Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Leading the Way to Carbon Neutrality: Lessons from the University of California, Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft

At UC Berkeley on September 11, 2018, UC faculty, staff and student leaders will address how they are working to achieve carbon neutrality for the whole UC system by 2025 and leaders from major corporations will also discuss the steps necessary to turn their organizations' ambitious climate goals into reality.


An official side event of the Global Climate Action Summit, co-hosted by UCLA School of Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of California Office of the President and UC Berkeley. 

More than 600 universities from all 50 U.S. states have committed to aggressive targets to cut their own carbon emissions. An additional 1200 U.S. businesses and local governments have done the same. Setting the goal is an important first step. But how are complex organizations actually meeting their goals?

At UC Berkeley on September 11, 2018, UC faculty, staff and student leaders will address how they are working to achieve carbon neutrality for the whole UC system by 2025. Leaders from Kaiser Permanente and Microsoft will also discuss the steps necessary to turn their organizations' ambitious climate goals into reality. 

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ will provide opening remarks. A reception will precede the event.

The event is an official affiliate event for the Global Climate Action Summit, hosted in San Francisco September 12 to 14, bringing together state and local governments, business and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action and new commitments.

DATE/TIME:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

4:30 p.m. – Registration and reception
4:50 p.m. – Program begins
7:00 p.m. – Program ends 

LOCATION:

Spieker Forum, Chou Hall (6th Floor)
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2220 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

VIDEO RECORDING:

 

PRESENTATION:

Slides

SPEAKERS:

Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley, introductory remarks 

Panel 1: Overcoming Barriers to Carbon Neutrality: Lessons from the UC Experience

  • Opening remarks and moderator: Rachael Nava, Executive Vice President — Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff to the President, UC Office of the President;
  • Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law; Faculty Co-Director, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA School of Law;
  • David Phillips, Associate Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, UC Office of the President;
  • Pallavi Sherikar, Masters of Environmental Management Candidate, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and former Undergraduate Appointee, UC Global Climate Leadership Council.

Panel 2: Implementing a Carbon Goal

  • Seth Baruch, National Director for Energy and Utilities, Kaiser Permanente;
  • Marc Fisher, Vice Chancellor, Administration, UC Berkeley;
  • Elizabeth Wilmott, Carbon Program Lead, Microsoft;
  • Moderator: David Phillips, Associate Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, UC Office of the President.