Convene For Green
March 9, 2017
WELCOME & FRAMING 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Welcome: Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, Chair, Green Chips Trustee Advisory Board
Emcee: Debi Kinney, Vice President CSR and Hotel Business Development, Clean the World
Our Future in Focus is about the interesting dynamic that exists in Southern Nevada between visibility and impact. It is about examining the optics of who we are as a community and what components of our regional genetic makeup are made visible versus the elements we don’t show, don’t see, or chose not to see. It is about showcasing the organizations, projects, and people who are truly making an impact in the sectors of our community with the biggest successes and the largest opportunities for improvement identified in Green Chips’ State of Sustainability report: Energy, Healthcare; Education, Arts & Culture; and our social sector.
PRESENTATION 1 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
“Our Energy Future”
Moderator: Vinny Spotelson, Program Director, Nevada Conservation League
- Pat Egan, Senior Vice President Renewable Energy & Smart Infrastructure, NV Energy
- David Johnson, Deputy General Manager of Engineering/Operations, Southern Nevada Water Authority
- Henry Shields, Executive Director of Finance & Analysis – Corporate Sustainability Division, MGM Resorts International
- Tom Perrigo, Director of Planning & Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Las Vegas
This panel will take an in-depth look into recent announcements from some of our largest public and private entities in regards to energy sourcing, renewable energy goals, energy demand, and infrastructure with a focus on landmark milestones for the regional energy landscape. This panel will discuss the motivation behind these decisions, how they were implemented, why these actions make good business sense for the jurisdiction, organization, and company and why they are good for residents, employees, and customers. The panel will also dive into the significance of these initiatives for Southern Nevada’s energy future, what other projects and goals are on the horizon for the coming year, and how the public and private sectors of our community are working collaboratively to achieve them.
PRESENTATION 2 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
“Art in Focus”
Speaker: Jean-Francois Michaud, Senior Adviser, Social Responsibility, Cirque Du Soleil
Jean-Francois will discuss the founding, development, and current work of Cirque du Soleil in Southern Nevada and around the world through the theme of visibility versus impact; including how sustainability has always been an integral core principal to the company and how that plays out in Cirque’s social responsibility initiatives and programs. Jean-Francois will highlight some projects that use art as a social tool and demonstrate the importance of community partnerships.
PANEL 3 3:00 PM – 4:10 PM
“Our Future in Medicine”
Moderator: Doug Geinzer, Chief Executive Officer, Las Vegas HEALS
- Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Founding Dean, UNLV School of Medicine
- Dr. Raymond Alden III, Provost, Touro University
- Dr. Mark Penn, Founding Dean College of Medicine, Roseman University of Health Science
- Mason VanHouweling, CEO, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
Building off the findings in Green Chips’ State of Sustainability report, pin-pointing access to healthcare and comparatively low ratio of health care professionals per capita in Nevada, this panel will highlight the incredible work being done in the regional healthcare sector and how academic medicine is changing the medical landscape. The panel will celebrate the opening and incoming charter class of UNLV’s School of Medicine, Touro University’s growth of the Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine to be the largest medical school in the state and recent launch of its geriatric medicine fellowship, and Roseman University of Health Sciences continued work towards LCME accreditation and developing a community of supporters for medical education in Southern Nevada. The panel will take a deep dive into individual and collaborative goals towards making our region a global center for health and wellness through this engaging conversation on Our Future in Medicine.
PRESENTATION 4 4:20 PM – 5:00 PM
“Collaboration in Focus”
Moderator: Amber Bosket, Executive Director, Conservation District of Southern Nevada and State Renewable Energy
- Pamela Goynes-Brown, City Councilwoman, City of North Las Vegas
- Eric Killian, Southern Area Director, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Ciara Byrne, Co-CEO, Green Our Planet
Amber Bosket, highlights the progress of a federal, state, regional, and local collaboration project, spearheaded by the Conservation District of Southern Nevada, that addresses urban agriculture, food insecurity, education, nutrition, and public private partnership. In the middle of one of the highest food insecure neighborhoods in the City of North Las Vegas is blossoming an oasis of kale, spinach, carrots, and other fresh produce at the Zion Garden Park Community Garden at Zion United Methodist Church. The panel will then expand on this conversation by showcasing collaborations that are scaling urban agriculture in our region.
CLOSING 5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
“The Future of Green Chips”
This presentation hearkens back to the very beginning of Green Chips and looks back on 9 years of Convene for Green events with two of the original founders discussing how Green Chips has grown and evolved since 2009, what is on the horizon for the organization in the future, and the unveiling of an exciting announcement.
- Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
- Tom Perrigo, Planning Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Las Vegas
SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS & RECEPTION 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Green Chips’ recognizes individuals, corporations or jurisdictions, and educational leaders who have demonstrated incredible strides in sustainability over the past year through honoring awardees in the following categories:
- Sustainable Leader
- Sustainable Community
- Sustainable Future