Climate Now Events

Climate Now hosts events and live conversations with climate experts to better understand the climate crisis and its solutions. Here you can find a list of our upcoming events and the information to attend. These conversations will then be edited into podcast episodes for the Climate Now podcast. If you are unable to attend one of our events, subscribe to our podcast from our home page to make sure you catch the conversation!


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This event series is made possible by support from our sponsors, Yale Center for Business and the Environment , CT Green Bank and BlocPower.

Ithaca is going net-zero – the first city in the U.S. with a clear plan to decarbonize 100% of its buildings. Essentially, 6,000 homes and buildings will be retrofitted to not rely on fossil fuels for heating, cooling, and electric appliances – all big drivers of energy use. So, what does this mean for cities nationwide to transform energy and society? How can Ithaca secure massive funding to pursue climate solutions? How do we move towards a green economy that can benefit EVERYONE? Let’s talk about economic equality, climate justice, climate finance, and the equal opportunities created for community development. Climate Now in partnership with Future of Small Cities Institute dives into Ithaca’s strategies to create a blueprint for cities across the U.S.

Thursday, September 29th, 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET
Series Event 1: How do we Achieve Sustainable Prosperity?
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What will it take for the City of Ithaca to decarbonize equitably and bring the city’s net emissions down to zero? How can local residents benefit from Ithaca’s net-zero journey? What skills are needed to retrofit all of Ithaca’s buildings? What needs to be done to ensure the energy transition doesn’t unduly burden any of Ithaca’s residents but instead uplifts them and builds community wealth and resilience?

Thursday, October 20th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Series Event 2:
How do we Make the Electric City of the Future?
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How do we bring a city’s carbon footprint down to zero? What actions need to be taken to transition an entire city’s built environment to be fully electric? What technology is involved? How does transitioning from gas to electric even work? And how can we make sure we don’t leave low income populations behind during this transition?

Tuesday, November 1st, 6:00 – 7:30 PM ET
Series Event 3:
How do we Finance the Net-Zero City?
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Where can the money come from to finance full-city decarbonization? What kind of public and private funding models exist to support a city’s clean energy transition? The panel event will bring together experts in clean energy financing to explore different methods to financing a city’s path to net-zero.

November 1 – 2
Reuters Events, Sustainability Reporting & Communications USA 2022
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Climate Now founder, James Lawler, will moderate a live panel on The Future of Mandatory Climate-Related Disclosure. This discussion will explore the future SEC proposals requiring mandatory climate transparency, discover relevant guidelines and programs to assist with climate reporting risks and targets, and hear from policymakers to learn how climate disclosure will affect your reporting process.

This event will help you understand how to collect consistent, comparable and accurate data, create effective data management systems that aggregate information into digestible formats, deliver material information to different stakeholder groups and provide clarity on the fast-paced disruption caused by the regulatory and standards landscape.



Tuesday, June 7 at 4:45 PM ET
The Economist Impact’s 2nd Annual Sustainability Week US
SCOPE 3: Dealing with the Unseen Carbon Burden

Hosted by The Economist Group, Climate Now founder, James Lawler, moderated a live panel on Scope 3 Emissions: Dealing with the Unseen Carbon Burden. Joined by panelists including Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President of Fresh Water and Food at World Wildlife Fund US and Robert Coviello, Chief Sustainability Officer at Bunge, James will lead a discussion about the challenges of identifying, monitoring, and mitigating scope 3 emissions.

Friday, April 29th, at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
Live Panel: Carbon Sequestration Symposium at CSUB

James Lawler, Founder and host of Climate Now moderated a live panel on the topic of carbon sequestration at California State University of Bakersfield. Panelists include: Ken Haney, Strategic Advisor – Carbon Management Organization California Resources Corporation Bakersfield, CA; Lorelei Oviatt, Director of Kern County Planning and Natural Resources; and Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director for Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Initiative.

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Friday, April 22nd at 2 pm ET:
Earth Day Economics: The Financial Case for a Clean Energy Transition, with Doyne Farmer

Costs are considered a major barrier to more rapidly decarbonizing the global energy system. But it turns out it might actually cost MORE to stay on dirty fossil fuels, climate impacts aside. Using probabilistic cost forecasting methods, Dr. Doyne Farmer and his team at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School find that a rapid green energy transition could result in net-savings of trillions of dollars.

For Earth Day, Dr. Doyne Farmer joined Climate Now to discuss his recent research on why a clean energy transition makes economic sense.

J. Doyne Farmer is Director of the Complexity Economics programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, Baillie Gifford Professor in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His current research is in economics, including agent-based modeling, financial instability and technological progress. He was a founder of Prediction Company, a quantitative automated trading firm that was sold to the United Bank of Switzerland in 2006. His past research includes complex systems, dynamical systems theory, time series analysis and theoretical biology. During the 1980s he was an Oppenheimer Fellow and the founder of the Complex Systems Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. While a graduate student in the 1970s he built the first wearable digital computer, which was successfully used to predict the game of roulette.

April 19-20, 2022
Responsible Business USA 2022: Nature and Net Zero: Embedding Nature and Biodiversity into Corporate Net Zero Ambitions

Climate Now’s James Lawler moderated a live panel discussion at Responsible Business USA 2022: Nature and Net Zero: Embedding Nature and Biodiversity into Corporate Net Zero Ambitions

Responsible Business USA 2022 will help you create the blueprint for a commercially successful transition that ensures your whole business, and value chain, is aligned with a 1.5C pathway, that investments are made in the areas that scale impact and bring new innovations to market, that take stated promises into both immediate and long-term actions, and that key stakeholders understand and trust your ambition. Join 500+ CEOs and senior-level executives from business, finance and Government to build the networks, collaborations and learning that will make 2022 the decisive year, in the decisive decade.

Wednesday, February 16th at 4:30 pm ET
Venture Investing in Clean Transport

Continuing our Decarbonizing Transportation series, Climate Now hosted a live interview with Brook Porter, founding partner at G2 Ventures, a late-venture, early-growth investing firm focused on emerging technologies. Brook started an electric airplane company before transitioning into biofuels and other technologies, becoming an early investor in Proterra and Shift.

Wednesday, December 8th at 2 pm ET
History and Impact of Green Banks with Bryan Garcia

How do we mobilize the capital needed to build a sustainable future? Green Banks are a private-public partnership designed solely for this purpose. Bryan Garcia is the president and CEO of the first green bank in the US, the Connecticut Green Bank, whose mission is to accelerate the flow of private capital to markets that energize the green economy.

Wednesday, November 3rd at 11 am ET
Electric Trucking in North America with Mike Roeth

How does North America compare to the rest of the world in the transition to electric trucking?

Mike Roeth, Executive Director of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE), joined Climate Now on Wednesday, November 3rd at 11 am ET to detail the state of electric trucking in North America and its growth trends.

Roeth also shared insights from NACFE’s recent “Run on Less – Electric” demonstration of electric trucking technology, in which electric trucks spent three weeks conducting typical fleet operations to showcase their ability to perform at – and even above – current freight standards.

Thursday, November 4th at 12 pm ET
Technologies for Decarbonizing the Trucking Industry with Rick Mihelic

In 2019, medium- and heavy-duty trucks accounted for about a quarter of transportation emissions while representing less than 4% of vehicles on the road, according to the U.S. EPA.

It is time for the trucking industry to decarbonize, but which emerging technologies will move freight vehicles into climate-friendly territory is not yet clear.

Rick Mihelic is the Director of Emerging Technologies for the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. He joined Climate Now to explore the most promising new technologies for decarbonizing the trucking industry.

Friday, October 29th at 11:30 pm ET
The State of EV Trucking Infrastructure with Jessie Lund

There are now over 460 zero-emissions commercial freight vehicle models available around the globe, and this number is only expected to increase as pressure grows to reduce emissions.

But, developing more EV trucks will not reduce emissions in the commercial freight sector without parallel innovations in charging station infrastructure.

Jessie Lund, Senior Associate with Rocky Mountain Institute’s Carbon-Free Mobility program, joined Climate Now on Friday, October 29th, to detail how EV charging infrastructure can be customized to address the needs of unique business models.

Thursday, October 28th at 1 pm ET
Capturing Carbon from Long-Haul Trucking with Paul Gross

In 2016, the most recent year with available data, road freight emitted the equivalent of 2.4 billion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, accounting for 40% of global road transport emissions, and almost 5% of total greenhouse gas emissions.

While energy-efficient solutions for personal road transport – such as electric and hybrid vehicles and hydrogen powered cars – are becoming more commonplace, the same cannot yet be said for heavy-duty trucking.

One company is on a mission to change that. Remora retrofits long-haul trucks with a carbon capture device and sells the captured CO2 to concrete producers and other end-users.

We spoke with Paul Gross, Co-Founder and CEO of Remora, to learn more about transportable carbon capture technology and its potential to decarbonize long-haul trucking.

Monday, October 25th at 12 pm ET
Electric Mobility in Developing Nations with Nathan Ratledge

Much of Sub-Saharan Africa and India experience high petrol costs and poor air quality – conditions that make the adoption of electric vehicles increasingly attractive.

However, these regions also lack a reliable electrical grid, meaning innovative approaches to electric transportation are necessary.

Nathan Ratledge, TomKat Graduate Fellow at Stanford University, talked about his research on how to bring electric vehicles to developing nations.

Tuesday, October 12th at 3:30 pm ET
Climate and the Water Crisis with Will Sarni

Why are investors buying up water rights? The impacts of climate change on the global water supply are growing, and with it water-related conflict and inequity. While trying to mitigate the source of the climate change crisis, it is also imperative that we adapt to its consequences.

Climate Now discussed climate-water impacts with Will Sarni, the founder and CEO of the Water Foundry, a consulting firm that develops strategies to address water scarcity and quality challenges, and the founder of the Colorado River Basin Fund, a private equity fund investing in innovative water technologies.

Tuesday, August 31st at 4 pm ET
Financial Risk Reporting with Emily Wasley of WSP

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was established by the Financial Stability Board in 2015 to provide reliable information about financial institutions’ climate-related risks and opportunities to stakeholders.

Emily Wasley joined Climate Now on August 31st at 4 pm to explain what the disclosure process is, what is required, and why TCFD reporting is necessary.

Emily leads WSP USA’s corporate climate risk, adaptation, and resilience practice. She also serves as a west coast Future Ready Advisor for WSP USA, President of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), Steering Committee member for Women in Climate Tech (WiCT), a fellow to the American Security Project (ASP), and a Blue Endeavors Ambassador.

Friday, August 6th at 2 pm ET
The Legality of a U.S. Carbon Border Adjustment with UChicago’s David Weisbach and The Brookings Institution’s Adele Morris

If the US doesn’t have a national carbon tax, how effective is a border tax? What are the legal hurdles that may need to be addressed if we were to implement such a tax? How might it compare to the proposed EU carbon border adjustment mechanism?

Tuesday, July 27th at 2 pm ET
Nuclear Energy with David Keith

Some argue nuclear fission is needed to achieve a net-zero future, while others say the cost, waste, and history of meltdowns warrant investments in other forms of clean energy. Harvard’s David Keith shared his insights.