Upcoming Events

April 07, 2015
12:00 to 13:15
Lunch Seminar with Guest Speaker Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr. »
Wharton | Philadelphia, PA

The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)
Presents

Lunch Seminar with Guest Speaker
Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.
Founder & Chairman, BizCorps

Mosbacher

Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr. has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He has spent over 30 years in the energy business serving as President and now, Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company based in Houston. He also served in the U.S. Government as President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) from 2005-2009.

As a result of his travel while head of OPIC, he concluded that there is no shortage of SME entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. However, there is a severe shortage of businesses that have the capacity, particularly human capacity, to realize their potential. That is why he launched BizCorps, a non-profit program which recruits and places MBAs from top business schools with high potential, growth-oriented SMEs in targeted markets where they help address the capacity challenges of those businesses. The program is in its second year of operation in Kenya and Colombia and he will discuss that experience and others from the international economic development world.

April 7, 2015, 12:00-1:15
F-70 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

RSVP: spigonaj@wharton.upenn.edu

April 22, 2015
08:30 to 19:30
8th Annual Wharton/IGEL Conference »
Wharton | Philadelphia, PA

Business Takes the Lead:  How Innovation Allows us to Mitigate and Adapt to our Climate Change Challenges

8th Annual Conference-Workshop

Celebrating Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Jon M. HuntsmanHall, 8th Floor
3730 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA

Conference-Workshop Objective:Recent reports by leading international and U.S. organizations indicate that climate change is not simply a long-term risk to business and society, but its effects are impacting us today.  Business is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in responding to this challenge.  This conference will examine how business is driving innovations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and how multiple stakeholders including academia, government (including the military), and nonprofit organizations all play a role.  The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (Wharton IGEL) will partner with Knowledge@Wharton to produce a special report about the conference proceedings.

Conference-Workshop Objective: Recent reports by leading international and U.S. organizations indicate that climate change is not simply a long-term risk to business and society, but its effects are impacting us today. Business is uniquely positioned to take a leading role in responding to this challenge. This conference will examine how business is driving innovations to mitigate and adapt to climate change and how multiple stakeholders including academia, government (including the military), and nonprofit organizations all play a role. The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (Wharton IGEL) will partner with Knowledge@Wharton to produce a special report about the conference proceedings.

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Agenda 

8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks & Conference Introduction: Eric Orts, Faculty Director of Wharton IGEL and Gary Survis, Senior IGEL Fellow & Conference Moderator
9:15 – 9:30 Opening Remarks & Keynote Introduction: Geoff Garrett, Wharton School Dean
9:30 – 10:00 Opening Keynote: Tom Wolf, State of Pennsylvania Governor (Invited – Not Confirmed)
10:00 – 10:20 Discussion Keynote: Andrew Chung, Partner, Khosla Ventures
10:20 – 10:30 Questions & Audience Participation
10:30 – 10:50 Morning Keynote: Karissa Kruse, President Sonoma County Winegrape Commission
10:50 – 11:00 Questions & Audience Participation
11:00 – 11:15 Networking Break
11:15 – 12:15 Panel 1: Innovative Capital Deployment – Helping Business Adapt to Climate Change
Moderator: Sanjay Patnaik, Wharton Faculty
Panelists:
Ty Jagerson, CEO, Village Power,
Brad Molotsky, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Brandywine Realty Trust,
Elizabeth Seeger, Principal, KKR,
Anthony Wagar, Executive Vice President, Environmental Practice, Willis
12:15 – 12:30 Questions & Audience Participation
12:30 – 12:50 Discussion Keynote: Howard Kunreuther, Wharton Professor of Risk Management & Eric Orts, Faculty Director of IGEL
12:50- 1:00 Questions & Audience
1:00 – 1:30 Lunch & Networking
1:301:50 Lunch Keynote: Jim Rice, CEO, Nautilus Solar
1:50 – 2:00 Questions & Audience Participation
1:50 – 2:00 Questions & Audience Participation
2:00 – 2:15 Reflections on Earth Day – Shawn M. Garvin, Administrator for EPA’s Mid-Atlantic Region
2:15 – 2:30 The R!SE Initiative – Nick Shufro, Director, Sustainable Business Solutions and R!SE, Advisory, PwC 
2:30 – 3:45 Panel 2: Innovation and Climate Risk as the “new normal” of National and Military Security
Moderator: Sarah Light, Wharton Faculty
Panel Overview & Commentary: Hon. Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment
Panelists: Col. Caley, Marine Experimental Forward Operating Base program/operational energy in combat;
Maribeth Malloy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Lockheed
3:45 – 4:00 Questions & Audience Participation
4:00 – 4:15 Networking Break
4:15 – 5:45 Panel 3: Nexus Thinking Driving Innovation in Water, Food, and Energy SolutionsModerator: Dena Gromet, Wharton Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Panelists: Patrick Cairo, Vice President Corporate Development, United Water
Linda Froelich, Director of Sustainability, FMC Corporation;
Ashley Nixon, NGO & Stakeholder Relations Manager, Shell Oil
John Frey, Sustainable Innovation Technologist, HP
Alex Spilger, Vice President, Sustainability Practices, DTZ
5:45 – 6:00 Questions & Audience Participation – Key Conference Takeaways
6:00 – 6:15 Closing Keynote:   Brian Boyd, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; Johnson & Johnson
6:15 – 7:30       Networking Reception 

 

May 12, 2015
CleanMed 2015 »
Wharton | Portland, Oregon

CleanMed, the premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability, will be held in Portland, Oregon on May 12-14, 2015.

It’s the one time each year for businesses with environmentally preferable products and services or nutritious, sustainable foods to connect with the health care leaders who make purchasing decisions for their facilities. No other conference will connect you with the leaders at the forefront of implementing sustainability projects, green building design and environmentally preferable purchasing. CleanMed is presented each year by Practice Greenhealth, the leading membership association for hospitals and businesses engaged in sustainable health care, and Health Care Without Harm, the campaign for environmentally responsible health care and advocate for environmental health and justice across the globe.

Click here to register.