Silicon Valley Leadership Group Hosts Discussions of the Coming Climate Decade

Executives, Activists and Policymakers to Speak on Climate Action and Cleantech Innovation

San Jose, CA – July 30, 2020 – The science is clear. We have a limited amount of time to act if we want to avoid the worst consequences of a rapidly warming world. Yet, transforming our economy at the pace and on the scale called for is a herculean task — requiring business, NGOs, and governments to work together in ways they haven’t before. In many ways the COVID-19 crisis offers an opportunity to re-examine how we live our lives and operate differently on a daily basis.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is excited to host the 8th annual Silicon Valley Energy & Sustainability Summit (ESS), with a theme of “The climate decade: How do we build a zero carbon and climate-ready world?” This virtual event will bring together panels of powerhouse environment and energy leaders who will discuss today’s issues of corporate climate commitments, an equitable and sustainable economic recovery, the state of mobility and green finance in the age of COVID-19, and community resilience of our electrical grid and other key infrastructure.

To learn more about #ESS20, click HERE.

ESS20 *Sample of Speakers and Panelists:

  • Jared Blumenfeld, Secretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency
  • Peggy Brannigan, Senior Program Manager, Global Sustainability, LinkedIn
  • Kate Breen, Executive Committee Chair, California Transit Association, & Director of Government Affairs, SFMTA
  • S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), Co-Chair and Co-founder of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
  • Nuria Fernandez, General Manager/CEO, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Ramsay Huntley, Sustainable Finance Strategist, Wells Fargo
  • Andy Jefferson, Director of Transportation, Genentech
  • Emily Kirsch, Founder and CEO, Powerhouse
  • Matthew Mahan, Councilmember-elect, San Jose District 10
  • Kellie A. McElhaney, Founding Director, Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership, Haas School of Business
  • Commissioner Patricia Monahan, California Energy Commission
  • Chris Page, Business Partnerships, Climate Interactive
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Julie Pullen, Director of Product, Jupiter Intelligence
  • Rafael Reyes, Director of Energy Programs, Peninsula Clean Energy
  • Michelle Romero, National Director for Green for All
  • Alicia Seiger, Stanford Law School & Managing Director, Precourt Sustainable Finance Initiative
  • Douglass Sims, NRDC, Director and Senior Advisor, Green Finance Center
  • Vien Truong, Director, Climate Justice, Tom Steyer PAC
  • Bill Weihl, Founder and Executive Director, ClimateVoice
  • Hugh Welsh, President, DSM North America

*None of the speakers or panelists are receiving funds or donations to appear at this event.

Friday, August 7, 2020
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
For the agenda, please click HERE.

For the general public, tickets to the Zoom virtual event range from $49-$99 and are available HERE.

Media should register HERE. Select “Enter Promotional Code” link and enter ESS20_Press to register at no charge. For questions or concerns, contact Pam Kelly, Sr. Comms. Manager at or call (408) 483-2410.

Plenary Keynotes, starting at 9:10 am: Chris Page, Climate Interactive; Bill Weihl, ClimateVoice; and Jared Blumenfeld, CalEPA

Plenary Fireside Chats/Panels, 9:45 am – 12:30 pm, including:

Ensuring a More Equitable, Just, Fair, Inclusive and Climate-friendly Recovery

Are Companies Still Going Big on Climate?

Advancing Climate Action in Uncertain Times

Concurrent Breakout Sessions, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm, including:

Mobility Breakout: The Brave New World of Mobility

Buildings Breakout: The Electric Slide – Moving from Natural Gas to Electricity

Recovery Breakout: Funding and Financing a Climate-Friendly Recovery

Resiliency Breakout: Building Smart + Resilient Communities

Climate Interactive’s Policy Gamification Tool – Scenarios to Save the World

Attendees will also be given the opportunity to see and test what climate interventions are needed to effectively mitigate global warming, as we partner with Climate Interactive (CI). CI will share their publicly accessible, free and easy-to-use climate tool En-ROADS, so attendees can play out scenarios, and see what works to address climate change, inequity and related issues like energy, health and food.

Social Media Tags:

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group:
The Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 340 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including education, energy, environment, health, housing, tax policies, tech and innovation and transportation. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit