Business and Environmental Industry Leaders to Convene at The Wall Street Journal's Annual ECO:nomics Conference

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NEW YORK, Jan. 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal's sixth annual ECO:nomics conference will bring together 300 of the world's leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry experts at the intersection of business and the environment to address the most urgent issues facing energy, clean technology and the environment today. The meeting will be held March 20-22 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Calif.

ECO:nomics featured participants—including Larry Brilliant, MD, President and CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund; Richard M. Daley, Former Mayor, City of Chicago; Executive Chairman, Tur Partners; Gretchen W. McClain, President and CEO, Xylem; George P. Schultz, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of State; Anne Stausboll, CEO, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS); Thomas F. Steyer, Co-Founding Director, The Center for the Next Generation; and Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman, IHS, among others—will discuss and debate the risks and opportunities emerging both domestically and globally at this time of ongoing historic change in the environment and business sectors.

The issues to be addressed at ECO:nomics 2013 directly impact the business world. In candid discussions and focused breakout sessions, the participants at ECO:nomics will discuss, among other issues, the economics of climate change, sustainable investing, green cities, the U.S. as an oil powerhouse, the rise of battery technology in China, and the future of heavily politicized environmental regulations.

Other participants in this year's ECO:nomics conference include:

  • Terry L. Anderson, President, PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center;
  • Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club;
  • Governor Tom Corbett, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
  • Aron Cramer, President and CEO, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR);
  • David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy;
  • Thomas F. Farrell II, Chairman, President and CEO, Dominion Resources;
  • J. Christian Gerdes, Director, Center for Automotive Research (CARS), Stanford University;
  • Josh Green, General Partner, Mohr Davidow;
  • Arno Harris, Chairman and CEO, Recurrent Energy;
  • Joel Kotkin, Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures, Chapman University;
  • Christina Lampe- Önnerud, Founder, Boston-Power;
  • Gary W. Loveman, Chairman, President and CEO, Caesars Entertainment;
  • Bjørn Lomborg, Director, Copenhagen Consensus Center;
  • William McDonough, Chairman, McDonough Advisors;
  • Sunil Paul, CEO, SideCar; Founding Partner, Spring Ventures;
  • Pin Ni, President, Wanxiang America;
  • Marvin E. Odum, President, Shell Oil Company; Director, Upstream Americas, Royal Dutch Shell;
  • Anne R. Pramaggiore, President and CEO, Commonwealth Edison;
  • Shawn Qu, Chairman, President and CEO, Canadian Solar;
  • Lyndon Rive, CEO, SolarCity;
  • David G. Rosenberg, CEO, AeroFarms;
  • Alan E. Salzman, CEO and Managing Partner, VantagePoint Capital Partners;
  • Ann Marie Sastry, CEO, Sakti3.

The findings from ECO:nomics will be published in a special worldwide report in The Wall Street Journal and on on Tuesday, March 26.

In addition, participants will also hear from several of the CEOs who made the top 10 in The Wall Street Journal's rankings of The Next Big Thing in Clean Tech. All ECO:nomics participants then vote on which is the most noteworthy investment. Among those speaking:

  • Sam Arditi, CEO, Tigo Energy;
  • Ed Dineen, President and CEO, LS9;
  • Barry Evans, CEO, Calxeda;
  • Jonathan K. Hsu, CEO, Recyclebank;
  • Atul Kapadia, Chairman and CEO, Envia Systems;
  • Alex Laskey, President, Opower;
  • Rodrigo J. Prudencio, CEO, Hara;
  • Sonny Wu, Chairman and Acting CEO, Boston-Power.

ECO:nomics will be hosted by editors of The Wall Street Journal, including Alan Murray, senior contributing editor; John Bussey, assistant managing editor; Kimberley Strassel, editorial board member; Russell Gold, energy and renewables reporter; and Joe White, senior editor.

The Wall Street Journal hosts a select number of exclusive, invitation-only conferences every year, assembling some of the world's most influential leaders from industry, finance, government and policy, and generating some of the most influential thought-leadership about the most pressing issues in the world today.

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