**Subject to Change**

Friday, November 3




8:30 - 9:30

Student Commons, Evans Hall

Registration and Welcome Fair

8:30 - 9:30

Atrium, Evans Hall

Stories from the Eroding Edge

Eroding Edges explores the changing lives and identities of American communities living at the forefront of climate change. Using combined approach of photography, film, academic research and advocacy, the project focuses beyond the sensationalism of the tragedy and towards stories of hope and heroism for those who are working to protect their homes and cultural heritage. By telling these stories we hope to help share and advocate for locally created solutions for communities in need of adaptation or relocation away from our country’s most vulnerable coastlines. Michael O. Snyder is a photographer, filmmaker, and founder of Interdependent Pictures.

Connecting on Climate Action with The Climate Museum

The Climate Museum is a start-up dedicated to creating a hub for climate engagement and leadership in a challenging world: a public space where we can gather to learn about climate change, face our fears, share solutions, and commit to action. We are excited to participate at this year’s Yale Environmental Sustainability Summit with our interactive photo station—come share your ideas about promoting climate action. This space will be available throughout the day on Friday.

9:30 - 9:45     

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Welcome Remarks

Pericles Lewis, ‘07 MAH, Vice President for Global Strategy, Yale University

Live Stream Link

9:45 - 10:15

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Opening Keynote Address | Climate Justice: From Brooklyn to Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, UPROSE

Live Stream Link

10:30 - 11:45

Concurrent Panels

Catalyze, Cultivate, Connect Session One

  4410, Evans Hall

Electric and Autonomous Vehicles - Off to the Races


Michael J. Coren, ‘09 MESc, Reporter, Quartz

Scott Fisher, ‘98 MBA Business Development/EV Charging, Greenlots

Zachary Kahn, Director of Government Relations, BYD Heavy Industries

Moderator | Adrian Deveny, ‘09 MEM, ‘10 MA, Director of Energy and Environmental Policy, U.S. Senate, Senator Jeff Merkley

  Meet in front of Evans Hall

Sustainability at Yale: A Walking Tour

Sarah Jane Compton, Senior Administrative Assistant Two, Yale Office of Sustainability

Beata Fiszer, ‘14 BS, ‘16 MEM, Program & Communications Coordinator, Yale Office of Sustainability

  4420, Evans Hall

Transforming the Food System - Driving Innovation Along the Food Value Chain


Mark Bomford, Director, Yale Sustainable Food Program

Lisa Hyman, Co-Founder, Strategy and Ideas, goodDog

Paul Lightfoot, CEO, BrightFarms

Leah Lizarondo, CEO, 412 Food Rescue

Moderator | Rosemary Ripley, ‘76 BA, ‘80 MPPM, Managing Director, NGEN

  4400, Evans Hall

Closing the Loops: Industrial Ecology and the Circular Economy


Marian Chertow, ‘81 MPPM, ‘00 PhD, Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Robert Klee, ‘99 MES, ‘04 JD, ‘05 PhD, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Nedal Nassar, ‘11 MESc, ‘15 PhD, Chief, Materials Flow Section, U.S. Geological Survey

Reid Lifset, ‘89 MPPM, Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Shona Quinn, ‘04 MEM, Head of Sustainability, Eileen Fisher, Inc.

Moderator | Derry Allen, Retired, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  2300, Evans Hall

Workshop: Harnessing Influence and Persuasion

Zoe Chance, Assistant Professor of Marketing, SOM

12:00 - 12:30

Evans Hall

Deepening Your Network: Small Group Change Making Conversations

Please refer to the lower left corner of your name badge for your group and room assignment. Evans Hall room assignments for each group are:

Room 2300: Groups 1, 5, 10, 14, 19, 22, 24

Room 4200: Groups 4, 7, 9, 20, 29

Room 4400: Groups 11, 23, 28

Room 4410: Groups 6, 13, 15, 17, 27

Room 4420: Groups 3, 8, 18, 21, 25, 26

Room 4430: Groups 2, 12, 16

12:30 - 1:15

4th Floor Concourse, Evans Hall

Open Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:45

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Plenary Panel | California and the West: Driving the Future of Renewable Energy

This panel will explore how California and the broader Western Interconnection are driving the evolution of renewable energy markets and technology in the United States. Between California’s recently extended Cap and Trade program and rapidly expanding Renewable Portfolio Standards, Western policymakers and commercial actors are driving an enormous increase in both centralized and distributed renewable resources and fostering a fertile environment for emerging storage technologies, community choice aggregation, new market entrants and potentially regional grid integration.


Laura Beane, President and CEO, Avangrid Renewables

Jaime Carlson, ‘09 MEM, ‘09 MBA, Executive Vice President, Operations and Capital Structure, Cypress Creek Renewables

Ralph Cavanagh, ‘74 BA, ‘77 JD, Co-Director, Energy Program, NRDC

Brian Marrs, ‘12 MEM, Director, Energy Markets, Microsoft

Kate McGinnis, Market Director, Western US, AES Energy Storage

Moderator | Elliot Mainzer, ‘98 MFS, ‘98 MBA Administrator and CEO of the Bonneville Power Administration

3:00 - 3:30

4th Floor Concourse, Evans Hall

Coffee Break

3:30 - 4:45

Concurrent Panels

Catalyze, Cultivate, Connect Session Two

  4400, Evans Hall

A Toolkit for Developing Narratives on Climate Change and the Environment


Jill Kubit, Director and Co-Founder, Dear Tomorrow

David Walker, Executive Vice President, Population Media Center

Electa Sevier, ‘94 MPPM, Executive Director, Mothers Out Front

Moderator | Anthony Leiserowitz, Directory, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

  4410, Evans Hall

Carbon Pricing: A Low-Bureaucracy Tool for Systemic Change


Greg Bertelsen, Senior Vice President, Climate Leadership Council   

Charles KomanoffDirector, Carbon Tax Center

Matthew Kotchen, ‘13 MAH, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Economics, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Moderator | Andrew Ratzkin, ‘91 JD, Deputy General Counsel, POWER Engineers

  4430, Evans Hall

Connecting Across Sectors: Setting and Linking Sustainability Strategies


Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, President and COO, Framework

Leigh Shemitz, ‘92 MFS, ‘03 PhD, President, SoundWaters

Giovanni Zinn, ‘05 BS, City Engineer, New Haven

Moderator | Lindsay Crum, ‘15 MEM, Metrics & Program Manager, Yale Office of Sustainability

  4420, Evans Hall

The Impacts of Climate Change on Public Health and Health Infrastructure


Dan Costa, National Program Director, Air, Climate and Energy, U.S. EPA

Durland Fish, ‘02 MAH, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health

Michael Pascucilla, Director of Health, East Shore District Health Department

Moderator | Robert Dubrow, ‘14 MAH, Director, Climate Change and Health Initiative; Professor, Yale School of Public Health

  4200, Evans Hall

Leadership, Empowerment, Action: A Workshop on Getting Involved in Yale’s Sustainability

Deborah Stanley-MacAulay, Chief Diversity Officer, Yale University

Melissa Goodall, Associate Director of Sustainability, Yale University

5:00 - 6:15

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Plenary Panel | Corporate Changemakers - Driving Sustainability in Business


Eliza Eubank, ‘07 MEM, ‘07 MBA, Director of Environmental and Social Risk Management, Citi

Laura Franceschini, ‘14 MEM, Program Manager, Data Center Sustainability, Google

Sarah Matheson Mihalecz, ‘05 MEM Sustainability Lead, Tata Group

Vincent Stanley, Director of Philosophy, Patagonia

Moderator | Stuart DeCew, ‘11 MBA, ‘11 MEM, Program Director, Yale Center for Business and the Environment

Live Stream Link

6:15 - 6:30

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

CBEY 10th Anniversary Remarks

Brad Gentry, Faculty Director of the Yale Center for Business and Environment, Associate Dean for Professional Practice at F&ES

6:30 - 8:30

Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Ave.

Celebratory Networking Reception

Enjoy food and drink amid the Peabody’s collection including a current featured exhibition entitled, Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations.  This exhibition is the work of a team including two Yale alumni - read more here.

Saturday, November 4





7:00 - 8:00

Knobloch Center, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall

Sustaining Change Makers - Morning Yoga

Ellen Abramowitz, ‘18 MEM, F&ES Student

9:00 - 9:45

Concurrent Panels

Faculty and Guest Master Classes

  2200, Evans Hall

Industrial Symbiosis: A Collective Business Model for Physical Resource Sharing

Marian Chertow, ‘81 MPPM, ‘00 PhD Professor, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


2400, Evans Hall

Climate Change Mitigation: Securing the Health of Current and Future Generations

Robert Dubrow, ‘14 MAH, Professor of Epidemiology; Faculty Director, Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative

  2300, Evans Hall

From Insight to Action: Boosting Your Post-Summit Effectiveness

Donna Perla, ‘85 MPH, Leadership Coach

Mary Gorham, ‘88 MPPM, Executive Coach

  2410, Evans Hall

People, Planet and Profits: Communication Strategies for Change

Paul Lussier, ‘81 BA, Director, Science Communications with Impact Network and Lecturer, F&ES

  2230, Evans Hall

Sustainable Energy: The Moral Force of Religions

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Co-Directors, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Divinity School

10:00 - 10:15

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Welcome Remarks

Virginia Chapman, ‘85 MArch, Director, Yale Office of Sustainability

Live Stream Link

10:15 - 11:00

Zhang Auditorium, Evans Hall

Plenary Fireside Discussion | Maintaining Environmental Momentum in the Age of Trump

Gina McCarthy, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Daniel Esty, ‘86 JD, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy

Live Stream Link

11:15 - 12:25

Concurrent Panels

Catalyze, Cultivate, Connect Session Three

  2410, Evans Hall

Broadening The Base of Political Support


Jim Antal, ‘78 MDiv, Conference Minister and President, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Nathaniel Stinnett, ‘98 BA, Founder and Executive Director, Environmental Voter Project

Tatiana Schlossberg, ‘12 BA, Journalist

Moderator | Paul Sabin, ‘92 BA, ‘16 MAH, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University

  2230, Evans Hall

Climate Justice: Sustainability and Intersectionality


Eddie Bautista, Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Makayla Comas, Student Leader, Climate Justice Youth Summit

Robert Friedman, Policy Advocate, Environmental Justice, Natural Resource Defense Council

Moderator | Pamela Soto, ‘13 BA, ‘15 MEM, Research Analyst, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

  2400, Evans Hall

Campus as Catalyst: Driving Change Through Collaboration


Brian Goldberg, ‘03 MEM, Sustainability Project Manager, MIT

Jen Molnar, ‘04 MEM, Managing Director and Lead Scientist, Center for Sustainability Science, The Nature Conservancy

Holly Welles, Program Manager, ‘88 MFS, Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton

Moderator | Sara Smiley Smith, ‘07 MESc, ‘07 MPH, ‘16 PhD Program Manager, Yale College Environmental Studies

  2430, Evans Hall

Sustainability for the Poorest Billion Farmers


Vannesa A. Henneke, Co-Founder, The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST); Executive Director, Institute for Environmental Innovation

Jeniffer Kithure, Leadership Council Member, TIST Kenya

Dorothy Naitore, Leadership Council Member, TIST Kenya

Katherine (Kata) Young, ‘17 MFS, Project Manager, EcoAgricultural Partners

William K. Reilly, ‘62 BA, ‘94 MAH, Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Moderator | Ben G. Henneke, ‘68 BA, President of Clean Air Action Corporation

  2200, Evans Hall

The Human Population Factor in Long Term Global Sustainability


Victoria Markham, ‘83 MES, Director of Program Partnerships, Americares; former Founder and Director, Center for Environment and Population

David Walker, Executive Vice President, Population Media Center

Robert Wyman, ‘80 MAH, Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University

Moderator | Robert Engelman, Senior Fellow and former President, WorldWatch Institute

12:35 - 1:20

Concurrent Sessions

Knobloch Center, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall and Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall

Deepening Your Network: Small Group Lunchtime Change Making Conversations

Two lunches will be held focusing on discussion of the issue areas that received the greatest number of attendee votes on Friday evening. Announcements will be made about the topic for the lunch in each location during the opening remarks on Saturday.

1:30 - 2:30

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall

Plenary Panel | Flowing Capital to a Sustainable Future: Perspectives from Yale Alumni in the Impact Investing Arena


Tom Hodgman, ‘09 MF, ‘09 MBA, Senior Director, NatureVest

Jeff Possick, ‘96 BA, ‘05 MEM, ‘05 MBA Managing Director, MissionPoint Partners

Ramsay Ravenel, ‘01MF, ‘02 MBA, Executive Director, The Grantham Foundation

Shelby Semmes ‘11 MF, Consultant, Intervale Advisors

Moderator | Terry Kellogg, ‘00 MEM, ‘00 MBA Managing Director, Helios Capital Ventures

Live Stream Link

2:30 - 3:30

Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall

Closing Plenary Panel | Moving Ahead: Change Making, Sound Science, and the Rule of Law


Paul Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment

Tom McHenry, ‘77 BA, ‘80 MFS, President and Dean, Vermont Law School

William K. Reilly, ‘62 BA, ‘94 MAH Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund; Former Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Moderator | Ingrid C. Burke, ‘16 MAH, Dean of F&ES

Live Stream Link

3:30 - 4:30

Knobloch Center, 3rd Floor, Kroon Hall

Closing Reception