Thursday, June 23, 2022 | 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Fairmont Pittsburgh | Grand Ballroom South

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kate Gordon, Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

Executive Panelists:

  • Dr. Quintin Bullock, President, Community College of Allegheny County 
  • Cara Mercil, Director of Sustainability, Giant Eagle 
  • Petra Mitchell, President and CEO, Catalyst Connection 
  • Vincent Valdes, Executive Director, Southwest Pennsylvania Commission
  • John Vernacchia, Energy Transition Segment Director, Eaton Corporation
  • Kevin Walker, President and CEO, Duquesne Light Company 

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  • To organize, expand, and further the regional conversation around a comprehensive, equity-driven, long-term, multi-sector decarbonization strategy with our region’s thought leaders, decision makers, and key stakeholders.


  • Stakeholder Mapping: identify key sectors, audiences and messengers
  • Information Inventory: identify existing and missing sources of trusted information and communication channels
  • Enable Connections: identify opportunities for collaboration and coalition building
  • Elevate regional successes and examples of decarbonization work
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