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Climate Week NYC 2013

9:00AM, 23 September 2013
5:00PM, 30 September 2013
New York City
Climate Week NYC 2013

Against the backdrop of President Obama's commitment to take action on climate change, the imminent publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment of the science of climate change, and the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy's devastating impact on the East Coast of the US, the focus of Climate Week NYC 2013 will be:

Our low carbon future - Leadership. Opportunity. Security.

World leaders from business and government will be joined by America's top faith, military, agriculture and health representatives at the Opening Ceremony, which will include a special high-level panel on climate resilient communities, hosted by founding sponsor Swiss Re.

About Climate Week NYC

Climate Week NYC, marking its 5th anniversary in 2013, is the global summit that has become a key event on the international climate change calendar; it is a meeting point for leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. It was created and is hosted by The Climate Group.

Climate Week NYC is a hub for over 50 high-profile meetings, events and activities organized in and around New York City by a diverse group of business, government, arts and civil society players, and is profiled online through, and #CWNYC


All events are invite-only, but you can join in the discussion online for some events. Details below.


10:30am – 11:30pm

Gilbert Court, Morgan Library and Museum


The first installment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th Assessment Report (released on September 27) will tell us that the scientific evidence and consensus around anthropogenic climate change is stronger than ever before. We must now move urgently towards decisive action.

The Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC 2013 brings together a coalition of top political, business and public figures including World Bank President Jim Kim, CEOs and board members from top international corporates including Swiss Re, HP, Philips, IKEA and SolarCity and Bob Inglis, Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative and former Congressman, who will call for a new generation of leaders to step up to the challenge, and to embrace the Clean Revolution that the world now needs. You can watch it live here.


The time has come for renewed American leadership. The opportunity for an American Clean Revolution must be seized today, or the cost of inaction will be an escalation in extreme weather and a creeping loss of competitiveness. A coalition of American political, business and community leaders will set out their shared commitment to a Clean Revolution, and outline how American leaders can collaborate to scale up investment in clean energy, efficiency, innovation and infrastructure to build a better future. You can watch it live here.

11:45am – 1:00pm


One year ago, Hurricane Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard of the US, leaving billions of dollars of damage in its wake, and foreshadowing what climate change could hold in store for the US.

Many Northeastern families, businesses and local governments are still working to get back on their feet. Amid the relief and restoration efforts, one fundamental question rises above all:

How can we become more resilient to climate impacts in the future?

This session will explore the efforts taken by governments, businesses and civil society over the past year to build more climate resilient communities. It will also identify additional measures that are needed going forward, emphasizing solutions that provide the greatest economic and social benefits. Sponsored by Swiss Re. You can watch it live here and ask the speakers questions using Twitter hashtag #CWNYC.


8:00am - 10:00am


This session will engage some of the world's leading corporate innovators on how large companies are successfully unlocking low-carbon innovations that can transform markets – including through pioneering partnerships with start-ups, venture capital investors, government-backed programs and non-profits. The event will also include announcement of the winner of the first ‘EarthHack’ crowdsourcing innovation challenge, delivered in partnership with Marblar and supported by IKEA and Philips Lighting. Follow live tweeting on @ClimateGroup. You can also ask speakers (to be revealed on day) questions using #CWNYC.

Opening remarks by Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director, The Climate Group

Announcement of the EarthHack winner by Daniel Perez, Co-founder & CEO, Marblar

Panel discussion: How large companies can unlock low-carbon innovation:

  • Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA 
  • Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business & Innovation, Nike 
  • Chris Librie, Senior Director of Sustainability Programs, Hewlett-Packard 
  • Bill Weihl, Manager of Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Facebook 

Moderated by Jim Walker, Co-founder & Director of Programs, The Climate Group 

Panel discussion: How partnerships can drive breakthroughs

  • Eben Bayer, CEO, Ecovative 
  • Andrew Shapiro, Founder, Broadscale 
  • Harry Verhaar, Senior Director of Strategic Sustainability Initiatives, Philips

Moderated by Josh Suskewicz, Partner, Innosight


10:30am - 4:00pm

CBRE | 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166


Now more than ever, The Climate Group members are at the center of a clean industrial revolution - one that can cut carbon emissions, create jobs and secure economic growth for future generations.

The North American Members’ Meeting is an annual event that includes a private members' dinner and a full-day meeting session where our business and government partners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the current state of policy and emerging trends in innovation that are driving the low carbon economy.

This year’s members’ meeting will focus on leadership in innovation, an ever increasing priority for leading businesses and state governments around the world. The meeting format will provide opportunity for interactive discussion, engaging members to share their insights and perspectives, as well as learn how other members are creating innovative solutions to reduce carbon emissions.


2:00pm - 6:00pm

The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers


The Weather Company, in partnership with Climate Week NYC and The Climate Group, will convene leaders in government, science, industry and NGOs including NY Mayor Bloomberg, for its first annual Climate Conversation. One-on-one interviews, short talks and panel discussions will shine a spotlight on some of the biggest thinkers, most compelling stories and boldest solutions for reducing the impacts of Climate Change. The program’s narrative arc will cover the latest science, the most significant local and national policy initiatives, leading advocacy and public engagement efforts and new technologies and breakthrough innovations.

Watch events live and join in the conversation on social media using #CWNYC.


Emcee, Sol Guy, Opening Presentation/Introduction

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, Welcome 

David Kenny, CEO, The Weather Company, Welcome                               

2:15 PM Keynote remarks by MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

Remarks to be followed by Q&A with David Kenny  

2:35 PM PANEL: AIR, WATER AND ICE The Cutting Edge of Climate Science

In a series of 3 short talks, leading researchers describe the latest discoveries and data impacting the three major ecological spheres – wildfire and drought, melting icecaps and smut spores in the air, and what it means for our weather.  The talks will be followed by an open forum Audience Q&A moderated by Liz Courtney. 

Moderator: Liz Courtney, Producer, Tipping Points

Cryosphere: Greenland Ice Climate Feedbacks

Jason Box, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland

Global Water and Energy Cycle

Eric Wood, Director, Program in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources - Princeton University                             

Atmospheric Aerosols and Black Carbon

Sarah Doherty, University of Washington, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences


This panel will address the need for resiliency planning in today’s current economic environment and the science behind issues of resiliency and adaptation. The panelists will also address the role that cities can play as hubs of innovation in mitigating climate change, not simply responding to its effects.

Cas Holloway, Deputy Mayor, New York City

Jay Carson, Director, C40 Cities Climate Leadership

Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles/Former CEO Global Green

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Sr. Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies


Presentation by David de Rothschild, Founder, Sculpt the Future Foundation 

Cutting through the clutter, these leading NGOs have found ways to stand out and effect change.  The advocates will take on the challenge of how to make Americans view Climate Change as a top priority and a global issue of import.

Moderator: Stephanie Abrams, The Weather Company

Heidi Cullen, Chief Climatologist, Climate Central

Jim Moriarity, CEO Surfrider Foundation

Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres

Larry Schweiger, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation

5:10 PM Showtime: Years of Living Dangerously Preview and Discussion

TWC hosts a preview of Showtime’s upcoming documentary series, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with the series’ producers and stars including Solly Granatstein, Chris Hayes, David Gelber, Joel Bach and Lesley Stahl facilitated by Heidi Cullen.


Is it possible to reverse the effects of climate change or slow the progress of global warming?  Entrepreneurs and policymakers are imagining and experimenting with new technologies and approaches that could transform our world and way of life.

Moderator: Jeff Masters, Weather Underground

One-on-One Conversation with Nick Cook, Founder/CEO Dynamixx  (15 minutes) followed by panel discussion

Leslie Dewan, Co-founder, Transatomic Power

Morgan Williams, CEO, Biochar

Mark Herrema, CEO, Newlight Technologies

Toyota Technology, TBD

Watch events live


8:00am - 10:00am

New York Academy of Sciences


The Climate Group is organizing an exclusive briefing on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report for its members and partners, in partnership with the IPCC. The briefing will feature a live video link with some of the Working Group 1 authors, broadcast from Stockholm where the IPCC is in session and will have concluded the report launch immediately prior to the transmission.

It represents a unique, exclusive opportunity for partners to gain insights into the current scientific understanding of climate change, and to discuss the report with its authors first-hand. Read The Climate Group's 5-part series on the basics of climate science and watch the livestream here.

Keep your eye on, and follow us on @ClimateWeekNYC or Facebook/ClimateWeekNYC using #CWNYC for the latest updates on agenda, speakers and affiliate events. 

See the 50+ affiliate events that are taking place across NYC for Climate Week NYC - our fifth anniversary. 

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