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Paris, We’re Back: Now What?

Creating a Culture of Sustainability

One of the first Executive Orders President Biden signed his first day in office on January 20, 2021 was the US to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015, with a goal to limit global warming to well below 2°C, preferably to 1.5°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.

What is it? How does it work?

The Paris Agreement works on a 5-year cycle of increasingly ambitious climate action carried out by countries. The core of the Agreement are nationally determined contributions (NDCs) which describe country efforts to reduce emissions – the second round of NDCs were submitted by 2020.  Also with the Paris Agreement, countries established an enhanced transparency framework (ETF). Under ETF, starting in 2024, countries will report transparently on actions taken and progress in climate change mitigation, adaptation measures and support provided or received. It also provides for international procedures for the review of the submitted reports. 

A 2°C target is ambitious, and per the International Energy Agency (IEA), achieving the target, requires “comprehensive, systematic, immediate, and ubiquitous implementation of strict energy and material efficiency measures.” 

Big goals sometimes mean starting with small individual actions. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions starts with creating a culture around sustainability. And that begins with each one of us. To do this, we must:

  • Understand the sustainability imperative
  • Establish and follow a sustainability vision
  • Face reality, without sugarcoating
  • Embed sustainability in decision-making processes
  • Enagage fully

The economic and environmental impacts due to COVID-19 accelerated the need to focus on climate change and sustainability in business models and our individual “at home” models.  2020 is in the rearview mirror, but as the warning states, “Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear”.  Collectively, we have made commitments and taken action. But, how do we create a sustainable…culture of sustainability?  

Join us for a provocative discussion:


  • Karra Marino, Vice President and General Manager at Terrapass
  • Katie Mehnert, Founder and CEO of ALLY
  • Raghava Kommalapati, Director for the Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability at Prairie View A&M University
  • Vincent Saubestre, CEO & President at Total EP Research & Technology USA at Total


Kimberly Smith, Houston Market Lead for Sia Partners

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Feb 11 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 11 2021
  • Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


ALLY Energy


ALLY Energy
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Other Organizers

Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University
Sia Partners
Sia Partners
French American Chamber of Commerce Houston
French American Chamber of Commerce Houston


  • Katie Mehnert
    Katie Mehnert
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ally Energy
    The modern architect of culture change in energy, Katie Mehnert is the Founder and CEO of ALLY™, the global community powering an equitable energy transition and addressing the energy workforce of the future. Katie has held global leadership roles with BP and Shell in safety and environment during periods of financial crisis, spills, divestment and globalization. Katie’s early career included consulting with Duke Energy, Entergy and Enron. Her corporate path drove her to entrepreneurship to help energy companies prepare for the looming talent shortage and workforce diversity needs to address energy poverty and climate change. In 2020 she was appointed an Ambassador to the United States Department of Energy and in 2019, she testified before Congress on the clean energy workforce of the future. She’s published in Scientific American, Forbes, The Hill, CNBC, CNN, and other international outlets. She is also the founder of Lean In Energy, a global nonprofit solely devoted to mentoring in the energy sector. Her book Grow with the Flow, Embrace Difference, Overcome Fear, and Progress with Purpose released in 2020.
  • Kimberly Smith
    Kimberly Smith
    Associate Partner and Houston Market Lead
    Kim is Associate Partner and Houston Office Lead at Sia Partners. She brings 17+ years of consulting and industry experience in oil & gas, chemicals, and utilities, in enterprise / digital transformation, mergers & acquisitions, organization design, and training/change management. Kim is responsible for growing Sia Partners’ presence in Houston. A native Houstonian, she graduated from Rice with her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and NYU Stern with her MBA. Kim joins from Accenture, and also worked at Booz & Company (now Strategy&), Hess, and Celanese. Sia Partners delivers superior value and tangible results to client business & transformation; data & digital; and creativity & design initiatives. Sia Partners operates in 17 countries across 30 sectors and services with 1650 consultants and 500 clients, including 3 AI centers of excellence and 100 data scientists. Sia Partners, headquartered in Paris, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and has operated in the US since 2012.
  • Raghava Rao Kommalapati
    Raghava Rao Kommalapati
    Ph.D., PE, BCEE, F. ASCE
    Dr. Raghava R. Kommalapati is the Director for the Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability (CEES) and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). Since his tenure at PVAMU began in 1998, he has served in many capacities, including Interim Department Head of Civil Engineering for 3.5 years. He obtained both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Louisiana State University. His areas of expertise are energy and environmental sustainability, life cycle analysis, air quality modeling, fog-air interactions, and membrane processes to treat fracking produced water. Among his many accomplishments is his spearheading the efforts to establish the Center with NSF funding (2 grants of $5M each). His grant funding totals $18M over his career and published 135 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings/extended abstracts, and more than 190 conference presentations. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and an active member of the AEESP, AAEE, ACS, and AWMA organizations. He also teaches core graduate courses in environmental engineering for the MS in Engineering, which covers environmental engineering and energy and environmental sustainability.
  • Karra Marino
    Karra Marino
    Vice President and GM of Terrapass
    Karra Marino is the Vice President and GM of terrapass. She is responsible for upholding the business’ mission: reduce the greatest amount of carbon emissions we can; developing and executing a strategic growth plan; building employee capabilities; and P&L management. With over twenty-two years of experience in the consumer-packaged goods and services industries she has a proven track record growing brands, building and developing channels and delivering value-added results. Her diverse career has included leadership positions with companies such as PepsiCo, Shell, NRG, Direct Energy and Just Energy. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. Karra is passionate about contributing time and resources to her community and is a Board Member for the AIDS Foundation Houston. In her personal life enjoys running, writing, cooking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and two boisterous Boxer pups.
  • Vincent Saubestre
    Vincent Saubestre
    CEO & President - Total EP Research & Technology USA at Total
    Professional nomad and facilitator now driving R&D and leading change in innovation. Multilingual and cultural chameleon; 30+ years in R&D, sustainability, operations, business development and leadership positions around the world with energy major Total and at the University of California. Skilled in: Innovation, R&D & technology development and strategy. Running small to large and always complex operations (from political, partner structure, logistical, environmental, communities and cultural perspectives). Production, engineering, business development, safety & environment management, shared value and social responsibility development in oil, gas and renewables activities. Management and leadership of small and large teams. Defining strategy, structuring new organizations and development of cross-functional collaboration. Problem solving, emergency management, stakeholder engagement.

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