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Experience Rio+20 With DESSC

For those in the world of environment and sustainability, Rio+20 has long been on the horizon. The conference finally kicks off next week and will mark the 20 anniversary of the previous summit.  I won’t be there, but DESSC will and we’ll be helping you experience it on Twitter, Facebook, and this blog.

Our efforts start tomorrow, when we will feature an interview with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.  ITI CEO Dean Garfield sat down with Jackson to discuss not only her thoughts on Rio+20, but also her views more generally on sustainability and the importance of ICT to sustainability.  Included in her comments are observations on JIUS -- the U.S.-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability.  Look for developments on JIUS coming out of Rio next week.  DESSC hopes to help on this initiative moving forward. 

We will follow that up with a blog the next day from Johnson Control’s  Anna Pavlova concerning Thursday’s Energy Efficiency Forum and its relevance to Rio+20.

From Saturday onward, we will be discussing the partnership commitment that DESSC is announcing with the UN Foundation, The Climate Group, and C2ES, with the support of the U.S. government.  DESSC co-chair Steve Harper will unveil this partnership as part of his participation on a 9 a.m. panel at the Corporate Sustainability Forum, so be looking for his blog on that during the weekend. 

Expect lots of continuing commentary next week on this partnership commitment by DESSC and by our partners.

DESSC will hold two panels at Rio +20 next week. 

Tuesday, June 19 at 2:15 p.m. in Rio (12:15 p.m. ET):  As a part of BASD Business Day, being held at the Windsor Barra Hotel, DESSC will participate in a high-profile panel focused on the role of technology in sustainable development.  The experts taking part include:

  • Steve Harper, DESSC co-chair and Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corp.
  • Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft;
  • Kris Gopalakrishnan, CEO and Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys;
  • Clay Nesler, VP, Global Energy and Sustainability, JCI;
  • Elaine Weidman, VP, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson; and
  • Zhu Songli, Director, Energy Research Institute, China National Development & Reform Commission.


Thursday, June 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Rio (10:30 a.m. ET):  DESSC will hold a panel on “Information & Communications Technology:  The App Store for Sustainable Development.”  For people in Rio, the event is taking place at the U.S. Government Center at Athletes Park.  For those following online, we’ll webcast the panel at  Our panelists are:

  • Steve Harper, DESSC CoChair and Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corp.;
  • Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft;
  • Bruno Berthon, Global Managing Director for Sustainability Services, Accenture;
  • Cynthia Curtis, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, CA Technologies;
  • Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group; and
  • Clay Nesler, VP, Global Energy and Sustainability, JCI.

Meghan Fletcher will be leading up all our social media efforts, so contact her if you want to help.  For your own efforts, we’ve included below some Twitter handles that you may find interesting during the event.  And don’t forget to use the Rio +20 hashtag, #RioPlus20.


















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