Program

* Wednesday, March 14 2012

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Registration

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM

Welcome & Introduction to VERGE

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Keynote Panel: Capitalizing on Convergence

Insights on how the convergence of energy, information, transportation and building technologies addresses business opportunities and corporate sustainability goals. Read more…

Presented by: David Bartlett Vice President of Industry Solutions, IBM ; David Pogue Global Director of Sustainability, CBRE; Don Reed Director, Sustainable Business Solutions , PwC; Saul Zambrano Senior Director Products, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Keynote Panel: Leading the Charge for Better Buildings

How DoD has implemented a comprehensive strategy to integrate new technologies to its 300,000 buildings, and how Google has transformed its building supply chain to reduce health risks and improving worker productivity. Read more…

Presented by: Anthony Ravitz Real Estate and Workplace Services Green Team Lead, Google; Dorothy Robyn Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations & Environment , U.S. Department of Defense

In conversation with: Rob Watson CEO, ECON Group

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

One Great Idea: When All the World's a Mesh: Cities as Platforms

Mesh companies create, share and use social media, wireless networks, and data to provide people with goods and services at the exact moment they need them, without the burden and expense of owning them outright. Read more…

Presented by: Lisa Gansky Author, The Mesh

4:45 PM - 5:05 PM

Keynote Interview: Dennis McGinn in conversation with Marc Gunther

The Retired Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy discusses how to collaboratively address renewable energy opportunities in the current political environment. Read more…

Presented by: Dennis McGinn President, ACORE

In conversation with: Marc Gunther Senior Writer, GreenBiz Group

5:05 PM - 5:15 PM

One Great Idea: Managing a Global Portfolio of Smart Buildings

Cloud-based automation systems and unabashed data transparency help connect a global portfolio of smart buildings to the electrical grid and intelligent transportation networks. Read more…

Presented by: Dan Probst Chairman, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle

5:15 PM - 5:25 PM

One Great Idea: Building the Motorcycle of the Future

An Internet-enabled vehicle that combines the efficiency and freedom of a motorcycle with the safety and convenience of a car. Read more…

Presented by: Daniel Kim Founder & President, Lit Motors Corporation

5:25 PM - 5:55 PM

Keynote Panel: Cities as a Catalyst for Sustainability

How global metropolitan areas are preparing for smart, sustainable cities by integrating emerging technologies, developing public-private partnerships, and radically improving city efficiencies. Read more…

Presented by: Manish Bapna Interim President, World Resources Institute; Daryl Dulaney President and CEO, Siemens Industry; Alex Dews Policy and Program Manager, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

In conversation with: Mark Lee Executive Director, SustainAbility

5:55 PM - 6:00 PM

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

* Thursday, March 15 2012

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Day 2 Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

8:40 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote Interview: Amory Lovins in conversation with Joel Makower

How integrating four energy-using sectors – transportation, buildings, industry and electricity – can create disruptive business opportunities profitably. Read more…

Presented by: Amory Lovins Cofounder, Chief Scientist and Chairman Emeritus, Rocky Mountain Institute

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

One Great Idea: Towards a Global Brain

How the extraordinary convergence of computing and human potential is creating a collective intelligence shaping the future of sustainability. Read more…

Presented by: Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media

9:30 AM - 9:40 AM

One Great Idea: How Technology Enables the Shared Economy

Zipcar's co-founder and former CEO on how sharing taps into excess capacity in its many forms, and how technology enables lower search, transaction, and access costs. Read more…

Presented by: Robin Chase Founder & CEO, Buzzcar

9:40 AM - 9:50 AM

One Great Idea: The Computing Trend That Will Change Everything

Long-standing trends in the energy efficiency of computing promise an explosion in data collected from mobile sensors and controls, with profound implications for our ability to understand and respond to the world around us. Read more…

Presented by: Jon Koomey Consulting Professor, Stanford University

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

One Great Idea: Measures to Maximize Energy Efficiency

A recent global study of 4000 facility and real estate executives found four organizational practices for improved energy efficiency measures and present a great starting point for organizations to overcome common barriers while capturing the economic and environmental benefits from investing in ene Read more…

Presented by: Jennifer Layke Executive Director, Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Keynote Panel: Paving the Way for a National Network of EVs

Electric vehicles are increasingly in the mix for consumers, fleets, and car-sharing services. But what will it take in terms of infrastructure and support services and technologies to build a national network for electric vehicles? Read more…

Presented by: Arun Banskota President, EV Services, NRG Energy; John Wirtz Business Unit Manager - Electrical Transportation Infrastructure, Eaton Corporation; Ron Mahabir CEO, Greenlots

In conversation with: Beth Lowery Principal, GreenOrder

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

One Great Idea: Connecting Geeks with Governments

How Code for America recruits web development teams to work with city governments to build web applications, enabling cities to connect with their constituents more effectively, move toward transparency and collaboration, and share information to make lasting change. Read more…

Presented by: Jennifer Pahlka Founder & Executive Director, Code for America

11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

One Great Idea: Rethinking Factory Efficiency in China - How Connectivity Will Define the Next Generation of Manufacturing

China is now the world's largest consumer of energy, and 30% of it goes towards manufacturing exported goods for global retailers. Read more…

Presented by: Taryn Sullivan President & CEO, Efficiency Exchange

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Panel: Revolutionizing the Built Environment

How sustainable strategies for buildings and infrastructure produce lasting impacts with innovative design and optimal energy use in facilities, campuses, and cities. Read more…

Presented by: Victoria Mills Managing Director, Corporate Partnerships Program, Environmental Defense Fund; Cindy Ortega Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International; Duke Reiter Senior Vice President & Managing Director, ASU Foundation for A New American University; Lisa Shpritz Senior Vice President, Bank of America

In conversation with: Lane Burt Director, Technical Policy, US Green Building Council

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch

 

BREAKOUTS I

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Global Corporate Energy Management

How large corporations measure, manage and reduce energy spend. What metrics are integrated with operational P&L, incentive, and culture, and how do companies effectively break down organizational silos to accelerate sustainability internally? Read more…

Presented by: Bill Lyon VP, Energy Management, Macy's; John Schinter Director of Energy, AT&T

In conversation with: Paul Baier Vice President of Sustainability Consulting, Groom Energy

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Connected Cars and Beyond

Always-on connectivity in vehicles is creating breakthroughs in wireless communication applications, embedded intelligence, and transportation business models. Read more…

Presented by: Shelby Clark Founder & Chief Community Officer, RelayRides; Tim Johnson Strategic Opportunity Manager, Sprint; Hillol Kargupta President, Agnik; Nick Pudar VP, Planning and Business Development, OnStar

In conversation with: Marc Gunther Senior Writer, GreenBiz Group

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Unleashing Smart Energy Markets

Opening up billion-dollar energy markets with a slew of new products and services requires collaboration among all stakeholders -- utilities, technology suppliers, investors, and end users. Read more…

Presented by: Gregg Dixon SVP, Marketing and Sales, EnerNOC; Elgie Holstein Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Environmental Defense Fund; Peter Kelly-Detwiler Principal, NorthBridge Energy Partners, LLC

In conversation with: Dan Delurey President, Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG)

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

How VERGE Transforms Innovation

Traditional innovation approaches and operating models will not work for VERGE. They are too slow, focus primarily on incremental changes, and are just not nimble enough to deal with the emerging dynamic, converging ecosystem of good and services. Read more…

Presented by: Brian Carey Principal, PwC's PRTM Management Consulting; Robert Shelton Managing Director, PwC's PRTM Management Consulting

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Break

 

BREAKOUTS II

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Integrating Renewables and Onsite Generation

Prices for onsite generation (solar, wind, cogen, fuel cells, etc.) continue to fall and incentives are still high in many areas. Read more…

Presented by: Scott Sklar President, The Stella Group, Ltd.; Dave Stangis Vice President - CSR & Sustainability, Campbell Soup Company

In conversation with: Paul Baier Vice President of Sustainability Consulting, Groom Energy

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Urban Mobility and Sustainable Transportation

Applying a whole-system approach for more sustainable and innovative transportation options in new vehicle structures and advanced communication technologies. This session explores the new business models related to the emerging global mobility industry. Read more…

Presented by: Matt Brest Director of Marketing, Alcoa Wheel & Transportation Products; Glenn Daehn Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgic, The Ohio State University; Mike Robinson VP, Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs , General Motors; Susan Zielinski Managing Director, SMART, University of Michigan

In conversation with: Derek Top Senior Editor, Program Director - VERGE, GreenBiz Group

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Managing Energy & Emissions

Enterprise-wide energy management is a cross-functional challenge. What does it take for large energy consumers to achieve efficiencies and cost-competitiveness across global facilities using software in energy and emissions management? Read more…

Presented by: Kathryn Alsegaf Associate Director, Internal Sustainability, Deloitte; Wilson Korol Sustainability Business Leader, Avaya; Adam Muellerweiss Director, Energy & Climate Change, Dow Chemical Company

In conversation with: Christopher Mines Senior VP and Research Director, Forrester Research

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Technology Innovation for Engagement & Reporting (TIER)

From Fortune 500’s to government agencies, how organizations can “TIER” their efforts to achieve breakthroughs in performance and service. Read more…

Presented by: Todd Fein Founder & CEO, Green Diamond; Cary Krosinsky Executive Director, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets; Donna McIntire Chief, Energy & Sustainable Design Unit, U.S. State Department, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations; Alex Dews Policy and Program Manager, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

In conversation with: Andrew Winston Founder, Winston Eco-Strategies

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

VERGE Guru Sessions

Small-group consultative sessions with conference speakers and other experts. Read more…

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Evening Reception

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

VERGE Dinner

* Friday, March 16 2012

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Day 3 Welcome

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Interview: Jon Wellinghoff in conversation with Joel Makower

An interview with the federal government's top utility regulator on the implications of VERGE for the electricity sector. Read more…

Presented by: Jon Wellinghoff Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Keynote Panel: Utilities in the Cloud

Two leading energy utilities and a national supermarket chain join with the chairman of FERC to discuss how to transform utilities in the era of convergence. Read more…

Presented by: Chris Gould Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, and Chief Sustainability Officer, Exelon; Steve Kline VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Pacific Gas & Electric; Kathy Loftus Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering & Energy Management, Whole Foods Market; Jon Wellinghoff Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

In conversation with: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group

9:40 AM - 9:50 AM

One Great Idea: Accelerating Green Building Market Transformation

The role of information as a tool for market transformation in the buildings sector. How does availability and access to information change the building industry? Read more…

Presented by: Chris Pyke Vice President of Research, U.S. Green Building Council

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

One Great Idea: Powering Electric Vehicles

More than one million electric vehicles are expected to be sold in the U.S. within the next four years. Read more…

Presented by: Josh Usher Director of Network Technology, REV Technologies

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Keynote Panel: Liberating Energy Data

How access to energy data creates new products and services for consumers and enterprises. Read more…

Presented by: Alex Laskey President & Founder, Opower; Nick Sinai Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

In conversation with: Katie Fehrenbacher Senior Writer, Greentech Editor, GigaOm

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

One Great Idea: Building the Platform for the Internet of Things

What will it take to connect 50 billion devices by 2020 and what value is created by these connections? Read more…

Presented by: Kent Dickson Chief Technology Officer, Tendril

11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

One Great Idea: Revolutionizing Emissions and Supply Chain Management

Combining "big data" science, cloud computing services, and networked data systems, AMEE revolutionizes the way organizations calculate their emissions for supply chain management and more. Read more…

Presented by: Gavin Starks Founder and Chairman, AMEE

11:20 AM - 11:30 AM

One Great Idea: How Information Changes the New Economics of Cities

While cities are using ICT to improve sustainability and efficiency, they are not capturing the full value of smart initiatives to turn unused data and infrastructure into new, low-carbon solutions and services. Read more…

Presented by: Greg Giammalvo Regional Government Business Leader, Arup

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Interview: Steve Case in conversation with Marc Gunther

Presented by: Steve Case Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC

In conversation with: Marc Gunther Senior Writer, GreenBiz Group

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Presented by: Joel Makower Chairman & Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group


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