The Business Challenges and Opportunities of Energy and Water Sustainability

October 13, 2009 • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Sponsored by Penn State University's Smeal College of Business and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


8:30 - 8:40 a.m   
Dean Jim Thomas, Penn State University

Opening Remarks
Fariborz Ghadar, Penn State University
Steven Schrage, CSIS

8:40 - 9:00 a.m.    
Keynote Address:  Changing Notions of Sustainability
Marielle Canter Weikel, Senior Manager, Corporate Environmental Leadership Strategies, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.   
Sustainable Energy: Challenges, Opportunities, Technologies and Strategies
Ellen Lutz, President & CEO, Clean Markets
Gerald Susman, Associate Dean for Research, The Robert & Judith Klein Professor of Management, Director of Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change at Penn State University; Smeal Sustainability Project
Seth Dunn, Renewables Policy Leader, Americas at GE Energy

Moderated by Sarah Ladislaw, CSIS

10:15 -10:45 a.m.   
Nuclear Industry
Rick Etling, Vice President-Strategy, Westinghouse Electric Company
Moderated by Fariborz Ghadar, Penn State University

10:45 -11:00 a.m.   
Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.    
Sustainable Water: Embedding Water into the Business Plan
Introduction by Steven Schrage, CSIS
Jan Dell, Vice President, Energy Division, CH2M HILL
Omar Vargas, Director, Global Policy & Government Affairs, PepsiCo

Moderated by Rachel Posner, CSIS

11:45 -  noon     Closing Remarks
Fariborz Ghadar, Penn State University
Steven Schrage, CSIS

Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program

Fariborz Ghadar