Schedule Overview

The two-day summit explores how UC research is transforming the possibilities for carbon and climate mitigation and features state and federal officials, corporate sustainability leaders and green technology entrepreneurs. Follow the event on Twitter with #climateUC.

Day One

Participants will hear keynote speeches from David Hochschild, Commissioner on the California Energy Commission and Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the findings of a UC-generated research report on Bending the Curves of Carbon Emissions and Climate Disruption. Topics for discussion will include:

  • Pathways for Bending the Curve
  • Economic Considerations: Cost-Effective and Efficient Climate Policies
  • Policy and Regulatory Dimensions of Climate Action 
  • Scaling Deployment to State, National and Global Levels
  • Social Change
  • Communicating the Urgency to Act 

Participants will also have the exciting opportunity to tour UC San Diego's microgrid, considered one of the most advanced microgrids in the world. The microgrid generates approximately 85 percent of the electricity used on campus annually. The system is also extremely cost-effective, saving the university more than $8 million a year in power costs as compared to importing the same amount of energy.

In the evening, participants are invited to attend a Keynote Dinner. Due to space constraints, only Summit participants can attend the dinner.

See the full Day One schedule

Day Two

The second day of the summit features special remarks from Governor Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano. Panel discussions and speakers will also include:

  • Nobel Laureate Mario Molina
  • ARPA-E Director Ellen Williams
  • Corporate Leadership Panel
  • State Senator Fran Pavley
  • UC Chancellor Panel
  • Entrepreneur Panel
  • Student Forum: "Voices of the Future”

See the full Day Two schedule


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