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Comms Summit

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Invitation requests have now closed for the GreenBiz 23 Comms Summit

We hope you will be able to tune in to the GreenBiz 23 keynote sessions & Sidebar interviews, which will be livestreamed for free on the GreenBiz 23 virtual event page during the event — no registration required. Be sure to subscribe to GreenBiz event updates to be notified when registration opens for GreenBiz 24, taking place February 12-14, 2024, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Monday, February 13 - Tuesday, February 14, 2023  - Mountain Shadows Resort, Scottsdale, AZ 

The GreenBiz 23 Comms Summit is an invitation-only working session that will bring together 200 communications, legal and sustainability professionals from large companies along with outside experts on sustainability and ESG communications.

The hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves program will feature real-world communications and messaging case studies, with feedback from investors, activists, journalists, policymakers and your peers. 

View Comms Summit Schedule

What to Expect

  • "360-degree" assessments of real-world communications and messaging strategies

  • Focused networking with a diverse group of sustainability and communications professionals

  • Actionable insights on how to tell more effective and impactful stories across a range of media and to a range of audiences


GreenBiz 23 Comms Summit Schedule

All times MST, subject to change

Monday, February 13, 2023

Registration opens at 11:30 am

12:00pm - 1:30pm: Arrival & Lunch (sponsored by United States Steel Corporation)

1:30pm - 3:10pm: Keynotes
A stimulating series of conversations will explore the current state-of-play for sustainability communications today including growing concerns around greenwashing and the critical collaboration between sustainability, communications and legal teams. 

3:10pm - 3:40pm: Break

3:40pm - 5:30pm: 360-Degree Working Session: Business to Business Case Studies
Work through real-world communications and messaging challenges in small groups, receiving feedback from diverse stakeholders including investors, activists, journalists and customers.

5:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking Reception (sponsored by Cox Enterprises)

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast (sponsored by Arcadia)

8:30am - 10:05am: Keynotes
We will begin Day 2 with discussions around consumer trends and the future of sustainability communications.

9:35am - 10:05am: Break

10:05am - 12:00pm: 360-Degree Working Session: Business to Consumer Case Studies
Work through real-world communications and messaging challenges in small groups, receiving feedback from diverse stakeholders including investors, activists, journalists and customers.

12:00pm - 1:30pm: Lunch

Plenary lunch for all Comms Summit participants (sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources)

Optional: Roundtable Lunches are interactive lunch discussions, moderated by an expert or thought leader, held at roundtables of up to 10 participants. These are freeform discussions, so bring your own challenges, questions, and ideas to talk through and get to know your fellow conference participants. 

  • Overcoming Your Climate Communications Challenges - Table Host: Peter Browning, Browning Environmental Communications
  • Responding to Anti-ESG Messaging (Without Getting Too Partisan) - Table Host: Mike Hower, thinkPARALLAX
  • Consumer Behavior Change - What the New 61 IPCC 'Sustainable Behaviors' Mean for Brands - Table Host: Louise Wilson & Lucy Shea, Futerra

Comms Summit Speakers

Emily Chan

Emily Chan



Edward Palmieri



Lindsay Brewer

Covington & Burling LLP


Dave Stangis

Apollo Global Management Inc.


Anisa Kamadoli Costa


Joel Makower 2022

Joel Makower

GreenBiz Group


Solitaire Townsend


Bryan Lewis

Bryan Lewis

GreenBiz Group


Ryan Hart



Jenny McColloch

McDonald’s Corporation


Scot Case

National Retail Federation

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Elizabeth Sturcken

Environmental Defense Fund

Jim Giles VP Net Zero at GreenBiz Group

Jim Giles

GreenBiz Group


Peter Prengaman

The Associated Press


Suzanne Shelton

Shelton Group, an ERM Group Company


Cara Pike

Climate Access


Peter Browning

Browning Environmental Communications

Dylan Siegler

Dylan Siegler

GreenBiz Group