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New York Climate Week Activities

New York Climate Week 2019

Corporate and Government Climate Action is a high-level roundtable which will focus on the impact and nature of the private and public sectors’ climate action commitments towards a low-carbon society in Denmark and New York.

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Pitch Finale – Access Cities Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect

During the summer of 2019 Access Cities partnered with the City of New York for the Open Innovation Call on Air Quality and Urban Heat Island Effect – two of the most pressing challenges the City is currently facing.

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Access Cities is a Global Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development. Currently running in New York City, Munich, Singapore, and the two Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus, the program aims to solve city problems through multi-stakeholder challenges and open innovation, as a way of accelerating technology and solution knowledge sharing between cities, and to offer better testing opportunities for vendors.

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Apart from pitches from the finalists, look forward to mayoral representatives from New York and Copenhagen discuss the value of city-to-city collaboration in the face of climate change, as well a comedy show about climate action.


6.00 pm             Registration & Refreshments

6.30pm              Welcome and Opening keynotes

6.45pm             Track I Finalist pitches

7.20pm              Break

7.35pm              Track II Finalist pitches

8.05pm             Judging panel withdraws to vote

8.05pm              REAL show featuring comedian Chuck Nice

8.25pm              Award ceremony

8.30pm              Reception

New York Climate Week 2018

Danish Cleantech Hub is proud to host the high-level conference “A Roadmap to the Future of Global Sustainable Growth” as part of Climate Week NYC on September 25, 2018. The conference is co-hosted by the founders of Danish Cleantech Hub, Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green.

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The Crown Princess is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness, respect and ensuring compliance of women and girls´ sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to family planning and the reduction of maternal and child mortality.Crown Princess Mary was a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development and serves as patron of several international organisations and agencies, including the United Nations Population Fund and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, but also a number of Danish NGOs: Danish Refugee Council and Maternity Worldwide. The Crown Princess is also an Influencer of Women Deliver’s ‘Deliver for Good Campaign’ and is a member of the ICRW Leadership Council.

Since its inception in 2014, Crown Princess Mary has been patron of the Global Fashion Agenda and an advocate for sustainability in fashion.


Lars Løkke Rasmussen is the current Prime Minister of Denmark and leader of the the Liberal Party, Venstre. He has previously held many high-level positions in Danish politics, among others as Interior and Health Minister and Minister of Finance. Mr. Rasmussen has been a member of the Danish parliament since 1994. He holds a Master of Law from Copenhagen University.


Karsen Dybvad has been the President & CEO of the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) since 2010. He has the overall responsibility for executing DI’s strategy and business advocacy towards the Danish Parliament and the European institutions. In addition, Mr Dybvad holds a number of board memberships in the Danish business community. He has previously held various top-level positions as a civil servant in Denmark, including Permanent Secretary of State (Chief of Staff) in the Prime Minister’s Office and Permanent Secretary of State in the Ministry of Finance.


Finn Mortensen has been Executive Director of State of Green since 2008. State of Green is a public/private partnership between the Danish government and four leading business organizations in Denmark. The initiative’s goal is to foster relations with international stakeholders interested in discussing their challenges and bring into play relevant Danish competencies and technologies that enable the green transition. Mr Mortensen has extensive journalistic experience, having worked as business editor at Danish daily Berlingske Tidende and news editor at Danish business daily, Borsen. In addition to this, he has 10   years of experience as economic and political specialist at the US  Embassy in Copenhagen.


Ron Gonen is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, recycling and the development of the circular economy. Ron has received an MBA from Columbia Business School and has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. Prior to the Closed Loop Fund, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability for New York City.


Katrine Winding is Director General of the Danish Business Authority. Prior to her appointment in 2017, Winding had three years of experience as the Deputy Director General of the Danish Business Authority. Furthermore, Winding was the Head of Division of the Ministry of Business and Growth in 2009-2014.

She holds a Master in Political Science from Aarhus University, Denmark and a Senior Managers in Government from Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Søren Holm Johansen has been the Executive Director at Ramboll Group A/S since 2008 and has more than 20 years of top management experience. Mr. Johansen is responsible for the global Buildings, Transport and Energy divisions at Ramboll Group and has a strong focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility. Furthermore, Mr. Johansen has worked as Senior Advisor for the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate from 1981-1989. He holds a Master of Science in Economic from Copenhagen University.


Shawn Torbert is the U.S. Public Affairs Manager at ROCKWOOL North America.  His career in sustainable building began in 2007, when he became VP of New Business Development at Greenable, Inc. In 2009, Shawn founded his own independent manufacturer’s representative firm, TORUS 5, to introduce new high performance commercial building products to the U.S.  Shawn served on the Board of Directors of New York Passive House (NYPH) from 2014 to 2016 and co-founded the non-profit New Jersey Passive House (NJPH) chapter in 2018.  Shawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Lehigh University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University in the City of New York.



Dr. Nabil Nasr is the founding Director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also serves as the CEO of the REMADE Institute, a national coalition working on new clean energy initiatives.  His research interests include remanufacturing, circular economy, cleaner production and life cycle engineering.  He is a member of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme and previously served as an expert delegate with the U.S. Government in International forums such as APEC, the WTO and OECD. Dr. Nabil Nasr holds an MS and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Rutgers University.


Tim Brooks has been the Vice president, Corporate Responsibility at LEGO Group since 2016 and is responsible for LEGO Group’s sustainability strategy, environmental performance and the impact of its products. Prior to Mr. Brooks appointment, he was the Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability in LEGO Group for four years. Furthermore, Mr. Brooks has experience as Environmental Programme Manager at Tesco Stores Ltd and holds a MSc. in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.


Mads Lebech is CEO of the Danish Industry Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation that develops and supports innovative projects that strengthen the competitiveness of Danish businesses. While heading the foundation, Mr. Lebech has initiated and catalyzed multiple triple helix partnerships in the USA, working with cleantech, smart cities and sustainability. Mads Lebech serves on the board of directors in several Danish corporations and organizations including the Melting Pot Foundation. Prior to his announcement as CEO in the Danish Industry Foundation, Mr. Lebech served as Mayor of the City of Frederiksberg in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Copenhagen.


Ian is the global director of P4G, World Resources Institute. Prior to joining P4G, Ian served as Deputy Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships at the Global Commission, Economy and Climate. In his role he co-led the integration of climate change within core humanitarian and development work of World Vision, one of the world’s largest international non-government organizations. Ian holds an MBA degree from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees (majoring in accounting and finance) from the University of Western Australia.


Kathryn Garcia was appointed the Commissioner of NYC Department of Sanitation by Mayor Bill de Blasio in March 2014. She leads the nation’s largest municipal waste management agency consisting of 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Garcia is responsible for the ambitious long-term goal for New York City of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030. Garcia is a native New Yorker and earned her bachelor degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Antonia Gawel has been the head of the Circular Economy Initiative at the World Economic Forum since 2016. Prior to joining the Forum, Antonia worked in Bhutan as an advisor on environment and clean energy programmes and at the International Energy Agency (IEA).She was also formerly Deputy Director, Energy and Climate, at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva. In 2006, she was selected for the “Young Canadian Leaders for a Sustainable Future” progamme of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Planning, Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and an Hon. BA in Economics from the University of Toronto.

Circular Event

It is essential to Danish Cleantech Hub that every aspect of the event is endorsed in the circular mindset. Therefore, our stage furniture and choice of catering reflects circularity and sustainability.

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The stage furniture represents interior design from both Danish, other European, and American companies already employing circular economy principles in their business models.


The USM design combines timeless design with environmental consciousness. The USM modular concept has remained unchanged for the past 60 years, resulting in extended product lifetime as consumers have been able to add modular reconfigurations to their old furniture. This has caused less furniture to end in landfills why the USM Haller system has received a Cradle 2 Cradle certification.

Being an Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 Partner, Steelcase has placed circular economy principles at the heart of the company’s business model. As one of the early adopters of the Cradle to Cradle framework, Steelcase has completed life cycle assessments on over 35 products since 2003, and is supporting customers with comprehensive end of use and reuse programs, all designed to keep products out of the landfill.

57 St. design:

57st. design is a direct-to-consumer furniture brand based in Chicago. In 2018, 57st. design launched Design Circulation, the first fully circular furniture initiative in America. Through Design Circulation, 57st. design guarantees to take back it’s furniture (at any point in the future, and regardless of wear) in exchange for store credit. It then restores this furniture to its original condition and sells (circulates) it to another customer. The goal is to create a system in which furniture is never discarded nor destroyed, but rather circulated from home to home in perpetuity.


Produced with care for people and planet. With Ege Carpets, you can decorate your office, hotel, shop, restaurant etc. in a beautiful and sustainable way. The carpet yarns are produced from abandoned fishing nets and other industrial waste that have been cleaned, transformed and reborn as a soft yet strong material. With a design range covering any visual desire, carpets from ege excite the aesthetic eye for many years while bringing a comfortable feel and effective sound reducing effects too.

Fischer Lighting:

Fischer’s sustainable business logic, where old lamps are upgraded with high-quality LEDs for a fraction of the cost of a new system, is now embodied in a new family of luminaires. The collaboration between Fischer and GXN succeeded in creating a light-fitting that is remarkably simple, easy to assemble and made with circular principles and disused fishing nets. But more than being a circular product, it is an architecturally pleasing design that distributes light in a beautiful way. The new products replace a variety of existing recessed lamps, but can also be implemented as new fixtures.

As one of the global leading providers of pens, STABILO has taken responsibility upon themselves by developing the Cradle 2 Cradle certified pens made from 98% recycled plastics.

In 2009 Jalema got their sustainable files Cradle 2 Cradle certified. Every file is produced out of virginfiber cardboard, derived from commercial forestry. For every cut tree, at least 1,5 new trees are planted. They are produced using 100% green energy. Cardboard and all other materials that are part of the files are 100% recyclable.

Thors design

Thors Design represents Upcycling in its simplest form. Reclaimed harbour wood is transformed in to a piece of sustainable furniture. Old wood is given a new life; despite being partially submerged in the Danish sea for over 60 years, the wood still has a life expectancy of between 50 and 100 years whilst adding value to the end result. Their business case enables them to lease or rent their furniture, where the furniture can be returned after use and re- /upcycled once again for further application


Magnus Olesen A/S develops and manufactures high quality furniture in cooperation with today’s leading designers and architects. The result is a functional, aesthetic and unique design that enhances the spaces where it’s placed. Magnus Olesen has always been focused on longevity and sustainability. The company believes in Danish craftsmanship and has manufactured in Denmark ever since 1937. Good design that lasts and ”design for disassembly” are key parameters, enhancing recyclability of used products and contributing to Circular Economy. Magnus Olesen’s production is based on sustainable Nordic wood. Since 2016 Magnus Olesen A/S is FSC® certified. (FSC®C131817). Our latest endeavor in regards to sustainability is getting the Butterfly Series, including Butterfly Classic Lounge, ”Cradle to Cradle” certified.


We supply innovative and sustainable stone wool growing media solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles. These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas. Stone wool growing media are offered together with tailor-made advice and innovative tools to support Precision Growing and thus facilitate the sustainable production of healthy, safe and tasty fresh produce for consumers.

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Purslane is a Brooklyn-based catering company committed to taking the sustainable path in a largely eco-hazardous industry. Purslane uses sustainable, organic, pesticide-free and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from farms in upstate New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and urban farms right here in New York City. Furthermore, Purslane source its wines from organic and sustainable vineyards.

Purslane is committed to composting and recycling both in its own venues and off-site, as well as avoiding all single-use and non-recyclable plastics. Strict food measuring, inventorying and storing techniques enable Purslane to avoid food waste.

In 2018 Purslane has rolled out a carbon neutrally plan and are off-setting any avoidable carbon emissions by participating in the ZeroFoodPrint carbon credits program.

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New York Climate Week 2017

Danish Cleantech Hub is proud to host the high-level conference Cities for Global Impact – Advancing the SDGs through Urban Action as part of Climate Week NYC in New York on September 19, 2017.

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Danish Cleantech Hub is proud to host the high-level conference Cities for Global Impact – Advancing the SDGs through Urban Action as part of Climate Week NYC in New York on September 19, 2017. The conference is hosted in collaboration with Confederation of Danish Industry and State of Green, the founders of the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York.

The two high-level conference panels will address Healthy Cities for Better Living and Power the World with Wind. As the conference coincides with the UN General Assembly, the conference panels will also discuss how cities can contribute to the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


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Conference speaker:

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

Thomas Bustrup, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Danish Industry


Panel I

Tom Wright, President, Regional Plan Association

Jeb Brugmann, Director for Solutions Development and Innovation, 100 Resilient Cities

Jens Birgersson, CEO, ROCKWOOL

Kim Nøhr Skibsted, Group Vice President, Grundfos

Neel Strøbæk, Senior Group Director, Rambøll Group

Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President, Urban Land Institute


Panel II

Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, US Department of the Interior

Adam Zurofksy, Deputy Secretary for Energy and Financial Services, Office of the Governor

Michael Hannibal, CEO, Siemens Offshore

Jakob Askou Bøss, Senior Vice President Corp. Strategy & Stakeholder Relations, DONG energy

Morten Dyrholm, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Public Affairs, Vestas Wind Systems

Stephanie McClellan, Director, Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, University of Delaware

Climate Week – About

Climate Week NYC is an annual event that has taken place every year in New York City since 2009. The summit takes place alongside the UN General Assembly and brings together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase global climate action. Climate Week NYC is run by The Climate Group

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