Paying attention to environmental, social, and governance issues is critical for all companies. This year’s regional sustainability conference will feature a half-day of programming from experts in energy policy, business strategy, finance, law and compliance. And new this year is a “boot camp” sustainability workshop. Join us as we dive into this issues!
12:30pm – registration opens *remains open throughout the conference
1:15pm – Sustainability Boot Camp
2:15pm – break
2:45pm – Business & Policy Panel A Discussions
3:45pm – break
4:00pm – Business & Policy Panel B Discussions
5:00pm – break
5:15pm – Plenary Program
6:15pm – Networking Cocktail Reception
Sustainability Boot Camp
If you want to know how to implement sustainability into your business or enterprise, this educational session, presented by The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, will introduce the nuts-and bolts, practical skills and competencies you need to support a successful sustainability program.
Speakers: Gillian Griffin & Kimberly Bawden of NYS Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT
Dual Track Panel Discussions
Panel Discussion A: Sustainable Investing and Evaluating ESG Factors
ESG investing is one of the hottest trends in financial investing and fund management for organizations and individuals alike. What is an ESG rating? Do sustainability funds outperform more traditional investment vehicles? This panel will explore this emerging industry – its promise and problems – and what it means for you.
Speakers: Michael N. Romita, WCA; Anna Snider; Bank of America; John Olerio, Webster Bank and Juan Lois, JP Morgan Chase.
Panel Discussion B: Sustainability and the Built Environment – Implications for the Real Estate Sector
The built environment accounts for over 30 percent of carbon emissions in New York. From building design and green construction, to retrofits and “healthy building” concepts, this panel will explore how the real estate and construction industries are implementing sustainable business practices into the built environment.
Speakers: Kristen Motel, Cuddy + Feder; Julia Gisewite, Turner Construction; Cameron Best, Brightcore; Myrrh Caplan, Skanska; Wyatt Roberts, Dandelion and Laziza Rakhimova, Con Edison
Panel Discussion A: Mandatory Climate Risk and ESG Disclosure (CLE credits)
This panel will discuss the emerging rules that will require companies to provide an accounting of their GHG emissions, the environmental and social risks they face, and their ESG activities.
Speakers: Jason J. Czarnezki, Sustainable Business Law Hub at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; Michael Arnold, Carvath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Marc L. Rinaldi, PKF O’Connor Davies; Harriette I. Resnick, New York State Department of Financial Services; and Tanya Southerland, Mastercard
Panel Discussion B: DEI of ESG
While sustainability fundamentally addresses climate action, diversity and inclusion are also critical to any company’s sustainability efforts. This panel will explore the connection between sustainability and DEI and the benefits of a diverse workplace.
Speakers: Bridget Gibbons, Westchester County; Jacqueline Hattar, Wilson Elser; Natasha Fapohunda, Mastercard; Joan Chaya, Montefiore Einstein