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2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit

Agenda at a Glance 

The agenda for the 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit is constantly being refined and speakers will be added as they are confirmed. If you are interested in contributing to the program, especially in the breakout sessions, please contact Michele Madia.

Sunday, February 4th 

1:30pm-4:30pm SN Steering Committee Meeting
2:00pm – 4:00pm Research Institutions Affinity Group Meeting
1-2:30pm IEN Executive Committee Meeting
1:00pm – 4:00pm Resilience Assessment Bootcamp
5:00pm-7:00pm Poolside Welcome Reception

Monday, February 5th 

7:00am – 3:00pm Check-In Open
7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Welcome remarks and Kick-off Keynote, Paul Hawken
10:00 Plenary Panel: Climate Action, Justice, and Economic Revitalization

  • Linda Lujan, President, Lamar Community College, moderator
  • Tom Soto, Frontier Impact Capital
  • Nancy Pfund, DBL Partners
  • Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, Trustee, Green Mountain College, Director, Interface and environmental and human rights activist
10:45 Dialogue at Roundtables
11:00 Coffee Morning Break and Book Signing
11:30 Concurrent: Overview – Climate Smart Investing – Financial Performance, Fiduciary Duty (Endowments & Investing Track)
11:30 Concurrent: Climate Action Driving Opportunity, Equity, and Justice (Strategic Leadership Track)
11:30 Concurrent: Campuses Role-Modeling a Just Transition to the Green Economy (Financing & Implementation Track)
12:30 Lunch and Intel ISEF Award Winning Student Presentations
1:30 Plenary Panel: The New Normal: 100% Clean Energy

  • Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College
  • Dorothy Leland, Chancellor, University of California, Merced
  • Graham Richard, CEO, Advanced Energy Economy
2:15 Dialogue at Roundtables
2:30 Break
2:45 Concurrent: Total Portfolio Activation – Climate Solutions Across Asset Classes (Endowments & Investing)
2:45 Concurrent: Setting the Vision and Strategy for Neutrality (Strategic Leadership)
2:45 Concurrent: Understanding Options, Trends and Opportunities with Renewable Energy (Financing & Implementation)
3:45 Afternoon Break
4:00 Concurrent: Outsourcing Investment Management: a focus on climate solutions (Endowments & Investing)
4:00 Concurrent: Alignment of Food/Water Considerations with Strategic Goals (Strategic Leadership)
4:00 Concurrent: Modeling Resilient Food/Water Systems on Campus (Financing & Implementation)
5:00 Reception

Tuesday, February 6th

7:30 Breakfast
8:30 Plenary Panel: Accounting for the True Costs of Climate Change

  • Elizabeth Willmott, Carbon Program Lead, Microsoft Corporation
  • Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College, moderator
  • Bob Litterman, Kepos Capital
  • Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College
9:20 Dialogue at Roundtables
9:30 Break
9:40 Plenary Panel: Energy: Consumption and Design (Net Zero or Net Positive)

  • David Finegold, President, Chatham University
  • Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
10:20 Break
10:30 Concurrent: Shareholder Engagement – Effective Climate Action? (Endowments & Investing)
10:30 Concurrent: Leveraging Institutional Social and Political Capital to Support Smart Climate Policy (Strategic Leadership)
10:30 Concurrent: Establishing an Internal Price on Carbon (Financing & Implementation)
11:30 Break
11:45 Concurrent: Climate Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Investment Process (Endowments & Investing)
11:45 Concurrent: Setting the Vision and Strategy for Neutrality (Strategic Leadership
11:45 Concurrent: Understanding Options, Trends and Opportunities with Renewable Energy (Financing & Implementation)
12:45-2:30 Lunch and Closing Keynote

Research Universities Leading Place-Based Climate Action Initiatives

  • Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
  • Janet Napolitano, President, University of California
3:00 Additional Programming: Climate Action (re)Boot Camp