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08:00 AM - 09:00 AM


09:00 AM - 09:25 AM

Alfred Griffin
President, New York Green Bank

Opening Remarks

09:30AM - 09:45AM

Steve Corneli
Senior Vice President, NRG

Opening Keynote

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Rahul Gupta
Principal, Washington Federal Practice, PwC

David Pospisil
Program Manager, Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs , Con Edison

Gary Leatherman
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Cara Olmsted
Director of Marketing and Business Development, ConEdison Solutions

David LaBua
Chief Executive Officer, VoicePark

David Gilford
Vice President, NYCEDC

Smart Cities Leaders: The Future of Urban Resiliency

Exploring key players and new business models in smart city innovation.

Resilience is the ability of a human-made or natural system to respond and recover to shock or stress without any lasting negative disruption. Dynamic Resiliency encompasses the ability to mitigate and adapt while continuing to function and evolve. In a resource-constrained world increasingly at risk of negative impacts from climate change, natural disasters, over-population, and environmental degradation, resilience is crucial to the survival of all species.

Given growing evidence these impacts will have on infrastructure, businesses, ecosystems and people, it is obvious that the concept of Smart Cities needs to integrate resilient strategies, and most importantly Dynamic Resiliency. From Eco-Districts to Smart Cities to Bio-Regions, the interconnectedness of the components of a human-made or natural network can function most efficiently by sustainably sharing information and resources in real-time.

Dynamic Resiliency includes the ability to be “antifragile”[1]: to learn and improve from prior mistakes and threats. During this meeting we will address the following:

  1. What problem(s) is Dynamic Resiliency trying to solve?  
  2. What is resiliency and the relationship with sustainability?
  3. What are some successful adaptation strategies?
  4. What investments are needed to ensure the Dynamic Resiliency of a city?
  5. How can we improve the dynamic interactions between the different stakeholders of a city?
  6. How does the data enable better predictions, investment decisions and optimize the efficiency and resilience of the system?
  7. An example of a highly resilient and antifragile human-created network is the decentralized mesh network, utilized in  telecommunications and the Internet for many years, but now increasingly used in enhancing the reliability and efficiency of energy grid networks.   How is the smart grid providing greater resilience, reliability, security, efficiency, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in meeting energy needs?
  8. What is the bottom-line objective of Dynamic Resiliency? 
  9. Should Dynamic Resiliency seek to reduce environmental degradation and maintain stocks of natural resources?
  10. Should Dynamic Resiliency reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to achieve a target (e.g. 1990 levels of GHG emissions)?
  11. Should Dynamic Resiliency facilitate a transition to the clean energy economy, while maintaining economic growth and reducing unemployment, simultaneously achieving a more equitable distribution of society’s resources and wealth?

AGRION Disrupt 100

Transactive energy, soft grid, big data, energy storage batteries, and many more: innovations in the grid space are changing the face of energy infrastructure. At these panels, we will hear from these top startups and technological forerunners to discuss their vision of the future of smart grids, urban infrastructure, energy use, and how their technologies will change the game.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Benjamin Healey
Senior Manager, Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut's Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)

Daniel Spitzer
Partner, Cleantech Practice Group Leader, Hodgson Russ

Christopher Pih
Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jessica Aldridge
Senior Associate, New York Green Bank

Disrupting Renewable Energy Finance: MLPs, REITs, YieldCos, Crowdsourcing, Green Banks and More

Near term measures to overcome obstacles to wider deployment of alternative financing

Studies show that even with an aggressive carbon pricing scheme, there is an equilibrium point beyond which, to realize further decreases in emissions, the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency is necessary. However, given the current regulatory uncertainty, policy is serving more to hamper than help these industries. The effect of this can be seen in a decrease in renewable energy investment.

According to a UNEP report released June 2013, based on figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global renewable energy investment in 2013 was down 12% as compared to 2011. Fortunately, there is a bright spot in energy policy, which is the creation and proliferation of state clean energy banks or green banks. In this panel discussion, we examine the renewable energy landscape exploring both the compliance and voluntary markets. Topics discussed will include trends in RPS-driven demand, RECs, and corporate on-site and off-site renewables strategies as well as legislative and other key market shaping factors.


  • What is the market capacity for renewable energy?
  • What are the demand drivers for renewable energy?
  • What are recent innovations in green bank financing?

AGRION Disrupt 100

We will hear from the top 25 innovators and startups that are disrupting traditional energy finance by facilitating the driving and aggregation of demand, the cutting of transaction costs, and the creation of greater channels of access to capital. 

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Matthew Rutter
Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Darren Beck
Director of Environmental Initiatives , Sprint

Scott Tew
Executive Director Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

Gary Lawrence
Vice President and Chief Corporate Sustainability Officer, AECOM

Beth Heider
Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska

The New CSO - Chief Sustainability Officers: What Role in Managing Innovation and Driving Technology Investments?

How have CSOs' roles and responsibilities evolved in recent years? Is the CSO's responsibility moving towards the management of innovation and the identification of investment opportunities, especially in technologies? How do sustainability professionals contribute to the ROI and growth of their companies? How are they transforming their job to a “lookout role” identifying the deep changes in the company’s business and technology environment and contributing to the adaptation of its strategy? Is this what we could call: the “new CSO”?

05:45 PM

Christine Bader
Author, "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil."

Closing Keynote

06:15 PM

Networking Cocktail