Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market Conference


We released the report, Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market, at a conference in Atlanta on October 25-26, 2011. The conference was dedicated to exploring how to accelerate the business innovation we need to achieve carbon emission reductions while maintaining economic growth. This event profiled effective methods used by leading companies today to help bring low-carbon technologies and solutions to market. Attendance at the event included high-level business executives, as well as government, academic and non-governmental organization representatives.


Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

October 25-26, 2011

Where available, links to videos and presentation slides are provided below


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

"Innovation in Practice" Site Visit to GE's Grid IQ Experience Center
Exploring ideas and technologies that modernize how we use energy

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Dinner and Keynote Remarks provided by
Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions,
and conversation with Mark Vachon, Vice President, GE Ecomagination (Video)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks, Introduction of Morning Keynote

  • Judi Greenwald, Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Engelina Jaspers, Vice President, Sustainability, HP (Video)
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.Keynote Remarks provided by George Biltz, Corporate Vice President, Dow Chemical Co., Vice President, Energy & Climate Change  (VideoPDF Presentation)
9:45 -10:00 a.m.Break
10:00 - 11:45 a.m.

Case Study Insights: Bringing Low-Carbon Innovations to Market

A plenary discussion with case study company partners

11:45 - 12:15 p.m.Lunch
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Keynote Conversation between Eileen Claussen, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and Kurt Kuehn, Chief Financial Officer, UPS (Video)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions

Panel I: Managing Political and Regulatory Uncertainty

Panelists discuss how uncertainties related to political and regulatory considerations are incorporated into low-carbon innovation strategies.


Panel II: Managing Nexus Work and Strategic Partnerships

Panelists discuss how to successfully manage and balance the complex relationships with internal and external decision-makers involved in low-carbon innovation development and deployment, including suppliers, policymakers, customers, and competitors.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.Break
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Breakout Sessions

Panel III: Rethinking Your Value Proposition

Panelists discuss methods for re-imagining a business’s value proposition, including innovative financing and business models, approaches to commercialization of new technologies, and aligning a business’s global market positioning.


Panel IV: Management and Leadership that Cultivates Innovation

Panelists discuss the management and leadership practices that cultivate innovation and generate ideas, and  shepherding them through the stages of innovation.

  • Andrew Hargadon, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis, Moderator (Video)
  • Bob Kumpf, Executive Sponsor & Chair of the Bayer Corporation Sustainability Community Council, Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Video)
  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Director of Sustainability, Mars, Inc. (Video)
  • Paul Narog, Manager, Environmental Operations, Environmental, Health & Safety, 3M (Video)
  • Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle™ Packaging Platform, The Coca-Cola Company (Video)
  • Q&A of panel discussion (Video)
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Key Takeaways

  • Andrew Hargadon, Graduates School of Management, UC, Davis
  • Judi Greenwald, Vice President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Networking Reception sponsored by Make an Impact


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