Over 150 leaders came together to discuss the unique role of AI in supporting sustainability goals. Key topics included governance frameworks, the importance of strategic partnerships, the environmental impact of AI, skills and the future workforce, and the role of data in supporting sustainability goals.

Artificial Intelligence is a transformative tool that can accelerate sustainability. But unlocking AI’s potential requires certain conditions and rules to ensure a safe, secure and equitable future for all.

Bringing together policymakers, legislators, industry, NGOs and academia, The AI & Sustainability Summit will explore AI's unique capabilities for accelerating sustainability and ensuring economic prosperity.

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Environmental Impact

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Confirmed speakers include

Markey
U.S. Senator
Ed Markey (D-MA)

Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate & Nuclear Safety; and Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force

U.S. Senate
Rep. Beyer
U.S. Congressman
Don Beyer (D-VA-08)

Vice Chair of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives
Buddy Carter
U.S. Representative
Buddy Carter (R-GA-01)

Chair of the House Subcommittee on Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Materials, and Vice-Chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus

U.S. House of Representatives
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Stephanie Nguyen

Chief Technology Officer

Federal Trade Commission
HelenaFu
Helena Fu

Chief AI Officer and Director, Office of Critical and Emerging Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy
Michael Curtis
Michael Curtis

Deputy Ambassador

The European Union Delegation to the United States
DavidSandalow
David Sandalow

Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy

Columbia University
Costa
Dr. Costa Samaras

Director, Scott Institute
for Energy Innovation

Carnegie Mellon University
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Simon Ninan

Senior Vice President of Business Strategy

Hitachi Vantara
Gundeep
Gundeep Ahluwalia

Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Labor
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Mary de Wysocki

Chief Sustainability Officer

Cisco
Marsden
Marsden Hanna

Global Head of Sustainability Policy

Google
SuzanneDorsey
Suzanne Dorsey

Deputy Director

Maryland Department of Environment
Tanya-Das
Dr. Tanya Das

Senior Associate Director, Energy Program

Bipartisan Policy Center
Corey
Corey Glickman

Founder

Greenman Black
(Conference Rapporteur)
ClaraLangevin
Clara Langevin

AI Policy Specialist

Federation of American Scientists
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Dr. Ellen Zegura

Division Director for Computer and Network Systems

U.S. National Science Foundation
Anu
Anu Madgavkar

Partner

McKinsey Global Institute
Nancy
Nancy Colleton

President

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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Christabel Randolph

Law Fellow

Center for AI & Digital Policy
Scherlis
Dr. William Scherlis

Professor of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University
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Sacha Alanoca

AI Governance Expert and
John F. Kennedy Fellow

Harvard University
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Tom Romanoff

Division of the Technology Project

Bipartisan Policy Center
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Justin Thompson

Senior Policy Analyst

National Education Association

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Program

 

  • Corey Glickman, Founder, Greenman Black

Keynote Address:

  • Stephanie Nguyen, Chief Technology Officer, Federal Trade Commission

 

Keynote Address:

  • Michael Curtis, Deputy Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America

 

Keynote Address

  • Marsden Hanna, Head of Sustainability Policy, Google

 

Keynote Address

  • Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety, and Co-Chair of the Senate Climate Change Task Force, U.S. Senate

The complexity and scale of sustainability challenges requires collaborative efforts among governments and industry. Cross-sector collaboration builds trust and enhances the credibility of AI Sustainability initiatives. In addition, by establishing clear governance guidelines AI can be a powerful tool for a more sustainable future. This session will explore how different stakeholders are working together to establish AI governance frameworks, drive innovation and create lasting positive impacts on the environment, economy and society.

  • What role can governance frameworks play in harnessing the full potential of AI for a more sustainable future?
  • How is the U.S. government working with industry and other governments to facilitate cooperation on AI for sustainability?
  • To what extent are stakeholders working together to leverage the power of AI to address sustainability? What are some examples of cross-sector collaboration?

 

Moderator:

  • Christabel Randolph, Law Fellow, Center for AI and Digital Policy 

Speakers:

  • U.S. Congressman Don Beyer (D-V-08), Vice Chair of the Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Sacha Alanoca, AI Governance Expert & Kennedy Fellow, Harvard University 

  • Suzanne Dorsey, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

  • Clara Langevin, AI Policy Specialist, Federation of American Scientists

AI automation and data can support companies and governments meet their sustainability goals. AI allows data to be converted into sustainability insights, and when integrated into operations and workflows, it allows partners to drive improvements across the whole value chain. In order to fully realize the potential of AI data for sustainability goals, there are a number of actions governments and organizations can take in developing policies and procedures. This session will explore the value of AI data in meeting our sustainability and environmental goals, and the work being done by policymakers and companies to ensure trust and security in these systems.

  • How can data generated by AI support organizations meet their sustainability goals?
  • What efforts are policymakers, legislators and the private sector making to realize the full potential of AI to address sustainability?
  • How are stakeholders ensuring trust and security?

 

Moderator:

  • Nancy Colleton, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and Advisory Board Member, Climate Cardinals

 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ellen Zegura, Division Director for Computer and Network Systems, U.S. National Science Foundation

  • Mary de Wysocki, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cisco

  • Simon Ninan, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy, Hitachi Vantara

AI is an essential tool for accelerating environmental sustainability. The technology offers innovative solutions for understanding, monitoring and mitigating environmental issues, including sustainable urban planning, waste management and circular economies. AI technology also reduces energy consumption in buildings, across mobile networks and allows organizations to curb energy use and reduce operating costs. However, running AI models can be energy intensive and balancing the benefits of AI with its energy requirements remains a challenge. This session will explore how stakeholders should implement a strategic approach to AI infrastructure sustainability, including responsible lifecycle management practices and building energy-efficient infrastructure, whilst innovating across different areas to ensure policy, business and environmental goals are met.

  • What are some examples of how AI is helping to meet environmental sustainability goals?
  • How are policymakers working to ensure AI’s benefits are not overshadowed by its energy requirements?
  • How are private organizations working to ensure AI infrastructure is energy-efficient and sustainable?
  • Specifically, what work is being done to reduce the environmental impact of data centers?

 

Moderator:

  • Dr. Tanya Das, Senior Associate Director, Energy Program, Bipartisan Policy Center

 

Speakers:

  • Helena Fu, Director, Office of Critical and Emerging Technologies and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

  • Dr. Costa Samaras, Director, Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University

  • David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

There are fears among individuals, policymakers and legislators that the proliferation of AI will lead to job losses and economic uncertainty for many Americans. Governments and legislators are working to ensure this doesn’t happen without stifling innovation and America’s AI leadership. In parallel to this, policymakers and organizations acknowledge the growing gap in sustainability expertise, which is having a negative impact on the speed of the green transition. This session will explore the work that policymakers and legislators are doing to protect American workers, and the support required from industry experts to achieve this. Participants will also discuss the key relationship between AI technology, skills and sustainability and more specifically, how AI can support advancements in green skills and ultimately enrich jobs and provide further economic prosperity.    

  • What efforts have been made to protect workers who are at risk?
  • What work is being done by the Government, Congress and the private sector to close the sustainability skills gap?
  • To what extent can AI support advancements in green skills?

Moderator:

  • Tom Romanoff, Director of the Technology Project, Bipartisan Policy Center

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Scherlis, Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Justin Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst, National Education Association

  • Gundeep Ahluwalia, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Anu Madgavkar, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute

  • Corey Glickman, Founder, Greenman Black

To discuss the agenda in more detail, please contact:

Tom Chinnocktom.chinnock@techforclimateaction.com | +44 (0) 7785 795 015

Participation fees

Corporate Rate (applies to large corporations): $149


Reduced Rate (applies to NGOs, Not-For-Profit, Academia/Students, SMEs and Start-Ups): $39


Complimentary Rate (applies to Government and Press): FREE

This conference supports the Sustainable Development Goals

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Event Venue

National Press Club

Washington D.C., U.S.A

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Tom Chinnock using any of the details below:

tom.chinnock@techforclimateaction.com

Tel: +44 (0) 7785 795 015