5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference (Special Webinar Edition)

Live Webcast

Environmental Social Governance (“ESG”): Major Moves Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

Even as the world shut down in 2020 from COVID-19, Environmental Social and Governance (“ESG”) investing and principles accelerated their domination of the operation of and investment in the private sector. Join Blank Rome LLP attorneys; University of Houston energy, climate law, and ESG experts; and energy general counsel as they examine the current state of the ESG movement broadly and within the energy sector in North America, anticipate what can be expected going forward, and clarify and define the roles of attorneys in understanding and representing companies in their ESG activities.

  • Latest public pledges for carbon neutrality and future implications
  • Hear from the first Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the Department of Energy
  • Environmental risk in financial disclosure—avoiding liability in the ESG and Biden world 
  • Utilizing diversity and inclusion policies to connect the “social” to environment and climate 
  • Welcome to the World of ESG
    8:30–8:50 a.m. CDT
    Victor B. Flatt, Faculty Co-Director, UH EENR Center
    Margaret Anne Hill, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • ESG Facts and Figures and the Renewable Bump
    8:50–9:25 a.m. CDT
    Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti, Director, UH Energy
    Stacy H. Louizos, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
    Joan M. Bondareff, Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP
  • ESG, Financial Disclosure, and ESG Rating Agencies
    9:25–9:55 a.m. CDT
    Yelena M. Barychev, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
    Michael P. Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • The Status in Canada and Mexico
    9:55–10:20 a.m. CDT
    Dean Ian Holloway, University of Calgary Faculty of Law
    Elizabeth Trujillo, Chair, UH Global Law and Policy for the Americas
  • Discussions with Dean Leonard Baynes: ESG and the Future of the Energy Business
    General Counsel/Senior Executive Panel
    10:30–11:30 a.m. CDT
    Kay McCall, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alliance - Houston
    Niko Lorentzatos, EVP, General Counsel & Corp. Sec., Oasis Petroleum
    William E. Turcotte, SVP & General Counsel, Noble Holding Corporation plc
    Kason D. Kerr, VP, General Counsel & Corp. Sec., Ultra Petroleum
  • Keynote—Energy Justice in the Biden Administration
    11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CDT
    Shalanda H. Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary’s Advisor on Equity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Connecting the “Social” to Environment and Climate
    12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. CDT
    Sophia Lee, Partner & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Emeritus, Blank Rome LLP
    Susan L. Bickley, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
    Gina S. Warren, Co-Director, UHLC EENR Center
    Shreya Patel, UHLC JD Student ‘21

This course is anticipated to qualify for the following CLE credits:

  • CA – 3.5 general credits
  • CT – 3.5 general credits
  • NJ – 4.0 general credits
  • NY – 4.0 general credits
  • PA – 3.5 general credits
  • TX – 3.5 general credits

Sponsors: Blank Rome LLP, the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources (“EENR”) Center of the University of Houston Law Center, The Global Law and Policy for the Americas Center, UH Energy, the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico (“UNAM”), Universidad Anahuac, Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Energy Transition Governance and Law Project (funded by the European Union and with the University of Lyon III)

Questions: Contact Mitchell Sterling via e-mail

To learn more or to register, please visit the conference page.