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Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tutorial

Climate Wargaming

This workshop is designed for executives, sustainability and risk professionals, as well as managers with responsibility for aspects of the corporate value chain vulnerable to climate change impacts (i.e. supply chain, operations, facilities etc.) Its objective is to equip participants with tools and techniques to engage their organization on the issue of climate change as a business risk and opportunity.

Through the use of wargaming and role play, participants identify risks and opportunities related to climate change and develop a strategy to communicate critical issues to key stakeholders – executive leadership, peers, and operational staff — and identify how to tie climate adaptation efforts to KPIs.

Presented by Four Twenty Seven.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout

Solutions at the Groundwater-Ag-Urban Nexus

It takes data to make good decisions about groundwater, and getting groundwater data has always been difficult and expensive. Even when available, data sets are sparse and hard to use. How can governments and businesses access groundwater data and harness it to create cost-effective solutions to groundwater issues? Various stakeholders will address the proven technologies and models and solutions that can be replicated at scale.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout

Accelerating Solutions to Food Loss & Waste

According to the United Nations, about a third of all the food grown globally is never consumed. The losses take place across the value chain: at the farm, in storage, during distribution and preparation, and on our plates. Addressing food waste has clear economic, social and environmental benefits. This dialogue about innovations in business, policy and technology will explore the opportunities to make every calorie count. Featured speakers include execs from LeanPath and Safeway.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout

Case Study: How Big Data Transforms Ag Supply Chains

An increasing number of large food companies have set public targets on improved environmental outcomes in their agricultural supply chains. To achieve these goals, companies will need to collaborate at new levels across the value chain. This discussion focuses on the role of big data in delivering sustainable outcomes for agriculture, including how tech is helping companies engage farmers and other supply-chain partners to tackle issues like water quality, greenhouse gas emissions and soil health. Featured perspectives include key leaders across one distinctly innovative supply chain, including Unilever, ADM and a soybean farmer.

Breakout

Global Panel: How Will the Internet of Things Transform the Base-of-the-Pyramid?

How will the technologies and solutions showcased at VERGE address the needs of those at the base of the economic pyramid? What can we learn from community forestry projects in Kenya that use the cloud and handheld devices to make microfinance payments to off-grid smallholders? Why do Guatemalan highland households with mobile phones outnumber those with access to clean water and clean cook-stoves? This session shows how communities are leapfrogging challenges developed countries have yet to solve. 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout

The Growing Promise of Urban Agriculture

It may seem paradoxical or counterintuitive to think that cities may play a key role when it comes to increasing the sustainability and resilience of America’s food system. But the rise of urban ag is not to be brushed off as a passing fad. The growing interest in local food, plus some clever technologies, are enabling city residents across the economic spectrum to grow food at scale. Featured speakers include leaders from Eastern Market in Detroit, MI, Urban Tilth in Richmond, CA and the commercial leader in indoor vertical farms AeroFarms. 

Breakout

Unlocking Assets through Optimized Solar Applications

With more than half of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. now coming from solar, it is clear that the solar market has reached new heights. However, integrated solar solutions remain niche in areas requiring energy optimization, like the building and the greenhouse markets in particular. How will a solar technology like BIPV overcome a reputation of being too expensive and inefficient? This session explores this question and how leading companies in their respective value-chains are now able to unlock energy generating assets and provide high value, end-to-end, bankable and warrantied solutions.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Breakout

The Carbon re-Balancing Act: Positive Solutions for Negative Emissions

Businesses across a number of industries hold vast potential to not just reduce carbon emissions, but to "reverse climate change” by removing carbon from the atmosphere. This session will explore some of the solutions available today to sequester carbon from the air through both biological practices like regenerative agriculture and forestry and chemical approaches like direct air capture and reactive minerals. In particular, the panel will explore how industry and policy support can enable businesses to turn carbon dioxide emissions into valuable materials that lock carbon in the ground or the built environment with many co-benefits.