CLIMate Correction




Debating the reality of climate change is history.

Take a look back at VoLo Foundation and the University of Central Florida’s inaugural Climate Correction Conference and Expo. Together with industry experts and our community of change agents, we dove into answers and discussed the data, economics, and best practices for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Watch to learn what is being done and what steps you can take now.

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Adrianna Quintero

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Energy Foundation

Adrianna Quintero 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 founded Voces Verdes, 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, toxins, drinking water, and air quality.

Andrew Stevenson

Environmental Advisor, VoLo Foundation

Andrew Stevenson has worked as the Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst at JUST Capital and as a Macro Portfolio Manager at Citadel Asset Management's Global Fixed Income Fund. He has over twenty years of experience working for investment banks in London and Tokyo. Before that, Stevenson was a Portfolio Manager for Brevan Howard AM and JWP Partners, U.S. His experience also includes eighty years as an advisor to and employee of, the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 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.

Britt Groosman

Vice President, Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund

Britt Groosman is Vice President of 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 responsible for formulating EDF's first oceans strategy for China. She 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.

Chandra Farley

CEO, Atmos Research and Consulting

Driven by a desire to work directly with the community, Chandra Farley joined Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) in January 2018. PSE's mission is to advance racial equity and shared prosperity for ALL in metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. As PSE's Just Energy Director, Chandra provides leadership for PSE's Energy Equity and Climate Justice initiatives which focus on organizing, educating and developing leaders of low-income communities and communities of color around and about the sourcing and commodification of power generation.

Clayton Louis Ferrara

Executive Director, United Nations Accredited NGO, IDEAS For Us

Clayton Louis Ferrara is the Executive Director of the United Nations Accredited NGO, IDEAS For Us. He is a classically trained biologist and world traveler who has conducted research on five continents concerning evolution, conservation, and ecology. His work as leader of IDEAS focuses on advancing sustainability through the creation of solutions that benefit people, the planet, and create prosperity in communities around the world. He is a celebrated alum of Rollins, the first American to be named a Darwin Scholar by the Field Studies Council in London, a member of the SDSN Vatican Youth group for Pope Francis, and a handpicked member of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's GreenWorks task force. He was born in Chile and currently lives in Winter Park, Florida.

David Norvell

Assistant Vice President, Sustainability Initiatives

Mr. David Norvell is charged with driving and implementing the university sustainability strategy, putting the University of Central Florida at the forefront of the sustainability movement. A 1993 Alumnus, David began his career at UCF in 2001 as the university Energy Manager. In the last decade, he has served as Director of the Department of Sustainability and Energy Management where he spearheaded the sustainability program, saving the university more than $14M in energy efficiency projects, before joining the administration. From 2011-2015, he served as the Assistant Vice President for Facilities tasked with the reconstruction of the university's largest department, the Department of Facilities Operations. In 2015, David was appointed Assistant Vice President of Sustainability Initiatives where his true passion lies. David's leadership sets a precedence in the State of Florida and reaffirms our administration's commitment to climate neutrality.

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 focuses on environmental issues, particularly, the public perception of and congressional debate on climate change and health disparities. Park's current interest lies in analyzing the structure of ecological conditions to understand health-related behaviors. He is also conducting social science research on the participants in coastal activism in Central Florida, and much of his work has been published in both sociology and public policy journals.

John Guziejka

Biologist and Urban Forester, University of Central Florida

John is a UCF alumni with an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences. After graduating he began as a plant and natural areas educator at the UCF Arboretum in 2013. He is now a Biologist, Urban Forester, and Type II Wildland Firefighter in the Landscape and Natural Resources department. John is a board certified arborist and current Master of Science student in the Biology department studying conservation biology. John oversees the Urban Forestry program, which received the ‘Outstanding Urban Forestry Program’ award in the state of Florida for 2017, granted by the Florida Urban Forestry Council.

Kelsie Johnson

Coordinator, Arboretum Programs at UCF

Kelsie graduated from UCF in May of 2016 with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree in Environmental Science. Throughout her time as an undergrad, Kelsie worked with the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group (MTRG) in Melbourne Beach, FL on the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge during the summers from 2014-2016. While with the MTRG, she collected samples from nesting female sea turtles and studied their reproductive success. In addition to biology, Kelsie is also very interested in communal and personal gardens as well as the natural systems in and around the UCF community. She hopes to further engage and educate students on the importance of the sustainable growth of food and natural systems.

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.

Thais Lopez Vogel

Trustee, VoLo Foundation

While in her native Venezuela. Thais worked for Petroleos de Venezuela Sociedad Anonima (PDVSA). a Venezuelan State oil company and the 39th largest company in the world. She leads Volo to expand 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. 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.

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.

Chad Frischmann

Vice President and Research Director, Project Drawdown

Frischmann is a coalition-builder and systems strategist, who works to reverse global warming and build a new, regenerative future with cascading benefits to the environment and human well-being. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models behind Project Drawdown. He has 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. Chad's talks have been featured at the University of Oxford, Harvard, COP23 in Bonn, World Business Council on Sustainable Development and many more.

Anna Grace Sampson

Director, We Are Neutral

Anna Grace Sampson is a Florida native and was passionate about healing the environment at a young age. She received her Masters of Architecture from the Savannah Collee 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.

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 helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for "one of the 100 best new technical products of the year." Slocum 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, the ASME Leonardo DaVinci, Machine Design, and Thar Energy Awards. 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.

Chris Castro

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

Chris Castro is a sustainability and clean energy expert, eco-entrepreneur, urban farmer, and community organizer with a passion for creating smart, resilient, and sustainable communities. He is 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 cities in the nation. Chris is also co-founder of several nonprofits and social enterprises including IDEAS for Us.

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. Before entering finance. Chris had a twenty-year career in non-profit management and public policy research. 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 Vogel 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. He has been expertly quoted in Bloomberg, Barron's, ThinkTech, and others on charitable and financial topics and Vogel 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Scientific Computing from New York University.

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 serves as CEO for Atmos Research and Consulting. She is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding what climate change means for people and the places where we live. In addition, 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 is the founder of 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. She attended New York University

Rod Braun

Manager, Climate and Coastal Resilience Program, The Nature Conservancy

Rod Braun is responsible for developing policies and strategies around various climate actions including mitigation, adaptation, and implementation of the organization's so-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. He has served many years on the Broward County Climate Task Force. Palm Beach County Water Resources Task Force and is a board member of the Florida Stormwater Association.

Trenton Allen

Managing Director/ CEO, Sustainable Capital Advisors

Trenton Allen is Managing Director and CEO of Sustainable Capital Advisors. In his career, Mr. Allen has participated in over $30 Billion of financings. 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. He 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.

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 Co-Executive Director at The CLEO Institute where she works with the CLEO staff to drive climate action through community engagement and education.



Time Session Location Speakers
8:30AM - 9:15AM Breakfast and Session Selection- Registration Live Oak Garden Room
9:15AM - 9:20AM Welcome Remarks Live Oak Ballroom Abigail Axelrod and Yara Watson Colon
9:20AM - 9:30AM A Campus Response to Climate Change: Innovation and Partnership Live Oak Ballroom President Dale Whittaker
9:30AM - 9:45AM Managing Climate Risk Today Live Oak Ballroom David S. Vogel
9:45AM - 10:00AM Why do we Need to Care about Climate Change? Live Oak Ballroom Katharine Hayhoe
10:00AM - 10:50AM The Financial Cost of Climate Change Live Oak Ballroom Andy Stevenson, Britt Groosman, Peterson Toscano, and Trenton Allen
10:50AM - 11:00AM Break Live Oak Ballroom
11:00AM - 11:15AM Drawdown: the Solution to Global Warming Live Oak Ballroom Chad Frischmann
11:15AM - 12:05PM Strategies for Carbon Mitigation and Adaptation Live Oak Ballroom Anna Sampson, Chad Frischmann, Chris Castro, Rod Braun, and Wei Sun
12:05PM - 1:05PM Symbiotic Systems for the Future of Energy, Water, and Food - Lunch session Live Oak Ballroom Alex Slocum and Luke Gray
1:05PM - 1:30PM The Next Wave of Scalable Innovation Live Oak Ballroom Logan Armagost, Roger Allen, Sarah Southerland, and Valerie Peng
1:30PM - 1:35PM Green Works Orlando: Transforming Orlando into the most Sustainable City in the Southeast Live Oak Ballroom Mayor Buddy Dyer
1:35PM - 1:55PM Implementing Climate Solutions - Using Markets for Good Live Oak Ballroom Britt Groosman
1:55PM - 2:00PM Breakout debrief Live Oak Ballroom
2:00PM - 5:00PM Climate Correction Expo
2:00PM - 2:20PM Travel Time Shuttle
2:20PM - 3:10PM Breakout Session 1 - More details below
3:10PM - 3:30PM Travel Time Shuttle
3:30PM - 4:20PM Breakout Session 2 - More details below
4:20PM - 4:40PM Travel Time Shuttle
4:40PM - 5:00PM Keynote Address - Climate Control: Taking Action in Every Community Live Oak Clayton Ferrara
5:00PM - 5:15PM Closing Remarks Live Oak Thais Lopez Vogel and David Norvell

Breakout Session 1: 2:20PM - 3:10PM Location Speakers
Pollution and Health Disparities - Panel Live Oak Adrianna Quintero, Andy Stevenson, Chris Castro, and Sam Park
Climate and the Art of Story Telling - Workshop Research I - 101 Peterson Toscano, facilitated by Shannon Mageniezin
A High Impact Grey Infrastructure Solution - Tour District Energy Plant IV Saul Santiago
A Cost-Saving Solution for the Built Environment - Tour Research I David Norvell
Mitigation Strategies in Nature - Tour Nature Trail John Guziejk and Rod Braun
An Answer to Your Food Footprint - Tour Community Garden Kelsie Johnson

Breakout Session 2: 3:30PM - 4:20PM Location Speakers
Accelerating and Scaling Solutions - Panel Live Oak Chandra Farley, Chris Schyner, Kristin Van Busum, Yoca Arditi
Advancing Resilience through Planning and Engagement - Workshop Research I - 101 Jennifer Jurado, facilitated by Alex Slocum
A High Impact Grey Infrastructure Solution - Tour District Energy Plant IV Saul Santiago
A Cost-Saving Solution for the Built Environment - Tour Research I David Norvell
Mitigation Strategies in Nature - Tour Nature Trail John Guziejk and Rod Braun
An Answer to Your Food Footprint - Tour Community Garden Kelsie Johnson