Green Business Summit II: The Business Case for Green Investments 11/12

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The Business Case for Green Investments

Co-hosted by the Wharton Club of Washington, DC
and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP


Following the success of last year’s Green Business Summit, this year’s conference examines the essential, interdependent elements of launching a sustainable Green Economy. With the American economy and companies of all sizes facing significant domestic and international challenges, executives and entrepreneurs proposing significant green investments and initiatives need to set forth an even more compelling business case to justify such investments.

Although the dramatic changes in Washington over the past year have launched billions of dollars in potential funding for approved projects, other investment options continue to be available (e.g., grants, loans, government lab assistance).

Three keynote speakers together with four expert panels will focus on the major components that propel the business case for Green Investments:

  • Clean Technologies, Renewables and Low-Carbon Energy
  • Financing CleanTech Enterprises
  • Government Policy
  • The Impact of Climate Change on Business

All of the speakers will discuss and help attendees uncover significant business opportunities, financing sources, and profitable strategies in the emerging Green Economy.

This conference will be of interest to entrepreneurs, executives, senior managers, investors, consultants, and policy makers who will contribute to building and benefiting from the growing, dynamic Green Wave.

To register now, before the limited space is filled, and to be among those to get a free signed copy of Green Recovery, click here to reserve your place(s)!

Special Introductory Speaker

JAMES C. DINEGAR, Jr., CAE, President and CEO of Greater Washington Board of Trade. Jim oversees an organization that represents major business interests across Northern Virginia, Washington, DC and suburban Maryland. The BOT focuses on critical issues such as transportation; emergency preparedness and green as a competitive advantage.

Morning KeynoteProduct Details

ANDREW WINSTON, a Leading Consultant and Author of Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top, co-Author of Green to Gold, and much more. Click here to learn more about him.

Midday Keynote:

"Green Business Leading the Third Industrial Revolution"

JEREMY RIFKIN, President, Foundation on Economic Trends and Author of 17 best-selling books on the impact of science and technology on the economy and society. He is an adviser to presidents and prime ministers around the world and also Chair of the Third Industrial Revolution Global CEO Business Roundtable. His Sustainable Development Team advises governments and global corporations on the latest technologies and best practices designed to address the twin challenges of climate change and energy security. A Wharton alum, Mr. Rifkin is a senior lecturer at the Wharton School's Executive Education Program. Click here to learn more about him and his vital topic, so you will understand what it could mean to you and your future

Panelists/Moderators (more to come - click here to learn more about them)

Brian Barnett, The Barnett Company, Inc. (Panel 2 Finance Moderator)

Douglas G. Cogan, Director of Climate Risk Management, RiskMetrics Group, Inc.

Steven M. Cohen, Partner & Co-Manager, Morgan Lewis Emerging Business & Technology Practice

Lily Donge, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.

Todd Fein, President, Green Diamond LLC

Kevin Furnary, Chief Executive Officer, LEEP Holdings

Nikhil Garg, Associate, Climate Change Capital, Ltd

Pandor Hadjy, Deputy Administrator, Business Program, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development

Michael J. Howe, Managing Director, GreenWorld Capital, LLC

Diana Jensen, Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC)

Leslie Kass, Director, Business Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy Institute

Kyle W. Kempf, Senior Director of Government Affairs, National Small Business Association

Stephen H. Kinney, Jr., Senior Counsel, Morgan Lewis Business & Finance Practice

Kenneth M. Kulak, Partner, Morgan Lewis Energy Practice (Panel 1 CleanTech Moderator)

Barry N. Naft, Ph.D., Environment International LLC (Panel 4 Climate Change Moderator)

Bob Prantil, North Region Executive, GE Energy

Julia Pulzone, Managing Director, Global Environmental Fund (GEF)
Bill Rever, Director, Strategic Marketing, BP Solar
Stephen M. Spina, Partner, Morgan Lewis Energy Practice (Panel 3 Government Moderator)
Stephen Sunderhauf, Regulatory Group, PEPCO Holdings, Inc.
Ronald J. Tenpas, Partner, Morgan Lewis Environmental Litigation and Counsel


  • Full-Day Conference: November 12, 2009, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004, including a full day of stimulating sessions, plus networking opportunities at breakfast, lunch and a reception at the end of the day (see schedule below).
  • Registration (see fee schedule below - reserve early for best rates).
    • Directions: Downtown DC at 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    • Metro: near Metro Center (Red [which goes to Union Station, if you're coming in by rail], Orange & Blue lines)
      • Lodging information below.
  • Schedule
    • 7:00 - 8:20am – Continental Breakfast and registration
    • 8:20 - 8:30am – Welcome from Wharton DC Club and Morgan Lewis
    • 8:30 - 8:45am Special Introductory Speaker: James C. Dinegar, Jr.
    • 8:45 - 9:15am – Opening Keynote Speaker: Andrew Winston
    • 9:30 - 10:45am – CleanTech Panel
    • 11:00 - 12:15pm – Financing Panel
    • 12:15 - 12:45pm – Lunch
    • 12:45 - 1:45pm – Midday Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Rifkin
    • 2:00 - 3:15pm – Government Panel
    • 3:30 - 4:45pm – Climate Change Panel
    • 4:45 - 4:50pm – Closing remarks from Wharton DC Club and Morgan Lewis
    • 4:50 - 6:00pm – Cocktail Reception

To register now, before the limited space is filled, click here to reserve your place(s)!


  • Clean Technologies, Renewables and Low-Carbon Energy: Technical Challenges and Business Opportunities
This year or next, Congress seems likely to pass Climate Change legislation that will have a major impact on budgets and strategy for U.S. energy production and use, by mandating specific goals for a substantial increase in non-carbon based sources. This legislation will likely require a dramatic scale-up in facility equipment production, site selection, and integration of operations within the national electric grid. The panel will address these and other vital issues:
  • Is this magnitude of scale-up feasible?
  • What are the technical and infrastructure barriers that must be overcome so that these goals can be achieved?
  • What are some of the major business opportunities from this situation, and how can you best pursue them?
  • Financing Domestic CleanTech Enterprises and International Clean Energy Projects
The sea change in the domestic and global debt and equity markets over the last 24 months has significantly slowed investments in green, sustainable businesses and projects. Yet, some entrepreneurs and companies have found ways to move forward. The panel will use examples and case studies to address the following financing issues:
  • Discuss practical steps in securing financing for early stage and growth cleantech enterprises
  • Describe ways to access funds from international sources
  • Review options to create multinational syndicates/funding packages
  • Address important issues related to funding large alternative energy and other green projects
  • Government Policy and its Intersection with Business and the Clean Economy
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act committed more than $60 billion to clean energy investment. This panel will explore the progress and effectiveness of legislation, policies and spending implemented by the Obama Administration to build the Green Economy. The panel’s discussion will focus on government's relationship to business opportunities:
  • Efforts by agencies and offices such as the Departments of Energy, Defense, as well as the Office of the Federal Environment Executive and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission), to create policy and make investments to encourage the development of appropriate energy infrastructure
  • Identifying the real business opportunities that are being created and how private industry can capitalize on them
  • Advising individuals, consultants and small businesses on how to find opportunities to work with the administration to help achieve green economy goals
  • The Impact of Climate Change on Business: Strategic Decision-Making in the Face of State, Federal and International Actions
This session will assess the consequences of domestic actions, now underway, that may significantly impact the business case for green investment. Key initiatives that have arisen in response to the need for control of future carbon emissions (namely, climate change) include:
  • Pending federal climate change legislation now under consideration by Congress
  • The evolving U.S. position for participation in the upcoming international Copenhagen convention on climate change
  • State climate change driven regulations which shape power production
  • Evolving U.S. EPA regulations for the monitoring and control of carbon emissions as a regulated pollutant
  • Federal tariff and trade positions in response to international actions on climate control
  • Actions businesses are taking to respond to marketplace forces in dealing with energy and other resource usage
The principal panel focus will be on:
  • Congressional status update on pending climate change legislation
  • U.S. green business case issues surrounding the Copenhagen convention this December
  • U.S. EPA path forward to control and regulate carbon emissions
  • Business opportunities derived from State climate change initiatives


We appreciate the support of these outstanding organizations:

  • Leading B-School and Other Alumni Groups, such as these:
    • Business School Clubs:
      • Chicago Booth School of Business Club of DC
      • Columbia B-School Club of DC
      • London Business School
    • Other Wharton School Clubs:
      • Wharton Club of Philadelphia
      • Wharton Club of Dallas/Ft. Worth
      • Wharton Club of Houston
      • Wharton Club of New Jersey
      • Wharton Club of South Florida
      • Wharton Club of Boston
      • Wharton Energy Network
    • Other Alumni Groups
      • Columbia Club of Washington, DC
      • Cornell Club of Washington, DC
      • Harvard Club of Washington, DC
      • Princeton Club of Washington, DC
      • Yale Club of Washington, DC
  • Other top business association;
    • French-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC
    • National Economists Club
    • Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC

You and your colleagues may fall into several of these categories:

  • C-level executives who want to learn from leaders in sustainability to increase the likelihood that your business will survive and thrive in the face of a web of challenges both from the natural climate and the business climate as well as government regulation
  • Mid-level executives who want to ride the Green Wave to explore new options and advance in your career, especially those involved in operations and communications
  • Government and nonprofit officials who want, or need, to learn about some of the best practices in the public and private sectors
  • CFOs, CPAs, and other financial executives who need to better understand Green Economics, Finance and Investing in order to make wiser use of your business's or enterprise's resources
  • Corporate entrepreneurs and innovators who want to help your company assess and capitalize on opportunities
  • Entrepreneurs (aka "GreEntrepreneurs"), SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) execs already involved in sustainability, or who want to begin new ventures, or expand existing businesses
  • Economists who want to deepen their understanding of the macro and micro aspects of sustainability
  • Scientists and engineers who want to broaden the scope of their business understanding and make contacts with people who may be able to help you get your invention or venture funded
  • Government contractors who want to gain knowledge from some of the key people in the greening of government
  • Attorneys who want to understand the evolving legal framework, in the context of business, financial and policy issues, that help you serve your clients more effectively
  • Consultants who need to grasp vital aspects of sustainability - the forest and the trees - to advise clients properly
  • Investment advisors who want to gain in-depth understanding of the multi-trillion dollar social responsibility market, and where some of the greatest opportunities are - or aren't
  • Investors, perhaps including you, who want to understand the evolving landscape being shaped by global climate, resource, geopolitical and other factors - the hopes to follow, the hypes to avoid.
  • Learn about key developments and opportunities in the Green Wave, sustainability and related areas of Corporate Social Responsibility. In a world increasingly concerned about climate change, pollution, population pressures, resource source (security and supply), and with the Copenhagen Conference coming up in December, here are a few examples of what companies are doing:
    • Businesses from small start-ups to huge energy companies search for clean tech, renewable and other solutions and seek to reap the rewards. Many are looking to qualify for federal funds and create Green jobs.
    • Wal-mart and other firms are "greening" their supply chains and internal operations. Even in a recession, the Green Wave continues to move forward.
    • Global leaders around the resource-challenged world are facing similar climate and resource challenges. Hear how they manage these and create opportunities.
  • Gain green knowledge, strategy, insight, lessons learned, and perspectives from highly regarded business, government and university leaders. If you attend, you will learn about key factors behind the Green Wave propelling an increasing amount of funding and revenues based on sustainability.
  • Outstanding value:
    • Whether you're paying or your employer/company is reimbursing you, the fee is less than travel costs for a conference elsewhere, even if you are not in one of the special categories. (And there's no $15+ bag fee à la most airlines!)
    • If you're in the DC area, your time is maximized take Metro, the Green way to downtown
    • If you travel to the Summit from out of town, the venue is convenient, in downtown DC near Metro Center
  • Networking? Believe it:
    • The participation of our Strategic Partners, and the combined efforts of this Club and our co-hosts Morgan Lewis, will make this "Networking Central."
    • Plus dozens of other organizations (Fortune 500s, emerging businesses, NGOs, government agencies) will result in more than 100 organizations being represented if, as expected, we get results similar to those of last year's first Summit.
    • If you register now, you'll get a lower price, a true bargain for a full-day conference and reception. You'll learn, be mentally stimulated, and have fabulous networking opportunities.
    • To learn more about our Strategic Partners and see if you're a member of one, click here .
    • You may even find it worthwhile to join one of the Wharton Clubs or other Strategic Partners to obtain the $100 savings (for two registrants); more than enough to cover the dues of many of these groups.

Click here to reserve your place(s)!

CONTACTS: Alan Schlaifer, Wharton DC Club President (301-365-8999) or; Steve Offutt, Event Chair (703-283-4326) or ; Andrea Essex, Executive Director for the Event (202-744-6770) or

PRESS CONTACT: Jen Costa, Morgan Lewis, (202-739-5252) or


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All rates are subject to availability and the number of spaces is limited. We expect this conference to sell out; walk-ins will probably not be possible. These rates include three keynotes, four panels, materials, meals and breaks, and a post-event reception on November 12.

  • Current Members: Wharton Club of DC and all Strategic Partner Groups (Members of Strategic Partners must specify your group when you register to qualify for preferred rate):
    • Members may also, subject to availability, bring up to 3 guests for the same per-person rate
    • Rate is $199/person
  • Government and Nonprofit Employees: Same rates as for Current Members, above, for all current full-time employees of a federal, state, or local government, NGO, or nonprofit. (Must specify your agency, department or other organization when you register to qualify for the preferred rate.)
  • Nonmembers of Wharton Club or Strategic Partners, and those who are not full-time Govt or Nonprofit Employees:
    • Rate is $299/person

Many hotels are near the offices of Morgan Lewis. For hotel rates and availability, contact Morgan Lewis's travel department at 202-739-5525.

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