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GoGreen Conference New York

GoGreen NYC 2013 Program

Time Track One Track Two Track Three
Registration and Networking


Ron Spalter | Deputy Chief Operating Officer, CUNY
John Rhodes | President & Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
William DiCroce | President & Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Energy North America
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Introduction: Rebecca Craft | Director, Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidation Edison Company
  Richard Kauffman | Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York

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Agricultural droughts, wildfires, Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, and the list goes on of torrential storms and devastating weather events that have recently afflicted the U.S. We are now being forced to recognize the implications of climate change and the imperative of making preventative decisions to avert the worst of the effects and prepare for those changes that cannot be avoided. As both a global and regional community, we are at a critical juncture when we need true leaders to be bold, take a stand and trail-blaze experimental but real solutions. In this opening plenary, meet four leaders who have left business-as-usual at the door to carve pioneering paths toward a restorative future.

Introduction: Lauren Wylie | Head of Internal Sustainability, Oliver Wyman
 Moderator: Michael Lierow | Partner, Oliver Wyman & Lead, Global Sustainability Center
  Judith Enck | Regional Administrator, EPA's Region 2 Office, New York
  Helena Durst | Co-Vice President, The Durst Organization
  William Solecki | Professor & Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
Networking Break

New York City buildings account for 75 percent of the total carbon emissions generated by the city's energy consumption. Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC has set aggressive goals to reduce city-wide emissions 30 percent by 2030. To meet this goal, Mayor Bloomberg has turned this public-led initiative into a public/private partnership strategy that will bring increased energy savings to buildings across the city. Public-private partnership is a trend that has been seen in federal and state initiatives, a strategy that has been cost-effective to government entities implementing energy efficiency and community energy aggregation projects. This session will showcase some of the successful projects that were supported by public policies and funding while led by private company goals and initiatives.

Moderator: Kristin Barbato | Chief Energy Management Officer, City of New York
Mike Gordon | Chief Executive Officer, Joule Assets Inc.
Dr. Cheryl Martin | Deputy Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Paul Schwabacher | PE, Senior Vice President, Facilities Management, NYU Langone Medical Center

Urban transportation and commuting challenges are growing quickly and continue to stress carbon levels and urban development alike. When infrastructure investment is both costly and time consuming, cities are beginning to find alternative transportation solutions. Digital apps and innovative urban results are making better options possible, increasing engagement and enhancing efficiencies to improve civic accountability and management. This session brings together varying perspectives that are leading the next wave of transportation innovation.

Moderator: Andrew Bata | Chief Officer of Strategic Improvements & Best Practices, MTA New York City
David Mahfouda | Chief Executive Officer, Bandwagon
Gary Toth | Director of Transportation Initiative, Projects for Public Spaces
Jeffrey S. Olson | Principal, Alta Planning + Design
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Special Presentation | PlaNYC: Impact & Evolutions

Introduction: Sharon Covert | Chair, United Soybean Board Customer Focus Action Team
 Sergej Mahnovski | Director of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, City of New York Mayors Office
Lunch Keynote
  Kathryn Wylde | President & Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for New York City
1:1 Sit-Down Interview
 With Morgan Clendaniel | Founding Editor, Co.Exist, Fast Company and Kathryn Wylde | President & Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for New York City

As New York grapples to push its recycling rate beyond 15% — nearly half of the national average — many biz leaders have headed back to the drawing board to move the needle. How can we rethink material use to eliminate waste throughout material life cycle? The answer lies in moving waste into value streams in which they can ultimately serve as raw materials for producing new products. Upstream, downstream and throughout the value stream, new approaches in resource recovery and recycling are helping eliminate waste and build new business opportunities. Learn how this new frontier of resource use is being driven with clever market development, innovative partnerships and bold entrepreneurship.

Introduction: Joe Burke | Director of Sales, Action Carting Environmental Services, Inc.
Moderator: Ron Gonen | Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, City of New York
Tabitha St. Bernard | Co-Founder, Tabii Just
Elizabeth Meltz | Director of Sustainability and Food Safety, Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group
Elizabeth Balkan | Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor's Office, City of New York

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What's next on the frontiers of social impact + business innovation? We are proud to feature three business leaders who either survived the sustainability boom or who launched on its tailings. Join this discussion to see what is in store for responsible business and how entrepreneurs are redefining technology, communications, business models and collaboration to grow successful ventures.

Dr. Jun Shimada | President & Chief Executive Officer, ThinkEco
Marissa Feinberg | Co-Founder, Green Spaces
Paul Lightfoot | Chief Executive Officer, BrightFarms
Ted Ullrich | Founder, Tomorrow Lab

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to quantify the environmental impacts and trade-offs of a product or process from raw material extraction through end of life disposition. As a sustainability measurement tool, LCA is a valuable aid to support functions from product design, manufacturing operations, and corporate goals. In this workshop, an expert panel will demonstrate how LCA can measure sustainability, help improve environmental performance and make your products more attractive in the marketplace. Then dive deep with leaders from Staples, Welch and Ecovative Design to explore the benefits they've found using LCA and the value the tool will bring to your own business.

Co-Leader: Anahita Williamson, Ph.D. | Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology
Co-Leader: Kate Winnebeck, LCACP | Senior Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology
Jake Swenson | Director, Sustainable Products & Services, Staples
Gavin McIntyre | Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design
Bruce Uhlman | Senior Sustainability Specialist, BASF Corporation
Networking Break

When it comes to driving sustainability initiatives, corporations traditionally focus on working through the thickness of corporate structure. With sustainability growing to become a global movement, internal transformation will no longer satisfy the shareholders' expectations. External partnership has taken on a key strategy for corporations to deploy holistic and successful CSR initiatives. Our featured organizations will discuss their CSR initiatives by connecting dots between internal CSR engagement and external partnership.

Introduction: Eban Goodstein | Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Moderator: Hunter Lovins | President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Steven Cohen | Chief Operating Officer, Columbia Earth Institute
Diana Glassman | Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank
Hervé Houdré | Chair Sustainable Hospitality Committee, New York Hotel Association & General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay
Julie MacKenzie Senior Advisor, Sustainability, United Nations Headquarters

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Whether your organization is launching sustainability initiatives or implementing building retrofit projects, financial input is the first and most discussed topic during the early phase of scoping. With many new funding options available, this session brings together a panel of experts to walk attendees through funding magnetism from public funded incentives, private equity investment and crowdfunding. Panelists will share insights about how these funding strategies are different from each other and why some will work best for large capital investment projects and others for small retrofits or neighborhood initiatives.

Moderator: Jay Merves | Director, Business Development and Finance, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
Joe Sacks | Vice President of Corporate Development, Greenwood Energy
Erin Barnes | Co-Founder & Executive Director, ioby
Ann Kayman | Chief Executive Officer, New York Grant Company

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A continuation of part one, please see description above. This workshop is included with all full day admission tickets, however space is limited. If you would like to attend, please indicate so when prompted during registration.

*Pre-registration required, all spaces have been filled.

Networking Break
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The global apparel industry has far reaching social and environmental impacts that stretch across the planet and back. With supply chains so complex and intertwined, even supply chain champions have trouble gaining transparency through the multi-layered tiers. We welcome you to come join our final presentation of the day to learn what our local fashion forerunners are doing to turn negative impacts positive through the whole apparel lifecycle: design and innovation, value chain and manufacturing. We're proud to feature an industry spotlight on NYC's finest fashion creators to give you a first-hand tour through the redesign of apparel and a more responsible industry.

  Introduction/Moderator: Jasmin Malik Chua | Managing Editor, Ecouterre
  Keynote: Dr. Joyce Brown | President, Fashion Institute of Technology
  Sass Brown | Author, Eco Fashion
  Marci Zaroff | Founder, Under the Canopy & FASE
  Timo Rissanen | Assistant Professor of Fashion Design & Sustainability, Parsons The New School for Design
Hosted Networking Reception

Downloadable PDF version of the GoGreen NYC 2013 program here.

View last year's GoGreen NYC program here.

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