The Climate Group Co-convenes Leadership Roundtable for Florida Governor's Climate Summit
- 13 July 2007
On July 13th The °Climate Group convened two business roundtables for Florida Governor Charlie Crist's "Serve to Preserve: A Florida Summit on Global Climate Change" to discuss how government and business can best collaborate to address climate change: through deployment of clean energy and clean technologies; by engaging citizens and customers; and by rapidly reducing greenhouse gases. The Serve to Preserve event also featured a keynote address from California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Governor Charlie Crist and Lt. Governor Kottkamp joined a select group of prominent CEOs, business leaders and senior European government officals to share ideas on how the private sector and governments each have a vital role to play to advance solutions to climate change. They explored how, by joining together, they can maximize their impact. The strongest recommendations from the roundtable discussions will shape procedures for state agencies and future legislation.
"Global climate change is one of the most important issues we face this century, and we must take action." Governor Crist said. "We must make every effort to boldly do our best to do what is right - for our environment, for our economy and for future generations."
"Addressing the risks and opportunites of a climate change environment requires a global partnership between business, government and NGOs," said Dr. Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group. "Following the success of last year's business roundtable with Governor Schwarzenegger and Prime Minister Tony Blair in California, we were asked to help convene this event to help Governor Crist and business leaders explore effective ways of working together to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy."
CEOs and Senior Executives participating in the roundtable discussion included Ed Crenshaw, Publix; Rick Lazio, JP Morgan Chase; Doug McMillon, Sam's Club; Lorraine Bolsinger, GE Ecomagination; Sharon Nunes, IBM; Tracy Wolstencroft, Goldman Sachs; Theodore Roosevelt IV, Lehman Brothers; Lewis Hay III, FPL Group, and others. European government represententives include German Minister Matthais Machnig and the UK's John Ashton, Special Representative for Climate Change.
"Global warming threatens our economy, our natural resources, our health - our future," said participant Rick Lazio, Executive Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy, JPMorgan Chase. "The good news is that by getting smart on energy efficiency and technological innovation, we can solve climate challenge and grow the bottom line Doug McMillon, EVP Wal-Mart Stores Inc., President and CEO Sam's Club said, "As one of Florida's largest employers we know this will have an important impact on us and appreciate Governor Crist taking the lead. At Wal-Mart we have reached out on this issue to a wide range of groups, even our competitors, because we all realize that climate change is not just an environmental issue, but a business one as well,"
Together, the companies who gathered around the table represent $470 billion dollars in revenue, more than 1 million employees, and hundreds of million of customers.
"I believe that Governor Crist's leadership in convening this summit will have similarly profound results - both here in Florida and far beyond." continued Dr. Howard.
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About the "Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change" The summit will bring together policy makers, academics, scientists, environmentalists and the business community to discuss the impact of climate change in Florida. These experts will help develop best practices related to alternative fuels and emission standards. The group's strongest recommendations will help shape procedures for state agencies and future legislation. For more information, visit http://www.MyFloridaClimate.com or http://www.flgov.com.
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