Natural Gas ‘Fracking,’ Water Scarcity, Electric Vehicles and China-U.S. Clean Energy Race Top Agenda at Ceres Conference, May 11-12, Oakland

Apr 26, 2011 3:50 PM ET
Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Oakland, CA - April 26, 2011 - Six hundred business leaders, investors, environmentalists and policy-makers will gather at the Ceres annual conference, Igniting Innovation, Scaling Sustainability, May 11-12 at Oakland’s Marriott City Center to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy while tackling thorny issues, such as natural gas ‘fracking,’ water scarcity and how to finance the huge market for energy efficiency retrofits.

For the full conference agenda see:

Plenaries and workshops include:

·      Collaborators or competitors?  Advancing clean energy in the U.S. and China
·      Accelerating pickup of electric vehicles
·      Natural gas: Friend or foe?
·      Cracking the energy efficiency financing challenge
·      Water matters: Case studies in corporate water risk management
Leading conference speakers include:
·      R. James Woolsey, Chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management, and Former CIA Director
·      Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
·      Jon Krahulik, Managing Director, Global Head of Clean Technology Investment, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
·      Dr. Jiang Lin, Senior Vice President and Director, China Sustainable Energy Program, The Energy Foundation
·      Hannah Jones, Vice President, Sustainable Business and Innovation, Nike
·      Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
·      Thomas Steyer, Founder, Senior Managing Member, Co-Managing Partner, Farallon Capital Management LLC
·      Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, Suntech
·      Bill Green, Macquarie Capital Funds
·      John Anderson, President, CEO, Levi & Strauss Co.
TO PARTICIPATE: The conference will be held May 11 and 12 at the Marriott City Center in Oakland. Contact Meg Wilcox at or 617-319-6457 (cell) to obtain a press pass.
CONTACT:  For more information, or to arrange one-on-one interviews with conference speakers, contact Meg Wilcox, Ceres, (617) 319-6457 (cell) or or Peyton Fleming, Ceres, (617) 733-6660 (cell) or
Ceres leads a national coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest organizations that works with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. For more information, visit
Meg Wilcox
Peyton Fleming