The 11th Annual Climate Symposium addresses how today’s sustainability leaders break away from business-as-usual scenarios through thought-provoking keynotes, informative panels, and solutions-oriented conversations.

Scroll to find the symposium’s panel recordings!

Opening Remarks

Dr. Steve Cohen, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management, will be launching this year’s symposium with a few opening remarks.

Our Keynote Speakers

We were proud to host two exceptional keynote speakers who inspired us with their keynote speeches on sustainability and change.


As part of the 11th Annual Climate Symposium, we offered special panels and discussions addressing climate change concerns.  

Panel 1:

Rethinking Finance for the Climate and for All

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

After making net-zero commitments and under the sway of ESG pressures, investors and corporations are compelled to reduce their environmental and social impact. The discussion will focus on the tools and mechanisms that help decision makers assess climate risks, attract capital for their projects or allocate it to adaptation or mitigation solutions addressing climate change.

Panel 2:

How do new ventures envision and shape a fair and sustainable world?

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Discover the world of entrepreneurship through the lenses of those who want to disrupt the status quo and create solutions that have an impact. This panel will discuss the journey of entrepreneurs and those that support in their journey to drive environmental and social change.

Panel 3:

Making Zero Waste a Fair and Sustainable Reality

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

How can we transform the traditional-linear supply chains into circular systems that do not harm the environment and are beneficial for all? Learn about the different approaches and methodologies in which stakeholders across the value chain can collaborate in order to create circular systems. The discussion will raise the challenges and opportunities faced by companies when adopting circular practices while also focusing on the advantages of being “born circular”.

Panel 4:

Applying Advanced Analytics to Sustainable Solutions

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This panel will explore how advanced analytics has been a disruptive force to finding sustainable solutions in various industries. We will discuss what key elements are required to integrate these approaches, how to engage all stakeholders, and how modeling has benefited specific projects the panelists have worked on.

Panel 5:

Climate Justice Solutions to Create a Prosperous and Just Transition

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

In this panel, we will explore the intersection of the environmental crisis and equity struggles happening at a local and regional level. Our panelists will surface key environmental justice issues, and explore solutions to create an inclusive and prosperous future.

Panel 6:

Rethinking the Sustainability of the Clean Energy Transition

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

While “renewable energy” and “sustainable energy” are often used interchangeably, they have subtle nuances that make a world of difference. This panel will explore these differences by discussing the sustainability of the clean energy transition, the extractive nature of renewable energy technologies, and how industry leaders are thinking about these factors. What elements need to be put in place, both upstream and downstream, to ensure the clean energy system is both sustainable and equitable to all stakeholders involved?