2023 1t.org US Summit Program

The annual 1t.org US Summit is where we bring together our community of 100+ pledges to meet in-person to discuss scaling conservation and restoration globally, discover and unlock private-public sector partnerships, and spotlight innovations from our ecopreneur community that are ready to scale.

June 13 – June 15, 2023
New York City – Salesforce Tower


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Tuesday, June 13
5:00-6:30 pm       1t.org US Summit Kickoff Party
@ the World Economic Forum Office
350 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017
Wednesday, June 14
9:00-9:45 am       Opening: Welcome and Keynote Addresses
9:45-10:45 am       Conserve, Restore, Grow: The Trillion Trees Movement
10:45-11:00 am       Break
11:00-11:45 am       Scaling Investment in Reforestation
11:45-12:30 pm       The Cost of Restoration at Scale
12:30-1:45 pm       Lunch
1:45-2:45 pm       Carbon Markets in the US: From the Bottom Up
2:45-3:45 pm       Forest Restoration for a Nature Positive Future
3:45-4:00 pm       Break
4:00-5:00 pm       Town Hall: Looking Toward 2030
5:30-7:30 pm       Restoration Community Reception
Thursday, June 15
9:00-9:45 am       Welcome
9:45-11:00 am       Workshop Block 1
11:00-11:15 pm       Break
11:15-12:30 pm       Workshop Block 2
12:30-1:30 pm       Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm       Workshop Block 3
2:45-3:00 pm       Break
3:00-4:15 pm       Workshop Block 4
4:15-5:00 pm       Summit Closing and Wrap Up


Session Descriptions


Conserve, Restore, Grow – The Trillion Tree Story

Although restoration will not solve biodiversity loss and climate change alone, trees and forests can make a substantial contribution toward mitigating the global impacts. Forests and forest products in the United States already capture and store 15% of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels each year. There is research to suggest they have the potential to capture nearly twice as much CO2 if using science-based best practices and climate-smart solutions to manage forests.

Globally, the potential is even greater. New research, led by Crowther Labs in consultation with dozens of leading experts, will outline the potential to restore more of Earth’s land than we previously thought. This session will provide an exclusive look at the new research from Crowther Labs.

We will explore the origins of the global trillion trees movement and the science that inspired multi-stakeholder action to conserve and restore forests worldwide. We will also look at how the 1t.org community can more effectively socialize the latest science and research with effective communications.


Scaling Investment in Reforestation

Nature-based solutions are some of the most cost effective options to mitigate climate change, however, investing in restoration can be difficult and costly. When science is constantly evolving, the data can be messy, and, as with any investment, there are risks involved.  

Investors in nature-based solutions face hard choices to ensure credible outcomes at scale. This session will explore what opportunities and mechanisms are available for businesses and investors to bring finance to scale, de-risk investment, and generate more partnerships around blended finance for forests.


The Cost of Restoration at Scale

What does it cost to plant a tree? The true cost of reforestation is complicated and depends on a wide variety of factors. Restoration done right may cost more than you think. Climate-smart reforestation in the right places with the right trees can be challenging to clearly articulate. Sometimes there are even accusations of greenwashing when project investments are complicated with unclear results. 

This session will bring together some of the leading implementers to discuss how they are updating their efforts based on the best available science. They will share details on their business models and funding mechanisms, as well as how they have built a reporting framework to build confidence among their investors.


Carbon Markets in the US: From the Bottom Up

The conversation around carbon markets has been focused on corporations purchasing forest carbon credits and the return on their investments. This often overlooks the impact and potential of carbon offsets to benefit land stewards such as small landowners, indigenous communities, and local governments.   

In the US alone, forests and forest products currently capture and store 15% of U.S carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion each year.  Some research has suggested that U.S. forests have potential to capture nearly twice as much CO2 if we manage the land to its full potential. In this session we will explore carbon markets from the bottom up and hear from those who are working directly with smallholders on the ground.


 Forest Restoration for a Nature Positive Future

There is a growing call for businesses to assess and disclose their impacts and dependencies on nature and transform how they operate. Companies must take action for nature — supporting forest ecosystems is one of the best ways to do that. This session aims to prepare companies for the nature positive journey, and demonstrate the value of forest restoration beyond the carbon tunnel vision — from biodiversity to other ecological benefits.


Speaker Background and Bios

Jad Daley | American Forests +
Suzanne DiBianca | Salesforce +
Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Homer Wilkes +
Commissioner of Public Lands of the State of Washington, Hilary Franz +
Dr. Tom Crowther | ETH Zurich +
Shyla Raghav | TIME CO2 +
Tim Christophersen | Salesforce +
Sam Gill | Doris Duke Foundation +
Estelle Winkleman | Salesforce +
Vilas Kuchinad | Bank of America +
Jennifer Merli | Mastercard +
Bill Toomey | One Tree Planted +
Britta Dyer | American Forests +
Dan Lambe | Arbor Day Foundation +
Mary Mitsos | National Forest Foundation +
Rita Hite | American Forest Foundation +
Tim Stout | Northam Forest Carbon +
Bryan Van Stippen | National Indian Carbon Coalition +
Karen Lee | University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) in the Small Farm Program +
Zachary Goldstein | Aspiration +
Ernesto Herrera Guerra | Reforestamos +
Megan Morikawa | Iberostar Group +
Pieter Krans, ICF +

Hosted by the 1t.org US Chapter with support from our partners:

In collaboration with the World Economic Forum