Climate Summit 2020 is free, open to the public, and will be an online experience. In this format, the hosts hope to inform a broad audience on the latest climate science, private sector best practices, and regulatory environments related to climate change. The event is bringing together a national audience of climate, government and insurance professionals to understand and explore how climate change affects our communities, regulatory efforts, and businesses.

The goal is to focus on what we can do to mitigate and adapt.

Climate Summit 2020 will focus on the following themes:

  • State of the Union: Climate Change Science
  • Private Sector Best Practices
  • The nexus of insurance and climate change

Climate Summit 2020 features our nation’s foremost experts on climate change, resiliency, mitigation and adaptation.

Presenters include:

  • Fawn Sharp, President, Quinault Indian Nation and President of the National Congress of American Indians. Ms. Sharp, and the Tribal Nations, are on the front lines of climate advocacy, especially in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Gary Geernaert, Director, Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Geernaert leads the Department’s efforts in these areas, with a strong background in environmental, atmospheric, and oceanic science practice, and he leads the Department’s efforts in these areas. 
  • Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center. Ms. Goodman is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic.
  • Christoph Krumm, CEO and Founder, Sironix Renewables. Mr. Krumm’s work focuses on revolutionizing the impact of detergents through bio-based surfactants.
  • Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale University Program on Climate Change Communication. Mr. Leiserowitz’s expert research investigates the psychological, cultural, and political factors that influence environmental and climate change beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior.
  • Dr. Amy Snover, Director, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. Ms. Snover’s areas of research focus include assessment of climate change impacts, risks and vulnerabilities, and development and evaluation of effective adaptive responses. She draws on both the natural and physical sciences.
  • Shivani Patel, Associate Director of Institutional Sales/Responsible Investing, RBC Global Asset Management. Ms. Patel focuses on driving responsible Investing strategy and business development initiatives through the Royal Bank of Canada.
  • Hana V. Vizcarra, Staff Attorney, Harvard Environmental & Energy Law Program. Ms. Vizcarra leads the program’s portfolio on private sector approaches to climate and environmental issues, addressing environmental and energy challenges through legal research and analysis and productive engagement and outreach to decision-makers, stakeholders, media, and the public.
  • Francis Bouchard, Group Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability for Zurich Insurance Co. Mr. Bouchard oversees government affairs, corporate citizenship and sustainability initiatives.
  • Microsoft Corp. Microsoft has been carbon neutral across the world since 2012 and commits to being carbon negative by 2030.

Find the agenda, registration information and updates on the Climate Summit 2020 webpage.

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