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*Schedule subject to change.

* Monday, October 14 2013

Tutorials Day: VERGE Tutorials are intensive half-day sessions held prior to the start of the conference. These tutorials are meant to offer participants an opportunity to dive deeper into a topic of interest and develop tangible knowledge and skills. Read more…

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Registration

 

TUTORIALS

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Power Markets 101

An Introduction to Energy Markets, A Look At Current Trends, And Some Conjecture About The Future

Looks at the rationale for competitive power markets, their evolution over the past decade, and some of the key issues to be grappled with in the coming decade

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Presented by: Peter Kelly-Detwiler Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

LEED v4: The New Green Building Paradigm

This fast paced, engaging workshop is designed for professionals who are looking for an introductory overview of the new LEED version 4 Rating Systems. Read more…

Presented by: Alex Spilger Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Cassidy Turley; Tom Lent Policy Director, Healthy Building Network

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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Systems Thinking for Cities, Businesses, Supply Chains

Explores the application of systems thinking and management cybernetics—as a practice, not a buzzword—to the VERGE value opportunity. Covers the principles, frameworks, tools and practices of systems thinking, and their applicability to "complex" and "complex adaptive" —not merely "complicated"— Read more…

Presented by: Gil Friend President and CEO, Natural Logic

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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Using Predictive Analytics to Address Risk and Resiliency

Explores the nexus of data, predictive analytics, and risk mitigation for enterprise resiliency. Covers the context of big data and the merit of predictive analytics. Read more…

Presented by: Dan Vizzini Team Lead, Analysis and Training, Thetus Corporation

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* Tuesday, October 15 2013

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & Registration

 

GENERAL SESSION

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group; Elaine Hsieh Program Director & Senior Analyst - VERGE, GreenBiz Group

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM

Keynote Interview: The Future Is Distributed

Technologies — information, energy, transportation and others — are moving away from central control to distributed control, where pretty much anyone can be a producer and consumer. What are the implications for business and sustainability? Read more…

Presented by: Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media; Danny Kennedy Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Sungevity

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In conversation with: Eric Faurot CEO, GreenBiz Group

9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

VERGE Talk: When Corporates Outlive Their Usefulness

From AirBnb, Etsy, TaskRabbit, to Lyft, the sharing economy is on the rise. Consumers are sharing products instead of buying them. What happens if customers don’t need corporations on an ongoing basis? Research and analysis on how the sharing economy is transforming companies and markets. Read more…

Presented by: Jeremiah Owyang Chief Catalyst, Crowd Companies

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9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

Keynote Interview: The Industrial Internet and Big Data Analytics

The Internet of Everything — machines, motors, and a myriad of other devices — promises to be bigger than the consumer internet. The potential for industrial companies to accelerate efficiencies and create new business opportunities is almost infinite. Read more…

Presented by: Paul Rogers Chief Development Officer, GE Software

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

VERGE Talk: How 3D Printing Changes Cars Forever

Jim Kor is an engineer with a lifetime of experience designing machinery for mass production. He combines vision with empathy, and believes that the ultimate goal of design is to serve the public good. Kor and a seasoned team of designers created a car engineered for global sustainability. Read more…

Presented by: Jim Kor Founder, Kor Ecologic

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10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

VERGE Accelerate: Fast-Pitch Competition

VERGE Accelerate features a dynamic mix of innovative start-ups that are leveraging smart, data-driven technologies across the VERGE domains. In this fast-paced pitch competition, a group of entrepreneurs will give their best spiels in front of a group of investors and fellow entrepreneurs. Read more…

Presented by: Shana Rappaport Director of Engagement, VERGE, GreenBiz Group

In conversation with: Scott Elrod Vice President and Director of the Hardware Systems Laboratory, PARC; Dawn Lippert Co-founder , Energy Excelerator

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

VERGE Talk: The Power of People-Smart Buildings

Distributed, real-time sensor networks are turning buildings into living, on-demand resources in many dimensions providing better comfort while serving profit and the planet alike. Read more…

Presented by: Tanuj Mohan CTO & Co-founder, Enlighted, Inc.; John Picard Founder, HP Energy LLC & John Picard & Associates

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11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Keynote Panel: Creating a Cleaner, Smarter Grid

On-site renewable energy generation. Automated demand response. Microgrids and energy storage installations. Read more…

Presented by: Ken Locklin Managing Director, Impax Asset Management, LLC; Steve Malnight VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas & Electric; George Denise Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield at Adobe Systems

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

11:40 AM - 11:55 PM

Keynote Interview: The Power of Open Innovation

A conversation about why partnering with tech entrepreneurs fosters innovation and creates shared value for big companies. Read more…

Presented by: Kevin McGinnis Vice President - Product Platforms & Services, Sprint

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM

Keynote Interview: The Biology of Technology

A conversation about the role of technology, with one of the leading systems thinkers and writers. Read more…

Presented by: Paul Hawken Author

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Financing Techniques for Energy Market Transformation

With energy markets changing rapidly, and new technologies coming on board, what are the best ways to finance these new developments and how do we channel the necessary capital to make this happen? Read more…

Presented by: Mark Ferron Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; Billy Parish Co-Founder & President, Mosaic; Aaron Daly Global Energy Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

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In conversation with: Peter Kelly-Detwiler Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Open Data: From Transparency to Growth

Open data is moving beyond government transparency and accountability to become a source of value creation. But governments are challenged to seize the opportunities. Read more…

Presented by: Jonathan Reichental Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto; Diego May Co-founder, CEO, Junar; Jed Kolko Chief Economist and VP of Analytics, Trulia; Steven Ramirez CEO, Beyond the Arc

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In conversation with: Jennifer Bélissent Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Role of Vehicles in Demand Response

At long last, the vision of electric vehicles as energy storage devices for the grid is becoming real. Along the way, vehicle-to-building, or V2B services will provide new business opportunity for property owners and managers — and, of course, EV owners. Read more…

Presented by: Mike Tinskey Director of Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, Ford; Ron Mahabir CEO, Greenlots; Mark Duvall Director, Electric Transportation and Energy Storage, Electric Power Research Institute

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In conversation with: John Gartner Research Director, Smart Transportation, Navigant Research

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Beyond Zero: A Holistic Look at Building Systems

When it comes to green building practices, the phrase "net zero" can apply to a lot of things – from energy to water to waste. But can a building really have a zero footprint over the long term? Will this approach work for retrofits or is it just appropriate for new construction? Read more…

Presented by: Ted van der Linden Director of Sustainability, DPR Construction; Taylor Keep Director of Performance, VITAL Environments; Peter Rumsey Chief Technology Officer, Integral Group; Doug Norwood Project Director, Sacramento Municipal Utility District; Scott Tew Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

How Tech Revolutionizes Food Systems

We are at the beginning of the most radical transformation of the food industry since the Green Revolution. Read more…

Presented by: Ali Partovi Angel Investor, Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur ; Naithan Jones CEO and Co-founder, AgLocal; Paul Lightfoot CEO, BrightFarms

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In conversation with: Danielle Gould Founder and CEO, Food+Tech Connect

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Bridging the IT-Sustainability Gap

Businesses and organizations can use the power of technology to drive their business while at the same time advance social and environmental progress. But how do you leverage ICT to advance your company goals around green initiatives? Read more…

Presented by: Marianne Turley Sr. Statistical Consultant, Kaiser Permanente; John Schulz Director, Sustainability Operations, AT&T; David Lear Exec. Director, Corp. Sustainability, Dell; Josh Gerber Manager - Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric- Sempra Utilities

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In conversation with: John Davies VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Transition

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Innovating Management of City Resources

Cities are taking the lead in experimenting around systems-level challenges like escalating consumer waste, water scarcity, food deserts, decarbonizing the electricity grid and re-envisioning/repurposing land. Read more…

Presented by: Laura Spanjian Director of Office of Sustainability, City of Houston; Colin Tetrault Senior Policy Advisor of Sustainability to Mayor Greg Stanton, City of Phoenix; Emma Stewart Head of Sustainability Solutions, Autodesk

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In conversation with: Mohammed Al-Shawaf Manager, SustainAbility

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Solving the Last-Mile Logistics Challenge

The "last mile" - moving goods from a local store or distribution center to the customer's door - is becoming a competitive battlefield between bricks-and-mortar retailers and their on-line competitors. Read more…

Presented by: Rob Howard CEO, Ensenda; Paul Johnson Vice President, Fleet Solutions, Descartes Systems Group

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In conversation with: John Davies VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Water Tech Innovations from Startups to Corporates

Innovative water technologies will play an essential role in securing our global food supply. This panel will explore how entrepreneurs, investors and corporates are approaching the water innovation opportunity in the Food and Agriculture sectors. Read more…

Presented by: Chris Morrison Division Vice President/Global - Water Division, Nalco/ Ecolab; Greg Ryan Founder and CEO, Pasteurization Technology Group; Marty Reed Principal, The Roda Group

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In conversation with: Scott Bryan COO, Imagine H2O

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Internet of Things Meets Realtime Media

We have arrived at an era where people have a constant need and craving for instant access to information, and control over such information at their fingertips. Read more…

Presented by: David Friedman CEO, Ayla Networks; Eric Miller CEO, SCVsoft

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In conversation with: Stacey Higginbotham Senior Writer, GigaOm

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Electrifying Fleets

Many fleet managers are discovering that electric vehicles can offer compelling cost saving opportunities and enhancements to daily operations. Read more…

Presented by: Nina Kisch Fleet Administration Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E); Michael Brylawski CEO, Vision Fleets; Keith Leech Clean Cities Coordinator, City of Sacramento; Eric Schwarz Director of Sales, Enterprise

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In conversation with: Ben Holland Director, Deployment Policy and Strategy, Securing America's Future Energy

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Collective Leadership as a Key To Transforming Cities

Making the world's cities more efficient, livable and sustainable is the ambition we all share today. But the challenge lies in the pace, and magnitude of this transformation. Read more…

Presented by: Melissa O'Mara VP, High Performance Green Buildings, Schneider Electric; Mark Gander Director, AECOM; Yiaway Yeh Co-Chief Innovation Officer, Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County; Jiang Lin Senior Vice President, The Energy Foundation

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In conversation with: Nicole Boyer Managing Director, Adaptive Edge

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Big Data and the Built Environment

In the world of buildings, hard data bridges a critical gap between aspiration and proven performance. Join the panelists as they discuss their efforts to bridge that gap, through emerging benchmarking tools, data analytics for design firms, and best practices in data-driven building operations. Read more…

Presented by: Chris Pyke Vice President of Research, U.S. Green Building Council; Paul Mathew Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Josh Emig Director of Digital Practice, Perkins + Will; Harry Hobbs Area Director of Engineering, InterContinental Hotels

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In conversation with: Lindsay Baker VP of Research & Marketing, Building Robotics

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Future of Parking

The parking industry is changing, from focusing on facilities management to become a “sustainable transportation service provider.” Several innovative technologies are driving the industry forward. Read more…

Presented by: Kelly Schwager Chief Marketing Officer, Streetline, Inc.; Jay Primus SFpark Manager , San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; Paul Wessel Executive Director, Green Parking Council

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In conversation with: John Gartner Research Director, Smart Transportation, Navigant Research

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Distributed Energy Paradigm Shift

After decades of minimal change, utilities saw their first big shakeup as markets became deregulated. Now utilities are about to undergo another major change that could touch every piece of their business -- this one driven by the surge in distributed generation and energy efficiency. Read more…

Presented by: Richard Caperton Managing Director, Energy, Center for American Progress; Chris Nelder Consultant, GetRealList; Josh Gerber Manager - Smart Grid, San Diego Gas & Electric- Sempra Utilities

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In conversation with: Stephen Lacey Senior Editor, Greentech Media

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Shareable City

Collaborative consumption has emerged as one of the most exciting trends disrupting traditional economy -- technology is enabling us to make use of everything from extra seats in cars to extra rooms in our homes and workplaces. Read more…

Presented by: Molly Turner Director of Public Policy, Airbnb; Logan Green Co-Founder & CEO, Lyft & Zimride; April Rinne Chief Strategy Officer, Collaborative Lab

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In conversation with: Gabriel Metcalf Executive Director, SPUR

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Creating Wealth Through Efficient Buildings

Despite a well-proven business case for energy efficiency, the markets for retrofits have been miniscule compared to its potential. That’s changing as the technology, policy, and financial mechanisms are aligning to potentially drive tens of billions of dollars of capital into retrofits. Read more…

Presented by: Dianna Berry Asset Manager, Colliers International; Erik Larson Co-founder, Building Energy; Matt Golden Principal, Efficiency.org

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In conversation with: Joshua Kagan Operation Lead - Energy Efficiency, Carbon War Room

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

What 3D Printing Means for Sustainability

3D printing is radically changing manufacturing, enabling products and business models that were impossible before. But what are the implications for the environment, society, and business leaders? This panel discussion examines sustainability and business-related pros and cons of 3D printing vs. Read more…

Presented by: Jeremy Faludi Sustainable Design Strategist, Faludi Design; Andrew Rutter Founder and CTO, Type A Machines; Allison Pieja Co-founder and Director of Technology, Mango Materials

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In conversation with: David Dornfeld Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Smart Buildings, Smart Campuses, Smart Cities

How will Big Data, sensor networks and new visualization models drive radical transformations in the way buildings, cities, universities and real estate portfolios are managed around the world? Read more…

Presented by: Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft

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In conversation with: Debra van Duynhoven Green Building Executive

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

VERGE Interconnect Opening & Networking Reception

* Wednesday, October 16 2013

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & Registration

 

GENERAL SESSION

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

8:55 AM - 9:15 AM

Keynote Interview: The Road to 100% Renewables

The former EPA Administrator, now Apple's sustainability chief, talks about the company's commitment to 100% renewable power, among other initiatives. Read more…

Presented by: Lisa Jackson VP of Environmental Initiatives, Apple

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:15 AM - 9:25 AM

VERGE Talk: What Tiny Interconnected Sensors Mean for Sustainability

The Internet of Things is the emerging "seventh wave" of the internet. Read more…

Presented by: Jeremy Walker CEO, IOTA Computing

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9:25 AM - 9:40 AM

Keynote Interview: The Financial Case for Refreshing Data Centers

A conversation about how to talk with finance about sustainability projects. Find out how one CFO looks at sustainability inside his company and finds the business case for refreshing their data centers ahead of schedule. Read more…

Presented by: Mike Lucki Chief Financial Officer, CH2M HILL

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In conversation with: John Davies VP, Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

9:40 AM - 9:45 AM

VERGE Talk: Toward a 21st Century Electricity System

Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and MIT’s Industrial Performance Center have held three CEO Forums to date that brought together electricity industry executives and advanced energy technology providers to discuss the path forward for accelerating innovation in the power sector. Read more…

Presented by: Hemant Taneja Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

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9:45 AM - 9:50 AM

VERGE Talk: How Microgrids Are Transforming the Energy Ecosystem

Microgrids are making energy personal again. Read more…

Presented by: Sunil Cherian Founder and CEO, Spirae

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9:50 AM - 10:05 AM

Keynote Interview: The Legacy of Good Plan

Dell’s Chief Sustainability Officer Trisa Thompson will discuss the challenges of setting long-term goals, the surprising revelations that process uncovered, and how Dell is embarking on a journey to create a positive, measurable and lasting legacy of good. Read more…

Presented by: Trisa Thompson VP, Corporate Responsibility, Dell

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

Keynote Interview: The Future of Data Centers

With data centers consuming increasing amounts of energy and water, how does a company committed to being carbon neutral think about the road ahead? Read more…

Presented by: Joe Kava Vice President, Data Centers, Google

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM

VERGE Talk: Playing Games for Good

Getting and keeping user engagement is critical for implementing sustainability programs, but employees and customers are so easily distracted. Gamification can help cut through the noise and level the playing field - making your program work better, faster and more effectively. Read more…

Presented by: Gabe Zichermann Editor in Chief, Founder & CEO, Gamification.Co

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10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Keynote Panel: Opportunities at the Nexus of Food, Energy, Water

Strategic initiatives in addressing the energy – water – food nexus will be presented. The focus will be on how companies are addressing potential business risks through innovative partnerships and technology solutions. Read more…

Presented by: William Sarni Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte; J. Ashley Nixon NGO & Stakeholder Relations Manager, Americas, Shell Oil Company; Sarah Alexander Director, Sustainability at The Keystone Center, Field to Market

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

VERGE Talk: The Triple-Bottom-Line Infrastructure

How do you want to invest your dollars if you have billions to spend on a new infrastructure program? Read more…

Presented by: Claire Bonham-Carter Director of Sustainable Development, AECOM

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11:40 AM - 11:55 AM

Keynote Interview: How Technology Transforms Institutions

The power of technology is limited by the ability of people and organizations to adapt to new ways of doing things. In some cases, that means changing organizational models and strategies. Read more…

Presented by: Jonathan Koomey Research Fellow, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center on Energy Policy & Finance

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

11:55 AM - 12:05 PM

VERGE Talk: One Dashboard to Rule Them All

How do you measure the productivity of an engine that helped enable $175 billion dollars worth of commerce volume in 2012? Join Dean Nelson, as he introduces eBay's Digital Service Efficiency metric, the Miles Per Gallon equivalent for technical infrastructure. http://tech.ebay.com/dashboard Read more…

Presented by: Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay

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12:05 PM - 12:30 PM

Keynote Interview: Disrupting Solar (Again)

The solar marketplace has had nine lives, and almost as many innovation waves. The next waves of innovation aren’t necessarily technological, but in markets and business models. Read more…

Presented by: Lyndon Rive Founder and CEO, SolarCity

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

How Cities Harness M2M for Buildings

Machine-to-machine are increasingly transforming the urban environment, enabling large-scale reductions in building energy use without costly physical retrofits. Here’s how cities, tech firms, and building owners are working together to accelerate the opportunities. Read more…

Presented by: Dan Probst Chairman, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle; John Schulz Director, Sustainability Operations, AT&T; Matt Hatton Director, Machina Research; Stephen Gordon US East Sales & Market Development, vCloud Hybrid Services, VMware

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In conversation with: Matt Cullinen Senior Associate - Research & Intelligence, Carbon War Room

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Making Food Production Resilient at Kroger

How a partnership of supermarkets implemented a groundbreaking solution to achieve zero waste, creating positive financial and environmental impacts. Read more…

Presented by: Tim Crowder Corporate Construction Manager, Non-Retail Engineering, Kroger; Nick Whitman President, FEED Resource Recovery

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Accelerating the EV Infrastructure

Public charging infrastructure will undoubtedly play a role in the success of the electric vehicle market. But some uncertainty remains around the future of the industry. How large of a deployment is necessary to encourage and respond to the growth of the EV market? Read more…

Presented by: Terry O'Day Vice President, NRG EV Services, NRG eVgo; Ray Jenks VP, Business Development, Recargo; Jason Wolf Co-founder and CEO, CollaboratEV; Richard Lowenthal Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, ChargePoint

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In conversation with: Ben Holland Director, Deployment Policy and Strategy, Securing America's Future Energy

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Building the 21st Century Electricity System

Advanced Energy Economy and the MIT Industrial Performance Center have held three CEO Forums for electricity industry executives and advanced energy technology providers to discuss the path forward for accelerating innovation in the power sector. Here’s what they learned. Read more…

Presented by: Dian Grueneich Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission; Arno Harris CEO, Recurrent Energy; Hemant Taneja Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

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1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Gamification for Business Value Creation

Thousands of organizations across industries have leveraged the power of game mechanics to transform their brand marketing, consumer loyalty and engagement strategies. Here’s what works and what doesn't. Read more…

Presented by: Gabe Zichermann Editor in Chief, Founder & CEO, Gamification.Co

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1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Lifecycle Impacts of Data Centers

Most "green IT" initiatives are focused on the energy used in powering and cooling the IT equipment and maintaining the infrastructure, but the total impact of IT extends from the moment the raw materials are sourced through the disposal of equipment and decommissioning of the building. Read more…

Presented by: Pierre Delforge Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, NRDC; John Pflueger Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell; Christophe Garnier Environment Standardization & Regulation, Schneider Electric; Mark Monroe CTO and VP, DLB Associates

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In conversation with: Kathrin Winkler Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, EMC Corporation, Board Member, The Green Grid

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

How the Data Center Model Must Evolve

The data centers that run our digital lives already account for approximately 1.3 percent of worldwide electricity use. With the rate of data growth, are we also seeing unsustainable growth of energy use in the data center? Read more…

Presented by: Patrick Flynn Lead Sustainability Strategist, IO; Peter Gross VP, Mission Critical Systems, Bloom Energy; Dale Sartor Applications Team Leader, Building Technologies Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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In conversation with: Jonathan Koomey Research Fellow, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center on Energy Policy & Finance

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Transition

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Internet of Cars and the New World of Driving

Every car produces gigabytes of data each hour of operation. Over 100 sensors and more than 30,000 programmed codes are monitoring everything from humidity to ignition timing to crash sensors. Read more…

Presented by: Jay Giraud Founder, CEO, Board Member, Mojio; Jeff Artzi CEO, OOROO; Kurt Buecheler SVP, Streetline

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In conversation with: Dan Cauchy Founding Partner, Xona Partners

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Optimizing Energy, Water, and Buildings to Scale

To reach the sorts of resource efficiency and sustainability results they truly desire, cities and businesses need to stop seeking efficiency just one building at a time. Read more…

Presented by: Fran Weld Real Estate Director, San Francisco Giants; Cole Roberts Associate Principal, Arup; Bry Sarté Principal, Founder, Sherwood Engineers; Clark Brockman Principal, Sustainability, SERA Architects

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Data Center Resilience in a Post-Sandy World

The session is focused on the lessons learned from the disruption of the digital supply chain. Read more…

Presented by: Stephen Gordon US East Sales & Market Development, vCloud Hybrid Services, VMware; Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay; Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft; Jakob Carnemark CEO, Aligned Energy

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In conversation with: Bob Savage VP Sales, Inertech Systems

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Accelerating the Civic Innovation Agenda

Five years after opening their data, San Francisco and other cities are engaging citizens and the start-up community in potentially disruptive ways: producing urban prototypes, myriad apps, and bringing a new level of creativity to the challenges they face. Read more…

Presented by: Jay Nath Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Francisco; Bill Harrison Mayor, City of Fremont; Michael Yarne Executive Director, Up Urban

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In conversation with: Peter Hirshberg CEO, The Re:imagine Group

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tackling the Colo Conundrum

The panel will discuss the challenges to achieving data center efficiency faced by operators that don’t have full control over the IT infrastructure, especially colocation providers (a.k.a. "colos"). Read more…

Presented by: Nicole Peill-Moelter Director of Environmental Sustainability, Akamai Technologies; Sukrit Sehgal Director, Sustainability and Recoveries, Quality Technology Services; Hans Huberland Data Center Director, Rackspace

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In conversation with: KC Mares President & CEO, MegaWatt Consulting

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Confronting the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

Addressing the challenges of the energy – water – food nexus will require a paradigm shift in thinking. This 21st Century framework will drive innovation in sustainable agriculture, energy production and water use to support economic development and address the needs of global population growth. Read more…

Presented by: Robyn Beavers SVP of Innovation, NRG Energy; Will Sarni Director and Practice Leader, Enterprise Water Strategy, Deloitte; Sarah Alexander Director, Sustainability at The Keystone Center, Field to Market

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In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Connected Commuting

The New Cities Foundation set out to tackle the perennial problem of the urban commute, alongside Ericsson, the City of San Jose, Waze, Roadify and the University of California. Read more…

Presented by: Scott Kolber CEO, Roadify; Di-Ann Eisnor Head of Partnerships, Global, Waze; Alex Bayen Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley; Manuel Pineda Assistant Director of Public Works, City of Sunnyvale

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In conversation with: Naureen Kabir Director, Urban (co)LAB, New Cities Foundation

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Macro View of Microgrids (featuring VERGE Interconnect)

This panel will feature the project managers from each of the companies supporting the VERGE Interconnect microgrid. Speakers will share insights from their experience assembling the first fully interoperable, conference microgrid, and what implications this bears for the broader energy industry. Read more…

Presented by: Tom Price Director of Strategic Initiatives, All Power Labs

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In conversation with: Leia Guccione Consultant, Rocky Mountain Institute

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The State of Storage from Grid-Scale to Behind-The-Meter

Storage has been referred to as the 'holy grail' of the electric power system. However, unlike the original 'holy grail', the benefits of energy storage are very real, are attainable and are being deployed around the world today. Read more…

Presented by: Ben Kaun Senior Project Engineer, Power Delivery & Utilization, Energy Storage Program, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Daidipya Patwa Principal, Energy Policy, Planning, & Analysis, PG&E; Tad Glauthier VP of Customer Development and Operations, STEM; Stephen Kelley Senior Vice President, Green Charge Networks

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In conversation with: Janice Lin Executive Director, California Energy Storage Alliance

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Overcoming Challenges In Net Zero Energy Retrofits

It's one thing to envision and create a net-zero energy building from scratch, but most organizations might not have that opportunity. So what does it take to transform an existing office building into one with a net-zero energy footprint? Read more…

Presented by: Whitney Dorn Sustainability Leader, DPR Construction; Bob Smith Director, Energy Marketing Solutions, Eaton; Pierre Delforge Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, NRDC; Kristina Skierka President, Katalytix

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Future of Low-Carbon Internet Power

This discussion will explore the motivations, obstacles, and opportunities for data centers to source low-carbon power. Read more…

Presented by: Dean Nelson VP, Global Foundation Services, eBay; Dave Rotheroe Distinguished Technologist - Global IT Infrastructure and Operations, Hewlett Packard; Jim Grice Partner, Lathrop & Gage LLP

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In conversation with: Ryan Schuchard Manager, Climate and Energy, BSR

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Cleantech and Cleanweb: Investing, Implementing, Innovating

The ground has shifted substantially for cleantech investing in the past several years. Read more…

Presented by: Brook Porter Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers; Julianne Zimmerman Managing Director, Vodia Ventures; Mitch Lowe Founder / Managing Partner , Greenstart; Ricardo Angel Managing Director, GE Energy-Ventures

Tracks:

In conversation with: Carrie Norton Founder and CEO, Green Business BASE CAMP

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Future of Fuels: Creating Cleaner Fleets

What exactly is a cleaner fleet and how can we get more of them? Read more…

Presented by: Bruce Rauhe R&D Imagineer, Principal, Walt Disney Imagineering; John Boesel President and CEO, CALSTART

Track:

In conversation with: Eric Olson Senior VP of Advisory Services, BSR

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Resilient Cities at a District Scale

Resilient cities find innovative ways to exploit opportunities from their geography, culture and history, while managing global economic, social and environmental risks. Read more…

Presented by: Kate McGee Lead Sustainability Planner, SF Planning Department; Suzanne Burnes Executive Director , Sustainable Atlanta; Bry Sarté Principal, Founder, Sherwood Engineers

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In conversation with: Dan Vizzini Team Lead, Analysis and Training, Thetus Corporation

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

VERGE After Dark Party @ Temple with Code for America

Join a community of industry leaders and change makers on Wednesday, October 16, for a special evening of connection, music and more.

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* Thursday, October 17 2013

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast & Registration

 

GENERAL SESSION

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Welcome

Presented by: Eric Faurot CEO, GreenBiz Group

8:55 AM - 9:25 AM

Keynote Panel: The Data-Driven City

Presented by: Shannon Spanhake Deputy Innovation Officer, City of San Francisco; Ian Kalin Director of Open Data, Socrata

Track:

In conversation with: Peter Hirshberg CEO, The Re:imagine Group

9:25 AM - 9:35 AM

VERGE Talk: America's Grand (Sustainability) Strategy

America has not had a grand strategy since containment ended with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read more…

Presented by: Mark "Puck" Mykleby Colonel, USMC (Retired)

Tracks:

9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

Keynote Interview: Harnessing Human Systems to Enable Smarter Cities

How can we engage, enable and align the human “systems” in cities across organizational boundaries to do some of the most important work on the planet – creating efficient, livable, sustainable and resilient human habitats for the next century? Read more…

Presented by: Melissa O'Mara VP, High Performance Green Buildings, Schneider Electric

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In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

VERGE Talk: Listening to the Vines to Make Better Wines

Hear from "the vine nerds" about how their company's technology has the potential to transform thousands of years of farming practices. Read more…

Presented by: Thibaut Scholasch Founder and VP of Research and Development, Fruition Sciences

Track:

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

VERGE Accelerate: Fast-Pitch Competition

VERGE Accelerate features a dynamic mix of innovative start-ups that are leveraging smart, data-driven technologies across the VERGE domains. In this fast-paced pitch competition, a group of entrepreneurs will give their best spiels in front of a group of investors and fellow entrepreneurs. Read more…

Presented by: Shana Rappaport Director of Engagement, VERGE, GreenBiz Group

In conversation with: Heather Richman Political Strategist / Cleantech Startup Advisor, Greenlight Strategies

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

Keynote Panel: Turning Cars Into Batteries

How will smart grid technologies soon allow electric vehicles to improve the stability and reliability of the electrical grid? Read more…

Presented by: Paul Pebbles Global Manger, Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid and Emerging Services, General Motors; Brent Hollenbeck CEO, TimberRock Energy Solutions, Inc.; Rob Threlkeld Manager of Renewable Energy, General Motors

Tracks:

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Panel: The Power of Proving What's Possible

Presented by: George Salah CEO and President, Apparent Inc.; Jason McLennan Founder, Living Building Challenge

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In conversation with: Elaine Hsieh Program Director & Senior Analyst - VERGE, GreenBiz Group

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Keynote Interview: How Utilities and Disruptors Play Well Together

Today's utilities are facing a myriad of both startups and established companies offering alternative technologies and business models. Can the old guard compete in a world focused on innovation and sustainability? Read more…

Presented by: Robyn Beavers SVP of Innovation, NRG Energy; Matt Rogers Founder and VP of Engineering, Nest Labs

Track:

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Lunch

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Can Metrics Make Food Better?

This session will discuss how on-farm agricultural metrics are developed, considered and valued from academia, growers, to food processors. Read more…

Presented by: Robin Connell Manager, Sustainability Programs, Del Monte Foods; Fred Luckey Chairman/ President, Field to Market; Tom Tomich Director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI), UC Davis; Jeff Dlott CEO, SureHarvest

Track:

In conversation with: Jonathan Kaplan Director, Food and Agriculture Program, NRDC

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

How Big Data Accelerates Energy Efficiency Markets

There is a lot of talk about big data, particularly as it relates to leveraging the energy usage data from SmartMeters. Read more…

Presented by: Jan Berman Senior Director of Customer Energy Solutions, Policy, and Integrated Planning, PG&E; Jerry Meek Senior Manager, Energy, Genentech South San Francisco; Kuenley Chiu Director, Product Marketing, C3 Energy; Robert Austin West Regional Operations Manager, Energy Solutions, Eaton

Track:

In conversation with: Heather Clancy Senior Writer, GreenBiz

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

America's Grand Strategy: Deep Dive (Part 1)

Retired Marine Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby and Patrick Doherty, co-directors of the Grand Strategy Project at the New America Foundation will lead a two-part, interactive exploration of their grand strategy of sustainability, currently being briefed at highest levels in our civilian and military lea Read more…

Presented by: Mark "Puck" Mykleby Colonel, USMC (Retired); Patrick Doherty Director, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

Tracks:

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Climate Adaptation: Lessons from the Leaders

The road from here to sustainable, resilient cities and regions is hardly a straight one — there’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for success. Read more…

Presented by: Melanie Nutter Director, Department of the Environment, City of San Francisco; Sadhu Johnston Deputy City Manager, Vancouver; Michael McCormick Local and Regional Affairs Advisor and Senior Planner, State of California Governor's Office of Planning and Research

Track:

In conversation with: Brian Holland Director of Climate Programs, ICLEI

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Results Driven Building Optimization Strategies

Building control and energy optimization strategies have come a long way from basic lighting retrofits and building automation system upgrades. Read more…

Presented by: Leo O’Loughlin SVP, Business Development, Energy and Sustainability, Jones Lang LaSalle; Brian Dauskurdas Director, Global Energy Solutions, Lutron Electronics

Track:

In conversation with: Dan Probst Chairman, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

The Practicality of Autonomous Trucking

The idea of self-driving cars is just catching hold, but what about commercial trucks? By managing the acceleration, deceleration and operation of trucks including platooning multiple combination vehicles together, the fuel consumed and the safety of the trucks can be dramatically improved. Read more…

Presented by: Josh Switkes Founder and CEO, Peloton Technology, Inc.; Mihai Dorobantu Director, Vehicle Technologies and Innovation, Eaton Corporation; Chris Shimoda Manager of Environmental Policy, California Trucking Association

Track:

In conversation with: Mike Roeth Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

How Big Data Is Transforming Sustainability In Manufacturing

Big data is a crucial component of driving predictability and minimizing variation – the holy grails of manufacturing. Read more…

Presented by: David Morgan VP, Manufacturing, Shaw Industries Group; Steven Miller Director of Information Technology, Steelcase

Track:

In conversation with: Nicole Boyer Managing Director, Adaptive Edge

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Transition

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Big Data for Energy Management Across Portfolios

Predicting, prioritizing and verifying the return on investment for energy efficiency projects has been a major challenge for building owners and real estate portfolio managers. Read more…

Presented by: Sam Brooks Director, Energy & Sustainability Division, DC Department of General Services; Swapnil Shah CEO and Co-Founder, FirstFuel Software; Sandra Kwak Senior Marketing and Business Development Manager, AutoGrid Systems

Tracks:

In conversation with: Jeff St. John Reporter and Analyst, Greentech Media

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A Microgrid Goes To Jail (and Gains Power)

What appears to be the greenest jail in the world, located just east of San Francisco, deploys sophisticated microgrid technology utilizing a diverse set of resources, including solar, wind, fuel cells and batteries. Here’s how they did it. Read more…

Presented by: Matt Muniz Energy Program Manager, County of Alameda, GSA/TSD; Bob Lasseter Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Osama Idrees Project Manager, Chevron Energy Solutions

Track:

In conversation with: Peter Asmus Principal Research Analyst, Navigant Research

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Business Solutions to Match Urban Sustainability Challenges

Population growth and a growing middle-class is leading to a more urbanized world. Sustainable lifestyles will play a key role in determining the future of cities, from urban planning to building design to overall efficiency and access to mobility. Read more…

Presented by: David Berdish Manager of Social Sustainability, Ford Motor Company; Mark Gander Director, AECOM; Charles Long Principal, Charles A Long Properties, LLC

Track:

In conversation with: Philippe Fonta Managing Director Cement (CSI), Buildings (EEB) and Tires (TIP) projects, WBCSD

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Smarter Transport via Ocean, Rail, and Truck

Significant efficiency improvements are being achieved in all modes of moving goods — ocean, rail and truck. But is it enough to create smarter vehicles without optimizing the overall system? Read more…

Presented by: John Fojut Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Kohls; John Lovenburg VP, Environmental, BNSF Railway; David Will VP of Sales, JB Hunt; Heather Tomley Acting Director, Environmental Planning, Port of Long Beach

Tracks:

In conversation with: Mike Roeth Executive Director, North American Council for Freight Efficiency

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Leveraging Data to Create Smarter Communities

City data often sits in basement filing cabinets -- neglected, or at best undercapitalized. From Kenya to Chicago, cities and states around the world are making their data not only accessible, but reusable in the hands of people who can unlock its value. Read more…

Presented by: Mark Headd Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia; Ian Kalin Director of Open Data, Socrata; Laura Schewel Founder and CEO, StreetLight Data

Track:

In conversation with: Kat Borlongan Co-Founder, Five by Five

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

America's Grand Strategy: Deep Dive (Part 2 - continues from Part 1)

Retired Marine Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby and Patrick Doherty, co-directors of the Grand Strategy Project at the New America Foundation will lead a two-part, interactive exploration of their grand strategy of sustainability, currently being briefed at highest levels in our civilian and military lea Read more…

Presented by: Mark "Puck" Mykleby Colonel, USMC (Retired); Patrick Doherty Director, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation

Tracks:

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Healthy Buildings and Materials Transparency

Health Product Declarations are the first open standard format for reporting contents and chemical hazards in building products. Its proponents believe it will make buildings healthier, and the building materials supply chain more innovative and transparent. Read more…

Presented by: Russell Perry Director of Sustainable Design, SmithGroup; Stacy Glass Executive in Residence for the Built Environment, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; John Knott Executive Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative; Anthony Ravitz Real Estate and Workplace Services Green Team Lead, Google

Track:

In conversation with: Bill Walsh Executive Director, Healthy Building Network

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Break

 

GENERAL SESSION

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Keynote Panel: The Future of Energy

A conversation between two of the leading thinkers on climate and energy. Read more…

Presented by: Amory Lovins Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute; Andrew Revkin Senior Fellow, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, The New York Times & Pace University

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Closing: VERGE 25 Awards

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception