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Pathways to Greener Entertainment
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM PST
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A fireside chat with two sustainability leaders highlighting new sustainable practices and professional opportunities in the Media industry.

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Los Angeles is known as the "Creative Capital of the World" and is the home of Hollywood. The City of Light is a major global center for media and entertainment as well as the center of the motion picture industry. Like other industries, the media industry including production companies, agencies and studios are incorporating sustainable practices to take into consideration environmental, social and economic issues. The high profile visibility of this industry makes it an exciting launchpad to build global corporate clean and sustainability programs with ambitious goals and to create new clean business opportunities.

Join us for a fireside chat with two sustainability leaders navigating the Entertainment Industry and sharing the goal to green the screen. Audrey Vinant-Tang is the Senior Manager for Energy & Sustainability at NBCUniversal. She will share with us her bold career path and will discuss her current missions as she oversees sustainability strategy and energy management for the studio operations looking to pilot clean technology and decarbonizing facilities. Kris Barberg, Executive Director and Partner at EcoSet Consulting plays important roles in contacting with content producers and advertising clients to build sustainable production programs that mitigate the physical waste impacts behind the scenes and incorporate circular economy principles.

Attendees will discover how the Media industry is taking actions to achieve sustainable goals and to create clean energy momentum. They will learn more about the immediate and long-term goals being developed in the Los Angeles scene and how they are leading the industry forward. The discussions will highlight the new roles and career pathways being created for sustainability professionals in this space.

Event Agenda:

  • 5:00-5:05 pm PST / 8:00 - 8:05 pm EST - Arrival, Housekeeping, & Introductions
  • 5:05-5:20 pm PST / 8:05 - 8:20 pm EST - Overseeing sustainability and energy strategy at one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies - Presentation by Audrey Vinant-Tang, Senior Manager for Energy & Sustainability at NBCUniversal
  • 5:20-5:35 pm PST / 8:20 - 8:35 pm EST - Building sustainable production programs to mitigate waste - Presentation by Kris Barberg, Executive Director, Partner, EcoSet Consulting
  • 5:35-5:45 pm PST / 8:35-8:45 pm EST - Breakout Session 1
  • 5:45-6:00 pm PST / 8:45-8:05 pm EST - Regroup & Q/A
  • 6:00-6:10 pm PST / 9:05-9:15 pm EST - Breakout Session 2
  • 6:10-6:25 pm PST / 9:15-9:25 pm EST - Regroup & Q/A
  • 6:25-6:30 pm PST / 9:25-9:30 pm EST - Thank you and wrap-up

This event is limited to 500 attendees and is open to people of all genders.

Audrey Vinant-Tang


Senior Manager, Energy & Sustainability, NBCUniversal

Prior to NBCUniversal, she launched the CBS Eye on the Environment program in 2016, extending the reach of this initiative across the worldwide portfolio and through a merger with Viacom. Projects Audrey is most proud of include increasing renewable energy use from zero to 20% in three years despite the merger doubling our size and a solar-powered camera tower pilot at the Phoenix Open. Prior to working at CBS, she was an air quality engineer focused on environmental compliance and greenhouse gas reporting.

Audrey graduated from UCLA with a major in Environmental Science and Engineering and a minor in Film & Television. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Energy from Johns Hopkins University. Audrey is a board member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and was recognized on the 2018 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 list.

Kris Barberg


Executive Director, Partner, EcoSet Consulting

Kris Barberg is the Executive Director and co-owner of EcoSet Consulting in Los Angeles. After a decade of freelance work on TV commercials and film projects and observing the negative environmental impacts behind the scenes, Kris wanted to be part of a shift toward better practices. In 2009, she joined forces with EcoSet. Providing Zero Waste set services and materials diversion solutions, EcoSet works with content producers and advertising clients to build sustainable production programs that mitigate the physical waste impacts behind the scenes and incorporate circular economy principles. Visit ecoset.la for more info about EcoSet's range of services.

Caroline Trowbridge


Project Finance, Leeward Renewable Energy

As the Co-Chair of the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Events Committee, Caroline is responsible for all expert industry panels. She recently joined the project finance team at Leeward, a utility-scale solar, wind, and storage developer. Previously, Caroline worked in energy efficiency project finance at Metrus Energy. She holds a BA in Mathematics from Middlebury College.

Maelys Renaud


Deputy Attachée for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles