Rubicon Global & Wharton IGEL 2016 Conference

Exploring the Value of Sustainable Infrastructure

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Hosted by:
Rubicon Global
The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Wharton San Francisco
University of Pennsylvania
2 Harrison Street
6th Floor
San Francisco, CA

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The conference will investigate macro and micro economic solutions to sustainable business and highlight trailblazing municipalities. Disruptive business leaders, entrepreneurs and government officials will gather to discuss market-based solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Key themes will include: resiliency of smart cities, supply chain innovation through technology and the future of the circular economy.

Speakers will include: Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta, IBM Smart Cities, CHEP North America, Environmental Defense Fund, Yardi, Activation Energy, EOS Climate, Council on Foreign Relations, Rubicon Global and other innovative leaders in technology and sustainability.


Exploring the Value of Sustainable Infrastructure

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
8:30 – 9:15 Registration & Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Remarks

Michael Coren, Reporter, Quartz

9:30 – 9:50 Opening Remarks on Smart Cities

Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta

9:50 – 10:40 Trailblazing Municipalities: Applying Technology to Solve Society’s Environmental Challenges of Tomorrow

Michael Allegretti, Director of Policy, Rubicon Global
Dr. Jeannette Garcia, IBM Research, IBM Smart Cities
Dr. Varun Sivaram, Fellow and Acting Director, Council on Foreign Relations; Strategic Advisor, Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

10:40 – 11:00 Networking Break
11:00 – 11:50 The New Circular Economy and the Role of Business in Society 

Joe Madden, Co-founder & CEO, EOS Climate
Kim Rumph, President, CHEP North America
Elizabeth V. Sturcken, Managing Partner, Environmental Defense Fund
Michael Coren, Moderator

11:50 – 12:15 Disruptive Technology Companies Changing the World for Good
Matt Eggers, Vice President, Yardi Energy
Nicole Systrom, Co-founder, Activation Energy
Dr. Varun Sivaram, Moderator
12:15 – 12:30 Closing Remarks

Nate Morris, Founder & CEO, Rubicon Global

12:30 – 2:00 Networking Lunch