Business Fundamentals for Restoring Natural Infrastructure
DATE: Sept. 27, 2017
TIME: 8:30-10 a.m.
LOCATION: Kiva Auditorium
Director of Global Sustainability, Caterpillar, Inc.
Kathryn Spitznagle is the Director of Global Sustainability, providing leadership to the corporate team, Corporate Sustainability Report, Dow Jones Sustainability Index Report, Chairman’s Sustainability Awards, Caterpillar Sustainability Steering Committee, the External Sustainability Advisory Board, the Sustainability Advocates program and the Global Country Manager program. Kathryn joined Caterpillar in May 1997 in Dealer Service Training and went on to Marketing Support for Compact Equipment and Rental Services. She then became a Supervisor for employee communications, learning and visitor services for Decatur, Aurora and East Peoria facilities and then advanced to the Global Marketing Manager for Logistics. From there she went on to the Media & Corporate Communications Manager for Corporate Public Affairs and was the Project Manager for building the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Following the build project, she launched the opening of the Visitors Center, managed it for the first three years and then became Director of Corporate Communications. Prior to Caterpillar, Kathryn was the Marketing & Communications Manager for a division of Nestle Purina and has more than 35 years of progressive experience in the fields of publishing, television, advertising, media, marketing and public relations.
Managing Director for Public Policy/Global Climate Strategy Lead, The Nature Conservancy
Chief Scientist, Ducks Unlimited
Increasing global population and the resulting demand for resources has produced severe impacts to much of the world’s natural infrastructure such as forests, prairies, agricultural lands, estuaries, coastal landscapes and wetlands. Healthy natural infrastructure offers many economic, environmental and social benefits – including productive fisheries along our coasts, increased biodiversity, improved storm resilience, recreation and tourism opportunities, improved water quality and enhanced scenic beauty. As the earth’s population grows from 7 billion to over 9 billion in the next few decades, restoring the health and productivity of our natural infrastructure will become paramount for addressing the growing need for food, clean air and clean water. Collaboration between governments, communities, businesses and NGOs on policy development and improvement would promote, support, and guide the prioritization, funding and best practice implementation of natural infrastructure restoration. Solidifying the business case for natural infrastructure restoration could provide incentives and mechanisms for expanded private sector investment in the industry. Increased collaboration is also likely to foster innovation within the industry. During this session, Kathryn Spitznagle, Caterpillar’s global director of sustainability, will moderate a discussion with Ducks Unlimited and others focused on the business fundamentals for restoring natural infrastructure. Topics will include: restoration projects currently happening; plans and goals for additional restoration; barriers that prevent scale-up from happening; how to frame the economic case; how to unlock the creativity of individuals, communities and corporations; and how to attract capital at appropriate scale.