Environmental Industry Summit Agenda

Environmental Industry Summit March 9-11, 2011

Although 3 days on the calendar, the 2011 Environmental Industry Summit has an executive-friendly schedule starting in the afternoon on the west coast on Wednesday and concluding Friday with ample opportunity for networking. Sessions are balanced with presentations and discussion panels allowing for audience Q&A and interaction.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Hotel del Coronado
Registration begins at 2 pm: Registration: Palm/Sunset Foyer
General Sessions: The Tropics

3:00 to 5:30 pm
Welcome by Summit Chairman Grant Ferrier, President, EBI Inc.
Opening Session:
Political & Economic Overview by Andy Paterson, EBJ federal analyst; State-of-the-Industry Report by Grant Ferrier, Editor, EBJ

Strategy Brainstorming Session: 3 CEOs debate their responses to scenarios created by 8-10 disruptive market factors (prolonged government shutdown, oil at $150/barrel, spike in interest rates, accelerated recovery, etc.)

6:00-7:00 pm: Reception on the Vista Walk

7:00-10:00 pm: Awards Banquet in the Coronet Room
EBJ and CCBJ Awards: Hosted by Environmental Business International Inc. and Summit sponsors in the Hotel del Coronado's historic dinning room. Award winners will be presented in small groups by category.

All Wednesday events at the Hotel del Coronado

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sessions are all in The Tropics

7:00-8:00 am
Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00-9:00 am
Award Winners Panel: EBJ Business Achievement winners discuss strategies and tactics that led to their outperforming the market in 2010.
Moderator: Grant Ferrier; Panelists include Jerry Romagnoli, CEO, Abscope Environmental; B.N. Tripathi, VP, Ameresco; John King, Principle, EMPSi Environmental Management and Planning Solutions

9:00-10:00 am
Keynote Address and Q&A: Terry Tamminen, Cracking the Carbon Code. An architect of California's AB32 when he was Secretary of Cal EPA, Tamminen theorizes how climate policy will shape markets and how companies need to re-position for new opportunities.


10:30-12:00 noon
Environmental Infrastructure Finance in an uncertain  policy landscape: Beyond Cleanup to Development
With deeper budget cuts at state and federal levels, financing alternatives will be needed to move energy and environmental projects ahead. The President’s Executive Order 13514 in October 2009 (for  Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) is now rolling down to federal facilities and procurement efforts. DOD cleanup spending for FY2012 will be flat to down, and Corps of Engineers funding may be cut more. The multi-year Transportation bill will come up for hearings this fall, topping $500 billion. The panels will discuss the latest developments in this emerging theme of “Beyond Cleanup to Development” as federal agencies and governors continue to seek job growth using energy and environmental initiatives:

Panel I:  Innovative Approaches, Creative Procurement... Find the Money!
Moderator: Walter Howes, Managing Partner, Verdigris Capital (former Director of the DOE Loan Guarantee Program, and Contracting Reform; Wendi Goldsmith, CEO, BioEngineering Group; Rebecca Rubin, President, Marstel-Day; Fritz Meyer, VP, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology

Panel II:  A Clean Energy Deployment Administration?
A partisan Congress will likely be debating agency budgets, loan guarantees, tax policies, and a “Clean Energy Deployment Administration” within a larger energy bill. DOE's proposed $29 billion budget has significant boosts for renewable energy but Congress will push back and spending and regulations. Many states are trying many different tools, not waiting for Congress.
Moderator: Andy Paterson; Panelists: David Widawsky, Office of the CFO, U.S. EPA; Anna Willett, Director, Interstate Technology & Regulatory Cooperation project for the Environmental Council of the States

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch on the Sundeck

1:10-1:50 pm
Keynote Address: James Strock, "It's all about service," says Strock about his 21st Century philosophy and practical advice on Leadership & Sustainability.

1:50-2:30 pm
Q&A Panel on California's Clean Energy Economy and Implementation of AB32
California’s  Global Warming Solutions Act, aka AB 32, calls for  substantial reductions in the state’s carbon emissions. The impact it will have on the economy, and particularly on small businesses, was central to attempts at its postponement and will continue to be debated as the law is being implemented. The panel will explore:
* Why climate policy initiatives like AB 32 will create jobs.
* How the implementation of AB 32 will impact California’s economy  (Winners and Losers).
* What can California policymakers do to further the job creation, innovation and business opportunity potential of AB 32.
Moderator: Chuck Helget, Sector Strategies; Panelists: Jim Strock; Cindy Tuck, Undersecretary Cal EPA; Chuck White, Waste Management

2:30-3:10 pm
Water & Labs: Steve Maxwell offers a strategic overview of the water sector with market & financial trends and near-term opportunities for service and equipment providers, followed by a review of the environmental laboratory business.


3:30-4:30 pm
Energy Development: Shale Gas & Renewables
Horizontal drilling and hydrological fracturing has made the exploration and production of "unconventional" gas more cost viable and E&P activity has boomed in the Barnett, Marcellus, and other shale gas formations in the U.S. This activity has given rise to significant environmental activity, including the preparation of EIAs, EIRs, and permit applications, as well as significant wastewater issues, prompting a major new market for environmental companies. Moderator: George Stubbs, EBJ
Panelists: Paul Fennelly, global director of sales and marketing, AECOM Environment Troy Vickers, director of the oil and gas sector, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

4:30-5:30 pm
Environmental Industry Finance and M&A: A summary of transaction and investment activity in 2010 and trends to look out for in 2011-2012; Investor and two bankers discuss what makes investments in environmental companies attractive
Panelists: Craig Korte, Lazard Ltd.; Steve Gido, Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners; Rahul Vinnakota, Principal, Tailwind Capital Partners

6:00-8:00 pm
Reception and Dinner hosted by Sullivan International Group
Miguel's Cocina, 1351 Orange Ave, across from the hotel

Friday, March 11, 2011
Sustainable Cities & Green Jobs
Sessions are all in The Tropics, Hotel del Coronado

Continental Breakfast

8:10-9:15 am

Green Jobs & Cleantech
EBI's 25 years of research has laid the foundation for today's best estimates of 'the green economy' and green jobs. EBI's Grant Ferrier summarizes the economic picture, current definitions and numbers, and national, regional, state and city initiatives in green jobs and/or 'cleantech' and how they relate to environmental industry competitiveness.
Grant Ferrier, President, EBI Inc.; Panelist: Mike Rosenfeld, Vice Consul, USA Clean Technology Sector Lead, UK Trade & Investment

9:15-12:00 pm

Sustainable Cities
A review of programs, drivers and business opportunities in sustainable city initiatives.

Planners, engineers, designers, architects and city managers are growing practice areas and project activity in a number of fields relating to sustainabilty--and increasingly using the sustainability label to integrate functions and consolidate political and funding support.
Programs exist in smart growth, land use, urban design, redevelopment, brownfields, ecological restoration, transportation, etc., but a growing suite of initiatives in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid and the electricification of transportation are being motivated by climate policy.

A group of experts from the planning and consulting community are joined by local representatives of a city and non-profit agencies with integrated sustainability objectives in an interactive discussion.

Moderators: Grant Ferrier, EBI; Brian Mooney, Mooney Planning Collaborative
Panelists: Brendan Reed, Manager of Environmental Conservation, City of Chula Vista; Bruce Reznik, Director, Sustainable San Diego; John Cowdery, COO, PMC; Mark Laska PhD, President, Great Ecology & Environments

Introduction to sustainability in a municipal context with examples of city, regional and state programs and established practice areas for planners and engineers: Brian Mooney

The city of Chula Vista’s decade-plus of programs and recent integration efforts: Brendan Reed

Perspective from the NGO community and the recent establishment of Sustainable San Diego: Bruce Reznik

Practitioners highlight examples of specific projects and future trends in partnerships and outsourcing with municipalities: John Cowdery, Mark Laska, Brian Mooney

Summary and Q&A

Note: Municipal officials and non-profits may register to attend with Fiona at 619-295-7685 x12 or by sending contact information to fiona@ebimailbox.com.

Summit Concludes

Golf on Friday afternoon; Desert excursion on Saturday (email Fiona or Grant)