2015 Philomathia Forum on Energy and Environment


Solutions for the 2025/30 International Climate Accord: Scaling-up Clean Energy Production, Policy Innovations, and Business Investment

Dates: March 18 and 19, 2015
Location: Hearst Memorial Mining Building and Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

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The annual Philomathia Forum will bring together international experts in the science and technology of energy production; smart manufacturing; policy innovations; and business leadership. The Forum will focus on achievable solutions to the goals set out in the recent China and U.S. climate accord. California’s climate goals are even more ambitious, including the production of 50% renewable energy before 2030. Achieving these goals clearly requires an accelerated focus on the scalability, i.e. volume production, of low-carbon energy production, the policy tools that can support clean energy over traditional fossil fuels, and new business and investment models that support low-carbon production. The Forum will also include a focus on sustainability and energy efficiency in all sectors.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • John Woolard, Vice President of Energy, Google
  • Sir Mike Gregory, Director of the Institute for Manufacturing, and Director of the Institute for Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University, UK
  • Professor He JiankunTsinghua University Beijing, and Deputy Director of the National Expert Committee on Climate Change, PRC
  • Jennifer GranholmFormer Governor of Michigan & Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, UC Berkeley
  • Arjun MurtiAdvisor, Energy Group, Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Sonny Wu, Co-founder and Director, GSR Ventures, Beijing, China

Panel Moderators and Topics:

  • Science & Technology for Carbon-free Alternatives at the Right Price
    Stuart Bernstein, Global Head of Clean Technology, Goldman Sachs              
  • Pioneering Policy Solutions at International, Federal and State Levels
    Lynn Price, Leader of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's China Energy Group            
  • The Responsible Transition to Low Carbon Alternatives & Renewables
    David Dornfeld, UC Berkeley ME Professor - Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability
  • Investment Opportunities in a Sustainable Grid: DG, Distributed Storage, Gridand Engaged Consumers
    Jeff McDermott, Managing Partner, Greentech Capital Advisors
  • The Perspective of the Next Generation of Energy and Climate Students 
    Cathy Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, UC Berkeley