Wednesday Keynote

Business Fundamentals for Restoring Natural Infrastructure

DATE: Sept. 27, 2017
TIME: 8:30-10 a.m.
LOCATION: Kiva Auditorium


Kathryn Spitznagle
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.

Lynn Scarlett

Co-Chief,  External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Lynn Scarlett is co-Chief External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy and Global Climate Strategy Lead. In these roles, Scarlett directs all policy in the United States and the 70 countries in which TNC operates. Scarlett also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of NOAA, recently co-chaired the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.


Tom Moorman

Chief Scientist, Ducks Unlimited

Tom’s 25-year career with Ducks Unlimited has included serving as Regional Biologist working on waterfowl habitat restoration in partnerships with state and federal wildlife agencies; Director of Conservation Planning with responsibility for planning and evaluation to strengthen the science underlying conservation programs in DU’s Southern Region; Director of Science and Public Policy which included responsibility for science underlying DU conservation programs, regional conservation communications, and public policy and advocacy for mission-based policy outcomes. In 2013, Tom was promoted to Director of Operations for the Southern Region and led all aspects of DU’s conservation work on behalf of wintering and migrating waterfowl across 13 states in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways. He became DU’s Chief Scientist in 2017 with responsibilities for, and oversight of, development and integration of science-based information to guide DU’s conservation work in the United States, in coordination with DU Canada and Duck Unlimited de Mexico. Tom has a B.S. in Zoology from Ohio University, M.S. in Wildlife Science from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, long standing member of The Wildlife Society, and past recipient of the TWS Jim McDonough Award.



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.