The CSO Strategic Taskforce includes Chief Sustainability Officers from academic, business, and government institutions across LA County and is a collaborative initiative with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz.
Location: Resnick Sustainability Institute, Caltech
Focus: The meeting focused on how we might take advantage of an opportunity opening up for the summer of 2019: to host a series of high-profile public events focused on key sustainability issues at the soon-to-be-installed SelgasCano Pavilion at the La Brea Tar Pits.
Networking: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Program: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Moderator: John Onderdonk, CSO Taskforce Chair; Caltech CSO
Speakers and facilitators:
December 13 follow-up meeting was held at Caltech for volunteer members of a working group focused on this event.
Keynote Presentation: Adam Lane, Vice President, Programs, Los Angeles Business Council. Adam will discuss the intersection of business and sustainability, focusing on three LA examples.
Tours (SpaceX and Boring): 4:30 – 6:00 pm; 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Networking: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Program: 7:30 – 8:45 pm
Keynote: Adam Lane, Los Angeles Business Council Vice President, Programs.
Challenge highlight: Andy Shrader, Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, on EV charging. Andy created this Google Doc to collect ideas in follow-up to the discussion.
CSO Taskforce business: Sasha Calder, Counter Brands CSO, on collecting Taskforce membership profiles
CSO projects update: Eugene Shirley, Pando Populus president
Location: LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), 525 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles 90013
Keynote Presentation: Matt Peterson, former CSO of the City of Los Angeles and currently President and CEO of the. He will talk about the work of LACI within the context of City and County sustainability goals.
Networking: 6:00 pm
Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Agenda (see PDF for details)
Keynote: Matt Peterson, LA Cleantech Incubator CEO, former CSO for the City of Los Angeles
Challenge highlight: Marvin Moon, Director, Power Engineering Division, LADWP
CITY BLITZ update: Steve Sabicer, Chair, Sustainable Claremont
JUNK BATTLE! update: Shannon Scrofano, Professor, CalArts; Nathan Cooke, Professor, ArtCenter; Bonny Bentzin, Deputy CSO, UCLA
CSO Taskforce strategy: Sasha Calder, CSO Strategic Taskforce
Location: LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Keynote Presentation: Gary Gero, a first look at LA Countywide Sustainability Plan
LA County CSO Gary Gero keynoted the second meeting of the CSO Strategic Taskforce, offering members a first look at the LA Countywide Sustainability Plan. He then took members’ questions.
John Onderdonk chaired the evening, and allocated remaining time for two purposes: discussion of an upcoming project that already has keen interest among some members of the Taskforce; and a Think Wrong brainstorming session.
Project: Eugene Shirley gave an overview of CITY BLITZ, a new peer-to-peer executive education prototype in sustainability that will target municipalities across LA County.
Mike Wallace of BrownFlynn then provided a global to local perspective on sustainability and sketched how CITY BLITZ might fit into Taskforce ambitions to help create a more sustainable County.
Think Wrong: Andy Shrader, from LA City Councilmember Koretz’s office, then asked the group for assistance in brainstorming about EV charging in the city. Four breakout groups quickly came up with clever and useful ideas.
John Onderdonk concluded by suggesting that the Taskforce appears to have momentum in meeting real needs, and proposing the third meeting be scheduled for late January.
Location: Athenaeum, Caltech
Featured Presentation: John Bielenberg, Think Wrong
The inaugural event of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) Strategic Taskforce kicked off in Caltech’s legendary Athenaeum with the challenge to “think wrong” about LA County sustainability — given the direction that thinking “right” is taking us.
John Onderdonk, CSO of Caltech, chaired the evening and welcomed members to this premiere event. Andy Shrader, environmental policy director from the Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, delivered the Councilmember’s greetings.
John Bielenberg, a founder of Pando Populus and of the Silicon Valley design firm Future Partners, then facilitated the kind of Think Wrong discussions that he has become known for internationally. Breakout sessions generated specific, small-bet ideas addressing countywide sustainability challenges from waste to EV charging to water.
Taskforce members said in post-event debriefings that they were interested in: 1) cross-silo networking; 2) cutting-edge content and best practices; and 3) opportunities to collaborate on specific projects in collaboration with other Taskforce members. They see themselves as a kind of “kitchen cabinet” on sustainability and resource to make key initiatives and events happen.
John Onderdonk, Chair, Director of Sustainability Programs, Caltech
Andy Shrader, Founding Principal, Director of Environmental Affairs, Water Policy and Sustainability, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz
Eugene Shirley, Founding Principal, President, Pando Populus
Nadereh Afsharmanesh, VP of Sustainability and Education, ECOS
Scott Ammons, Outdoor Programs & Community Relations Manager, REI
Shannon Bart, Sustainability Director, NBC Universal
Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Sustainability Officer, UCLA
Halli Bovia, Sustainability Programs Manager, USC
Tim Brick, Executive Director, Arroyo Seco Foundation
Randy Britt, Chief Sustainability Officer, Vanir Construction Management
Sasha Calder, Director of Sustainability, Beauty Counter / Counter Brands, LLC
John B. Cobb, Chair, Pando Popopulus; founder at the intersection of philosophy, religion, ethics and the environment; Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Liz Crosson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Robyn Eason, Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood
Austin Eriksson, California State University – Northridge, Director of Energy & Sustainability
Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County
David Grannis, Managing Partner, Point C
Russell Greene, Chief Sustainability Officer (ret.), Cheesecake Factory
Dominique Hargreaves, Managing Partner, US Green Building Council – Los Angeles
Christopher Hazen, Director of Corporate Development, Enovity Inc.
Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Santa Monica
Pablo La Roche, Cal Poly Pomona, Interim Director, Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies; Callison RTKL, Associate Vice President
Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council
Loraine Lundquist, Lecturer, CSUN
Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Director of Sustainability Initiatives, ArtCenter College of Design
Luis Navarro, ADEC Innovations, Director of Sustainability Services
John Rego, Vice President Sustainability & Environmental Affairs, Sony Pictures
Craig Reiter, LA Metro, Senior Director, Environmental Compliance and Sustainability
Steve Sabicer, Chair, Sustainable Claremont
Ezra Silk, The Climate Mobilization, Director of Strategy and Policy
Mark Spears, Director, Sustainable Business Practices (ret.), Walt Disney Company
Michael Swords, VP Government Relations, LA Cleantech Incubator
Mike Wallace, Managing Director, BrownFlynn