Green Jobs, Good Jobs Conference: Green Jobs Expo 7

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 05 Feb 2009 13:30:00 GMT

Transforming the economy through environmental solutions — creating good jobs and exploring green technologies that reduce global warming and increase energy independence — is key to our future.

Solving global warming can now be centered on reinvigorating disadvantaged communities. The economy can be focused on buildups rather than bailouts. And the focus of energy independence will shift to clean energy and new technologies.

Connect with 2,000 government leaders and decision-makers, as well as business, labor and environmental organizations at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference for three days of exceptional educational programs, renowned speakers and extensive networking opportunities.

The 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference will alternate between plenary sessions and workshops. The plenary sessions will provide a stage for prominent national experts while the workshops will allow participants to explore new ideas and exchange best practices. The conference will focus on how solutions to environmental challenges can be used to drive economic development and create successful and profitable businesses.

Green Jobs Expo

  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 8:30 a.m. Morning Keynote
  • 9:30 a.m. Plenary Panel
  • 10:45 a.m. Breakouts
  • 12:00 p.m. (noon) Lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Keynote or Panel
  • 2:30 p.m. Break
  • 2:45 p.m. Breakouts
  • 4:30 p.m. Keynote
  • 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

Location: Marriott Wardman Park

Green Jobs, Good Jobs Conference

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 04 Feb 2009 14:00:00 GMT

Transforming the economy through environmental solutions — creating good jobs and exploring green technologies that reduce global warming and increase energy independence — is key to our future.

Solving global warming can now be centered on reinvigorating disadvantaged communities. The economy can be focused on buildups rather than bailouts. And the focus of energy independence will shift to clean energy and new technologies.

Connect with 2,000 government leaders and decision-makers, as well as business, labor and environmental organizations at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference for three days of exceptional educational programs, renowned speakers and extensive networking opportunities.

The 2009 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference will alternate between plenary sessions and workshops. The plenary sessions will provide a stage for prominent national experts while the workshops will allow participants to explore new ideas and exchange best practices. The conference will focus on how solutions to environmental challenges can be used to drive economic development and create successful and profitable businesses.

Schedule
  • 7:30 a.m. Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote
  • 10:15 a.m. Plenary Panels
  • 12:00 p.m. (noon) Lunch
  • 1:00-6:00 p.m. Advocacy Day – Capitol Hill / Breakout sessions for those not participating in Advocacy Day

Location: Marriott Wardman Park

Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World 1

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 08 Dec 2008 13:00:00 GMT

Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World

Since the biodiversity issue burst on the scene with the 1986 National Forum on Biodiversity, there has been a burgeoning of conservation efforts, organizations, research, education and related activities. Despite many successes, the overall situation is much more precarious today. The driving forces of increased human population, consumption, habitat destruction and degradation, contaminants, and invasive species have been joined by dangerous global climate disruption, globalization, poverty, political instability and other rapid environmental and social changes. Paradoxically, the biodiversity issue has largely fallen off the public agenda, pushed in part by the increased attention to climate change.

There is an urgent need for scientists, conservationists and policymakers to re-examine the biodiversity issue. We must both look retrospectively at a quarter-century of “modern” conservation efforts – what has worked well and what hasn’t, but also prospectively at the greater challenges of the next quarter-century. We need to look broadly at the many scientific discoveries and the many issues involving the use, abuse and conservation of biodiversity including cultivated as well as wild species and ecosystems.

The NCSE conference will bring together some 1000 scientists, conservationists and policymakers to develop a strategy to guide a new US Administration and others working to conserve biodiversity around the world. It will develop an approach for biodiversity management and conservation in a 21st century context, including

  • Strategies for Biodiversity, Conservation and Sustainable Utilization
  • Scientific Needs for Understanding Biodiversity Values, Losses and Consequences
  • Expanding Understanding: Information, Education and Communication

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC Metro: Federal Triangle (orange/blue line)

Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008 4

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 14 Nov 2008 13:00:00 GMT

Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008 Day 3

8:00am Registration Open

9:00am – 12:00pm Modeling & Forecasting Carbon Prices (Advanced)

This workshop will present various approaches used to forecast carbon prices, in Europe and North America.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of macro- and micro-economic models
  • The role of time in forecasting carbon prices
  • Integrating sectors in multi-sector models
  • Modeling the supply of offsets

9:00am – 12:00pm Valuation of CDM Projects & Portfolios (Intermediate)

The Price is Right: Assessing Risk and Value in the Clean Development Mechanism
  • Understanding political and country risks
  • Price and volume risk in CDM offset contracts
  • Valuation of carbon assets – state of the art tools and methodologies

Description

Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects present many opportunities for investors and project developers who understand the risks and opportunities embedded in the project cycle. Point Carbon presents its unique expertise on CDM projects around the world and its award-winning Carbon Valuation Tool, a web-based tool for valuation and benchmarking of CDM and JI projects and portfolios.

9:00am – 12:00pm Carbon Finance 2.0 (Advanced)

Trading in options on European Union *Allowances: liquidity, prices and pitfalls
  • Structured offset products: how to tailor offset products to customer’s risk appetite?
  • Bidding strategies in carbon auctions

Description

Back by popular demand, Carbon Finance 2.0 will be presented by Point Carbon jointly with key carbon market experts. The workshop will provide cutting edge analysis on the latest financial structures developed to manage the risks in these markets.

9:00am – 12:00pm The New Offset Landscape: North American Demand, Agriculture & Forestry (Introductory)

Greenhouse gas reduction projects in North America
  • Offsets from agriculture and forestry
  • The role of offsets under a future cap-and-trade program

Description

This workshop will get into the details of greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects in North America. We will discuss emerging trends in offset types and protocols, especially in forestry and agriculture. Participants will learn what types of emission credits are generated, as well as how they are verified and marketed. We will hear from some of the key players in the North American offset market on preparing for the role of offsets under a future cap-and-trade system.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:00:00 GMT

Carbon Market Insights Americas 2008

7:00am Registration & Exhibit Hall Open

8:00am Optional Session – Carbon Markets 101
  • Optional and free introduction to the carbon markets for all conference delegates.
10:00am Welcome
  • Per-Otto Wold CEO, Point Carbon
  • Eileen Claussen President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
10:15am Keynote Address – The Path Forward
  • Janos Pasztor, Director, Environment Management Group, United Nations
  • President-elect’s Environmental Advisor
Topics:
  • Statement of behalf of the Secretary-General
  • The new administration’s climate plan
  • The impact on ongoing negotiations for a new international agreement
  • Timeline and targets for climate policy developments

Description: What will the new administration do about climate change? Will a cap-and-trade bill be passed in the first 100 days of the new presidency? Will the US agree to a new international climate treaty? We’ll hear the latest on this from a key advisor to the president-elect and from a top UN official, who will discuss how the US elections change the landscape of international negotiations on climate change and where the world will head after 2012, when the first compliance period of the Kyoto Protocol ends.

11:00am Plenary – US Climate Policy: What’s Ahead?
  • Moderator: Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Topics:
  • Steps taken and lessons learned on climate change policy in the 110th Congress
  • Expectations for a new Congress and Administration on enacting climate policy in 2009
  • Major challenges, including cost-containment and allowance value distribution to enacting cap-and-trade in the US, especially in light of the current financial crisis
Speakers:
  • Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • Larry J. Schweiger, President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation
  • Brian Storms, CEO, APX

Description: With a new Administration and a new Congress, what can we expect to see with regard to US climate policy in 2009? What concrete steps, if any, have the Bush Administration and the 110th Congress taken to advance climate policy and what can we learn from this? If cap and trade is the preferred policy approach, what are the major roadblocks (e.g., target-setting, distribution of allowance value) on the path to successfully enacting the policy? Panelists will discuss these and other important questions policymakers will have to address if the US is to successfully address the issue of climate change.

12.00pm Lunch

1:30pm Managing Costs in a Carbon Market
  • Moderator: Janet Peace, Vice President, Markets and Business Strategy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • Concerns about carbon markets leading to unmanageable costs for participants and the economy
  • Discussion of proposed options for containing high costs: offsets, safety-valve, allowance allocation, oversight board, etc.
  • How would these options affect the efficiency and performance of the market?
Panel Speakers:
  • Mort Webster, Visiting Professor, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
  • Jason Patrick, Vice President, Merrill Lynch
  • Steve Corneli, Vice President, Market and Climate Policy, NRG Energy
  • Ben Feldman, Executive Director, Environmental Markets Strategy, JP Morgan
1:30pm Evolving Regional & Global Markets
  • Moderator: Denny Ellerman, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • Panel of experts will discuss emissions trading systems around the world
  • Comparing carbon market approaches
  • Exploring possible linkages
Panel Speakers:
  • Margret Kim, Senior Advisor, International Climate Change and China Program Director, California Air Resources Board
  • Jill Duggan, Head of International Emissions Trading, United Kingdom
  • Peter Zapfel, Directorate General for Environment, European Commission
  • Tim Denne, Director, Covec Limited & New Zealand ICAP Representative
3:30pm Carbon Risk Management
  • Moderator: Veronique Bugnion, Managing Director, Point Carbon
  • The role played by financial institutions in managing carbon risks
  • RGGI auctions: who participated and who stayed on the sidelines?
  • Canadian carbon intensity based financial instruments: how does it work?
Panel Speakers:
  • Annmarie Reynolds, Director, Carbon Exchange, AES
  • Patrick Birley, CEO, ECX
  • Olivia Hartridge, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Commodities
  • Jean-Philippe Brisson, Vice President, Goldman Sachs

3:30pm The Changing Roles of States

  • Moderator: Judi Greenwald, Vice President, Innovative Solutions, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • What are the appropriate respective roles for state and federal government in climate policy?
  • Are some complementary policies more effectively implemented at the state level?
  • How can federal policy best support and complement these state efforts?
Panel Speakers:
  • Michael Murray, Regional Vice President, Sempra Energy
  • Janice Adair, Chair, Western Climate Initiative
  • Michael Sole, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Ray Hammarlund, Director, Energy Programs Division, Kansas Corporation Commission
  • Peter Iwanowicz, Director, Climate Change Office, New York State DEC

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington D.C.

The Future of Environmentalism 6

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 27 Aug 2008 20:00:00 GMT

With energy and environmentalism weighting heavily on the minds of all Americans, The New Republic will be hosting a two-part discussion series at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This series will allow convention attendees a rare opportunity to engage with policy leaders and key innovators at the forefront of the energy and environmental debate. The series is open to all convention attendees and within walking distance to the Denver Convention Center and surrounding hotels.

  • Carl Pope, Executive Director, The Sierra Club
  • Representative George Miller (D-CA)
  • Representative Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE)
  • Matt Bennett, Vice President for Public Affairs, Third Way
  • Brian F. Keane, President, SmartPower
  • Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, The Breakthrough Institute; Co-author, Break Through
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard University Law Professor and Author, Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment
  • Franklin Foer, Editor of The New Republic, moderator

Tattered Cover Book Store, 16th & Wynkoop, Denver

The Future of Environmentalism 11

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 26 Aug 2008 20:00:00 GMT

With energy and environmentalism weighting heavily on the minds of all Americans, The New Republic will be hosting a two-part discussion series at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. This series will allow convention attendees a rare opportunity to engage with policy leaders and key innovators at the forefront of the energy and environmental debate. The series is open to all convention attendees and within walking distance to the Denver Convention Center and surrounding hotels.

  • Carl Pope, Executive Director, The Sierra Club
  • Representative George Miller (D-CA)
  • Representative Ed Markey (D-MA)
  • Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE)
  • Matt Bennett, Vice President for Public Affairs, Third Way
  • Brian F. Keane, President, SmartPower
  • Ted Nordhaus, Chairman, The Breakthrough Institute; Co-author, Break Through
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Harvard University Law Professor and Author, Risk and Reason: Safety, Law, and the Environment
  • Franklin Foer, Editor of The New Republic, moderator

Tattered Cover Book Store, 16th & Wynkoop, Denver

Energy and Climate Change Roundtable: The New Energy Economy 5

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 26 Aug 2008 17:30:00 GMT

Facilitator: Vijay Vaitheeswaran

Introduction: The Government’s Role in the New Energy Economy
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  • Rep. Ed Markey
  • Gavin Newsom
  • Greg Nickels
  • Federico Peña
  • Gov. Bill Ritter Jr.
  • Sen. Ken Salazar
Topic Expansion: Corporate and Community Initiatives in the New Energy Economy
  • Dan Arvizu
  • Mark Falcone
  • Van Jones
  • Carl Pope
  • Jon Ratner
  • Rhone Resch
  • Heather Stephenson

Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

Energy and Climate Change Roundtable: Sir Nicholas Stern Keynote 5

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 26 Aug 2008 16:00:00 GMT

Sir Nicholas Stern delivers the Climate Change Roundtable keynote.

Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

Energy and Climate Change Roundtable: Energy in a Carbon-Constrained Economy 5

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 26 Aug 2008 14:00:00 GMT

Moderator: Ray Suarez

Introduction: Three Carbon Sources
  • Robert A. Hefner III
  • Dick Kelly
  • Steven Leer
  • Andrew Liveris
  • Fred Palmer
Topic Expansion: Addressing the Economic Constraints
  • William S. Becker
  • Carol Browner
  • Jerome Ringo
  • Tim Wirth
Topic Expansion : Challenges and Opportunities
  • D. James Baker
  • Rep. Richard Gephardt
  • Kevin Knobloch
  • David Lester
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill
  • Michael Northrop
  • Randy Udall

Space Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, CO

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