Conference Agenda

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

18:00 - 19:00
Registration Open

Monday, September 16, 2019

07:30
Registration Opens
07:30 - 08:30
Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 09:30
Speakers
Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Research Professor, Institutes of Energy and Environment, Penn State
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President, Penn State
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Executive Director, Project Drawdown
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Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State
09:30 - 10:00
You can also drop in to learn about communicating your science during the break in the Senate Suites with Jennifer Weeks, the Environment + Energy Editor at The Conversation US.
10:00 - 12:00
Project Drawdown’s Food Sector analysis includes both demand-side and supply-side solutions that reduce emissions from farming, ranching, and land clearing, create more efficient supply chains and sequester significant amounts of carbon.
Moderators
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Professor of Rural Sociology, Penn State
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
Discussants
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Drawdown Scholar, Penn State
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Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute
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Associate Professor of Crop Production and Ecology, Penn State
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CEO and Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue
Innovation Talk Presenters
Name
Titles and Affiliations
Director, Inyenyeri
Online Moderator
Note Taker
10:00 - 12:00
Protecting diverse ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, wetlands, and oceans, not only helps achieve drawdown by reducing emissions and sequestering carbon but also provides invaluable ecosystem services.
Moderators
Name
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Managing Director, Climate, Outrider Foundation
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
Discussants
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Assistant Research Professor, Institutes of Energy and Environment, Penn State
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Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
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Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions
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Drawdown Scholar, Columbia University
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Professor of Geography, Penn State
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Executive Director, Climate Foundation
Innovation Talk Presenters
Titles and Affiliations
Director, Sustainable Obtainable Solutions
Online Moderator
Note Taker
10:00 - 12:00
Advancing key areas of gender equity can reduce emissions in several significant ways, thus defining Project Drawdown’s Women and Girls Sector.
Moderators
Titles and Affiliations
Vice President Of Operations And Engagement, Project Drawdown
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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President, Venture Strategies for Health and Development
Discussants
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Fellow, Center for Universal Education, Brookings
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Drawdown Scholar, Columbia University
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Director of School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
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Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Demography, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
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President, Igiugig Village Council
Online Moderator
Note Taker
12:00 - 13:30
12:30 - 13:00
Lunchtime Speaker: Inspiring Change, Impacting Tomorrow: Empowering the Next Generation to Save Our Species
Speakers
Titles and Affiliations
Harold and Inge Marcus Dean of Engineering, Penn State
13:30 - 15:30
With roughly 40% of global emissions associated with buildings, rapid adoption of both better technology and better design are needed to provide human comfort for a drawdown world.
Moderators
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Research Fellow, Project Drawdown
Discussants
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Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
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Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Green Building Alliance
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Associate Director of Engagement, International Living Future Institute
Online Moderator
Note Taker
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Drawdown Scholar, Penn State
13:30 - 15:30
Electricity Generation sector examines solutions that decrease carbon emissions using renewable energy and other enabling technologies.
Moderators
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Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
Discussants
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Office Director, Innovation, Partnering, and Outreach, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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Regents' and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech
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Chief Executive, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena), German Energy Agency
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Associate Vice President for Research, Penn State
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Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
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Professor of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
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Author of "Accelerate This!"
Online Moderator
Note Taker
13:30 - 15:30
Drawdown solutions include several pathways to a more circular economy, where materials already extracted, produced, and used are recovered and efficiently reprocessed.
Moderators
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Evan Pugh Professor in Engineering, Penn State
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
Discussants
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Recycling Program Manager, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center
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Assistant Professor, Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Missouri
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Chair Professor in Operations Management, University of Sheffield
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Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Penn State
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Director, Materials Research Institute, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
Titles and Affiliations
Managing Partner, ECONCREED
Online Moderator
Note Taker
13:30 - 15:30
With the transportation sector, there are a variety of existing sustainable mobility options to move people and freight in both urban and non-urban environments.
Moderators
Name
Titles and Affiliations
J. Lee Everett Professor in Engineering, Penn State
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
Discussants
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Senior Research Associate, Larson Transportation Institute, Penn State
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Director, STEPS (Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways), University of California, Davis
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Head, Department Chemical Energy Storage, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
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Assistant Research Professor, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
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Drawdown Scholar, Penn State
Name
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Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Biology, Dartmouth College
Online Moderator
Note Taker
15:30 - 16:00
You can also drop in to learn about communicating your science during the break in the Senate Suites with Jennifer Weeks, the Environment + Energy Editor at The Conversation US.
16:00 - 16:15
Speakers
Name
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Vice President and Provost, Penn State
16:15 - 17:00
Presentation of a report from each of the day's working sessions.
17:00 - 18:00
Lightning Talks
Hear lightning talks while enjoying heavy appetizers.
18:00 - 20:00
Research Poster Session
View posters while enjoying heavy appetizers and beverages.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

07:30 - 08:30
Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00
Plenary talk and facilitated discussion on systems integrations across the Drawdown sectors.
Moderators
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute
Panelists
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
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Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
Online Moderator
10:00 - 10:30
You can also drop in to learn about communicating your science during the break in the Senate Suites with Jennifer Weeks, the Environment + Energy Editor at The Conversation US.
10:30 - 12:30
We invite a broad set of interested parties including investors, asset managers, policy makers, and the scientific community to see the current state and co-create future avenues for how the Drawdown Platform and Data Commons can provide the most value to you.
Workshop Organizers
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Senior Fellow, Project Drawdown
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Director, Drawdown Europe
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will explore ways of linking these natural systems to the assessment of technologies and practices that achieve drawdown.
Workshop Organizers
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Associate Professor, Department of Risk and Environmental Studies, Karlstad University
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Professor of Climate Dynamics, Penn State
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Professor and Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment, Imperial College London
Note Taker
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will explore how indigenous voices remains critical to enhancing sustainable and equitable drawdown solutions.
Workshop Organizers
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Professor of Geography, Penn State
Panelists
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Doctoral Candidate, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, Penn State
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President, Igiugig Village Council
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will examine providing equitable access to resources and empowering diverse communities to make decisions to reduce their carbon emissions.
Workshop Organizers
Titles and Affiliations
Associate Professor of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez
Moderators
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Regents' and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech
Panelists
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Climate Change & Development Specialist
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Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State
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Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture
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Higher Education Program Manager, FEMA
10:30 - 12:30
In this workshop, we will review the latest scientific thinking on food-based climate solutions, and explore opportunities for additional research and application
Workshop Organizers
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Director, Project Drawdown
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CEO and Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue
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Senior Science Policy Advisor, World Agroforestry Centre
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will explore sensors and control systems that offer a wide range of opportunities to enable and enhance drawdown solutions.
Workshop Organizers
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Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State
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Associate Vice President for Research, Penn State
Panelists
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Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Penn State
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will discuss the technical, biophysical and socio-political opportunities and challenges associated with implementing negative emission technologies at a gigaton scale.
Workshop Organizers
Titles and Affiliations
Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State
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Distinguished Professor of Fuel Science, Penn State
Panelists
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Senior Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Associate Professor, The Ohio State University
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National Energy Technology Laboratory, Predictive Geosciences Division
Name
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Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Name
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Assistant Professor, Penn State
10:30 - 12:30
This workshop will cover a snapshot of efforts underway to make more accessible and engage further teaching and research of Drawdown solutions in the classroom.
Workshop Organizers
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Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment
Panelists
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Academic Programs Manager, Sustainability Institute, Penn State
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Drawdown Scholar, Penn State
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Director, Omega Center for Sustainable Living
12:30 - 14:00
13:15 - 14:00
Workshop Report Out
14:00 - 15:00
Partnering with media, engaging diverse audiences, and communicating effectively
Speakers
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Professor, Texas Tech University
Moderators
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Science Writer, The New York Times
Panelists
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Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, Penn State
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Director of the Loka Initiative, Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Professor, Texas Tech University
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Environment and Energy Editor, The Conversation
15:00 - 15:45
Moderators
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Science Writer, The New York Times
Panelists
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Director of Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University
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Associate Professor of Communications, Penn State
15:45 - 16:00
Networking Break
15:45 - 18:30
Conveners
Titles and Affiliations
Environment and Energy Editor, The Conversation
16:00 - 18:30
Poster Session
View posters while enjoying heavy appetizers and beverages.
18:30 - 19:30
In "The World I Want To See," a multi-generational group of performers led by Susan Russell, Penn State Laureate, interprets the science of drawdown through music, dance, and storytelling.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

07:30 - 08:30
Continental Breakfast
08:30 - 10:00
Leading efforts to put research into action and implement climate solutions at global and local scales.
Speakers
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Chief Resilience Officer, City of Pittsburgh
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Co-lead Author and Program Manager, Exponential Roadmap
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Founder and Executive Director, PRIME Coalition
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Co-Founder and Policy Director, The Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference
Moderators
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Environment Reporter, The Guardian US
Online Moderator
10:00 - 10:30
Networking Break
10:30 - 11:30
Speakers
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Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown
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Chief Sustainability Officer, Director of Sustainability Institute, Penn State
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Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment
Moderators
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Professor and Co-Director, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment, Imperial College London
11:30 - 12:00
Final Thoughts, Wrap up
Speakers
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Assistant Research Professor, Institutes of Energy and Environment, Penn State
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Director, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Penn State
12:00 - 13:00
Working Lunch (RSVP Required)
13:00 - 15:00
The Un-conference is a chance for you to engage with others around a topic you want to learn more about, teach, or explore.
Conveners
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Director, Buckminster Fuller Institute
13:00 - 15:00
Conveners
Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Research Professor, Institutes of Energy and Environment, Penn State
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Regents' and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems, Georgia Tech
Titles and Affiliations
Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown
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Chief Executive, Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena), German Energy Agency
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Director, Drawdown Europe
Titles and Affiliations
Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment