THE FUTURE OF NATURE

The Nature Conservancy
Volunteer Leadership Summit 2015
Washington DC, Oct 6 - 8

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“The real wealth we leave to the future will be found in the number of available pathways we leave them. The more options people have, the more ways of doing things, the more durable their resources, the more resilient their systems, the greater the long-term wealth they possess.”
—Alex Steffen

Sally Jewell

(Invited)
Secretary of the Department of the Interior

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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker, Nature and the Value of the Human Story

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Louie Schwartzberg

Nature Photographer, Nature’s Awe

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Alex Steffen

Futurist in Residence

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Additional special guests will be announced soon.

Sally Jewell

Secretary of the Department of the Interior

An American businesswoman and the 51st United States Secretary of the Interior, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She is the second woman to hold the position, after Gale Norton. The former president and CEO of REI, a Seattle-based retailer of outdoor gear, she studied as an engineer, and previously worked in the oil and banking industries.

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Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker, Nature and the Value of the Human Story

An American filmmaker, known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films. His most widely known documentaries are The Civil War (1990),Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War(2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), Prohibition (2011), The Central Park Five (2012), and The Roosevelts (2014).

Burns’ documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and have won Emmy Awards, among other honors.

 

 

Photo: Cable Risdon

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Louie Schwartzberg

Nature Photographer, Nature’s Awe

An award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for well over three decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.

 

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Alex Steffen

Futurist in Residence

Alex Steffen co-founded and ran the online magazine Worldchanging.com from 2003-2010. In those seven years, he made Worldchanging one of the world’s leading sustainability-related publications with an archive of almost 12,000 articles and a large global audience. He also edited an internationally best-selling book surveying innovative solutions to the planet’s most pressing problems:Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century. His most recent work is Carbon Zero, a book describing cities that create prosperity not climate change, accelerating their economies while reducing their climate emissions to zero.

 

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Photo: Erika Nortemann/TNC

Capitol Hill, Agency & Partner Visits
Tuesday, October 6th, 9 am - 5 pm

Photo: Matt Christenson/BLM/2013

Opening Plenary — Nature for People: Mark Tercek & Sally Jewell in Conversation
Wednesday, October 7th, 9 am

Louie Schwartzberg
Wednesday, October 7th, 12 pm

Nature Lab / Thorny Problems
Wednesday, October 7th, 2 pm

Jeffersonian Dinner
Wednesday, October 7th, 6 pm

Overview


We are at a critical time in human history, where the choices we make today will determine what our planet looks like for all future generations. We at The Nature Conservancy, want to be good ancestors and ensure that the future of nature is bright. Join us for an experience designed to connect you to your fellow trustees, provide new insights to the challenges we are facing, engage you in real-time problem solving, and weave together the stories of our community that will help us a build a stronger, more globally inclusive volunteer leadership community at The Conservancy.  The agenda includes traditional elements of past gatherings as well as new activations to tap into the talents of our community and to create deeper engagement.


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Monday

Welcome Reception
4 — 7 PM


Policy staff will be available to discuss key priorities and answer questions from Trustees and staff. TNC leadership will offer a welcome at 6pm. Trustees and state chapters will have dinner on their own.

Tuesday

Advocacy Day
8 am — 7 pm

  • 8 am Trustee Advocacy Overview at Hotel
  • 9 am – 5 pm Capitol Hill, Agency & Partner Visits
  • 5 pm – 7 pm Capitol Hill Reception

Wednesday

Nature Day
9 am — 9 pm

  • 9 am Opening Plenary: The Future of Nature and People: Mark Tercek & Sally Jewell (invited)
  • 10:30 am The Future of…

    These ‘Future of’ conversations will be grounded in optimism and realism. The aim is to highlight ideas and solutions about enhancing water security, feeding the world, meeting growing energy demands, and maintaining a ‘global’ impact focus.

    • The Future of Food
    • The Future of Water
    • The Future of Energy
    • The Future of Impact
  • 12 pm Luncheon keynote: Louis Schwartzberg; Nature’s Awe
  • 2 pm Outdoor Nature Labs: These excursions will provide an opportunity to explore the complexities of conservation in urban environments and discover nature in unexpected places.

    • Anacostia River Restoration:
    Rediscovering D.C.’s forgotten river
    • Birding and Bird Language
    • Urban School Gardens
    • Urban Storm Water Management
    • Urban Nature Walk
    • Potomac Gorge More Info
  • 2 pm Indoor Nature Labs: Onsite activities will include challenge workshops where participants will learn about the current state of our climate and coastal protection work and roll up their sleeves to help us identify new strategies, partners, and pathways to achieving success.

    • Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change
    • Nature’s Insurance: Disaster Preparedness More Info
  • 6 pm – 9 pm Jeffersonian Dinner: DC’s leading chefs will prepare a brilliant feast highlighting local sustainable foods. We will explore our relationship to nature and its future.

Thursday

Sharing Our Stories
8 am — 2 pm

  • 8 am Breakfast for Chapter chairs with Mark Tercek, CEO, and Craig McCaw, Board Chairman
  • 9 am Mark Tercek: State of the Conservancy followed by Q&A with Board and Executive Team; presentation of Oak Leaf Awards: Mark Tercek and Craig McCaw
  • 10:30 am Trustee Council Business meeting
  • 11:15 am Breakout Sessions for Trustee Discussion: “Share Your Story: Crafting the TNC Message”

    “To provide volunteer leaders with a hands on session that helps them to become more comfortable and confident in engaging others and sharing their personal story about why they are involved with the Conservancy and why they are optimistic about the future of nature.”
  • 1 pm Closing Plenary Lunch

2 pm Outdoor Nature Labs: These excursions will provide an opportunity to explore the complexities of conservation in urban environments and discover nature in unexpected places.

• Anacostia River Restoration:
Rediscovering D.C.’s forgotten river
• Birding and Bird Language
• Urban School Gardens
• Urban Storm Water Management
• Urban Nature Walk
• Potomac Gorge

These excursions will provide an opportunity to explore the complexities of conservation in urban environments and discover nature in unexpected places.

  • Anacostia River Restoration Rediscovering D.C.’s forgotten river
    Venture out to see how the Anacostia Waterfront is transforming the shores of the Anacostia River in Washington DC. Embraced by 20 regional and federal agency partners, the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative weaves through District Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, stretching from the Tidal Basin to the District’s northeast border with Maryland. We will visit two sites, including Kingman Island.
  • Urban School Gardens
    Our group will visit two schools participating in our urban school gardens program through Nature Works Everywhere. The program models natural systems through gardens as outdoor learning labs and gives students, teachers, and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists.
  • Urban Storm Water Management
    Explore the collaboration between Washington DC Department of the Environment, EKO Asset Management, and TNC to develop storm water retention credit market and trading program that accelerates reduction of pollution from urban storm water using green infrastructure approaches and private investment. Our group will visit key storm water management sites and take a 75-minute cruise on the MV Half Shell on the Anacostia River to learn about the impacts of current management practices.
  • Urban Nature Walk
    Take a stroll around the city with our new Cities Global Strategy Lead, Pascal Mittermaier. Our group will visit grey and green infrastructure projects, discuss the benefits of urban nature to people, and the challenges that accompany it.
  • Potomac Gorge
    Over many millennia, a rare combination of natural forces carved the unique Potomac Gorge. Running from Great Falls to Georgetown, this 15-mile section of the Potomac River is one of the most ecologically significant natural areas within our entire National Park System. Learn about how this important area not only supplies water for wildlife and critical habitat but also to the residents of Washington, DC.

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2 pm Indoor Nature Labs: Onsite activities will include challenge workshops where participants will learn about the current state of our climate and coastal protection work and roll up their sleeves to help us identify new strategies, partners, and pathways to achieving success.

• Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change
• Nature’s Insurance: Disaster Preparedness

Onsite activities will include challenge workshops where participants will learn about the current state of our climate and coastal protection work and roll up their sleeves to help us identify new strategies, partners, and pathways to achieving success. The following will be available to all who stay onsite at the Hyatt and will be provided twice during the 3-hour block so everyone can attend and group size is small enough to facilitate discussion.

  • Nature’s Solutions to Climate Change
    This session will seek to engage trustees to identify the role their state can play in solving the climate problem using traditional practices focused on land management.
  • Nature’s Insurance: Disaster Preparedness
    This session will present the 5 pillars of the Coastal Risk Reduction program and engage trustees in focus-group style to get feedback on the work and help them to identify the best opportunities for advancing this work as well as how to best communicate about it.

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Registration Information

To register for the Volunteer Leadership Summit, please use the Register link below. Please note that you will need your credit card information to complete the registration process.

Registration Rate

We have established a per person registration fee to partially defray food, beverage and other associated meeting costs.

We are pleased to offer an early bird discount registration fee of $395 per person for Trustees and $355 for Trustees’ guests until August 31st. On Tuesday, September 1st, the registration fee will be $425 per person for Trustees and $375 for Trustees’ guests.

Accommodations

The Nature Conservancy has reserved a block of rooms with the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Our room rate is $309 per room, per night, single or double occupancy and is subject to 14.5% state and local taxes. Once you have registered for the meeting, you will be able to secure hotel reservations via the link provided in your confirmation email. Please register immediately as rooms will quickly sell out.

The hotel reservation cut-off date is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. You must register by this date to ensure a hotel reservation. After this date we cannot guarantee room availability. Register early!

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001 USA

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