Thursday, July 22, 2021
4:00PM - 5:30PM PT
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With time running out to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change, corporate climate commitments to go net zero are accelerating. Given many companies are not equipped with the finances or technology to immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions today, carbon offsets have emerged as a key tool in achieving aggressive climate commitments. Based on discussions within the Los Angeles Sustainability Executives Roundtable (LASER), it’s clear Los Angeles companies are interested in carbon offsets, but a knowledge gap remains in the diverse array of offset options available to companies. In collaboration with Adec Innovations, we created a carbon offset playbook which explores the fundamentals of carbon offsets, offset projects, offset programs, and offset co-benefits, honing in specifically on the greater Los Angeles region. Recognizing many companies are also interested in investing in local offset projects that benefit LA communities and ecosystems, our playbook also explores challenges and opportunities to expand local offset options in the LA region.
Join The Los Angeles Sustainability Executives Roundtable (LASER) and USGBC-LA for a panel discussion to dive deeper into the topic of carbon offsets and how to expand local carbon offset options in innovative and collaborative ways. The expert panel will be followed by a breakout Q & A session.
About the Presenters
Climate Action Reserve
Craig Ebert serves as the President of the Climate Action Reserve where he is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s activities meet the highest standards for quality, transparency, and environmental integrity. He oversees the organization’s continued leadership and commitment to ensuring offsets are a trusted and powerful economic tool for reducing emissions, including supporting California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and operating the most prestigious registry across North America. In his role, he also leads the organization in identifying and entering into other opportunities that build upon its knowledge and expertise and further its work under its mission and vision. This includes the Climate ForwardTM program, encouraging companies to earn ex-ante credits by mitigating emissions today from any future investments.
During his career, Craig has helped create the foundations for international, national, and state policies to address climate change. He supported U.S. negotiations on international climate change agreements, including negotiations leading up to the creation and signing of the Kyoto Protocol, and helped develop the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) provisions under the protocol. Craig’s work also involved pioneering efforts on carbon accounting principles and methodologies. He served as the technical director of Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which was adopted by the IPCC as its GHG Inventory Programme, and was a key architect behind the development of the official U.S. national GHG inventory to meet commitments under the UNFCCC.
Prior to joining the Reserve, Craig advised the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and served at ICF for nearly 34 years.
SVP, Innovation, Sustainability & Social Impact
Hudson Pacific Properties
Natalie Teear is Senior Vice President, Innovation, Sustainability and Social Impact of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP), a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust focused on owning, operating, and developing office and studio properties along the West Coast. Teear is responsible for advancing Hudson Pacific’s proptech initiatives and Better BlueprintTM corporate responsibility platform, which amplifies the company’s vision to create sustainable, healthy, and equitable communities.
Since Teear joined Hudson Pacific in 2019, the company has achieved numerous proptech and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) milestones, including but not limited to: rolling out a tenant app at all multi-tenant properties, achieving 100% carbon neutrality in all operations, securing Fitwel Viral Response certification, boosting LEED and ENERGY STAR certifications to 80% and 71% (respectively) of the in-service office portfolio, launching a companywide diversity, equity and inclusion program, and pledging $20M for innovative homelessness solutions across its markets.
Prior to Hudson Pacific, Teear was a leader in PwC’s Sustainability Services team, where she counseled businesses on strategies for sustainable growth, which included addressing environmental and social issues related to climate change, housing insecurity and homelessness, hunger, and malnutrition, water scarcity, deforestation, and human rights. Prior to PwC, Teear was an environmental consultant with URS Corporation (now AECOM), focused on large water infrastructure projects in the West Coast and Pacific territories.
Teear serves on the Executive Committee for the Los Angeles Sustainability Executives Roundtable and on the boards of Westside Urban Forum and Hollywood4WRD. She is a frequent speaker at sustainability conferences and events around the country. Teear earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.
Tim Bushman is a Science Analyst at Carbon Direct where he conducts research and analysis across the field of carbon removal. His background and expertise is in climate science and policy, and has spent the last seven years working in the climate and energy space. Most recently he worked as a Senior Analyst at the Energy Futures Initiative where he conducted research on large-scale carbon management and mitigation strategies for the difficult-to-abate sectors, including carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere and oceans. Prior to that he conducted research and worked on a range of climate and energy issues at the World Resources Institute, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Climate Institute, and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Tim holds an M.A. in climate science and policy from Columbia University.