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Spotlight on Climate Solutions

September 11 | 7:30 am - September 12 | 1:00 pm

On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, COAL + ICE is organizing two full days of events focused on climate solutions featuring leaders such as Al Gore, Tom Friedman, Laura Tyson, and Kevin Rudd.

Join us inside the exhibition for this special series organized by David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission; Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund; Laura Tyson, Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact and Interim Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm; and Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society.

Spotlight on Climate Solutions is sponsored by Mountain Philanthropy Partners.

Free event with advanced registration.

Morning Sessions, September 11th (Day 1)

How Climate Solutions Make Business Sense For Food Companies
8:30 am – 9:45am (check-in and coffee start at 7:30am)
Three pioneering food companies share how climate priorities make dollars and sense.

Panelists:
Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm
Albert Straus, Founder/CEO & Organic Dairy Farmer, Straus Family Creamery
Carla Vernon, President, Triple B Operating Unit, General Mills
Moderator:
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm

Climate Solutions Pitch Fest
10:00 am – 12:00pm
Watch leading entrepreneurs pitch their climate change solutions/companies to a panel of expert judges who will give their honest and unvarnishedfeedback. Each entrant will have 5 minutes to describe their vision, product, and future ambitions.

Presenters:
Dr. Etosha Cave, Founder, Opus 12
Winners of the California Climate Cup (Gold, Silver and Bronze):
Ugwem Eneyo, Co-founder/CEO, Solstice Energy Solutions
Heather Hochrein, co-founder / CEO, EVmatch
The California Climate Cup is a startup innovation competition seeking the next generation of technologies, business models, and platforms that will help megacities, states, and regions accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and enhance resiliency in the face of climate change.
Judges:
James Joaquin, Co-founder, Obvious Ventures
Dave Morin, Co-founder and CEO, Sunrise
Sarah Pinto, Director of Venture Investing, The Emerson Collective
Lila Preston, Partner, Generation Investment Management
Moderator
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm

Afternoon Sessions, September 11th (Day 1)

In Conversation with Hon. Al Gore
September 11 | 12:30 pm – 1:00pm

Interviewer:
Laura Tyson, Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact and Interim Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Investing in Climate Solutions
1:00 pm – 2:30pm
What kinds of private investment can truly promote climate solutions in a long-term, effective way? We talk with experts who know.

Introduction:
Kenneth P. Wilcox, Chairman Emeritus, Silicon Valley Bank; Asia Society Trustee/Asia Society Northern California Chair
Panelists:
Audrey Choi, CMO and CSO, Morgan Stanley
Jerome Dodson, Founder and Chairman, Parnassus Investments
Puon A. Penn, EVP, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital
Nancy Pfund, Founding and Managing Director, DBL
Daniel Weiss, Co-founder, Managing Partner, Angeleno Group
Moderator:
Laura Tyson, Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact and Interim Dean, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

The Growing Edges of Energy
2:45 pm – 4:00pm
Mobility and electricity are merging. Millions who have gone without modern end-use energy services will get them, all from clean sources. Listen to some of the drivers of the disruption discuss the challenges & an opportunity of this convergence. Flash presentations and dialogues with:

Remarks:
Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society
Introduction:
David Hochschild, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Speakers:
Harish Hande, Managing Director, SELCO India
Vic Shao, CEO, AMPLY Power
Cathy Zoi, CEO, EV Go
Moderator:
Dan Shugar, CEO, NEXTracker

The Next Energy Agenda
4:15 pm – 5:30pm
As solar continues to become the lowest cost source of electricity, it is still hard to see how it scales to become the dominant source in time to slow climate change. And there are still billions without adequate electricity – can we solve both problems at once? Flash presentations and dialogues with:

Speakers:
David Meckel, Director of Campus Planning, California College of the Arts
Zhengrong Shi, Founder, Suntech Power
Lila Tretikov, CEO, Terrawatt Initiative
Angelina Galiteva, Vice Chair, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
Moderator:
Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund

Evening Sessions, September 11th (Day 1)

Special Musical Performance and Reception
Rupa and the April Fishes
5:30 pm – 6:30pm

The Third Pole: Asia’s Frozen Reservoir
6:45 pm – 7:45pm
Virtually every major river system in Asia — from the Indus in Pakistan to the Yellow in China – rises on the Tibetan Plateau in the Great Himalayan Range. We’ll discuss how climate change affects the glacial ice systems in these mountains and their critical significance to more than two billion people.

Introduction:
Richard C. Blum, Founder, American Himalayan Foundation
Speakers:
David Breashears, Filmmaker, Explorer, Author, Founder of GlacierWorks
Arjun Divecha, Director, Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of Iceland
Moderator:
Shyla Raghav, Climate Lead, Global Strategy Group, Conservation International

Climate Change, Refugees and the Drift to the Right
Co-Presented by the World Affairs Council
7:45 pm – 9:15pm
As climate change intensifies droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events around the globe, increasing
numbers of “climate refugees” continue to be driven from their homes. What role does climate play in fueling conflicts and mass migration? And how will this movement of people impact the political landscape of the countries In which these migrants seek shelter?

Introduction:
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.- China Relations, Asia Society

PART I: THE YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
David Gelber shows and discusses excerpts from his award-winning series featuring some of Hollywood’s most influential stars as it reveals emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from across the planet. David’s excerpts will focus on his travels with New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman in Syria and West Africa as they dive deep into the crisis of climate migration.

Speaker:
David Gelber, Creator, Executive Producer, Producer, The Years of Living Dangerously

PART II: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Speakers:
Tom Friedman, Author, New York Times columnist
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia, President, Asia Society Policy Institute
Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
Heidi Cullen, Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Moderator:
Ray Suarez, American broadcast journalist, John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies, Amherst College

Morning Sessions, September 12 (Day 2)

Climate Solutions Pitch Fest Day 2 – Young Green Tech Entrepreneurs Forum (YGT)
Download YGT Program Brochure here
9:00 am – 12:30pm (check-in and coffee start at 8:00am)
Watch leading entrepreneurs pitch their climate change solutions/companies to a panel of expert judges who will give their honest and unvarnished feedback. Each entrant will have 5 minutes to describe their vision, product and future ambitions.

Introduction:
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society
Speaker:
Amory Lovins, Co-founder, Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute
Remarks:
Wang Shi, Founder and Chairman, China Vanke

Host:
Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Stonyfield Farm
Presenters from the U.S. and China (30 mins each):
Brent Constantz, Founder and CEO of Blue Planet, Ltd
Xia Li, Founder, Shenzhen Power-Solution Ind Co., Ltd
Xi Wang, Initiator, VLOOP
Shutong Liu, Founder of MotionECO
Sean Wihera, Director of Business Development, Clarity Movement
Judges:
Dan Kalafatas, Chairman, 3Degrees
Nancy E. Pfund, Founder and managing partner, DBL Partners
Wang Shi, Founder and Chairman, China Vanke
Vishal Vasishth, Co-founder, Obvious Ventures

COAL + ICE is a documentary photography exhibition and festival of events that seeks to amplify that conversation about climate change. For a full schedule of events visit coalandice.org/events.

Details

Start:
September 11 | 7:30 am
End:
September 12 | 1:00 pm

Venue

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
San Francisco, CA United States
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