Tuck Virtual Natural Capital Summit

Putting a Price on Nature
The Role of Natural Capital in the Fight Against Climate Change


The Tuck School of Business is pleased to host its inaugural Virtual Natural Capital Summit on April 30th, 2021.


Tuck’s Revers Center for Energy and Center for Business, Government, and Society are collaborating to bring together industry experts for discussions on the role of finance in the valuation and preservation of the natural world. Sessions will range from panel discussions to networking breakouts and a forward-looking fireside chat to wrap up the day.


We will explore a variety of topics including carbon capture, water credits, and the community impacts of these projects in order to answer the overarching question:

"What is the role of capital markets
in the fight against climate change?"



April 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m

With Gretchen Daily, Co-founder and Faculty Director, Natural Capital Project at Stanford
- What is the role of markets in fighting climate change?
- What does natural capital even mean?

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Natural Capital: Why put a price on nature?
- What does a natural capital project look like?
- How can they grow from pilot project to mature market?

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Carbon Markets: Do they work?
- How are carbon credits made?
- How do we know if carbon markets are moving the needle on climate change?

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Value of Water: What's it worth?
- What are water rights, and how are they made, sold, and traded?
- Who is responsible for preserving water for future generations?

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Front Lines: Project implementation
- What challenges are faced when implementing projects?
- What effects do projects have on the surrounding communities?

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Looking Forward: What does the future hold?
With Kathy Baughman McLeod, Sr. Vice President & Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
- What are the most promising natural capital projects today?
- How can we as individuals contribute?

Keynote Speaker

Gretchen Daily
Co-founder and Faculty Director, Natural Capital Project at Stanford

Founded in 2005, the Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is a global partnership whose goal is to integrate the values of nature into planning, policy, finance, and management. Daily is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, the Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Closing Speaker

Kathy Baughman McLeod
Sr. Vice President & Director, Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Kathy Baughman McLeod is a recognized global executive and an expert on climate change and resilience with an exceptional track record of spearheading innovation for multinational organizations. A pioneer in the field of climate resilience and adaptation, she blends expertise in science, strategy, policy and finance with proven leadership skills to deliver groundbreaking climate resilience solutions. She previously worked for Bank of America as SVP, Global Executive for Environmental and Social Risk, at The Nature Conservancy as Global Managing Director for Climate Risk & Resilience and Deputy Chief of Staff for the elected Treasurer/CFO of the State of Florida. She is also a former Florida Energy & Climate Commissioner.


Tuck Natural Capital Summit Student Committee

Alex Krass T'22
Andrew Wood T'22
Ed Beshers T'21
Jake Ochroch T'22


Tuck Natural Capital Summit Faculty & Staff Team

April Salas
Madeleine Bothe
John McKinley
Hannah Payson