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Energy Seminar: Chevron Climate Change Resilience: Advancing a Lower-Carbon Future

Affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy is essential to achieve a more prosperous and sustainable world. Reducing the carbon intensity of the energy that billions of people rely on every day is a tremendous opportunity to advance the global net zero ambitions of the Paris Agreement. At Chevron, we use our unique capabilities, assets and expertise to deliver progress toward the global net zero ambitions of the Paris agreement. Our approach focuses on actions and investments in three core action areas that can deliver measurable progress for today and the future.

Energy Seminar: SoCalGas Commitment to Net-Zero Emissions by 2045, Michelle Sim

Mid-century net-zero targets are abundant these days. But there are a few industries where this type of goal would seemingly be contrary to what is thought to be their core business. On March 23, 2021, SoCalGas became the largest gas distribution utility in the nation as they set a net-zero target across its operations and delivery of energy by 2045. Michelle Sim, Director of Sustainability, will discuss sustainability and their climate commitment to 2045; what it means to them, what it means to their 22 million customers, and what it means to the 500+ communities they serve.

Energy Seminar: Tom Jaramillo – Catalyzing a sustainable future – Developing new processes for the chemical and energy sectors

Recent years have seen unprecedented motivation for the emergence of new energy technologies. Global dependence on fossil fuels, however, will persist until alternate technologies can compete economically. We must develop means to produce energy (or energy carriers) from renewable sources and then convert them to work as efficiently and cleanly as possible. Catalysis is energy conversion, and the Jaramillo laboratory focuses on fundamental catalytic processes occurring on solid-state surfaces in both the production and consumption of energy.

CANCELED - Energy Seminar: Carla J. Peterman, Southern California Edison

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Carla Peterman is senior vice president of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She is responsible at the national and state levels for the company’s Regulatory Affairs, Energy and Environmental Policy, Strategic Planning, and Resource and Environmental Planning and Strategy organizations, overseeing regulatory strategy and operations and environmental affairs.

Energy Seminar: Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector - Alysia Green, Chevron

The drive to deliver affordable, reliable and ever-cleaner energy is fueled by our ability to fully harness the potential of digital technologies. And the challenges go far beyond the tech. This seminar explores the technological and cultural site of digital transformation in the energy sector, from challenging conventional thinking to innovating at scale to cultivating continuous learning absent of organizational lines.

Speaker bio

An Entrepreneurial Journey to Solve Climate Change – Wins, Failures, and Lessons Learned; Bill Gross

Bill Gross is a pioneering renewable energy entrepreneur who has created seven billion-dollar-plus exits. Starting with creating a company called Solar Devices in high school, Bill has created more than 150 companies with more than 50 IPOs and acquisitions over the last 30 years.

Bill is the creator of one of the first, and now longest-running technology incubators – Idealab – which he founded in 1996 and still runs as the world’s leading startup studio.

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