Spend an enjoyable evening with Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist and Microsoft, and learn why sustainability is no longer just a moral argument made by tree huggers and environmentalist, but one that now has the full throated support and resources of major businesses aligned to solve this problem. The enormous consequences of climate change and human activity are no longer theoretical, giving rise to an entire ecosystem of established companies and startups that collectively seek to solve or mitigate ramifications associated with water, drought, food, energy, and more. In addition to Rob’s keynote talk, we will also have panelists discussing the local challenges that face us, and the emerging opportunities and initiatives some companies and organizations in town are already pursuing.
Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist
Rob Bernard is Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist. As part of the company’s corporate, external and legal affairs group, Rob is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for Microsoft’s environmental efforts. His work includes working across the company to maintain carbon neutrality, advance our investments in renewable energy, improve energy efficiency in operations, and work with customers and partners to help empower them to better leverage IT to drive a more sustainable planet.
Rob joined Microsoft in 1997, and has held leadership roles ranging from marketing to business development and partnerships and technical management. He has served on a number of industry and non-profit boards and has spoken worldwide on the opportunities for IT to transform the way society uses resources. Rob earned his MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is a regular contributor to the Microsoft Green Blog
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5:00 - 8:00 pm
Santa Barbara Women's Club
670 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105