Industry Leaders to Address Key Issues in Business and the Environment at Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics Conference

NEW YORK, March 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal will again convene the world's leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry experts at the annual ECO:nomics conference to discuss and debate the most urgent topics with a focus on investing and innovation, profitability and smarter uses of energy and transportation. They will also assess the opportunities and risks at the intersection of commerce and sustainability. The event will take place March 25-27 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif.

This year, ECO:nomics features a lineup of global CEOs, intellectuals and policymakers – including Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Nick Akins, chairman, president and CEO, American Electric Power; Anthony F. Earley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO, PG&E Corporation; Ted Nordhaus, chairman, Breakthrough Institute; John Woolard, vice president of energy, Google; Tulsi Tanti, chairman, Suzlon Group, and many others. The opening night session features a panel discussion lead by Gerard Baker, editor in chief, The Wall Street Journal on the potential impact of the decline in the price of oil.

The issues to be addressed at ECO:nomics 2015 range from the upending of transportation and how consumers choose to get around to the rapid growth and attention paid to renewable-energy and energy efficient technologies that are not yet making much environmental difference.

Additional leaders participating in ECO:nomics include:

  • T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital Management;
  • Robert Murray, CEO, Murray Energy Corporation;
  • Jean Rogers, PhD., founder and CEO, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board;
  • Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator (D. W.Va.), Governor of West Virginia (2005-2010);
  • Lisa Jackson, vice president, environmental initiatives, Apple, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency (2009-2013);
  • Mark R. Tercek, president and CEO, The Nature Conservancy;
  • Jay Walker, executive chairman, Patent Properties, Founder,, Founder, Library on the History of Human Imagination;
  • Shankar Venkateswaran, chief, Tata Sustainability Group;
  • Deb Frodl, global executive director, Ecomagination, GE;
  • Bryan Mistele, co-founder, president and CEO, INRIX;
  • Marc Davidson, senior director of technology, production enhancement, Halliburton;
  • Philip Moeller, commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;

ECO:nomics will be hosted by editors of The Wall Street Journal, including Gerard Baker, editor in chief; John Bussey, assistant managing editor and executive business editor; Russell Gold, staff reporter; Kimberley Strassel, editorial board member; Amy Harder, energy reporter; Leslie Eaton, U.S. energy editor and Texas bureau chief; and Jeffrey Ball, contributing editor.

The findings from ECO:nomics will be published in a worldwide special report in The Wall Street Journal and on

The Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics conference is sponsored by America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), Hitachi, Ltd. and Toyota.

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