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Summit Schedule

All presentations and activities will be held in the East Pavilion at the Pasadena Convention Center (except where noted). Schedule subject to change.

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Day 1 of the Summit is an educational "primer" on energy topics presented by experts and by enterprisers implementing their ideas in the business world.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 am


Welcome and Summit Overview

David Muyres, Executive Director, The Art Center Summit

Sustainability: The Role of Design Education

Nik Hafermaas, Art Center College of Design

What Future Are You Designing For?

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm, Art Center College of Design

9:00 – 10:15 am


Petroleum 101: Some Truths About Oil

Kenneth L. Verosub, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Keynote Address: Powering the Future

Nathan S. Lewis, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

10:15 – 10:30 am


Morning Break

10:30 am
– 12:00 pm


Critical Components of a Renewable Energy Future

New Tools to Drive Action on Climate Change

Suzanne Hunt, Hunt Green, LLC

Wind Energy and Renewable Energy Policy

Paul Gipe,

Energy Storage for Automotive Applications

Bill Wylam, Ph.D..

12:00 – 1:15 pm



1:15 – 2:45 pm


Afternoon Session: Energy Transition Strategies

Moderator: Clark Kellogg, Collective Invention, LLC

High Performance Sustainability Strategies

William Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

Sustainable Mobility and the Dynamic City

Bryn Davidson, Dynamic Cities Project

Energy for Developing Nations

John Howard, Distributed World Power

2:45 – 3:00 pm


Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:15 pm


Panel discussion: Sustainable Design In Practice

Moderator: Kurt Anderson

 - Anya Farquhar, TOMS Shoes
 - Michelle Koza, Samsung Design America
 - John Wheeler, William McDonough Consulting
 - Daisuke Yamaguchi, Applied Minds, Inc.

Concluding Remarks Clark Kellogg, Karen Hofmann, Heidrum Mumper-Drumm, Art Center College of Design

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Summit Opening Reception


Wednesday, February 18, 2009
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:30 am


Summit Welcome

David Muyres, Executive Director, The Art Center Summit

Frank L. Ellsworth, Ph.D., Interim President, Art Center College of Design

Bill Bogaard, Mayor of the City of Pasadena

Kurt Andersen, Studio 360; Visionary in Residence, Art Center College of Design

Opening Message: A Vision for Mobility in the United States

Edward J. Markey, Representative, United States House of Representatives, 7th District of Massachusetts; Chairman, Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming (Video appearance due to congressional schedule)

Panel discussion: Transitions: Moving Today’s Business Forward

 - Kurt Andersen, Studio 360

 - Bryan Nesbitt, General Motors North America
 - William Reinert, Toyota Motor Sales
 - John E. Waters, Bright Automotive

10:30 – 11:00 am


LEGO® Serious Play™ / Build a Better Future

Jacqueline Lloyd Smith, Lloyd Smith Solutions; Partner with LEGO® Serious Play™

11:00 – 11:15 am


Morning Break

11:15 am
– 12:00 pm


Values, Shifts and Sustainable Mobility

Don Abraham, Social Technologies

Driving Sustainability

Leilani Münter, the Carbon Free Girl

12:00 – 1:30 pm



1:30 – 3:00 pm


Afternoon Keynote: Efficient Movement of Goods

Amory B. Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute

Panel discussion: Tomorrow’s Industry Starts Today

 - Michael D. Meyer, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology

 - Michael V. Robinson, Crossover Creative Consortium
 - Geoff Wardle, Art Center College of Design
 - David Wilkie, Mindset, Switzerland

3:00 – 3:15 pm


Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm


Five-Minute Pitch Sessions
Fast-paced presentations of sustainable perspectives and inventions, ranging from the feasible to the strategic.

Fridolin Beisert, Art Center College of Design

4:00 – 5:00 pm


Visions for New Urban Living and Mobility

Neville Mars, Dynamic City Foundation

The Future of Air Travel

Leik Myrabo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Art Center Transportation Design Today

Stewart Reed, Art Center College of Design

Closing Thoughts

Mark Goodstein, The Propellant Group

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Evening Keynote Reception
Open only to summit attendees and invited guests.

7:00 – 9:00 pm



President’s Welcome

Dr. Frank l. Ellsworth, Interim President

Keynote Address: Urgency, a Vision for Energy Security

R. James Woolsey, Former Director, U.S. Central Intelligence Agency

Keynote Address: A Vision for Transportation in the United States

Andy Karsner, Former Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A proactive round-table discussion will follow, hosted by Jack D. Hidary of the Freedom Prize Foundation, including Woolsey, Karsner, and Amory D. Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute.


Thursday, February 19, 2009
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 am


When Visions and Reality Collide
A collection of three perspectives.

2050: Sustainable Mobility in Los Angeles

Timothy N. Papandreou, L.A. Metro

Bringing Mobility Innovation to a Mature City

Raj Cherubal, City Connect and Janaagraha, Chennai, India

Sustainability = Health (a Business Perspective)

Katherine Gerwig, Kaiser Permanente

10:15 – 10:30 am


Morning Break

10:30 – 11:45 am


Panel discussion: Synergistic Partnerships: Breaking Down Barriers

 - Mark Goodstein, The Propellant Group

 - S.M. Shahed, Honeywell Turbo Technologies
 - John DeCicco, Environmental Defense Fund
 - R. Preston McAfee, Yahoo! Research
 - Andy Karsner, Assistant Secretary DOE

11:45 – 12:45 am


Interactive Session: mVIP
A provocative workshop using the Mobility Vision Integration Process (mVIP) to explore how designers can support and accelerate dialogue about the future of sustainable mobility.

Lloyd Walker, Precurve, LLC

12:45 am – 1:40 pm



1:40 – 2:00 am


Transportation, Energy and Cyberspace;  A Military Perspective

Col. Jodine K. Tooke: US Air Force

2:00 – 4:30 pm


Afternoon Keynote: Regulatory Frameworks That Encourage Sustainable Business

Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board

Panel discussion: Sustainability-Driven Innovation Models

 - Neal Anderson, The Propellant Group

 - Cecilia Estolano, California Redevelopment Agency,
    City of Los Angeles

 - Andy Ogden, Art Center College of Design
 - Matthew Trevithick, Venrock
 - Paul Wilbur, Aptera

The Importance of Having A Vision

Hayden Begley

So, What About Design?

Geoff Wardle, Art Center College of Design

Closing Remarks

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.


Open Time

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Alumni For Green After Party
Open to all Summit attendees and Art Center alumni

* Can be purchased as a single day event

What should I sign up for?

Wondering which part of the three-day Summit to attend? Below is some information describing two major programming components:

DAY 1: Education Summit Sponsored by CN Railway
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A full day of experts in the field of energy: including solar, fossil fuels, alternative forms of energy such as algae and cellulosic.  Day 1 will be presented in a lecture format, with speakers sharing in-depth information for those wanting to know the real scoop.

Who should attend:

  • Students wanting to learn more about energy options for the future and what is being done in the various fields today to make these forms of energy a reality.
  • Faculty and educators who want to have more hard-core facts at their disposal about what is truly viable in terms of energy and design as we seek sustainable ways to move people around the planet.
  • Leaders from all fields who wish to more deeply understand the context for sustainable mobility.  

This is a great stand-alone event for those wanting an educational primer or to have a step-up on the topics that will be discussed at the Leadership Summit that follows.

  • Seats are limited to 400 (participants attending the entire Summit are included in the Educational Summit as part of their fees.)
  • May be purchased as a stand-alone day (See Registration page for details.)
  • Includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks and attendance

DAYS 2 and 3: Leadership Summit
Wednesday and Thursday, February 18-19, 2009

Days 2 and 3 of the Summit are restricted to 100 new participants (speakers from past Summits are invited to continue the conversation by attending all five Summits, and thus, enrich the dialogue.)  The Leadership Summit will feature leaders from the fields of architecture, urban planning, government, design (including automotive, product, graphic and others,) manufacturing, food, health, education and others who will come together to share their visions and strategies for how they have approached developing sustainable solutions in other industries.

  • Seats limited to 100 new participants at the Leadership Summit
  • Fee includes entry to the Education Summit, opening night reception, Keynote evening event and reception, closing night party, and all morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunches.