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The Sustainability Imperative

Environmental sustainability is no longer optional; it’s become an imperative.

With the global population slated to grow to nine billion, leading nations of the world are prioritizing conservation of water and other precious resources, the greening of energy sources to establish a new equilibrium between safe and sensible growth on one side and responsible environmental stewardship on the other. The good news is that public-private partnerships abound in embracing this challenge, but more successful examples of high traction sustainability are needed.

Join The Hill for a national multi-day virtual event. Each day will include multiple tracks of programming featuring fireside chats with policy leaders and practitioners in the sustainability ecosystem.


Wednesday, April 14 – Friday, April 16

Track 1: Checking the Temperature of Planet Earth (11:30 AM ET/8:30 AM PT daily)

Daily conversations with leading policymakers, environmentalists, and earth-watchers who can tell the story of what has occurred on global sustainability and convey what tracks the nation and world need to take to check the degradation of the planet’s health.

Track 2: The Energy Equation (1:45 PM ET/10:45 AM PT daily)

Taking a look at the energy industry’s sustainability goals – What steps are we taking to ensure accessibility, affordability and the ability to remain a global leader in energy production? How will the landscape transform with technological innovations, and what policies can help us arrive at the right mix of energy sources?

Track 3: Investing in Sustainability (3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT daily)

This track will look at how and why more companies and organizations are investing in sustainability initiatives. We will discuss both the costs and rewards of doing business in an environmentally responsible manner.

Track 4: Leadership in Action (4:00 PM ET/1:00 PM PT daily)

Leaders from across the public and private sectors share their hopes and vision for a sustainable planet.

Track 5: Impact Investing & Defining ESG (12:15 PM ET/9:15 AM PT Friday)

A conversation with financial and policy experts on the potential benefits of impact investing, ESG guidelines, and the effects of exclusionary strategies.



  • Regina Anderson, Executive Director, Food Recovery Network
  • Donnel Baird, CEO, BlocPower
  • Hon. Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Joshua Bolten, President & CEO, Business Roundtable
  • Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Member, Ways & Means Committee
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Chair, Committee on Environment & Public Works
  • Andrei Cherny & Joe Sanberg, Co-founders, Aspiration
  • Dr. Todd Cort, Lecturer in Sustainability, Yale School of Management
  • Hon. Katie Dykes, Commissioner, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, State of Connecticut
  • Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Ph.D., Chief Science Advisor, NRDC
  • Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America
  • Morgan Folger, Director, Clean Car Communities, Environment America
  • Hon. Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix, AZ
  • Frank Getman, President & CEO, Great Bay Rewnewables
  • Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Ranking Member, Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Lou Leon Guerrero, Governor of Guam
  • Hon. Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, CO
  • Vicki Hollub, President & CEO, Occidental
  • Jeff Immelt, Former CEO, GE
  • Hon. Jay Inslee, Governor, State of Washington
  • Hon. Sally Jewell, former Secretary of the Interior; Global Board Member, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mindy Lubber, CEO & President, Ceres
  • Andy Marsh, CEO & President, Plug Power
  • Charlotte Matthews, Director, Sustainability, Sidewalk Labs
  • Hon. Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor  
  • Tiffany McGhee, CEO & CIO, Pivotal Advisors
  • Hon. Ken Miyagishima, Mayor of Las Cruces, NM
  • Sen. Marc Pacheco, State Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Chair, Energy & Environment Committee, Eastern Regional Conference, Council of State Governments
  • Spencer Phipps, Founder, Phipps
  • Mary Ann Piette, Senior Scientist and Director, Building Technology and Urban Systems, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Viraj Puri, Co-Founder & CEO, Gotham Greens
  • Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Chair, Subcommittee on Energy
  • Dr. M Sanjayan, CEO, Conservation International 
  • Anuj Shah, Partner, Head of US & UK, KKS Advisors
  • Dr. Rajiv Shah, President, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Chair, Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry
  • Steph Speirs, CEO, Solstice
  • Hon. Francis Suarez, Mayor of Miami, FL
  • Kathleen Theoharides, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Ranking Member, Natural Resources Committee
  • Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS Markit
  • Heather Zichal, CEO, American Clean Power Association
  • Cathy Zoi, CEO, EVgo


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