Climate Change (The Other Crisis)

The 2020 LABC Sustainability Summit

September 20-21, 2020

A high-level convening of leaders in one of the most environmentally forward-thinking cities of the world.

This year’s Summit will cover a number of pressing topics, including international climate policy, regionalization of the energy grid, California’s resiliency strategy in the face of growing natural disasters, and more.

Watch the FULL Summit:

Monday, September 21st Kickoff and VIP & Awards Reception Agenda

3:30 p.m.

LABC Nadine Watt, Chair, Los Angeles Business Council

3:35 p.m.

USC Welcome Dana Goldman, Interim Dean, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair, USC Schaeffer Center

3:40 p.m.

Intro of Spotlights David Wilhelm, Chief Strategy Officer, Hecate Energy

3:45 p.m.

Spotlight Session 1 Mary Wenzel, Executive Vice President, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Wells Fargo & Company

3:55 p.m.

Introduction Kip Field, Southern California Area Manager, HDR

4:00 p.m.

Congressional Keynote a Clean Energy COVID Recovery U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, Assistant Whip for House Leadership

4:20 p.m.


4:35 p.m.

Introduction Alberto Diaz, Managing Director of LAX, United Airlines

4:40 p.m.

Federal Keynote: Securing Our Energy and Climate Future Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Distinguished Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; Former Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

5:00 p.m.

Panel: Moving Toward 100% Renewable Energy & Resource Adequacy

Moderator: Sammy Roth, Energy Reporter, LA Times Panelists: Martin L. Adams, General Manager & Chief Engineer, LADWP Tom Buttgenbach, Founder & CEO, 8minute Solar Energy Michael Garland, CEO, Pattern Energy Carla Peterman, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Regulatory Affairs, Southern California Edison Liane Randolph, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

6:00 p.m.

Introduction Alex Pugh, Development Manager, Hecate Grid

6:05 p.m.

Spotlight Session 2 Sustainable Energy: Myths and Truths – And J.P. Morgan’s Commitment RA McDonough, Managing Director & Head of Energy, West Region & LA, Investment Bank, JPMorgan Chase

Tuesday, September 22nd

8:45 a.m.

LABC Welcome Brad Cox, Chair, Los Angeles Business Council Institute

8:50 a.m.

Special Guest The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California

8:55 a.m.

Introduction Ambassador Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor for International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Dame Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the USA

9:15 a.m.

Panel: Accelerating Just, Equitable Climate Goals

Moderator: Michael Northrop, Program Director, Sustainable Development, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Panelists: The Honorable Kevin de León, Councilmember-elect, City of Los Angeles The Honorable Fran Pavley, Former California State Senator & Environmental Policy Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute Kate Gordon, Director, Office of Planning and Research & Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Equity Research Institute

10:15 a.m.


10:25 a.m.

Introduction Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council

10:30 a.m.

Fireside Chat Educating the Future Workforce To Achieve a Sustainable, Equitable Region

Moderator: Dr. Daniel A. Mazmanian, Chair, Presidential Working Group on Sustainability & Professor of Public Policy, USC Panelists: Dr. Carol L. Folt, President, University of Southern California The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

11:00 a.m.

Introduction Nadine Watt, Chair, Los Angeles Business Council

11:05 a.m.

Business Leader Keynote Emile Haddad, Chairman & CEO, FivePoint

11:20 a.m.

P.M. Panel 2 the Buildings of Tomorrow

Moderator: Lauren Faber O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti Panelists: David Hochschild, Chair, California Energy Commission Zafer Sahinoglu, Vice President, Business Innovation, Mitsubishi Electric US Inc. Reed McMains, Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction Company Jason Barrett, Vice President, GAF Energy

12:00 p.m.


12:10 p.m.

Introduction Sam Arons, Director of Sustainability, Lyft

12:15 p.m.

P.M. Fireside Chat

Moderator: Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council Panelists: U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Chair, Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

12:45 p.m.

P.M. Panel Providing Clean, Affordable Water for Californians

Moderator: David Nahai, President, David Nahai Companies Panelists: The Honorable Henry Stern, Senator, State of California Gil Crozes, Partner, Carollo Engineers Brian Jordan, Vice President, Tetra Tech Rupam Soni, Principal Public Affairs Representative, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E., Director and General Manager, LA Sanitation & Environment

1:45 p.m.

Introduction Garrett Gin, Marketing Executive, Greater Los Angeles, Bank of America

1:50 p.m.

Keynote Pathway to the Clean Energy Future Kevin Payne, President & CEO, Southern California Edison

2:05 p.m.

P.M. Panel the Future of Clean Transportation

Moderator: Pete Holland, Executive Vice President & Regional Executive, AECOM Panelists: Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board Genevieve Giuliano, Director, METRANS Transportation Center, USC David Kim, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency James De La Loza, Chief Planning Officer, LA Metro Matt Petersen, President & CEO, LA Cleantech Incubator

3:00 p.m.

Introduction Adam Davis, Managing Partner, Ecosystem Investment Partners

3:05 p.m.

Closing Keynote Investing in Clean Infrastructure for Our Communities U.S. Congressman Tony Cárdenas, Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce

2020 Sustainability Summit Sponsors

The 2020 LABC Sustainability Summit wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our Sustainability Summit sponsors.


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The LABC Thanks Our 2020 Sustainability Summit Cooperating Organizations

AltaSea American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles American Planning Association- LA American Society of Civil Engineers, Los Angeles Aquarium of the Pacific Bay Area Council Better World Group California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy California Community Economic Development Association California Community Foundation California Electric Transportation Coalition California Energy Storage Alliance California Environmental Justice Alliance California League of Conservation voters Center for Sustainable Energy Century City Chamber of Commerce Clean Coalition Clean Power Alliance Climate Action Reserve Climate Resolve Coalition for Clean Air Communities for a Better Environment Community Corporation of Santa Monica
E2 Ednovate Charter Schools Environment California Environmental Defense Fund Estolano Advisors Faith 2 Green Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce Green Business Networking Green Hydrogen Coalition GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Heal the Bay ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Kilroy Realty Corporation Korean American Coalition, Los Angeles LA Better Buildings Challenge LA County Sustainability Office LG Chem ESS Battery Division Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Los Angeles Conservation Corps Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
Move LA Mujeres de la Tierra National Association of Women Business Owners, LA Chapter Natural Resources Defense Council Oakland Chamber of Commerce Pacoima Beautiful Pando Populus River LA San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Silicon Valley Leadership Group South Los Angeles Transit Empowerment Zone (SLATE – Z) Sustainable Works The Climate Center The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance The Transit Coalition TransForm Trust for Public Land UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation United States Green Building Council Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles Young Professionals in Energy – LA (YPE)
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