Climate Solutions Track
Field Trips (pre conference, Tuesday, March 13th, 12:00 - 4:00 PM)
Clean Energy Bike Tour
East Bay Tech Innovation Tour
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.
2) Investing in Disaster Recovery (Wednesday, March 14th, 1:30 - 2:45PM)
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.
3) Solar Coaster (Thursday, March 15th, 11:30AM - 12:45PM)
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.
1) Climate Solutions Collaborative Leadership Breakfast (Thursday, March 15th, 7:30 AM - 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.