Climate Solutions Track

Field Trips (pre conference, Tuesday, March 13th, 12:00 - 4:00 PM)

1) Clean Energy Bike Tour

Organized with California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

Danny Kennedy will lead a group around Oakland to explore the convergence of mobility and electricity services globally, which are being disrupted by low cost renewables and new business models. The tour will include stops at the CALCEF Offices, Powerhouse, and other innovative business in the area, concluding with a stop at Mosaic to hear from Billy Parish on his views on the next phase of renewable energy innovation.

  • Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)
  • Billy Parish, CEO, Mosaic

2) East Bay Tech Innovation Tour

Join us as we explore cleantech innovation in the East Bay.  Participants will tour Lawrence Berkley National Labs (LBNL) to see the latest thinking and research in cleantech, including a look at LBNL’s Cyclotron Road accelerator! The group will then take a trip to Richmond, a burgeoning innovation hub to visit Sunpower’s office, located in a historic building on the waterfront. The outing will show participants cleantech at varying stages of development, and help share a better understanding of how to scale solutions.

  • Geoffrey Eisenberg, Principal, The Ecosystem Integrity Fund
  • Lisa Hagerman, Director of Programs, DBL Partners
  • Tom Stars, Vice President, Market Strategy and Policy, Sunpower


1) Climate Risk 101 (Pre Conference, Tuesday, March 13th, 10:00 - 11:00 AM)

Investing in the rapidly advancing clean energy economy is not always as simple as it sounds. Growing numbers of investors are taking capital out of fossil fuels and carbon intensive assets and are looking for opportunities to invest in climate solutions. Along the way some foundations and family offices have found themselves stuck and unable to move forward. Others have made progress and wish to do more. This session will seek to empower those at the beginning of their climate investing journey to understand climate risk, learn the tools to engage their peers and investment partners, and craft a strategy to break through barriers and accelerate investment.

  • Aimee Christensen, CEO, Christensen Family Foundation (moderator)
  • Alex Bernhardt, Principal, Mercer
  • Jameela Pedicini, CIO, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

2) Investing in Disaster Recovery (Wednesday, March 14th, 1:30 - 2:45 PM)

Organized with Cambridge Associates and Community Capital Management

Water main breaks result in $2.6 billion worth of lost water every year. Events like Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey remind us that our levees and flood walls were not built to withstand increasingly devastating weather systems. Drinking water has become unsafe for many communities, as demonstrated by the tragic lead poisoning still affecting Flint, MI. This session will explore how impact investors can respond to these disasters and work to build resilience against future water-related catastrophes.

  • David Sand, Chief Investment Strategist, Community Capital Management
  • Additional Speakers to be Announced

3) Solar Coaster (Thursday, March 15th, 11:30AM - 12:45 PM)

Organized with Energy Foundation and Surdna Foundation

This session will explore more innovative ways to invest in the renewable energy generation. Renewable energy as an asset class has seen a significant influx of capital from banks into senior debt and from a variety of investors into equity of solar and wind projects.  This resulted in a challenging environment for investors who are seeking yield.  This session will explore mezzanine debt and other forms of innovative financing for renewable energy projects that provide investors with an attractive risk/reward proposition. It will also explore other technologies that are becoming bankable while still providing compelling returns to investors.  Metrics and approaches to monitor and evaluate investments will also be discussed. 

  • Shuaib Siddiqui, Director, Impact Investing, Surdna Foundation
  • Additional Speakers To Be Announced


1) Climate Solutions Collaborative Leadership Breakfast (Thursday, March 15th, 7:30 - 8:30 AM) 

2) Climate Solutions Collaborative Meeting (Thursday, March 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM)

Join members of the Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C) working group to explore next-level strategies for advancing climate solutions.  Topics will include policy and regulatory engagement, metrics and portfolio alignment, as well as discussions on how to foster collective action.  Participants are encouraged to share their successes and challenges with the group to facilitate better transparency and collaboration.