Thursday, October 27, 2022

CEOs For Sustainability Nov. 2 C-Suite Summit In Pittsburgh To Highlight Business Action Around Climate Change, Share New Insights On Regional Decarbonization Strategy

On November 2, Pittsburgh-based
CEOs For Sustainability will hold their annual C-Suite Summit where leaders will highlight their businesses’ actions to transition to a clean energy economy and highlight new insights on a framework for multi-sector regional decarbonization. 

The in-person event at Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green (4501 Lytle Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15207) runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon with networking and registration beginning at 8:00 a.m.

This Summit will explore business opportunities in the transition to a clean energy economy, featuring CEOs who have made bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions. 

The CEOs for Sustainability network exemplifies business action toward reaching the goals set forth in the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aim to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

“Whether it’s to reduce costs and business risks, strengthen relationships with suppliers and other key stakeholders, or drive innovation, businesses increasingly understand the case for carbon-emissions reduction,” said Charles Toran, CEOs for Sustainability co-chair and President of Sci-Tek Consultants. “This year’s C-Suite Summit is an opportunity for executives to hear from their peers who are achieving ambitious goals and gain perspective on what it will take to decarbonize our region across sectors.”

In recent months, CEOs for Sustainability and Sustainable Pittsburgh solicited input and convened conversations among regional stakeholders on comprehensive, equity-driven, multi-sector decarbonization, including during a session at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum in September. 

Emerging from these perspectives comes an effective strategy to build on, guided by three critical lines of effort, in every sector: policies and implementations that achieve scale, meaningful community engagement, and measurement and accountability. 

The Summit will explore these and other insights, reveal practical next steps, and provide examples of regional success.

“As the CEO of a mid-size manufacturing company, I understand the challenges our peers face in taking urgent action around climate change,” said Raymond W. Yeager, CEOs for Sustainability co-chair and President and CEO of DMI Companies. “One of the values this summit offers is the ability to hear firsthand from experts who are already doing these things – and the solutions they are implementing to overcome roadblocks.”

The summit also features “sustainability in practice,” a panel discussion where business leaders will share how they are implementing real strategies for achieving their carbon reduction goals. 

Following the panel discussion, Summit attendees have the opportunity to see innovation in action through tours of the Carnegie Mellon University-affiliated ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute and the Mill 19 rooftop solar array.

Following is a list of speakers and agenda, for planning purposes:

CEOs for Sustainability leadership, including:

-- Co-Chair Charles Toran, President of Sci-Tek Consultants

-- Co-Chair Ray Yeager, President and CEO of DMI Companies

-- Joylette Portlock, Ph.D., Executive Director, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Panel Discussion: CEOs Leading Forward on Decarbonization 

-- Steven Guy, President & CEO, Oxford Development

-- Antonis Papadourakis, Ph.D., President & CEO, LANXESS

-- Raymond Yeager, President & CEO, DMI Companies

Panel Discussion: Sustainability in Practice

-- Debbie DeLong, Ph.D., Marketing Professor, Chatham University 

-- Jana Lake, President, 3R Sustainability

-- Rebecca Lucore, Director of Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Outreach and Engagement, Covestro LLC

-- Julia Saintz, Sustainability Manager, Evoqua Water Technologies

-- Craig Stevenson, President, AUROS Group

Advance registration is required to attend the C-Suite Summit and tours; all registrants will be required to complete a Covid 19 attestation form, confirming that they are either vaccinated or that they will test negative 72 hours prior to the event. 

More information is available at the 2022 CEOs For Sustainability C-Suite Summit webpage. Deadline to register is noon on October 31.

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[Posted: October 27, 2022]  PA Environment Digest

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