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Leading The Clean Revolution

Date
27 May 2011
Leading The Clean Revolution

NEW YORK: The Climate Group held its 4th annual North America Members Meeting on May 18 and 19 at Nike World Headquarters just outside of Portland, Oregon. This unique session, open to The Climate Group’s members and partners around the globe, brought together more than 30 corporate and government members for two days of candid discussions about the challenges of the low carbon economy, the solutions and emerging trends, and the opportunities that can be unlocked.

The Climate Group’s members are at the heart of the Clean Revolution — one that will cut carbon emissions, create jobs and secure economic growth for future generations. Together, we have a chance to create a better, smarter, more prosperous world.

It’s with this vision that Mark Kenber, The Climate Group's CEO, opened the meeting, saying, “A vision that is based on the work we all do together is not an abstract idea, it's a very concrete one. It's The Clean Revolution. In our relationships and in your relationships with each other, with the ingenuity, the creativity, and the innovation we have amongst us – we are driving that Clean Revolution forward." This overarching theme that collaboration is necessary to catalyze, inspire and motivate change was echoed throughout the meeting by business and governments alike.

Hannah Jones, SVP for Sustainability and Business Innovation, Nike, presented Better World, - Nike’s vision for how smart climate and renewable energy policy initiatives can help deliver a better world for all.

Hannah urged businesses to challenge themselves to innovate for a cleaner future, saying, "Our CEO Mark Parker, who's been a huge inspiration to us as a team, often likes to challenge us. And what he says is: 'Don't judge yourself by the competition; judge yourself by your potential."

Amy Davidsen, US Executive Director for The Climate Group,
emphasized the crucial part that communication plays in making progress towards the Clean Revolution and underscored The Climate Group's role supporting its members in this regard: “All of you are continuing to drive and dig deeper to make change. You deserve support and applause for your work, the stories of which are probably not told often enough. And we need to make sure that we're telling your stories more, because it's incredible leadership - what all of you are doing.”

At the Meeting’s dinner event, participants gathered to hear City of Portland Mayor Sam Adams speak about the city’s efforts to raise the bar for sustainable, low carbon cities worldwide. Portland is primed and ready to facilitate the low-carbon businesses that are part of the Clean Revolution.

Throughout the meeting, members and other guest experts such as Arthur Haubenstock of BrightSource Energy, shared their latest innovative work around deploying conscentrated solar power, clean energy investment, energy smart policies, and more.

Coming together in the Sustainable Packaging session, global experts Oliver Campbell of Dell, Inc. and Scott Vitters of The Coca-Cola Company discussed recent advances in their packaging strategies, how these evolved and the effect they will have on their companies’ environmental footprints. Annually, consumer packaged goods companies emit 5 billion tons of carbon from products and packaging manufacturing. In North America, Kate Krebs, The Climate Group's Director of Sustainable Resources, is engaging with global leaders to drive forward key opportunities in sustainable packaging.

Nathaniel Bullard of Bloomberg LP presented the methodology for ranking the 20 greenest banks in the world during Ranking Banking's Carbon Reduction Performance. This cutting-edge initiative merges Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data and Bloomberg New Energy Finance data in a comprehensive manner to measure companies’ environmental performance.

Other panel sessions included Global Policy Outlook & China’s Vision, North American States & Regions Policy Developments, Clean Tech Investing 2011, Meeting the Target: CO2 Success Stories, and The Future of the Clean Revolution.

Attending the event were senior business and government representatives from the following organizations:

Arup, Bloomberg LP, Brightsource Energy, BT Americas, Inc., Cathay Pacific Airways Limited representing Swire, CB Richard Ellis Group, CLP Holdings Limited, Coca Cola Company, Dell Inc., Duke Energy, Government of British Columbia, Government of Manitoba, Government of Québec, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (subsidiary of Munich Re), HDR, Hewlett-Packard Company, HSBC North America, Johnson Controls, Inc., News Corporation, Nike, Standard Chartered Bank, Suntech, and Swiss Re.

The event was hosted by The Climate Group member Nike at their World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

To view a selection of images taken at the meeting, visit The Climate Group’s Flickr page.

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