On October 28, 2017, Dr. Goodman participated in a Roundtable at Red Hook in Brooklyn, NY on the 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. The NYC-wide event focused on the evolving community discussion of climate resilience and response, particularly in response to this year’s devastating hurricanes in Houston and Puerto Rico.
For more pictures of the event, and detailed coverage of the climate action on October 28 in NYC, check out Metropolis Mag and the article included below from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
Dr. Goodman will host a panel on December 2, 2017 entitled Storm of Opportunity: Business Models and Urban Resilience at the 6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference, Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.v
The panel will feature insights from Lou Ferretti of IBM and Samantha Medlock of Willis Towers Watson into the ongoing efforts of businesses preparing for climate resilience.
Even as the current US federal government seeks to roll back environmental regulations and agreements, including the Paris climate accord, new partnerships are sprouting to ensure that we avoid disasters related to climate.
Nowhere is this phenomenon more visible than in the growing cooperation between companies and cities, as these institutions begin to collaborate increasingly to deter climate disasters and the potentially deadly impacts of storms and floods, which have already affected coastal cities—along with the companies that both need and support them.
Dr. Goodman recently moderated a webinar titled “The Business of Resilience: Climate and Energy” for the National Council for Science and the Environment on alternative and renewable energy strategies and climate resilience being pursued by some of the firms profiled in her new book, Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience. She was joined by panelists Bruce Schlein, Director of Alternative Energy Finance at Citi, and Jay Bruns, former Vice President of Public Policy at The Hartford. Some of the topics covered include innovative energy financing programs, new products and services offered by Citi and The Hartford, and how renewable energy has been incorporated into their businesses.
For a full video of the webinar, you can access it via NCSE’s website here. Note: You will need Adobe Connect to view the webinar.
Thank you so much to Bruce Schlein of Citi, Jay Bruns of The Hartford, and Lou Ferretti of IBM and everyone who joined us at the Adapting to Change book launch panel. The panel was hosted by the Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College and the Sustainability Practice Network on September 23rd as a part of Climate Week 2016. Here are some photos from the event.
Please join me at my friend Jigar Shah’s exclusive preview of his new book. Creating Climate Wealth October 8 in New York City.
“Everything Jigar has done proves that profits in energy aren’t just made in dirty fuels. Thanks to entrepreneurs like Jigar, climate change solutions are attracting investors, greener jobs are being created, and industries are saving big money on energy
costs.” – SIR RICHARD BRANSON – Founder, Virgin Group
“Jigar Shah is a force of nature! Here he recounts his unique journey–as entrepreneur, investor and nature’s defender. His outlook: a fast–changing world where enterprise places greater value on our climate and society. A timely book from a Thinker and Doer, both!” –ANN GOODMAN, President, telesis, Co-Founder, WNSF
NASDAQ’s Vice Chair Meyer “Sandy” Frucher was a big hit during the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) spring conference in New York City, reminding fellow panelists of common-sense wisdom during an arcane debate on sustainability reporting that pitted accounting standards against regulatory guidelines — and baffled most of the audience.
After a series of nonstop trips spanning four continents in his role as “roving ambassador without a portfolio” — and freshly returned from a board meeting of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) in Tokyo— Frucher sat down with me to talk what makes sense for companies, investors and the public as business embraces sustainability reporting.
Ann Goodman: Why did NASDAQ publish an integrated report last December?