VX2019 Program

 

*Note: Draft VX2019 Program as of 1/16/2019. Subject to regular updates.*

VX 2019 Day 1: Monday, January 28, 2019

7:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 AM

VX2019 Welcome

David Abel, Chair, VerdeXchange
Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County Supervisor, 2nd District
Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

8:10 AM

Morning Plenary

Elections Have Consequences: A New Climate Action Paradigm

Moderator:
Mel Levine, President, LADWP Board of Commissioners

Panel:
Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator, 10th District
Bob Hertzberg, California State Senator, 18th District

8:50 AM

Plenary

Will the Lights Stay On? Getting to 100% Carbon-Free By 2045

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Steve Berberich, President and CEO, California ISO
David Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner
Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, Clean Power Alliance
Reiko Kerr, Senior Assistant General Manager, Power System Strategic Policy, LADWP

Responder:
Scott Haase, Partnership Development Manager-Strategic Programs and Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Last September, California adopted what may be the world’s most ambitious carbon energy plan: a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045. At the same time, Governor Brown established a new carbon neutrality target for that same year. This plenary of top regulators and experts will explore the questions that follow from these bold steps: Will retail electricity prices—already the 5th highest in the nation and 53% above the national average—climb even higher in order to fund energy storage and other renewable energy strategies? Will reliability go down? Will residents be forced into complex rate schemes that impact the way we live? Will we be forced to change out our natural gas appliances for electric, and what impact would that have on our electric bills?

9:45 AM

-ENERGY-

Hydrogen and the Grid

Moderator:
Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now

Panel:
Yuri Freedman, Senior Director, Business Development, SoCalGas
Eiji Ohira, Director General, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Group, Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Sunita Satyapal, Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

-WATER-

Water Supply: Resetting Urban, Ecological, and Agricultural Allocations

Moderator:
Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

Panel:
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District
Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Liz Crosson, Director of Infrastructure, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Robb Whitaker, General Manager, Water Replenishment District
Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs & Policy, The Nature Conservancy

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Adaptation: Financing Green Energy Infrastructure to Address Climate Events

Moderator: 
Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council

Panel:
Andy Lipkis, Founder and President, TreePeople
Bob Wieckowski, California State Senator, 10th District
Kate White, Associate Principal and Planning Policy Leader, Arup
Deanna Haines, Director, Policy & Environmental Strategy, Southern California Gas Company

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Cannabis: Power, Water & Banking

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Earl Blumenauer*, U.S. Congressmember, Oregon 3rd District
Jared Ficker, Partner, Axiom Advisors

-ENERGY-

Next Generation Battery Power

Moderator:
Logan Goldie-Scot, Lead Energy Storage Analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Panel:
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy
Benoit Couture, President, Lithion Recycling Inc. (Québec)
Wesley Marstaller, Chief Financial Officer, Avalon Battery
Yoshihiro Hirata, President and CEO of Innovation Core SEI Inc. (ICS), (Sumitomo Electric)

Energy storage has long vexed engineers interested in a sustainable future. Lithium-ion technology has changed our energy storage capabilities, with one BloombergNEF study showing that global stationary storage capacity is expected to rise from 10 gigawatt-hours to 770 by 2030. Despite this rise, annual installation for stationary storage will remained dwarfed by battery demand from passenger electric vehicles which BloombergNEF estimates will account for 80% of annual battery demand in 2030. Still, lithium-ion technology has its limitations, namely in the raw materials it uses and their eventual disposal. Some automakers believe it may never have the capacity and financial viability necessary to power long-distance electric vehicles. What does the future hold for battery innovation and how might this already growing market adapt over the coming years? Several experts sit down to discuss this issue.

10:45 AM

-ENERGY-

Hardening the Power Grid in Response to Disastrous Events

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Marissa Aho, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of Los Angeles
Robert Weisenmiller, Chair, California Energy Commission
CAPT F. Curtis Jones, Navy Region Southwest Chief of Staff, U.S. Navy
Liane Randolph, California Public Utilities Commissioner
John Jenkins, Vice President, Electrical Engineering and Construction, San Diego Gas & Electric

Climate change has created new challenges for the power grid, especially in the Southwest and Southeast—from raging wildfires to 100-year-storms. Climatic conditions are unlikely to improve anytime soon, and may well get worse. Still, the provision of reliable electricity is more important to our lives than ever before. How should we harden the grid to reduce the prospect of fires in the future? Can we really cut power to wide areas when the wind blows too hard—even for days on end? Can we install different equipment? Should we underground more electric distribution lines, and at what cost in both dollars and disruption? This panel will explore strategies to create a more resilient, safer power grid.

-WATER-

Water Quality Markets and Enforcement 2.0: What's Here and What's Coming for Water Management

Moderator:
Kathleen Brown, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Panel:
Jessica Fox, Senior Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Matthew Fienup, Executive Director, Center for Economic Research and Forecasting, California Lutheran Universit
Sonaar Luthra, CEO, Water Canary

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Smart Cities: Forging the Future Between Cities and the Mobility Industry

Moderator:
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)

Panel:
Gabe Klein, Partner, CityFi
Thomas Small, Mayor of Culver City
Melissa Ruhl, Transportation Planner, Arup
Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, County of Los Angeles

-WATER-

Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainability

Moderator:
Timothy McOsker, CEO, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Panel:
Dr. Jerry Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Chief Scientific Officer, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles
Dr. Mark Gold​, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, UCLA

Blue technology and ocean research continue to emerge as opportunities for technological advancement, economic development, and private investment. In Southern California alone, AltaSea and the Aquarium of the Pacific are fast becoming ambitious regional hubs for a nascent ocean-based economy that holds promise for the energy sector, sustainable agriculture, autonomous technology, new mobility, and more. On this panel, the pioneers of this growing field will illuminate the unique opportunity it presents for economic development and climate goals in California and beyond.

11:40 AM

-ENERGY-

Reaching for Carbon Neutrality: The Role of Renewable Natural Gas and Hydrogen

Moderator:
Bill Allen, CEO, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Panel:
George Minter, Regional Vice President, External Affairs & Environmental Strategy, SoCalGas
Jodie Muller, Vice President, Government Affairs, Western States Petroleum Association
David Edwards, Director/Advocate for Hydrogen Energy, Airliquide
Yaniv Scherson, Managing Director, Western U.S., Anaergia

Countries around the world, particularly Japan and Canada, are embracing hydrogen ;and biomethane as fuel sources in their shift toward 100% clean energy. California, despite its reputation as a global leader on sustainable practices, lags behind on its use of these energy resources. But some experts believe low and zero-carbon gas –hydrogen and biomethane--can help the state move toward a fully decarbonized energy system. Can hydrogen be used as energy storage? How can organically-sourced biogas be captured and reused? What intersection does methane have with hydrogen energy delivery? What are the implications for job growth in California? Join this panel to learn more about how leaders are rethinking how hydrogen and biomethane can be part of a sustainable energy system, utilizing the waste stream to marry sustainability goals for organic waste with our needs in power and transportation.

-WATER-

WaterFix and Resiliency: An Update

Moderator:
Michael George, California Delta Watermaster

Panel:
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Charles Wilson, Executive Director and CEO, Southern California Water Coalition
Osha Meserve, Shareholder, Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation
Hayato Nakazono, Deputy Manager, Pipeline Division, JFE Engineering

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Building Smart City Innovation Ecosystems

Moderator:
Dennis McGinn, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Panel:
Katherine Perez-Estolano, Associate Principal and Los Angeles Cities Leader, Arup
Abigale Abel, Affiliate, CityFi
Dr. Thomas Brisbin, CEO and Board Chair, Willdan Group
Kevin Kushman, President, Integral Analytics
Ren Orans, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, E3

Responder: 
David Fransen, Chief Strategy Officer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada

-ENERGY-

It's the Jobs, Stupid! Renewable Energy & Cleantech

Moderator:
Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Panel:
Rusty Hicks, President, LA County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Jessica Ku Kim, Director, Workforce Development, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Charlie Woo, Chair, Los Angeles Workforce Development Board

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Roundtable
**This session is by invitation only.

From the Lab to the City: Commercialization of Climate Research

Leader:
Cecilia Estolano, Co-Founder, Estolano LeSar Advisors

Participants:
Dr. Mark Gold​, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
Dr. Kelly Sanders, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)
Scott Haase, Partnership Development Manager-Strategic Programs and Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Aura Vasquez, Board Member, LADWP Board of Commissioners
Brody Wight, Director, North American Sales, GHGSat Inc.
Nancy Sutley, Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 
Dr. Andy Jones*, Deputy Director, Climate Readiness Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

12:30 PM

VX2019 Luncheon Served

12:50 PM

Special Remarks:
Hiroaki Ishizuka, Chairman, Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO

1:00 PM

Luncheon Plenary
The Future of the CPUC: Is It Time for a New Regulatory Model?

Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Michael Picker, President, California Public Utilities Commission
Liane Randolph, California Public Utilities Commissioner
Jonathan Weisgall, Vice President, Government Relations, Berkshire Hathaway Energy

In the last few years, California’s utility industry has seen a remarkable amount of change, including in the way it is regulated. On the electric side, distributed energy resources, the emergence of CCAs, calls for increased customer choice, and more have changed the game. The natural gas industry, meanwhile, has been challenged with daunting safety concerns and environmental debate. Do we have a plan for how these changes will unfold in California? Will we need more or less regulation to protect California’s citizens—or perhaps a completely different form of regulation? On this panel, top California commissioners will share their views on whether and how the classic regulatory model can optimize safety, reliability, resilience and cost best in a new world—while properly considering environmental and social costs.

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Roundtable

Planning for Sustainability

**This session will begin at 1:15 PM.

Moderator:
Cecilia Estolano, Co-Founder, Estolano LeSar Advisors

Panel:
Shana Bonstin, Deputy Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Kristen Torres Pawling, Sustainability Program Director, Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office
Akshai Rao, Vice President, Yardi

In 2019, California will once again be home to vigorous debate surrounding how to best plan our cities and counties for the future. As the City and County of Los Angeles both make significant strides in planning for sustainability, what tools are leading planners using to change the way people live, work and travel? How is sustainability being woven into other goals central to planning, such as social equity, economic development, and public health and safety? How are local plans reconciling its commitment to tackling climate change with its reputation as a sprawling metropolis hooked on car culture? Join the region’s leading practitioners to learn more about planning for a sustainable future.

2:25 PM

-ENERGY-

Energy Master Planning for Higher Education: PPA Case Studies

Moderator: 
Dennis McGinn, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Panel:
Gary Farha, President & CEO, CustomerFirst Renewables
John Onderdonk, Director of Sustainability Programs, California Institute of Technology
Colin Donahue, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Administration & Finance, California State University-Northridge (CSUN)

-WATER-

Energy/Water Opportunity Case Studies

Moderator:
David Nahai, Partner, Lewis Brisbois LLP, President, David Nahai Consulting Services

Panel:
John Withers, Board Member, Irvine Ranch Water District
Paul Cook, General Manager, Irvine Ranch Water District
Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Pumping, treating, and distributing water accounts for a fifth of California’s electricity consumption, according to the California Energy Commission. Recently, the Irvine Ranch Water District embarked on a public-private partnership to install the largest network of energy storage systems at a public water agency in the United States. The microgrid installation projects saving the district $500,000 annually and reducing energy consumption. Panelists will discuss how the design, finance, installation and operation of the energy storage system provide a blueprint for other agencies to optimize financial savings and environmental benefits.

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Public Transit Competes With the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles

Panel:
Phil Washington, CEO, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro)
Deborah Flint, CEO, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)
John Eddy, Principal and Infrastructure Leader, Arup
Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Carbon to Value: Creating Commercial Demand

Moderator: 
Christine Harada, President, i(x) investments

Panel:
Jim McDermott, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Rusheen Capital Management
Marcius Extavour, Executive Director, NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE
Bob Savage*, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Climate Change Office, Canada
Adam Rasken*, Director of Origination, True Green Capital Management

On January 10, Chevron and Occidental joined Bill Gates in investing significantly in Carbon Engineering, a direct-air carbon capture technology. Innovators around the world are finding ways to capture CO2 directly from the air and convert it into fuel, building materials, and everyday consumer products. How far off are these goals and can such options be put to market at an affordable price point? Will attempts by financiers to monetize emissions be an important path to their reduction? Join this panel to learn more about how some companies hope to create these new technologies and their potential to change our future. 

3:25 PM

-ENERGY-

Commercializing Transportation Electrification: EVs and the Grid

Moderator: 
David Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner

Panel:
Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Minh Le, General Manager, Los Angeles County Internal Services Department
Terry O'Day, Chief Strategy Officer and EVP, Innogy eMobility US
Mike Schneider, Vice President, Clean Transportation, San Diego Gas & Electric

Electrifying transportation and deploying zero emission cars is happening at an unprecedented scale. Will we see a SunShot-esque success story in EV charging infrastructure costs? Must California’s EV infrastructure need to be beyond anything we can imagine? The challenge: Metropoles like Los Angeles, which have high percentages of renters without the inherent ability to EV charge at home, will need to strategize how to sync the built environment, the future of the grid, and the massive energy transition to renewable fuels. Rewiring the grid to charge vast fleets of vehicles clearly test the capacity of our urban infrastructure. This panel will address how new infrastructure will take shape and old infrastructure will be repurposed.

-WATER-

Water/Energy Challenges: Integrating Water Flexibility Into Grid Planning

Moderator: 
Dr. Kelly Sanders, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)

Panel:
David Hertz, Co-Founder, Skysource
Neal Aronson, President, Oceanus Power & Water
Mark Buehler, General Manager, Willow Springs Water Bank

Responder:
Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power

Moving, treating and preparing water for end-use accounts for nearly one-fifth of California’s electricity consumption. More than ever, experts are championing a resilient, sustainable water infrastructure that can meet the state’s water demand, while facilitating other environmental priorities such as renewable energy  integration, grid flexibility, and emerging technologies. Can future water delivery systems “bank” groundwater more effectively? How viable are new technologies like vapor capture at scale? What role can demand response programs play in reducing water consumption? What are the challenges in integrating water usage with sustainable energy consumption? How might public agencies finance such a conversion? Join engineers, architects, policymakers, and business leaders on this panel as they discuss the future of water planning.

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

21st Century Ports: How New Technology is Changing an Old Game

Moderator:
Jim Kelly, Director, S&C Electric

Panel:
Jonathan Rosenthal, CEO, Saybrook Management; CEO, Harbor Performance Enhancement Center
Nick Vyas, Executive Director, USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management
Benoit Lacroix, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Effenco
Janea Scott, California Energy Commissioner
TBD, Port of Long Beach

The San Pedro Bay Ports are a giant economic engine for Southern California and the United States—responsible for some 3 million jobs nationwide. Seaports have been the hub of commerce throughout the world for centuries—and they have traditionally been dirty and ugly. Our Ports have radically changed that tradition through their commitment to environmental stewardship, community involvement and wise land use. But they’re not done—not by a long shot. Both are implementing multi-billion dollar plans to modernize, electrify, increase efficiency, and improve information flow. This panel will highlight the most important “new tech” projects planned and underway at the nation’s busiest ports.

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) 

Boosting Innovators of a Decarbonized Future

Moderator: 
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Acting Deputy Director General/CEO, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria

Panel:
Dr. Gaurav N. Sant, Assistant Professor & Rice Endowed Chair in Materials Science, UCLA Engineering
Ken Alston, Chief of Staff, California Clean Energy Fund
David Sudolsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Anellotech, Inc.

In recent years, corporate and investor-led funds and financial innovations have built expectations for a decarbonized future, however the route forward is still uncertain. This panel will focus on the challenges that technology innovators still face in bringing product to market, and feasible strategies that will let us brighten the path to a decarbonized future. Also discussed will be securing short-term profitability and the rapid evolution of the market environment. Highlighted will be the Top Ten Innovations selected in the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), a global event held annually in Tokyo. The ICEF mission is to nurture collaboration and disseminate innovations in energy and environmental technology among ICEF participants, and beyond.

4:25 PM

-ENERGY-

Electrification and Social Justice: How Do We Include Everyone?

Moderator: 
William Funderburk, Partner, Castellón & Funderburk LLP; former LADWP Board Commissioner

Panel:
Aura Vasquez, Board Member, LADWP Board of Commissioners
Liane Randolph, California Public Utilities Commissioner
Michael Kadish, Executive Director, GRID Alternatives
Veronica Eady, Assistant Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

In an effort to meet our demanding goals for emission reductions, California is increasingly moving toward electrification of almost everything. But for the most part, sustainable choices like rooftop solar have been the province of the affluent residents of single-family homes—while heating and cooking with natural gas has always been cheap and simple. As California moves toward an electrified energy future, how do we ensure that the economically disadvantaged—the poor, the new immigrants, the elderly, the disabled—have the chance to participate in this future? Who is most likely to drive an old, inefficient, polluting vehicle? How do we make electrification a just and fair initiative that doesn’t penalize those least able to participate?

-WATER-

LA River Master Plan

Moderator:
Michael Affeldt, Director, LARiverWorks, Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Panel:
Cindy Montañez, CEO, TreePeople
Dan Lafferty, Assistant Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Deborah Weintraub, Chief Architect and Deputy Chief City Engineer, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering
Mark Stanley*, Executive Officer, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

From EV1 to 1 Million EVs: Scaling Consumer Demand

Opening Remarks:
Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group

Moderator:

Panel:
Janea Scott, California Energy Commissioner
Jill Anderson, Vice President, Customer Service Operations, Southern California Edison
Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
Jean-Philippe Lattes, Senior Manager, EV Marketing, Nissan
Julie Blunden, Executive Vice President, Business Development, EVgo
Angela Konert, Head of Government and External Affairs, BMW Group

Responder:
Michele Cadario, Meccanica Solo

One year ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order asking for 5 million ZEVs on California’s roads by 2030. This policy imperative, combined with Volkswagen’s $900 billion settlement toward EV infrastructure, could make the future of ZEVs more viable than ever. What steps can be taken to incentivize consumer interest in these new technologies?  Groups like Veloz are using a multi-pronged approach, from webinars to test drives, to demystify EVs and bring us closer to Governor Brown’s goals. What challenges does the global EV market still face? This panel brings together experts from multiple sectors to discuss what should be expected during this exciting market change.

-POLICY/FINANCE-

World Trade Center LA & LAEDC Special Event

Trade and Investment in a Turbulent World

Moderator:
Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles; Executive Vice President, Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

Panel:
Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Partner, Mayor Brown LLP
John Emerson, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany; Vice Chair, Capital Group International

5:15 PM

World Trade Center/VX2019 Reception

 

 

 

 

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VX 2019 Day 2: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

 

7:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast

7:45 AM

VX2019 / FutureBuild Welcome

David Abel, Chair, VerdeXchange
Sara Neff, Co-Chair, ULI FutureBuild; Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Herb Wesson*, President, Los Angeles City Council

8:00 AM

Morning Plenary

Global Sports Venues: "Driving" Transportation Innovation

Moderator:
Renata Simril, President and CEO, LA84 Foundation

Panel:
James T. Butts, Mayor of Inglewood
Martha Welborne, Senior Advisor, HR&A; Project Director, LA Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies (Dodger Stadium Gondola)
Haruo Soga, Executive Director, East Japan Railway Company
Jacquelyn Birdsall, Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America

The impact of sports are myriad, including in areas such as urban planning, public transportation, the built environment, design, technology and innovation. When a mega-sporting event is awarded to a city, it often becomes an organizing principle—and hard deadline—for transportation initiatives. When new sporting venues and complexes are constructed, planning and transportation become front of mind—particularly as the generation of stadiums built for cars in suburban areas fades away in favor of downtown venues stitched into the urban fabric, and a generation of fans emerges that values ride-sharing, WiFi, convenience, and communal moments. From gondola rides and hyperloops at Dodger Stadium, to Tokyo's promised Hydrogen Olympics, to Inglewood’s professional sports venues, this panel will discuss what happens regionally and globally when new mobility technologies are challenged to meet the many demands of those seeking to attend the fields of play.

9:10 AM

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Opportunity Zones and Value Creation

Moderator: 
Ian Ross, Co-Founder and CEO, OppSites

Panel:
Lew Horne, Divisional President, CBRE
Con Howe, Los Angeles Fund Managing Director, CityView
Greg Ames, Managing Director, Trammell Crow Company
Jon Bonanno, CXO, California Clean Energy Fund
Aaron Thomas, Director, Economic Initiatives & Opportunity Zones, Accelerator for America
Fiona Ma*, California State Treasurer

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Zero Is The New Black: Solving Sustainability Challenges

Moderator:
Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty

Panel:
Amanda Von Almen, Green Building Program Manager, Salesforce
Joel Cesare, Sustainable Projects Manager, City of Santa Monica
Denise Braun, Founder & Principal, All About Waste

-TRANSPORTATION/INFRASTRUCTURE-

Distribution Centers: The New Railyards

Moderator:
Dan Rosenfeld, Community Partners/Real Estate

Panel: 
Larry Kosmont, President & CEO, Kosmont Companies
Sandra Berg, Member, California Air Resources Board
Julie Johnson, Manager, National Business Development, Ryder

-WATER-

One Water: Is Zero Discharge the Future for Recycled Wastewater Treatment?

Moderator:
Jack Baylis, President and CEO, The Baylis Group

Panel:
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Ron Mayuyu, Project Engineer, City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment
Robert Ferrante, Assistant Chief Engineer and Assistant General Manager, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Nathan Gardner-Andrews, Chief Advocacy Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
Jon Liberzon, Vice President, Business Development, Tomorrow Water (BKT)

-ENERGY-

Charrette: To See The Future Of Cities, Pay Attention To The Curb
Imagining Street, Curb, and Building-Interfacing Infrastructure Through a Planning Lens

**This session is by invitation only.

Co-Conveners:
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Adel Hagekhalil, Director, Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services
Vince Bertoni, Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Thomas Small, Mayor of Culver City
Jonathan Levy, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, EVgo
Philip Recht, Partner, Mayer Brown
Jeff Joyner, Partner, Greenberg Traurig
Manjeet Ranu, Senior Executive Officer, Long-Range Transportation Planning and Mobility Corridors, LA Metro
Martin Adams, Chief Operating Officer, LADWP
Lauren Faber O'Connor, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Laura Berland-Shane, Director of Utilities and Business Development/West, Greenlots
Mauricio Argente, VP, Tetra Tech

10:10 AM

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Solar & Green Roof Mandates: Navigating Compliance and Permitting to Deliver ROI

Moderator:
Eliot Abel, Director of Commercial Sales, Namasté Solar

Panel:
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Jason Rondou, Manager, Strategic Development & Programs, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Osama Younan, Executive Officer, City of Los Angeles Department of Building & Safety

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Decarbonizing the Built Environment: Smart Building Case Studies

Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Panel:
Timothy O'Connor, Senior Director, Environmental Defense Fund
Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Russell Fortmeyer, Sustainability Leader, Arup
Jeff Addison, Subterra Renewables

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

What's a Complete, Holistically Integrated Street?

Moderators: 
Melani Smith, Senior Director, Transit Oriented Communities Organization, LA Metro

Panel:
Vince Bertoni, Director, Los Angeles Department of City Planning
Francie Stefan, Chief Mobility Officer and Asst. Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica

-WATER-

How the Blue Economy Can Galvanize the San Pedro Bay Ports

Moderator: 
Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, Chief Scientist, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

Panel:
Doane Liu, Executive Director, Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development
Michael Galvin, Director, Waterfront and Commercial Real Estate, Port of Los Angeles
Michael Kelly, Executive Director, The Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs
Timothy McOsker, CEO, AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

11:10 AM

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

The Future is Shared, Electric, Autonomous, and Aerial Mobility

Moderator:
Terry O'Day, Chief Strategy Officer and EVP, Innogy eMobility US

Panel:
Francie Stefan, Chief Mobility Officer/Asst. Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Santa Monica
Alejandro Zamorano, Clean Energy and Advanced Transport Specialist, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Janna Sidley, Little Hoover Commissioner; General Counsel, Port of Los Angeles
Olivier Le Lann, CEO, Electric Visionary Aircrafts

Flying taxis, autonomous vehicles, drone deliveries—the stuff of science fiction is becoming more of a reality every day, but how can we plan for such change? Many of these technologies fundamentally alter how we view movement and space in our cities. How can governments embrace these changes while ensuring public safety remains paramount? Will this new form of mobility require us to totally revamp how we design urban environments? Join thought leaders and disruptors to learn how future transportation is being shaped by decisions and investments today.

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Real Estate Owners as Procurers and Prosumers of Clean Energy

Moderator: 
Marta Schantz, Senior Vice President, Greenprint Center for Building Performance

Panel:
Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty
Lindsay Baker, Head of Sustainability and Wellbeing, WeWork
Ryan Tinus, Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer
Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commissioner

Responder:
David Hodgins, Executive Director, Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge

The relationship between real estate and utilities is changing. New technologies now allow real estate owners to generate clean energy onsite and manage peak loads, and in many markets customers can procure 100% clean power either from utilities or community choice programs. How are these changes affecting the utility market and its regulation? Could this cause a departure from the traditional, monolithic utility provider model? What challenges are there for developers who are interested in becoming prosumers of clean energy and is such an interest financially viable? The following panel brings together experts in sustainable building, market demand, and energy regulation to discuss what the future holds for buildings and energy.

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Lessons Learned & Not Learned from California's Natural Disasters

Moderator:
Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Panel:
Liam Denning, Columnist, Bloomberg
Irma Muñoz, Board Member, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Heather Rosenberg, Founder/President, Building Resilience Network
Paul Mason*, Vice President, Policy and Incentives, Pacific Forest Trust

Responder:
Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

-ENERGY-

Energy Storage 2.0: Alternatives to Batteries

Moderator:
Steve Sullivan, Managing Director (retired), Southern California Edison

Panel:
Bobby Bailie, Business Development Director, Energy Storage, Dresser-Rand
Martin Howell, Energy Group Leader, Arup
Mark Stout, Vice President, Business Development, Amber Kinetics
Yuri Freedman, Senior Director, Business Development, SoCalGas
Marcel Christians, Chief Operating Officer, IceEnergy

When most people hear “energy storage”, they immediately think of batteries. Yet according to the DOE, battery facilities provide less than 5% of the planet’s energy storage; about 95% is provided by pumped storage hydroelectric plants. We are increasingly seeing the emergence or reemergence of non-battery storage technologies that promise solid performance without the environmental concerns around batteries—such as lithium and cobalt mining in the Global South, disposal and recycling, etc. On this panel, energy experts will explain their solutions to non-battery energy storage, and provide an update on how these innovative projects are progressing.

-WATER-

VX2019 Water Charrette

**This session is by invitation only.
**This session runs through 2:45 PM.

Part 1: Delivery of Recycled Water
Part 2: Implementing LA County Measure W

12:00 PM

Luncheon Keynote

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Luncheon Plenary

Rebuilding Right: California Confronts Climate Change

Panel:
Terry Tamminen, CEO, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Joe Edmiston, Executive Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

1:45 PM

-ULI FUTUREBUILD-

Electric Scooters, Sidewalks, and First/Last Mile

Moderator:
Jeff Joyner, Partner, Greenberg Traurig

Panel:
Dr. Joshua Schank*, Chief Innovation Officer, LA Metro
Thomas Small, Mayor of Culver City
Tony Mazza, Director of Transportation, University of Southern California (USC)
Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Anuj Gupta, Deputy City Manager, City of Santa Monica

-POLICY/FINANCE-

Blockchain & Cybersecurity: 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator:
Jules Radcliff, Partner, Radcliff & Saiki LLP

Panel:
Fiona Ma*, California State Treasurer
Evan Birenbaum, Managing Partner, Valkyrie Security Group
TBD, PricewaterhouseCoopers*

Eleven years after its invention, is blockchain technology about to bring dramatic improvements to the computing and cybsersecurity landscape, or is the advent of quantum computing about to make it obsolete by the end of 2019? With the rise of weaponized technology in the hands of cybercriminals and hostile state actors, are challenges to the delivery and management of effective cybersecurity going to lead to more ruined careers and tarnished reputations in 2019? Will this be the year that the industry spawned by the invention of the World Wide Web 30 years ago finally finds traction, as specialized vendors become integrated, valued counsel to the leaders of business and government organizations as these challenges and opportunities are met? This panel will answer these questions in practical, helpful, and understandable terms, reflecting the way these issues have now become the responsibility of the C Suite and on the front-burners of organizational leaders everywhere.

-ENERGY-

Young Professionals in Energy

Political Cimate: Top Energy Policy Trends to Watch in 2019

Panel: 
Julia Pyper, Senior Editor, Greentech Media
Brandon Hurlbut, Boundary Stone Partners
Shane Skelton, Co-Founder and Partner, S2C Pacific

-FOOD, WASTE, & TECHNOLOGY-

Rethinking Recycling: Food, Organic Waste, and Technology

Moderator:
Paula Daniels, Co-Founder and Chair, Center for Good Food Purchasing

Panel:
Clare Fox, Executive Director, Los Angeles Food Policy Council
Yaniv Scherson, Managing Director, Western US, Anaergia
Patrick Holland, Principal Engineer, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Jonathan Levy, Zero Waste Project Manager, Go2Zero Strategies Group

2:45 PM

-FOOD, WASTE, & TECHNOLOGY-

Waste-to-Energy: MSW Conversion

Moderator:
Coby Skye, Assistant Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

Panel:
David McConnell, Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem
Michael Kleist, Vice President, Business Development, Sierra Energy
TBD, Bioenergy Association of California

-ENERGY-

Young Professionals in Energy

Corporate Renewable Energy

Opening Remarks:
Noah Perch-Ahern, Co-Chair, Young Professionals in Energy; Partner, Environmental Department, Greenberg Glusker
Yair Crane, Co-Chair, Young Professionals in Energy; Principal, CTG Consulting

Moderator:
Julia Pyper, Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Panel:
Audrey Vinant-Tang, Supplier Sustainability Manager, CBS Corporation
Garrett Sprague, Business Development Associate, Customer First Renewables
Jake Levine, Associate and Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP

Corporate renewable deals in 2018 added up to more than 6 GW, dwarfing the 0.32 GW total from just five years ago. As large companies continue to build new locations and data centers around the country, what are some ways we can keep this trend moving? This special event will bring individuals from Young Professionals in Energy before experts in the field. Join us to learn about this new sustainable trend in corporate financing alongside the next generation of green leaders.

3:30 PM

VX2019 Closing Reception