8:00 – 8:30 ET Networking and continental breakfast In-Person
8:30 – 8:35 ET Welcome and introductions Tom Kurian
8:35 – 8:45 ET Opening remarks – Incorporating CSR as part of your business strategy; the value of listening and engaging your stakeholders Yma Gordon
8:45 – 9:15 ET Panel of experts – How climate change is driving business transformation: strategies, trends, and data-driven developments Kimberly Kosmenko, Optera, VISA Office of Sustainability, Dr. Jennifer Esperanza, Coopera
9:15 – 10:00 ET Case studies – Climate resiliency, mitigation, and adaptation: lessons learned from credit unions on the front lines WOCCU; moderator: CU
10:00 – 10:45 ET Keynote – What to expect from the UN Climate Conference, COP27; and the role of credit unions in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals Dr. Ligia Noronha, ASG, Head of NY Office UNEP; moderator UNGC
10:45 – 11:00 ET BREAK
11:00 – 11:15 ET Presentation – The ABCs of ESG Garrett Jones, Delphi Group, Director Sustainable Finance
11:15 – 12:00 ET Fireside chat with the National Credit Union Administration – State of the industry: views and perspectives on ESG, the Credit Union Movement, and the most vulnerable Rodney Hood, Board Member, NCUA, and Pamela Agnone, EVP, and co-executive sponsor, CSR
12:00 – 12:45 ET Panel discussion – How credit unions can join the Clean Energy Transition with an update on US legislation and Executive Orders Neda Arabshahi, Inclusiv and Jahi Wise, Special Assistant to the White House on Climate Strategy
12:45 – 13:00 ET LUNCH BREAK
Spotlight – Profiles in courage from UNICEF on the fight for climate justice and the power of collective action Nick Rees, UNICEF Regional Program Manager, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office’Climate
13:00 – 13:30 ET Presentation -Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: From Theory to Practice in Driving Organizational Change Dr. Taylor Nelms, Filene Research Institute
13:30 – 14:15 ET Panel presentation – Inspirational stories of Brazilian credit unions leading with purpose with a spotlight on a national awards program Fenasbac Institute, Brazilian delegates and Central Bank regulator, moderator Carlos Calderon
14:15 – 14:30 ET Interactive feature – Let the Women’s Empowerment Principles be your guide to strengthening gender equity at your credit union Anna Falth, UN Women, and Carlene Alexander
14:30 – 15:00 ET Fireside chat with UNEP FI – How the Principles for Responsible Banking can help you navigate your sustainability journey First West CU and UNEP FI; moderator CU
15:00 – 15:15 ET BREAK
15:15 – 15:30 ET Case study – partnering with your supply chain on sustainability wins FISERV and Tom Kurian
15:30 – 16:00 ET Panel discussion – Amplifying your community purpose through green solutions, volunteer power, and partnerships CU’s, Lisa Morris, Hudson Valley; moderator CU
16:00 – 16:10 ET Conversation – Youth weigh-in on advocacy and why organizations must speak to their values UNA-USA Youth Observer, WOCCU Young CU Professional
16:10 – 16:15 ET Parting thoughts and what’s ahead for the United in Sustainability (UIS) Network Prasad Surapaneni, SVP, CIO, co-executive sponsor CSR
16:15 – 17:15 ET UN Tour and Reception UN and General Assembly Branch

Sustainable Hotel Options

Archer Hotel New York

45 W 38th St, New York, NY 10018
(212) 719-4100
Price: ~$340 per night

A Boutique midtown Manhattan hotel located near Bryant Park, Times Square and the Theatre District, is a 20 minute walk from the United Nations. The hotel has earn LEED Silver Certification by using eco-friendly soaps and products, “green” bedding and pillows, and use non-toxic cleaning and low VOC products.

Benjamin Royal Sonesta New York
125 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022
Reservations 1-866-222-2365
Price: ~$400 per night

Conveniently close to Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station, is a 12 minute walk to the United Nations. This five-star hotel lessens their carbon footprint through the use of energy-efficient lighting, remote control thermostat, low flow fixtures, and having recycling programs.

Concorde Hotel
127 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
(212) 355-2755
Price: ~385 per night

A 20 minute walk to the UN, this hip and chic four-star hotel is situated near St. Patrick Cathedral, The Rockefeller Center, and the Museum of Modern Art. The hotel actively takes steps towards a more sustainable environment and have undergone
renovation projects to include sustainability in the features of the hotel.

Element Times Square West
311 West 39th Street (between 8th And 9th Avenue), New York, NY 10018)
(212) 643-0770
Price: ~$300 per night

A 30 minute walk or 20 minute bus ride to the UN, this three-star hotel is situated in the theatre district. The Element Times Square is a sleek, modern high rise featuring 411 newly renovated suites, fully equipped in-room kitchens and is designed from the bottom to its top floor to be LEED-certified.

Hyatt Grand Central New York
109 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
(646) 213-6850
Price: ~$250 per night

A 10 minute walk to the United Nations and conveniently located next to the Grand Central Station Terminal. The hotel joined the NYC Carbon Challenge, a partnership with the New York Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice, to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% or more over ten years.

Sustainable Restaurant Options

Bell Book & Candle
141 W 10th St # A, New York, NY 10014, USA
Cuisine: American – local and organic

Clay NYC
553 Manhattan Ave, New York, NY 10027, USA
Cuisine: American – local and organic

Crave Fishbar
945 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Cuisine: Sustainable Seafood

Fat Choy
250 Broome Street, New York, NY, 10002
Cuisine: Vegan Chinese take away

JaJaJa Mexicana
162 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Cuisine: Vegan Mexican

Le Botaniste (multiple locations)
833 Lexington Ave, NY 10065
Cuisine: Plant-based organic menu

Lekka Burger
81 Warren St, New York, NY 10007
Cuisine: Vegan American

North Fork Restaurant
122 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Cuisine: American – locally sourced ingredients

Rosemary’s (multiple locations)
350 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Cuisine: Italian – farm-to-table

15 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Cuisine: American – locally sourced ingredients


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