ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The 2012 Forum program featured tracks that highlighted various clean technology sectors. Panelists included executives from companies and organizations that are making key advancements in their respective industries, ranging from electric vehicle suppliers to clean energy manufacturers. The Forum also featured sessions that focused on the regional impact of climate change and potential adaptation strategies.  Panelists included academia and think-tank experts who provided analysis and data on local climate impacts and potential solutions to the environmental challenges ahead.

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
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Day One - Wednesday, August 15

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Registration and Breakfast in the Expo Zone

8:45 am - 9:00 am Official Welcome Address
- Romel Pascual,
Deputy Mayor of Environment, Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, City of Los Angeles

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Official Welcome Address
- Pam O'Connor,
Councilmember, City of Santa Monica

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9:15 am – 9:30 am

SoCal Sustainability Forum Vision
- Paul Bunje,
Ph.D., Managing Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and Executive Director, UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions

9:30 am – 9:45 am



9:45 am - 10:30 am

Spotlight: Sustainability With 50 Million Californians, A Statewide View
- Ken Alex, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Director, Office of Planning and Research, State of California

Regional Climate Action - The State of California is Actively Promoting Local Government Collaboration
Moderator:
Michael McCormick,
AICP, Local and Regional Affairs Policy Advisor and Senior Planner, Office of Planning and Research, State of California

Panelists:
-Paul Bunje, Ph.D., Managing Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and Executive Director, UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions

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-Emily Young, Ph.D. Senior Director of Environment, San Diego Foundation

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-Beth Jines, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power


-Bruce Riordan, Climate Strategist, Bay Area Joint Policy Committee

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Track Sessions

Track 1:
One County, 88 Cities, 3 Utility Companies, and Endless Opportunities for Solar Generation

Moderator:
Laura Berland-Shane, LEED AP, Business Development Manager - Solar VMM, Siemens

Panelists:
-Jason Caudle, Deputy City Manager, City of Lancaster

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-Susan Munves, Energy and Green Building Programs Administrator CIty of Santa Monica

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-Nathan Whigham, Senior Project Developer, Borrego Solar Systems, Inc

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Track 2:
Electric Vehicles Are Coming: What Local Governments Need To Know

Moderator:
Wendy James
, President & CEO, The Better World Group, Inc

Panelists:
-Ayala Ben-Yehuda, Project Manager, Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation

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-Jacob Lieb, Manager, Assessment and Housing, Southern California Association of Governments

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-Henry Hogo, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer,
Mobile Source Division,Science and Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District

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Track 3:
GHG Inventories

Moderator:
Monica Gilchrist
, Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles, ICLEI

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Panelists:
-Sabrina Bornstein, Environmental Programs Specialist, South Bay Environmental Services Center, South Bay Cities Council of Governments

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-Amber Keenoy, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Consultant, Antea Group

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-Rich Walter, Principal, California Municipal Climate Action Planning Practice, ICF International

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11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Expo Zone Networking

12:10 pm – 12:15 pm

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Introduction by Barbara Long, Vice President, Government Relations & Special Projects and Corporate Secretary, Aquarium of the Pacific  

Luncheon Address from the Port of Long Beach - Emission Reduction Strategies for the Goods Movement & Port Operations
Robert G. Kanter, Ph.D, Managing Director of Environmental Affairs, Port of Long Beach

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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Breakout Track Sessions

Track 1:
Water Planning for Climate Change Adaptation

Moderator:
-Jerry R. Schubel, President & CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Panelists:
-Paula J.Landis, P.E., Chief, Division of Integrated Resources Water Management, California Department of Water Resources
-Alf W. Brandt, Principal Consultant, California State Assembly
-Martha Davis, Executive Manager for Policy Development, Inland Empire Utilities Agency
-H. David Nahai, Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and President, David Nahai Consulting Services LLC

 

Track 2:
How to Retrofit a Built-Out City, A Focus on Energy Efficiency

Moderator:
Simon Baker, Manager of Demand Side Management Programs, California Public Utilities Commission

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Panelists:
-David Hodgins, President and CEO, Sustento Group, LLC
-David Cohen, LEED AP BD+C, Program Manager
The Engergy Coalition

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-Jack Clark, Building Performance Senior Manager, The California Center for Sustainable Energy

Track 3:
Healthier Communities

Introduction:
Jane Paul,
Environmental Policy Consultant, Associate Professor, Antioch University, Los Angeles

Panelists:
-Jonathan Fielding
, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

LARC Climate Change Simulation
Alex Hall, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

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LA County GHG Inventory
Lauren Rank, Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, County of Los Angeles

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

Coffee Break in the Expo Zone

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Green Economic Updates within Los Angeles County
Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC)

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4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Day One Closing Keynote
Wendy Mitchell, Commissioner, California Coastal Commission

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5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific Reception
Free Shuttle Service to the reception located directly across the street from the conference hotel at the Pine Street Shuttle Stop. The Passport "C" Shuttle will arrive at the Aquarium in just 3 stops and runs every 15 minutes.

Special screening of South Coast AQMD's documentary film "The Right To Breathe". Showtimes: 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00 pm

 

Day Two - Thursday, August 16

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast in the Expo Hall

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Opening Address: Mayor Bob Foster, City of Long Beach

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Planning for the Future of LA County
Mary D. Nichols,
Chairman, California Air Resources Board

9:45 am – 10:30 am

General Session Panel - Public & Private Partnerships for Success

Moderator:
-Paul Bunje,Ph.D., Managing Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, and Executive Director, UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions
Panelists:
- Tom Soto, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Craton Equity Partners

- Rachel Morris, Senior Vice President, Senior Client Manager, Bank of Americ

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10:30 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Track Sessionss

Track 1:
Adapt LA

 

Moderator:
Juliette Finzi Hart, Regional Research and Planning Specialist, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California

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Panelists:
-Phyllis Grifman, Associate Director, Sea Grant Program, University of Southern California

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-Beth Jines, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
-Monica Gilchrist, Deputy Executive Director, Los Angeles ICLEI

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Track 2:
Think Globally, Act Locally: Local Transportation Strategies to advance Regional Sustainability Goals

Moderator:
Pam O'Connor
, Councilmember, City of Santa Monica

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Panelists:
-Brian Ludicke, Planning Director, City of Lancaster

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-David Magarian, Environmental Programs Specialist-Local Use Vehicle (LUV) Program Manager, South Bay Cities Council of Governments

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-Cory Wilkerson, Assistant Transportaion Planner, City of Burbank

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Track 3:
New Clean Energy Technologies

 

Moderator:
Kurt Kammerer, K.J. Kammerer & Associates

Panelists:
-Tom Bowen, Director of Energy Services, McKinstry

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-Steph Stoppenhagen, Sustainability Strategist Lead and Client Service Manager, CH2M HILL
-Aaron Klemm, CEM LEED AP, Energy Project Manager, City of Huntington Beach

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch On Your Own
This is your chance to explore Downtown Long Beach and select one of the many lunch options avaiable in the Pine Street Area. Enjoy!

Clean Vehicle Ride & Drive!
Take a clean vehicle for a test drive around Downtown Long Beach.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

General Session Panel - Creative Financing
Moderator:
Howard Choy, General Manager, Office of Sustainability, County of Los Angeles

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Panelists:
- Seth Jacobson, Senior Vice President, Palmer Capital

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- Brad Copithorne, Director of Financial Innovation, Energy Group, Environmental Defense Fund

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- Laura Franke, Senior Managing Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc.  

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sustainability’s Business Proposition:  Making Money by Doing Good

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Moderator: William Borges, MBA, Interim Chair, Orange County Sustainability Collaborative
Panelists:

Constanze Duke, EHS and Sustainability Manager, Bausch + Lomb-Aliso Viejo
Teresa Nersesyan, Principal, Tradeface Consulting, LLC
Bill Conley, CFM, CFMJ, FMP, LEED AP, IFMA Fellow

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Closing Keynote: Cap and Trade – What’s Ahead and the Impact on Local Communities
- Senator Alan Lowenthal,
27th District , California State Senate

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

C-Change.LA
- Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director, Climate Resolve

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Closing Remarks
- Paul Bunje, Ph.D., Managing Director, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability, Executive Director, UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Poolside Networking Social

 

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