The Next Economy: Green Economy Leadership
Presented by Gaia Human Capital Consultants & SIPA Energy Association of Columbia University
|When:||Friday, April 17, 2009|
|Where:||Columbia University Campus, Davis Auditorium - Conference|
|Time:||12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.|
|Reception:||Columbia University Campus, Carleton Lounge|
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
We have invited several distinguished Green Economy and Renewable/Clean Energy executives & prominent participants for panel discussions and networking opportunities. Each panel reflects a different vantage point into the Green Economy, and each panelist has a unique expertise to share. Many of the speakers are Columbia University graduates and many in attendance will be current students, faculty and regional professionals, who will become tomorrow’s innovators as engineers, investors, business executives, consultants, educators and attorneys.
While it is clear that the Green Economy will have a crucial role in securing geopolitical harmony, alleviate the specter of abrupt climate change and global warming, have the ability to transform global economies and reposition the world’s future energy portfolio, many technological, financial and legislative advancements must be realized before they can fulfill their true potential. Undeniably, we are faced with a variety of circumstances that require national and international coordination, to adjust mankind’s development to the limits of the earth’s environment. We face a severe financial hurdle that threatens to delay the Green Economy, with unforeseen consequences for our national security.
More than ever before, fueled by a strong desire to achieve a positive “triple bottom-line”, professionals from all walks of life are working diligently to develop a culture which defines actions and responsibilities that are environmentally sustainable & socially responsible. In this Green Economy, this action is best illustrated in the renewable energy industry. The agenda will include:
April 17, 2009
12:00 p.m. - Registration at Davis Auditorium, Columbia University
There will be a representative from Columbia University's Office of Career Services on-hand if any organizations are interested in pursuing Columbia students for internship and career opportunities.
12:15 p.m. - Welcome Address
Dawn Dzurilla - Founder & President, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
12:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker
John Geesman - Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
12:45 p.m. - Renewable Energy Executives Panel
Learn first-hand what plans renewable energy executives have to invest in R&D, enhance product development, obtain financing, and partner with government labs and research programs.
1:30 p.m. - Energy Policy Panel
Despite its promise, clean/renewable energy is a nascent market. Much of its future development will depend on the legislative & regulatory landscape for at least a few years. Several nations are expanding the concept of emissions trading, first developed under the Acid Rain Program of the U.S. Clean Air Act, to a global cap on Green House Gas emissions. One of the largest social and economic experiments in history, much is at stake.
Hear from policy experts at leading law firms, the Department of Energy and Financial Institutions serving the carbon and environmental market on what their thoughts are concerning these critical issues.
Daniel J. Byrd, M.E.M.; Esq., Principal, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
2:15 p.m. - Independent Research Panel
Although wind development nationally continues at a strong pace, key project developers have reduced their project pipelines due to financing constraints. Other renewable energies face similar difficulties. This panel of experts from distinguished independent research and consulting firms, as well as the federal government’s premier renewable technology laboratory in NREL, will share their insights into the various renewable energy markets and technologies.
Hear from some of the best informed independent research institutions in the country about these issues and the future direction of renewable energies.
Daniel J. Byrd, M.E.M., Esq., Principal, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
3:00 p.m. - Banking Panel
For decades banks have played a crucial role in the financing & development of global energy & transmission infrastructures. Although the financial crisis is preventing much needed capital from flowing into renewable energy projects and manufacturing expansion, banks will undoubtedly continue to finance a diverse spectrum of renewable energy and transmission initiatives. Banks face pressure to manage a lower risk lending profile.
Renewable energies offer stable & predictable revenue production without the variability of fuel input costs. Analysts predict a period of consolidation in the renewable energy industry due to financial stress and strategic integration, creating a wave of M&A activity.
The cleantech experts on this panel offer extraordinary insight into the renewable energy markets, constantly following a diverse spectrum of companies, industries and broader trends, as well as meeting with management teams and visiting the newest facilities.
Zoe Van Schyndel, CFA, Partner, Gaia Human Capital Consultants & Faculty Member, Evergreen State College
3:45 p.m. - Venture Capital & Private Equity Panel
To some, one of the most exciting aspects of the Green Economy is that much of the technology has not yet been developed or perfected. This creates enormous opportunities for venture capital investors.
For certain technologies and markets, renewable energies are already competitive with traditional energy sources. Utilities are continuously announcing large-scale and utility-scale solar thermal, PV, wind and tidal energy projects, while the third party finance market has experienced explosive growth through participants.
Dawn E. Dzurilla, Founder & President, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
4:35 p.m. - "Human Capital factors that Venture Capital Executives Consider"
Dawn E. Dzurilla, Founder & President, Gaia Human Capital Consultants
Distinguished members of the Venture Capital & Private Equity Panel (see above)
Carleton Lounge - Columbia University
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Reception at Carleton Lounge
Reception generously is hosted by:
For information: www.gaiahumancapital.com
Please contact Dan Byrd (email@example.com) or call him at 212-626-6595
Please contact Dawn Dzurilla (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her at 212-734-4912
Please note: There is no cost to attend this event. All are welcome to attend!
When: Friday, April 17, 2009 from
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When: Friday, April 17, 2009
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Columbia University - Carleton Lounge
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