Name Time Description
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
June 4th: 2024 Sustainability & Circular Economy Summit8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Welcome, Objectives, and Keynote Fireside Chat9:00 AM - 9:35 AM

                    Marty Durbin, Senior Vice President, Policy & President, Global Energy Institute at U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Tech Talk: Essential Chemistry and Sustainability9:35 AM - 9:50 AM

                         Jenny Liu, Global Sustainability Senior Director, Chemours

                         Dave Medeiros, Senior Director, Office of Technology, Entegris

                         Moderated By: Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This session will provide an overview on the critical importance of essential chemistries to meet our climate and energy transition goals, and successful strategies for advancing solutions. Applications could include wind turbines, solar panels, rechargeable EV battery modules, hydrogen fuel cells, and others.

Mainstage Panel 1: Sustaining Meaningful Progress in 20249:50 AM - 10:35 AM

Philip Brides, Senior Managing Director of Investments, Allstate

Sherri Goodman, Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center


No matter the outcome of the 2024 election cycle, the business community will continue to lead the way on sustainability and climate action. With larger than ever participation at the climate COP, Clean Energy Ministerial, and at other international forums, business has proven their commitment with investments and actions to the climate and sustainability. In the wake of the IIJA, IJA, and the CHIPS and Science Act successes, stakeholders will be able to discuss perspectives on what are the next set of policies needed to help meet their sustainability and circularity priorities. Sherri Goodman, a leading voice on the connection between climate and national security will be the moderator.

Tech Talk: Innovation and the IRA10:35 AM - 10:50 AM

This Tech talk will be a TED-talk style presentation by a DOE technology executive to focus on examples of clean technology innovations resulting from IRA investments and where the Agency needs support and engagement from the business community.

Networking Break10:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Mainstage Panel 2: Public Private Partnerships as a Launch Pad for Sustainable Infrastructure (IIJA/IRA Implementation)11:10 AM - 12:00 PM

Daniel Parnes, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Department of Defense

Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Principal Deputy for the Under Secretary for Infrastructure, U.S. Department of Energy

Tran Che, Global Human Rights Leader, GE Vernova

Kevin Butt, General Manager –  Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability, Toyota North America

                         Moderated by: Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

IIJA and IRA are among the most significant climate legislation in U.S. history, offering funding, public-private partnerships, and incentives sending the market signals that will accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. With these two bills, the U.S. finally has the funding and policies to lead the world in the development of sustainable technologies and infrastructure. On this panel, company executives will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with agency decision makers to explore possible partnership and project opportunities.

Fireside Chat12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Alexandra Cousteau, Ocean Conservationist & Environmental Advocate in conversation with Karine Rouge, Chief Executive Officer, Veolia North America’s Municipal Water Services


This session will feature Veolia in conversation with Alexandra Cousteau, a leading ocean restoration advocate. Alexandra will focus on the important relationship between oceans and climate challenges and her innovative work around promoting seaweed research to sequester carbon and as a possible feed additive to reduce methane emissions from livestock. The discussion will highlight sustainability experiences in addressing oceans conservation issues and how the private sector can partner with NGO’s and governments to accelerate global sustainability objectives.

Lunch12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Wrap Up and Next Steps12:30 PM - 12:40 PM

Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Sustainability, U.S. Chamber of Commerce