Bricks & Sticks Symposium: April 17

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8:00 a.m.

 Registration Opens

8:30 a.m.


Opening Presentation

The state of urban sustainability varies widely across the United States. There are some communities that have committed to sustainability  holistically, and are recognized as global leaders. Other cities have identified best practices in particular areas, but have not created balanced strategies. Professor Lisa Benton-Short, will provide an overview of the progress U.S. cities have made around sustainability, and where there is room for growth.  

  • Professor Lisa Benton-Short, George Washington University 

Introduction by: Rick Martella, Board Chairman, Business Civic Leadership Center

9:00 a.m.

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Communities; What Needs to Be Done?

The opening panel, composed of city leaders, nonprofit executives, and business champions, will share their thoughts on how public/private partnerships can advance environmental stewardship and economic growth in communities.

  • Margaret Davidson, Director, Coastal Center, NOAA
  • Michael Schmitz, Executive Director, ICLEI
  • Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental Strategy, Office Depot

Moderated by: Gerald McSwiggan, Director, Business Civic Leadership Center

10:00 a.m.

Lessons from Leading Communities

Cities around the country have taken leadership roles in advancing sustainability and environmental best practices. They are entering in unique partnerships with businesses, implementing bold, long-term strategies, and taking other actions that improve the resiliency of their communities.

  • Mayor Dawn Zimmer, City of Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Mayor Vincent C. Gray, City of Washington, D.C.
  • Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan, City of Gainesville, Florida
  • Jay Fisette, Vice Chairman of the Board, Arlington County, Virginia

Moderated by: Michael Schmitz, Executive Director, ICLEI

11:15 a.m.


11:30 a.m.

 Breakouts - Geographic Challenges Facing Sustainable Systems

These breakout sessions will examine a few of the major regions in the U.S. facing environmental and economic stress and how public and private sector leaders are looking to create solutions to create new sustainable systems that work towards economic and environmental results. Focus areas will be:

  • Desert Southwest, led by Chris Carmody, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Midwest, led by Lee Sobel, Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Gulf Coast, led by Jeff Williams, Director, Climate Consulting, Entergy Corporation
  • Northeast, led by Kristin Baja, Hazard Mitigation Planner, City of Baltimore, Maryland

12:30 p.m.

Lunch Keynote – Business’ Role in the 21st Century

A business executive will give their perspective on how businesses can flourish in the 21st century and how important stakeholders in society – from city governments to nongovernment organizations – can create the most effective public/private partnerships

  • John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security

Introduction: Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr. , U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation 

1:30 p.m.

Breakouts - Current Situation and Needs in Sectors

While individual communities face unique challenges, there are broad areas where cities and regions share similar obstacles around their environmental and economic performance. These breakout sessions provide opportunities for attendees to learn about best practices in four broad areas – water, energy, mobility, and the built environment – and discuss potential collaborations and solutions.

  • Water, led by Ed Pinero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water North America and Ben Grumbles, Director, U.S. Water Alliance
  • Energy Efficiency & Footprint Reduction, led by Heidi Paul, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestle Water North America
  • Mobility, led by Dave Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors
  • Distaster Management & Resilience, led by Scott Griffin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Greif Corporation

3:00 p.m.


3:15 p.m.

Update on the Environmental Innovation Map

  • Jeff Lundy, Research Manager, Business Civic Leadership Center
  • Claude Griffin, Shell Oil Company

4:45 p.m.

Takeaways from the Afternoon Breakouts & Visions of the Future of Partnerships

The BCLC Sustainability Symposium will conclude with the takeaways from the previous breakout sessionsand a discussion among the thought leaders about the role of business-community partnerships in advancing sustainability.

  • Ed Pinero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water North America
  • Heidi Paul, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Nestle Water North America
  • Dave Tulauskas, Director of Sustainability, General Motors
  • Gerald McSwiggan, Director, Issue Networks, Business Civic Leadership Center

Moderated by: Steve Rochlin, Senior Fellow, Business Civic Leadership Center

5:00 p.m.

Symposium Ends