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Program

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Working Session

City Summit: Partnerships and Financing for Resilient Infrastructure

Special daylong, invite-only working session focused on how cities and companies are working together to implement innovative technologies and solutions that support resilience and sustainability, including low-carbon and smart-city infrastructure programs. The goal is to identify replicable models that allow cities to invest in clean and efficient energy, water, and transportation technologies. Learn more and request an invitation.

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tutorial

Addressing Water as a "Wicked Problem" Through Analytics and Action

This is a reprise of Will Sarni and Lindsay Bass's three-hour water tutorial from last year - and now it seems more relevant than ever.

Get an in-depth understanding of water risk as a business risk. Tools to quantify business value at risk and “managed intelligence” along with project examples from the private and public sectors will be presented. “Soft path” solutions to addressing water risks, such as “ecosystems” and “aligned action” will also be presented. A framework for water stewardship and business growth will be presented – “a license to grow strategy.” Data analytics and visualization dashboards will be used to illustrate water risks and mitigation strategies. The workshop is designed for those new to the issue of water risk and the more experienced stakeholder.

Breakout

Beyond Buildings, More than LEED: Tools to Transform Communities

If you think USGBC begins with LEED and ends with Greenbuild, think again. USGBC is adding tools and technologies, partners and platforms. LEED Dynamic Plaque, EDGE, WELL, SITES, PEER and GRESB provide a new, global platform to achieve our long-standing mission of green buildings and communities for everyone within this generation. This session looks at what it takes to apply systems thinking at scale and connect it to the future we want. 

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout

Understanding Mobility's Trifecta: Shared, Autonomous and Electrified

Every full-time shared vehicle replaces 4-6 sales of new cars and delays up to 7 more. With the growing popularity of EVs and ubiquitous presence of autonomous technologies, a new model is emerging that combines all three: carsharing, electrification and autonomy. How will traditional auto companies reinvent themselves? What will this mean for fleet buyers and communities? Featured speakers include execs from Daimler, Nissan, and City CarShare.

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

Breakout

The Future of Connected Transportation in Cities

How are the public and private sectors working together to evolve from yesterday's transportation system to tomorrow's? This case study of how to keep traffic moving in the car-snarled Bay Area offers insights to the kinds of collaboration needed for next-gen connected transportation systems. 
Breakout

Getting Zero-Net-Energy Buildings to Scale Through Technology

With almost five million commercial buildings in the U.S., the path to zero energy buildings and communities must include approaches that scale across common ownership, physical areas and prototypes. A distinguished panel of experts will address how emerging technologies can be leveraged in districts, building portfolios, and prototypes to get to zero net energy at scale.

Breakout

Beyond Purple Pipes: Innovative Solutions in Water Reuse and Recycling

Modern water systems use clean water both to drink and flush toilets and water plants. But new technologies are enabling the use lower-quality water for non-potable uses, saving potable water for human consumption and bathing. Learn about the water reuse and recycling technologies and programs that are being implemented at scale across communities and the built environment.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout

New Research Findings: How Corporations Are Tackling Climate Change

As a lead up to the climate talks in Paris, Ingersoll Rand commissioned GreenBiz Group to conduct research to understand corporate approaches to climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction initiatives. During this session, research results will be presented with commentary from senior leaders at Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft and Belk.
Breakout

Harnessing Data to Foster Climate-Smart Cities

Cities are tapping data, GIS decision support tools, and other resources to create green infrastructure strategies that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience. This facilitated table discussions will share ideas about best practices and key gaps for spatial analysis.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout

Exploring and Expanding Models for Effective City-Business Collaboration

Leaders and innovators in both government and business see huge opportunities to collaborate to advance urban environments. Too often, though, the mechanisms through which they engage present challenges and barriers. This workshop will explore how public-private partnerships are tackling complex problems and creating transformative solutions, including new and evolving models for collaboration. Featured speakers include execs from the City of LA, Envision Charlotte, Airbnb and Ford.

Breakout

Scaling Corporate Water Solutions

How can businesses scale their water-reduction strategies cost effectively when water is still so inexpensive? This panel features insights from corporate owners working to address water-intensive processes and operations across various industries about the strategies and technologies that are working. Featured speakers include leaders from Google, Dow and Genentech.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Breakout

Beyond the Tipping Point: Making Innovation in Cities a Reality

Many smart-city initiatives focus on new cities developed from the ground up, but what about the opportunities for others — can existing cities leverage these technologies, too? Learn about the new Metro Lab Network, a new White House initiative aimed at accelerating smarter cities by connecting cities and universities to address urban challenges in transportation, communication, water, sewer, buildings and public services.

Breakout

Financing a New Urban Water Infrastructure

As drought and climate change threaten water supplies, water utilities and their ratepayers are facing increasing challenges. Solutions are available, but because water is inexpensive, solutions aren't cost-efficient. The panel will explore public-private partnerships, innovative financing tools and how to account for the value of water in the future.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Breakout

Beyond RECs: The New Renewable Energy Marketplace

For years, the only affordable option for companies to buy green power was to puchase renewable energy certificates (RECs). But the RECs market has changed significantly, as have companies' options for renewables procurement. The new landscape includes power purchase agreements, community solar and even collaborative clean energy models. How to make sense of it all? Experts share their insights.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Breakout

Harnessing Data for Smarter Buildings and Cities

Obtaining accurate building energy use data is a prerequisite to improving performance, but various barriers limit access. Market participants and policy experts will present new technological and system advancements in data access and explore how it is changing our processes and opening new opportunities for improvement. Featured speakers include leaders from the IMT, City of LA, Mission:Data and Kilroy Realty.
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

Putting Microgrids to Work to Create Resilient Communities

The market for microgrids is evolving on a regional basis in the U.S. — the East Coast is a hotbed for regulatory reforms to enable microgrids in a deregulated policy environment, California is focused on long-term planning for a rich variety of distributed energy resources, and the heartland is aligning microgrids with utility smart grid innovation. What have been the impacts and lessons so far? 

Breakout

Aclima, Google and the U.S. EPA: A Partnership for Planetary Health

A Silicon Valley startup is partnering with Google and the U.S. EPA to change how we view our environment. It brings together a smart sensor network with Google Street View cars and EPA scientific expertise, to visualize city-scale pollution at the street level, in real time. Find out the implications for cities and businesses around the world.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Breakout

Case Study: Crash-Testing Driverless Cars in a Robot City

Welcome to M City, a 23-acre mini-metropolis in Michigan, where automakers can test autonomous cars to prepare for a driverless future. Seeking to replicate a modern city’s chaos — traffic jams, unpredictable pedestrians, daredevil cyclists — M City has carmakers and tech companies conducting research on its roads. Here's the inside story.

Breakout

The Nudge Factor: Leveraging Data for Behavior Change

From transportation data to litter management to crowdsourced information during an environmental disaster, the collection and dissemination of data is proving to be a powerful way to nudge and empower citizens toward action. Hear how data is being used as a tool for impacting individual decisions on sustainability.