Climate Change Technical Program

Final Program available! Check out the sessions, presentations, and speakers. 

Technical sessions and panels will cover:

  • Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency
  • Emission Policies and Regulations
  • Climate Change Solutions and Perceptions
  • Carbon Neutrality Approaches
  • Climate Impacts
  • Technological Approaches
  • Climate Risk and Resilience
  • UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) Report
Two keynote panels will also offer insight and discussion on Climate Change Strategies and Actions and International Perspectives.

Wednesday Keynote – Climate Change Strategies and Actions

Cynthia Cummis, Director, Private Sector Climate Mitigation, World Resources Institute

Cynthia Cummis is the Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation in WRI's Business Center. In this role she leads the institute’s work with businesses to reduce GHG emissions, including the Science Based Targets initiative, which she co-founded, and GHG Protocol’s suite of corporate GHG accounting and reporting standards. Cynthia was formerly Deputy Director of GHG Protocol and led the development of the Corporate Scope 3 (Value Chain) Accounting and Reporting Standard and the Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. Read her full bio

Gerald Geernaert, Director, Earth and Environmental System Sciences Division, U.S. Department of Energy

Gary Geernaert is Director of the Earth and Environmental System Sciences Division within the US Department of Energy. In this capacity, he oversees DOE’s investments in climate change research, including oversight of two scientific user facilities and several major modeling capabilities. He chairs, co-chairs, or represents DOE in several White House interagency coordination committees. Prior to joining DOE, Geernaert was Director of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Department Director at the Danish Environmental Research Institute; and a Program Manager at the US Office of Naval Research. Over the course of his career, he has published four books and over 100 scientific articles. 

Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Environment & Energy Resilience, U.S. Department of Defense

Mr. Richard Kidd, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment & Energy Resilience. In this position, he provides policy and governance for programs and activities that enable resilience and cyber-secure energy for weapon systems and installations. This includes budgetary, policy, and management oversight of programs related to climate change, compliance with environmental laws, prevention of pollution, management of natural and cultural resources, and cleanup of contaminated sites, as well as energy resilience, risk, and performance. Read his full bio
Thursday Keynote – Climate Change International Perspectives

Eugene Chien, President and Board Chairman, Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy; Ambassador-at-Large and Chairman in Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Eugene Chien serves as the Chairman of the Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE), and Chairman of CTCI Education Foundation. Dr. Chien established numerous sustainability initiatives, including the Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Award (TCSA) in 2008 and Center for Corporate Sustainability (CCS), which was formed under TAISE in 2015. The Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals (A‧SDGs) and Global Corporate Sustainability Award were started in 2018 to focus on promoting SDGs. The first Global Corporate Sustainability Forum (GCSF) started the same year, and the two-day forum held annually has reached thousands of people each year. During the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, GCSF was conducted both physically and online and was attended by over 3,100 and 4,200 people, respectively. Dr. Chien established the Taiwan Alliance for Net Zero Emission (TANZE) in 2021. Dr. Chien served numerous senior governor positions in government, including the Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration, Minister of Transportation and Communications, Taipei Representative in the UK, and Foreign Minister of Taiwan.

Gregory Flato, Acting Director, Climate Research Division, Science and Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Vice-Chair, IPCC Working Group I

Dr. Flato has worked on the development of a series of global climate models used to simulate historical climate variations and project future climate change. He is an elected Vice Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group I and served as a drafting author and review editor in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report. Previously, he served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the model evaluation chapter in the IPCC 5th Assessment. Dr. Flato received his BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a PhD in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, USA.

Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez, Professor, College of the Northern Border, Mexico National Council of Science and Technology; Vice-Chair, IPCC Working Group II

Roberto Sánchez-Rodríguez is a professor at the Department of Urban and Environmental Studies of El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a research Institute of Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology. He is an emeritus professor of the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, and a former director of the University of California Institute on Mexico (UCMEXUS). His research has focussed on climate change (vulnerability, risk, adaptation, water), disasters risk reduction, the interactions between urbanization and global change, sustainable development, free trade and the environment, and transboundary environmental problems. Prof. Sánchez-Rodríguez is a vice-chair in IPCC Working Group II during the sixth assessment cycle (2016-2022) and a member of the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme.