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The Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum

Media Contact: 
Ryan King
(202) 687-4328

WHAT: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will deliver a keynote address at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the two-day Secretary’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, hosted by the State Department, Georgetown University, and Google.

The forum will draw from investors, corporations, philanthropies, and policymakers to discuss and promote the impact that climate and clean energy investments can have in the fight against global climate change. It also will provide a platform for both the private sector and U.S. government programs and initiatives to highlight successful efforts to channel investments toward climate solutions. 

David A. Thomas, dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, will introduce Secretary Moniz.


  • Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
All cameras must be setup and in-place to cover the event by 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium 

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
37th and O Streets NW
Washington, DC 20057

COVERAGE: Media interested in attending should RSVP to Ryan King at (202) 687-4328 or ryan.king@georgetown.edu. Press will need to present valid credentials on campus. 

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NOTE: Please note that the second day, held at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will include additional events that will be open to the press. Those include:

  • Opening Remarks from Georgetown University Provost Robert Groves; School of Foreign Service Professor Dr. Joanna Lewis; CEO of Energy Innovation, Hal Harvey; and Director of Private Sector Facility at the Green Climate Fund, Samy Ben-Jafaar
    • Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
    • Location: Lohrfink Auditorium
  • Closing Remarks from Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
    • Wednesday October 21st, 2015 from 3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Lohrfink Auditorium
  • Breakout sessions will not be open to the press and are off-the-record.

LIVESTREAM: The event will also be live streamed on Georgetown’s Ustream channel at this link.

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business aims to prepare current and future leaders to make responsible management decisions that yield both economic and social value. Through practical training for global business leaders, the initiative promotes transformative solutions to and impactful investments in the world’s significant challenges in health and well-being, economic growth, the environment, and international development. It is led by Distinguished Professor of the Practice Bill Novelli and Executive Director Ladan Manteghi. 

Georgetown's Environment Initiative is a multi-campus effort to advance the interdisciplinary study of the environment in relation to society, scientific understanding, sound policy, and the broad and complex challenges we face as stewards of the planet’s natural resources. In 2009, the University identified environmental scholarship as a strategic priority. The goal is to reinforce foundations and to set directions for Georgetown's future scholarship and education efforts in environment and sustainability. GEI is co-chaired by Robin L. Dillon-Merrill, professor at the McDonough School of Business, and Timothy H. Warren, the Richard D. Vorisek Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown University.