VERGE is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. Attended by leaders from the world's largest corporations, as well as startups, the public sector, nonprofits and academia, the 2016 flagship event will be held September 19-22 in Santa Clara, CA.

Register for the #VERGEcon Virtual Event to livestream mainstage sessions, watch exclusive Sidebar interviews, submit questions to speakers and connect with fellow virtual attendees.

WRI staff will be at #VERGEcon to participate in this annual event, including the following events:

VERGE 16 Utility of the Future Summit

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | 12:30  5:30 PM PDT
Where: Santa Clara, CA
Description: The Utility of the Future Summit is a half-day, invitation-only working session on September 20, focusing on disruptive market shifts, evolving business models and new technologies needed to bring affordable, renewable power to market in a disparate policy and regulatory environment. Utilities, corporate energy executives, independent power producers, solution providers and government officials will participate in a facilitated discussion to identify barriers and opportunities for adapting to a shifting energy marketplace.

Speakers: Mary Sotos
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Navigating On-Site and Off-Site Renewables Opportunities

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM PDT
Where: Grand Ballroom C
Description: A deep dive with several corporate clean energy stakeholders (owners, developers, providers) to share their experiences, frameworks, and lessons as they seek to integrate more clean energy across their portfolios — discussing the trade-offs and opportunities of on-site and off-site renewables.


Mary Sotos, Associate, WRI (@marysotos1)
Blaine Collison, Managing Director, Altenex (@blainecollison)
Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager – Renewable Energy, General Motors (@RobThrelkeld)

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Leveraging Technology to Address Hunger and Food Loss & Waste

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Where: Grand Ballroom B
Description: A variety of technologies — turning restaurant and supermarket food waste into liquid fertilizer, or to feed other people; a new recycling infrastructure; community composting — are addressing hunger and food-scarcity issues while increasing the sustainability and resilience of food systems. A look at which new technologies are on the horizon.


JP Leous, Senior manager, Corporate relations, WRI
Komal Ahmad, Founder & CEO, COPIA
Sonia Lo, CEO, FreshBox Farms
Chris Noble, Farmer, Noblehurst Farms

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#VERGEcon Virtual will livestream at the following times.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 – 8:20am - 12:30pm PDT | 11:20am-3:30pm EDT
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 8:20am - 12:30pm PDT | 11:20am-3:30pm EDT
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 – 8:20am - 12:30pm PDT | 11:20am-3:30pm EDT