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  • The Climate Group, in partnership with the COP26 and the City of New York, will host Climate Week NYC on the margins of the upcoming 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.  Climate Week NYC is a series of events focused on fulfilling and increasing commitments made by businesses, governments, and organizations and providing a platform to showcase climate action.  The briefers offer a preview of the events planned for Climate Week, including The Nest Summit,  a two-day conference taking place under NYC’s largest green roof at the Javits Center.  The Nest Summit is dedicated to advancing sustainability in the United States and will offer panels, workshops and presentations from leading brands. Its 2021 tracks are: clean energy, climate risk and impact investing, changemakers, and climate arts.


MODERATOR: Good afternoon and welcome to the New York Foreign Press Center preview of Climate Week NYC. My name is Daphne Stavropoulos and I’m today’s moderator. It’s a pleasure to introduce our speakers, Adam Lake, Britton Jones, and Jacqueline Tran. Adam Lake serves as the head of Climate Week NYC at the Climate Group; Britton Jones is the chairman and CEO of NXT Events Media Group, the owners and producers of The Nest Summit, one of the events during Climate Week; and Jacqueline Tran is the energy and sustainability manager at the Javits Center.

This briefing is on the record. The views expressed by briefers not affiliated with the Department of State or U.S. Government are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State or U.S. Government. We ask that you share your story that you publish from this briefing. Following our speakers’ opening remarks, I will open the floor for questions. If you have a question, go to the participant field and raise your virtual hand and wait for me to call on you. When called on, please enable both your audio and your video and identify yourself and your outlet.

And with that, it’s my pleasure to turn it over today’s first briefer, Adam Lake. Thank you for joining us.

MR LAKE: Thank you, Daphne. Really great to be here. Nice to meet all of you. Yeah, I was just saying while we were chatting before you joined the room that we’re quite fortunate that this is happening today, because there’s a few things I’ve been wanting to tell a lot of people for a long time that I haven’t been able to that we’re just releasing now. So you definitely have some fresh news.

One thing is we are launching a mobile phone app to allow people, whether they’re in New York or around the world, access to over 520 events that are going to be happening throughout the week. So it’s going to be the most inclusive, engaging, and global Climate Week NYC has ever been. So it’s a free app. We didn’t know we’d get it in on time, so we’ve not been telling people about it, but it’s now done and it’s in the app store. So that’s one nice thing to say.

And the other thing quickly before I just give a bit more of a broader overview of Climate Week NYC is we are delighted to announce that we have been working with the seven biggest late night TV talk shows, and next Wednesday evening they will all be doing Climate Night. So they’ll be devoting the show to sustainability and climate issues in support of Climate Week NYC. So all the people you’ve heard of – James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel – all of them. It’s going to be fantastic. So that’s – that is genuine new news. I think only The New York Times has managed to just catch onto that. I’ve not seen any coverage yet.

Let me just talk a bit about Climate Week NYC overall. So Climate Week NYC is run by the Climate Group. We’re an international nonprofit with offices in London and New York and India, and the reason why we do Climate Week NYC is as an organization, as an NGO, we work with businesses and governments, and we feel that it’s really important to show that businesses and governments create change so that consumers have choice at the ballot box, with the products that they buy.

And so we do a few programs throughout the year, but Climate Week NYC is the platform where we actually force people to say, like, this is the week to make the announcements. And that’s always been our history, and you will see through our program and I will share in the pack you’ll get we’ve got some of the biggest names in business speaking, from the CEOs and presidents and chairs of most of the biggest organizations in the world that are doing something in this space. We’re also working with some of the most significant political leaders, kicking off on our opening day, which is Monday morning from 10:00 a.m., where we’ll have – it feels like half the Cabinet of the White House are going to be there. We’ve got president of the EU Commission coming along; the COP president, of course.

So we’ve got that going on and that’s fantastic, and I can send lots of details and specific names. The thing that really excites me the most, though, about this year, after the terrible two years we’ve had with coronavirus and restrictions and all sorts of things going on, is the beating heart of Climate Week NYC, the range of events that take place in New York and around the world. It’s grown to be a record-breaking year for us this year. We’re looking at 520 events as of today; it was 500 yesterday – who knows what it will be tomorrow – spread across 10 different categories. A lot of them are digital, some of them are physical. The vast majority of them are free to access, open to all.

Every facet of this conversation is going to be explored, and people at whatever level can engage with it. And I think this is something really important, because the public is so interested now in climate issues and they want to know what they can do, and I think learning more is the most important thing that people can do. And so obviously we’re going to answer lots of questions later and that, but I just want to sort of say for me the most interesting, exciting thing and a big piece of advice if you work on a particular issue is exploring the events listings. Look at what’s going on. That’s the real part, that’s what’s happening.

And we have our own events program in the week with The Hub Live. It’s 18 top events. We’re bringing together the 2,000 top climate leaders for that. We’ve got Britton here from NXT who’s doing The Nest Summit, and that’s just a fantastic program of events that we’re working with. We’re so proud to work with them. There’s so much happening.

So yeah, I think I’ve given enough of a spiel about the overview piece there, and I’m really looking forward to answering any questions people have on any of those specific parts.

MODERATOR: Thank you so much, Adam. Britton.

MR JONES: Thank you. Thank you, Daphne, and thank you, Adam. We are so excited for the upcoming week. I am Britton Jones. I’m the founder and CEO of NXT Events Media Group, and we are the proud producers of The Nest Summit. I’ll go over just a few specifics in the beginning here to let you know that we are running September 21st and 22nd. We are so pleased to be the official event partner of Climate Week NYC. Adam and his group are just fantastic to work with. And the location of our event is the Javits Center. In fact, it’s the newly opened expansion part of the Javits Center, the new building of the Javits Center, which is just an iconic symbol of sustainability in New York and one of the greenest convention centers in the country.

Our event, The Nest Summit, is being produced in a hybrid forum in person and virtually, and we think this dual production is really key because it enables us to connect both B-to-B, business to business, and also large B-to-C, business to consumer audiences. Our in-person attendance, which we’re requiring both proof of vaccination and mask-wearing to attend, will be primarily B-to-B, business to business, where leaders are going to come together to share best practices, spark ideas, and form new collaborations. And again, our digital distribution of all of our content is key to connecting climate-conscious consumers.

And when you think about it, at the end of the day, we are all consumers. And I think we’re – one of the things that we’re trying to do with The Nest Summit is get people to think differently about their consumption and get them to realize, get all of us to realize that when we spend our dollars, we have a chance to vote and to contribute to companies that are doing good things to advance in sustainability and accelerate climate action. So again, we really are trying to get the connection of people to purchasing with a purpose.

The mission of our conference or summit is to convene true innovators and thought leaders from some of the nation’s most progressive companies, NGOs, government, academia, research communities, and to convert this exchange of ideas and conversation into climate action. Our conference is very robust. It is a very robust week, as Adam just alluded to or detailed for us.

We have – we will be featuring almost 70 speakers in our two days, and our program really divides into four main themes: clean energy and transportation, evaluating climate risk and impact investing, industry changemakers, and then a really robust part of the program centers around climate arts.

So much of the coverage of the climate crisis in the U.S. in particular – and I don’t know so much about the rest of the world, but in the U.S., so much of the coverage of the climate crisis is really full of gloom and doom, dire situations, and we are. We – this is a very serious situation. And while we think it’s really important to follow the science, the problem with this type of coverage is that it makes the climate crisis seem insurmountable and is truly overwhelming to people and leaves them wondering what it is that they can do to make a difference. And the fact of the matter is we can all do our part, and collectively, we really can make a significant difference.

And this is really the aim of our conference program. Our sessions at The Nest Summit are very solutions-oriented and they’re going to examine some of the most pressing environmental issues in the U.S. and underscore the urgency of a lot of these environmental issues, but we’re also going to provide solutions that are viable and can be embraced today.

So the goal of this summit, at the end of the day, is to educate our audiences that solutions are available and inspire their adoption and prompt climate action. Widespread climate action is really – widespread implementation of these solutions is really critical, and together, again, we can make a difference, and this is vital to avoiding the truly devastating consequences of unchecked climate change.

In pulling together our event, we have – collaboration is such a key element of effectively addressing and solving the climate crisis. And as Adam knows well and Jackie (ph) too, we have been collaborating extensively in preparing for The Nest Summit. We fully embrace SDG 17 and we are very pleased to be working with so many true sustainability leaders. We have over 20 sponsors – again, about 70 speakers and 20 sponsors and supporting organizations. And it’s only through their generous support and collaborative efforts that we are able to make the content of The Nest Summit available on a complimentary basis, and that’s both in-person and online.

And we think that this is really, really important. Knowledge of climate solutions cannot be limited to just the affluent. We are in a code red situation and the defining challenge of our lifetime, and this is the time for an all-hands-on-deck approach. We need to inspire widespread adoption of solutions around the world, and we really need to do it now. So that’s what we feel next week is really all about, next week and for the weeks beyond. I will say that our content digitally will be available online both on our own website, and part of our collaboration – great collaboration with Adam and the Climate Week NYC people is that our content will also be available through their digital channels, their YouTube channel and their Facebook Watch program, and we’re really grateful for that. Thank you.

And I’ll pass the floor to Jackie.

MS TRAN: Thanks, Britton. So the Javits Center is really excited to be hosting events like The Nest Summit during Climate Week NYC. We really look forward to another year of accelerating conversations for climate action ahead of COP26.

To Britton’s point, we have seen record-breaking heatwaves, overwhelming wildfires around the world, an increasing frequency and intensity of hurricanes, like Ida that devastated the Gulf Coast and the Northeast of the U.S. And so we are seeing that the consequences of the climate crisis continue to really grow more serious. But there is that glimmer of hope and that optimism that we as the Javits Center would like to echo to Britton’s point.

We are the founding partner with The Nest Summit, an event that really brings together thought leaders, innovators, and experts to spark new ideas that will help tackle the climate crisis. And as a venue, we’ve always seen ourselves as a model for sustainability. And through that model, we hope to provide scalable solutions that can create more optimism and more climate action around venues around the world and with other organizations too.

So I’d like to go through some of those scalable solutions now. Since our renovation in 2014, and now with the recent completion of our 1.2 million square foot building expansion, we really demonstrated how humans can have a positive impact on the role that they play in the built environment, and through that, mimicking ecological models. We’ve seen a lot of success with kind of taking the best practices from nature herself and really applying that into what a green building can be for the community around it.

One of the things that really just got our sustainability program going when we went through our renovation was this 6.75-acre green roof that we have that has now turned into a wildlife sanctuary. We do studies with New York City Audubon, Drexel University, Columbia University, Cooper Union, you name it. They’ve come here and we’ve really taken in stride kind of pointing to what this green roof can do, taking the metrics from that and sharing it out, and now we see that New York City has itself created a local law where new construction of certain buildings need to now have a green roof component or a solar component.

So that has been done as well with our bird-friendly glass facade. We used to be the number-one bird killer in New York City, funnily enough, and now we have decreased that collision rate by 95 percent and plus. So we’re really showing that these things – it’s not always perfect, but if we find a problem, we see the solution, we can make it happen through our model.

In addition to being a wildlife sanctuary for our birds and our bats and our five thriving beehives on the roof, paired with energy-efficient rooftop units, we’ve seen energy reductions by 26 percent for the building. So through the energy management program, we’ve started to see what those benefits can be.

And now on the newly expanded rooftop where The Nest Summit will be housed, we have a new type of green roof, which we’re really excited about. It’s a state-of-the-art event space, and it includes a one-acre farm, an orchard with New York State apples, some pear trees, a pollinator meadow. I was just up there today. I already saw some monarchs and bees and all different kinds of pollinators really gravitating to it. And we have a shade garden there as well.

One really great feature that is not necessarily visible but is really exciting is that we have two underground cisterns that capture and treat rainwater. All of the rainwater that falls on the roof gets captured and treated in these underground cisterns and then is pumped back up to the roof to irrigate the entire rooftop terrace. So what that means is that we’re reducing potable water for irrigation by at least 50 percent, and we will measure those with different partners in the future.

We’re also decreasing runoff by 25 percent. That really helps with the combined sewer overflow issue that we see in New York City when we have rain or, say, hurricanes.

And then another project that is exciting on our rooftops is a solar installation that we’ve been working on with Siemens and the New York Power Authority. This will be the largest solar installation in Manhattan to date when it is complete. We will break ground very soon. It includes 3,000 solar panels that is distributed across 34 custom canopies that sit over our heating and cooling units on our green roof and two larger solar arrays on the Northeast Extension that will provide 1.61 megawatts of solar energy and 3.5 megawatts of battery energy storage. This equates to over 2 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity generated in the first year alone.

So for comparison, since that’s a lot of numbers, one megawatt can power about 500 to a thousand homes, and the average American home uses about 877 kilowatt hours per month. For the center, we’re equating that to about 10 percent of our usage.

The solar power will also be integrated into our microgrid. So we have a microgrid that has become a big part of our resiliency program for climate action. We have generators there that, when needed, can allow the Javits Center to be off-grid for up to six consecutive days should we experience any power shutdowns. This also provides resiliency for the shows that are in the building.

And in tandem, we have always been enrolled in what is called a demand response program. Basically, we’re connected to the Times Square grid. It is an overloaded grid. And, say, during a very hot day in the summer when AC is in high demand, that grid can be really overloaded and it’s hard for the distributing power organizations to really determine how much they need to distribute to those that need it. So we’ve always been enrolled in this program. What we do is shed our load or we curb our usage as needed to relieve the grid.

And now, with the microgrid, we can actually transfer all of our power that we’re using to the generators. And now, with the solar installation and the battery energy storage system, we are integrating the solar energy into the microgrid so that when we transfer, part of that can actually be clean energy. It will be the first battery energy storage system of its kind to be enrolled in the Con Edison Demand Response Program in the city, so we’re really excited about that.

If you want a more – hear more about this program, Siemens and others will be having a panel discussion. Our CEO from the Javits Center, Alan Steel, will be speaking as well, so you are invited to attend that session. And we also have a tour that I will be leading with Siemens to show the canopy prototype. So we have one prototype that has been constructed on our green roof, and it will show that, we’ll look over the microgrid area, and then we’ll end up on the farm so you can kind of see all of the blossoms up there.

And our energy programs are really working to meet the aggressive targets for decarbonization and clean electricity set forth by New York’s Climate Act, as well as what we’re moving towards for the nation.

We are living proof that the impact that venues and buildings can have on green infrastructure and green economies is possible. Our projects represent smart, scalable solutions for climate action. We also have many simply initiatives that can have dramatic impacts for those who are looking for more simpler ones.

For example, our JavitsCares donation program. It diverts thousands of exhibit materials from the landfill annually to local nonprofit organizations. These are materials that may be intended for a single use, and rather than throwing it in the trash, we are repurposing it to organizations who need it. So over 6,000 items amounting to more than 35,000 pounds of various furniture items, including tables, seating, lighting, storage equipment have been donated to our community partners.

And with the help of our catering provider Cultivated, we have also rescued nearly 100,000 pounds of food to local organizations who are fighting food insecurity and food waste.

So as we embark on our journey together to tackle the climate crisis, we know that we cannot do it alone. Collaboration, the sharing of ideas, innovation, and even morale boosting is needed now more than ever. The Javits Center has always seen itself as a place where people can gather to share ideas, move thoughts forward, and drive change.

The Nest Summit is an example of just that for climate action, and Climate Week is just that ahead of COP26. And the events industry itself will continue to be a key tool for meetings and marketplaces as we work on solving this problem.

Earlier this month, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, or UFI, announced the Net Zero Carbon Events Initiative which is hosted by the Joint Meetings Industry Council and supported by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This initiative aims to move the events industry to net zero by 2050. A pledge will be ready for COP26 in November.

The Javits Center is proud to be an active participant in this initiative and an early adopter, and we’re excited to partner with show organizers, general contractors, venues, and other organizations in the events industry to discover the best path forward to net zero. We look forward to continuing conversations in person and virtually. We know how valuable meeting, networking, and inspiration can be to shaping the conversations and solving problems.

So thank you and we look forward to seeing you at The Nest Summit and Climate Week NYC.

MODERATOR: Jacqueline, thank you so much, and Britton and to Adam, so much for your opening remarks. We really appreciate them. I’m going to open the floor to questions. If you have a question, please raise your virtual hand and wait for me to call on you. And also when you’re called on, please enable both your audio and your video.

And with that —

MR LAKE: I might, Daphne – if I may, just while people are feverishly writing down questions.


MR LAKE: Just want to make one quick point, which I hope will be of use to the press on this call: Just throughout that, which was really interesting, I have like an emergency thing on my phone that only goes off when I have like a key announcement from the team. So just wanted to impress upon the people in the room – this is on the record, so I can’t say what the announcements are, but I’d say check out who’s speaking at the opening ceremony on Monday morning, check out who is on the agenda for The Hub Live. It’s on the Climate Week NYC website. You’re going to see big names.

A lot of those names are saying very, very significant things that mean a huge amount in terms of how this country and how the world is going to be able to reach the targets. So there is lots of genuine big news that is happening.

I’d say one of the – I’m going to share my email with Daphne after this. I think you’re getting a press pack. If you are physically in New York, there is some capacity left, but we close this on Friday for physical attendance at the opening ceremony on the Monday morning. This is not for publication, but for you, I can let you know it’s at The Times Center in New York City should you wish to attend.

Some of the speakers will be digital, some will be physical. There’s an opportunity to speak to speakers there as well. We have a press room. If you want to virtually attend and see these things live and get the news first as well, through that email address that can be arranged also.

So I just wanted to say from a press point of view, there are going to be things happening next week that are significant, and we’re really happy to help make sure we get those stories to you.

MODERATOR: Thank you so much, Adam. I do have a question that’s come in via the chat. Unfortunately one of our journalists had to leave a little bit early, but the question she poses, it’s from Kemi Osukoya, and she wants to know how the agenda for Climate Week next week will reflect – and it’s already been mentioned in some of your remarks – recent climate events, including Hurricane Ida, and so if there is a specific part of the agenda that is going to factor recent events in like that.

MR LAKE: I’m happy to just kick off on that one and I’m sure Britton and Jackie have stuff to respond to it as well. I think it’s a constant conversation in the climate world between resilience and adaptation. Do we try and stop climate change or do we just build bigger walls around the city so it doesn’t flood us when it happens? So even before Ida, that’s a really big part of the conversation, and it’s the part of the conversation in terms of the people responsible for planning and preparing cities and states, regions, countries for this. But it’s also part of the conversation – we’ve created an environmental justice program as part of the main themes, because actually, often it’s the local communities that get damaged the most and have the least say. So we’ve been investing a lot of time and effort in trying to ensure that these groups have a voice, have a platform, are provided help. We’re working with Facebook directly to support organizations so that they have an audience as well.

So I’ll keep the answer short, but just to say, like, it is going to be a thread that comes to a lot of things, and there are a lot of people from – who work from the White House and secretaries of state for various different departments who will be talking to this as well.

MR JONES: I will also mention that this subject will be addressed at The Nest Summit on Wednesday afternoon. Alan Steel, the president and CEO of the Javits Center and also head of NYC and Companies Sustainability Council will be holding a fireside chat with Jainey Bavishi, who has run the New York – the office of resilience from the mayor’s office from the City of New York, and she is also one of the – has been nominated to be one of the top officials in NOAA by the Biden administration, and she will be addressing resilience, the resilience programs of New York City and the needs for resilience across the country in this fireside chat.

MODERATOR: That sounds wonderful. Adam, I was wondering if you could share the themes of Climate Week NYC.

MR LAKE: Sure. So I don’t embarrass myself, I’m going to actually put them —

MODERATOR: Some highlights.

MR LAKE: — on my page just because I know full well that I’m going to miss one out and it’s going to be one which will be a terrible one to miss out. So I am going to – we’ve got – so we’ve got built environment, energy, environmental justice, transport, finance, sustainable living, nature, policy, industry, and food. And a lot of those themes we brought in partners, because the Climate Group works a lot with government and we work a lot with business, but there are some important areas of this conversation where we’re not experts and don’t pretend to be, and this game’s about collaboration.

So, for example, environmental justice, we are working with a fantastic organization called the Solutions Project, who look at the issues relating to environmental justice and use the program to help curate their own events, provide a platform for others, and I’d say on the website you’ll see some really interesting – some really interesting people. We were talking before this call about Saint-Gobain, probably one of the biggest companies you might not have heard about, but they’re like 500 years old and they build everything, and their chair is a real leader – was one of the driving forces behind Paris. So a company that can make – a $45-billion-a-year company can make a massive difference when it comes to built environment. So there are some really interesting folks getting involved this year, and I definitely suggest exploring a bit.

MODERATOR: If I’m not mistaken, Britton, you had raised SDG 17 and – I’m sure it’s – I know it’s no coincidence that the Climate Week NYC happens to be during the same week as high-level week of the UN General Assembly. So the question is for Britton or for Adam. Are there key messages that you would like to come out of The Nest Summit and/or Climate Week? So world leaders who will be visiting in person or virtually.

MR JONES: Do you want to take that?

MR LAKE: I’m happy to jump in there. I mean, it’s an interesting one this year, for obvious reasons. International travel is very tough, and it’s the same issue for the COP26 who are going through this right now. Now, what can we share and what can’t we share? I believe it’s very likely the President is going to be in town. I believe it is known that the British prime minister and other senior officials, including the COP president, Alok Sharma, are also going to be in town. There are people who will be doing stuff virtually. I gather that the UN is only going to be doing the main event on the Monday as a live in-person event. They are not doing typical events as they do in a normal year, so the pavilion and things are not going to happen. You mention we always have – Climate Week runs alongside the UN General Assembly. We do that on purpose, because we don’t want people flying to New York specifically for Climate Week NYC, so we do it that week because the right people will be in town anyway.

Key messages – I think it’s going to be about COP, I think. We had to delay COP, and then there’s calls now for it to be delayed again, and I think it’s just really important. We can’t keep just sort of saying let’s have this conversation another time, and we need to make sure that whatever circumstances we’re in, we’re really, really driving forward these decisions.

Now, a lot of – companies – countries have made some really interesting commitments, and a lot of companies next week will be making some interesting commitments. I think the question next week is this is the final stock take, where people can actually say: Is COP26 going to be a success? Is it going to be meaningful? Are people going to talk about Glasgow in the same way that they talk about Paris? Or do we have a problem that we seriously need to address.

So I think it’s great that we’re having some physical event. It’s fantastic to do that. It’s fantastic also that there’s so much digital going on, so everyone can be engaged. But I think that the article that I want to read at the end of the week is: What does this mean for COP26? And I very much hope it’s positive, but more ambition needed. But I’m not the writer in this room, so I guess you guys are in charge of that bit.

MR JONES: I’d just like to add, Adam – and that was great, and I’d just like to add that it is very clear, abundantly clear, that the climate crisis is not on hold, and that it is really important that we move forward with this week, both in person where we can and virtually when in-person attendance is not possible. But the messages need to be heard, they need to be delivered and heard. And just say how encouraging it is for us to have a President who is now – President Biden – who is now talking about the urgency of reacting to climate change. And for him to say yesterday, as he was touring a lot of the devastation on the West Coast, that we know what we have to do, we need to muster the courage and the will to do it. And I think again that’s going to be a big part of the messaging that’s going to be taking place at The Nest Summit, is there are solutions. They may not be perfect solutions, they may not be long-term solutions, but they are solutions that we need to embrace now in order to avoid the devastation that is certain to come if we ignore the science.

MODERATOR: Thank you so much. I want to be respectful of your time, and there are no other questions, so if either or all of you have anything you want to say before we wrap up, I invite you to make some closing remarks.

MR LAKE: All I’m going to say on the closing remarks – but firstly, thank you for having me here; secondly, it’s a pleasure to see Jackie and Britton, who we work with under various different guises, and they’re fantastic. Just purely from, like, a practical point of view, next week is going to be crazy. There will be a lot of announcements, there will be a lot of footage and things that you’ll want to see and people you’ll want to speak to. So I would just say, like, it would be really – what I said earlier on about registration on the media stuff and just me forwarding – send me an email, I’ll put you in touch with the media team. Like, doing that this week is going to really help make sure that next week, when you see something you want to write about, you’ve got the press release and the opportunity to get quotes. And if you’re in New York, being in the room, as you know, makes all the difference. So I’d love to get that arranged.

So I think, like, please just – I’ll leave an email address; is the website. You can find most things through there, including all the events we spoke about. And download the app, because it came online today and it’s great.

MR JONES: I’ll just add that as well. It’s a pleasure to be here with you, Adam, and with you, Jackie, and Daphne, thank you for having us. Any of you who are interested in attending The Nest Summit, which is on Tuesday and Wednesday at the amazing building that Jackie was talking about, please come see it live. It really is impressive what they’ve done. And we would welcome you to come attend any and all of the events that you can in person. And if not, please check it out online. We are

MS TRAN: And I would also like to say thank you so much for having me here. We’re really looking forward to hosting The Nest Summit again this year. Last year it was virtual, and now we get to see some people face-to-face, and we know that that really is so much more special, when you’re really hearing the ideas and connecting with people. And so we’re really excited to be able to do that, but still offer the virtual platform for those who cannot attend in person.

For those who are going to be in the area, again, we are doing that tour with Siemens, looking at the prototype of the solar canopy, ending up on the farm. You will also see the green roof. So if you’re interested in attending that tour, please reach out and we’ll be happy to add you in.

MODERATOR: Well, I think we’re out of time. I appreciate your remarks today and joining us, Adam, Britton and Jackie. Today’s briefing was on the record, and as soon as the transcript is available, I will send it to everyone who’s attended. It’ll also be posted on our website at And I will also be sharing the press kit and your contact information, as you’ve – as you mentioned.

So with that, thank you for joining us, and good afternoon.

MS TRAN: Thanks, bye.

MR JONES: Thank you.


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