Paris, We’re Back: Now What?

Creating a Culture of Sustainability

One of the first Executive Orders President Biden signed his first day in office on January 20, 2021 was the US to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015, with a goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.

What is it? How does it work?

The Paris Agreement works on a 5-year cycle of increasingly ambitious climate action carried out by countries. The core of the Agreement are nationally determined contributions (NDCs) which describe country efforts to reduce emissions – the second round of NDCs were submitted by 2020.  Also with the Paris Agreement, countries established an enhanced transparency framework (ETF). Under ETF, starting in 2024, countries will report transparently on actions taken and progress in climate change mitigation, adaptation measures and support provided or received. It also provides for international procedures for the review of the submitted reports.

A 2°C target is ambitious, and per the International Energy Agency (IEA), achieving the target, requires “comprehensive, systematic, immediate, and ubiquitous implementation of strict energy and material efficiency measures.” 

Big goals sometimes mean starting with small individual actions. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions starts with creating a culture around sustainability. And that begins with each one of us. To do this, we must:

  • Understand the sustainability imperative
  • Establish and follow a sustainability vision
  • Face reality, without sugarcoating
  • Embed sustainability in decision-making processes
  • Enagage fully

The economic and environmental impacts due to COVID-19 accelerated the need to focus on climate change and sustainability in business models and our individual “at home” models.  2020 is in the rearview mirror, but as the warning states, “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”.  Collectively, we have made commitments and taken action. But, how do we create a sustainable…culture of sustainability?  

Join us for a provocative discussion:


  • Karra Marino, Vice President and General Manager at Terrapass
  • Katie Mehnert, Founder and CEO of ALLY
  • Raghava Kommalapati, Director for the Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability at Prairie View A&M University
  • Vincent Saubestre, CEO & President at Total EP Research & Technology USA at Total

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Feb 11 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am

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