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Climate Innovators Academy

Decarbonization and Mitigating Risk for Hospitality and Service Industries

What You Will Gain from Attending

  • Understand corporate social responsibility best practices
  • Navigate emerging policies and regulations
  • Assess your physical climate risk and track its progression
  • Interpret transition risk and its implications for your organization

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Who Should Attend?

Organizations looking to shape and capitalize on new pathways to decarbonizing the San Diego region and develop internal capacity to create compliance strategies for their organization.

Transform Your Organization with Our Comprehensive 4-Day Program

In this innovative consortium program, you’ll learn how to develop your internal team's confidence and capability in decarbonization and climate risk strategy.

The program was developed in response to an expressed need by leading San Diego hospitality and venue ecosystem executives. You’ll learn from leading experts and practitioners in the field and like-minded program participants to gain a collaborative regional advantage.

Total Duration: 4 Days

  • 2-day on-campus workshop
  • 2-week intersession to assess organizational readiness
  • 2-day on-campus workshop

Education Fit to Your Schedule

  • Asynchronous materials delivered throughout the program
  • Four immersive on-campus sessions 

Practical Application

  • Collaborate with local industry leaders to develop a comprehensive road map tailored to your organization
  • Deliver tangible value that can't be found anywhere else

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Areas of Focus

Global Trends Forcing Regional Action and Collaboration
Pathways to Decarbonizing the San Diego Region
Carbon Accounting Fundamentals
Future-Proofing Hospitality by Design
Transforming Corporate Responsibility and Expectations
Sustainability and Resilience Readiness
Aligning Metrics, Compliance Strategies and Actions
Building High-Performing Teams


Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2024

Time Session
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks
9 - 10:30 a.m. How Sustainability and Climate are Transforming Corporate Responsibility and Expectations
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pathways to Decarbonizing the San Diego Region
12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch “Leading the Charge: Innovating for a Sustainable Future”
2 - 3:30 p.m. Sustainable Hospitality by Design
4 - 5:30 p.m. UC San Diego Sustainability: Campus Operations and Site Visit
6 - 7:30 p.m. Evening Reception


Thursday, Aug. 15, 2024

Time Session
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Teaming
9 - 10:30 a.m. Corporate Sustainability Strategies 101
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Future-Ready Real Estate: Decarbonization, Compliance and Market Challenges
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch “Renewable Energy Strategic Partnerships”
2:45 - 3:30 p.m. Carbon Accounting Fundamentals and Impact Reporting
4 - 5:30 p.m. Measuring Transition and Physical Risk and SB Compliance


Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2024

Time Session
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Welcoming Remarks
9 - 10:30 a.m. Aligning Metrics, Compliance Strategies and Actions
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Best Practice Solution Cases
12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch “Enabling Legislation”
2 - 3:30 p.m. Frameworks and Solution Sets for Deployment
4 - 5:30 p.m. Performance Budgeting with Public Fund Overlay
6 - 7:30 p.m. Evening Reception


Thursday, Sept. 5, 2024

Time Session
8:30 - 9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Teaming
9 - 10:30 a.m. Roadmap for Mobilizing Resources
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Teamwork and Report-outs
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Working Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Strategic Communications to Drive Change and Recognition
4 - 5:30 p.m. Teamwork and Report-outs


Note: Last updated on June 13, 2024. Subject to change.

Practitioners and Industry Experts

Ariane Burwell, Director, PwC Sustainability Consulting Solutions
Sustainability and climate change, calculating greenhouse gas inventories, establishing net zero targets, conducting scenario analysis aligned with TCFD/TNFD guidelines

Paul D. Curcio, President, Miralto
Creating technologies, infrastructure, and policy frameworks that advance sustainability, climate adaptation, renewable energy, urban resilience, and responsible environmental stewardship across urban, energy, and transportation ecosystems

Daniele Horton, Founder and CEO, Verdani Partners
Sustainability consulting, real estate operations and development, ESG management and reporting

Wairimu Mwangi, Director, PwC Climate Strategies
TCFD scenario analysis, setting climate targets and mitigation strategies, GHG inventory management, advancing opportunities for long-term business resilience

Julie Wright, President, (W)right On Communications
Strategic public relations planning, business development, communications challenges for B2B tech, clean tech and energy, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, not-for-profit and public sector organizations

Faculty Lectures

Caroline Freund
Caroline Freund is dean of the school and an expert in international trade and economic development. Prior to joining GPS, she served as global director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness at the World Bank. Freund also served as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Freund began her career in the international finance division of the Federal Reserve Board and spent a year visiting the research department of the IMF. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

Gordon McCord
Gordon McCord is a professor and directs the SDG Policy Initiative, which uses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for bringing together policymakers and researchers to inform evidence-based solutions for a sustainable future. He has an extensive background in sustainable development and works at the intersection of development economics, public health and the environment. McCord has a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University.

David Victor
David Victor is a professor and co-director of the campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative, which focuses on real world strategies for bringing the world to nearly zero emissions of warming gases. His research focuses on regulated industries and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. Much of his research is at the intersection of climate change science and policy. Victor holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Why GPS?

The search for solutions starts here.

As an interdisciplinary, discovery-driven school focusing on international affairs and public policy, we offer an original and rigorous approach to policy so you can deliver solutions that matter.

Cost and Applying

Let's Talk Numbers

Program Tier Cost Per Person Total Cost
Team of 5 $3,900 $19,500
Team of 4 $4,400 $17,600
Team of 3 $4,900 $14,700
Team of 2 $5,400 $10,800
Individual $5,900 $5,900



Deadline: Aug. 6
Applications will be considered after the deadline, which is contingent on space availability.

Who can I contact?

We’re ready to provide any help you need.

Please reach out to Greg Mallinger with any questions or schedule a personal 1:1 meeting with him today.

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Empower your team with the skills and knowledge to drive your organization forward.