updated 1/13/2011 11:17:39 AM ET 2011-01-13T16:17:39

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal's fourth annual ECO:nomics conference will bring together leading CEOs, entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry experts who operate at the intersection of business and the environment. The conference will be held March 2-4 in Santa Barbara, Calif., at Bacara Resort & Spa.

ECO:nomics participants – including William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company; Zhengrong Shi, chairman and CEO of Suntech Power Holdings; Ellen Kullman, chair and CEO of DuPont; Andrew Liveris, chairman, president and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company; and additional executives and experts – will assess the risks and opportunities emerging across sectors and countries at this time of rapid change. The opening night session will focus on the rise of China as a center of clean tech innovation, featuring a discussion with Louis Chênevert of United Technologies and Zhengrong Shi of Suntech Power Holdings.

Against a backdrop of regulatory and economic uncertainty, bursts of innovation are creating the potential for new efficiencies and new markets in myriad industries — but they raise high-stakes questions for decision-makers. In candid discussions and focused breakout sessions, the participants at ECO:nomics will uncover valuable insights on a variety of issues and topics, such as the future of carbon-emissions policy, the fallout from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, electric cars, emerging technologies and government studies affecting the environmental marketplace.

Participants in this year's ECO:nomics conference include:

  • Michael Brune, executive director, Sierra Club;
  • Louis R. Chênevert, chairman and chief executive officer, United Technologies;
  • William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman, Ford Motor Company;
  • Brian Harrison, president and chief executive officer, Solyndra;
  • Vinod Khosla, managing partner, Khosla Ventures;
  • Ellen J. Kullman, chair and chief executive officer, DuPont;
  • Ray Lane, managing partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers;
  • Andrew N. Liveris, chairman, president and chief executive officer, The Dow Chemical Company;
  • John Mackey, co- chief executive officer, Whole Foods Market;
  • Michael G. Morris, chairman, president and chief executive officer, American Electric Power;
  • Nathan Myhrvold, chief executive officer, Intellectual Ventures;
  • J. Larry Nichols, executive chairman, Devon Energy;
  • Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change;
  • T. Boone Pickens, chairman, BP Capital Management;
  • Roger A. Pielke, Jr., professor of environmental studies, University of Colorado;
  • William K. Reilly, founding partner, Aqua International Partners;
  • George R. Roberts, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer, KKR;
  • Matthew C. Rogers, former senior advisor to the Secretary for Recover Act Implementation, U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Michael Shellenberger, president, Breakthrough Institute;
  • Zhengrong Shi, chairman and chief executive officer, Suntech Power Holdings;
  • Bill Sims, president and chief executive officer, Joule Unlimited;
  • Tulsi R. Tanti, chairman and managing director, Suzlon Energy;
  • Cynthia (C.J.) Warner, president, Sapphire Energy.

ECO:nomics will be hosted by editors of The Wall Street Journal, including Alan Murray, deputy managing editor and executive editor, online; Kimberley Strassel, editorial board member; and Jeffrey Ball, environmental news editor. The findings from the ECO:nomics conference will be published in a worldwide special report in The Wall Street Journal and on WSJ.com.  

For more information about The Wall Street Journal's 2011 ECO:nomics conference, please go to http://ECOnomics.wsj.com/ .

About The Wall Street Journal

Founded in 1889, The Wall Street Journal is the world's leading business publication. Boasting more than two million subscribers, the Journal is the largest newspaper by total paid circulation and has the largest individually paid circulation of the top 25 U.S. newspapers. The Wall Street Journal franchise, with a global audience of 3.8 million, also comprises The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Wall Street Journal Europe and The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com, the leading provider of business and financial news and analysis on the Web with more than one million subscribers and 26 million users per month.  WSJ.com is the flagship site of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, which also includes MarketWatch.com, Barrons.com and AllThingsD.com. The Wall Street Journal Radio Network services news and information to more than 375 radio stations in the U.S. The Journal holds 33 Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding journalism, and, in 2009, was ranked No. 1 in BtoB's Media Power 50 for the 10th consecutive year. 

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