September 6–8, 2017

Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Welcome to Vermont & Introduction to the Day

Paul Costello, Executive Director of Vermont Council on Rural Development
Thomas Sullivan, President of the University of Vermont
Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington VT

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Business and Policy Fishbowl: Climate Solutions and the Economy
Sep
7
9:30 AM09:30

Business and Policy Fishbowl: Climate Solutions and the Economy

A dynamic discussion between national business and policy leaders on the current progress of the climate economy, the opportunities ahead, and how to scale these efforts to achieve their optimal potential for the renewal of the American Economy. In this moderated fishbowl conversation, industry leaders will plant provocative positions, build on, or argue from each other’s ideas for next steps, and wrangle toward a platform of action and shared vision for the future of the American economy.

This will be moderated by Stephen Lacey, the Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media.

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Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

Networking Break: Visit and Vote in the #FutureFormula Showcase

  • Livak Fireplace Lounge, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Now is your chance to vote on the top #FutureFormula business idea!

During the event you'll notice tables setup in the main lobby with companies showcasing their solution to advance a low carbon future. These innovative businesses were selected from #FutureFormula submissions from across the country! Now, we are looking to summit participants and speakers to decide who will move on to the next round: the live #FutureFormula Pitch Contest at 7pm. Summit participants will receive tokens to vote for their top three business concepts.

The top five vote-earners will pitch their idea in front of the entire summit audience and a panel of investor judges at the #FutureFormula Pitch Event. The panel will select the best idea and award the grand prize of $10,000.

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Sep
7
10:45 AM10:45
Sep
7
11:15 AM11:15

Accelerator Speech: The Innovation Solution

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Sep
7
11:45 AM11:45
Sep
7
1:30 PM13:30

Seeding and Growing Climate Economy Entrepreneurship

Distributed generation, grid optimization and storage, food systems renewal, recycling: creative entrepreneurs are inventing new business models that reduce carbon emissions and generate profit. Sharing stories of success that point to next stage opportunities.

Moderated by Ted Brady, Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development
 

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Sep
7
1:30 PM13:30

Transforming Transportation Systems

How can we advance carbon-free transportation systems for rural American towns?

Moderated by Steve Nicholas, Director of Climate and Environmental Program, Institute for Sustainable Communities

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Sep
7
1:30 PM13:30

Financing Our Climate Economy Future

What are the structures, policies and practices that will fund the economic transformation that answers climate change and provide new opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs and working Americans? Facilitated by Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Carbon Pricing or Market Development

What model of carbon pricing or carbon market can energize economic activity while dramatically reducing carbon impacts locally, regionally, nationally and globally?

Moderated by Linda McGinnis, Program Director, Energy Action Network

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Ensuring an Inclusive Climate Economy

How will we ensure that innovation and economic progress that answers climate change works for all Americans?

Facilitated by William Generett, Urban Innovation21.

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Advancing Clean Energy and the Grid

What does the grid of the future look like, and what is the role of the regional utility? What should be done to protect the grid while fostering ubiquitous distributed generation? What creative business models have emerged in this arena, and what are the future business and job creation opportunities?

Moderated by Mary Powell, CEO, Green Mountain Power

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Sep
7
2:30 PM14:30

Expanding Clean Energy and Efficiency Finance

What tools and best practices will encourage individuals and businesses to invest in residential and commercial electric generation, efficiency retrofits, and other climate economy solutions, while seamlessly demonstrating clear and beneficial return on investment?

Moderated by Robert Miller, CEO, VSECU

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Sep
7
3:30 PM15:30

Networking Break: Visit and Vote in the #FutureFormula Showcase

  • Livak Fireplace Lounge, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Now is your chance to vote on the top #FutureFormula business idea!

During the event you'll notice tables setup in the main lobby with companies showcasing their solution to advance a low carbon future. These innovative businesses were selected from #FutureFormula submissions from across the country! Now, we are looking to Summit participants and speakers to decide who will move on to the next round – the live #FutureFormula Pitch Contest at 7pm. Summit participants will receive tokens to vote for their top three business concepts.

The top five vote-earners will pitch their idea in front of the entire summit audience and a panel of investor judges at the #FutureFormula Pitch Event. The panel will select the best idea and award the grand prize of $10,000.

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Sep
7
3:45 PM15:45

National and State Policies to Drive Innovation and Advance the Climate Economy

What state and national policies are driving innovation in the Climate Economy today?  What models should be extended—and what do we still need to invent? Facilitated by Todd Barker, Senior Partner, Meridian Institute

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Sep
7
3:45 PM15:45

Transforming through Distributed Generation

  • Mildred Livak Ballroom, 4th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How would you revolutionize the energy system through distributed generation and how would that transform the national economy?

Moderated by Kerrick Johnson, VP of Strategy and Communications, VELCO

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Sep
7
3:45 PM15:45

Buildings of the Future: Low Carbon Solutions in our Built Environment

How far have we come in developing green design?  What’s on the horizon? How do we make green building principles and practices ubiquitous, and how can that stimulate economic opportunity? Moderated by Bob Stevens, P.E., CNU, LEED, AP, Principal, Stevens & Associates

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Sep
7
3:45 PM15:45

Incubating and Accelerating New Business Ventures

How would you revolutionize the energy system through distributed generation and how would that transform the national economy?

Moderated by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

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Sep
7
4:45 PM16:45

Telling the National Climate Economy Story

In this uncertain time, how do we present the Climate Economy as the practical answer to the ecological challenges ahead, and the greatest economic opportunity in history?

Facilitated by Deb Markowitz from UVM's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.

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Sep
7
4:45 PM16:45

Modeling Community Success

Cities and town throughout the U.S. are leading climate economy development today. What are some of the creative ways communities have organized and how have they measured success? What’s next?

Moderated by Noelle MacKay, Director of Community and Economic Development, City of Burlington Vermont

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Sep
7
4:45 PM16:45

Innovation for Consumer Products

Companies of all sizes are innovating in their facilities and manufacturing processes to use less energy and other natural resources. How are leading companies transforming purchasing, energy use, materials efficiency, and internal management to profitably produce the clean, green products of the climate economy?

Moderated by David Levine, American Sustainable Business Council.

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Sep
7
4:45 PM16:45

Financing and Marketing Comprehensive Home Efficiency Transformations

What is the best way to universalize comprehensive home energy and efficiency retrofits while creating jobs and reducing carbon emissions?

Moderated by Carol Weston, Director of Programs and Implementation at Efficiency Vermont.
 

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Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Climate Economy #FutureFormula Pitch Contest

Entrepreneurs from across the country have submitted pitches for innovations and practical solutions to tackle climate challenges. Five of the leading entrepreneurs will have the chance to make 6-minute start up pitches to a panel of industry-leading judges. Judges will choose one winner for a $15,000 award!

Master of Ceremonies: Marguerite Dibble, GameTheory

Panel of Judges:

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