[SPN-Discussion] SPN l Baruch Panel Discussion: Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience - Sept 22, 2016

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Panel Discussion Invitation  
“Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience"
Baruch College | Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity

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Date:  September 22, 2016

Time:  6:00 – 8:00pm 

Venue: Baruch College l Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity - Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue)

Moderator:  Ann Goodman, Ph.D, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College
Panelists: Lou Ferretti, Director, Environmental Compliance, IBM; Bruce Schlein, Director, Alternative Energy Finance, Citi; Jay Bruns, Environment Champion, The Hartford

Panel Description: 'Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience'

The 2015 Paris COP 21 was hailed as a historic show of solidarity among nearly 200 nations. The pact aims to curtail greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and keep temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C, in the hope of averting natural disasters, like proliferating floods and wildfires.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also launched by the UN in 2015, offer companies an additional opportunity to merge climate and sustainability practices with larger business goals.

Business is buying into the Agreement. The large business presence at the Paris negotiating table and support from corporate leaders of all stripes to cut GHGs are positive signs. 

About the Panel

This panel will examine how leading businesses are adapting to climate change and moving to mitigate its impact, while seeking ways to engage the SDGs in the years to come.

Panelists will include civil society leaders and executives from companies spotlighted in Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience, authored by panel moderator Dr. Ann Goodman. The session will offer attendees a chance to explore:

•    The progress of companies in building climate resilience into operations and goals

•    What corporate leaders have done to make their companies more resilient - before,  during and since the Paris Agreement - and their plans going forward

•    What motivates companies to build climate resilience

•    How it benefits them and other stakeholders

•    Costs incurred and obstacles that remain

Climate Week NYC 2016

We are proud to announce, Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience, is a part of Climate Week NYC 2016.

Climate Week NYC 2016 takes place from September 19 -25. During the first UNGA post Paris – and with the US elections just eight weeks away – Climate Week NYC 2016 will gather leaders from business and government to demonstrate how continued investment in innovation, technology and clean energy will drive profitability and lead us toward net zero emissions.

Climate Week NYC – one of the key events in the international calendar that has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched in 2009. Read about some of our highlights here <http://www.theclimategroup.org/what-we-do/news-and-blogs/10-weeks-before-paris-leaders-in-new-york-share-collective-confidence-in-global-climate-deal/>.

Climate Week NYC is presented by The Climate Group. <http://www.theclimategroup.org/> We encourage participants to use the #CWNYC hashtag for all social media posts.

About the Sponsors:

The Sustainability Practice Network (SPN) is a New York based inter-disciplinary community of professionals who seek to learn and share knowledge to advance sustainable development across sectors and disciplines. We mobilize our members to practice sustainability in their lives and work. Our mission is to raise awareness of the importance of individual and corporate sustainability and thereby create a more stable and equitable world. 

Baruch College - Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity
The Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity is a forum for discussion of a broad range of contemporary issues confronting US corporations and capital markets. Our concerns include: transparency of corporate reporting, corporate governance, examining legal and ethical corporate behavior, spotlighting executive accountability, corporate responsibility in global business development, risk assessment and amelioration, resolving conflicting corporate stakeholder interests, and evaluating the role of governmental regulation.

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