Delivering Economic Resilience in the New Energy Paradigm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
|9:00 AM - 10:30 AM||US Eastern|
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A rapidly evolving set of technologies for the generation, storage, monitoring, and control of energy is remaking our energy landscape. This new paradigm of distributed energy offers opportunities for consumers, corporations, and cities not just to reduce costs but to lower risks and ensure we are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
But to tap the power of distributed energy, new forms of innovative thinking about energy — through public and private collaboration — must emerge.
Join Harvard Business Review for an interactive video webinar broadcast from Pittsburgh, where the community is focused on deploying distributed energy technologies and innovations that will support the region’s long-term resilience.
In this interactive session, business, policy, city, and utility leaders will discuss the opportunities in the new distributed energy ecosystem, the challenges in creating an integrated approach to energy distribution, and the policy and regulatory frameworks that are emerging.
The webinar will conclude with an interview with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto about the region's energy and resilience plan for the future.
About the Speakers
Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh were he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG).
Grant brings fifteen years of experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state agencies. Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs including Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.
Benjamin Buxton Morris is Director, Operations Work Management & Performance at Duquesne Light Company, a regulated electric transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 587,000 customers in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, Morris leads budgeting, planning, scheduling, and performance-monitoring efforts for the Operations Department, with accountability for financial performance, timely work completion, and resource optimization. Morris also works on strategic initiatives related to grid modernization and the integration of distributed energy resources with the electrical grid, and he is a member of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies’ Distributed Energy Resources Subcommittee.
Dr. Gregory C. Unruh is the Arison Professor of Values Leadership at George Mason University and an expert on sustainable business strategy. An outspoken advocate of environmental sustainability and climate responsibility, Unruh has served as a technical reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. He is the creator of Carbon Lock-in theory, a line of academic research that has received thousands of citations and spurred new lines of climate policy research around the globe. He has been recognized as a strategic partner of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), an initiative dedicated to implementing socially and environmentally responsible business practices globally. As part of his UNGC commitments, Unruh contributed to the Principles of Responsible Business Education, which he presented to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Palais de Nations in Geneva. Author of numerous best-selling leadership books, he co-founded the Center for Eco-Intelligent Management with the renowned “green” designer William McDonough and has published his research findings in the Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review and Forbes Magazine.
Rebecca Bagley serves as Vice Chancellor for Economic Partnerships and works with senior leadership at Pitt to develop a strategic plan for the University in economic development. She is also developing and overseeing effective public and private partnerships that connect and advance the University and have regional and national impact. She serves as a liaison with government, community leadership and the business community on matters pertaining to economic development.