Energy, Water, and Agriculture Nexus: Risks and Opportunities

May 5, 2014 - 3:00 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

The Atlantic Council and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center are hosting a series of roundtables regarding the Energy, Water, and Agriculture Nexus: Risks and Opportunities for the Private Sector. The roundtables will pinpoint the nexus risks to businesses and why leadership from the private sector, in collaboration with key stakeholders, is critical to successfully manage the inter-linkages and tradeoffs between water, food, and energy for the benefit of society, business, and the environment.

The May 5th roundtable will define the three nexus issues; delve into the ways that energy, water, and food interact; explore the risks to business; and shine a spotlight on national security implications. The meeting will convene senior thought leaders from industry, government, academia, and other stakeholder groups on May 5, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., followed by a networking reception.


3:00 p.m. | Opening Remarks
Alfonso Martinez-Fonts Jr., Executive Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce
3:15 p.m. | Speaker Introductions
Moderator: Jennifer M. Gerholdt, Director, Environment Program, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Corporate Citizenship Center
3:20 p.m. | National Security Imperative
Howard Passell, Ecologist, Earth Systems Analysis Department, Sandia National Laboratories

3:40 p.m. | Importance of the Energy, Water, Agriculture Nexus Issue to the Private Sector
Gary Lawrence, Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation

4:00 p.m. | Nexus Risks for the Information Technology Sector
Stephen Harper, Senior Sustainability Officer, Intel

4:20 p.m. | Financial Risk Assessment Perspective
Bluford Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group

4:40 p.m. | Q&A Session
5:30  p.m. | Networking Reception