Accelerating California’s Climate Leadership

The 2021 LABC Sustainability Summit

Friday, June 11, 2021

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

This year’s Summit is hosted virtually in partnership with USC President, Dr. Carol Folt, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Day-of Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Login and Program Start

8:15 a.m.

LABC Welcome Nadine Watt, Chair, Los Angeles Business Council & CEO, Watt Companies

8:25 a.m.

Federal Frame U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, United States Senate

8:30 a.m.

Panel: California’s National and International Climate Leadership

Moderator: Michael Northrop, Program Director, Sustainable Development, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Panelists: State Senator Henry Stern, Chair, Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water, State of California Angelina Galiteva, Chair, California ISO Board of Governors Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Equity Research Institute David Wilhelm, Chief Executive Officer, Hecate Global

9:45 a.m.

Keynote: How the Built Environment Can Help Us Meet our GHG Emissions Reductions Goals Emile Haddad, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, FivePoint

10:00 a.m.

COP26 – The Race to Zero

Moderator: Dr. Daniel A. Mazmanian, Chair, Presidential Working Group on Sustainability, University of Southern California Panelists: Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles Dr. Carol Folt, President, University of Southern California Nigel Topping, UK Government’s High Level Climate Action Champion

11:00 a.m.

A Conversation with United Airlines on Making Sustainability the New Standard in Flight

Moderator: Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines Sean Burton, President, LAWA Board of Airport Commissioners

11:35 a.m.

Arnold’s Stammtisch: A Conversation with Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor of California and Nury Martinez, LA City Council President

12:00 p.m.

Panel: LA100 – A 100% Carbon-Free Energy Future for Los Angeles

Moderator: Lauren Faber O’Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti Panelists: Jason Barrett, Senior Vice President, Sales, GAF Energy Mike Garland, Chief Executive Officer, Pattern Energy Jonathan Port, President, PermaCity, A Division of Catalyze Jason Rondou, Director of Clean Grid LA Strategy, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power Meg Arnold, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

1:10 p.m.

Introduction Brian Lehman, Head of Green Economy, JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking

1:15 p.m.

Federal Keynote Congressman Steven Horsford, Member, U.S. House Ways & Means Committee

1:30 p.m.

Panel: Overhauling the Nation’s Grid Infrastructure & Impacts on our Regional Economy

Moderator: Mary Nichols, Former Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Panelists: Tom Buttgenbach, Founder & CEO, 8minute Solar Energy Jennifer Kropke, Director of Energy Jobs, U.S. Department of Energy Drew Murphy, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development, Edison International Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

2:30 p.m.

Introduction John D.S. Allen, Board Director, Water Replenishment District of Southern California

2:35 p.m.

Keynote: Investing in Climate Resilience and Adaptation Wade Crowfoot, Secretary, California Natural Resources Agency

2:45 p.m.

Panel: California Back in a Drought

Moderator: David Nahai, President, David Nahai Companies Panelists: Anselmo G. Collins, Deputy Sr. Assistant General Manager – Water System Director of Water Operations, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Gregorio Estrada, Southern California Wastewater Practice Lead, HDR Gloria D. Gray, Chair, Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors Sean Maguire, Board Member, State Water Resources Control Board Traci Minamide, Chief Operating Officer, LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN)

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