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Earth Optimism Summit 2017
Presented by Smithsonian Conservation Commons
April 21-23, 2017
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.
 

SUMMIT SCHEDULE

The Summit will commence on Friday morning, April 21, with a plenary opening welcome by Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.  It will include key speakers – led by Stanford’s Gretchen Daily – who will tell stories about the value of nature for humanity across an array of systems (valuation, nature’s impact on human health, nature and human well-being).

The Innovation Commons is centrally located in the Atrium of the building.  It is at the crossroads of the main Plenary sessions and the Public access so it is a high traffic, high activation space.  The central hub of the space is a lounge area where guests can order “bird-friendly coffee” at all times during the conference hours.  This is then surrounded by key sponsor innovation areas, and flanked by the "Make for the Planet" and Conservation storytelling units: Conservation Comics Lab and Story-Booths.

Friday, April 21st, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PLENARY

Opening Remarks

Speakers:
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, Reporter, Pro Publica
Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network
David Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
PLENARY

Success in Conservation

What is sustainability and why does it matter?

Speakers:
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, Reporter, Pro Publica
Gretchen Daily, Stanford; Co-Director, The Natural Capital Project; Winner, Cosmos Prize
Ayana Johnson, Co-Founder of Blue Halo Initiative
Tristram Stuart, Founder, Feedback and Toast Ale Ltd.

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Back from the Brink

Rescuing the almost extinct

Speakers:
Moderator: Jamie Rappaport Clark, President & CEO, Defenders of Wildlife
Qing Cao, Przewalski's Horse Project, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Mike Mace, Curator of Birds, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Hank Oppenheimer, Maui Nui Coordinator for the Plant Extinction Prevention Program
Melissa Songer, Conservation Ecologist, Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
David Wildt, Head, Center for Species Survival, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

Future of Food

Speakers:
Moderator: Nora Pouillon, Initiator of FRESHFARM Markets; Champion of Organic, Environmentally Conscious Cuisine
Yao Afantchao
Matthew Dillon, Director of Agricultural Policy and Programs, Clif Bar & Company
Oran Hesterman, President and CEO of Fair Food Network
Hoyt Peckham, Founder, Smartfish; Pew Marine Fellow

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dives: People-Planet Connections

Human Health & the Planet’s Health

When the planet feels good, we do too

Speakers:
Beth Allgood
Drew Harvell, Ocean Health Expert at Cornell University; Author of A Sea of Glass
Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Biodiversity International
Kinari Webb, Founder of Health In Harmony

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Deep Dives: Making Change

Inspiring Positive Action

Getting people to do the right thing

Speakers:
Brett Jenks
Elin Kelsey, Co-Creator of #OceanOptimism; Author of We Are Stardust
Douglas McKenzie-Mohr, Science of community-based social marketing
Afroz Shah, World’s Largest Beach Clean-Up; 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: People-Planet Connections

Success in the City

Urban solutions

Speakers:
Moderator: John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks
Timothy Beatley, Founder and Director, Biophilic Cities
Murray Fisher, President, New York Harbor Foundation; Billion Oyster Project
Damon Rich, Partner, Hector urban design, planning & civic arts

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Beating Extinction

Acting today to prevent losses tomorrow

Speakers:
Nilanga Jayasinghe, Senior Program Officer – Asian Species, World Wildlife Fund
Eric Miller, Executive Director, Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Institute
Debra Shier

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Science & Technology

Apps for the Planet

Smartphones for sustainability

Speakers:
Steve Box, Tracking artisanal fishing, Rare
Jenna Jambeck, Creator of Marine Debris Tracker; College of Engineering at the University of Georgia (UGA)
Jeff Kirschner, Founder of Litterati; TED resident
Bill McShea, eMammal, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

The Wild Table: Fish, Forests and Food Security

Speakers:
Nygiel Armada
Simran Sethi

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Positive Partnerships

Bringing governments, corporations and citizens together

Speakers:
Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
Latif Boru, Member of Northern Rangelands Trust
Tom Butler, Vice President of the Tompkins Conservation Family of Foundations; President, Northeast Wilderness Trust
Chris Miller, President, The Piedmont Environmental Council

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: People-Planet Connections

Doing More Using Less

The future of efficiency

Speakers:
Edwin Cowen
Elaine Ulrich, SunShot Program Manager, Department of Energy

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

Green Farming Blue Fishing

Making the most out of soil and water

Speakers:
Rachel Bynum
David Festa, Senior Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund
Jeff Moyer, Executive Director, Rodale Institute
Sarah Redmond

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Science & Technology

CSI: Earth

Conservation crime solvers

Speakers:
Kathleen Gobush, Senior Program Officer and Wildlife Biologist, Vulcan
Ginette Hemley, Senior Vice President, WWF
David Lodge, Director, Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future
Ted Schmitt, Senior Program Manager, Vulcan
Sam Wasser, Director, Conservation Biology, University of Washington

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Making Change

Philanthropy Roundtable

What to support and why

Speakers:
Moderator: Fern Shepard
Alison Carlson
Barry Gold, Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
Winsome McIntosh, President of The McIntosh Foundation
Erin Rogers

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
PLENARY

Species and Spaces

Success in protecting biodiversity

Speakers:
Moderator: Erik Solheim, Executive Director; UN Environment Program
Joel Berger, Senior Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society
Sean Gerrity, President of American Prairie Reserve
Pete Marra, Center Head, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer; Founder of Pristine Seas
Patricia Wright, MacArthur Fellow, Madagascar Conservationist, SUNY Stony Brook

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
PLENARY

Science, Conservation, Inspiration

Artists, scientists, and institutions coming together

Speakers:
Leah Barclay, Australian sound artist, composer, and researcher
Carolyn Finney
Pamela Henson
JAYO JAYO, Ambassador, Teensdream
Maya Lin, Artist and Environmentalist, Founder, What is Missing? and GREENPRINT
James Prosek, Painter; Founder of World Trout

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Communities Making a Difference

Small groups taking big steps

Speakers:
John Aini, Empowering Fishers; Seacology Prize Winner
Mark Bouman
Andrea Heydlauff, Chief Marketing Officer, African Parks
John Kasaona, Poachers as Protectors, Namibian Conservationist
Sebastian Troeng, Senior Vice President, Americas Field Division, Conservation International

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

Working Lands & Seas

How people and nature can coexist

Speakers:
Tremaine Gregory, Conservation Biologist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Jeff Hall, Agua Salud Project, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Roland Kays
Suzanne Asha Stone

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Science & Technology

Movement of Life

Eyes in the sky and ears in the ocean

Speakers:
Crystal Davis, Director of Global Forest Watch
Melissa Garren
Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Research Ecologist, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Michelle LaRue, Research Ecologist and Public Speaker at the University of Minnesota,

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
PLENARY

Energy & Efficiency

Innovation in real world settings

Speakers:
Moderator: Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
David Crane, Senior Operating Executive, Pegasus Capital Advisors
Trammell S. Crow, Founder of Earth Day Texas; President of the Crow Family Foundation
William McDonough, Founder of William McDonough + Partners, Architects
Dale Ross, Mayor of Georgetown, Texas
Jigar Shah, President & Co-Founder of Generate Capital; Founder & CEO of SunEdison
Marilyn Waite, Energy Lead, Village Capital Author, Sustainability at Work

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Social Entrepreneurs

How an idea and a champion can change everything

Speakers:
Moderator: Fred Nelson, Founder and Executive Director of Maliasili Initiatives
Kristin Gilliss
Alasdair Harris, TED Fellow, Conde Nast Environment Awardee; Founder Blue Ventures
Leela Hazzah, CNN Hero; Co-Founder of Lion Guardians
Jagdeesh Rao Puppala, India's Foundation for Ecological Security

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

At Home with Conservation

Backyards, back lots, and shore fronts for nature

Speakers:
Moderator: Gary Krupnick, Research Scientist, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper, West and Rhode Rivers
Phyllis Stiles, Founder/director of Bee City USA® and Bee Campus USA
Doug Tallamy, Restoring Native Plant Communities; Author of Bringing Nature Home

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: Making Change

Media Perspectives

Finding and framing the story

Speakers:
Moderator: Rachel Gross, Digital Science Editor, Smithsonian Magazine
Ross Andersen, Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Rhett Butler, Founder & CEO, Mongabay
Laura Helmuth, Editor for Health, Science, and Environment, The Washington Post
Robert Kunzig, Senior Environment Editor at National Geographic Magazine

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Deep Dives: People-Planet Connections

Impact Investment

For people and the planet

Speakers:
Moderator: Kristin Rechberger, CEO, Dynamic Planet
Bill Drayton, Founder & CEO, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Kef Kasdin, Board Chair, Rachel's Network

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Conservation & Communities

Restoring Nature

Fixing broken ecosystems

Speakers:
Moderator: Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission; Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations; Founder and President of Provita
Bob Irvin, President & CEO, American Rivers
Philip Karp
Margaret O'Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council
Peggy Olwell, Plant Conservation Program Lead for the Bureau of Land Management; Founder of Native Plant Materials Development Program
Stephen Palumbi, Director, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford; Author, Life and Death of Monterey Bay

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: People-Planet Connections

Incomes from Nature

Biodiversity based livelihoods

Speakers:
Octavio Aburto, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; International League of Conservation Photographers
Sydney Allicock, Honorable Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Guyana
Felipe Carazo, Executive Director, Fundecor
Laure Katz, Senior Director, Connected Oceans Program, Conservation International
James Miller, Conserving plants for people, Missouri Botanical Garden

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Landscapes & Seascapes

Big Ideas for Big Spaces

Large scale solutions for nature and people

Speakers:
Melanie McField, Director, Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, Smithsonian Institution
John Weller, Antarctic Photographer; Co-Founder of The Last Ocean Project

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Making Change

Education for Conservation

Training tomorrow's stewards

Speakers:
Patrick Parenteau
Debra Rowe, President, U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
Daniel Sherrard, Provost, Earth University, Costa Rica
Raquel Thomas

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Deep Dives: Science & Technology

Science at the Edge

Pushing the Envelope

Speakers:
Brian Gratwicke
Mary Hagedorn

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
PLENARY

From the Trenches

Fighting for & achieving success

Speakers:
Moderator: Bill Kurtis, Host, producer, news anchor; Voice of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me; Founder of Tallgrass Beef Company
Denis Hayes, CEO, Bullitt Foundation
Dan Janzen, Co-founder, Area de Conservacion Guanacaste
William Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns
Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University
Howard-Yana Shapiro

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
PLENARY

Looking Forward

From visionary to everyday

Speakers:
Moderator: Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Paul Bunje, Chief Scientist at XPRIZE Foundation
David Grinspoon, Astrobiologist and Author of The Earth in Human Hands
Rick Ridgeway, Patagonia’s Vice President of Public Engagement
David Skorton, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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Awards, Vision, Pledges

Speakers:
Paul Bunje, Chief Scientist at XPRIZE Foundation
Alex Dehgan, CEO & Co-Founder, Conservation X Labs
Barbara Martinez

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