Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reminder: Wednesday is the National Conversation on Climate Action in LA


has the agenda and full program of the National Conversation on Climate Action on Wednesday, April 22 in Los Angeles.


Morning Session

Registration/Coffee Service 7:30-8:00

Welcome & Introduction - Board Room, Third Floor 8:00 – 8:25

  • ICLEI National Conversation Movie
  • Art Leahy, Metro CEO
  • Supervisor Don Knabe, Chair of the Board, 4th Supervisorial District

Morning Keynote Address - Board Room, Third Floor 8:25 – 9:55

  • Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd Supervisorial District
  • Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council President
  • Alberto Mendoza, CEO and President, Coalition for Clean Air
  • Nidia Bautista, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
    Address followed by Q & A

Values Recap - Board Room, Third Floor 9:55 – 10:05

Roundtable Discussions with the Issue Experts - Union Room, Gateway Room, and Board Room -10:20-12:00

How Will the Emissions Market Work?
- Craig Moyer, Partner, Chair of Land, Environment & Energy Division, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

What’s New in Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy?
- TBD, Sempra Utilities
- Jonathan Budner, Southern California Edison Manager
- Mike Burns, Vice President of Product Management, Itron Inc.

Planning and Regional Transportation
- Mark Butala, SCAG Manager, Comprehensive Planning
- Jacob Lieb, SCAG Manager, Assessment, Housing and EIR

Lunch Break* – Visit Exhibits** - View Kilowatt Ours -12:00-1:15

Screening of Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America - Board Room
Follow filmmaker Jeff Barrie as he searches America’s cities, towns, and countryside for solutions to the great energy problems of our day. Find out how Jeff and his wife Heather cut their energy bills in half and use the savings to buy green power. Kilowatt Ours will teach you how to dramatically reduce your own energy bill and improve the environment at the same time!

*Lunch is not provided. Visit the Metro Cafeteria, nearby restaurants, or bring your own lunch and enjoy in the courtyard.
**Exhibit area is in the First and Third Floor lobbies and will be open from 10:00-3:00.

Afternoon Session

Afternoon Keynote Address - Board Room - 1:15-2:10

  • Michael Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Supervisor Gloria Molina, 1st Supervisorial District
    Address followed by Q & A

Breakout Sessions(Concurrent, 2:15-3:15)

Climate Change and Public Agency Action Session - Union Room
- Susan Munves, Energy and Green Building Programs Administrator, City of Santa Monica
- Chris Liban, Manager Environmental Compliance & Services,Metropolitan Transportation Authority
- James L. Arnone, Partner, Environment, Land & Resources Department, Latham & Watkins

The discussion will include how climate change concerns have changed -- and will keep changing -local agency planning decisions and environmental impact reports. This panel will include discussions on local, regional and state agencies.

Education and Workforce Development Session - Gateway Room
- Ferris Trimble, Director of Business Operations, Los Angeles County Office of Education
- Marvin Martinez, Vice Chancellor LA Community College, Workforce Development
- Laurie Kaye Nijaki, Provost Fellow, USC, School of Policy, Planning and Development

A successful transition to a clean energy future depends heavily on California’s ability to provide a well-trained workforce to meet the demands of the growing green economy. The following strategies will be key: 1) Strengthen and expand access to Career and Technical Education in California public schools for the next generation of workers who will build a green economy; 2) Ensure an adequate pipeline of skilled workers who are trained in the new technologies of a greener economy; and 3) Ensure that California’s higher education institutions continue to produce the next generation of clean tech engineers, scientists and business leaders.

Living Green Session - Board Room
- Eric Knutzen, author of The Urban Homestead and Homegrown Evolution
- Daniel Valenzuela, LA County Smart Business Recycling Program
- Ashley Zarella, Chair of Downtown LA Neighborhood Council Sustainability Committee

Moving towards a more sustainable, green California will require changes in the way we run our homes, businesses, and communities. This panel will explore practical tips, strategies, and services to live self-sufficiently, reduce and recycle business waste, and spread sustainable ideas and practices in our communities. Panelists will share their first-hand knowledge and experiences on how to contribute to a more sustainable future by living green in Los Angeles today.

Freedom Gardens Session - Wilshire Room
- Harold Helsley, Regional Planning Commissioner
- Dr. Keith Thomson, former Program Director of the Smart Gardening Program
- Jimmy Ng, Program Manager, The Growing Experience, Community Development Commission

In the spirit of courage and self-sufficiency of previous generations who planted gardens in their front and back yards to support their nation’s war efforts - today many are undertaking the challenge of declaring independence from the corporate food system, reducing reliance on the fossil fuels that bring food to the table, and cultivating a more healthy and fulfilling life. The modern victory garden is also sometimes referred to as a "Freedom Garden" - because it represents a declaration of independence of sorts. It is all about taking back responsibility and control of our own food supply at both the individual and community level.

Evening Keynote Address - Board Room - 3:30-5:00

  • Hal Synder, Vice President, Customer Solutions, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company
  • Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd Supervisorial District
  • Michael Crooke, CEO of prAna Living, former CEO of Patagonia & Revolution Living

Mixer - Traxx Restaurant, Union Station - 5:00-7:00

Cash-bar (patio reserved)


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