Jefferson Innovation Summit in Washington, DC

Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative

BICC Events


The Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative convenes and participates in events around the world focused on advancing research and knowledge on the role business innovation is and will play in creating solutions to avoid the negative affects of climate change.

  • Initiative Launches in DC

    Business Leaders Offer Thought Leadership on the Importance of Innovation in Determining Climate Policy

    The Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative was launched in the Washington, D.C., area on 22 May 2017 as business leaders offered thought leadership on the importance of innovation in determining climate policy. The Darden School’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted a panel featuring Professor Mike Lenox, Darden’s chief strategy officer and author of Will Business Save the Earth: Innovating Our Way to Sustainability; Kevin Fay, an internationally recognized specialist on environmental and energy issues and vice chairman and CEO of Alcalde & Fay; John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at United Technologies Corp. and chair of the corporate advisory board of the World Green Building Council; and Stephen Harper, global director of environment and energy policy at Intel Corp.

    The launch event brought together Darden alumni and other stakeholders from business, nonprofit, government and academic arenas, and featured remarks from Darden Dean Scott Beardsley about the unique opportunity for business leaders to come together to solve one of the most significant and singular challenges facing our society today, climate change.

    View Dean Beardsley's Remarks.

    View photos of the event. 

  • Jefferson Innovation Summit

    UVA Darden’s Batten Institute hosted the 2018 Jefferson Innovation Summit on 22 February 2018 at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.  The event brought together 50 corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, government officials, policy experts and academics for in-depth dialogue and workshop sessions that informed a “policy playbook” to encourage cleantech innovation across multiple industry sectors.

    2018 Summit Policy Playbook

    The playbook presents six innovative ideas for more rapidly moving the needle on addressing climate change. The hope is that leaders in both the public and private spheres will be inspired by these ideas and mobilize action within their respective industries.

    Watch this video about the Policy Playbook. 

    More information on the summit can be found on the 2018 Jefferson Innovation Summit website.

  • ClimateCAP Global MBA Summit 2020
    Climate Cap logo

    The University of Virginia Darden School of Business hosted ClimateCAP: The Global MBA Summit on Climate, Capital & Business in Charlottesville, Virginia, 21–22 February 2020 in partnership with business school programs including Duke, Penn, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, MIT, London Business School, Michigan, Cornell, UNC, NYU, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Texas-Austin and Georgetown.

    The summit brought together more than 200 MBA students, business leaders and experts from around the world to assess the implications of climate change for business and investment. Students gained a deeper understanding of how climate change is shaping industries and markets, where the biggest financial and operational risks lie, and what promising innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities are emerging.

    For more information, visit the ClimateCAP website.  

  • Sustainability Innovators' Roundtable

    The Sustainability Innovators’ Roundtable is a series of seminar-style, interactive discussions hosted around the world by the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Darden School of Business. The roundtable brings together senior innovation executives from leading companies for conversations facilitated by Darden’s top scholars in innovation. The purpose of the roundtable gatherings is to share best practices and discuss common challenges related to business and public policy innovation to tackle climate change and sustainability issues. To ensure openness and candor, participants are selected from among noncompeting firms and diverse industrial sectors. 

    3 May 2018 — Sustainability Innovators' Roundtable: Blog Post

    26 October 2017 — Sustainability Innovators' Roundtable: Agenda

    16 November 2016 — Sustainability Officers' Roundtable: AgendaHighlights

    4 October 2016 — Global Innovators' Roundtable, Innovating for Sustainability: AgendaBatten Briefing