Plenary Session & Keynote Speaker Details

December 10, 2019

Plenary #1: The Evolution of Climate Change & Sustainability in the Public & Private Sectors
8:30am - 9:45am

The Global Congress kicks off with an inspirational group of climate change and sustainability leaders who have blazed the trail and led some of the most compelling and impactful programs in the public and private sectors.

  • Chris Castro — Director of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando

  • Aparna Dial — Senior Director, Sustainability and Strategic Services, The Ohio State University

  • Bob Langert — Author, The Battle To Do Good: Inside McDonald's Sustainability Journey

  • Nancy Sutley — Chief Sustainability Officer, L.A. Department of Water & Power

  • Moderated by:
    Sarah Lewis —
    Senior Director, Innovation, The Sustainability Consortium


Plenary #2: Integrating Climate Change & Sustainability into Other Occupations
9:45am - 10:45am

Join credentialing body and sector association leaders for a discussion on the state of efforts to address climate change and sustainability in their respective communities of practice. Discussion topics will include incorporation of expectations into aspirational codes of ethics, professional standards of conducts, continuing education requirements and the future trends.

  • Cris Liban — Executive Officer, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Chris Pyke — Senior Vice President, ArcSkoru (a USGBC affiliate)

  • Brian Schriner — Dean, College of Communication, Architecture & the Arts, Florida International University

  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly

Lunch with Special Guest Speakers
12:00pm - 1:30pm

Take a break from the morning programs with a networking lunch and inspiring remarks on the intersection of climate change and sustainability with equity and social good.

  • Toni Preckwinkle – President, Cook County Board of Commissioners

  • Robert Dean – Chief Executive Officer, Center for Neighborhood Technologies

  • Michelle Moore – Chief Executive Officer, Groundswell


Hall of Fame & Career Achievement Awards Dinner
7:00pm - 9:30pm

ACCO & ISSP will each recognize leaders who have set the standard for climate change and sustainability leadership. Award winners will be recognized and will take the stage to share their wisdom and inspiring thoughts with attendees.

  • Award winners to be announced shortly


December 11, 2019

Lunch with Special Guest Speakers
12:15pm - 1:45pm

Take a break from the morning programs with a networking lunch and inspiring remarks from special guest speakers to be announced shortly.

Plenary #3: Overcoming Adversity &
Coping with Impossible Missions
3:45pm - 5:15pm

Since day one, climate change and sustainability professionals have faced an uphill battle as the agents of change aiming to transform businesses and communities. How are we coping with the stresses that come with this challenge and what can we do maintain our own health and strength as we tackle this critical mission.

  • Janine Benyus – Co-founder, Biomimicry 3.8

  • Tom Bateman – Bank of America Eminent Scholar Emeritus, University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce

  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly