Debating the reality of climate change is history.

VoLo Foundation, in partnership with the University of Central Florida, invites you to join the real debate – solutions. The inaugural Climate Correction conference will dive into answers, bringing together industry experts to discuss the data, economics, and best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Join us to learn what is being done and what steps you can take now.


Event details:
Live Oak Event Center
4115 Pyxis Lane, Orlando, FL
Thursday, October 11, 2018
8:30AM to 5:00PM

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Here's a sneak peak of our agenda:

  • Communicating for Progress - Case Studies
  • Connection to Global Picture
  • Managing Climate Risk Today, There is an Answer but You’ll Need to be Involved
  • Mitigation Strategies in Nature - Trail and Community Garden Tours
  • Mitigation Strategies in the Built Environment - LEED Facility Tours
  • Offshore is the Key to Future
  • Pollution and Health Disparities - Case Studies
  • Strategies for Carbon Mitigation and Adaptation - Panel Discussion
  • The Financial Cost of Climate Change - Panel Discussion



Check out our speakers and panelists. More to come!


Adrianna Quintero - Director, Strategic Partnerships, Energy Foundation

In her role as Director, Strategic Partnerships, Adrianna works to establish, strengthen, and steward Energy Foundation funders. A nationally recognized expert on strategic power-building, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, she spent the past 11 years as Director of Partner & Community Engagement at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In 2007, Adrianna also founded and, for a decade, served as Executive Director of Voces Verdes, a national coalition of Latino business, health, community, cultural leaders, advocates, and organizations calling for action on clean energy and climate and one of the first organizations dedicated to building leadership among Latinos and Latinas on sustainability. She began her career at NRDC as an attorney litigating cases on pesticides, toxics, drinking water and air quality.


Alex Slocum - Professor, MIT

Alexander Slocum is the Walter M. May and A. Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a MacVicar Faculty Teaching Fellow, a Fellow of the ASME, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has 130+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for "one of the 100 best new technical products of the year". He pioneered the deterministic design of kinematic couplings (www.kinematiccouplings.org) including the standard for all semiconductor wafer transport carriers (SEMI E57-1296). He has helped start several successful precision manufacturing equipment companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics. Alex was the Massachusetts Professor of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer's Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, and the ASME Leonardo daVinci, Machine Design, and Thar Energy Awards. His current interests focus on the development of precision machines from medical devices and instruments to energy harvesting and storage machines. Recently he served on the DoE Science Team working on the Gulf Oil Spill, and has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing.


Andrew Stevenson - Environmental Advisor, VoLo Foundation

Andrew is the Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at JUST Capital, a company that ranks the largest publicly traded U.S. corporations on worker pay and treatment, customer respect, product quality and environmental impact. Prior to JUST Capital, he was a Macro Portfolio Manager at Citadel Asset Management's Global Fixed Income Fund. Additionally he has over twenty years of experience working for investment banks in London and Tokyo. Before that he gained significant experience as Portfolio Manager for Brevan Howard AM and JWP Partners, U.S. His experience also includes eight years as an advisor to and employee of the National Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit focused on energy, health and climate-related policy and governance issues. He has served as an advisor to ClimateWorks on the topic of impact investing and speaks at Columbia Law School and Congressional Briefings on issues related to climate finance. As our Advisor, he is responsible for helping us execute our mission, specifically as it relates to climate change. Andrew has a Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan.


Anna Grace Sampson - Director, We Are Neutral

Anna Grace Sampson is a Florida native and has been passionate about healing the environment since a young age. She received her Masters of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009 and has since used mathematics and the nature around her to inspire meaningful, local change. As the director of the environmental nonprofit, We Are Neutral, she uses her analytical skills and passion for the environment to calculate and offset carbon footprints while improving the community around her.



Buddy Dyer - Mayor, City of Orlando

Buddy Dyer is the 32nd and current mayor of Orlando, Florida, first elected in 2003. Mayor Dyer previously he represented Orlando in the Florida State Senate for ten years, including three years when he was the Senate Democratic leader. He has been recognized as one of the most successful "Mayor in America and has been a long-time advocate of sustainable cities.




Britt Groosman - Vice President, Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund

Britt Groosman is Vice President, Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where she oversees all of the Climate program’s country-level work outside the United States and helps to shape the organization’s advocacy for environmentally effective and economically sound climate policy. She is an economist, joined EDF in 2008 to work on US Federal climate policy, and went on to direct EDF’s Office of Economic Policy until 2011. She has wide ranging expertise in environmental policy, most notably climate and conservation policy. Britt formulated EDF’s first oceans strategy for China, and established EDF’s first European office in London, setting up a program with operations in Sweden, UK, Spain and Belgium, and was the first European Director for EDF’s Ocean program. As the lead for EDF’s work on Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels, she simultaneously worked with policy makers in Brussels and on the ground in various EU Member States with fishermen and local NGO partners on co-management processes and sustainable management of fisheries. Prior to EDF, Britt worked as an environmental economist at several large consultancies, lectured at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ghent (Belgium), and taught guest courses for the United Nations University Program. She wrote the entry on “Pollution Tax” in the ‘Encyclopedia of Law and Economics’ (Edward Elgar, 2000). Britt studied at the Universities of Gent, Hamburg and Oxford, and is now based in New York.


Chad Frischmann - Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown

A coalition-builder and systems strategist, Chad Frischmann works to reverse global warming and build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and to human well-being.

Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind Project Drawdown. In collaboration with leading environmentalist Paul Hawken and a global team of researchers and thought leaders, Chad designed sophisticated models to assess the world’s most effective climate solutions and determine if, when, and how the world can reach “drawdown,” the point in time when the concentration of atmospheric greenhouse gases begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. As head of research since Project Drawdown’s inception, Chad is a key spokesperson and coalition-builder dedicated to sharing the message and model of Drawdown with the world.

With a multidisciplinary background in public policy, human rights, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad provides a systems-based approach to research and strategic leadership. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Chad’s talks have been featured at the University of Oxford, Harvard, COP23 in Bonn, World Business Council on Sustainable Development, 1% for the Planet Global Summit, Engineering for Change, ISEN Climate Change Symposium, University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, and the Carbon Leadership Forum, among others.


Chris Castro, LEED GA, CPB - Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando

A sustainability and clean energy expert, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer with a passion to create smart, resilient, and sustainable communities. Chris is currently the Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability, and Co-chair of Smart Cities for the City of Orlando and works to develop partnerships, policies, and programs to make Orlando one of the most environmentally-friendly, socially inclusive and economically vibrant City in the nation. Chris is also co-founder of several nonprofits and social enterprises, including IDEAS For Us, an international 501c3 nonprofit & UN-accredited NGO, working to incubate global environmental solutions and fund local action that advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Chris has held sustainability & energy-related positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Government, and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2012, Chris also co-founded a clean energy consulting firm, Citizen Energy, that provides custom energy efficiency & renewable energy solutions as a service for commercial buildings in the Washington DC Metro area. In addition, Chris has been recognized for his effort as an environmental leader; including being named a ‘Champions of Change' by the U.S. White House & Obama Administration, the 'Guru of Green' by the Orlando Business Journal, the Grist 50 Fixer Award, Top 30 Under 30 sustainability professionals by GreenBiz, and formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Al Gore. As a thought leader, Chris has spoken at more than 100+ conferences and events, including the United Nations Rio+20 Summit, Smart Cities Week DC, SEPA Grid Evolution Summit, NASA Kennedy Space Center Innovation Expo, Sustainatopia, TEDx Orlando, and more.


Christopher Schnyer - Advisor, VoLo Foundation

Christopher Schnyer is a data analyst for a financial management firm based in Jupiter, Florida. He serves as an advisor to the VoLo Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Project Alianza. Prior to entering finance, Chris had a twenty-year career in non-profit management and public policy research. He spent three years as a project manager and research associate in the health unit of the RAND Corporation, where his work focused on clinical quality and performance measurement. Before that, he spent five years at the Institute for Health Policy Solutions, working to expand affordable health coverage for working families in California. He also spent two years as an independent non-profit management consultant in Boston, MA. Chris has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Science in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


David S. Vogel - CEO/Chief Scientist, Voloridge Investment Management

David is a world-renowned data mining and predictive modeling expert. Having won numerous data science awards, he has earned international recognition for his predictive modeling accuracy. To understand the versatility of his predictive techniques, one must consider the prestigious KDD Cup and the Heritage Health Prize award, which he has won several times. He is the Founder and CEO of Voloridge Investment Management, LLC, an award-winning quantitative hedge fund that owes its success, in part, to his predictive modeling expertise. He has been expertly quoted in Bloomberg, Barron’s, ThinkTech and others on charitable and financial topics and he regularly presents research and data at conferences and institutes worldwide. He currently serves as Board Member to Environmental Defense Fund, JUST Capital, and Amplio. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Scientific Computing from New York University.


Hyung Park - Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Hyung “Sam” Park is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. His work has focused on environmental issues, particularly, the public perception of and congressional debate on climate change and health disparities, among others. His current interest lies in analyzing the structure of environmental conditions for understanding health-related behaviors. He is also conducting social science research on the participants in coastal activism in central Florida. The outcomes of this work have been published journals in both sociology and public policy. He teaches environmental sociology, medical sociology, and statistics, among others, at UCF.


Jennifer Jurado Ph.D. - CRO, Division Director, Broward County

Dr. Jennifer Jurado is Broward County’s Chief Resilience Officer and Director of the Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division where she oversees county-wide climate resiliency initiatives, water resource policy and planning, environmental monitoring, shoreline protection and marine resources programs. She has been a key figure in the advancement of multi-jurisdictional initiatives with a focus on sustainable water resource management and sea level rise adaptation planning. She played a lead role in the organization and advancement of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a four-county collaboration focused on regional climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, and co-leads the Compact’s water resources and economic resilience work groups. Dr. Jurado serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange. Dr. Jurado earned her Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the University of Miami.


Katharine Hayhoe - CEO, Atmos Research and Consulting

Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. She is a professor at Texas Tech University and has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.





Kristin Van Busum - Founder & CEO, Project Alianza

Kristin Van Busum believes that every child on the planet has the fundamental right to education. That’s why she founded Project Alianza, an organization that builds schools and provides educational opportunities for children living on coffee farms in Latin America. She is a TEDx speaker and coach and was selected as a finalist in the MassChallenge accelerator program for high-impact startups. Prior to founding Project Alianza, Kristin worked at RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank that provides objective research to policymakers. She attended New York University (MPA, Public Policy Analysis) and Butler University (BA), was a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Fulbright Alumni Innovation Grant for Global Education.


Peterson Toscano - Storyteller, Citizens Climate Radio

Using theater, comedy, and character-driven one-person shows, Peterson explores LGBTQ issues, privilege, religion, and climate change. In addition to his live presentations at universities and conferences, Peterson is the host of Citizens Climate Radio and the curator of Climate Stew. He lives in rural Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.




Rod Braun - Manager, Climate and Coastal Resilience Program, The Nature Conservancy

Rod recently joined The Nature Conservancy and is currently the Climate and Coastal Resilience Program Manager. In this role, Rod is responsible developing policies and strategies around various climate actions including mitigation and adaptation, and implementing the organization’s 50-State Climate Initiative in Florida. Rod is leading the effort on coastal resiliency strategies for the Florida Chapter and co-chairing the Innovative Infrastructure Working Group to develop nature-based solutions for the Greater Miami & the Beaches resiliency plan. Previously, Rod held various roles (Section Lead/Bureau Chief) at the South Florida Water Management District (District), where he managed several programs including working with local governments on climate impacts. At the District, Rod managed the West Coast Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan with a total project cost of $1.1 billion as well as a Cooperative Funding Program for local restoration and stormwater initiatives the he developed that has a $4.2M budget for 16 counties in South Florida. He’s served many years on the Broward County Climate Task Force, Palm Beach County Water Resources Task Force and a board member of the Florida Stormwater Association. Additionally, Rod has hands-on experience with successfully designing and implementing estuarine restoration projects with Palm Beach County.


Thais Lopez Vogel - Co-Founder and Trustee, VoLo Foundation

Thais is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Before moving to the United States, she worked for Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima (PDVSA), a Venezuelan State oil company and the 39th largest company in the world. As our Trustee, Thais is responsible for setting priorities, approving strategies and allocating resources. She envisions VoLo playing a leadership role in expanding awareness of environmental issues. Her focus is expansive to include childhood education and global health care, which she believes are core building blocks for a sustainable future. As a mother of six, she aims to set our goals and values as an extension of the principles she instills in her children. She is a member of the Tiffany Circle at the American Red Cross, a board member for Water People Theater in Chicago, and also participates in several local community-focused committee groups in the Palm Beach area. Thais attended school at Colegio Emil Friedman and received her law degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.


Trenton Allen - Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Mr. Allen is Managing Director and CEO of Sustainable Capital Advisors. Mr. Allen founded SCA in 2012, to build upon his successful career in the financial services industry as an investment banker and financial advisor. Throughout his career, Mr. Allen has participated in over $30 Billion of financings, including public debt offerings and private placements (debt and equity). Prior to SCA, Mr. Allen was a Director at Citi where he led efforts to finance large infrastructure projects including water, wastewater, conventional and renewable energy and energy efficiency for utility, commercial and governmental clients. Mr. Allen led one of the United States first “green bond’ issuances with the groundbreaking $67 million Energy Efficiency Revenue Bond financing for the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (“SEU”) which provided a scaled capital markets solution for financing pooled energy efficiency projects. Currently, Mr. Allen is leading client engagements focused on developing innovative capital solutions for the sustainable infrastructure projects including, inclusive solar finance, pooled energy efficiency finance for multi-family affordable housing, subscriber-based community solar, climate resiliency infrastructure finance, municipal green financing authorities, smart cities P3 infrastructure finance, and more. Mr. Allen is a frequent speaker at major energy and infrastructure conferences and is widely regarded as a thought leader in the financing of clean energy projects. Mr. Allen served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Delaware, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, teaching a graduate level course “Sustainable Infrastructure Finance” which covered financing structures and strategies utilized in developing domestic and international sustainable energy projects, including solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, water and energy efficiency. Mr. Allen serves on the boards of CleanEnergyWorks and the National Energy and Water Infrastructure Exchange. Mr. Allen is a graduate of Harvard College where he majored in chemistry.


Wei Sun, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida

Dr. Wei Sun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Director of Siemens Digital Grid Lab at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University in 2011. His research interests include power system restoration and self-healing, interdependent critical infrastructure, cyber-physical resilience and security, and renewable integration.



Yoca Arditi-Rocha - Executive Director, The CLEO Institute

Yoca Arditi-Rocha is an international Sustainability Professional with over 15 years of management experience. A Biologist with a degree on Corporate Sustainability from the Institute of Global Sustainability at the University of Vermont currently finishing her Master's degree in Liberal Arts at Harvard University in Sustainability. She is an Al Gore trained Climate Change presenter, an active member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a mentor for new trainees at the Climate Reality Project, and a USGBC certified LEED-Green Associate. Yoca is the new Co-Executive Director at The CLEO Institute where she works with the CLEO staff to drive climate action through community engagement and education. Before joining CLEO, she was the founder and executive director of No Planeta B, a consultancy with an advocacy core, which specializes in carbon footprint inventories, climate action planning, sustainable events, climate literacy and corporate environmental capacity training in South Florida & the Latin American region. Yoca also lead an educational engagement non-profit initiative called U CLIMATICA: a free 3-day climate change training event that empowered & mentored youth to become climate leaders. She has participated in the past two United Nations climate negotiation talks, COP20 in Lima & COP21 in Paris, and serves as the sustainability advisor for several schools, colleges and organizations in the region. Yoca is passionate about solving the climate crisis and is considered an influencer in this field frequently invited as a keynote speaker to a variety of forums from a Latin American Doctors Conference in Argentina, to PTA meetings, to TV networks like Telemundo and others. After living abroad for the last 10 years, Yoca has resettled back in Miami with her husband, her son, her daughter and their two dogs, and is now a pivotal part of the CLEO team! She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.




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