New York Climate Week 2023

Where to find EDF +Business at New York Climate Week 2023

EDF +Business leaders and experts attending Climate Week:
Lea Borkenhagen, Senior Vice President, EDF +Business
Elaine Gowdy, AVP of EDF +Business Strategic Operations
Victoria Mills, Managing Director, Climate Policy Leadership
Elizabeth Sturcken, Managing Director, Net Zero Value Chains
Andrew Howell, Senior Director, Sustainable Finance
Andrew Baxter, Senior Director, Energy Transition
Katie Anderson, Senior Director, Food & Forests
Negin Janati, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Ellen Shenette, Director, Net Zero Action Accelerator
Dr. Karine Kleinhaus, Director, Sustainable Finance
Dominic Watson, Senior Manager, Energy Transition
Simone Schenkel, Manager, Food & Forests
Maaz Haider, Manager, Transportation
Andrea Pereira, Manager, Climate Policy Leadership
Jordan Faires, Manager, Net Zero & Carbon Markets
Josh Torres, Manager, Sustainable Finance
Jane Eisenhardt, Engagement and Acceleration Manager, Net Zero
Nicole Jenkins, Project Manager, US Beef Sector Lead
Sudhanshu Mathur, Analyst, Energy Transition
Deanna Coleman, Analyst, Sustainable Finance
EDF Climate Corps® and others!

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

Day 1

Monday, September 18th

7:30am – 9:00am
The Impact Hub Masterclass with the Transform to Net Zero Coalition
The Hub Live at 360 Madison Avenue

A masterclass on using Environmental Defense Fund’s new Net Zero Action Accelerator hub.

Register here

8:30am – 10:30am
Revving Up Fleet Decarbonization
Deloitte, 30 Rockefeller Plaza

A roundtable conversation hosted by Deloitte: As organizations across the private and public sectors set net-zero targets, fleet electrification is accelerating as an economically viable mechanism for decarbonization at scale. This session will explore opportunities like tax incentives and tech-enabled cost savings for sustainable transition and greenhouse gas reductions, while exploring challenges to electric fleet adoption across industries. EDF +Business expert Maaz Haider will attend.


5:00pm – 8:00pm
Net Zero Action Accelerator Launch & Reception
The Solutions House: Exponential Roadmap, FUTERRA, Google

This event will feature EDF +Business leader Elizabeth Sturcken on a panel discussion, followed by a reception and live demonstrations of EDF’s new Net Zero Action Accelerator hub.

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5:00pm – 7:00pm
Procurement and Pinot with SABA (Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance) and ZEMBA (Zero Emission Maritime Business Alliance)
Monterey Brasserie, 37 E 50 St

This event is a panel discussion on sustainable fuels in air and sea transport, followed by drinks.

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6:30pm – 8:30pm
Climate Leaders Reception with Salesforce

Climate Group and Salesforce are inviting senior leaders from business, government and civil society to gather for an evening reception, to celebrate climate progress, and debate the bold agenda needed for global climate action. EDF +Business leader Victoria Mills will be attending.

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Day 2

Tuesday, September 19th

7:30am – 9:00am
The Impact Hub Masterclass with the Transform to Net Zero Coalition
The Hub Live at 360 Madison Avenue

This invite-only masterclass will focus on supplier engagement, and making the most of EDF’s Net Zero Action Accelerator hub.

9:00am – 10:30am
Return on Investment: How to Maximize Historic U.S. Climate Funding
NEST Campus, Jacob Javits Center

The Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act together have the potential to catalyze unprecedented investments in an advanced, clean economy—creating millions of good-paying jobs, reducing energy costs, strengthening U.S. competitiveness, and closing opportunity gaps for disadvantaged communities. These two landmark laws are already delivering results, with thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in new investments in states across the country. Corporate and investor engagement remains critical to unlock their full potential and advance more action to reach the U.S. goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030. EDF +Business’ Victoria Mills and Andrea Pereira will be attending.

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10:00am – 2:00pm
Climate-Smart Livestock: Getting Farmers the Tools They Need to Deliver Change
EDF New York HQ

This EDF-hosted public event is a half-day of conversations with farmers, corporate leaders, policymakers and others to discuss farmer-centered solutions to reducing animal agriculture emissions, from the U.S. to India’s smallholder systems.

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11:00am – 12:50pm
Energizing America: Innovating clean energy infrastructure for a sustainable future

EDF +Business expert Dr. Karine Kleinhaus will be attending.

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11:30am – 1:00pm

What’s in a Name? Better ESG Messaging Based on Current Polls
NEST Campus, Jacob Javits Center

Special interests and their political allies are working to ban investors and companies from integrating responsible business practices into decision-making. Freedom to Invest has rallied hundreds of private and public sector leaders from across the business world to remind policymakers that the economy will be stronger and more resilient if businesses can make their own decisions. This private, invitation-only event for investors and companies will unveil the results of an assessment on ESG perceptions and messaging, followed by a panel discussion with leading business representatives and a breakout-style messaging workshop. EDF +Business’ Victoria Mills and Andrea Pereira will be attending.

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12:00pm – 2:00pm
Global Goals in Action Forum
Aretsky’s Patroon, 160 E 46th Street

Innovation Unleashed: Fostering Innovation through Partnerships & Sustainable Regulation to Achieve SDG9. EDF +Business leader Negin Janati will be attending.

2:00pm – 7:00pm
NASDAQ’s Annual NY Climate Week Conference
151 W 42nd Street

EDF +Business leaders Victoria Mills and Andrew Howell will be attending, along with other experts from the Climate Policy Leadership and Sustainable Finance teams.

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3:30pm – 4:45pm
Lesson from FLAG (Forests, Land and Agriculture Guidance)
EDF New York HQ

This is a closed door workshop on target setting and development based on the new SBTi Forests, Land and Agriculture Guidance. The goal is to pool EDF science and expertise on croplands and livestock mitigation with Pure Strategies’ expertise in GHG accounting to guide companies forward. EDF +Business expert Simone Schenkel will lead this discussion.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Road to Regulation
Accenture – One Manhattan West

In response to achieve our collective goal to halve emissions by 2030, we need non-state actors to support turbocharging the transition from voluntary action to clear and fair ground rules for a just and resilient net zero economy. EDF +Business expert Andrea Pereira will be attending.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm
Aligning Capital with Climate Impact
Remarkable Ventures Climate

The IPCC has estimated that we need to mobilize $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2030. This will require governments, businesses, and individuals to come together and make a significant investment in the fight against climate change. EDF +Business expert Karine Kleinhaus will be speaking.

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Day 3

Wednesday, September 20th

9:00am – 5:00pm
Techonomy Climate NYC: Solutions That Scale
City Winery (Pier 57)

Presented by Worth Media in partnership with EDF
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, no silver bullet will solve climate change. Addressing the biggest crisis of our lifetime will require a diversified approach that includes carbon removal & sequestration, lower consumption, reliable renewable energy, and nature-based solutions. It will also take the efforts and collaboration of governments, investors, businesses, technology, and other constituent groups to solve the problem.

Environmental Defense Fund’s Executive Director, Amanda Leland, will be speaking.

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10:45am – 12:00pm
Connecting Corporate Climate and Nature Strategies (in partnership with Pure Strategies)
109 W 39th St

This public workshop will amplify EDF’s thought leadership and collaboration with Pure Strategies, and point of view on the climate/nature voluntary standards and help companies unstick/resist hesitating to take on land sector emissions due to guidance/standards confusion. EDF +Business expert Simone Schenkel will be speaking.

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11:20am – 11:35am
Turbocharging Corporate Climate Action with EDF’s Net Zero Action Accelerator
Sheraton New York Times Square

Bridging the gap between corporate climate ambition and action is one of the most pressing challenges ahead. Environmental Defense Fund’s new Net Zero Action Accelerator is designed to meet the demand for practical, actionable resources — backed by science. The Accelerator offers net-zero pathways and training, featuring resources from EDF, Deloitte, Race to Zero, Transform to Net Zero, and more. Join this fireside with EDF +Business leader Elizabeth Sturcken, who has led game-changing partnerships with some of the world’s largest companies to find transformational environmental solutions, in a conversation on how we can accelerate corporate climate action.

EDF experts will be in attendance at Concordia Annual Summit Monday-Wednesday. See the full agenda here.

12:00pm – 6:30pm
World Energy Transition Summit

EDF +Business experts Dr. Karine Kleinhaus and Dominic Watson will attend.

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1:00pm – 4:00pm
A Question of Fit: EV Stakeholder Roundtable

Ceres, North American Council for Freight Efficiency
As groundbreaking incentives and regulations accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and chargers alike, many fleets are focused on ensuring the vehicle market can provide the right EV for each of their use cases and that reliable charging is available for vehicles with varying drive-and-duty cycles and dwell time schedules. Now is the time to address these questions of fit so fleets of all shapes and sizes can access the financial, operational, and environmental benefits of EVs. By bringing together fleets, vehicle manufacturers, utilities, and other key EV industry stakeholders, this roundtable will provide a platform for participants to problem solve around some of the most urgent barriers to commercial fleet electrification. EDF +Business expert Maaz Haider will attend.

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Day 4

Thursday, September 21st

9:00am – 1:00pm
Financial Strategies to Accelerate Methane Action at National Oil Companies

This closed door workshop will launch EDF’s project supporting the financial sector’s engagement with National Oil Companies to reduce methane emissions. EDF +Business leaders Andrew Howell and Andrew Baxter will drive the presentations and discussions.

9:00am – 2:00pm
INNOV-EAT Expedition
The Forum, Columbia University

In this event, we will embark on a trailblazing adventure, exploring ground breaking innovations and strategies to transform global food systems. Prepare to challenge the status quo and address the root causes of food system issues. EDF +Business leader Katie Anderson will be speaking.

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9:30am – 3:00pm
Carbon Newbie Summit

A casual conference for carbon newbies interested in getting the 101, 201, and maybe 301 on carbon during New York Climate Week. From personal to professional carbon footprint, attendees walk away with tools and inspiration to take action on reducing emissions. EDF +Business expert Sudhanshu Mathur will present the basics of methane.

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9:30am – 6:00pm
WWF @ The Nest
NEST Campus, Jacob Javits Center

EDF will join WWF as some of the largest conservation organizations working across the breadth of expertise to deliver sustained, impactful solutions to ensure a livable future for our planet. EDF +Business leaders Lea Borkenhagen and Katie Anderson will be attending

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3:00pm – 5:30pm
Race To Zero Finance Convening
Columbia University

UN Race to Zero, in partnership with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. EDF +Business leader Andrew Howell will attend.

3:15pm – 4:00pm
Issues at the Intersection of Climate & Capital
NEST Campus, Jacob Javits Center

Dramatic changes to the world’s climate are rapidly bringing an increasing number of issues to the financial world with regard to climate adaptation, innovation, and regulation (“AIR”). Join Gitterman Asset Management as they host several panel discussions on a variety of climate topics, including impact investing, social justice issues, women leadership, and philanthropy. EDF +Business leader Elizabeth Sturcken will be speaking.

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7:30pm – 9:30pm
TED Countdown and TED Future Forum

Lea Borkenhagen, Senior Vice President of EDF +Business, will be in attendance.

Day 5

Friday, September 22nd

7:30am – 5:00pm
Climate Corps Advocacy Workshop
EDF New York HQ

Vermont Law School and Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps®
Activity-driven workshop with a focus on sharing legislative and grassroots climate advocacy tactics. Participants will engage in interactive activities, foster valuable connections with fellow EDF Climate Corps alumni and staff, and learn a range of ways to act on climate. Participants will attend in-person. By the end of the workshop, participants will have received a solid grounding in climate advocacy strategies and will be equipped to engage policymakers most effectively.

Climate Corps® staff Michael Cronin, Jasmine Harrison, Sophie Davis will be leading the session.


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