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Making the Shift for Success in a Post-COP21 World

  • Busboys & Poets 1025 5th St NW Washington, DC 20001 (map)

DC Net Impact and the Maryland/DC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy are pleased to invite you to a discussion on the outcomes of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. Join national and local climate and policy experts for a recap of the conference and gain understanding of what the outcomes mean for business, policy, and finance. Attendees will learn how they can help their organizations and businesses succeed in a post-COP21 world!


  • Matt Banks, Manager of Climate & Business, World Wildlife Fund
  • Pipa Elias, Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Doug Glancy, Senior Manager, The Climate Reality Project
  • Michael Tidwell, Founder & Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network


Matt Banks, Manager of Climate & Business at the World Wildlife Fund, works with businesses and other stakeholders to build awareness and adoption of progressive corporate climate management strategies through Climate Savers, a voluntary program that mobilizes companies to set world-class carbon reduction goals. Since Matt joined WWF a decade ago Climate Savers has expanded from contracts with IBM and Johnson & Johnson to contracts with 30 major corporations. Collectively, these companies have cut emissions equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road! With an educational background in sustainability and economics, Matt has a strong background in advancing sustainability initiatives, from championing climate action planning for the cities of Boston and Pittsburgh to consulting for clients on topics such as vehicle emissions testing and corporate energy efficiency. Matt was honored with the Business Sustainability Initiative award from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University. He has also co-authored the book Good Cop/Bad Cop: Environmental NGOs and their Strategies Toward Business.

Pipa Elias is a Senior Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy. In this role she conveys solutions from the Conservancy’s experiences to many international climate policy fora, ands leads the organization’s policy work on lands in the UNFCCC. Pipa focuses on the technical aspects of climate solutions from forests and agriculture, and has published over a dozen reports on this issue. Pipa has worked on climate and lands issues for over 7 years, and holds a master’s of science in forestry from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s of science in environmental science from the University of Notre Dame. She draws upon her diverse background of field research, environmental education, policy development, coalition building and research to address the complex issue of climate and lands. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Trauma Healing and Reconciliation Services-International and serves on the World Forestry Committee of the Society of American Foresters.

Doug Glancy works at the Climate Reality Project where he directs the the Climate Speakers Network, which he established with Ken Berlin in 2013. Doug began working on climate-related issues over a decade ago as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Carl Levin. Subsequently, he worked for a variety of organizations on climate at the intersection of the corporate, non-profit, and policy worlds. He was also a contributing author to the book for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES) entitled “Corporate Strategies to Address Climate Change.” In addition to his work at Climate Reality, Doug serves on the board of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. A native of Detroit, he graduated with a MS/MBA from the University of Michigan and holds a bachelor of Political Science, with honors, from Trinity College.

Mike Tidwell is founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Under Tidwell’s leadership, CCAN has helped pass landmark clean-energy legislation in Maryland; blocked coal and oil development plans in Virginia; and worked with groups nationwide to push for a fair and effective carbon cap bill on Capitol Hill. Tidwell is also an author and filmmaker whose books include The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Race to Save America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s most recent documentary film – “We Are All Smith Islanders” – vividly depicts the dangers of global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Tidwell has received numerous awards for his advocacy work, including the Audubon Naturalist Society’s prestigious “Conservation Award.” A long-time resident of Maryland, he lives in Takoma Park with his wife Beth and son Sasha.