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Global Climate Action Summit
Be a Superhero for Sustainable and 100% Renewable Energy:
Global Strategies for Decision-Makers

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth St. in SF

Panels and discussions: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Celebration: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Please join a collaboration of leading global experts, policy makers, strategists, and technologists in sustainability and renewable energy at this Global Climate Action Summit Affiliate Event collectively hosted by nine organizations at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

This one-day forum complements Governor Jerry Brown's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, and will imagine a 100% renewable energy future that will allow us to meet climate goals. A select group of high-level leaders and experts will convene to highlight strategies and technologies needed by corporate, public, and private decision-makers to succeed.


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Panels:

9:00-9:30am - Keynote Address

9:30-11:00am - Current Status to Future Reality: Critical success factors

11:00-12:30pm - Leaders Needed: Leadership for the energy transition

12:30-2:00pm - Lunch

2:00-3:30pm - Policies and Market Design: What is needed?

4:00-5:30pm - The Role of Innovation and Technology in Building a Renewable Energy Future

5:30pm - Closing Address, Mayor Steve Skadron, Aspen, CO



Featured speakers:

STEVE SKADRON, MAYOR, ASPEN, COLORADO

Mayor of Aspen, Colorado, who spearheaded the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit, which captured 24 years of city climate action work to identify best practices in a toolkit designed for governments to tailor strategies to their needs.


RANA ADIB, REN21 

Executive Secretary of REN21, an international non-profit association based at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Paris, France. REN21 brings together governments, nongovernmental organizations, research and academic institutions, international organizations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy.

MONICA ARAYA, COSTA RICA LIMPIA 

Founder & Director of Nivela (a think tank) and Costa Rica Limpia (a citizen observatory) and adviser on clean development and politics of climate change in Latin America. She is co-chair of the Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Platform for Latin America and the Caribbean and a Member of the Steering Committee of the UNEP Gap Emissions Report.

DR. JACK BROUWER, NFCRC

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Brouwer’s is a highly recognized researcher in the area of alternative energy with his primary research focus on been high-temperature electrochemical dynamics and integrated energy systems research that includes fuel cells, gas turbines, electrolyzers, and solar and wind power.

LASSE BRUUN, CANIntl & GLOBAL 100% RE

Global Head of Energy Transition, at Climate Action Network (CAN) International, a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world. Bruun leads and oversees all efforts and coordination on campaigning, communications and mobilization across CAN.

KANIKA CHAWALA, CEEW
Secretary General and Spokesperson of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, based in Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi, which is one of South Asia’s leading not-for-profit policy research institutions. CEEW uses data, integrated analysis, and outreach to explain – and change – the use, reuse, and misuse of resources. CEEW is an India-based, globally engaged policy research organization which analyzes and advises on critical questions on energy, environment and water, not as disparate issues but as inter-connected concerns which have local impacts, as well as global ramifications. The Council was founded in 2010 to also serve as a platform for people with different skills to come together, pursue their interests and build careers in public policy.

KRISTEN DISTEFANO, ATELIER TEN
Associate Director at atelier ten, is one of the preeminent firms in the world creating, designing, and building state-of-the-art systems in sustainability and renewable energy. By recognizing and analyzing opportunities for improving energy efficiency, water conservation, visual and thermal comfort, material selection, and carbon emissions reductions, atelier ten provides integrated, full-service engineering and consulting on environmental design, building systems performance analysis, lighting and daylighting design, fire engineering, benchmarking, environmental masterplanning, strategic sustainability planning, and inter-related services. DiStefano has managed many of the firm’s most ambitious projects including the San Francisco Giants’ Mission Rock Development, and the 2020 Project, the largest public private project in US history at the University of California Merced.

SANDRA GOTTSCHALL, R20
Advisor to R20 – Regions of Climate Action, a not-for-profit international organization based in Geneva, Switzerland that collaborates with a number of leading Regions, the United Nations, Development Banks, Clean-Tech companies, Academia and a number of NGO’s, to support sub-national governments around the world to develop and finance green infrastructure projects. R20 has created a unique value chain and financial ecosystem that facilitates the identification, structuring, development, and financing of sub-national green infrastructure projects. R20 essentially acts as a liaison manager between sub-national authorities, technology providers and public-private investors, harnessing the best expertise that is available the length of the project development value chain to deliver explicit results in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

KATRIN HARVEY, REEEP

Senior Business Development Manager at REEEP, an international multilateral partnership based in Vienna, Austria that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries. REEEP invests in clean energy markets to help developing countries expand modern energy services and improve lives; increase prosperity and economic dynamism; and keep CO2 emissions in check: a paradigm commonly known as green growth.

DR. JORGE ELIZONDO MARTINEZ, HEILA TECHNOLOGIES
Co-Founder of Heila Technologies, which designed and invented the Heila IQ optimization system, enabling simple and intelligent microgrids. Heila develops the distributed control systems at the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid, based in Sonoma, California, one of the leading world-class test beds for microgrid development, efficient solar energy collection and storage, and energy metering and data capture technology. Dr. Martinez achieved his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is also part of the laboratory of electronic and electromagnetic systems, and performs research oriented to the experimental study of the stability of microarrays with renewable energy sources. Dr, Elizondo is also the co-founder of Eoluz, a company that develops and markets wind turbines.

PAULETTE MIDDLETON, ISES 

Secretary of the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). For over 60 years ISES has promoted the product research that fostered the growth of the solar energy industry. Today, as solar energy technologies are being deployed in significant quantities around the world, ISES focuses on continued technology innovation as well as information-sharing through webinars, conferences, global outreach, and its renowned Solar Energy Journal.



ANTONIO MOZQUEIRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY 

Senior Manager, Australia Climate Change Policy of the Australian Capital Territory Government, which supports science-based institutions dealing with issues in climate change/marine/environmental resources. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a self-governing territory in the south east of Australia.

KARL PEET, SLOCAT
Research Director for the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), a global organization with headquarters in Shanghai and staff around the world. SLoCaT is a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 90 organizations that promotes the integration of sustainable transport in global policies on sustainable development and climate change and leveraging action in support of the implementation of the global policies. In its work, SLoCaT represents the interests of United Nations organizations, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, NGOs and foundations, businesses, and the private sector.

BETH REID, OLIVINE, INC.
CEO of Olivine, Inc., which provides infrastructure and services that enable distributed and aggregated resources—such as solar, demand response, electric vehicles and battery storage—to effectively and efficiently offer grid services. Designing first-of-a-kind, proof-of- concept projects, Olivine has developed unique approaches, especially relating to behind-the-meter challenges, and is the first third-party to integrate battery storage and other demand-side technologies into California’s wholesale markets.

DR. VERA RODENHOFF, BMU
Head of Division of International Affairs for “Environment and Energy” and “Environment, Building and Urban Development”, OECD and Cooperation with OECD Countries in the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation Building and Nuclear Safety. Prior to this she held positions as the Head of Division of International Affairs and Protocol in the Minister’s staff, as the Head of Cabinet to the Federal Minister of Environment and as Personal Secretary to the Federal Minister of Environment. Earlier she worked in the International Legal Affairs Division of the Ministry. Before entering the Ministry Dr. Vera Rodenhoff worked inter alia as a as a lawyer in an international law firm, as a consultant for UNESCO in Paris and as a research assistant specialising in International and European Environmental Law at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

DR. VINCENT SCHACTER, EMOTORWERKS
Senior Vice President, Energy Services. Led by a team from Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Google, McKinsey, BMW, and Tesla, the company has a strong set of technologies and IP in the areas of predictive modeling and control of highly variable distributed loads. Dr. Schachter drives the grid-facing business and products of eMotorWerks, including development of the algorithms that power JuiceNet. In his previous role as Senior Advisor & Entrepreneur in Residence at Engie, he was responsible for designing disruptive large-scale business models in the distributed energy resources and digital arenas.

JODIE VAN HORN, SIERRA CLUB 

Director of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, who is leading work to accelerate a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in cities and towns across the United States. Van Horn has worked for over a decade at the intersection of technology and sustainability, building campaigns and cross-sector partnerships to address the threat of climate disruption and drive widespread adoption of clean energy solutions.

MARYKE VAN STADEN, ICLEI & GLOBAL 100% RE

Director of the Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting (carbonn Center) in Bonn, Germany, and Manager of ICLEI’s Low Carbon City Agenda; ICLEI has built a global sustainability network of more than 1,500 local and regional governments in 108 countries, engaging in climate action and sustainable development - jointly impacting on 25% of the urban population globally.

CRAIG WOOSTER, STONE EDGE FARM MICROGRID

Engineer, inventor, and developer of one of the leading world-class test beds for microgrid development, efficient solar energy collection and storage, and energy metering and data capture technology at the Stone Edge Farm Microgrid in Sonoma, California. Wooster is spearheading the development of a real-world advanced dispatchable Microgrid with open-source technology, and is also designing the renewable energy and sustainability systems for the California College of the Arts' new unified campus, designed by award winning architecture firm Studio Gang.



Partners:


REN21 | Global100%Re | World BioEnergy Association | REEEP | CANInt’l | Olivine, Inc. | ISES | Stone Edge Farm Microgrid | The Center for Impact at CCA


For additional information, please email centerforimpact@cca.edu.


About the Global Climate Action Summit
The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit will bring people together from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments from national governments, and one another, in support of the Paris Agreement. It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.


About Our Partners

REN21, based in Paris, France, brings together governments, nongovernmental organisations, research and academic institutions, international organisations and industry to learn from one another and build on successes that advance renewable energy.


Global 100%RE, based in Bonn, Germany, is the first global platform advocating 100% renewable energy. It connects the fragmented dots of renewable energy advocates to build a global alliance, proving that being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy is urgent and achievable. Hereby the platform carries out the “Global 100% RE Campaign” building on initiatives that already take place on national, regional and local level and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal.


REEEP, based in Vienna, Austria, is an international NGO that works to advance market readiness for clean energy and energy access in developing countries, benefitting vulnerable populations. We support businesses to enter risky markets and create, adapt and share knowledge to build sustainable markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency; advance energy access, improve lives and economic opportunities; and reduce climate and environmental damage.


CANInt'l (The Climate Action Network) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world. CAN's vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide.


The Center for Impact at the California College of the Arts, based in San Francisco, California, leverages the passion, creativity, and ingenuity of artists and designers in the field of sustainability and social impact. The school functions as a research hub and incubator for artists, designers, and scholars, who learn from internationally renowned faculty and a rich landscape of community and technology partners working at the intersection of creativity and social innovation. Given the unique setting in the San Francisco Bay Area—the hub of global innovation—the academic experience is like no other, inspiring students to research, create and innovate with the potential to shape the world around them.


ISES (International Solar Energy Society), based in Freiburg, Germany, comprises members who have, for over 60 years, undertaken the product research that has helped the renewable energy industry to grow. Today, as solar energy technologies are being deployed in significant quantities around the world, ISES focuses on continued technology innovation as well as information-sharing through webinars, conferences, global outreach, and its renowned Solar Energy Journal.


The World BioEnergy Association, based in Stockholm, Sweden, contributes to the global development of bioenergy and influence policy decisions at national and regional level and acts as a database for better understanding of bioenergy through their factsheets, global bioenergy statistics, country mission reports, news, and more, through their global bioenergy community network of companies, associations and experts.


The Stone Edge Farm Microgrid, based in Sonoma, California, is a real-world advanced dispatchable MicroGrid developing open-source technology and comprises one of the leading world-class test beds for microgrid development, efficient solar energy collection and storage, and energy metering and data capture technology. Stone Edge Farm also is designing the renewable energy and sustainability systems for the California College of the Arts' new unified campus, designed by award winning architecture firm Studio Gang.



Olivine, Inc., based in Berkeley, California, provides infrastructure and services that enable distributed and aggregated resources—such as solar, demand response, electric vehicles and battery storage—to effectively and efficiently offer grid services. Designing first-of-a-kind, proof-of- concept projects, Olivine has developed unique approaches, especially relating to behind-the-meter challenges, and is the first third-party to integrate battery storage and other demand-side technologies into California’s wholesale markets.

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