2021’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report reinforced and accentuated the challenge we face and the urgency that is necessary concerning the climate crisis. Over the last ten years, the Net Zero Conference has brought together those who understand it takes all of us to overcome climate change. This year’s focus areas are:
Carbon + Climate + Equity + ESG + Net Zero + Resilience
Are you an expert in your field at the intersection of carbon, climate, equity, ESG, net zero, or resilience? Submit an abstract by May 11, 2022 to speak at NZ22. There’s never been a more crucial time to lead the conversation on climate action towards a #NetZeroFuture.
Agriculture, Biophilia, Buildings, Energy, Fashion, Food & Beverage, Health & Wellness, Materials, Personal Care, Technology, Transit, Waste, Water
CEO, 1% for the Planet
Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement that inspires action and commitment so that our planet and future generations thrive. 1% for the Planet’s global network of thousands of businesses and individuals have donated $100s of millions to environmental partners to date. Kate has led significant growth in the community’s scale and impact, as well as deep work on best practices for implementing high impact giving strategies, growing a network brand, and operating as a thriving workplace with an incredible staff team. Kate earned a BA at Princeton University and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has served on a variety of Boards throughout her career. Kate is a Mom, a trail runner and hiker with her dog, and a kitchen gardener.
Executive Vice President & CEO, American Institute of Architects
Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a dynamic network of more than 94,000 architects and design professionals throughout 200 chapters committed to enhancing
the built environment.
Woods previously served as President & CEO of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) from 2018 to 2022. She led efforts to expand the organization’s programs and markets while growing and strengthening its membership base.
Prior to joining NIBS, she was the Sr. VP & Chief Marketing Officer at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where her team was responsible for all marketing and revenue-generating programs – including marketing the International Builders Show, sponsorship sales, and partnerships with major national companies.
Woods is the author of the book Never Get Their Coffee: Empowering Fearless Leadership and currently serves on the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Board of Directors as Chair of the Foundation and Chair-Elect of the ASAE
Board. She also previously served as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors and is a global speaker. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in College Park and lives with her husband and daughter in Howard County, Maryland.
CEO, International Living Future Institute
As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Lindsay Baker is the organization’s chief strategist, charged with delivering on its mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
Lindsay is a climate entrepreneur, experienced in launching and growing innovative businesses. Her introduction to the green building movement began at the Southface Institute in Atlanta, where she interned before entering Oberlin College to earn a BA in Environmental Studies. She was one of the first 40 staff members at the U.S. Green Building Council, working to develop consensus about what the LEED rating system would become. She then earned an MS from the University of California at Berkeley in Architecture, with a focus on Building Science, and spent five years as a building science researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment.
Lindsay applied her experience around the study of heat, light, and human interactions in buildings to a role with Google’s Green Team, and later co-founded a smart buildings start-up called Comfy, which grew over five years to 75 employees and a global portfolio of clients. She was the first Global Head of Sustainability and Impact at WeWork, where she built the corporate sustainability team and programs from scratch. Lindsay is a Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute, and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. She serves on several non-profit boards, and is an advisor and board member for numerous climate tech startups.
Head of Worldwide Circular Economy, Amazon
George Bandy, Jr. currently serves as Head of Worldwide Circular Economy at Amazon. He believes that looking at opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers can set the standard for other businesses to follow that will result in a brighter future for us all.
Global Director of Advocacy and Sustainability, Seventh Generation
As the Global Director of Advocacy and Sustainability for Seventh Generation, Ashley serves as a senior leader for the company’s mission at global and regional levels. She also leads the U.S.-based Corporate Consciousness team and all key facets of the work articulated in Seventh Generation’s mission – To Transform the World into a Healthy, Sustainable, and Equitable Place for the Next Seven Generations. She is responsible for the overall vision and strategy to achieve success against the company’s long- and short-term sustainability goals.
Ashley serves on Seventh Generation’s senior leadership team, contributing to company policy development, direction, and sustaining a culture of mission-orientation. In 2010, she became the first President of the Seventh Generation Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting social and environmental progress through education, conservation, research, and advocacy.
Vice President, Energy & Climate, XPRIZE
As leader of the XPRIZE Energy team, Marcius combines his experience in partnership building and strategy with his training in physics and engineering to help lead the transition to a clean energy future. This work includes leading the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to recycle CO2 into valuable products. Before joining XPRIZE, Dr. Extavour served as Director of Government and Corporate Partnerships in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto.
He has held positions at the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resource and at the Council of Canadian Academies. In the private sector, he has developed risk management software for North American electric power markets at Ontario Power Generation, and designed and fabricated optoelectronic devices at Nortel Networks Research Labs. Dr. Extavour received a PhD and MSc in Physics and a BASc in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.
Executive Director, Honor the Earth
Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of Indigenous Economics, Food, and Energy Policy. She lives on the White Earth reservation Minnesota, where she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country. She is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth (HtE), which she co-founded with the Indigo Girls to raise awareness of and money for indigenous struggles for environmental justice. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader.
In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1994, LaDuke was nominated by Time magazine as one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40. She was awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, Ms. Woman of the Year (with the Indigo Girls in l997), and the Reebok Human Rights Award. LaDuke was a co-founder and Board Co-Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Network for fifteen years, and maintains a significant role in international advocacy for Indigenous people. This has included numerous presentations at United Nations forums. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has written extensively on Native American and environmental issues. She is the author of six books.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Edison International
Caroline is senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. Choi oversees Corporate Communications, Corporate Philanthropy, Government Affairs and Public Affairs on national, state and local levels. Since joining SCE in 2012, Choi also served as senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs and vice president of Energy and Environmental Policy at SCE.
Choi serves on the board of Smart Electric Power Alliance, an organization that supports the implementation and deployment of clean energy and distributed resources. She also chairs the board of Veloz, a non-profit working to accelerate the shift to electric transportation. She is a member of the Public Policy Institute of California’s Statewide Leadership Council and serves on the boards of the Electric Transportation Community Development Corporation and National Forest Foundation. Choi holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College.
New York Times Best Selling Author & Founder, byta
Jedidiah Jenkins is a travel writer and public speaker. He has written two books, ‘To Shake The Sleeping Self’ a memoir about cycling 14,000 miles from Oregon to Patagonia, and ‘Like Streams to the Ocean,’ a collection of essays about love, family, friendship and career. He is Executive Editor of Wilderness Magazine. He is also co-founder of Byta, a travel mug designed to change the way we drink and promote a reusable economy.
Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
With a relentless dedication to improving the lives of others, Nichol Whiteman is the Chief Executive Officer of the award-winning Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Under Nichol’s leadership, LADF tackles the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness, and social justice for all Angelenos.
Activist & Co-Founder, Zero Hour
Jamie Margolin is a Colombian-American climate justice activist, author, public speaker, and student. She is the co-founder of the international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led Youth Climate Marches around the world. She has represented Zero Hour at international leadership events like the C40 Mayors summit and the UN Youth Climate Summit. In September of 2019, she testified before the US Congress alongside fellow youth activist Greta Thunberg, holding her leaders accountable to taking urgent climate action.
She has been published in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, DAZED, Refinery29, and The Guardian, and is the author of, “Youth To Power: Your Voice and How To Use It.” Jamie is one of Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21” girls changing the world in 2018, One of People Magazines 25 women changing the world in 2018, Fuse TV’s Latina Trailblazer of 2018, one of The Today Show’s 18 under 18 Groundbreakers of 2019, MTV EMA Generation Change winner of 2019, and one of the BBC’s 100 most influential women of 2019.
Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, host of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series, and inspiration for the 2030 Districts movement in North American cities.
In 2014, Mazria presented the Roadmap to Zero Emissions at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, calling for zero emissions in the built environment by 2050; he also drafted the 2050 Imperative, endorsed by professional organizations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries worldwide. Recently, he developed Achieving Zero, a framework of incremental actions that cities and governments can put in place to ensure carbon-neutral built environments by mid-century, and the Zero Cities Project to implement the framework.
President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), Mahesh Ramanujam led a community of 13 million people that’s still growing every day.
A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.
Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB. Prior to his tenure at USGBC, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.
Head of Regenerative Design, Mott MacDonald
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is Head of Regenerative Design for Mott MacDonald, leading regenerative design projects and strategies across buildings, infrastructure, and cities in the Australia, New Zealand, and Asia Pacific regions. Previously, Sturgeon was CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings and the founder and driving force behind ILFI's Biophilic Design Initiative. Amanda is an award-winning architect who worked spent 15 years working to harmonize people and nature on projects such as Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
In 2013, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, for which she has been a visionary leader. She was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.
CEO, McLennan Design
McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design, his own architectural and planning practice.
He is the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, has been called a “World Changer” by GreenBiz magazine, and has been selected as the Award of Excellence winner for Engineering News Record. He is the author of 6 books, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible for green building,’ and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world.’ McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines, and newspapers around the world.
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