Green Intelligence Forum: Creating the Sustainable City of the Future

November 16 – 17, 2011
Washington, DC

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On November 16th and 17th, The Atlantic hosted the fourth-annual Green Intelligence Forum: Creating the Sustainable City of the Future, once again bringing together the world's leading authorities on energy and the environment for two days of dynamic conversation on the issues at the forefront of sustainable thought. On the first day, the Forum explored macro trends in energy and the environment, including discussions on both national and global policy and sustainable business.  The following day, the event examined green intelligence through the framework of sustainable cities. 

Full clips of the two-day event can be viewed below.  

DAY 1 - November 16, 2011


Keynote Address: Amy Klobuchar, Senator, Minnesota


Panel Discussion: The Way Forward: Energy & Environmental Legislation

Moderator: Ed Luce Chief US Commentator Financial Times

- Carol Browner, Former Director, White House Office of Energy and Climate Policy; Former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

- Jim Connaughton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Public and Environmental Policy, Constellation Energy

- David Hawkins, Chair, Climate Programs, Natural Resources Defense Council

- Dave McCurdy, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Gas Association



Panel Discussion: The Global Energy Outlook

Moderator: Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic

- Howard Gruenspecht, Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration

- Paul Joffe, Senior Foreign Policy Counsel, World Resources Institute

- Greg Priddy, Director, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group

- David Todd, Vice President Production, Onshore Gas, Shell Upstream Americas

- Richard Vague, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Energy Plus



Headline Interview: Martha Johnson, Administrator, United States General Services Administration

Interviewed by: James Gibney Features Editor The Atlantic


Panel Dicussion: Innovation, Industry, and the Clean Energy Economy

Moderator: Steve Clemons Washington Editor at Large The Atlantic

-  Bill Glover, Vice President, Environmental Strategy and Aviation Policy, Boeing

- Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

- Beth Shiroishi, Vice President, Sustainability and Philanthropy, AT&T Services, Inc., and President, AT&T Foundation

- Gernot Wagner, Economist, Environmental Defense Fund

- Kathy Weiss, Vice President, Federal Affairs, First Solar


Headline Interview: Taking the Political Temperature on the Energy & Environment Fronts:  What Can and What Can’t be Done?

Interviewed by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic

- McKie Campbell, Republican Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

- Bob Simon, Democratic Staff Director, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 


DAY 2 - November 17, 2011

Keynote Address: Richard Florida


Panel Discussion: Creating the Sustainable City of the Future

Moderator Clive Crook Senior Editor The Atlantic

- Audrey Choi, Managing Director and Head of Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley

- Johan Grön, Chief Technology Officer, Xylem Inc.

- Ben Hecht, President and Chief Executive Officer, Living Cities

- Christopher Leinberger, Visiting Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution


Case Study: Jay Carson, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group


Panel Discussion: Healthy Cities and Communities

Moderator: Richard Florida Senior Editor The Atlantic

- Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

- Cheryl Healton, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Legacy Foundation

- Jason Milton, Senior Consultant, Gallup Inc.

- John Norquist, President and Chief Executive Officer, Congress for New Urbanism


Case Study: Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Author, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs


Film Screening and Discussion: Revenge of the Electric Car

Alexis Madrigal Senior Editor, The Atlantic and Chris Paine, Director, Revenge of the Electric Car


Keynote Address: Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality


View a full list of Green Intelligence Forum speakers and the program agenda.

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As always, The Atlantic draws upon a wide range of professionals and a 360 degree point of view to facilitate a lively and illuminating two days of discussion.

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