Denver Program Agenda

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Overview Agenda: 

Wednesday, May 6:   

5:30pm - 9:00pm: Alliance for Sustainable Colorado Heroes of Sustainability Awards Dinner, Grand Hyatt Denver (separate registration required) 

Thursday, May 7:       

7:30am - 5:00pm: Divestment and Sustainable Investment Forum, Grand Hyatt Denver

5:30pm - 7:00pm: Reception, Alliance Center

Friday, May 8:           

7:30am - 12:30pm: Divestment and Sustainable Investment Forum, Grand Hyatt Denver 

 

Forum Agenda:

THURSDAY, MAY 7TH, 2015

7:30-8:30 am

Networking Breakfast

8:30-8:50 am

Welcome and opening remarks

8:50-9:10 am

Dialogue Session: Where are you on the sustainable investing spectrum?

9:10-9:20 am

Stories from across the spectrum

9:20-10:05 am

Panel: Sustainable investing – background, tools, and obstacles

10:05-10:35 am

Dialogue Session: What tools and strategies are you familiar with? What questions do you have?

10:35-10:55 am

Break

10:55-11:05 am

Stories from across the spectrum

11:05-11:55 am

Panel: Sustainability, the responsible fiduciary, and investment infrastructure

12:00-12:45 pm

Lunch Dialogue: Talking sustainable investing with your managers and consultants

12:45-2:00 pm

Panel: Climate risks to your portfolio: the growing movement to divest and invest

2:15-3:00 pm

Panel: Engaging Stakeholders

3:00 pm

Break

3:20-4:30 pm

Sector Dialogue Sessions (Higher Ed, Healthcare, Finance and Non-profit)

4:30-5:00 pm

Dialogue Session: Sharing Across the Sectors

     2:15-5:00 pm

     Concurrent Philanthropy and Faith Sector Breakouts

 

  • Philanthropy  - Grays Peaks Room*

 

  • Faith-Based Institutions – Iliff School of Theology (offsite)*

5:00-5:30 pm

Shuttle to Alliance Center for Reception

5:30-7:00 pm

Reception at The Alliance Center (1536 Wynkoop St.)

     6:15-6:45 pm

     Reception Greeting & Keynote

7:00 pm

Dinner on Own

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 8TH, 2015

7:00-8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00-8:20 am

Dialogue Session: Review / Preview

8:20-9:20 am

‘Popcorn’ Session: Investing in solutions – what are the opportunities today?

9:20-11:00 am

Dialogue Session: Wisdom of the crowd – A peer-to-peer conversation to share experience and explore possibilities

11:00-11:15 am

Break

11:15-12:00 am

Action Planning: What action might we take individually and together?

12:00-12:30 pm

Closing Keynote


* There will be dialogue sessions for Forum participants focused on various sectors represented in the room from 2:15-5:00pm.  In addition, there will be concurrent breakout meetings, hosted by sector groups, as described below.   

These meetings are by invitation, and have no cost. Participants who only want to attend a sector specific meeting do not need to register for the full forum. 

Please contact the appropriate individual listed below for more details on each of these meetings:

  • Foundations and Individual Donors.  2:15-5:00pm, Grand Hyatt Denver. Divest-Invest Philanthropy signatories and investment advisors will provide information about climate risks to your investment portfolio and share their experiences of divesting and investing. They will be available to respond to your questions regarding the risks and opportunities associated with transitioning your own investment portfolio.  This event will provide foundations with the resources to explore joining a coalition of over 70 foundations representing $4.4 billion to lead the sustainable energy transition to the future. Lunch and panel discussion 12:30-2:00pm pm is included for all philanthropy participants. For more information and to RSVP for this session only for which there is no charge, please contact Jenna Nicholas at Jensta27@gmail.com.
  • Health Care and Hospitals. 2:15-5:00pm, Grand Hyatt Denver.  Health Care Without Harm, which works with over 1500 hospitals across the United States, will convene this meeting just for hospitals and health associations to explore divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy solutions. In the past, the health sector played a critical role in divesting from tobacco within the framework of their mission and values. Today fossil fuels provide another opportunity for health leaders to exercise their moral, political and financial leadership. HCWH staff and investment advisors will provide information about the health, theological and financial issues related to hospital investments in fossil fuels and share the variety of responses happening in the health sector related to divesting and investing. This session is designed to be a discussion and exploration among health leaders that are trying to navigate the investment opportunities given the new realities of climate change. For more information or to RSVP for this session only, contact Eric Lerner at elerner@hcwh.org or 510-508-9245.
  • Faith-based Institutions.  2:00-4:00pm, Iliff School of Theology. This program will highlight how faith communities have played a key role in the divestment movement and how it is accelerating globally.  Approximately 30 leading clergy and lay leaders from the Greater Denver area will join Reverend Fletcher Harper, founder of GreenFaith to explore the moral, theological and Biblical basis for divestment, examine the criteria that faith groups have used to justify past divestment decisions, and share how various religious and secular bodies have approach divestment.  You will learn from trustees who have addressed issues of fiduciary duty in relation to divestment, and who have helped manage the transition in investment processes and managers that have made divestment a sound choice both morally and financially.  You’ll learn about the ways in which shareholder advocacy, a traditional preference of religious investors, has started to give way to divestment. You’ll learn about upcoming divestment-related initiatives, and about the early stages of work to create opportunities for religious institutions to invest in a clean energy, sustainable future. RSVP to info@greenfaith.org