2015 Conference

2015 Conference Banner Business Takes the Lead: How Innovation Will Drive Our Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 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.

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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: John Hanger, Secretary of Policy and Planning, Office of the Governor
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 Visiting Research Scholar
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
1:30 – 1:50 Lunch Keynote: Jim Rice, CEO, Nautilus Solar
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. Jim CaleyDirector, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office
Maribeth MalloyDirector of Environmental Sustainability & External Engagement, Lockheed Martin
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: Erika BerlinghofDirector of Communications, 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