Technology and Sustainability - Advanced Energy Conference

Technology and Sustainability

The future of renewable energy has arrived. It is projected that, by 2030, renewables could account for 38% of power generation in the U.S., up from 23% today. According to the International Energy Agency, annual clean-energy investment worldwide will need to hit $4 trillion by 2030 to meet the widely held commitment of net-zero carbon emission by 2050.

A critical component of the world’s decarbonization toolkit is innovation. Our path to a more sustainable future requires investment in faster and wider deployment of climate technologies that are already mature. It is equally important that both the public and private sectors continue to support emerging technologies that are still in R&D or demonstration stage.

CEWIT, IBM and IEEE are jointly hosting this workshop will engage our audience in thought-provoking discussions about the challenges and opportunities related to climate change and highlight the technical and social innovations that will help us achieve the global sustainable development goals.

The Technology and Sustainability Workshop will run from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

This workshop is open to the public; however, everyone attending must be badged. Please enter the code below:


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Agenda & Speakers

1:30-2:00pm: Fireside Chat

  • Eduardo Palacio

    • IEEE-USA | President-Elect
  • Justina Nixon-Saintil

    • IBM | Vice President and Global Head, Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG

2:00-3:00pm: Roundtable Discussion – Technologies for Urban Sustainability


  • Carolyn Kissane

    • NYU Center for Global Affairs | Assistant Dean, and Clinical Professor; Director of the SPS Energy, Climate Justice, and Sustainability Lab.


  • Christopher Cavanagh

    • National Grid | Consulting Engineer, Future of Heat Engineering
  • Jorge González-Cruz

    • Atmospheric Sciences Research Center University at Albany | Empire Innovation Professor
  • Julian Jacobson

    • Fundamental Interactions & ZK Ladder | President
  • Marty Sprinzen

    • Vantiq Corporation | Co-Founder and CEO

3:00-4:00pm: Roundtable Discussion – Response to Climate Change and Strategies for Sustainable Development


  • Crystal Black-Davis

    • Head of Impact | ZK Ladder


  • Eric Lilly

    • Buena Ola Capital | Founder and Managing Partner
  • Jeff Freedman

    • Atmospheric Sciences Research Center University at Albany | Research Professor
  • Justin Gundlach

    • Building Decarbonization Coalition | New York Senior Regulatory Policy Manager
  • Stephen Welby

    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) | Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

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