The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. CCI takes a holistic approach, addressing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. Working with governments and businesses around the world, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: reducing emissions in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation.
…and many more to be announced!
Murat serves as Senior Advisor to the Carbon War Room and Operation Lead for its Energy Efficiency Operation, the Green Capital Global Challenge. He conceived of and played a key role in launching the Challenge during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2011, he formed the PACE Commercial Consortium which includes Barclays, Hannover Re, Lockheed Martin, Energi, and Ygrene. Prior to joining the War Room, Murat was a founding partner of the clean technology hedge fund, Atlas Capital Investments, LP. Murat’s prior work showcases his entrepreneurial spirit, both with the creation of GlobaLearn in 1993, the first K-12 eLearning website to help prepare our nation's children for global citizenship which was later acquired by Houghton Mifflin in 2001, as well as the development of Adina For Life, Inc., a fair-trade organic beverage company where Murat was both founding partner and Chief Operating Officer.
Murat has represented the education sector as a member of the U.S. delegation led by Vice President Gore to the G-7 Information Society Summit. During the 2004 presidential campaign, he served as Deputy Executive Officer to General Wesley K. Clark during his bid to become the Democratic Party's nominee. Murat is a member of the Social Venture Network, the Threshold Foundation, The Explorers Club, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He has also served as a member of The Republic of Palau’s delegation to the United Nations Framework for the Convention on Climate Change. Murat graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan, has a black belt in karate, and speaks French and Mandarin.
Dan Barasch is Co-Founder of the Delancey Underground project. He is currently VP at PopTech, an NGO focused on promoting socially innovative applications of technology. Dan has previously worked within New York City government, as well as at Google, UNICEF, the 9/11 Survivors' Fund, and the World Affairs Council.
Jordan Barowitz is the Director of External Affairs for The Durst Organization. Mr. Barowitz oversees the government and media relations and corporate giving for the New York City-based real estate builder, owner and manager. He is the former First Deputy Press Secretary for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City and served as press secretary on the Mayor’s re-election campaign in 2005. He was formerly the Communications Director for City Council Speaker Peter Vallone. Mr. Barowitz is a veteran of multiple local, statewide and national political campaigns including Gore/Lieberman 2000 and Clinton/Gore ’96. He is a native of New York City and a graduate of Friends Seminary High School and Vassar College. Mr. Barowitz is an Executive Board Member of GrowNYC, a trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library, a Steering Committee Member of the Association for A Better New York (ABNY). He lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife, Elisa Zuritsky, a screenwriter and his children Phoebe and Declan. He enjoys cooking, gardening and playing tennis.
David Bartlett leads the IBM’s Smarter Buildings initiative, helping clients create more green, cost-efficient cities, campuses, corporate offices, commercial sites, casinos, hospitals and neighborhoods worldwide. As IBM’s “Building Whisperer,” he is a vocal advocate at industry events and in media for using data analysis to better control buildings’ function and tame wasteful energy practices.
Dave brings a unique set of capabilities to his function, stemming from his professional experience and academic training. In his nearly three decades at the IBM company, he has led teams in autonomic computing, software development and internationals roles.
His academic work melds ecology, biology, computer science and policy studies—integral to the interdisciplinary Smarter Buildings area. Mr. Bartlett attended the Graduate School for Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, the Graduate School for Business at the University of North Carolina, the Graduate School for Project Management at George Washington University, and the Undergraduate School for Life Sciences at the State University of New York. He currently holds Project Management Industry certification.
As Vice President of Global Vehicles for FedEx Express, Dennis Beal is responsible for setting strategic direction and managing all aspects of the company’s global fleet of over 43,000 motorized vehicles. Under Beal’s leadership FedEx has taken a holistic approach to fleet management and fuel efficiency with a significant expansion in lower polluting, higher efficiency vehicles. Beal was instrumental in increasing the number of hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles in service by 20% during 2011, and under his direction FedEx will integrate close to 4,000 new, fuel-efficient Sprinters during 2012. Beal’s scope of control includes four core teams responsible for all dimensions of the FedEx global fleet including capital planning, equipment purchase, equipment maintenance, technical training, financial analysis and safety and reliability research. FedEx is the world’s largest express transportation company using a global air-and-ground network to deliver more than 3.5 million packages a day to more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
Beal joined FedEx in 2001 and has over 40 years of experience in the transportation industry. Prior to assuming his current role, Beal served as Vice President of Physical Assets for FedEx Freight. Throughout his career he has held leadership positions in operations, engineering and fleet management. Before joining FedEx, Beal was with American Freightways where he served in a variety of corporate management positions including the Executive Committee.
A native of West Tennessee, Beal earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis. He is a former board member for Share & Care Food Bank and currently serves as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for the College of the Ozarks
David Bragdon became New York City’s Director of Long-term Planning and Sustainability in September 2010. The office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability is responsible for developing and coordinating the city’s various initiatives to create a greater, greener New York, as embodied in PlaNYC. Prior to his appointment to his current post, David served nearly eight years as the elected President of the Metro Council in the region of Portland, Oregon. As Metro Council President, David led a metropolitan planning organization responsible for urban growth boundary management, transportation planning, solid waste disposal and recycling, management of the Oregon Zoo, Convention Center and other facilities, and natural areas acquisition and restoration. Prior to his election to public office, David spent most of his career in the international freight transportation industry, including with the Port of Portland authority, a shipping company, and as a logistics manager for Nike footwear in Asia. @PlaNYC
Kevin Campbell is the Automotive Engineer for the City of Chicago’s Department of Fleet and Facility Management. For the past 11 years, he has overseen vehicle and equipment acquisition activities for all city departments and sister agencies, a fleet of over 6,500 vehicles. Under Kevin’s direction, Chicago is currently the only major city operating an integrated shared (contractor-owned) and pooled (city-owned) vehicle management program. In addition, his efforts to downsize and rejuvenate the City’s fleet have led to significant cost savings and environmental benefits.
Prior to his position at the City of Chicago, Kevin spent 7 years working in automotive design, development and manufacturing, and holds several automotive and consumer product patents. He received dual B.S. degrees (Aeronautical / Astronautical Engineering and Astronomy) from the University of Illinois in 1993, and was granted a Professional Engineer’s license by the State of Illinois in 1998.
Tria Case is the University Director of Sustainability for The City University of New York (CUNY). In this role Ms. Case is assisting CUNY’s 23 institutions of higher education to meet the goal of reducing CUNY’s carbon footprint by 30% in ten years and oversees the Sustainable CUNY Project and its Task Force on Sustainability. Ms. Case, on behalf of CUNY, is the lead implementer for the City of New York in their partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Solar America City Initiative. In addition, Ms. Case is responsible for CUNY SustainableWorks, a commercialization program for sustainable and clean technology that provides a strategic platform within NYC that brings together academia, government partnership potential, private industry and essential new, skill training programs at a public university.
Ms. Case was formerly the New York State Environmental Ombudsman and Director of the Office of Environmental Business Services for the Empire State Development Corporation. Ms. Case is the founder of Solar Northeast/Solar New York, a not for profit corporation aimed at accelerating New York’s transition to a renewable energy based economy. Ms. Case received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where she was awarded the LSPIN Fellowship to work on the Love Canal litigation.
In 2010, Don Cheadle was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. In his capacity as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Cheadle uses the influential voice of the entertainment industry to mobilize the public to embrace more sustainable lifestyles, promote the greening of the entertainment industry and other sectors, and take part in UNEP public outreach initiatives. Long before his position with the United Nations, Mr. Cheadle has worked as a highly respected and well-known actor. Two notable films in which he starred are the academy award winning movies Crash and Hotel Rwanda. Inspired by his role in Hotel Rwanda, he co-authored the book Not on Our Watch: The Mission To End Genocide In Darfur And Beyond to draw global attention to current mass atrocities plaguing the globe. The book works to inspire ordinary citizens on how they can take action to end ongoing tragedies in Darfur, northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. Not long after the publication and subsequent success of the book, Mr. Cheadle co-founded an organization of the same name that works towards conscious raising and resource funding to help stop current mass atrocities. Mr. Cheadle has been recognized time and again for his commitment to humanitarian work, such as in 2007 when he was awarded the BET Humanitarian award of the year and again in 2010 with the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.
Morgan Clendaniel is the editor of Co.Exist, Fast Company's website focusing on worldchanging ideas and innovation. Before that, he was one of the original editors of the award-winning GOOD magazine.
Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education. From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen was Vice Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998, he was the Director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987-1998, Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.
He is a graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn (1970), Franklin College of Indiana (1974) and the State University of New York at Buffalo (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.
Dr. Cohen served as a policy analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1977 through 1978 and 1980-81, and as consultant to the agency from 1981 through 1991, from 1994 to 1996 and from 2005 to the 2009. From 1990-94, Cohen served on the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs; he has also served on the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. From 2001 to 2004, he served on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless.
Cohen is the author of Sustainability Management (2011),Understanding Environmental Policy (2006), and The Effective Public Manager (1988); as well the co-author of The Responsible Contract Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), The Effective Public Manager 3rd and 4th editions (2002, 2008), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), The New Effective Public Manager (1995), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), Environmental Regulation Through Strategic Planning (1991), and numerous articles on public management innovation, public ethics and environmental management.
Dr. Cohen has taught courses in public management, policy analysis, environmental policy, management innovation, and sustainability management. In 1982 Cohen developed, and until 2001, directed Columbia's Capstone Workshops in Applied Public Management and Applied Policy Analysis; bringing practical professional education into the center of Columbia's Public Administration curriculum. He has conducted professional training seminars in total quality management, strategic planning, project management and management innovation. Cohen was born in Orange, New Jersey, raised in Brooklyn, New York and now resides in New York City. He and his wife, Donna Fishman, have two wonderful daughters, Gabriella and Ariel.
Beth Colleton is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at NBCUniversal. She is responsible for developing and implementing NBCUniversal’s comprehensive, companywide corporate social responsibility strategy, including business goals, operational policies, and internal and external programs. Areas of focus include environmental sustainability, diversity, philanthropy, and pro-social initiatives.
Colleton had served since 2008 as Vice President of Green is Universal, an initiative which focuses on the strategic incorporation of sustainability across NBCUniversal’s entire organization, including more than 50 on-air and online brands. She also led Green is Universal’s strategic interface with sales, marketing, research and communications to develop sustainability opportunities with external partners, in addition to directing NBCUniversal’s ongoing effort to drive sustainability throughout its operations, productions and facilities.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Colleton was the head of corporate social responsibility for the National Football League for more than a decade. She was responsible for building the league’s cause platform from the ground up into one of the most comprehensive philanthropic agendas in the industry. Her responsibilities included overseeing NFL Charities and the league’s other foundations, which awarded more than $30 million annually, community and public affairs, cause marketing, and program development. She also served as a senior advisor to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation targeting U.S. financial and policy reform and educating and engaging Americans around fiscal responsibility and solutions.
Colleton graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in American Studies and Spanish.
Brad Copithorne is the Energy and Financial Policy Specialist for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Brad is focused on creating markets to finance energy efficiency and renewable generation projects. Recently, he has been working to create a statewide on-bill repayment program in California using third party capital. Brad has 20 years’ experience in investment banking at Salomon Brothers/Citi and Morgan Stanley. Most recently, he worked in the Menlo Park office of Morgan Stanley covering the enterprise hardware and technology supply chain industries.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, John D’Angelo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University in December 1987 and was appointed an Ensign in the United States Navy through the ROTC program. His first tour was as an Action Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J‑5, European Plans and Forces. He was selected for transfer to the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps in November 1988.
His active duty tours include: Construction Director at Great Lakes and Naval Air Station Glenview, Illinois; Construction Director at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Facilities Director at the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station at Sigonella, Sicily, Italy; Facilities Director at Naval Base Ventura County, California; Facilities Director at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida; Company Commander and Detachment Officer in Charge for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion THREE; Plans and Future Operations Officer for THIRD Naval Construction Brigade; Current Operations Officer and Real Estate Director for Navy Installations Command; and Eastern Accessions Officer for the Civil Engineer Corps.
His current position with the Cleveland Clinic gives him the opportunity to further develop professionally through his responsibility over in house and outsourced Facility Directors managing a portfolio of 204 buildings at over 24 million square-feet in fourteen Northeast Ohio counties, two Southeast Florida counties, and Las Vegas. Under John’s leadership, the Cleveland Clinic has been named as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for both 2011 and 2012.
John D’Angelo has earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in Ohio and Wisconsin, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Healthcare Engineering, American College of Healthcare Executives, International Facilities Management Association and Association of Energy Engineers. He has earned his Measurement and Verification Professional certification, Chairs the U.S. DOE Hospital Energy Alliance, and participates in several local and State energy committees and working groups. He is also a board member of Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts. John is the past President of Northern Ohio Society of Healthcare Engineering.
Andy Darrell is managing director of the energy program at Environmental Defense Fund, where he also serves as New York regional director.
Guided by science, EDF designs and transforms markets to bring lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF’s national energy team is dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean energy future, by ensuring that the nation’s energy grid and markets are open to clean energy innovation. The program works on policy changes needed to expand the market for clean energy, including better data through the smart grid, efficiency finance with private capital and ways to make natural gas safe.
Andy has also worked extensively on energy and environmental issues for large cities, with a focus on ways that policy can motivate investment in a better environment. He is a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Sustainability Advisory Board and has advised the Mayor’s team throughout the creation and implementation of the city’s ground-breaking sustainability plan, PlaNYC 2030. Most recently, Andy’s team launched an initiative to upgrade nearly 10,000 New York City buildings to cleaner heating fuels. That initiative, now underway in partnership with New York City, is on track to be one of the largest building upgrade projects in the nation. He has also worked on the role of pricing and incentives to cut urban congestion, and he led the effort to pioneer advanced clean-diesel technologies and policies for the reconstruction of lower Manhattan after 9/11. Before joining EDF, he was founding executive director of an organization that organized financing and political support for a new five-mile waterfront park along Manhattan’s Hudson River.
In 2010, he was recognized as by Environmental Advocates as advocate of the year in New York State. He is a trustee of several philanthropic organizations, including International House; the Van Alen Institute; and the New York League of Conservation Voters. After attending law school, he worked as an associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell.
George has more than 20 years of strategic consulting and executive management experience. In addition to managing Viridis Strategy Group's growing portfolio of services, George focuses on assisting clients to formulate and execute environmental strategies and helping Chief Sustainability Officers to “scale up” sustainability programs for maximum impact. His clients include leading companies in the communication and information technology, lodging, grocery, home products, apparel, chemical, consumer packaged goods, waste management, and airline industries.
George was formerly with McKinsey & Company’s Boston office, as well as with Compaq, where he founded, launched, and grew the Internet Solutions Division. He is a founder and board member of Terrapass, a retail carbon offset company. George holds a B.A. from Princeton and an M.B.A. from Dartmouth.
Melissa Fisher joined Friends of the High Line in 2008 where, in her previous position as Director of Horticulture & Park Operations, she put people and systems in place to successfully run the High Line in its opening phases. She was recently named Chief Operating Officer and is now responsible for overseeing daily operations for the non-profit. Melissa began her career at Dartmouth, where she helped create the Dartmouth Organic Farm. There she discovered “the profound connection between people and plants,” which inspired her to spend her senior year at Sterling College in rural Vermont. Following graduation, she transitioned to urban horticulture by working at the Austin Community Gardens. Melissa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Tanzania from 2001 – 2003, where she led initiatives in natural resource conservation and women’s empowerment. Still feeling compelled by questions of urban sustainability, she returned to the United States in 2004 to study at New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture where she graduated at the top of her class. Melissa is fluent in Swahili, drives a motorcycle, and recently completed a brownstone renovation with her husband and friends in Brooklyn. She and her husband now live in Chelsea.
Reg Foster is the Regional Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager for the IBM Corporation for NY, NJ, and CT. He is responsible for implementing IBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility program including grants to nonprofits and schools, relations with key community influencers, facilitating employee community involvement, and government relations.
Reg also performs a global role for IBM as Coordinator for corporate responsibility. He coordinates the internal IBM work group on corporate responsibility, manages the preparation of the annual IBM Corporate Responsibility Report, and manages IBM’s interaction with socially responsible investment analysts and various ranking and rating organizations. Reg chairs the New York City (NYC) Workforce Investment Board’s (WIB) Youth Council and serves on the WIB’s Executive Committee.
Before joining IBM, Mr. Foster operated his own consulting practice focusing on strategy and technology for both nonprofit and private sector clients. His prior positions include Vice President for External Relations at United Way of NYC, Assistant Director of the NYS Governor’s Office for the Aging, and Deputy Administrator at the NYC Human Resources Administration Office of Legislation and Policy. Reg holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
Called "The Master of Charisma" by the Sunday Times of London, Richard Greene is considered one of the leading communication coaches in the world.
An attorney by trade from USC Law School, Richard left the practice of law to share his communication breakthroughs with presidents, prime ministers, political candidates, CEOs and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies, attorneys, judges, actors, and marketing professionals among others in over 25 countries. The work includes message development, media training, speech writing, and speech coaching. The work also extends to helping clients overcome the fear of public speaking, a service he provided to Princess Diana and continues to provide to major politicians, business leaders and professional speakers today.
Richard's uncanny ability to "read" "body language" and analyze all aspects of human communication propelled him to the forefront of television coverage of key news events. Making well over 500 personal appearances on over 30 national and international programs, including CNN, NBC and ABC News, "Nightline", "Good Morning America", The BBC, ITN and Sky Channel. He has commented on Bill Clinton's impeachment crisis, The O.J. Simpson Trial, The Scott Petersen Trial and many other issues. As one of the very few Americans to attend Princess Diana's funeral, Richard provided live commentary from London for NBC and Fox.
As many of the networks' political speech analyst, Richard covered the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and analyzed the presidential debates for USA Today.
As Guest Host of "Live From 125" Richard interviewed Senators, Congresspersons and other major news personalities" and provided commentary for ABC Radio Networks
In addition to private consultations, Richard has conducted over 100 international lecture tours, leading workshops for The United Nations, The World Health Organization, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Young Presidents Organization, The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference, The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, The House of Lords, and such worldwide corporate clients as Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Sandia National Laboratories, Kirkland & Ellis, KLM Airlines, NBC, ESPN, The Hollywood Reporter. Sheraton Hotels and The Walt Disney Company
In July and August of 2006, Richard served as the Senior Judge on the TLC (The Learning Channel) series, "The Messengers", dedicated to finding America's next great motivational speaker.
His bestselling book, "Words That Shook The World" released by Prentice-Hall in 2002 is currently in its second printing and is considered one of the most essential books used in communications courses around the world in leading Universities.
Robert Hammond is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, the non-profit conservancy that manages the High Line, a public park built atop an abandoned, elevated rail line on the west side of Manhattan. Robert co-founded Friends of the High Line with Joshua David in 1999. Together they worked with the City of New York to save the High Line from demolition. Friends of the High Line has raised over $170 million in public and private funding and manages the park in partnership with New York City’s Department of Parks & Recreation. Before the High Line, Robert helped start several businesses and consulted with non-profit organizations. In 2010, Robert was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, as well as the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. He is a self-taught artist, and served as an ex-officio member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees. Robert graduated from Princeton University in 1993.
Susan Arnot Heaney joined Avon Products, Inc. in June 1997 with the goal of working for a company committed to corporate citizenship and empowering women. She has worked for both the Avon Foundation (a public charity) and Avon Products, Inc., serving since 2006 as Director of Corporate Responsibility for the company.
Heaney is responsible for developing and implementing strategic global communications, mobilization and fundraising programs in support of Avon’s corporate responsibility agenda, with a particular focus on the Hello Green Tomorrow environmental program. Among her responsibilities are the company’s biannual Corporate Responsibility Report and reporting to stakeholders and rating organizations on Avon’s goals, metrics and performance.
Heaney has helped Avon achieve #16 of the “Best 100 Corporate Citizens,” #28 on the “Corporate Social Responsibility Index Top 50” and placement on the Newsweek “Green Ranking,” and as well as a 2010 Ladies Home Journal Do Good Award and a 2011 Halo Award for Cause Marketing. In addition to Hello Green Tomorrow, Heaney has played a leadership role in award-winning programs such as the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence, Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund, Avon Running, the Global Forum for Women and Justice, and more.
Prior to joining Avon, Heaney was Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications for the global cosmetic company Elizabeth Arden, and spent over a decade in the business side of publishing, including two years at USA Today during the newspaper’s initial rollout.
Heaney is a member of the Executive Forum of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, the Chief Responsibility Officer Association and the Board of the Cosmetic Executive Women Foundation, as well as a current member and former Chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee of the Personal Care Products Council, the national trade organization of the US personal care industry.
Heaney is a graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She and her husband divide their time between historic homes in New York City and Greenport, Long Island, where they are able to live without ever having owned a car.
Heather Henriksen is the Director of the Office for Sustainability at Harvard University. She holds a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on energy and environment from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). While a student at HKS, Heather was a member of the Harvard University Task Force on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, commissioned by President Drew Faust to recommend a GHG reduction goal for the University. Heather is also a partner of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national community of business people lobbying for environmental policies which protect the environment while building economic prosperity. Heather’s work with E2, since 2002, has brought her into closer partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council. Before graduate school, Heather was Director of Corporate Marketing & Business Development at Time Warner. Prior to her nine year tenure at Time Warner she was an Assistant Director of Development at Stanford University Law School. She serves on Secretary Napolitano’s Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force, Department of Homeland Security and she supports Harvard University with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. Heather also serves on the Board of Trustees of Phillips Brooks House Association, the undergraduate social service and social action organization at Harvard College.
Tom Hicks was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy in March 2010. Mr. Hicks serves as the Secretariat focal point on all matters pertaining to the Department of Navy’s energy conservation, energy efficiency, energy sources, and green initiatives.
Mr. Hicks joined the Department of the Navy from the U.S. Green Building Council where he held several executive roles. As Vice President of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, Mr. Hicks led the development and implementation of all LEED rating systems. During his tenure, he led the three-fold growth of LEED activity as well as the expansion of the LEED family of rating systems from four to ten unique rating systems. As Vice President for International Programs, Mr. Hicks led the development of USGBC’s international enterprise quadrupling global activity in LEED in two years. Most recently, he spearheaded a new strategic venture on behalf of USGBC – the Building Performance Initiative – to ensure that all green buildings meet or exceed their energy and environmental performance goals.
From 1996 to October 2004, Mr. Hicks was a Senior Program Manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the Energy Star for Buildings program. In this role, Mr. Hicks served as the principal architect of the Energy Star commercial building rating system, the nation’s largest and best-known energy efficiency initiative which has been utilized to assess the energy performance of over 70,000 buildings totaling over 10 billion square feet of floor space nationally.
From 1992 to February 1996, Mr. Hicks led the formation of the energy efficiency program for the U.S. Navy Public Works Center Washington. In this capacity, Mr. Hicks created and led the team which performed energy audits on over 15 million square feet of floor space and completed energy efficiency upgrades totaling more than $50 million in value at various U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps installations.
Mr. Hicks receivedTom Hicks his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland.
Graham Hill (@GHill) founded the eco-blog and vlog TreeHugger.com, to help, as he says, "push sustainability into the mainstream," with a design-forward style and an international, wide-ranging team committed to transforming complex issues into everyday concepts. It's been called "the Green CNN." The TreeHugger team was even asked to join the Discovery Communications network as a part of their Planet Green initiative, and Hill now makes appearances on the green-oriented cable channel.
Before Treehugger, Hill studied architecture and design (his side business is making those cool ceramic Greek cups). His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes -- think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters.
With more than 17 years of experience in the energy industry, Bob Hinkle is the founder of Metrus and pioneer of the company’s Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA). He has developed and implemented over $200 million of large-scale energy projects and programs both domestically and internationally for utilities, energy end-users, government agencies, and international donors. Previously, Bob was Vice President of Energy Efficiency at MMA Renewable Ventures, where he directed the company's overall energy efficiency financing business and negotiated investment opportunities with ESCOs and large commercial and industrial energy users. Prior to that, he spent 10 years at Nexant (formerly part of Bechtel Corporation). He currently serves as a Board Member for the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, and was an entrepreneur in residence for the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) focusing on the identification of new business models for energy efficiency finance. Bob has an MA degree in international business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a BA degree in international politics and economics from Middlebury College.
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, MBA, has almost 30 years of experience in energy and business strategy and decision-making. He is Managing Director of Research and Collaboration at Rocky Mountain Institute, working across all energy use sectors to set strategy and priorities and develop RMI capabilities and partnerships. He leads day-to-day activities in the Institute’s Buildings practice, with a focus on new, high-efficiency residential strategies, and on retrofits, redevelopments, and efficiency upgrades in nonresidential building stock. Key projects include building science and modeling, improving work processes, lowering risks and improving financeability, and shaping and executing leading-edge projects. Mr. Hutchinson also runs RMI’s Transportation and Industrial Practices, focusing at present on platform fitness/lightweighting and electric vehicle infrastructure issues, and select heavy industrial process transformations. He was also a coauthor on RMI’s forthcoming book, Reinventing Fire, about strategies to dramatically reduce US fossil fuel use over the next 40 years.
Prior to working at RMI, Mr. Hutchinson was involved in the Colorado and California clean-tech venture capital businesses. Previously he was a partner and director with the Boston Consulting Group for almost 20 years, where he focused on global businesses, infrastructure industries, technology, and finance. He was involved in starting two practices (Energy and IT) and three offices (Mexico, Washington DC, and Brazil) during his tenure, and worked on five continents. Prior to BCG, Mr. Hutchinson was a program manager in energy conversion at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, working for two years in Washington, providing direct support to the DOE on conservation and renewables programs. Mr. Hutchinson has an MBA and an MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford, did post-graduate work at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and graduated in mechanical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Since becoming part of the solar industry in 2001, Mr. Kaltsas has been at the forefront of the grid-tie market. Prior to joining SunWize, he was President of Mitsui USA’s Solar Initiative and previously served as Vice President of Mitsui Comtek Corp, where he focused on building and executing Comtek’s solar technology and channel strategies. In conjunction with these focuses, Mr. Kaltsas oversaw Mitsui Comtek’s strategic investment in Nanosolar Inc.
Mr. Kaltsas built his business knowledge base engaging in sales, marketing, strategic sourcing, venture investment, acquisitions, and finance activities in the global marketplace. He served as Vice President Business Development & Content Acquisition of Zapptrio Inc., a subsidiary company of Mitsui Comtek, centered on the development and distribution of mobile content. Prior to Mitsui Comtek, Mr. Kaltsas worked at Mitsui & Co. (USA), Inc.’s Chicago office where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of Mitsui’s services to customers and suppliers worldwide. Mr. Kaltsas began his career at Sakata INX International and was responsible for establishing and managing the US subsidiary’s procurement function. He also served on the Board of Directors of NuVision US, Inc.
Mr. Kaltsas holds a BA in Global Change and Transformational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Janette Sadik-Khan has served as the Commissioner of NYCDOT since 2007. Internationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Sadik-Khan has implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout NYC. Sadik-Khan has initiated major rehabilitations of New York’s bridges and has worked to bring the city’s roads and sidewalks to a state of good repair. With a priority on transparency and customer service, Sadik-Khan has reshaped and expanded outreach to address the concerns of community boards, elected officials and individual citizens.
Beginning with Sustainable Streets, DOT’s first strategic plan published in 2008, Sadik-Khan has implemented a series of innovative projects: the creation of Broadway Boulevard, new Select Bus Service routes in the Bronx and Manhattan, the installation of 18 plazas, the addition of more than 260 miles of on-street bike lanes, car-free summer streets, weekend pedestrian walks, and the publication of a Street Design Manual and a Street Works Manual that define new standards for creating more durable and attractive streets. Employing emerging technologies is a cornerstone of Sadik-Khan’s innovations, such as the Midtown in Motion program through which DOT monitors vehicle flow from a remote location and adjusts traffic signals to alleviate congestion in real time.
Sadik-Khan’s contributions to public service and the field of transportation have been recognized with awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, the Municipal Arts Society, the National Resources Defense Council, and NYU Wagner’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Pratt Institute, The New School and Occidental College have conferred honorary degrees on Sadik-Khan for her work in NYC.
Sadik-Khan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees, and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law.
John Killey is a managing director in Citi’s Corporate Realty Services group with responsibility for Building Operations across the bank’s global portfolio. Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. In this role John has responsibility for the delivery of Critical Facilities and Facilities Management Services along with the development and implementation of the sustainability agenda in the Banks operating portfolio of over 75 million SF of space in over 12,000 locations.
John has played a key role in embedding sustainability into the corporate real estate function and has contributed to Citi being voted Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2011 and the highest ranked US bank in the Newsweek 2010 Green Rankings. John was also a prime driving force behind Citi constructing the world’s first LEED platinum data centre in Frankfurt. John’s work in the area of sustainability in corporate real estate was recognised in 2011 with his award of Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year by Corenet UK.
In addition to his Global responsibilities John manages Citi’s portfolio of 9.7 million SF in Europe Middle East and Africa. John is a Chartered Building services engineer and prior to the bank has worked in both engineering consultancy and contracting organisations as well as for the Australian Government.
Alex Knox is one of the longest-serving members of Dyson and has helped the company grow from a small team of engineers working out of a garden shed to a global technology company employing 3,900 people. 17 years later, he continues to lead the design and development of new Dyson machines. Dyson began 30 years ago when James Dyson tore the bag from his sluggish vacuum cleaner and replaced it with a cardboard cyclone. In doing so he created the first no loss of suction vacuum cleaner. 5,127 prototypes later, Dyson’s DC01 vacuum cleaner finally rolled off the production line in 1993.
In 1995, Alex was hired by James Dyson to join the team – consisting of just two engineers – to help further develop and manufacture this technology. Around this same time, DC01 became the biggest selling vacuum cleaner in UK. Inbetween, Alex has worked as a design engineer on nearly every machine created by Dyson. Following DC01, he went on to oversee the development of all vacuums. This included the DC07, most powerful upright cleaner at its time, and the DC12, a compact machine created for the Japanese market. It was the first machine to use Dyson’s digital motor.
In 2007, Alex moved to Singapore and Malaysia to manage all Dyson engineering teams. This involved overseeing the transfer of design ideas from Dyson’s research and development center in the UK for the final testing and development. One of his first projects was the Dyson Airblade™, a fast, hygienic and energy efficient dryer, with the Dyson digital motor at its core. While there, Alex helped see the team double in size and expand into Singapore where Dyson’s digital motor manufacturing is now based.
At the beginning of 2012, he returned to the UK to support Dyson’s RDD expansion and future vacuum development.
Before joining Dyson, Alex worked for Studio King Miranda, a design consultancy in Milan, Italy. There he designed a range of machines from lighting and furniture to air conditioning units and hair dryers. Alex studied engineering and product design at Southbank University in London.
Today, over 650 engineers and scientists are based in Dyson’s headquarters in the English countryside and strive to create new and better technologies alongside our engineering teams in Malaysia and Singapore. Dyson’s turnover is over £1bn and its machines are available in over 50 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada where it is the market leader. Dyson holds over 2,400 patents and patent applications worldwide for over 500 different inventions, making it one of Britain’s most inventive companies.
Kathy Loftus coordinates sustainability programs, including overall company impact reporting, as well as directs engineering, energy management and maintenance best practices and green building and strategic energy procurement efforts for Whole Foods Market and has been in this role for six years. She sits on the Steering Committee for the U.S. DOE’s Commercial Buildings Energy Alliance and coordinates EPA Program partnerships. In addition to roles as Director of Business Development for a start-up energy technology firm and roles at an electric utility company, Kathy also spent eight years as Director of Energy & Environmental Management for Shaw's Supermarkets and was a past chairperson of FMI’s Energy & Technical Services Committee. She was a participant on the 2005 New England Roundtable on Federal Renewable Energy Policy and is a participant currently on the State Energy Efficiency Action Network’s Utility Motivation Working Group. Kathy has also served as an advisor for the Grocery sector for the USGBC’s LEED program.
Kathy holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She recently served eight years on the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust and now serves on the State’s Large Scale Retail Development Solar, Energy Efficiency & Smart Buildings Committees and is appointed to her town’s Renewable Energy Commission. She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of Clean Air-Cool Planet.
Peter Malik is the Director of the Center for Market Innovation at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Peter came to NRDC after a career in investment banking, specifically with Credit Suisse and JPMorgan where he focused on emerging markets debt instruments. He received his BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. As a Director of CMI he oversees the group’s initiatives spanning energy efficiency, renewables and ecosystem services. The approach is designed with a business mindset, ensuring that the outcomes of CMI’s initiatives are not only environmentally but also commercially sustainable. @
Amory Lovins, a consultant physicist, is among the world’s leading innovators in energy and its links with resources, security, development, and environment. He has advised the energy and other industries for four decades as well as the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense. His work in 50+ countries has been recognized by the “Alternative Nobel,” Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed Future Energy (Runner-Up), Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, Goff Smith, and Mitchell Prizes, the Benjamin Franklin and Happold Medals, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 11 honorary doctorates, honorary membership of the American Institute of Architects, Foreign Membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, honorary Senior Fellowship of the Design Futures Council, and the Heinz, Lindbergh, Jean Meyer, Time Hero for the Planet, Time International Hero of the Environment, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Leadership, National Design, and World Technology Awards. A Harvard and Oxford dropout and former Oxford don, he has briefed 20 heads of state and advises major firms and governments worldwide, recently including the leadership of Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, Ford, Holcim, Interface, and Wal-Mart. He cofounded in 1982 and serves as Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (www.rmi.org), an independent, market-oriented, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, nonpartisan think-and-do tank that creates abundance by design. His most recent visiting academic chair was in spring 2007 as MAP/Ming Professor in Stanford’s School of Engineering, offering the University’s first course on advanced energy efficiency (www.rmi.org/stanford). An anthology from his 1968–2010 work, The Essential Amory Lovins, is in press (2011, Earthscan, London). His 31st book with a large RMI team, Reinventing Fire, published in autumn 2011, is a detailed roadmap for eliminating U.S. oil and coal use by 2050, led by business for profit. In 2009, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.
Anthony E. Malkin received a B.A. degree cum laude from Harvard College in 1985. That year, Mr. Malkin joined Chemical Venture Partners, L.P., a recently formed venture capital and leveraged buyout affiliate of Chemical Bank (now CCMP Capital). In 1989, Mr. Malkin joined Malkin Holdings. He is now president of this firm and of its affiliates, including W & H Properties. Altogether, these firms comprise the real estate acquisition, management, construction and marketing arm of the Malkin family, which has been active in real estate for four generations. Mr. Malkin’s grandfather, Lawrence A. Wien started the family in the real estate business in 1929 and in 1934 created the concept of real estate syndication. Mr. Malkin works with his father and Chairman Peter L. Malkin. Through his real estate business, Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of the Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building (www.esbnyc.com). Mr. Malkin also leads the Malkin family office in additional investments in the United States and internationally. Mr. Malkin is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Roundtable and Chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and a board member of the sustainable forestry management company Greenwood Resources, advisory board member of MissionPoint Capital Partners, member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, member of the Advisory Council of the NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Mr. Malkin guest lectures on real estate and family businesses at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).
Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.
Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007. In 2012 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union.
Dr. Mann is author of more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, due out in early 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.
Roger McClendon is Chief Global Sustainability Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. Yum! is the world’s largest restaurant company, with approximately 38,000 restaurants and more than 1.4 million employees in over 110 countries. Yum! is the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC. Roger reports to the Chairman & CEO and is responsible for setting the strategy behind the Company’s global sustainability framework. Prior to his current role, Roger served as Senior Director of Yum! Brands Global Engineering and Facilities with a focus on energy. Additionally, Roger had previously served as Senior Project Engineering Manager for Yum! Restaurants International (YRI), where he supervised KFC Global Engineering initiatives in Australia, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Roger was also the Director of Global Engineering for Long John Silver’s and A&W Multi-branding. Responsible for Engineering, New Product Development and Quality Assurance, Roger has been at the forefront of several technical innovations that have not only proven to be cost-effective but also have tremendously advanced the cause for a safe working environment.
Andrew McKeon is founder of BusinessClimate, a provider of consulting services that help clients use a systems perspective to increase their global competitiveness and profitability while fostering sustainability.
He is the founder and organizer of the annual BusinessClimate conference in New York City, where global leaders in sustainability gather to map out the building of a resource efficient low-carbon economy.
Andrew has been invited to speak at NASA, the United Nations, the Deming Biennial, PICMET, and the Agrion Energy Conference. He is an advisor to the UN-GAID and is a member of the Board of Directors of TransitCenter. His article “A Moore’s Law for Renewable Energy” was recently featured in strategy+business magazine. Andrew holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, both from Columbia University.
Mark “Puck” Mykleby was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps following his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1987. During his career as Marine fighter pilot, he served in various operational, staff, and command billets and deployed numerous times in support of military operations to include PROVIDE PROMISE, DENY FLIGHT, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.
From July 2007 to July 2009, he developed strategy for US Special Operations Command. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Captain Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st Century grand strategy for the nation.
Mark retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of colonel in August 2011. He has since joined LRN, a company dedicated to helping organizations build ethical, values-based cultures that inspire principled performance in business and in life. Mark is also a senior fellow at the New America Foundation where he continues his work on grand strategy.
Summer Rayne Oakes is a model-activist, author of bestselling style guide Style, Naturally, and Co-founder/Chief Creative Officer of Source4Style, a B2B online marketplace that allows designers to discover and source more sustainable materials from a network of global suppliers. She has developed more environmentally-preferable collections with a variety of brands, including Payless ShoeSource's zoe&zac line, Aveeno, Portico Home, and her latest collaboration - two collections of eyewear with MODO eco. Oakes is Editor-at-Large for Above Magazine and has recently written-produced her first film – an environmental art short called eXtinction, which will debut in 2012. She is also active in sustainable development and design projects through Mezimbite, a forest center headquartered in Mozambique. Vanity Fair has named Oakes a "Global Citizen," Outside called her one of the "Top Environmental Activists," CNBC called her one of the “Top 10 Green Entrepreneurs of 2010,” and NY Enterprise Report called her one of 2011's Game Changers in Business. Summer Rayne is a graduate of Cornell University with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology and is a Udall environmental scholar, PERC Environmental Fellow, and National Wildlife Federation.
A principal architect directing RMI’s Buildings Practice, Victor Olgyay is leading an initiative to encourage widespread adoption of comprehensive building energy retrofits resulting in energy savings of at least 50%. Victor has a wide range of experiences in architectural design and planning, with specializations in bioclimatic building, renewable energy and daylighting design. Current RMI projects include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Ford Auto Dealership Retrofits, and the International Monetary Fund HQ1 Retrofit.
Victor was an Associate Professor and Director of Research at the UH School of Architecture from 1993 to 2000 and has overseen numerous energy, environmental and lighting research projects under contract to various state and federal agencies. He was appointed Chairman of the AIA Honolulu Energy and Environment Committee 1995–2000, and in 1998 he was named a Dana Fellow of the Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities. He is currently on the University of Colorado Design Review Board, and a member of the National Academy of Environmental Design Research Committee.
His research has focused on ecological restoration and on ecosystem services as criteria for green building assessment. This work was published by Elsevier (Solar Energy 77 (2004) 389 – 398) and has been widely presented, including at the American Solar Energy Association (San Diego, 2008) and the Towards Net-Zero conference (London, 2009). Recently Victor’s research has expanded into building tool application, especially for demonstrating the reduction of carbon, water, and ecological footprints.
Sukanya Paciorek (Suki) is Vornado Realty Trust’s Vice-President of Corporate Sustainability. In this role, she oversees Vornado’s energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, including Vornado’s tenant outreach, LEED certification and energy efficiency efforts and the energy procurement for Vornado’s New York portfolio. Between 2009 and 2011, Suki led Vornado’s efforts to LEED certify over 11 million of Vornado’s 18 million square feet of certified space nationwide. Suki was also instrumental in establishing Vornado’s energy efficiency capital fund in 2011. Previously, Suki worked in the natural gas industry, and for the US Department of State. She holds a Masters degree from SIPA in International Energy Management and Policy.
Christina Page is Global Director of Energy & Sustainability Strategy for Yahoo!, where she is responsible for the company’s sustainability strategy, energy efficiency and clean tech initiatives, as well as for monitoring and reducing the companies’ global carbon footprint. In 2010, Yahoo! was named one of Newsweek’s top 10 Green U.S. Companies.
Prior to joining Yahoo!, Chris worked as a senior consultant on the Energy and Resources Team at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” founded by energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins. While at RMI, Chris advised commercial and industrial clients on energy efficiency opportunities. Chris has also been a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and a writer/editor for NPR’s environmental news program "Living on Earth.”
While living in Colorado, Chris was a member of the all-volunteer Mountain Rescue Aspen team, providing aid to lost and injured parties in the Rocky Mountains. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Religious Studies from Brown University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Ryan Park is one of the founders of REC Solar with over 10 years in the solar electricity (PV) industry and is currently the Director of Business Development. REC Solar is focused on the construction of solar electricity generating assets for homes, businesses and utilities by implementing a variety of financing structures. To date he and his team have been responsible for over 7,000 built solar electricity projects.
Ryan's mission is to bring solar electricity to the mainstream energy supply. He works tirelessly educating consumers about the value solar electric systems can deliver into their lives and operations. His passion for sustainability does not end with solar power. He's also interested in waste to energy and other emerging technologies, such as electric vehicles, and how they will combine with solar energy to transform the electric power grid into the "smart grid" of the future.
Ryan graduated from the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Matt Petersen has served as president and CEO of Global Green USA since its inception in 1994. Petersen is a social entrepreneur who has been a driving force for sustainable design, solar power, and green communities while improving the lives of those in need. Among Petersen’s many success stories is his successful vision for the green rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Petersen’s passion and tireless efforts led to greening of schools and housing, as well as the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition created with Brad Pitt. The competition resulted in Petersen deciding to construct the winning design—with 23 units of housing and a community center—into the Holy Cross Project, a LEED Platinum sustainable village in the Lower 9th Ward. Petersen is also an instrumental force in connecting the power of Hollywood to bring attention to climate change. Working shoulder to shoulder with Pitt, James Cameron, Edward Norton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rosario Dawson, Mark Ruffalo, and others, Petersen has helped bring critical attention to environmental causes ranging from the impact of climate change to the importance of greening America’s schools. In June 2008, Petersen was appointed as the Inaugural Hillary Senior Fellow of the Hillary Institute. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Clinton Global Initiative, and serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity-Los Angeles.
Milton Puryear is one of three founders of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative (BGI), formed in 2004 to create and maintain the proposed 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. Milton manages project. The goal of the greenway is to bring healthful active recreation within walking distance to a half million Brooklyn residents and to provide a non-motorized transportation option that connects Brooklyn’s waterfront communities. Greenway is configured to have separate paths for bikes and pedestrians, to be physically separated from traffic, landscaped and continuous. BGI is working to include green infrastructure and to create new open spaces where it can restore native plant communities.
Milton is the project manager for the restoration of the Mill River and the creation of Mill River Park & Greenway in Stamford CT where two dams have been removed, the river channel reconstructed, salt marshes restored and several acres of invasive plants replaced by native species. River herring are being reintroduced and 12 acres of the planned 28-acre park are under construction. Mill River Park is part of Stamford’s strategy to continue growing despite constrained transportation capacity by increasing downtown density where people can walk to work, shopping and the express train, reducing reliance on autos. The park and greenway provide the green quality of life complement to the increasingly dense built environment.
James Ramsey created the Delancey Underground idea and the related solar technology. He is the owner and founder of RAAD Studio, an architecture and design practice on the Lower East Side. James is also a former engineer for NASA, where he focused on satellite technologies.
Leo Raudys is the senior director of environmental sustainability for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this capacity, Raudys oversees the company’s green business development, product stewardship, and carbon reduction strategies. Raudys has been instrumental in positioning Best Buy as a leading advocate of energy efficiency solutions for customers and the responsible recycling of electronic waste. Prior to joining Best Buy in March 2009, Raudys was the State of Minnesota’s deputy environmental commissioner and served on the boards of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators, and the Midwest Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission.
Raudys is active throughout the industry and community with his involvement in various organizations, such as AchieveMPLS, the private fundraising arm of the Minneapolis Public School System, in which he serves on the board of directors. Additionally, Raudys serves on the board of the University of Minnesota’s North Star Initiative for Sustainable Enterprise. Raudys received his BS in Biology and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his MS in Ecology from the University of Minnesota.
Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s global sustainability initiative, a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 300,000 customers.
Curtis has worked for Bloomberg in multiple roles. He was the Financial Controller for Asia managing accounting, tax, treasury and audit services for 23 legal entities with combined annual revenues exceeding $1 billion USD. This was preceded by various roles in the Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups.
Prior to his work with Bloomberg, L.P., Curtis co-managed a small real estate development group, founded a micro-brewery and worked with the Recycling Advisory Council in Washington, DC conducting Full Cost Accounting and Life Cycle Analysis work.
Curtis earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Davidson College.
Andreas Schierenbeck leads Siemens Building Technologies (BT) Division. As president, Mr. Schierenbeck is responsible for the financial, operational and competitive success of Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector’s U.S.-based building, energy efficiency, safety and security solutions provider.
Having held executive and leadership positions at major global BT business units and other Siemens companies, Schierenbeck brings to his post nearly 20 years of progressive experience guiding companies to profitability and market success,. Most recently he served as global CEO for the Building Automation business unit in Zug, Switzerland. Prior to joining BT in 2005 as senior vice president for Fire Services, Schierenbeck was vice president of the Siemens Power & Distribution Substation Automation business. A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive MBA Program in 2009, Schierenbeck also served as vice president of eu.bac — the European association of building automation and controls suppliers. He is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has lived and worked in the US, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Colombia.
Dana Schneider leads Jones Lang LaSalle’s Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for new and existing clients. Additionally, she specializes in energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new and existing buildings and portfolios as well as commercial interiors.
Ms. Schneider currently leads the team implementing a whole-building energy retrofit of the Empire State Building. This major initiative uses a groundbreaking analytical model for maximizing energy and environmental value per dollar spent, which she was instrumental in developing. Ms. Schneider is now replicating this energy optimization process in over thirty buildings across the U.S. In addition to her work at the Empire State Building, she manages energy and sustainability aspects of mission critical facilities across the country and has led energy and sustainability assignments which include over 24 million square feet of properties in the Northeast.
Lisa Shpritz is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Senior Vice President in the Global Environmental Group for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. As Environmental Operations Executive, she is responsible for addressing and reducing environmental impacts at Bank of America. Lisa works to ensure that operational efficiency and resource conservation are integrated into the Bank and oversees public environmental commitments related to Bank operations. Lisa has served on the Board of Directors of United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in the Finance, Surety and Corporate Real Estate seat since 2006 and will continue on the Board through 2013 as Treasurer.
Prior to joining Bank of America in 2005, Lisa worked in international environmental management, managing risk for telecommunications companies. She was responsible for the development and maintenance of environmental health and safety programs, ISO 14001-registered environmental management systems and electronics recycling programs for facilities throughout the US and Canada.
Lisa holds a master’s degree in environmental management from the Nicholas School of Environment at Duke University in the program of chemistry, toxicology and risk assessment, an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School with concentrations in real estate and sustainable enterprise and a BA in Biology from Cornell University
Mark Smith is the vehicle technologies deployment manager for the Department of Energy's (DOE) national Clean Cities program. His responsibilities include developing outreach strategies for implementing new national partnerships between industry and the Clean Cities program to successfully deploy new vehicle technologies. In addition, he develops and maintains relationships with key stakeholders—including vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, educational institutions, environmental groups, nonprofit associations, government agencies, and other related organizations—to expand the use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies.
Before joining DOE, Smith was an alternative fuel vehicle consultant to American Honda. In this position, he promoted the use of Honda's alternative fuel vehicles to public and private fleet managers and implemented programs to increase deployment of these vehicles. Smith also understands that alternative fuel vehicle deployment hinges upon the development of refueling infrastructure. From his previous positions with FuelMaker and Clean Energy, he has provided alternative refueling solutions ranging from home refueling of a single vehicle to some of the largest commercial, airport, and transit fueling stations in the United States.
Mathy Stanislaus began work as Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 8, 2009.
As Assistant Administrator for OSWER, Mr. Stanislaus is responsible for EPA's programs on hazardous and solid waste management, hazardous waste cleanup including RCRA corrective action, Superfund and federal facilities cleanup and redevelopment, Brownfields, oil spill prevention and response, chemical accident prevention and preparedness, underground storage tanks, and emergency response.
Prior to assuming the position of Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Mr. Stanislaus co-founded, and co-directed the New Partners for Community Revitalization, a NY not-for-profit organization whose mission is to advance the renewal of New York’s low and moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color through the redevelopment of Brownfields sites. In collaboration with community, commercial, government and nonprofit partners, Mr. Stanislaus led the development of policies, programs and projects aimed at achieving the remediation and sustainable reuse of Brownfields sites in New York. He is a former counsel for EPA’s Region 2, senior environmental associate in the environmental department of the law firm Huber Lawrence & Abell and director of environmental compliance for an environmental consulting firm. He has served on the board of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance.
Mr. Stanislaus has also been an advisor to other federal government agencies, Congress and the United Nations on a variety of environmental issues. He chaired a workgroup of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 1997 that investigated the clustering of waste transfer stations in low income and communities of color throughout the United States. In June 1994, as a member of United Nations Environment Programme - Environmental Advisory Council, he served as counsel to the United Nations’ summit that examined environmental issues affecting New York’s indigenous communities of the Haudaunosaunee Confederacy, as part of United Nations’ International Year of the Indigenous Communities.
Angela Strand has served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer since April 2011. Ms. Strand brings 20 years of diverse global marketing and business development experience spanning technology, software, biotech/medical device and transportation & logistics industries. Prior to joining Smith, Ms. Strand served as vice president of market development for Proteus Biomedical, a development-stage company pioneering the field of intelligent pharmaceuticals using MEMS-based ingestible and wearable sensors. She has also served in leadership and executive roles for three growth-stage companies that were subsequently acquired: Aerogen (acquired by Nektar Therapeutics), Novacept (acquired by Cytyc), and FemRx (acquired by J&J). Previously, Ms. Strand worked in marketing roles for IBM and Federal Express.
Trudie Styler is an actress, film producer, director, human rights activist, environmentalist, organic farmer and UNICEF Ambassador. Trudie’s charitable works have been awarded by many organizations, including the Rainforest Action Network in 1994; Amnesty International in 2000; and Oceana in 2008, who honoured Trudie alongside husband Sting and Former US President Bill Clinton for her outstanding contribution to protecting and conserving our environment.
As an Ambassador for UNICEF, Trudie has been responsible for raising $5million for their projects all over the world. For example, money she raised built new schools for children who live and work on the dumpsites of Ecuador, providing them with education, regular meals and support for their families. She also initiated a clean water project in Ecuador, combining the efforts of the Rainforest Fund, UNICEF Ecuador and the Amazon Defense Fund to install filtration tanks in rainforest communities whose land and water have been polluted by international oil producers for over four decades. Since the 1990s Trudie has been an organic farmer at her homes in England and Italy. In 1999, the Lake House Cook Book was published. She is Vice-President of the Soil Association, and in 2010 launched the Lake House Table food brand as well as three wines produced on the family’s Tuscan estate.
Her film company, Xingu Films, produces award-winning documentary and feature films, including MOVING THE MOUNTAIN (1995); Guy Ritchie’s first two films LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998) and SNATCH (2000); the double Sundance Award-winning A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS (2006) by Dito Montiel; and the BAFTA-winning MOON, by first-time director Duncan Jones. Trudie’s recent acting credits include EMPIRE (2004); LOVE SOUP (2005); LIVING PROOF (2008); PARIS CONNECTIONS (2010); and Paul Haggis’s THE NEXT THREE DAYS (2011).
Brad Tomm is the Director of Sustainability for MGM Resorts International’s Energy and Environmental Services Division. In this capacity, Brad is responsible for the implementation of the company’s strategic environmental projects and initiatives in the areas of energy management, green building, sustainable supply chain and outreach and education. Brad is a leader in developing the company’s waste management and recycling programs, and has been a driving force behind the increase in MGM Resorts’ recycling rate from 9.8% in 2007 to over 33% in 2010. Brad also specializes in statistical and financial modeling of the company’s energy, water and waste footprint.
Mr. Tonn joined SunWize Technologies as CEO in October 2011. Prior to joining SunWize, Mr. Tonn co-founded and served as Managing Partner at Blue Renewable Energy Holdings (BREH), a privately owned renewable energy power producer and development company focused on PV solar and wind projects.
Previously, Mr. Tonn served for ten years as President of Essco Companies, a leading west coast electrical wholesale distributor. While at Essco, Mr. Tonn negotiated and managed the stock sale of Essco to Sonepar, one of the world’s largest electrical wholesale companies. Post-sale, Mr. Tonn positioned Essco and Sonepar into the PV wholesale arena, quickly building this business into a significant solar electric industry participant. Mr. Tonn also served as Vice President, Real-Estate and Asset Dispositions at American Tire Group, where he managed real estate operations for over 300 retail and warehouse properties.
Mr. Tonn currently serves as President of the Arizona State University Sun Angel Endowment and serves on the board of trustees at Florida’s Saint Leo University. Mr. Tonn holds a BA in economics from the University of California, Davis.
Drew Torbin is Vice President of Renewable Energy for Prologis, a leading global provider of distribution facilities with more than 600 million square feet of industrial space. Mr. Torbin founded the renewable energy group in late 2008 after spending over two years focused on a variety of corporate responsibility initiatives. Since that time, he has overseen 75+ megawatts of rooftop solar projects in North America and Europe and spearheaded the formation of a $2.4 billion project finance facility. Mr. Torbin is a graduate of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Executive Leadership Program and serves on the board of directors for Blue Oak Energy.
Prior to joining Prologis in 2006, Mr. Torbin worked for Litchfield Capital Management, LLC, a U.S. equity long/short hedge fund based in Connecticut where he specialized in the consumer cyclical sector. Mr. Torbin received his M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, his B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has completed post-graduate studies at Stanford.
Wood Turner is the VP of Sustainability Innovation for organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm and is the company’s lead advocate, facilitator and educator on sustainability issues. He is responsible for catalyzing efforts that fulfill Stonyfield’s mission of not only minimizing negative environmental impact in all areas of its operations but also advancing innovative impact-reduction solutions. Prior to joining Stonyfield, he was the founding executive director of Climate Counts, a non-profit that scores companies annually on their measurable climate actions and has appeared many of the world's leading media outlets, among them the New York Times, NPR, The Economist, BBC, and the Harvard Business Review. At Climate Counts, Wood built a voluntary benchmarking program called Industry Innovators, attracting companies representing over $30B in revenues so far.
Wood holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Washington. He consulted to the Seattle mayor’s Green Ribbon Commission on Climate Protection, participated in the transportation/land use working group of the New Hampshire governor’s Climate Change Task Force, and has advised many high-profile projects, among them Newsweek Magazine's corporate green rankings.
Mike Wallace is the Director of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Focal Point USA. GRI is a non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability and provides all companies and organizations with a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework. GRI is the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world, with over 80% of the Global 250 using GRI when they report on sustainability. GRI’s Focal Point USA was officially launched in January 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and is responsible for supporting the growth and quality of sustainability reporting in the US.
Mike Wallace has almost 20-years of international experience advising corporations, non-profits and government agencies in the development and implementation of sustainability programs. He initially gained his sustainability expertise while working for ERM in Australia. This expertise was expanded during his time with BSR, and was refined while running his own advisory services firm in California. He started with GRI in the fall of 2009 at its Secretariat in Amsterdam. By the fall of 2010 he had established GRI’s Focal Point USA and relocated to New York.
He is a recognized expert in the field, with a unique specialization in the intersection of sustainability and corporate governance. In addition to speaking globally on the topic of sustainability, Mike has given expert testimony to the European Commission, the US Securities & Exchange Commission, and a range of business associations like the US Business Roundtable and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mike has been recognized for his expertise in the field by his inclusion in the NACD’s 2011 Directorship 100, and in Trust Across America’s 2010 Top 100 Thought Leaders. He has authored numerous articles on the topic and was a contributor to Climate Change – a Guide to Carbon Law & Practice.
Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is the author of Green Recovery, a strategic plan for using environmental thinking to survive hard economic times. He is also the co-author of Green to Gold, the best-selling guide to what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go green. Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC. Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders. His clients have included Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, HP, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi. Andrew also serves on the Sustainability Advisory Board of the Kimberly-Clark Corporation, the Executive Environmental Advisory Council for Hewlett-Packard (HP), and as a Sustainability Advisor to PwC.
In addition to being Vice President Product Supply Family Care Business Unit at Procter and Gamble, Stefano is also responsible for the Global Supply Chain Sustainability Program across P&G. He joined P&G at the European Technical Center in Brussels in 1990 as Process Engineer. During his career, he covered several roles in Engineering – Process Development, Project Management, HS&E - and Manufacturing – Plant Manager at a large manufacturing facility -. He worked on laundry detergents, home and beauty products in UK, France, Italy and extensively travelled in Asia and Latin America. More recently, he led major supply chain programs which included building new manufacturing facilities and establishing new supply chains where he championed several sustainable initiatives. Italian, he is a Magna cum Laude Chemical Engineering graduate from Padua University. He currently works and lives with his wife Laurence and his two children, Louise-Audrey and Vittorio, in Cincinnati, USA.