they have seen.

Resources:
Some key takeaways from this session:
  • ESG and responsible investing is the best way to support long term value creation - ESG is a performance driver.
  • Employees should ask if there are ESG funds in their retirement plan and if not, ask why not.  
  • When people find out that they have ESG options in their retirement plan, there is an uptake in enrollment and contribution level. This shows that many people are looking for these options, especially millennials and Generation Zers.

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Gitterman

Jeff Gitterman

Co-Founding Partner, Gitterman Wealth Management

Speakers
avatar for Maureen Kline

Maureen Kline

Vice President of Public Affairs & Sustainability North America, Pirelli Tire
avatar for Jim Roach

Jim Roach

Senior Vice President, Retirement Strategies, Natixis Investment Managers
avatar for Mary Green

Mary Green

Vice President & Client Portfolio Manager ESG, Federated Hermes
avatar for Michael Rhim

Michael Rhim

Principal, PRM Consulting
avatar for Deb Boyden

Deb Boyden

Head of US Defined Contribution, Schroders


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

Presidential Pursuit Cohorts - February Milestone Meeting
This session is by invitation only, for Presidents, Chancellors, and Trustees of higher education institutions.
This invitation only session will begin with a high-level speaker/topic common to the higher education sector as a whole. Presidents will then break out into the cohorts according to institution types to learn about new models for action from peers, and create recommendations for how their institutions can lead action on climate, relying on unique institutional strengths.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. David Finegold

Dr. David Finegold

President, Chatham University
avatar for Tim Carter

Tim Carter

President, Second Nature
avatar for Georges Dyer

Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!
avatar for Dr. F. Javier Cevallos

Dr. F. Javier Cevallos

President, Framingham State University
avatar for Dr. Darron Collins

Dr. Darron Collins

President, College of the Atlantic
avatar for Dr. Michael M. Crow

Dr. Michael M. Crow

President, Arizona State University
avatar for Dr. Jean Goodnow

Dr. Jean Goodnow

President, Delta College
avatar for Dr. Karin Hilgersom

Dr. Karin Hilgersom

President, Truckee Meadows Community College
avatar for Dr. Hilary L. Link

Dr. Hilary L. Link

President, Allegheny College
avatar for Dr. Scott D. Miller

Dr. Scott D. Miller

President, Virginia Wesleyan University
avatar for Dr. Mark Mitsui

Dr. Mark Mitsui

President, Portland Community College
avatar for Dr. Valerie Newhouse

Dr. Valerie Newhouse

President, Iowa Lakes Community College
avatar for Dr. Elsa Núñez

Dr. Elsa Núñez

President, Eastern Connecticut State University
avatar for Dr. Santa J. Ono

Dr. Santa J. Ono

President & Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia
avatar for Dr. Robert C. Robbins

Dr. Robert C. Robbins

President, The University of Arizona
avatar for Mariko Silver

Mariko Silver

President & CEO, Luce Foundation
avatar for Nigel Topping

Nigel Topping

High Level Climate Champion, COP26
avatar for Dr. Wim Wiewel

Dr. Wim Wiewel

President, Lewis & Clark College
avatar for Dr. Kim A. Wilcox

Dr. Kim A. Wilcox

Chancellor, University of California Riverside
avatar for Jamie Merisotis

Jamie Merisotis

President & CEO, Lumina
Innovation and DiscoveryFuture of WorkDemocracyImmigration


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Zoom

1:00pm EST

Pursuit Team Formation Workshop
There will not be a recording of this session.

A workshop to discuss goal-setting, identify shared challenges and shared aspirations, and meet colleagues with similar interests. Participants can expect to engage with their peers from across higher ed and leave the workshop with tools, connections, resources, and goals to work towards to overcome tricky issues. Joining this workshop gives you the opportunity – but not an obligation – to form a team with colleagues to receive additional support through the Climate Action Pursuit.

Speakers
avatar for Russ Gaskin

Russ Gaskin

Managing Partner, CoCreative
Russ helps people who don't know each other and often don't even like each other solve complex problems together in the areas of shared prosperity and ecological sustainability--and builds the capacity of others to do the same.As the managing partner of CoCreative, a systems change... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Simms

Sharon Simms

Consultant, CoCreative
Sharon leverages her experience in curriculum development, program development, strategic planning, and training to advance meaningful collaboration among diverse stakeholders.Sharon has 20 years of experience working in human/social services and has worked with the nonprofit sector... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Zoom

3:00pm EST

Pursuing Climate Justice Through Climate Action: Perspectives across North American Universities
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This session is an opportunity for board members, executives, faculty, staff and students to learn how climate justice is being incorporated into teaching, research and strategic planning at three North American universities. This will be an introductory session for participants working to transform a commitment to climate justice into action and will set the stage for a series where participant will develop a community of learning and be supported in implementing initiatives at their institution.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Great opportunities for collaborations between UC & CSU systems in climate justice
  • General acknowledgement that there is a need for a community of practice around how to integrate climate justice into climate action work at colleges and universities (i.e., there is no playbook for how to do this work).
  • Examples highlighted by the speakers from WWU, UC Merced, and UBC serve as inspirational starting points for building such a community of practice



Moderators
avatar for YeVonne Allen

YeVonne Allen

Sustainability Program Director, Truckee Meadows Community College
YeVonne Allen, M.S. serves as the TMCC Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Program Director. YeVonne champions the efforts for equity, inclusion, and diversity-related topics for students, staff, and faculty. She is the current TMCC Faculty Senate Chair, chair of the TMCC Diversity... Read More →

Speakers
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Tracey Osborne

Associate Professor and UC Presidential Chair, University of California, Merced
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Grace Wang

Professor and Department Chair, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University
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Walter Mérida

Senior Advisor to the President, University of British Columbia
Walter began his career working with Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, and universities more than twenty years ago. He was a founder and Board member for General Hydrogen Corporation, and the Institute for Breakthrough Energy Technologies in Vancouver. He wor... Read More →


Thursday February 25, 2021 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST
Zoom

5:00pm EST

End-of-Day Reflection
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Open space for recapping the day’s sessions, reflecting, and planning for the work ahead.

Speakers
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Tim Carter

President, Second Nature
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Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!
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Dr. Elsa Núñez

President, Eastern Connecticut State University
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Alice DonnaSelva

Managing Director, Intentional Endowments Network


Thursday February 25, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Friday, February 26
 

9:00am EST

Office Hours: Open Q&A with Experts & Peers
There will not be a recording of this session.

In this open session participants can have dialog with peers and private sector experts who provide services and solutions to institutions of higher education.  Participants also may share some of their own solutions to vexing problems.  The dialog is likely to focus on two topic areas: campus operations and asset management.

Moderators
avatar for Eric Howard

Eric Howard

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Second Nature
I've been with Second Nature for 2+ years, assisting and directing our relationships with an array of entities that provide climate-related services to campuses.

Friday February 26, 2021 9:00am - 10:15am EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Peer-to-Peer Conversations - All We Can Save
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Inspired by our keynote speaker Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson’s work, this informal conversation will introduce the anthology All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis. We’ll talk about ways to bring the book to life on your campus or in your organization, and reflect together on its themes! No need to do any reading in advance, but if you’d like to learn more about the anthology, take a look here.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • A number of campuses are using or planning ways to connect across the full campus community on sustainability and climate justice, and to help people find their unique contributions to sustainability/climate justice no matter which field they work in/study.
  • All We Can Save circles are starting on a few campuses, and others will explore ways to use them this year.
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Speakers
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Hannah Bowen

Director of Events and Communications, Intentional Endowments Network
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Susan Kidd

Executive Director of Sustainability, Agnes Scott College


Friday February 26, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Zoom

11:00am EST

Peer-to-Peer Conversations - Campus Energy Transition
There will not be a recording of this session.

Peer to peer discussion  around the topic of energy transition, steam to LTHW, heat trading, and how best to plan for campus disruption and equity within an energy transition.

Friday February 26, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Zoom

12:30pm EST

Keynote Conversation: NAACP & Climate Justice
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Climate change has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program supports community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. This session will provide an overview of the NAACP’s climate justice work and how it intersects with issues of health, food, and community resilience. Speakers will explore ways the higher education community can enhance its climate justice leadership in terms of campus culture, community engagement, education, and endowment investing.

Moderators
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Marvin Owens

Chief Engagement Officer, Impact Shares

Speakers
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Jacqueline Patterson

Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, an... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Zoom

2:00pm EST

Active Ownership in the Endowment: Warren Wilson College
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Warren Wilson College (WWC) has focused on intentionally applying environmental sustainability and social equity lenses to the management of its endowment for over 5 years. In 2019, WWC became active owners of their portfolio companies. Active ownership is an effective tool in the long term value creation of the companies colleges own. Come hear from the investment Committee Chair, a recent alum of the school, and the people in the active shareowner community who supported them as they co-filed resolutions at BlackRock, Alphabet and Amazon and voted proxies to support their institutional mission.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Active ownership is an under-utilized practice among university endowments though it can both align company practice with university mission and enhance the value of the companies owned.
  • All but the most well endowed institutions have limited people and time resources and often don't have the expertise required to enter into dialogue with the companies they own, engage in collective action with other investors or vote proxies.
  • Warren Wilson College overcame these resource hurdles by creating a responsible investing policy that gave birth to an ESG Advisory committee that included investment committee members and trustees and provided the specificity needed to direct engagement efforts. They then collaborated with experienced shareholder advocacy organizations to assist with co-filing resolutions and proxy voting.


Moderators
avatar for Alice DonnaSelva

Alice DonnaSelva

Managing Director, Intentional Endowments Network

Speakers
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Anthony Rust

Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College
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Ben Linthicum

Sustainability & ESG Analyst, HXE Partners
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Timothy Smith

Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Boston Trust Walden
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Chris Miller

Associate Vice President, Institutional Shareholder Services


Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom

2:00pm EST

GRITS and SIMAP - Updates and New Functionality
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This session shares GRITS Goals and the Sustainability Indicator Management and Analysis Platform (SIMAP) new suite of features and updates. GRITS Goals sustainability project-management platform helps campuses build climate action plan models by assembling projects into resource reduction scenarios at the institution-wide, campus, or building scale. SIMAP continues to be the most widely used campus carbon and nitrogen footprinting tool and has recently released updated emission factors, a biogenic report, new methodologies, and much more! Come hear how each tool can support your climate action planning efforts and how they are working together to integrate some cross platform data.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews

Project Director, UNH Sustainability Institute
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Allison Leach

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of New Hampshire
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Mark Orlowski

Founder & Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute


Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom

2:00pm EST

How Students Can Impact Corporate Behavior Through Engagement
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There is immense opportunity to create impact through shareholder engagement in public equity investments. The scale and influence of such a mainstream asset class make it tremendously important to be able to spot opportunities to engage as shareholders. On this panel, you will hear from students, faculty, and industry professionals as they discuss how, through working with their institution's endowment, utilizing student-managed investment funds, and participating in extracurricular activities, they are impacting corporate behavior through shareholder engagement. Examples that will be discussed include drafting proxy voting guidelines, co-filing a shareholder resolution, and participating in a student competition focused on engagement.

Speakers
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Dorien Nunez

Co-Founder & Director of Research, OMNIResearch & OMNI Wall St Advantage
avatar for Susanna Gibbons, CFA

Susanna Gibbons, CFA

Faculty & Managing Director, David S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise at the University of Minnesota
Susanna has over 30 years of investment industry experience across multiple asset classes - equities, alternatives, and fixed income; and multiple roles - analytical, portfolio management, consulting, and educational. She serves on the Investment Advisory Council for the Minnesota... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Ivy

Jacob Ivy

Masters in Sustainability Solutions Candidate, Arizona State University
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Jae Nam

MBA Candidate, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College


Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom

2:00pm EST

Net Zero Endowments: Making the Commitment
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As asset owners, endowments have a tremendous opportunity to accelerate a just transition to a net zero economy by making a commitment to a net zero portfolio by 2050 or sooner. Doing so can also protect the endowment from climate risk, and enhance returns. While the concept is still new, several pioneering endowments have joined other asset owners in making this commitment. This in turn is pushing asset managers, data providers, and others to develop net zero strategies and answer open questions on this approach. In this session, participants will hear from those leading asset owners on how their institution made the decision to commit to net zero, what challenges they face, and next steps in the process of measuring, setting targets, and reporting on progress.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Climate risk is a threat to the global economy; a rapid, Just Transition to a low-carbon economy must and will take place.  Asset owners need to prepare for that by committing to net zero commitments. 
  • Challenges to making a Net Zero commitment include the lack of examples (not many asset owners have made commitments yet); It is complex; There is a need for standards to identify the correct metrics and data to use; Transparency into managers’ policies and activities can be limited.  Asset owners need to educate themselves on how to do this within the context of their own portfolio. 
  • Engagement with others is key -- Asset owners have a huge role to play and can leverage greater impact by influencing investment managers to establish net zero strategies.  Need to engage with companies, investment managers, and policy makers to reduce the systemic risks of climate and support a Just Transition.

Moderators
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Bob Litterman

Chairman, Risk Committee and Academic Advisory Board at Kepos Capital

Speakers
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Kathryn I. Murtagh, Esq.

Managing Director for Sustainable Investing & Chief Compliance Officer, Harvard Management Company, Inc.
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Afsaneh Beschloss

Board Member, WRI Global Board of Directors; Founder and CEO, Rock Creek
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Nili Gilbert

Investment Committee Chair, David Rockefeller Fund


Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom

2:00pm EST

The Path to Carbon Neutrality: Thoughts and Reflections from North American Research Universities
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Arizona State University, University of British Columbia, and University of California - Merced each set operational goals for and achieved climate neutrality for scopes 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions. Each university’s path to neutrality reflects its unique context in terms of climate, size, age of buildings and infrastructure, organizational culture, and regulatory environment. Together, their journeys reflect a tapestry of approaches and experiences that can help other institutions in their own race to address the climate crisis. Representatives from each university will share their journey and then engage in a discussion about how they can improve upon their institution’s solutions and/or expand their operational response to climate change.

Some key takeaways from this session:
  • Ambitious goals lead to action and progress
  • National policy can drive decarbonization. Canada carbon pricing
  • It seems that BIPOC communities are not at the decision making table for large infrastructure investments. Not sure where they fall in the decision making process. Most to the climate justice was focused on educational access and supporting community projects (tree planting, transportation, food) no mention of this consideration during contracting, governance, financing.

Moderators
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Stephen Muzzy

Senior Manager of Climate Programs, Second Nature

Speakers
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John Madden

Sustainability and Engineering, University of British Columbia
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Michael Dalrymple

Director, University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University
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Breeana Sylvas

Assistant Director Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Analytics, University of California, Merced


Friday February 26, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Zoom

3:30pm EST

Peer to Peer Conversation Block
There will not be a recording of this session.

Take some time to join semi-structured networking / working sessions for goal-setting before this milestone closes. Any Pursuit Teams that have already formed will meet as a team; other participants can join a breakout with people in similar roles to set personal and institutional goals that the rest of the Climate Action Pursuit milestones can advance – use this space to suggest sessions for June!

Speakers
avatar for Russ Gaskin

Russ Gaskin

Managing Partner, CoCreative
Russ helps people who don't know each other and often don't even like each other solve complex problems together in the areas of shared prosperity and ecological sustainability--and builds the capacity of others to do the same.As the managing partner of CoCreative, a systems change... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Simms

Sharon Simms

Consultant, CoCreative
Sharon leverages her experience in curriculum development, program development, strategic planning, and training to advance meaningful collaboration among diverse stakeholders.Sharon has 20 years of experience working in human/social services and has worked with the nonprofit sector... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST
Zoom

5:00pm EST

End-of-Milestone Reflection & Next Steps
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Open space for recapping the milestone, reflecting, and planning for the work ahead.

Moderators
avatar for Tim Carter

Tim Carter

President, Second Nature
avatar for Alice DonnaSelva

Alice DonnaSelva

Managing Director, Intentional Endowments Network
avatar for Georges Dyer

Georges Dyer

Executive Director, Intentional Endowments Network
I am the co-founder and Executive Director of the Intentional Endowments Network --- thank you all for joining us for the Pursuit!

Speakers
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Dr. Mark Mitsui

President, Portland Community College
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Neda Nobari

Vice Chair, San Francisco State University Foundation Board
Neda Nobari, Vice Chair of the Foundation Board, San Francisco State UniversityNeda Nobari is the current Vice Chair of the Foundation Board at San Francisco State University, Former Chair and current member of the Investment Committee, Alumna of the Year 2020 and an inductee into... Read More →


Friday February 26, 2021 5:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Zoom
 
Thursday, June 10
 

11:00am EDT

Browning the Green Space - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Practice
This featured workshop on Browning the Green Space - Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Practice will provide participants an overview of the primary role that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion play in advancing climate action within higher education. In this session, we will explore systems-based approaches to promoting JEDI objectives in pursuing energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable resource management, and more by examining how these approaches intersect with several key pillars - careers & companies, capital & contracts, and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Julianne Zimmerman

Julianne Zimmerman

Managing Director, Reinventure Capital
For more than 25 years Julianne has been putting technology and capital to work for the greater good in a variety of sectors and applications. She is currently Managing Director , Reinventure Capital. She has previously served as: Co-Founder (seed-stage investment); VP of communications... Read More →
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Kerry Bowie

Managing Director & Founder, of Msaada Partners, Browning the Green Space
Kerry is the Managing Partner of Msaada Partners and the Majira Project, a nonprofit accelerator program and innovator support organization that helps small businesses and startups grow with a mission of community development through entrepreneurship. Kerry works at the nexus of social... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Downey

Amanda Downey

VP, Business Performance & Planning NE, National Grid
Amanda is Senior Counsel at National Grid US, an electricity and gas company serving New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Amanda supports the Company’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulated businesses and serves as lead in-house counsel for the Company’s FERC... Read More →
avatar for Madeline Wang

Madeline Wang

Founder & CEO, 7 C's
Madeline is the founder of 7Cs Leadership Workshop. She previously was the Managing Director - Capital Markets and Credit at BlueWave Solar and has extensive industry experience with distributed solar (small utility-scale, C&I, and residential), energy efficiency, utilities and independent... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy McDiarmid

Jeremy McDiarmid

As Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, Jeremy leads NECEC's policy and government affairs team. Prior to joining NECEC, he served as Commercial Business Development Manager at SunBug Solar. Before joining SunBug, Jeremy advised Acadia Center on organizational and operational... Read More →
avatar for Dan Goldman

Dan Goldman

Vice President & Treasurer,, Browning the Green Spaces
Daniel Goldman is a co-founder and managing director at Clean Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage climate tech companies commercializing disruptive advanced energy technologies that can grow to scale and address global climate disruption. Mr... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Zoom

1:30pm EDT

Next Level Conversations - Curriculum & Community Engagement
In this session, you’ll hear silo-breaking updates from peers leading on climate justice through universities’ curriculum design and collaborative work to address issues affecting communities well-being. In constructive presentations, experts in the field will share their experience at the cutting edge of trends - and why you should follow up to implement these action steps on your campus/in your organization. After hearing what’s new across the field, you’ll have an opportunity right away to start digging deeper by joining a smaller, peer-to-peer conversation with the experts on the topic of your choice. Can’t pick just one? There will also be an opportunity to book 1-1 or small group time with the presenters during tomorrow’s open meeting space or times throughout the next week. Topics include:
Topic 1: Educating the Next Generation of Sustainable Investment Leaders: Starting and Managing a Student-Managed Investment Fund
Topic 2: Betting on Social Progress: Breckinridge and the Social Progress Imperative
Topic 3: Campus-Community Partnerships on Climate Action: Applications of the EPIC model
Topic 4: Reinforcing Resilience: Going beyond traditional hazard assessments to bolster adaptive capacity


Moderators
avatar for Marshall Curry

Marshall Curry

Program Manager, EPIC-N
Marshall Curry joined EPIC-N in September 2017. He manages day-to-day operations, and provides support to member programs and  board members, while living in his hometown of Springfield, Oregon. He received a MPA and a MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Korin Tangtrakul

Korin Tangtrakul

Sustainability Manager, Drexel University
Korin Tangtrakul is the Sustainability Manager for the Sustainable Water Resource Engineering (SWRE) Lab under Dr. Franco Montalto of Drexel University. With experience in geography, urban planning, green infrastructure, community engagement and environmental activism, Korin's current... Read More →
avatar for Susanna Gibbons, CFA

Susanna Gibbons, CFA

Faculty & Managing Director, David S. Kidwell Funds Enterprise at the University of Minnesota
Susanna has over 30 years of investment industry experience across multiple asset classes - equities, alternatives, and fixed income; and multiple roles - analytical, portfolio management, consulting, and educational. She serves on the Investment Advisory Council for the Minnesota... Read More →
avatar for Kayla Hickman

Kayla Hickman

Sustainability Coordinator, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Kayla Hickman has spent 3 years working within the field of higher education sustainability, and is currently the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She assists UMBC in achieving its carbon neutrality goal through engaging faculty, staff... Read More →
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Tim Coffin

Director, Sustainability, Breckinridge
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Anne Reichman

Director, Sustainable Cities Network, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Arizona State University
Anne is Director of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Sustainable Cities Network, an award winning program within ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) that is comprised of city, county and tribal community practitioners and leaders in sustainability-related... Read More →
avatar for Steven Russell

Steven Russell

Program Manager of Project Cities, Arizona State University
Steve Russell is the Program Manager of Project Cities, at Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network. In this capacity, Russell coordinates research projects to help municipal governments to advance their sustainability goals. Russell holds a Master’s Degree in Public... Read More →
avatar for Laura Martin

Laura Martin

Associate Director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, University of Mississippi
Dr. Laura Martin serves as Associate Director of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, a center at the University of Mississippi that fights poverty through education, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Laura engages faculty, staff, students, and community... Read More →
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Mazi Ferguson

Interim Director, Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships, University of South Florida
As the Assistant Program Director of OCEP, Mazi provides strategic and operational direction and support for the programming efforts for community engagement for the Tampa Campus. Mazi develops internal systems and materials for program delivery and service while acting as a resource... Read More →
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Karan Kishorepuria

Director of Fund Development at NUImpact, Northeastern University
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Ryan Kmetz

Assistant Director of Sustainability, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Ryan Kmetz is a climate resilience and sustainability professional whose work is focused on using data-driven GIS to solve complex problems while simultaneously telling compelling stories. Kmetz serves on Second Nature's Resilience working group and has spoken on GIS and climate resilience... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Just and Equitable Climate Action Planning: Integrating climate justice and equity into CAPs and the climate action planning process
This workshop will focus on the ways that college/universities can develop more just and equitable climate action plans drawing on the experiences of several higher education institutions and other cross-sector partners.

Speakers
avatar for Stephania Fregosi

Stephania Fregosi

Sustainability Analyst, Portland Community College
Stephania Fregosi (she/her(s)), got into sustainability as a result of childhood experiences that included sailing, travel, a semester at a farm, and a concern for human rights. At Portland Community College, she conducts data analysis and performs research. Stephania earned an MSEL... Read More →
avatar for Aurora Winslade

Aurora Winslade

Director of Sustainability, Swarthmore College
Aurora serves as the Director of Sustainability for Swarthmore College and a faculty member in Bard College’s Sustainable MBA program. Aurora previously founded new sustainability programs at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Hawaii. She also previously... Read More →
avatar for YeVonne Allen

YeVonne Allen

Sustainability Program Director, Truckee Meadows Community College
YeVonne Allen, M.S. serves as the TMCC Equity, Inclusion, and Sustainability Program Director. YeVonne champions the efforts for equity, inclusion, and diversity-related topics for students, staff, and faculty. She is the current TMCC Faculty Senate Chair, chair of the TMCC Diversity... Read More →
avatar for Lee Ball

Lee Ball

Chief Sustainability Officer, Appalachian State
Lee F. Ball Jr. currently serves as Appalachian State University’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He has a PhD in Sustainability Education, an MA in Environmental Education, and a BS in Natural Science. Lee has spent the last 30 years working as an advocate for the environment and... Read More →
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Janika McFeely

Associate Principal, Sr Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group
Janika is an architect and senior sustainability consultant with over a dozen years of experience in green building, decarbonization, and climate action. Prior to joining Integral Group she worked for the University of California Office of the President on climate action planning... Read More →
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Marybelle Tobias

Founder and Principal, Environmental Justice Solutions
Marybelle Nzegwu Tobias is an environmental and climate justice consultant with over 13 years of experience as an environmental and climate justice advocate and community partner with demonstrated ability to develop equitable policies and programs and build impactful alliances and... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

3:00pm EDT

Policy Briefing - How to Understand, Adapt to, and Influence the Rules of a Sustainable Economy
In this workshop, participants will learn about how regulators in Europe and the U.S. are reshaping the investment and business landscape, and make plans to take action to shape and respond to the evolving policy context. Some questions we’ll answer together during the workshop include:
Who is proposing, evaluating, and enforcing the rules around the environmental, social, and governance priorities in our economy?
Which of those rules are likely to change, and how can you prepare as an investor?
How can you - as a student, higher education staff member, investor, researcher, or other stakeholder in our economy - help shape the rules to promote racial justice, environmental justice, climate action, and responsible corporate governance?
Which organizations, resources, and tools already exist to help us take action?

This will be an active discussion, with participants joining breakout groups to discuss timely opportunities for action.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Slevin

Dawn Slevin

Managing Director, Environmental Liability Solutions Europe
Dawn is Managing Director of ELS Europe and Co-Chair of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) Project Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks & opportunities (PTF-RNFRO). From June 2018 to September 2020 Dawn Co-chaired the ‘do no significant harm... Read More →
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Brian Kennedy

Director, Portfolio Manager, Davy Global Fund Management
Brian Kennedy is a portfolio manager working on the Davy ESG Equity and Davy Low Carbon Equity funds. Brian joined the asset management business of Davy from Allianz Global Investors in London, one of the world’s largest sustainable investment groups. Brian started his career... Read More →
avatar for Billy Gridley

Billy Gridley

Director, Investor Network, Ceres
Billy supports the Ceres Investor Network whose members are global asset owners and managers committed to addressing sustainability issues in their investment practices, corporate engagements and policy advocacy. He collaborates with other Ceres teams to identify sustainable investing... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom

4:30pm EDT

Lightning Round: Ambitious Goals and Who Can Help You Meet Them
In this session, hear inspiring, short "lightning round" presentations about what is possible in our field, on topics such as:
- Making a Net Zero Portfolio Commitment
- The Student Corporate Engagement Competition
- Creating Racial Equity Standards for Impact Investing
- Effectively Working with Community Partners in Resilience Planning
and more!

Speakers
avatar for Dave Karlsgodt

Dave Karlsgodt

Director, Brailsford & Dunleavy
Dave Karlsgodt is a director in Brailsford & Dunlavey’s Management Advisory Services practice group, spearheading the development of interactive tool sets and management of data that provide clients the basis for successful outcomes. Dave is also adept at explaining complex topics... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Ivy

Jacob Ivy

Masters in Sustainability Solutions Candidate, Arizona State University
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Vivian Chen

Student, Arizona State University
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Chris O'Brien

Director of Business Development, CustomerFirst Renewables
Chris O’Brien is Director, Business Development at CustomerFirst Renewables and a long-time participant in Second Nature Summits and programs. He leads outreach and solution delivery efforts with a focus on the higher education market. He brings more than 20 years of energy, sustainability... Read More →
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Tynesia Boyea-Robinson

CEO, CapEQ
Tynesia is an entrepreneur, Six Sigma blackbelt, and technologist uniquely positioned to catalyze a results-driven era of social change. She has been religiously leading and writing about enterprises that “do well and do good” for over a decade.
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Bob Hinkle

President & CEO, Metrus Energy
Bob Hinkle is President & CEO of Metrus Energy and founded the company in 2009. He has over 20 years of energy efficiency and clean energy finance experience and was previously with MMA Renewable Ventures, Bechtel, Booz Allen & Hamilton and the California Clean Energy Fund. He has... Read More →
avatar for Erika Murphy

Erika Murphy

Managing Director and Investment Director, Climate Platform, Wellington Management
As investment director of Wellington’s Climate Platform, Erika partners with our Climate Research Team and advises clients on both transition and physical climate risks and opportunities across traditional and alternative asset classes. She contributes to climate-focused strategic... Read More →
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David Krantz

David Krantz is a doctoral student at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where he is a leader in the student-run ESG shareholder-engagement group. He holds master's degrees from New YorkUniversity and the University of California, Berkeley.
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Noorie Rajvanshi

Director, Sustainability and Climate Strategy, Siemens USA
With more than a decade of experience in the field of environmental sustainability, energy, and urban development, Noorie is responsible for supporting the strategy and execution of the Siemens US region’s decarbonization plan to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2030. In this... Read More →


Thursday June 10, 2021 4:30pm - 5:15pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, June 11
 

11:00am EDT

Using Your Institutional Power to Achieve Climate Justice
In this workshop, we’ll equip stakeholders to leverage the full power and assets of higher education institutions to achieve climate justice. The workshop will kick off with remarks by Dr. Davarian Baldwin, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, to talk about "The Anti-Racist University: Why Equity and Inclusion Cannot Stop at the Campus Gates," providing a big picture view of current and historical origins of university power & wealth. We will then engage in an active learning and peer-to-peer conversations to cover approaches to developing a more equitable relationship between our communities and our universities for climate justice in several action areas including: endowment investing, procurement, hiring, capital improvements and infrastructure planning, reparations programs, and staff retirement plans.

Speakers
avatar for Davarian Baldwin

Davarian Baldwin

Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College
Davarian L. Baldwin is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and founding director of the Smart Cities Lab at Trinity College (CT). He is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities; Chicago's New Negroes: Modernity... Read More →


Friday June 11, 2021 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Net Zero Endowments - How Asset Managers & Industry Initiatives Can Help Endowments Reach Net Zero
Asset Managers will play a key role in ensuring endowments can meet Net Zero Portfolio commitments, to reduce emissions and drive equitable climate solutions in the real economy. This session will include perspectives from leading asset managers and nonprofit industry initiatives on the latest state of play and best practices. Participants will explore the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs), and other industry initiatives enabling effective pathways to a net zero economy. Half of the session will be spent in breakout rooms for small-group dialogue and action planning.

Moderators
avatar for Mahesh Roy

Mahesh Roy

Senior Manager, Capital Markets, CDP
Mahesh Roy is a Senior Manager in CDP’s capital markets team working with Financial Institutions in transitioning lending and investment portfolios to net zero and collaborating with investor networks including the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, The Investor Agenda and the... Read More →
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Lindsey White

Director, Investor Network, Ceres
Lindsey is a Director of the Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability. In this role, she works to strengthen and expand the participation of U.S. and Canadian asset owners and asset managers in the Ceres Investor Network, the investor group committed to more rigorous... Read More →

Speakers
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Tamara Larsen

Executive Director, Mission-Aligned Investing, Agility
Tamara Larsen is an Executive Director with Agility, where she leads the Mission-Aligned Investment practice of the firm and sits on the Agility Investment Committee. Tamara is responsible for partnering with clients to further align their investment portfolio with their values. She... Read More →
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Edward Mason

Generation Investment Management


Friday June 11, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Keynote Conversation: Leah Stokes and Nikayla Jefferson
A keynote conversation between Leah Stokes and Nikayla Jefferson about how young activism can impact climate and energy policy at various levels of decision-making and types of decision-makers. This session will provide inspirational examples of how advocacy can be used as a critical strategic tool to implement just and equitable climate solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Stokes

Leah Stokes

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science | Affiliated with the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
NJ

Nikayla Jefferson

Sunrise San Diego / UCSB


Friday June 11, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm EDT
Zoom

3:30pm EDT

Next Level Conversations - Operations & Finance
In this session, you’ll hear silo-breaking updates from peers leading on climate justice in university operations and finance, including endowment investing. In efficient presentations, experts in the field will share their experience at the cutting edge of trends - and why you should follow up to implement these action steps on your campus/in your organization. After hearing what’s new across the field, you’ll have an opportunity right away to start digging deeper by joining a smaller, peer-to-peer conversation with the experts on the topic of your choice. Can’t pick just one? There will also be an opportunity to book 1-1 or small group time with the presenters during tomorrow’s open meeting space or times throughout the following week. Topics such as:
Topic 1 - How To : The Simple Power of Incorporating Racial Justice into a Net-Zero Portfolio
Topic 2 - Charge On!: How to Electrify Your Fleet
Topic 3 - How to Implement a Carbon Pricing Scheme: Perspectives from the Higher Ed Carbon Pricing Working Group
Topic 4 - Shareholder Engagement for Curriculum and Campus Goals (Net Zero, DEI)

Speakers
avatar for Pedro Henriques da Silva

Pedro Henriques da Silva

Global Endowment Management
Pedro joined Global Endowment Management (GEM) in 2019, to support GEM's versatile impact investment work on behalf of mission-led institutional clients. Driven by impact, Pedro uses his experiences as a former educator, foundation in economics, and passion for positive investing... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Reed

Sarah Reed

Program Manager, Electrification Coalition
Sarah Reed is an outreach and engagement organizer at the Electrification Coalition. She is responsible for guiding public and private fleets through the transition to electric vehicles and specifically supports the EC’s Climate Mayors Electric Vehicle Purchasing Collaborative... Read More →
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Elizabeth Drake

Climate Action Manager, Swarthmore College
Elizabeth Drake is the Climate Action Manager in the Office of Sustainability, where she leads climate protection activities across the institution in support of the College’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. This includes leading the College’s award-winning... Read More →
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James Ritchotte

Executive Director, Climate Mayors
James Ritchotte is the Executive Director of Climate Mayors and has served in this role since 2018. James is responsible for strategic direction of the network, including member engagement and partner collaboration, as mayors seeks to shape, advocate for, and deliver on an ambitious... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor

Project Coordinator, ASU Enterprise Partners
ask me about shareholder engagement at Arizona State University!
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Susan Sayre

Associate Professor of Economics, Smith College
Susan Stratton Sayre is an Associate Professor of Economics at Smith College. She received her B.A. with majors in Economics and Religion from Swarthmore College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She uses numerical... Read More →
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Casey Pickett

Director of the Carbon Charge, Yale University
Casey manages various environmental programs for the Yale Provost’s Office, including the Yale Carbon Charge, the Yale Planetary Solutions Project, and the university’s Carbon Offsets Program.  He is the host of Pricing Nature... Read More →
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Austin Wilson

Head of Active Ownership and Associate ESG/SRI Strategist, Aperio Group (part of Blackrock)
Austin Wilson is Aperio’s Head of Active Ownership and Associate ESG/SRI Strategist. He oversees Aperio’s proxy voting and shareholder advocacy services, helping clients influence the companies in which they invest. Prior to Aperio, Austin was the Environment Health Program Manager... Read More →
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Andrew Behar

Chief Executive Officer, As You Sow
Andrew Behar is CEO of As You Sow, the nation’s leading non-profit practitioner of shareholder advocacy and engagement. Since 1992, As You Sow has used shareholder power to align investments with values and compel companies to reduce material risk on issues including climate change... Read More →
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Lisa Marie Tornatore

Director of BU Sustainability, Boston University
From a Sargent College Sustainability Liaison to the BU Sustainability Director, Lisa (CAS’02) partners with colleagues across BU to advance sustainable procurement policies and practices, electric vehicle infrastructure, green buildings, sustainable dining, and engagement opportunities... Read More →
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Thomas Poveromo

Fleet Procurement Specialist, University of California, Los Angeles
Tom Poveromo is a Fleet Procurement Specialist at UCLA Fleet and Transit Services. He has worked at the university for over 22 years and oversees a fleet of close to 1000 vehicles including street-legal low-speed vehicles (LSV’s). Tom takes pride in bringing new all-electric vehicles... Read More →
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Jared Walker

Senior Program Specialist, Electrification Coalition
Jared Walker is a Senior Programs Specialist at the Electrification Coalition where he is responsible for providing technical fleet management and operational support to the team. With 13+ years of experience in fleet management, he is well equipped to support the effort to electrify... Read More →


Friday June 11, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Zoom
 
Thursday, October 7
 

9:30am EDT

Coffee Hours and Networking - Climate Justice
This informal space is an opportunity for peers looking to accelerate JEDI-centered climate action in higher education institutions to connect with one another, discuss common challenges, and identify opportunities for future collaboration and the creation of value-added tools/resources.

Thursday October 7, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Zoom

1:00pm EDT

Climate Smart Endowment Investing
Endowments represent a powerful - and often overlooked - lever for positive change on equitable climate solutions. Addressing climate risk in portfolios is also critical for being a prudent fiduciary and protecting endowment capital. This session will explore the range of steps endowments can take, from fossil fuel divestment, to investing in climate solutions, and making the commitment to Net Zero Portfolios. It will emphasize the intersectionality of climate and DEI and racial justice. Panelists will share insights on key initiatives, such as the Net Zero Banking Alliance and the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, and explain how asset managers can engage with companies on behalf of endowment clients to drive real-world emissions reductions at scale.

Moderators
avatar for Kelly Green

Kelly Green

Institutional Consultant, Graystone Consulting

Speakers
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Audrey Choi

Chief Sustainability Officer, Morgan Stanley
avatar for Valerie Rockefeller

Valerie Rockefeller

Chair of the Board, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
avatar for Erika Murphy

Erika Murphy

Managing Director and Investment Director, Climate Platform, Wellington Management
As investment director of Wellington’s Climate Platform, Erika partners with our Climate Research Team and advises clients on both transition and physical climate risks and opportunities across traditional and alternative asset classes. She contributes to climate-focused strategic... Read More →


Thursday October 7, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Zoom

2:30pm EDT

Carbon Neutrality Claims - Community Conversation
With the urgency to decarbonize as soon as possible, more claims of meeting carbon neutrality will increase. The Cimate Leadership Network has had 10 sigatories meet their carbon neutral goals. However, there is a current robust discussion regarding how claims are made and what should be included when sharing the accomplishment. As campuses continue to navigate the goal-setting, metric-tracking, and strategy development to decarbonize it's important that as individual campuses and as a network of campuses that claims of carbon neutrality are transparent. This session will keep the conversation going and will include presentations from other sectors on how they have approached communicating carbon reduction goals.


Thursday October 7, 2021 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom
  Workshop

3:00pm EDT

Climate Justice in Action: Developing the City of Oakland's Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP)
This workshop will walk participants through key steps and strategies used in the development of the City of Oakland's 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP).

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Marybelle Tobias

Marybelle Tobias

Founder and Principal, Environmental Justice Solutions
Marybelle Nzegwu Tobias is an environmental and climate justice consultant with over 13 years of experience as an environmental and climate justice advocate and community partner with demonstrated ability to develop equitable policies and programs and build impactful alliances and... Read More →
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Colin Miller

Senior Associate, Environmental / Justice Solutions
Colin is a Senior Associate at Environmental / Justice Solutions and has over a decade of experience as a community organizer, coalition builder, and convener. His skills include community outreach and mobilization, real-time interpretation, and meeting facilitation. He is currently... Read More →


Thursday October 7, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
Friday, October 8
 

11:00am EDT

Invite Only - Campus Energy Transition Group
This invitation only session works to establish a community of practice and learning for campuses considering, planning, undertaking, and completing campus energy transition projects.
Areas of focus include: Financing and Implementation, Facilities management skeptical about LTHW, Preparing buildings for the transition to LTHW, Making the business case, and incorporating JEDI principles into project and contract decision making.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Muzzy

Steve Muzzy

Second Nature

Friday October 8, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Zoom
 
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