Climate Leaders Forum, New York September 2019

Date & Time: Tuesday, 24 September 2019 | 04:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: Urban Tech Hub @ Company, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

New York Climate Week

From Ambition to Action: How Companies are Engaging in Nature-based Solutions to fight the Climate Crisis

South Pole’s Climate Week event – “From Ambition to Action” – will gather inspirational leaders from across industries, academia, and the public sector to share stories of how they decided to take action on climate change and discuss what actions they and their companies are taking.

To get back on track in meeting global climate goals, we need to examine all available means to transition to a low-carbon society. Nature-based solutions and more sustainable land-use are among those proving their worth in lowering emissions, safeguarding communities, and protecting fragile ecosystems. 

In the years since the Paris Agreement, there have been a plethora of initiatives and events focused on the risks and challenges of a warming climate – now it’s time to turn those insights into action. This event will do just that by bringing to the fore a recent set of diverse and powerful impact stories and solutions. 

Guest speakers will guide the audience through their journeys, including what happened after they decided to take action, key barriers that were overcome, how to set and achieve tangible goals, and the process of bringing other stakeholders on board. Speakers will range from sustainability leaders at US corporates, to conservation-focused organizations, to a consultant-turned-adventure biker who quit his desk job and went out to document the real impacts of climate change in vulnerable landscapes – including inside the U.S.

Agenda
 
  • Welcome: Nick Aster, Founder of Triple Pundit, Event MC.
  • Opening Remarks: Renat Heuberger, CEO and Co-Founder, South Pole, sharing insights on this moment in the climate crisis, why the time to act is now, and the importance of nature-based solutions
  • Keynote #1: Florian Reber, Climate Activist and Cyclist, Tales of Change, sharing stories from his journey through the Alps and Rocky Mountains documenting climate impacts. 
  • Keynote #2: Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft, who will be speaking on Microsoft’s work on nature-based solutions, including their AI for Earth program. 
Panel on Corporate Action
  • Nick Aster, Founder of Triple Pundit (Moderator)
  • Christina Beckmann, Senior Director Strategy and Impact, Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • Christian Dannecker, Director of Global Sourcing, South Pole
  • Michael Dohnert, Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets
  • Sven-Olof Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions
Closing Remarks
  • Renat Heuberger, CEO and Co-Founder, South Pole
Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres & Networking Reception

 

 

About the speakers


Nick Aster

Nick Aster

Founder of Triple Pundit, Event MC

Nick Aster is a leading sustainability executive, editor, publisher, speaker, event chair and consultant on the myriad aspects of global sustainability. For the past twenty years Nick has focused on the subjects of green design, systems thinking, clean energy, corporate social responsibility, economic justice, and navigating complex future challenges. A veteran of Mother Jones, TreeHugger and the founder of Triple Pundit, the leading voice in the business of sustainability, Nick is also consistently hired by companies and organizations to build editorial experiences that communicate CSR to both consumer and business audiences. Nick has moderated thousands of panels at conferences all over the world, interviewing C-level executives from REI, Patagonia, SAP, Panasonic, Kendall Jackson, Solar City, BMW, Procter and Gamble and United Airlines. His expertise includes investigative reporting, communications, stakeholder engagement and the creation of highly engaging content. Nick is currently directing content for GatherLab, a conference and media startup focused on system entrepreneurship. Recent speaking engagements have included Sustainable Brands, Cleantech Forum, Net Impact, Companies vs. Climate Change and more. In 2005 Nick founded the world’s most well-read sustainable business publication, TriplePundit.com, sold to 3BLMedia in 2017. At the time of the sale, TriplePundit reached more than a million individuals a month through articles, videos, blog posts and other media. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, the bestselling author and podcast host, Jo Piazza and his son Charlie, who likes to chase pigeons. Nick also wrote a fun children’s book about Platypuses.


Renat Heuberger

Renat Heuberger

CEO, South Pole

Renat Heuberger is a pioneer and social entrepreneur in the field of sustainability, climate change and renewable energies, where he is engaged since 1999. As a founding partner and CEO of South Pole, he coordinated the set-up of the company’s global sustainability finance business. Before founding South Pole, Renat was co-founder and CEO of the myclimate foundation, one of the world’s first players on the voluntary carbon markets. Renat has been elected “Social Entrepreneur of Switzerland” by the World Economic Forum’s Schwab foundation, and he serves as a member of the Expert Network of the WEF. He is a member of the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, board member of Climate-KIC, Board member of M-Power, and a member of the advisory board of Impact HUB Zurich. Renat holds a master degree in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and has completed executive education programs at INSEAD and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renat_Heuberger


Florian Reber

Florian Reber

Climate Activist and Cyclist, Tales of Change

Florian Reber is a sustainability professional and outdoors enthusiast with extensive experience working on pressing global issues across the public and private sectors. Currently working as independent consultant, Florian previously acted as Strategy Lead at South Pole, Manager of the Tropical Forest Alliance hosted at the World Economic Forum, and was affiliated with Chatham House, BSR, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and The Advisory House. Inspired by the desire to combine his work experience and his passion for the outdoors, he initiated the Tales of Change project in 2018, a bike-touring and climate storytelling project to document present-day impacts of climate change along the Continental Divide, the Alps and the Himalayas. Florian holds an MA in political science from the University of Lausanne and a MPA in Energy and Environment from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the author of several articles and books in English, French and German.


Dr. Lucas Joppa

Dr. Lucas Joppa

Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft

Dr. Lucas Joppa is the first Chief Environmental Officer at Microsoft where he leads the company’s sustainability efforts through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University and extensive publication in leading academic journals, such as Science and Nature, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry. In addition to formerly serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained U.S. National Climate Assessment, Lucas is an Associate Editor for the Ecological Society of America’s EcoSphere journal and serves on the boards of leading scientific organizations, such as NatureServe and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). In 2017, he founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program—a five-year, $50 million commitment to leveraging AI and machine learning to help transform the way society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources.


Christina Beckmann

Christina Beckmann

Senior Director Strategy and Impact, Adventure Travel Trade Association

Christina Beckmann is Sr Director for Strategy and Impact at the Adventure Travel Trade Association, designs and leads projects to extend the broad array of positive impacts adventure tourism can provide for the environment, communities, wildlife, and business. She leads ATTA’s Climate Action Strategic Initiative, spearheading educational events and programs to promote climate action throughout the adventure travel trade. In Christina’s 20 years as a new business strategist and entrepreneur she has supported Fortune 500 companies, governments, foundations and non-profit organizations, leading diverse and globally distributed teams in more than 30 countries. Her teams’ strategies and products consistently have environmental sustainability, entrepreneurship, and community benefit at their core. She was responsible for convening and leading the professional community that developed Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standard. She also created and launched AdventureEDU, developing the primary course areas, content, and delivery teams. A frequent speaker as well as travel and technical writer, Christina’s work has been published in ‘Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century’, and ‘Riding the Hula Hula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to 50 Extraordinary Adventures’ published by National Geographic, along with numerous articles in the travel trade press. She loves white water river rafting and has been perfecting her tele turns for many years. Originally from Alaska, Christina now lives with her family in San Francisco, California.


Christian Dannecker

Christian Dannecker

Global Director of Emission Reduction Project Origination

Christian Dannecker is Global Director of Emission Reduction Project Origination with South Pole. With a M.Sc. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) degree, his mission is to upscale climate finance to the landscape level to bring transformational change to marginalized areas with unique biodiversity around the world. He works with private companies, communities and the public sector in the area of carbon credits and carbon markets, climate finance, nature based solutions and REDD+ projects. His experience includes landscape level REDD+ projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia; a large portfolio of Australian low carbon agriculture projects, reforestation projects with native species and biodiversity conservation, and community projects using efficient stoves and low-carbon water filtration technology. Since 15 years, Christian lives in Medellin, Colombia with his family where he also serves as Director of the Magnolios Foundation, a conservation group dedicated to save 30 endangered native magnolia species from extinction.


Michael Dohnert

Michael Dohnert

Senior Director, Ballpark Operations, New York Mets

Michael Dohnert began his career with the New York Mets in 1999 as an intern in the Stadium Operations department at Shea Stadium. Now Senior Director, Ballpark Operations for the New York Mets ballpark, Citi Field, which opened in 2009. His day to day operations include assisting in the maintenance and operation of the ballpark and oversight of in-house labor (engineers, plumbers, electricians, utility / grounds crew), life safety, vertical transportation, trash removal as well as all structural issues, repairs and financial analysis of the department. He is spearheading the current, and future, sustainability efforts of the ballpark and is solely responsible for the data collection, benchmarking, reporting and increasing efforts based on findings


Sven-Olof Lindblad

Sven-Olof Lindblad

President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions

Sven-Olof Lindblad is President and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, was born in Switzerland and traveled extensively with his father, renowned adventure-travel pioneer Lars-Eric Lindblad, who led the first non-scientific groups of travelers to Antarctica (1966), Galapagos (1967) and many other regions of the world. In 1979, Sven launched Special Expeditions (now Lindblad Expeditions), an innovative travel company offering marine-focused expeditions aboard small ships. In 2004, he formed a strategic alliance with National Geographic that combines the strengths of two pioneers in global exploration, with the goal of inspiring people to explore and care about the planet. Sven’s personal experience led to a commitment to environmentally responsible travel, which has resulted in numerous travel and environmental awards, including the Climate Champion Award from Clean-Air, Cool Planet; the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Award for Corporate Achievement and the Global Tourism Business Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The United Nations Environment Programme named him to their Global 500 Roll of Honor. Lindblad is an honorary member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands. He received international recognition for his innovative and successful model of tourism, receiving the “Commandeur de Notre Ordre de Merite Civil et Militaire d’Adolphe de Nassau” from Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg at the Grand-Ducal Place. He also had a newly discovered endemic species of moth in the Galapagos Islands, Undulambia lindbladi, named in honor of his conservation work. He serves on the Board of The Safina Center; on the Board of Trustees of Rare; is a founding Ocean Elder of the non-profit organization, Ocean Elders, and serves on the Board of Advisors for Pristine Seas.


 

 

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