CO2NNECT is a multi-day event bringing together experts and enthusiasts in the field of carbon management. Carbon management (carbon capture, transport, storage, reuse, and removal) is one of many tools necessary to decarbonize our energy and industrial sectors, meet midcentury climate goals, and create and retain high-wage jobs. 
With CO2NNECT, we aim to create a space for open and productive dialogue to ensure the deployment of carbon management technologies is achieved in a responsible and timely way. Our 2023 event was focus on stakeholder engagement, environmental justice, and community and worker benefits. 
Thank you to all those who attended in 2023 and stay tuned for more information regarding CO2NNECT 2024!

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2023 Playlist

2019 Playlist

2023 Agenda

3:00 PM Guest Arrival & Check-In
6:00 PM Welcome Reception
  • Priti Patel – Board Chair, Great Plains Institute
  • Richard Jackson – President, U.S. Onshore Resources and Carbon Management Operations, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome from Santa Ana Pueblo
  • Emmett Garcia – Santa Ana Pueblo
9:15 AM Opening Remarks: The Role of Carbon Management in Achieving U.S. Climate and Energy Goals
  • Rolf Nordstrom – President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Plains Institute
9:30 AM Introduction to Carbon Management
  • Sallie E. Greenberg, Ph.D. – Principal Research Scientist of Energy & Minerals, Illinois State Geological Survey, University of Illinois (Carbon Transport & Storage)
  • Brent Hagy – General Counsel, CarbonFree (Circular Economy & Carbon Utilization)
  • Meghan Kenny – Director of Strategy and Projects, CarbonCapture, Inc.
10:00 AM Keynote Address: The State of Carbon Management—Moving from Ambition to Action
  • Jarad Daniels – Chief Executive Officer, Global CCS Institute
10:30 AM Networking Break 
10:50 AM Capturing Better Futures in Vernon Parish: A Carbon Management Success Story
  • Sarah Forbes – Deputy Director for Carbon Management Technologies, DOE, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (moderator)
  • Lance Albin – International Representative, United Association Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Tracy Evans – CEO, CapturePoint Solutions
  • Lisa Lohman – Director Secondary Curriculum and CTE, Vernon Parish School District
  • Vernon Travis Jr. – School Board Member, Vernon Parish School District
  • Sherry Tucker – CapturePoint Solutions

11:45 AM Decision Support Tool for Louisiana Carbon Management

  • Nate Morris – Outreach and Education Manager, Great Plains Institute
  • Matt Fry – Senior Policy Manager, Great Plains Institute
12:30 PM Networking Lunch 
1:30 PM Spotlight: Decarbonizing the West with the Western Governor’s Association
  • Randall Luthi – Office of the Governor, State of Wyoming
1:45 PM Building Trust: Engaging Communities and the Public in the Siting of Carbon Management & Other Clean Energy Projects 
  • Ben Finzel – President, RENEWPR (moderator) 
  • Arcelia Isais-Gastelum – Project Manager, RenUSA  
  • Erin Middleton – Director of Energy Equity, Carbon Solutions
  • Meron Tesfaye – Senior Policy Analyst, Energy Program, Bipartisan Policy Center 
2:30 PM Exploring the Numbers: How Will Carbon Management Translate into Economic and Worker Benefits?
  • John Larsen Partner, Rhodium Group
3:00 PM Networking Break  
3:15 PM Organized Labor and the Clean Energy Transition 
  • Alejandro Calderon, Labor Engagement Manager, Great Plains Institute (moderator)
  • Leonard Aguilar, Secretary – Treasurer, Texas AFL-CIO
  • Jeremy Moddrell, Special Representative, Pipeline and Gas Distribution, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of United States and Canada
  • Kevin Pranis, Marketing Manager, LiUNA Minnesota & North Dakota
3:40 PM Integrating Equity and Environmental Justice into Carbon Management Deployment
  • Sarah Forbes Deputy Director for Carbon Management Technologies, DOE, Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (moderator)
  • Daniel Cardenas CEO/Chairman, National Tribal Energy Association
  • David Monsma Director, Energy Programs, Cynthia and George
    Mitchell Foundation
  • Julie Murphy Director, Colorado Energy & Carbon Management Commission
4:25 PM Day 1 Closing Remarks
4:30 PM Adjourn 
6:30 PM Dinner 
7:30 AM Breakfast 
8:30 AM Improving Air Quality: Analyzing the Co-Benefits of Carbon Capture 
  • Patrice Lahlum – Interim Vice President of Carbon Management, Great Plains Institute (moderator)
  • Matt Fry – Senior Policy Manager, Great Plains Institute
  • Shannon Heyck-Williams – Associate Vice President of Climate and Energy, National Wildlife Federation
  • John Thompson – Technology and Markets Director, Clean Air Task Force
9:15 AM Understanding Public Sentiment toward Carbon Management
  • Nate Morris – Outreach and Education Manager, Great Plains Institute (moderator)
  • Ben Finzel – President, RENEWPR
  • Vernice Miller-Travis – Executive Vice President and Environmental Justice Lead, Metropolitan Group
  • Lori Weigel – New Bridge Strategies
10:15 AM Networking Break 
10:45 AM Engaging with the Department of Energy on Carbon Management
  • Jack Andreasen – Manager, Carbon Management, U.S. Policy and Advocacy, Breakthrough Energy (Moderator)
  • Noah Deich – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Carbon Management in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), U.S. Department of Energy 
  • Ryan Edwards Director of Climate Policy, Oxy
  • Jose L. Perez President & CEO, Hispanics in Energy
  • Michael Turner Director, Strategic Initiatives & Finance, Colorado Energy Office
11:30 AM Looking Forward with the Carbon Action Alliance
  • Bridget Callaghan – Carbon Action Alliance Manager, Great Plains Institute 
  • Nate Morris – Carbon Management Outreach and Education Manager, Great Plains Institute 
11:45 AM Closing Remarks
12:00 PM Adjourns


  • Will there be a CO2NNECT 2024? Stay tuned and check back in for more information regarding future CO2NNECT events!
  • Are there any recordings of past events? Yes, check out recordings from 2023 or previous years.
  • Is there funding available to participate for those facing financial barriers? Yes, we have limited scholarship funding available to reimburse travel or lodging costs. 
  • Other questions? Please reach out to Bridget Callaghan, the Carbon Action Alliance Manager at [email protected]