Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit

The event aims to accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change.

Catalysts of the Climate Economy (cc:econ) is a 3-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to gear up for the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. The event aims to accelerate progress toward the significant economic opportunities associated with solving the unprecedented challenges presented by climate change.


The summit will feature speeches, roundtables, and discussion groups with industry leaders from around the country in clean energy, green building, agriculture, transportation, tech innovation, efficiency improvement, smart growth, and more. Speakers include Jigar Shah, Co-Founder of Generate Capital; Danny Kennedy, Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund; Mary Powell, CEO of Green Mountain Power; Gary Hirshberg, Chairman and Former CEO of Stonyfield Farm; Helen Mountford, Program Director of the New Climate Economy Initiative; Stephen Lacey, Editor-In-Chief of Greentech Media; Alex Keros, Manager of Vehicle & Advanced Technology Policy at General Motors; Lila Preston, Partner at Generation Investment Management; John Replogle, President and CEO of Seventh Generation; Dan Reicher, Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University; and many more.

There's more to cc:econ than hearing from established industry leaders—the summit is hosting an innovation and pitch contest for entrepreneurs from around the country to exhibit their ideas for a better future. Winners will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to present their work to an audience of investors and other interested parties.

The final day of the event will consist of a series of "innovation tours" around Vermont, guided by summit speakers and other changemakers. The tours will let participants see the climate economy in action, showcasing businesses, farms, utilities, policy, initiatives, and communities as models of energy production, efficiency, and economic development. Each tour will specialize in a particular area of interest, including Green Building and Design, Distributed Generation and the Rural Grid, and other themes central to the summit agenda.

More Information: Registration details and other information including the full schedule, speaker lineup, and more can be found at https://www.ccecon17.com. The summit will take place September 6-8, 2017 at the University of Vermont, with innovation tours being held at select locations around the state. The summit is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). From local, citizen-led efforts to policy councils that build collaboration between state, federal, nonprofit, and private sector leaders, VCRD brings Vermonters together across political lines and organizational boundaries to create a better future.

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