2016 Summit Speakers

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ALLISON ACKERMAN, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Allison Ackerman works at HUD to promote energy efficiency in public housing. Prior to joining HUD, she worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where she planned, coordinated, and implemented agency wide sustainability initiatives. At the VA, she was responsible for managing the agency’s greenhouse gas accounting and reporting. While at the VA she also completed a detail at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to help with the implementation of EO 13514. As part of the implementation, she helped agencies develop their initial Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP). Prior to her work in the federal government, Allison worked at Ameresco, an Energy Service Company, auditing and retrofitting multi-family and commercial buildings for energy and water efficiency. Allison is a LEED GA and holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University.


LAURYN ALLEVA, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Lauryn Alleva recently returned to HUD as Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing. Lauryn previously worked at HUD from 2011-2015 both in Multifamily Asset Management and the Program Administration Office. During her initial tenure with HUD, Lauryn worked on the incentives for Better Buildings Challenge participants with HUD properties, the utility allowance housing notice, and preliminary work on utility benchmarking. She left HUD in 2015 to work for a multifamily mortgage bank, where she worked in the origination of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac market rate loans. Prior to working for HUD, Lauryn received her Master of Economic Development from the University of Cincinnati, after serving a two year term of service in the U.S. Peace Corps. Lauryn is accredited through the US Green Building Council as LEED Green Associate.


GLEN ANDERSON, Vice President, ETC Group, LLC

Glen Anderson is vice president of ETC Group, LLC, an international engineering firm dedicated to improving energy efficiency in commercial and industrial facilities. He has 21 years of experience with analysis and optimization of chiller plants, building air and water-side HVAC systems, process cooling, and refrigeration. Glen has analyzed and managed the upgrades of central cooling plants for over 50 facilities ranging from resort casinos to hospitals to manufacturing facilities. Glen has particular expertise in on-going commissioning for customers using SkySpark. This entails performance maintenance of mechanical systems following efficiency projects and continuously identifying additional opportunities. George is a Professional Engineer.


RICH ANDRULIS, Director of Product Development and Delivery, Performance Systems Development

Rich Andrulis is the Director of Product Development and Delivery for Performance Systems Development, a technology-enabled program implementation company.  Rich is responsible for development, maintenance, and deployment of all of PSD’s software applications including the flagship application, Compass, residential auditing tools, and integration with other systems.  Previously Rich worked closely with PSD’s clients as the Lead Implementation Consultant and Product Manager for the Compass solution. Rich is one of the original authors of the Home Performance XML data standard and is instrumental in defining the architecture patterns used to integrate Compass with external systems. Rich leverages more than ten years of experience as a development architect at SAP to provide a structured methodology and standardized approach to providing input to both the development team and sales teams on product strategy and marketing. Rich received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science from Penn State.


JULIETTE APICELLA, Program Manager of Commercial Sustainability Services, Southface

Juliette Apicella currently serves as the Southface Program Manager supporting the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge (ABBC). The ABBC has the highest participation in the federal Better Building Challenge with over 100 million square feet of commercial properties committed to reduce energy and water use by 20 percent by 2020. She leads Southface’s work in providing technical support to ABBC program participants and program data management, analysis, and evaluation services. Juliette has over 27 years of experience in the energy efficiency, and commercial green building and design industries. Prior to joining Southface in 2011, Juliette developed marketing and outreach campaigns for energy efficiency programs and managed commercial design projects in low- and high-rise buildings working with national corporate clients. Juliette is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Interior Architecture. She earned her LEED AP, NCIDQ, and serves as vice-chair on the City of Decatur, Environmental Sustainability Board.


GABE ARNOLD, Project Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Gabe is the lead Project Manager for NEEPs Commercial Advanced Lighting Controls (CALC) project, a demonstration and deployment initiative for Advanced Lighting Controls. He also provides technical and strategic support to the DesignLights Consortium and supports NEEP’s efforts with appliance standards and other emerging technologies. Gabe has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy efficiency industry as a lighting designer, a designer and implementer of utility energy efficient lighting programs, and most recently as a consultant working with governments, utilities, and advocacy groups on energy efficiency programs and policies. Gabe has served as a Member of the Board of the National Council for Qualifications of Lighting Professionals (NCQLP) and Co-Chair of the DesignLights Consortium Steering Committee. Gabe is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP, a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Vermont, and a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers. Gabe has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.


ANDREW ASHBAUGH, System and Network Program Leader and Division Leader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Andrew serves as the System and Network Program Leader within LLNL’s Chief Information Office Program, and as a Division Leader in the Operation and Business Directorate. Andrew is responsible for the leadership, management, and financial oversight of all enterprise infrastructure activities, including unclassified networks, telecommunication and associated services, enterprise business applications, and data center operations. He brings over thirty years of experience to the LLNL team. Prior this position, Andrew held key Infrastructure and Operation Management roles at the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain Site, and Los Alamo National Laboratory. He was a key member of the team that received the 2014 Department of Energy Sustainability Award for data center consolidation and energy conservation.


AZIZAN AZIZ, Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Azizan Aziz is Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.  Azizan is a trained architect with extensive experience in sustainable design, the design of integrated systems for high performance buildings, post occupancy evaluation and building performance monitoring and analytics.  Azizan has initiated innovative data analytics projects with federal, corporate, campus and municipal leaders.   He also teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs for the School of Architecture, with an unwavering focus on design for a sustainable built environment.

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ZACK BACON, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator, Appalachian Power

Zack is an Energy Efficiency Coordinator with Appalachian Power, an electric utility serving 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. He is responsible for the design, development, implementation and measurement of consumer programs relating to energy efficiency and demand response. Prior to joining Appalachian Power, he was a building science and weatherization trainer with Community Housing Partners in Christiansburg, Virginia. Zack received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2011.


MICHAEL BAER, Senior Advisor, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB)

Michael Baer is a Senior Advisor to the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, responsible for overseeing the development of RIIB’s new programs for clean energy finance and brownfields remediation along with program policy development at the Bank. Prior to joining RIIB, Michael spent three years working in New York for the Governor Cuomo Administration, as a special assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation and as a Senior Advisor at the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Michael started his career at JPMorgan Asset Management where he spent eight years as the Chief Financial Officer for JP Morgan Asset Management’s US Equity, Global Multi-Asset Group, Private Equity, and Hedge Fund of Funds investment platforms. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Babson College and a Master of Science of Global Affairs at New York University. Michael is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.


BAMDAD BAHAR, President & CEO, Xergy Inc.

Bamdad Bahar is currently President & CEO of Xergy Inc., a five-year-old hi-tech start-up focused on commercializing electrochemical compression technology and related components. The technology was awarded the GE Ecomagination Award in 2011 and has strategic partnerships with major global appliance companies. Prior to Xergy, he was the business leader at Teledyne Energy Systems, a business unit for Teledyne Technologies Inc. where he transformed this unit from a low/no growth division appraised at $6.1 MN in 1999 to over $117 MN in 2001. Prior to being head hunted to run Teledyne Energy Systems, he founded the Fuel Cell Products, Business Unit for W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. taking the unit from zero in sales to over $15 Million in annual sales within 3 years. He has both bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical & Chemical engineering from University of London and Columbia University.


DONNEL BAIRD, Co-founder, BlocPower

Donnel Baird is the co-founder of BlocPower, a new business startup, funded by Kapor Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, that markets, finances, and installs solar and energy efficiency technologies to assist under-served communities. BlocPower’s work generates energy bill savings, provides financial returns to investors, and creates employment opportunities for local workers. Prior to founding BlocPower, Mr. Baird spent three years as a community organizer in Brooklyn, NY, and served for a year as a voter contact director on behalf of Obama For America. In addition, he managed a national “Change to Win/LIUNA” campaign that leveraged Department of Energy financing to create green construction jobs for out-of-work populations, and he partnered with the Washington Interfaith Network to generate government investment of $100M for under-served communities in the District of Columbia. Mr. Baird has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.


GREG BAKER, Engineering Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

Greg Baker is an Engineering Manager in VEIC’s Engineering Division and has more than 13 years of experience in the energy efficiency field, working almost exclusively with large commercial and industrial customers. He has held a wide variety of positions including engineer, senior energy consultant, key account manager and engineering manager while at VEIC. In addition, Greg is also leading VEIC’s efforts developing Strategic Energy Management programs for commercial, industrial and utility customers. Before working for VEIC, he worked for a large industrial manufacturing firm in their project engineering and process management disciplines. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).


REBECCA BAKER, Energy Benchmarking Program Manager, Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment

Rebecca Baker is the Energy Benchmarking Program Manager with Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment. Since 2011, Rebecca’s work has focused on energy efficiency policy development and implementation. Her work includes development of Seattle’s Sustainable Building and Sites Policy and Capital Green Program. As a member of Seattle’s City Green Building team in the Department of Planning and Development, Rebecca designed and implemented green building education and engagement efforts, including the launch of Priority Green, Seattle’s expedited permitting program. Rebecca’s public sector work is complimented by seven years of private consulting with Seattle based communications firm PRR. Rebecca holds a Master of Urban Planning with certificates in Urban Design and Historic Preservation from the University of Washington.


JIM BARRETT, Chief Economist, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE)

Jim Barrett is the Chief Economist at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. He concentrates on the nexus of climate change, energy efficiency, and economics, and has written extensively on the role of efficiency in achieving environmental and economic goals. Prior to joining ACEEE, Jim was executive director of Redefining Progress, a public policy think tank dedicated to promoting a healthy environment, a strong economy, and social justice. Before that he was an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a senior economist on the democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee, and a staff economist at the Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bucknell University and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.


PANAMA BATHOLOMY, Director Investor Confidence Project Europe, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Panama manages the Investor Confidence Project Europe (ICPE), a project of the Environmental Defense Fund. ICPE is an initiative to deliver tools and programs to scale private capital investment in building energy renovations. He directs a multi-disciplinary team of energy and finance professionals that work with a wide array of stakeholders to develop standard methodologies and protocols for energy efficiency project development and documentation. These protocols are designed to reduce transaction costs associated with energy efficiency investment, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets.


BOB BECHTOLD, President and Founder, Harbec Plastics, Inc.

Bob Bechtold is the President and Founder of Harbec Plastics, Inc., an injection molding company which provides a full service of model making, precision mold making, and complex precision plastic injection molding. His company has developed an energy management strategy that includes a cogeneration project which currently provides a portion of their electricity, heat, and air-conditioning requirements, in conjunction with two on-site wind turbines. Bob attained carbon neutrality in 2013 and has committed to be water neutral by 2015. Currently, Bob is focused on quantifying its Carbon Footprint with the help of the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program, DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, and ISO 50001/SEP Platinum certification.


CASEY BELL, Senior Advisor, Urban Ingenuity

Casey is Principal and Founder of Clean Capital Strategies and an Advisor to Urban Ingenuity.  She focuses on overcoming barriers and harnessing opportunities to deploy market-based solutions around the intersection of financial innovation and the efficient delivery of energy services.  She spent the past year scaling the market for commercial PACE, and laid the groundwork for the MD-PACE program. Casey established the Finance Policy research program at ACEEE; authored numerous reports highlighting best practice polices and market mechanisms for energy efficiency investment; and provided technical assistance to utilities, states, and local governments deploying energy efficiency financing initiatives. Previously, she analyzed and modernized Treasury cash management practices, and oversaw Reserve Bank technology project management at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Casey improved the Federal Reserve Board’s consumer protection efforts by analyzing consumer behavior around electronic and mobile banking usage. Casey holds a Master of Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College.


ELLEN BELL, Manager, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Ellen Bell manages the EDF’s Redefining Energy Efficiency Project, which works with commercial office buildings and other vendor and non-profit partners in Chicago to develop new approaches that value efficiency advanced energy management and existing and emerging technologies as a source of revenue, as well as helps to build new markets where efficiency measures will be readily adopted. Previous work has also focused on accelerating energy efficiency project identification and implementation in commercial real estate through the EDF Climate Corps Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. Through outreach and support from EDF Climate Corps fellows, Ellen helped properties achieve target energy reductions and educate building owners and operators about energy efficiency opportunities by plugging them into local resources and incentives. Before her time with EDF, Ellen was the Global Sustainability Manager for the Chicago-based East Balt Inc. baking company, as well as a legislative aide for Chicago Alderman Ed Burke.


STEPHANIE S. BENFIELD, Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability of Atlanta, Georgia

Stephanie was appointed by Mayor Kasim Reed to be Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta in May 2015. Previously, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999.  Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees.  She then went on to serve as Executive Director of GreenLaw. Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association.  Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association.  She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013. Stephanie received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia.


CRYSTAL BERGEMANN, Supervisory Energy Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Crystal Bergemann is the Energy Team Lead in HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience where she works to embed sustainable and green building policies and practices into HUD’s portfolio.  Additionally, she is HUD’s program lead on the Renew300 initiative, which is a goal of increasing onsite renewable energy capacity in federally assisted housing nine-fold by 2020.  Crystal has a background in energy and water policy, and received a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.


HARRY BERGMANN, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Harry Bergmann is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow with the DOE Building Technologies Office. Harry supports the Commercial Buildings Integration team, focusing primarily on the SEED Collaborative. Prior to joining DOE, Harry was working with The Energy Coalition, supporting local government agencies with identifying, financing, and implementing energy efficiency improvements in public assets through the Southern California Regional Energy Network program. Harry has a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and bachelor’s degree in Geography from the George Washington University.


JOHN F. BERNHARDS, Associate Vice President, APPA – Leadership in Educational Facilities

John is responsible for overseeing APPA’s operations and services, which include facilities performance and benchmarking tools for purposes of assessing and comparing facilities maintenance, operations, and utilities management among APPA member institutions. Additionally, John serves as the staff liaison to the APPA Standards and Codes Council. The Council actively monitors national and international facilities-related standards and codes activities. Prior to his service with APPA, John served as the vice president for marketing with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). During his tenure with ATIS, John worked on numerous collaborative projects with both national and international standards bodies, to include IEEE, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), among others, to establish and promote both wireline and wireless standards for emerging communications network protocols and technologies. Previously, John was staff manager within the Congressional Affairs Office of the US Chamber of Commerce.


JENAE BJELLAND, Executive Director, National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

Jenae Bjelland is the Executive Director of NASCSP. Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director, Ms. Bjelland was the Director of Healthy Homes for NASCSP and previously the Director of Research for NASCSP.  She brings fifteen years of experience in the anti-poverty and energy efficiency network – working at the local, state and national level. Ms. Bjelland is results driven, adept in analyzing process management, data, and technology needs, and is certified as a National Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) trainer.


AUSTIN BLACKMON, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS), Boston, MA

Austin Blackmon is the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space,where he leads the Environment, Parks and Recreation, and Inspectional Services departments. Prior to joining the Walsh Administration in 2014, Chief Blackmon was Interim Head of Project Finance for Terraverde Renewable Partners. His other previous experience includes consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategy and Operations group, Energy Investment Banking at Wells Fargo Securities, business development at C12 Energy and advising the U.S. Renewables Group. A native of the Great Lakes region, Chief Blackmon has spent over 11 years in New England, is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


TRAVIS BLOMBERG, Sustainability Advisor, Transwestern

Travis Blomberg is a Sustainability Advisor with Transwestern, a commercial real estate firm. In 2015, Travis joined the Transwestern Sustainability Services team through the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellowship. Travis was tasked to enhance the DROP program, an internal water rating system for Transwestern’s office building portfolio. Travis is also a LEED accredited professional who works on new construction and existing building projects across the globe. Travis earned his Bachelor of Science in 2012 and his Master of Science in 2015 degrees at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where he concentrated on business, environment, and social responsibility.


ANTONIO M. BOUZA, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Antonio M. Bouza is a Technology Manager with the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO). He is the emerging technology lead on Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Water Heating and Appliances research. He is the U.S. National Executive Committee (ExCo) delegate to the IEA’s Heat Pump Program. Previously at DOE, he was a project manager for several rulemakings with respect to energy efficiency standards. Before joining DOE, he was senior engineer with EG&G Technical Services and worked for Environmental Research and Development Corp performing emissions testing on alternative fuel vehicles. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and ASHRAE.


MIKE BRABY, Energy Efficiency Technical Lead, Texas Instruments (TI)

Mike Braby is the technical lead for Texas Instruments’ Worldwide Construction, Global support and Energy team. As a global company, TI has a strong commitment to minimizing our impact to the environment and has reduced energy usage per chip by 53% from 2005 to 2014. Mike’s current role includes providing technical assistance to TI sites worldwide for energy efficiency projects, assisting with the development of energy efficiency improvement roadmaps for each site, participating in energy audits, and tracking progress toward utility and cost reduction goals. Mike has been with TI for 15 years as part of the Worldwide Facilities organization and has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics both from Rice University.


JON BRAMAN, Vice President of Portfolio Solutions, Bright Power

Jon Braman has worked at Bright Power since 2007, helping building portfolios around the country save energy and water, and reduce costs. Jon currently leads Bright Power’s Strategic Initiatives team, which oversees research and demonstration projects, develops tools and provides technical assistance on energy and water management for multifamily buildings. Recent projects include EnergyScoreCards Minnesota, the first large-scale experiment on the impacts of energy benchmarking in over 500 multifamily buildings, and "Energy and Water Savings in Multifamily Retrofits" a 2014 study which quantified actual savings from over 200 multifamily retrofits.


DAVE BRELAND, Manager of Enterprise Data Center Facilities Operations, Intuit

Dave is the Manager of Enterprise Data Center Facilities Operations for Intuit, working out of their Quincy Washington Data Center. Dave began his career at Intuit during the build phase of their 240,000 square-foot data center in 2007. Prior to Intuit Dave spent 15 years with Maxim Integrated Products, a Semiconductor Manufacturer, and his last five years as Facilities Manager of their San Antonio Wafer Fab. Dave began his career serving a four-year apprenticeship as a Stationary Engineer, and later another four-year apprenticeship as a Manufacturing Plant Electrician. Dave later obtained his Manufacturing Plant Electrical Supervisors license and worked as the signing supervisor for all electrical work at the Beaverton Oregon Wafer Fab. While working in Oregon, he also served on an Advisory Committee to the State Electrical Board for Wafer Fab Operations.


WALT BROCKWAY, Manager of Global Energy Efficiency, Alcoa

Walt Brockway assists companies with the development of energy programs with emphasis on top level sponsorship and customizing tools and techniques to identify sustainable energy savings. He was most recently Manager of Global Energy Efficiency for Alcoa, Inc., located in Knoxville, Tennesee, where he was responsible for coordinating efforts within all Alcoa businesses and regions to improve energy intensity. He held various energy and power roles at Alcoa for the past 31 years including: Power Engineer, Power Supervisor, and Power and Engineering Manager at the Alcoa Massena Operations; Corporate Energy Manager; Manager of Hydroelectric Operations; and Manager of Energy Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining Alcoa, he was employed by General Electric’s Nuclear Energy Business Operations and Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. Walt attended Clarkson University where he received both a Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering. He holds a Professional Engineering registration in New York and is a Certified Energy Manager.


PAMELA BROOKSTEIN, Market Transformation Specialist, Elevate Energy

Pamela Brookstein is the Market Transformation Specialist for Elevate Energy, working to make the value of high performance homes visible in real estate transactions. She manages the Value for High Performance Campaign, which includes a website that provides one-stop resource for market transformation and fair value at closing; a monthly news alert; and the Learning Network, a national group of efficiency and real estate experts who are making accomplishments in the visible value. Pamela works closely with the Chicagoland real estate community to increase the usage and understanding of “green fields” in the MLS. Pamela is managing the local partner piece of the DOE’s Home Energy Info Accelerator, which works to expand the availability of reliable home energy information in residential real estate transactions. Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and a Master of Public Health, at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


MATTHEW H. BROWN, Principal, HBC Energy Capital

Matthew has led HB&C’s engagement with the four California investor owned utilities to develop and implement energy efficiency financing programs as well as a similar engagement to develop a third party financing program with utility bill collections in for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. Additionally, he leads the firm’s engagement with Xcel Energy advising on financing.  Matthew has worked extensively with a number of financial institutions to advise on deployment of capital through loans and leases for clean energy in the western United States as well as nationally. Matthew has worked in the energy finance and policy field for more than 20 years, and has held positions at several organizations included: KPMG of New York City; New York City; the National Conference of State Legislatures; and the International Energy Agency of Paris, France. Matthew graduated from Brown University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts, and continued on to New York University, where he received an MBA.


BARBARA BUFFALOE, Sustainability Manager, Columbia, MO

Barbara Buffaloe is the City of Columbia’s first Sustainability Manager. There she is responsible for integrating short and long term sustainable comprehensive action plans, resource conservation, and related sustainability programs and operations to advance a more sustainable, vital and well planned future for Columbia. As a result of her successful administration of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), the City of Columbia realizes over $120K in annual energy savings. She has presented on these realized savings and additional sustainability programs and projects at national conferences. Barbara serves on the planning committee for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), and co-founded the Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network. She joined the City from the University of Missouri where she was an instructor in the Department of Architectural Studies and a Housing and Environmental Design Specialist with MU Extension.


ANDREW BURR, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Andrew Burr is a Fellow with DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he works on urban strategies and building technologies deployment. He was previously director of policy at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), where he advised state, local, and federal policymakers on clean energy policy and political strategy. At IMT, he launched the City Energy Project, a $20 million energy policy initiative with the Natural Resources Defense Council and 10 American cities. Andrew has been quoted by national media including the New York Times, USA Today, and Governing Magazine, and has presented on U.S. energy policy in China and Europe. He graduated from Bucknell University.

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KEITH CANFIELD, Director of Corporate Sustainability, Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)

Keith Canfield is Director, Corporate Sustainability for CCI where he is responsible for development and implementation of the Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL), a CCI innovation that is North America’s first employee energy benefit program. HEAL brings the benefits of energy efficiency to the workplace where it is integrated with financing and delivered to employees in a turnkey manner.


HOLLY JAMESEN CARR, Technology Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Holly Jamesen Carr is an Energy Technology Program Specialist within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, where she works with DOE’s voluntary energy efficiency partnership programs and commercial building energy efficiency deployment efforts. Previous to her work at DOE, Ms. Carr managed dozens of public, private and federal sustainability projects, assisting clients to implement environmentally preferable strategies for building design, construction, and occupancy. Ms. Carr has a Master of Science degree in Communication from the University of Washington, as well as degrees in French and Education from Miami University. She is a LEED accredited professional.


MATT CASEY, CEO and President of CRS Data

Matt Casey, CEO/President of CRS Data, has an extensive technical and management background in the property records space, including involvement in data acquisition, data analysis and the delivery of data and mapping solutions to government, real estate, appraisal and financial markets. His time at CRS Data has been focused on designing and delivering one of the nations’ most reliable property data services. Prior to joining CRS Data, Casey worked for a GIS group providing data and mapping services to local governments and utilities. Casey holds a Master of Science degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


DAN CASSIDY, Senior Manager of Energy and Conservation, Johnson & Johnson (J&J)

Dan Cassidy is the Senior Manager, Energy & Conservation for the Enterprise Facility Management (EFM) organization of J&J.  In his role, Dan is responsible for developing projects for in the Americas region through the application of innovative solutions in renewable technologies, building system optimization, water conservation, and sustainable practice.  In addition, Dan leads energy and conservation efforts for the J&J Medical Devices sector globally, focusing on delivering J&J’s CO2 emissions, renewable power, and water goals. Dan is in his 14th year with Johnson & Johnson and previously worked in the natural gas industry.  Through his career, Dan has held positions in Maintenance, Operations, Engineering Design, and Project Management. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree from the University of Delaware, both in Mechanical Engineering.  Dan is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Certified Energy Manager and also is LEED AP O+M credentialed.


JOHN CHADWICK, Director of Design and Construction, Discovery Elementary

John joined Arlington Public Schools as Director of Design and Construction in early 2011, and has served as Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations since 2013. Throughout his tenure at Arlington Public Schools, he has led the district’s response to rapidly increasing student enrollment through facilities planning, Capital Improvement Plans, and capital projects, including the recently opened Discovery Elementary School, one of the first in the mid-Atlantic region designed to achieve net-zero energy. Previously, John worked in private practice with Perkins Eastman, first in New York City, and then as managing principal of the firm’s DC Metro office, which he founded in Arlington in 2005. John has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and is a past Scholar in Architecture at the British School at Rome. John is an architect and long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects.


MARK CHAMBERS, Sustainability and Energy Director, DC Department of General Services

Mark has spent the last fifteen years working locally on performance design, building operations management, and energy policy development with a focus on creative strategic planning, urban resource conservation, and occupant engagement. Chambers directs energy management and resource conservation efforts across the 30 million square feet of real estate managed by the District of Columbia Government -- inclusive of the District's Municipal Offices, Public Schools, Police, Fire and Emergency Services Facilities, and Parks and Recreation Centers. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Public Policy and Management from Heinz College (Carnegie Mellon University), Mark is a licensed architect.


MELISSA CHANTHALANGSY, Energy Analyst, City of Rochester Office of Energy and Sustainability

Melissa Chanthalangsy is the Energy Analyst for the City of Rochester’s Office of Energy and Sustainability.  Melissa is responsible for the implementation of the Rochester Energy Plan, which includes providing support to expand solar installations in the city through Rochester’s Solarize campaign, as well as broad initiatives to reduce energy consumption throughout the community.  She works to coordinate efforts among local, state, and federal partners to implement energy efficiency improvements in city-owned buildings in the context of the DOE Better Buildings Challenge program.  Previously, Melissa was a Fellow at the DOE where she worked on US-China energy policy in the Office of International Affairs.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago.


BRANDON CHASE, Director of Customer Success, Aquicore

Brandon leads Aquicore’s Customer Success team by delivering seamless onboarding, continuous engagement data-driven results. Prior to Aquicore, Brandon was a Smart Buildings Consultant at AtSite, managing the design and deployment of cutting edge technology projects. Brandon has also worked as a consultant for the SunShot Initiative at the Department of Energy. Brandon is passionate about developing solutions that inspire people be to be more sustainable and productive.


LISA CHILADAKIS, Manager of Technology & Programs, PEV Collaborative

Lisa Chiladakis has worked to promote Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) and on ZEV programs and policies at the California Air Resources Board since 2000. She joined the PEV Collaborative in 2012 and leads projects and oversees dissemination and development of collaborative work products to support workplace charging and charging at multi-unit dwellings. Lisa also advises the executive director and staff on PEV trends as they relate to technology, market growth and infrastructure. This role includes being a liaison with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies on PEV related issues. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


MUNEER CHOWDHURY, Energy and Environmental Efficiency Manager, Bridgestone Americas

Muneer Chowdhury is the Energy and Environmental Efficiency Manager of Bridgestone Americas, in Nashville, Tennessee. Muneer helps to administer energy and CO2 reduction programs for operations across Bridgestone Americas (Including Latin America), which includes various business units from tire manufacturing, building and industrial products, and retail operations, among others. Muneer’s role includes facilitating energy audits, tracking performance, working with facilities to implement projects, managing Bridgestone Americas Energy and Environmental Strategic Fund (BAEESF), and developing strategies for reducing the company’s energy and CO2 footprint. Muneer initiated and leads a team to achieve the first LEED certified tire plant (Existing Building) in the world at Warren County, Tennessee in 2008. He graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from Oklahoma State University in 1986.

Erin Christensen Ishizaki is urban designer and architect at Mithun – a national leader in planning, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. With more than 15 years of experience in urban redevelopment and mixed-income, mixed-finance planning across the country, she is passionate about creating sustainable, high performance development that builds physical and social community and maximizes investment. Her work in urban housing and redevelopment leads teams on projects totaling more than 3,000 units of new affordable and mixed-income housing. Erin is an expert in ecodistrict planning and environmental metrics, as well as a national leader in integrating public health and design, including pioneering health impact assessments for development. She is LEED ND accredited, served as Co-Chair of the LEED LP TAG, and is on the board of the Congress for New Urbanism. In 2014 Erin was recognized as a global 40 under 40 real estate professional by the Urban Land Institute.

ANGELICA CIRANNI, Sustainability Analyst, PNC

Angelica Ciranni serves as Sustainability Analyst on PNC's Energy Management & Sustainability team, focusing on the green building program. In this role, she oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in intelligent building design, energy efficiency retrofits, and reduction in environmental impacts from operations of PNC’s retail branches and major buildings. She was formerly the Sustainability Coordinator for the Sports & Exhibition Authority where, among other duties related to green building and operations, she administered the LEED-EBOM Platinum certification of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Angelica holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in the areas of construction management and sustainability. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.


JOHN CLINGER, Technical Specialist, ICF International 

John Clinger helps manage the U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Data Center Challenge and Accelerator programs, partnering with private sector and federal government organizations to reduce infrastructure energy use in their data centers. John also works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the lead technical consultant in the development of eligibility criteria for several ENERGY STAR information technology, data center, and medical equipment products. This work includes recent specification development in the computer server, data center storage and networking product categories. In addition, he represents EPA by helping develop energy efficiency criteria in industry standards including the IEEE 1680.1, IEEE 1680.4, and UL 110 environmental standards. John has a Master of Science in electrical engineering and Bachelor of Civil Engineering in computer engineering from the University of Delaware.


DEBORAH CLOUTIER, Principal and Co-Founder, JDM Associates 

Deborah Cloutier is Principal and Co-Founder of JDM Associates and has been providing consulting services in commercial real estate, energy management, and sustainability for more than twenty years. She currently supports the Department of Energy Better Buildings Initiative by providing strategic guidance and administrative oversight. Deb provides advisory services to some of the largest commercial real estate owners and investors, and helps organizations overcome barriers to greater adoption of energy efficiency in multi-tenanted assets. Deborah has also supported the EPA ENERGY STAR program since its inception and helps EPA translate the value of energy efficiency into financial metrics and marketing differentiation. Deb is a nationally recognized speaker and serves on several industry boards including the IMT/DOE Green Leasing Steering Committee, BOMA BEEP Advisory Board, and IREM Sustainability Board.


RACHEL CLUETT, Senior Research Analyst, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Rachel Cluett is a researcher for the Buildings Program at ACEEE. Her work focuses on residential sector energy efficiency, including labeling and energy use disclosure; efficiency program design; and product standards and labeling. Rachel joined ACEEE after two years of work conducting residential energy assessments. She is a BPI-certified Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and a certified HERS rater. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources from Cornell University.


ERIC COFFMAN, Chief of the Office of Energy and Sustainability (OES), Montgomery County Department of General Services, Maryland

Eric Coffman is head of the Office of Energy and Sustainability within the Montgomery County Department of General Services. OES focuses on reducing the environmental footprint of County operations through renewable energy purchasing, energy efficiency, greening government initiatives. OES is also responsible for coordinating these issues amongst County Departments and Agencies. Eric joined DGS to establish OES after seven years with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. While with DEP, Eric was responsible for overseeing a wide array of energy and greenhouse gas reduction programs. His broader background includes private and public sector experience with energy, water, forest conservation, environmental health and safety, outreach, communications, energy financing, and other activities. Eric is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Energy Procurement Professional and a United States Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.


BRYAN COHEN, Partner, Colehour + Cohen

Bryan's motto is "everyone needs a little PR." He loves the underdog. He loves causes. He loves doing media relations. He has spent the last 19 years of his career either on the phone pitching media, creating campaigns that will draw the media to a particular client or training clients on how to present to the media. Bryan has worked for a diverse clientele that includes government organizations such as King County, Seattle Public Utilities, ENERGY STAR, the Department of Energy and the EPA, as well as non-profits and businesses like Puget Sound Energy, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Vulcan, Google, BECU and the Green Sports Alliance. Bryan has placed stories on the "Today" show, "Good Morning America," USA Today, NPR's "Morning Edition," ABC's "World News Tonight," Newsweek, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Associated Press, Reuters, Home magazine, Good Housekeeping as well as in hundreds of media outlets in local markets throughout the U.S.


JONATHAN COHEN, Energy Project Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Jonathan is responsible for the Better Buildings Residential Network, national membership network that connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from one another to increase the number of energy efficient homes. Additionally, he co-leads the new DOE Health and Home Performance Initiative. Previously, he served as an Account Manager for over $175 million in grants to states, cities, and nonprofits that developed building energy efficiency markets. He has directed international, national, and local networks, and has expertise in stakeholder engagement, partnerships, and sustainability. Jonathan is LEED Green Associate certified.


ANSELMO G. COLLINS, Assistant Director of Water Operations, City of Los Angeles

Anselmo G. Collins is the Assistant Director of Water Operations for the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). With over 23 years of experience in water utility operations and management at LADWP, Mr. Collins has overall management oversight for all Water System operations and maintenance activities of water transmission and treatment facilities throughout the Metropolitan-Los Angeles area; ensuring reliable delivery of high-quality water supply for the City; and managing Water System's property issues and real estate holdings. Previously, Mr. Collins served as Assistant Director of Water Engineering and Technical Services. He was also responsible for directing all Division Safety activities. Mr. Collins received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from California State University Northridge and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. Mr. Collins is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.


LIZ COMPITELLO, Senior Research Analyst, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)

Liz Compitello is a Senior Research Analyst at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission in Philadelphia.  At DVRPC, Liz provides programmatic and technical support to municipalities towards managing their operational energy use,  and supports best practice guidance on regulations that encourage the adoption of solar PV in local communities.  Liz manages DVRPC’s Regional Streetlight Procurement Program, a multi-municipal effort to transition municipal streetlight infrastructure to LED in southeastern Pennsylvania. Liz received her Master of Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Albany while helping the state of New York develop its Climate Smart Communities Program.


BRUCE CONDIT, Director of Communications and PR, Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM)

Bruce Condit currently serves as Director, Communications & PR for PRSM, the authority on retail, multi-site facilities management. With more than three decades of communications, marketing and PR experience, he is responsible for PRSM’s media relations and partnership programs and he produces Retail Store Maintenance Magazine, as well as two weekly E-newsletters and special publications addressing key issues in facilities management. He has created and directed award-winning communications, PR and marketing programs for: Verizon, General Dynamics, Peterbilt Motors Company, high-tech companies, rural electric cooperatives and investment banks. He served four years as a registered lobbyist on Capitol Hill working energy and HR issues and holds a Master of Communications from Oklahoma State University.


DAN COOPER, Energy Specialist, Toyota Motor Corporation

Dan has worked at Toyota for over 20 years, and specifically worked in Production Engineering Facilities Energy Management for the last 5 years. He has served as project lead for renewable energy and energy management projects at Toyota’s North America plants, including implementation of a 50KW solar array, retrofitting HVAC with VFDs, and conducting InPlant training assessments with the U.S. Department of Energy. The last few years included over 600 VFD retrofit projects at 8 plants with paybacks in less than 2 years. He is a participating member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) with certification as Certified Energy Manager (CEM). Dan completed his ISO50001 certification and currently an active member of the ISO5001 Exam Technical Advisory Group (ETAG).


BRAD COPITHORNE, Senior Vice President, Renewable Funding, LLC

Brad Copithorne is Senior Vice President of Commercial PACE Programs at Renewable Funding. He is responsible for developing low-cost financing solutions with streamlined underwriting that allow commercial property owners to invest in money-saving energy efficiency and renewable generation projects. Prior to joining Renewable Funding, Brad spent four years at Environmental Defense Fund, working with states to implement clean energy finance programs including PACE and On-Bill Repayment. Brad has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He started his career at Salomon Brothers/Citi where he worked on fixed income origination and new product development. More recently, Brad worked for Morgan Stanley’s Technology Investment Banking team in Silicon Valley where he covered the enterprise hardware, contract manufacturing and IT distribution industries. In 2008, Brad was a partner at a fixed income hedge fund. In 2009 Brad re-enrolled at Stanford University to study energy policy and graduated in 2010 with a Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


SUSAN CORRY, Energy Manager, University of Maryland College Park

Susan Corry is the Energy Manager at the University of Maryland College Park, and has spent her career in the energy industry and facilities management, with 10+ years in the higher education sector. She serves on the advisory boards of the Maryland Clean Energy Center and Maryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund, and also chairs DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance Higher Education Steering Committee. Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Manager, and Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional.


DARYL COX, Research and Development Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Mr. Cox has been a member of the research staff at ORNL since 1990. He has been heavily involved in the analysis of failure characteristics for fluid system components used in commercial nuclear power plants. He focuses on energy optimization efforts in industrial pumping systems and managing interactions with industrial program partners in the Better Buildings Better Plants Program for the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office. Daryl is a Qualified Specialist and Senior Instructor for the Pumping System Assessment Tool (PSAT) software tool. Daryl is a former member of the ASME Operations & Maintenance Working Group on Air-operated valves and currently participates in codes and standards development for energy assessment of pumping systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He was formerly employed with the Tennessee Valley Authority, where he served on the corporate staff supporting engineering design for the nuclear power program and environmental qualification of safety-related components.


ROBIN COX, Project Specialist, City of Huntsville, Alabama

Robin Cox is a Project Specialist for the City of Huntsville’s Operation Green Team (OGT). She integrates sustainable strategies in energy, community food security, and social equity into policy, economic development, and innovative city-led projects. She is the team lead for Huntsville’s Georgetown University Energy Prize Team comprised of staff from multiple city departments, Huntsville Utilities, Huntsville City Schools, and its private sector partner, the Energy Huntsville Initiative. Robin is on the Steering Committee of the Southeastern Sustainability Directors Network. She has a Ph.D. in Underwater Archaeology and Fluvial Geomorphology from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


JEREMY CRAWFORD, Executive Director, Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)

Jeremy Crawford is the Executive Director of the non-profit Real Estate Standards Organization, an organization responsible for the creation, promotion and adoption of standards that is fueling innovation and streamlining the real estate transaction. Jeremy has more than 20 years of information technology experience in real estate, financial services, legal, insurance and education sectors. He has served on RESO’s Board of Directors, and his leadership role has included taking the reins as its Vice-Chair of the Education and Outreach Workgroup in 2010, which he co-led for two years and won the 2010 San Diego’s Information Technology of the Year Award. A Council of MLS CMLX Level 2 Certified Executive, today Jeremy also serves on the DocuSign Executive Advisory Council, the Interop Advisory Board, and as President of his local homeowners association in Corinth Forest, Texas. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University.


MOLLY CRIPPS, Director, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC)

Molly oversees TDEC Office of Energy Program’s (OEP) efforts and activities under the U.S. DOE-funded State Energy Program (SEP). Molly serves as the Principal Investigator on a 2015 SEP Competitive Award to Tennessee, 5 other states, the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and The Climate Registry (TCR). OEP is an active member of NASEO, and Molly was elected to serve a two-year term as a Southeast Regional Representative on its Board of Directors in September 2014. She was recently elected by the NASEO Board of Directors to serve as Secretary of the Executive Committee. In April of 2015, she was appointed by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to serve a two-year term on the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School.


CHAD CURRY, Managing Director, Center for REALTOR® Technology, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)

As Managing Director for NAR's Center for REALTOR® Technology & CRTLabs, Chad Curry investigates emerging technologies, educates NAR members and the public through presentations, webinars, blogs and podcasts, and manages the development of products for use by members. Currently, Chad's work is focused on research and development of smart home devices, iBeacons and wearables as well as renewable energies. To support this initiative, Chad and his team has started CRTLabs focused on testing and developing devices for the home to help improve quality of life. He is an Executive Board member of the Internet of Things Council and is leading the Case Studies Group. Chad is also a Board Member for the Real Estate Standards Organization, where he works to streamline real estate transaction technology. He was recently named to Inman New's Top 101 Most Influential People in Real Estate.

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AARON DALY, Global Energy Coordinator, Whole Foods Market

As Global Energy Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, Aaron Daly coordinates energy management programs across the Company’s twelve operating regions. Aaron leads efforts to develop a companywide renewable energy portfolio and works to meet the Whole Foods Market Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge commitment of 20% energy reduction by 2020. Aaron represents Whole Foods Market with the EPA & DOE and works with the national labs to develop energy management best practices. Prior to working at Whole Foods Market, Aaron was a National Account Manager at PECI, where he worked with retailers such as Supervalu – Albertsons, Trader Joes, and others on the development and execution of energy management programs. He is a founding board member of the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council. He is co-author of Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores, a Certified Energy Manager, and holds a Master of Science in energy management from Sonoma State University.

  ANDREW H. DARRELL, Chief of Strategy, Global Energy and Finance, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Andy Darrell wears two hats at EDF, as both the Chief of Strategy, Global Energy and Finance, and the New York Regional Director. Andy develops solutions that combine policy change and private investment, with a particular passion for ways to deliver clean energy and less pollution in large cities. He is developing strategies for EDF’s efforts to remove policy and finance barriers to clean energy in the U.S., Europe and internationally. Andy serves as member of New York City’s Sustainability Advisory Board, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In 2010, he was recognized as by Environmental Advocates of New York as advocate of the year. Andy is a trustee of several philanthropic organizations, including International House; the Van Alen Institute; and the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. He chairs the board and is President of the Stiftung ProEvolution, based in Switzerland.

ALICE DASEK, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Alice Dasek is a Policy Advisor and has been at DOE for six years. She serves multiple roles as part of the Policy and Technical Assistance Team. In addition to serving as the State Lead for the Better Buildings Challenge, Alice serves as Policy Advisor for five states advancing energy efficiency in wastewater treatment facilities. She also leads DOE’s Better Buildings Accelerator for Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC), assisting state and local governments to increase their ESPC investment by two billion dollars by 2017. Alice graduated from Bryn Mawr College and has a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Master of Environmental and Energy Management from George Washington University.


JEFF DEASON, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Jeff Deason is a Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at LBNL. He focuses on energy efficiency research and technical assistance projects in the areas of policy, program design, implementation and evaluation. Prior to LBNL he spent five years as Principal and Senior Analyst at Climate Policy Initiative, where he led CPI's energy efficiency practice. Jeff led a variety of energy efficiency projects at the state, national, and international levels, ranging from direct policymaker and philanthropic advisory to policy impact analysis to broad knowledge-sharing. Jeff has published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) and Utilities Policy (forthcoming), and has presented and written papers for conferences including JPAM, Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change, the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's Summer Study on Buildings. Jeff is in the final stages of his Ph.D. program in public policy at UC Berkeley.


ANDRE DE FONTAINE, Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Andre de Fontaine is a Project Manager in the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office. He manages the Better Buildings, Better Plants initiative, which is a voluntary energy savings partnership for manufacturers. Prior to joining DOE, Andre was a Markets and Business Strategy Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. Before that, he was a journalist in California, covering environmental policy in the state’s capital. Andre holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of California, San Diego.


PETER DEE, Sales & Service Director, Danfoss North America

Peter Dee is Sales & Service Director of Danfoss Food Retail Sales & Services North America, a $400 million subsidiary and largest market for the global manufacturer of high-efficiency heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, and motion systems. He has over 28 years of industry experience. Peter joined Danfoss in 2012 and leads the company’s development of business in supermarkets and commercial refrigeration, responsible for accelerating the adoption of natural refrigerants and technologies to reduce energy consumption. Prior to joining Danfoss Peter was President of Cool Controls and Energy MCS, based in Ireland. He has a Master of Business Administration in Management from Florida International University and a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.


MICHAEL DERU, Engineering Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Michael Deru is Engineering Manager in the Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL. He manages the Systems Performance section within the Commercial Buildings Research Group, and his been with NREL since 2000. Michael leads the Space Conditioning Project Team and the Advanced Rooftop Unit Campaign for the Department of Energy and manages projects on the development and testing of novel HVAC systems, building performance simulations, performance metrics for sustainability, source energy and emissions factors, water, and the U.S. Life Cycle Inventory Database. Michael Deru holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado State University.



Cisco DeVries is the CEO of Renew Financial, a finance company specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residential and commercial properties. The firm is providing over $500 million in capital through the CaliforniaFIRST Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program and the WHEEL unsecured energy loan program. It also is the fund and program manager for the State of Hawaii’s Green Infrastructure Authority. Previously, as Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Berkeley, he envisioned and led the initial development of the first PACE program, which allows property owners to pay for solar installations and energy efficiency projects as a line item on their property tax bill. DeVries also served as an appointee in the administration of President Bill Clinton, serving as an aide to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the U.S. Secretary of Energy.


DAVID DEVROS, Global Director of Sustainability, Prudential Real Estate Investors (PREI)

As the Chief Sustainability Officer and Global Director of Sustainability for PREI, David leads PREI®’s Global Sustainability Council and oversees its regional Councils in the Americas, Asia and Europe. While working to improve the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of a diversified global real estate portfolio, he created metrics and tools for property, asset and portfolio managers to help them improve investment performance. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is an Officer on the USGBC New Jersey Board of Directors. David’s diverse corporate, retail and construction credentials grant him an understanding of the built environment from an owner’s, architect’s, and contractor’s point-of-view. David is a LEED AP and holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design, a professional Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of Business Administration degree.


MARK DHENNIN, Director of Energy & Environment, Cummins, Inc.

Mark Dhennin is Director, Energy & Environment at Cummins, Inc. He leads the energy, climate change and eco-efficiency initiatives for Cummins global facilities and operations. Mark has over 30 years’ experience at Cummins, leading energy, environmental, health & safety, and product engineering programs at site, business unit, and global levels. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota.


JEFFREY R. DIEHL, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB)

Jeffrey R. Diehl is the executive director and CEO of RIIB.  Diehl brings over three decades of experience in multinational banking, capital markets strategy, and public sector finance to his new role at the RIIB. Most recently, Diehl served as the Managing Partner of Strategic Sovereign Advisors, a financial consulting firm. Prior to his role at Strategic Sovereign Advisors, Diehl held leadership positions at London-based HSBC, a global bank. During his tenure at HSBC, Diehl served as Vice Chairman of the US Public Sector, Global Head of Public Sector Banking, and Global Head of Public Sector Capital Markets. Prior to HSBC, Diehl held progressively senior positions in capital markets, public finance, and asset and liability management with a number of top-tier, international financial institutions. Diehl holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan.


GREG DIERKERS, Project Officer, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Greg Dierkers is a Project Officer in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program. At DOE, Greg manages State Energy Program awards and provides technical assistance to states and local communities; he also contributes to agency efforts understand the benefits of energy policies and regulation. Prior to coming to DOE, Greg was the Program Director for Energy and Transportation Division at the National Governors Association (NGA). In this capacity he provided program and management support for NGA on range of topics including energy efficiency and demand response, financing, grid infrastructure, energy resilience, and transportation infrastructure, electric vehicles and clean fuels. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bowling Green State University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.


STEVE DIKEMAN, President, AcoustiFLO, LLC

Steve Dikeman is the President of AcoustiFLO, LLC, located in Boulder, Colorado. He has been involved with the commercial and industrial HVAC industry since 1977. He has had a specific focus on central fan equipment. Steve presently serves on the AMCA International Fan Engineering Committee and System Efficiency Task Force; he also is a member of a team representing AMCA International members toward a U.S. Department of Energy efficiency standard for commercial and industrial fans. Dikeman is also a member of the ASHRAE 90.1 fan working group, under the SSPC 90.1 Mechanical Subcommittee.


JOHN R. DUMLER, Technical Operations Manager for Energy, Digital Realty

John R. Dumler is Digital Realty’s Technical Operations Manager for Energy. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing a company-wide operational energy management program. Prior to joining Digital Realty in 2014, John was Senior Mechanical Engineer at Internap Network Services, where he was responsible for defining all mechanical engineering design standards. John began his career in the Data Center industry as a Mechanical Engineer with HP Critical Facilities (formerly EYP Mission Critical), where he was a key member of their Energy and Sustainability Team. He has performed numerous Data Center Energy Efficiency Audits for both the federal and private sectors and has been Lead Mechanical Engineer on multiple high profile Data Center Mechanical system designs. John is a registered Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager and LEED AP. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University.


JEFF DUNBAR, Sustainability Director, Verdani Partners

Jeff Dunbar is the outsourced Sustainability Director for Parkway Properties at Verdani Partners - a full-service sustainability consulting firm based in Carlsbad, California. Jeff has over 10 years of experience in the sustainability and green building consulting arena. He has LEED AP credentials in Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Operations and Maintenance (O+M). He has secured dozens of LEED certifications for individual buildings, and he has directed or heavily supported the creation and implementation of four large LEED Volume programs for both private and public sector clients. His specialties include corporate sustainability planning, sustainable facilities management, energy management, real estate development, and LEED consulting for both new construction projects and existing buildings.


STEVE DUNN, Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Mr. Dunn has over twenty years of experience working to advance innovative energy and climate change solutions in nonprofit, research and government organizations. In his current position, he is a Project Manager with DOE, Building Technologies Office. He is responsible for development and launch of the Home Improvement Catalyst, a new DOE initiative focused on high impact opportunities to achieve energy savings in home improvements already planned or being undertaken by homeowners. He also led implementation of the DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program, managing a $500 million Recovery Act portfolio comprised of more than 40 programs nationwide. Mr. Dunn received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his Master of Environmental Science from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University.


BHASKAR DUSI, Corporate Energy Manager, CEMEX, Inc. 

Bhaskar Dusi is the US Operations Corporate Energy Manager for CEMEX, a multinational and world’s largest cement and aggregate products manufacturer. He has over 30 years of experience in Cement Technology and Energy Management. Prior to joining CEMEX, he worked in several governmental and private industries under various capacities.  Bhaskar has vast experience in cement industry in the areas of energy and process audits, process optimization, techno-economic feasibility evaluations, and commissioning of new equipment and plants. 
Bhaskar initiated corporate Energy Management Program in CEMEX US Operations under ENERGY STAR Energy Management guidelines and is responsible for the implementation of the same across the company.  He is an active member of the ENERGY STAR Cement Focus industrial group and Energy & Environmental Subcommittee of the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Bhaskar earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, Indi

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NEAL ELLIOTT, Senior Director of Research, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Neal Elliott has been with ACEEE since 1993, and is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency programs and policies, industrial energy policy, combined heat and power, electric motors and a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences. He is the recipient of the 2014 Industrial Energy Technology Conference Energy Award. Previously, Elliott was an adjunct associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University and Senior Engineering Project Manager at the N. C. Alternative Energy Corp. Elliott received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and was a Dean's Fellow and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and holds six patents. Elliott serves on the Strategic Advisory Group for the Institute for Industrial Productivity, and Boards of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference, Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition and Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

  KEVIN EMERSON, Senior Associate, Utah Clean Energy
Kevin Emerson is the lead for energy efficiency programs, partnerships, and a variety of policy and regulatory activities for Utah Clean Energy. Currently, he serves as an Advisor to Salt Lake City on the City's Project Skyline initiative and related efforts, and recently Co-Chaired the Building Efficiency Committee for the Governor Herbert’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Plan. Mr. Emerson is a regular participant in Demand-side Management Advisory Groups for both Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas, and serves on the Energy Management Program Advisory Committee for Salt Lake Community College. He has spearheaded efforts to pass landmark legislation in Utah including policies to enable C-PACE financing, adoption of updated energy codes, and expand electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure. Kevin holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh and a LEED Green Associate designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

BEAU ENGMAN, Founder, PACE Equity

In addition to serving as the founder of PACE Equity, Beau serves on the board of PACENow, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and implementing PACE around the country. Previously, Beau was Vice President of Commercial Energy Solutions for Johnson Controls, managing the delivery of energy efficiency solutions to Global 1000 and commercial real estate companies across North America. Before joining Johnson Controls, Beau was co-founder of E2 Capital Partners, a private equity backed provider of financing solutions for energy efficiency projects within major commercial and industrial enterprises. Prior to working in the Energy Efficiency Industry, Beau was CEO of two software businesses that were both independently sold to public companies: BuildTopia and HomeWrite. Beau graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Finance and International Business.


DEANE M. EVANS, Executive Director of Center for Building Knowledge (CBK), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Mr. Evans is a registered architect and currently directs the CBK at NJIT, a multi-disciplinary research and technical assistance center focused on improving the performance of buildings and communities. He has over 30 years’ experience – in both the private and public sectors – in creating and disseminating information on high performance buildings, including: Senior Principal at Steven Winter Associates; Vice President for Research at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC; and the founding director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program at HUD. Mr. Evans is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and currently serves as Chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council at the National Institute of Building Sciences. He currently oversees the deployment and maintenance of the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking and the Certificate of Proficiency in Asset Score online training and certification programs, developed with support from DOE.


ANNE EVENS, Chief Executive Officer, Elevate Energy

Anne Evens is the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Energy, providing oversight for programs related to energy efficiency retrofits in affordable housing buildings, energy performance of commercial and residential buildings, regional energy and climate planning, as well as smart grid and dynamic electricity pricing initiatives. Ms. Evens has worked in energy efficiency and affordable housing for twenty years in both the nonprofit and governmental sectors in the U.S. and in southern Africa. Ms. Evens sits on the board of the National Housing Trust, the Executive Committee of the Board of the National Center for Healthy Housing, and she’s an alumnus of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. She was lead researcher on the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Regional Energy Plan for the Chicago Metro Agency for Planning (CMAP), and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago.

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GREG FARLEY, Director of the Center for Leadership In Environmental Education (CLEEN), Chesapeake College

Greg Farley is the first Director of the Center for Leadership in Environmental Education at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. A regionally recognized leader in sustainability and higher education, he held the Stuart M. Bounds Distinguished Teaching Chair at Chesapeake College from 2012-2014, and received a 2013 "Climate Hero" award from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. His current work spans agriculture, food security, renewable energy and energy conservation, watershed remediation, and community resiliency. Farley is the co-editor, with Jennifer Chirico, of "Thinking Like an Island: navigating a sustainable future in Hawai'i." A biologist by training, he holds degrees from Duke University and Florida State University.


ANGELA FERRANTE, Chief Marketing Officer, SparkFund

Angela is responsible for SparkFund's growth and partnership efforts including sales, marketing and go-to-market strategy. Previously, she was Vice President of Alternative Energy Solutions at Energi, where she led strategic partnerships and initiatives as the founding member of the renewable energy group. She also co-founded the Small Lender Energy Efficiency Community in partnership with the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE), to accelerate small and mid-sized bank participation in energy efficiency financing. She has held several positions in the financial services industry conducting research and due diligence on emerging energy companies. Angela has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.


JOYCE FERRIS, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Nextility, Inc.

Joyce Ferris is currently Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Nextility, Inc. where she is responsible for managing the solar division of the company and all finance, accounting and human resources functions. She is also a Managing Partner of Blue Hill Partners, a Clean Energy investment firm. She has extensive experience developing and financing energy efficiency and on-site generation projects in the built environment. Joyce is passionate about building companies and projects in the energy technology industry and investing capital wisely and efficiently. In her 30+ year career she has served in senior leadership positions, as an executive or active board member, in twelve entrepreneurial companies with technologies and services related to improving efficiency and performance of lighting, air conditioning, ventilation, monitoring and control and clean power generation. She has also managed more than $500 million of project finance and corporate finance transactions.


JAY FISKE, Vice President of Business Development, Powerhouse Dynamics

Jay Fiske is a technology executive and investor with more than 20 years of experience building businesses and bringing innovative technology products to market. As Vice President of Business Development for Powerhouse Dynamics, he has responsibility for the firm’s Internet of Things strategy, as well as strategic partnerships and key accounts. Before joining Powerhouse Dynamics, Jay was actively involved in numerous technology start-ups as Vice President of Operations for Wakonda Technologies and as a General Partner with the Massachusetts Green Energy Fund. He has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University.


JP FLAHERTY, Director of Sustainability, Tishman Speyer

Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Mr. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of the Leadership Development Program and has held various roles with the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Schumer in Washington, DC. Mr. Flaherty is on the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is a team leader for the ACE Mentor Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kenyon College, and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Urban Planning from Columbia University.


HAYES FRAMME, Advisor for Infrastructure and Development, Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Virginia

Hayes Framme serves as the Advisor for Infrastructure and Development in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. His duties include advising the administration on infrastructure issues related to economic development, with a specific focus on energy and broadband. Previously, Hayes worked as a Public Affairs Manager for a public affairs firm based in Richmond. Prior to this, Hayes worked in the Economic Research office of a major Virginia company, conducting legislative and regulatory research. He also served in the Administration of Tim Kaine, as Executive Aide to the Governor. Hayes holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina and a Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.


MICHAEL FREEDBERG, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Michael Freedberg is currently Senior Advisor for Energy Policy and Climate Change in HUD's Office of Economic Resilience, created by the Obama Administration to support sustainable community development, climate adaptation and resilience, energy efficiency and green building.  Previously he was Director of Affordable Housing Technology Research in HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research, and chaired the Department’s Energy Task Force, which coordinated the agency's efforts to reduce HUD’s $5 billion energy bill. Freedberg's background in affordable housing and sustainable community development includes the first solar and wind energy systems in New York City, energy efficient retrofits of multifamily buildings and social service facilities in Chicago, as well as innovative mixed-use transit oriented development designed to contribute toward the region’s transportation and air quality goals.


ERIC FRIEDMAN, Director of Leading by Example (LBE) Program, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Eric Friedman is the Director of the LBE Program, a comprehensive State Agency “Greening the Government” effort established in 2007. Eric oversees the development of a new green building standard for all new state government construction projects, created the state’s first comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory for state facilities, and helped develop the first in the nation public sector Computer Power Management Standard. Eric oversaw implementation of stimulus funded clean energy projects, involving deep energy retrofits, comprehensive energy efficiency retrofits, and installation of renewables at public and private sites. Eric also led the Governor’s Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force. Previously, Eric participated in a national effort to develop EPEAT, a green rating system for computers and electronic products, and he served as the first ever Environmental Purchasing Coordinator at the Massachusetts Operational Services Division. Eric has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Middlebury College and a Master of Environmental Policy from Tufts University.


MARTHA FUNG, Manager, Deloitte

Martha has 11 years of experience advising CFOs and other Finance Executives through complex financial transformations to solve strategy, regulatory, process, operational, and change management issues. Martha has a wide breath of experience across numerous industries, including energy-power and utilities, Federal government, non-profit, financial services, manufacturing, and higher education. 

Martha has significant experience restructuring finance operations, designing budgeting processes, and enhancing the financial planning and analysis functions. Martha is a thought leader within Deloitte’s global Finance Transformation (FT) and Energy practice. She is also a seasoned Finance Lab and workshop facilitator, mobilizing Finance Executives on a prioritized path forward.

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TONI GALLO, Senior Manager, ICF International

Toni Gallo is a Senior Manager with ICF International’s Housing and Community Development, where she has worked for over 18 years. Ms. Gallo has worked domestically and internationally in the areas affordable housing, homelessness and supportive housing, grants management, and community development for over 30 years. Currently, she is an account manager for the Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners. She manages a technical assistance engagement with HUD’s Office of Multifamily Housing’s Office of Recapitalization to assist owners of HUD-insured multifamily housing to avail themselves of incentives to recapitalize and/or maintain their properties as affordable housing resources. Prior to working at ICF, Ms. Gallo was Vice President of the National Housing Trust and assisted resident groups and community based housing organizations purchase and operate HUD-assisted multifamily rental housing. Prior to that, she was a Senior Vice President at Housing Resources Management, Inc., a national syndicator and manager of HUD-assisted multifamily housing rental properties.


BRIAN GILLIGAN, Sustainability Expert and National Program Manager, General Services Administration (GSA)

Brian is a Sustainability Expert and the National Program Manager for Implementing the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. He is a professional engineer with 16 years of experience in facilities and energy management and a passion for sustainability in the built environment. His experience and related graduate work at Stanford give him a unique perspective in building systems technology, workplace design strategy, and financial analysis. At GSA, he is charged with helping to right-size the federal portfolio reducing real estate costs and environmental footprint while improving occupant satisfaction and health and wellbeing.


SANDY GLATT, Stakeholder Engagement Lead, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Ms. Glatt has been with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the past twenty-seven years. Currently Ms. Glatt is the Stakeholder Engagement Lead under the Better Plants initiative for the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In this capacity Ms. Glatt is responsible for the development and delivery of programs in the area of industrial energy efficiency focused primarily on developing partnerships with state, local and regional energy efficiency organizations, as well as engaging utilities in the delivery of effective industrial energy efficiency programs and resources. Ms. Glatt is a staff lead for the State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network’s (SEE Action) Industrial Energy Efficiency and CHP Working Group, and is leading the new Better Buildings Initiative Industrial Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Ratepayer-funded Accelerator effort.


JOAN GLICKMAN, Senior Advisor and Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Joan Glickman manages DOE’s Home Energy Score and Home Energy Information Accelerator – two programs aimed at providing consumers with a better understanding of a home’s energy performance. Joan works closely with real estate and energy efficiency groups at the national and local level to ensure that information is reliable, as well as compelling, with the goal of encouraging investment in improving the efficiency of our nation’s housing stock.  She joined the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in 1997 and has held a variety of positions there including Deputy Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.


TORSTEN GLIDDEN, Senior Technical Manager, Build it Green

Torsten Glidden is a Senior Technical Manager at Build It Green, and implementer for Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade in PG&E service territory, specializing in systems development and mentoring contractors, raters and staff on the full-range of program related issues. Formerly a practicing General Contractor, he is also a current certified BPI Building Analyst (single- and multi-family), a certified Sustainable Building Advisor and is Home Performance with Energy Star trained. Additionally, Torsten is an Advanced Certified Green Building Professional, Green Point Rater and HERS trained. Torsten has been the HPXML implementation lead for PG&E's Advanced Home Upgrade program pathway since mid-2014.

  CHRIS GODDARD, Senior Energy Engineer, Nissan North America
Chris Goddard is Senior Energy Engineer at Nissan North America’s auto assembly operations in Smyrna, Tennessee. He is responsible for the manufacturing facility’s energy reduction initiatives as well as overseeing planning, forecasting, and measurement of performance improvements. Chris is also the Nissan Energy Team leader for the implementation of Enterprise-wide certification for ISO 50001 Energy Management System and Superior Energy Performance. Chris holds a Master of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He currently serves as Energy Subcommittee Co-Chair for the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Nissan in 2004, Chris served as Vice President of a Nashville-based environmental consulting firm.

RACHEL GOLD, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

Rachel is a Senior Associate in RMI’s Buildings and Electricity practices. She is a member of the Residential Energy+ team, where she focuses on efforts to enhance transparency and valuation of energy upgrades for consumers in real estate transactions. Rachel also works on electric utility strategy and regulatory policy, helping to support RMI’s Electricity Innovation Lab (e-Lab), a multi-year collaboration of leading industry actors to develop, implement, and spread new solutions to enable greater adoption of economic distributed energy resources. Rachel's previous experience includes regulatory strategy and market development at the energy efficiency software company Opower and federal policy analysis at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). She is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a Master of Public Policy from University of California Berkeley.


CHRIS GOLDEN, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Chris Golden is a Program Analyst specializing in energy policy at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Public and Indian Housing’s public housing program.  He primarily works on policy issues surrounding Energy Performance Contracting done by the Public Housing Authorities, as well as other incentives like the Rate Reduction Incentive, and the proposed Utility Conservation Pilot.  Prior to his time at HUD, Chris did disaster recovery work after Super Storm Sandy, where he recruited, trained, and deployed volunteers to aid homeowners in their recovery efforts in New Jersey.


MATT GOLDEN, Senior Energy Consultant, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and CEO, Open Energy Efficiency

Matt Golden is both an entrepreneur and policy advocate, committed to bringing energy efficiency in the built environment to scale as a demand side resource. Matt leads EDF’s Investor Confidence Project, implementing a system to credential Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ projects, designed to reduce transaction costs, and develop actuarial data to unlock capital markets. Matt is also CEO of Open Energy Efficiency, which is developing the Open EE Meter, a fully open source tool for measuring energy savings and load shape based on smart meter data. In addition, Matt heads up the Solar Quality Initiative, which is working with investors and solar providers to standardize systems. Previously, Matt founded Recurve Inc., which develops tablet based energy auditing software for the residential energy efficiency industry based on real world experience gained through thousands of energy efficiency audits and retrofits as a licensed California energy efficiency contractor.


ETHAN GOLDMAN, Energy Informatics Architect, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

Ethan Goldman is the Energy Informatics Architect at VEIC; and is the technical lead for Efficiency Vermont’s work with Smart Grid, connected thermostats, and other emerging technologies that help consumers understand their energy data and find savings opportunities. Ethan is part of the team responsible for developing systems for acquiring, storing, and analyzing both Smart Meter and sub-meter data from utilities and building systems. He has conducted research on the impact of information feedback from energy consumption patterns and on non-intrusive load analysis using whole-building electric meters. He holds a Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.


CAROLYN SARNO GOLDTHWAITE, Senior Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite manages NEEP’s High Performance Building team. She assists states in improving energy code compliance and operational energy savings for retrofit and new buildings. Carolyn is the Chair of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the SEE Action Existing Commercial Buildings Working Group, past Chair and current member of the Town of Bedford’s Energy Task Force, and past Chair of  Governor Deval Patrick's Net Zero Energy Task Force for Public Buildings. For the City of Newton, Carolyn managed operations and maintenance for 85 public buildings, developed a capital improvement plan incorporating sustainable practices, and coordinated a 330,000 square foot high school addition.


BARBARA M. GONZALEZ, Project Manager, Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

Barbara M. Gonzalez is an experienced engineer and project manager with more than 30 years of experience in providing leadership in power generation, fleet management, human resources, business performance and other corporate initiatives at Pepco. Ms. Gonzalez began her career in 1981 as a Systems Engineer. She has consistently delivered results in every position of leadership within the company that includes Senior Power Plant Supervisor, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Human Resources, Fleet Manager, Senior Business Process Consultant, and Manager of Special Projects. Ms. Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from SUNY College at Buffalo and a master’s degree in engineering administration from The George Washington University. She also was appointed by former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve as a Commissioner on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence and has been named as one of the Top Latinas in Energy by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.


STEVE GORCESTER, Director, Washington State Transportation Improvement Board

Steve Gorcester has served as the Director of the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) since 2001.  His programs invested more than $1.5 billion in street and sidewalk projects statewide.  He recently negotiated a landmark partnership between the state and utility companies for rapid conversion of LED streetlights in small cities.  The TIB is updating streetlights in more than 50 cities today.  He is a graduate of the University of Washington.


ANTONIA GRAHAM, Assistant to the City Manager/Sustainability and Energy Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, CA

Antonia Graham currently serves as the Assistant to the City Manager/Sustainability and Energy Manager for the City of Huntington Beach, leading a regional effort to create a circular economy. She brings 14 years of experience managing sustainability and environmental compliance programs for municipalities. For the past year Antonia has been leading the effort to acquire and retrofit 11,000 streetlights within the City to LED, this project will save 2.4 million pounds of CO2 and 3.5 million kWh annually. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Studies, a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance, and a Master of Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University. In 2010, Antonia was selected by the American Public Works Association as an Emerging Leader and is currently participating in the ICMA Emerging Leaders Development program.


BOB GRAHAM, Director, U.S. Department of Energy, (DOE)

Bob Graham, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, is responsible for the DOE's initiatives to increase market penetration of plug-in electric vehicles. Upon retirement from Southern California Edison in January 2014, where he served as a member of the SCE transportation electrification program, Bob has supported the market expansion of plug in electric vehicles as a part time consultant. His engagement in the PEV market space includes 10 years at the Electric Power Research Institute and five years at SCE. Bob’s primary focus has been on the development and testing of plug in vehicles, federal and state policies that support PEV expansion and establishment of an appropriate level of EV education and infrastructure around the nation with recent focus on Southern California's many local municipalities.




JESSICA GRANDERSON, Research Scientist and Deputy of Research Programs, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 

Jessica Granderson is a Research Scientist and the Deputy of Research Programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is a member of the Commercial Buildings research group. Her research focuses on building energy performance monitoring and diagnostics, and intelligent lighting controls. Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University


SALLY GRANS-KORSCH, Director Facilities Management & Environmental Policy, National Association of College & University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Sally Grans Kors has been the Director Facilities Management & Environmental Policy for NACUBO since 2013.  She is the primary manager of portfolio issues regarding campus built environment. Her background includes 13 years as System Director of Planning for Minnesota State Colleges & Universities responsible for capital planning at 54 two and four  year campuses, 8 years at the state architect’s office as project manager and practicing architect. She is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects and LEED AP certified. She has both environmental design and professional architectural degrees from Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota.


MATT GRAY, Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Cleveland, Ohio

Matt Gray currently serves as Director in the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. Working on all things urban sustainability, Matt helps lead the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative to create a thriving green city on a blue lake. This position follows completion of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Mauritius, where he researched climate change impacts and adaptation governance. Prior to receiving this grant, he served four years with the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. At DOE, Matt chaired the Interagency Sustainability Working Group to help make green building standard practice throughout the Federal government.


ELIZABETH GREEN, Principal Consultant, Rel-E-Vant Solutions

Elizabeth Green is the Principal Consultant at Rel-E-Vant Solutions, a strategist, solutions architect, speaker and valuation advocate. She is a recognized mortgage technology veteran in software product leadership for solutions in residential property valuation, loan origination, mortgage servicing and secondary marketing. Green is helping to foster a new level of understanding in property valuation and collateral risk assessment through the application of digital intelligence. She is the 6th term chairperson of the MISMO Property and Valuation Services Workgroup, a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium Points of Interest Standards Workgroup and a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA). She holds an ISO 8000 Master Data Quality credential and Certified MISMO Standards Professional designation. She studied as a residential appraiser and was awarded as a 2015 Mortgage Bankers Tech All Star.


MELISSA GREEN, Program Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company

Melissa Green is the Program Manager of the Standards & Sustainability team supporting Store Development at the Starbucks Coffee Company. In this role she leads the technical team responsible for LEED certification in addition to supporting the design and construction teams in developing speed to market processes, sustainable standards and technical expertise in architectural and construction quality. She is the key liaison between executive leadership at Starbucks and the sustainable building program supporting the triple bottom line objectives of Starbucks global mission. Prior to joining Starbucks, Melissa worked as a sustainable design consultant for large scale new construction commercial office, retail and residential projects. Melissa holds a Master of Science in Environmental and Energy Management from the George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science from Tufts University in Civil Engineering.


STEVE GREENBERG, Senior Energy Management Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Steve Greenberg is a Senior Energy Management Engineer at LBNL. He has researched and applied energy efficient building and industrial systems for a variety of clients on three continents over the past 35 years. His data center engineering experience spans over 17 years, and includes centers ranging from server closets to supercomputer centers in excess of 15 megawatts. He has been involved in design, design review, commissioning, and retrofit, and has taught workshops on data center energy efficiency for DOE, utility companies, and ASHRAE. Steve holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Energy and Resources, both from the University of California at Berkeley.


CAMILLE GRIPPON, Director, Bon Secours Health System

Camille Grippon is a Director at Bon Secours Health System, a $3.3 billion not-for-profit US Catholic Health System. Since 2011, Grippon is responsible for leading system-wide initiatives related to ecological stewardship, and international efforts, including healthcare delivery, emergency relief, and maternal and child health programs in developing countries. Grippon has over 12 years of humanitarian relief, program development and international relations experience. Most recently she served as Director, Latin American & Caribbean (LAC) Partnerships for AmeriCares. She also served as LAC Regional Program Manager for the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB). Grippon serves as a member of the Sisters of Bon Secours Sponsorship Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Midwives for Haiti. Grippon holds a Master of Political Science with a concentration in international political economy and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the Jesuit University of New York, Fordham University.


MICHAEL GROSSNER, Greenhouse Gas and Energy Efficiency Manager, General Electric (GE)

Michael Grossner is the Greenhouse Gas and Energy Efficiency Manager at GE; he leads cross-business initiatives to track and reduce company GHG emissions. A 12-year GE employee, Mike has worked on pollution prevention and energy efficiency projects at more than 100 GE and partner sites. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where he teaches Process Analysis and Design. Mike has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.


MATT GUDORF, Campus Energy Manager, University of California Irvine 

Matt Gudorf has led UC Irvine's energy management program for the last 5 years. The culmination of his leadership has been record breaking energy efficiency project completion under the UC/CSU/IOU Energy Efficiency Partnership. Matt's work as the Campus Energy Manager has focused on all aspects of energy management including, energy procurement, self-generation, renewable generation, energy efficiency, and microgrid strategies focusing on business continuity. His commitment to sharing his team's best practices and lessons learned with the greater community has helped raise the profile of professional energy management and challenge peer institutions to follow in UC Irvine's footsteps.


RIMAS GULBINAS, Chief Executive Officer, Maalka

As a Department of Energy Building Innovator, Dr. Rimas Gulbinas is combining his analytical expertise with a deep understanding of city needs, building operations, and tenant relationships to grow Maalka into a leading open platform for managing data, teams, and processes for thousands of buildings at a time.

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MOIRA HAFER, Sustainability Specialist in the Department of Sustainability & Energy Management, Stanford University

Moira serves as a Sustainability Specialist in the Department of Sustainability & Energy Management at Stanford University. Her work includes management of several campus-wide plug load reduction programs, including Stanford’s office certification program, space heater minimization, desktop power management, and a direct install program for programmable timers. Moira is also responsible for compilation and analysis of metrics for sustainability reporting at Stanford. Before joining Stanford, Moira served as the Program Manager for a residential energy efficiency program, where she trained volunteers to perform energy-saving home visits for local residents. Moira graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science.


BRUCE HALL, Corporate Engineering Director, Parkway Properties, LP

Bruce Hall serves as the Corporate Engineering Director for Parkway Properties, LP. He brings with him over 45 years of experience in the engineering and maintenance field. His principle role at Parkway is to perform extensive assessment services, lead award winning project design and development, and maintain project management responsibilities for acquisitions, dispositions and existing properties. He is a Life Member and sits on the Building Fire Safety Systems section of the NFPA, is a Member and Energy Legend with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), founding Member of AEE’s Environmental Engineering Managers Institute and member of the Alternative & Renewable Energy Development Institute divisions, and is a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Bruce earned his education from Lawrence Technological University and graduated from ITT’s Hospitality (Engineering) Management school.


STEVE HAMMOND, Director of the Computational Science Center, National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Steve is Director of the Computational Science Center at NREL and is responsible for developing and leading NREL's laboratory-wide efforts in computational science, high performance computing, and energy efficient data centers. He initiates and oversees innovative research programs in computational science, applied mathematics, and scientific computing. This includes utilizing modeling and simulation to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and leading NREL's efforts in energy efficient data centers.


LAUREN HANSEN, CEO, Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES)

Lauren Hansen has been in association management for over 30 years, starting in the role of the Association Executive for the Estes Park Board of REALTORS® before managing a regional MLS. The MLS became IRES and Lauren has served as the CEO since IRES was formed in 1996. She guided the organization through the transition from a national MLS provider to a custom designed system that successfully launched in 2001. Since that time, the MLS system has continually received national recognition for innovation and customer satisfaction. 
Lauren has served on the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, several work groups of NAR and a variety of advisory boards including Realist, Sentrilock, Colorado State University’s College of Business-Everitt Real Estate Center, Move.com and the Governor’s Energy Office. She currently serves as President-elect of the Council of MLS and has earned her CMLX1 and CMLX 2 designations.


KEN HANSEN, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine

Ken Hansen is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management and Planning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. Ken is a registered professional engineer in the State of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Ken’s responsibility at UNMC includes Architectural Engineering, Architectural Planning, Facilities Operations, and campus Construction.  Prior to 2005, Ken worked for the Omaha Public Power District over a period of 29 years in a variety of positions related to Facilities Management and Energy Services.


BILLIE HARDIN, Sustainability Project Manager, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)

Billie Hardin is the Sustainability Project Manager for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).  Billie directs and supports the 16 KCTCS Colleges and the KCTCS System Office in establishing sustainable development strategies. She also manages the KCTCS space utilization initiative.  Billie’s work with sustainability and energy efficiency correlates with her role as a liaison to the White House and the U.S. Department of Energy for the Better Buildings Challenge, an initiative of the Obama Administration to reduce energy consumption across the U.S. 20 percent by 2020.  Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky, Billie earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Louisville, a Master of Public Administration from UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, and a Certificate from UK’s College Business Management Institute (CBMI). Billie is the current Kentucky Association for Environmental Education Board Chair.


CHAD HARRELL, Director of Energy Solutions and Energy Development, Lend Lease

Mr. Harrell is responsible for leading development, finance, and delivery of turn-key, smart energy security solutions for public and private sector clients thereby providing customers with lower utility costs, grid independence and resilience, and a smaller carbon footprint through a holistic solution. He provides senior level management and oversees a team delivering comprehensive, technology-agnostic energy and water solutions backed by performance guarantees. As Lend Lease’s Better Buildings Challenge program lead, Chad oversees the strategy and delivery of comprehensive energy efficiency and renewable solutions across Lend Lease’s Department of Defense military housing portfolio of over 63 million square feet. He is a 20-year veteran in the U.S. Air Force working at all levels, from the Pentagon to flying operationally worldwide. Mr. Harrell has over 15 years of diverse sustainability experience in real estate and energy development, finance, construction, and asset management.


TABITHA HARRISON, Sustainability Program Manager, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)

Tabitha (Tab) Harrison joined TNDC as the Sustainability Program Manager in November 2015, where she leads sustainability-related capital improvement projects, sustainability outreach programs, and a Green Committee made up of TNDC staff. TNDC is one of the largest community-based affordable housing organizations in San Francisco, overseeing a portfolio of 31 buildings with 15 additional in development. Prior to joining TNDC, Tab spent seven years working as a sustainability consultant for various commercial and institutional clients in the Southeast.


RAWSON HAVERTY, Jr., Senior Vice President, Haverty Furniture Companies

Rawson has been developing retail and industrial projects for Haverty’s for over 30 years. He oversees all Haverty’s real estate activities, asset and facilities management, store planning, market research, risk management, and HVTerra – Haverty’s corporate sustainability initiative. He has served as a Director of Haverty’s since 1992 and on its management committee since 1997. Rawson has been a longstanding member of ICSC and ULI and a recognized leader in housing trends and home related retail and branding. In addition, Rawson served for five years as commissioner of the Atlanta Housing Authority and serves on the Board of Starpound Technologies, The Atlanta Resource Foundation, Emory Center of Ethics Advisory Board and was Co-founder of Proudgreenhome and Create Your Dreams.


BEN HEALEY, Director of Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut Green Bank

Ben Healey, Director of Clean Energy Finance, joined the Connecticut Green Bank in 2012 to support the development of financing initiatives that serve to accelerate the deployment of clean energy and energy efficient solutions across Connecticut. At the Green Bank, Ben has helped lead the way in developing the nation’s leading Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy program, structured innovative deals to enable solar investment for affordable multifamily properties, and broken new ground by building clean energy investment partnerships with both traditional financial institutions and emerging players, such as foundations and crowdsourcing platforms. Previously, he served as the Staff Director to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the Massachusetts State Legislature. In addition, Ben has worked on public power deals with Morgan Stanley, and in cleantech investing with DBL Investors.  He holds degrees from the Yale School of Management, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and Yale College.


RACHEL HEALY, Director of Sustainability, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

Rachel has over 10 years of experience in transit and environmental planning at WMATA, MIT, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and New York City Transit. At WMATA, Rachel spearheaded the development and implementation of the agency’s Sustainability Agenda, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 15% per vehicle mile by 2025. Rachel shepherded several self-funding infrastructure renewal projects including the contract to upgrade to and manage efficient lighting at passenger garages funded through energy savings and a detailed agency wide solar capacity analysis and plan that resulted in Phase I proposals for approximately 13MW of onsite clean energy generation and new efficient lighting at 8 Metro customer parking lots. She is co-chair of the American Public Transportation Association Standards Sustainability Metrics Working Group; an active board member of the Climate Energy and Environment Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; and on the Built Environment & Energy Advisory Committee and the Multi-Sector Working Group.


RICHARD HEATH, Supermarket Operator, Southeastern Grocers

Richard holds 20 years of experience in Supermarket Engineering Design and Operation. Richard spent fourteen years as a Refrigeration OEM focused on innovations for energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. The last six years he has served as a Supermarket Operator focused on targeted Capital Deployment for energy reduction and expense reduction. Richard is a U.S. Navy Veteran.


BRUCE A. HEDMAN, Managing Director, Entropy Research

Bruce has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy technology research, development and commercialization, and is a recognized authority on combined heat and power (CHP) and distributed generation technologies, markets and policies.  Bruce has advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Distributed Energy and CHP Deployment programs. He has also provided technology assessments, market evaluations, and strategic planning support to numerous private CHP developers, equipment suppliers and state agencies. Bruce is a past chairman of the United States Combined Heat and Power Association and an inductee in the American Gas Association's Industrial and Commercial Hall of Flame. He was recently named a 2015 Champion of Energy Efficiency by ACEEE for his career-long commitment to industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power technology and policy. Bruce has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


DAVID HEPINSTALL, Executive Director, Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA)

David has been Executive Director of AEA in New York City since 1993.  He leads AEA in the design, development and management of programs, training, and professional services to deliver energy efficiency and promote affordable housing and community development, especially in low-income neighborhoods and communities.  Over the years, Hepinstall led AEA as program implementer for a variety of successful utility and NYSERDA energy efficiency programs, typically in coordination with the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. He has brought community-based WAP subgrantees in as partners in NYSERDA and utility efficiency programs, enabling them to deliver more comprehensive work scopes to larger numbers of low-income households, while also supporting the achievement of NYSERDA and utility energy efficiency program goals.  David is a board member and past board chair of the Building Performance Institute.  He serves on the Green Jobs/Green New York Advisory Council and the Steering Committee of Low Income Forum on Energy in New York.


ERIN HIATT, Senior Manager of Sustainability & Compliance, Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Erin Hiatt is RILA’s Senior Manager of Sustainability and Compliance and leads RILA's Retail Energy Management Program. At RILA she helps manage the Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI), supporting retail member companies on a host of sustainability issues from waste to reporting and engagement through tools and resources, benchmarking calls, in-person meetings, and RILA’s annual Retail Sustainability Conference. She has more than seven years of academic and work experience in energy and sustainability. Before joining RILA, she interned with Progress Energy’s EnergyWise smart grid department.


BERT HILL, Safety and Environmental Manager, Volvo Group North America

Bert Hill is Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for Volvo Group North America. He has over 25 years of experience in Environmental and Energy issues. Mr. Hill coordinates the Volvo Energy Network of North America, Volvo’s forum for identifying and spreading best practices within the Group. He also manages Volvo’s participation in the DOE Better Plants Challenge program, as well as other corporate level initiatives. Mr. Hill is a Certified Energy Manager.


STEVE HINKENS, Corporate Energy Manager, Briggs & Stratton

Steve Hinkens is the Corporate Energy Manager for Briggs & Stratton, located in Wauwatosa, WI. He is responsible for coordinating efforts to promote energy awareness and education, and to improve energy efficiency, throughout the company. Steve has been with Briggs & Stratton for two years. He was previously employed at Quad/Graphics, where he held positions in Facilities and Energy management. He has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a Certified Energy Manager.

  BOB HINKLE, President & CEO, Metrus Energy
Bob established Metrus in 2009 and created the Efficiency Services Agreement (ESA) that the company utilizes to finance large-scale efficiency retrofit projects for large commercial and industrial companies. Previously, Bob was vice president of energy efficiency at MMA Renewable Ventures, directing the company’s overall energy efficiency financing business and identifying and negotiating investment opportunities with ESCOs and large commercial and industrial energy users. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and worked for 10 years at Nexant. He has developed and implemented over $300 million of large-scale energy projects and programs in the U.S. and in emerging overseas markets for utilities, energy end-users, government agencies, and international donors. Bob also served as entrepreneur in residence for the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF). Bob has a Master of International Business from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College.

DAVID HODGINS, President and CEO, Sustento Group

After three and a half years as Commercial Sector Project Development Manager with the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, David founded Sustento Group, LCC, a consultancy offering strategic advisory services to public, private, and institutional clients interested in rolling out large scale energy efficiency programs. David currently manages the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge. David has consulted on the development of over 100mm square feet of resource efficiency projects on 6 continents, and is currently consulting with various government agencies to develop and implement financing programs to accelerate the commercial efficiency retrofit market. David is a LEED accredited professional, and is a member of both the USGBC-LA Commercial Real Estate and Finance and EBOM sub-committees. David holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in sustainable development.


LEN HOEY, Engineering Architect Manager, Utility Savings Initiative (USI)

Len Hoey joined USI in January 2005. Len is the Engineering Architect Manager and provides leadership for the USI program. USI is a statewide lead-by-example program created to reduce utility consumption and costs in public facilities. In 2007, The Council of State Governments recognized the USI program with an Innovations Award. The program was initially established to provide assistance to state agencies and UNC institutions. Since the program's inception in 2002, the state has avoided more than $1 billion in utility costs and 3.4 million tons of CO2e through efficiency efforts. The USI program now supports all public sector units including community colleges, K-12 public schools, county and local municipal governments. Len also oversees support and assistance for Performance Contracting in the public sector. In 2010 the Association of Energy Engineers recognized Len with the Region 2 Energy Manager of the Year Award.


DALE HOFFMEYER, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Dale Hoffmeyer is program manager working to accelerate energy performance improvements in existing residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance. He also leads DOE activities to demonstrate how energy upgrade programs can streamline processes to serve more homes across the country. Previously, Dale worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in the ENERGY STAR program. His residential energy efficiency experience includes home energy benchmarking, HVAC quality installation, and program evaluation.


BRANDON HONG, Computation Electrical Systems Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

Brandon Hong is a Computation Electrical Systems Engineer at LLNL. He is responsible for managing the facilities and infrastructure that house the Laboratory's high performance computing support and supercomputing systems. He has over 10 years of experience in power design, electrical inspection, and construction management.  Brandon is currently designing the electrical distribution for the new modular data center at LLNL. Brandon has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is currently registered with the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors as an Electrical Engineer.


MEGAN HOUSTON, Senior Program Associate, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)

Megan Houston is the Institute for Market Transformation's Multifamily Senior Program Associate. She leads IMT’s multifamily finance work, focusing on capturing the value of—and building the market for—multifamily high-performance building attributes. In addition, Megan is working with the DC Sustainable Energy Utility to help multifamily building owners better integrate energy efficiency into their financial decision-making process. After graduating from the University of Florida, Megan worked in Atlanta as an interior designer before shifting her focus to sustainable development. She earned a Master of Science in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute in New York and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.


JULIA HUSTWIT, Senior Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Julia Hustwit manages the Multifamily Buildings Sector of the Better Buildings Challenge through a partnership between the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Department of Energy and is leading HUD's agency-wide efforts in utility benchmarking.  Julia has roughly 15 years of policy, research, and design experience in the areas of green building and affordable housing.  During her 6+ years at HUD, she has led and assisted the development of incentives and initiatives that have already generated well over $1 billion of capital investments into energy-efficiency, water-efficiency, and renewable energy in hundreds of thousands of homes nationwide.  She holds degrees in Architecture, Environmental Policy, and International Development from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Julia is an Associate AIA and LEED AP BD+C.


RENEE HUTCHESON, Energy Architect, North Carolina Department of Environment Quality

Renee Hutcheson, is a member of the Utility Savings Initiative at North Carolina Department of Environment Quality. In her 30 years as an architect she has been involved in helping formulate and implement policy in private and public practice. In her position with NCDENR, her work involves implementation of the state energy management plan, working with DOE on the Better Buildings Challenge, performance contracting, leading a taskforce to document energy savings in high performance buildings and develop best practices, and leading a workgroup to develop best practices of using LED lights in State buildings. Renee received the AIA North Carolina 2012 Gail Lindsey Sustainability Award and has served as Chair of the AIA-NC Committee on the Environment and on the Board of Directors of AIA North Carolina. She holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech, is LEED AP certified, and is an American Institute of Architects Fellow (FAIA).


SCOTT HUTCHINS, Energy-Water Nexus Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Scott Hutchins is the energy-water nexus advisor for the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. He currently leads the outreach effort with water utilities, supporting improvements in energy efficiency, energy management, and energy recovery. Prior to joining DOE 17 years ago, including 5+ years as the Senior Advisor to the Minister of Electricity in Iraq, Scott spent 25 years in New England’s energy utility industry, where he developed and managed energy efficiency and conservation programs. Scott has a Master of Resource and Energy Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Community Development and Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire.


GEORGE HUETTEL, Director of Business Solutions, Ecova

George’s business background includes over 25 years in commercial facility and energy management with an emphasis on automation and controls. Prior to joining Ecova, George was President and Co-Founder of a leading independent Systems Integration Contracting firm where he was responsible for the company’s vision, sales, and business development activities. As Business Solutions Director for Ecova, George works in the Business Solutions Group with a focus on Facility Optimization. This market offering within Ecova leverages Benchmarking, Engineering, Controls and Continuous Monitoring and Management Services to drive energy and operational savings strategies for multi-site, multi-geographic clients. George holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is a professional engineer registered in the State of Florida. George has served on several client advisory and professional organization boards including Lonmark International and is a past chairman of Lonmark Americas.


MARK HYDEMAN, Principal, Continual Energy, Inc.

Mark Hydeman is a Principal at Continual Energy, Inc. which is based in Toronto Canada. He implements performance contracts on large central HVAC systems. Mark was a founding partner at Taylor Engineering, LLC for 16 years. Mark specializes in the in the design and commissioning of energy efficient HVAC systems and controls for large commercial buildings. Mark is an ASHRAE Fellow, and is the founding chair of ASHRAE Guideline 36 High Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems. Mark is a Professional Engineer.

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BOB IBER, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Bob began his career at HUD in 1987 as an Attorney Advisor in the Maryland State Office, moved on to Branch Chief of the Loan Management Branch, and then to Multifamily Housing Director in the Baltimore Multifamily Hub.  He currently is a Senior Advisor to the New York Regional Director.  Bob has served several acting positions in the Department’s Headquarters, including: Program Advisor to the FHA Commissioner, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs, Director of Office of Asset Management, Director of Office of Multifamily Development and Director of Multifamily Counterparty and Asset Oversight Division.  Bob has a Bachelor of Arts from Western Maryland College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  He is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, is currently Chair of HUD’s National Loan Committee, and has been a member of the Baltimore County Rental Housing Task Force and the Baltimore County Multifamily Housing Advisory Group.


JOE INDVIK, Senior Consultant, JDM Associates

Joe Indvik is focused on clean energy finance and is currently a senior consultant with JDM Associates. He supports DOE as the account manager and lead subject matter expert for the Financial Allies component of the Better Buildings program. In addition to this role, he is Founder & Principal of Rock Creek Consulting, a boutique consultancy that helps clean energy companies transform the market. In 2013, he co-founded SparkFund, a financial technology startup that provides streamlined financing for energy efficiency projects, and served as its President and COO for two years. Prior to that, he was a consultant in the Climate Change and Sustainability practice at ICF International, where he worked with clients including Fortune 500s, federal agencies, universities, cities, non-profits, and the UN. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, where he co-founded a $1M green revolving fund as a student.

  FRANK INOA, Senior Director of Engineering, Arby's Restaurant Group
Frank Inoa has been with Arby's Restaurant Group since 2005 and is currently serving as Senior Director of Engineering. He is responsible for kitchen, facility and equipment design, and oversees many of Arby’s energy efficiency initiatives related to Efficiency Matters – Arby’s commitment to energy reduction. Frank has been in the food service industry for over 30 years and his experience includes roles in design, manufacturing and consultation within the QSR and cruise line industries. Frank is based out of Arby’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

MICHAEL IVANOVICH, Senior Director, Air Movement and Control Association International (AMCA)

Michael Ivanovich is the Senior Director of Industry Relations for AMCA, where he develops and advocates member consensus positions on model codes and standards and federal regulations. Prior to joining AMCA in 2011, Ivanovich was the editor-in-chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer and HPAC Engineering magazines; a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories; and a research associate for the University of Colorado Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences.

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  ROBERT JACKSON, Director of the Regional and National Response Division, Michigan State Energy Office
Mr. Jackson is the Director of the Regional and National Response Division for the Michigan Agency for Energy. The Division is responsible for the Michigan Energy Office, Energy Markets, Education and Outreach for Low Income and Vulnerable Communities, and Strategic Technical Services. Mr. Jackson has responsibility for a $50M dollar public and private sector energy financing program that provides direct loans and loan loss reserve support for clean energy manufacturing and energy efficiency retrofits in multifamily residential properties. 
Mr. Jackson has served as Chief of Pollution Prevention (P2) Programs for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). He is currently the Vice-chair of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) and Vice-chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials. He has served as Chair of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Green Chemistry Roundtable and Programs, and as Chair and Chair Emeritus of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR).

ELY JACOBSOHN, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Ely Jacobsohn has been focusing on transforming the home performance market for most of his career. He joined DOE in 2009 and most recently, he has been working for the Building Technologies Office developing strategies, programs and policies that create a strong value proposition to encourage consumers to improve their homes. As part of those efforts, he directs the National Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program and looks for collaboration opportunities to scale home performance and all clean energy. Before joining DOE, Ely worked at the Maryland Energy Administration as the Residential Program Manager starting in 2006.


JEWEL JAMES, Vice President for Market Expansion and Policy, Renovate America

Jewel leads the team responsible for shaping Renovate America’s policy agenda as well as its process for evaluating and capitalizing on new market opportunities. Previously, Jewel served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, where she was responsible for advancing the President’s policy agenda throughout the country.  Later promoted to Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, Jewel galvanized state and local elected officials, business leaders, academics, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to build support for the most ambitious trade agenda in a generation.  Prior to this, Jewel led former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Washington office where she advised on federal legislation and policy, as well as secured over $1 billion in new federal investments to support the Governor’s priorities. Jewel received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


PRANAV JAMPANI, Director of Sustainability, Las Vegas Sands Corp

Pranav has over 8 years’ experience in sustainable construction and facilities operations. He developed and implemented sustainability programs for several fortune 500 companies, managed consulting projects with a combined budget over $2 billion, and achieved LEED certifications for over 20 million square feet of property. He won the BITS Alumni Global 30 under 30 Leadership Award and was nominated for the Nevada Hotel Lodging & Association Sustainability Executive Leader Award. Pranav is currently the Director of Sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp, responsible for the leading the Sands ECO360 global sustainability program for some of the world’s largest integrated resorts in  Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, Pranav provided engineering and management consulting for electric and gas utilities and government agencies in over ten states. Pranav is a Certified Energy Manager, has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India, and a Master of Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University.


BLAKELY JARRETT, Associate in Housing and Community Development, ICF International 

Blakely Jarrett is an Associate in Housing and Community Development at ICF International, where he supports several federal affordable housing initiatives. He is currently an Account Manager for the Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily sector. He also works on technical assistance projects and written products for Renew300 and serves as an Account Manager for Choice Neighborhoods grantees. Blakely joined ICF after graduating with his Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University in 2015. Blakely previously worked at a local redevelopment authority, coordinating the environmental review process for the emergency home repair program and drafting the Consolidated Plan.


AMY JIRON, High Impact Technology (HIT) Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Amy manages the HIT Catalyst program with the Commercial Buildings Integration team at the U.S. Department of Energy. The HIT Catalyst program accelerates cost effective, voluntary high impact technologies into the commercial buildings market based on strategic analysis of commercial buildings markets and technologies. Prior to her work with the Department of Energy, Amy served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter, advocated for low impact development with the National Resources Defense Council, and evaluated, commissioned and verified high performance building design and retrofit strategies as an architectural engineer. Amy received her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


MARK JOHNSON, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Mark Johnson, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Previously, Mark served as a Program Director in the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) where he led initiatives to advance energy storage and critical materials, as well as projects in small business, advanced semiconductor, novel wind architectures, superconductors and electric machines. He also served as the Industry and Innovation Program Director for the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center. Mark joins EERE on assignment from North Carolina State University, where he is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. In addition to his academic career, Mark is an entrepreneur in Quantum Epitaxial Designs (now International Quantum Epitaxy), EPI Systems (now Veeco) and Nitronex (now GaAs Labs). He has a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D., from NC State, both in Materials Science and Engineering.


BOMEE JUNG, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

Bomee Jung joined NYCHA in 2015 as Vice President of Energy and Sustainability. Prior to joining NYCHA, she served in various leadership positions at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a national leader in greening affordable housing, and as a mayoral appointee on the City Planning Commission. During her tenure with Enterprise, Bomee is credited with securing New York City’s adoption of the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as its required standard for affordable housing; designing and managing an ARRA Weatherization Assistance Program that piloted a portfolio-based implementation model; and designing Enterprise's Sandy initiative to develop tools for long-term resiliency of multifamily affordable housing. In 2002, Bomee founded GreenHomeNYC, Inc., a volunteer-driven sustainability non-profit. In her first career, Bomee developed Internet-based applications for digital agencies and start-ups. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia and a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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KEVIN KAMPSCHROER, Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Kevin Kampschroer has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the Federal government. He is GSA’s Senior Climate Adaptation Official, and leads the agency in planning for climate change risks. Mr. Kampschroer was the Project Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (344 M2), and he has lectured at various universities such as MIT, Harvard, Georgia Tech, and Yale. He has worked for GSA for over 39 years and is a graduate of Yale University.


MARK KELLEY, Financing Program Manager, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC)

Mark Kelley works at VEIC, specifically within Efficiency Vermont as the Program Manager focused on Financing, including PACE. He has a breadth of financial knowledge and experience and has held roles for such disciplines as Finance, Human Resources and IT and participated on leadership teams in these roles. His focus with Efficiency Vermont is on development and implementation of effective energy efficiency financing programs.


STEVE KELLEY, Senior Vice President of Sales, Green Charge Networks

Steve is the Senior Vice President of Sales at Green Charge Networks. Steve brings more than 25 years of domain experience, specializing in the renewable energy and high-tech sectors. Prior to Green Charge Networks, Steve spent six years in the solar industry in leadership roles for SoCore Energy, DRI Energy, and SunPower. Steve’s prior sales management experience includes management positions at Solectron, Oracle, Visa, and IBM. Steve received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley.


BAKARI C. KENNEDY, Energy Efficiency Engineer, Suncoast Credit Union 

Bakari C. Kennedy serves as the Energy Efficiency Engineer and Sustainability Specialist for Suncoast Credit Union headquartered in Tampa, Florida. He has 16 years of experience in engineering, quality control, project management, and energy auditing. His focus has been the coordination and planning of MEP for construction, and facilities management projects for a variety of market sectors including aviation, federal government, industrial/manufacturing and commercial businesses. Bakari is recognized for his services implementing MEP sustainable designs and received the 2010 GSA Region 3 Team of the Year Award for The Department of Interior – Cafeteria Modernization – Certified LEED Platinum. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical eEngineering from the University of Florida; Bakari is a LEED, AP with a BD+C designation, an ASHRAE and ASME member, and a member of the US Green Building Council. He has previously worked for Electronic Metrology Laboratory, LLC and Jacobs Engineering.


KEVIN KENNEDY, Managing Director for the Center for Environmental Health, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Kevin is an Environmental Hygienist and is the Managing Director for the Center for Environmental Health at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Kennedy has been involved in housing and school environmental health assessments for 10 years and environmental science and industrial hygiene chemistry consulting for over 20 years. He is currently one of the instructors for the Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Healthy Home Training Center serving the state of Missouri for the National Center for Healthy Housing. Additionally, Mr. Kennedy is currently the co-director of the Workgroup Practice Parameter on Home Assessment for the Joint Task Force of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association’s Home Health Committee, and serves on the curriculum committee for the National Healthy Homes Training Center.


BILL KENT, Program Director, Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

Bill Kent is Program Director for the Association of Energy Engineers. He is responsible for certification and training programs, strategic alliances and energy advocacy for AEE. He has worked with many local, state and federal agencies to develop workforce training programs and led the initiative to gain ANSI 17024 Accreditation and U.S. DOE Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines recognition of the Certified Energy Manager certification. Bill attended the University of Georgia and has over 25 years’ experience in energy management, automation and controls in both sales and engineering roles. He is a Certified Energy Manager® (CEM®), a member of the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council Board of Advisors, and was previously Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Varec, a Leidos company.


AMY KIDD, Project Office, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Amy Kidd is a project officer with DOE’s State Energy Program.  Amy works with states on a wide range of energy efficiency programs.  Prior to joining DOE, Amy worked as an air quality and climate change scientist at a consulting firm in California.  Ms. Kidd has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Environmental Science and Management from University of California, Santa Barbara.


BRUCE KINZEY, Director, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Bruce currently serves as Director of the DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, a collaborative effort among more than 400 cities, counties, states, utilities, and other street and area lighting partners to develop and share information and tools related to implementation of high-performance LED lighting. Having started at the Lab in 1986, Bruce's career included nearly two decades in Washington, D.C., during which time he managed programs related to Buildings Energy Efficiency and Hydrogen Safety. In the latter capacity he also served as a U.S. representative to the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Safety Task 19 Agreement. Bruce relocated to the Portland, Oregon office in 2006 to manage the GATEWAY Solid-State Lighting Technology Demonstration Program for DOE, and established the Consortium as an outgrowth of that activity. He remains involved in a variety of projects related to high-performance lighting.


BENJAMIN KNOPP, Think Little Home Energy

Benjamin joined Think Little Home Energy in 2016, bringing a lifelong passion for energy efficiency. His diverse background includes engineering education from U.S. and German universities; building construction; alternative energy systems; energy management; lectures at a state university; and presentations at national conferences. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, Association of Energy Engineers Energy Manager in Training, Virginia State Licensed Energy Analyst, Home Energy Professionals (HEP) Energy Auditor, HEP Quality Control Inspector, Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Professional, and BPI AC and Heat Pump Professional.


STEPHEN E. KOLB, Energy Manager, Towson University 

Stephen Kolb is currently the Energy Manager at Towson University. He joined the University in October of 2008. Prior to coming to Towson, Steve worked at McCormick & Co., where he spent most of his career. He has 20+ years’ experience in electrical engineering, energy management, and power & lighting systems design. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore and holds an AAS in Electrical Engineering Technology. He holds a Maryland Master’s Electrical License and is a member of the Electric League of Maryland. He is a member of the MDDC APPA and is a graduate of the APPA Institute.


TIM KOLP, Senior Technical Consultant, RJI Associates

Tim Kolp has over 25 years in the manufacturing sector and has owned his own businesses for the past 12 years.  His background includes: maintenance engineering, process engineering, project management, quality engineering, business unit management, plant management, industrial sales, and VP of Technology.  He brings a diverse background in both traditional large corporations, high tech industries, as well as, start-up companies. Mr. Kolp works as a Better Plants Technical Account Manager under a DOE contract and runs an awning company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Kolp is also an adjunct professor at Union University teaching measurement methods for manufacturing and is the author of A+ Secrets to a Smarter You.


NUSHIN KORMI, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Nushin Kormi is a Principal in the Buildings Practice at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  With over 15 years of experience, she is an expert in real estate finance and sustainability.  Nushin co-founded and is a partner of Resility, a sustainability consultancy and research company focused on integrating environmental, social, and governance metrics into corporate analysis.  Prior to joining RMI, Nushin was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co, spending six years in the Environmental Markets Group and the Real Estate Investment Banking Group.  She began her career in Investment Banking and Private Equity at Merrill Lynch, Rothschild and as a consultant for Boston Consulting Group.  Nushin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


JOAN KOWAL, Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Utilities, Emory University

Joan Kowal is the Senior Director of Energy Strategy and Utilities, which is a new position within Facilities Management created to more closely align the design, operations, and maintenance of utilities for Emory University while improving energy and water efficiency. Joan joined Emory in August 2013, and was previously the Energy Manager at the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as the Energy Advisor for the University System of Maryland. Joan was the 2012 recipient of the Maryland Clean Energy Center’s “Clean Energy Champion” award and was appointed by the Governor of Maryland in 2008 to serve on the Strategic Energy Investment Fund advisory board. She is a Mechanical Engineer from Bucknell University, a Certified Energy Manager, and received her Professional Engineers License from Georgia. Previous work experience includes sales, consulting, design engineering for electric utilities and power equipment providers, as well as power marketing and portfolio management for a power marketing company.


CHRIS KRAMER, Senior Consultant, Energy Futures Group 

Chris Kramer provides consulting services to government agencies, utilities, and consumer and environmental advocates on the development of cutting-edge policies and programs to advance investment in energy efficiency. He serves as the lead financing consultant to the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board, a consultant on financing matters to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and a technical advisor in evaluating California’s recently approved suite of energy efficiency financing programs. Mr. Kramer has collaborated with the Connecticut Green Bank on the deployment of attractive financing options, trained NYSERDA staff on the launch of the New York Green Bank, and advised the California Public Utilities Commission on financing and program design. He has served on the Advisory Committee of the ACEEE Financing Forum for three consecutive years. Prior to joining EFG, Mr. Kramer helped launch an energy efficiency lending program at the Low Income Investment Fund and served as a financing expert on NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York Advisory Council.


JOHN KRAPPMAN, Chief Investment Officer, Structured Finance Associates

Mr. Krappman joined Structured Finance Associates in 2010 to assist in making the connection between commercial real estate and the financing of renewable energy installations for commercial and institutional property owners. Mr. Krappman is also the CEO of Commercial Power Partners, an energy project development and financial solutions company working with a variety of product manufacturers, project developers, integrators and consultants to deliver turn-key energy project solutions. Prior to Structured Finance, Mr. Krappman was the founder and President of PacWest Properties, a senior executive with CommonWealth Partners in Los Angeles, California, and Vice President of Development for LTC Properties. Mr. Krappman spent 10 years with a private development and construction firm in Pasadena, California. Previously, Mr. Krappman was a lender within the Trade Finance Group of Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, and part of marketing and sales in the International Division. Mr. Krappman is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.


KELLY KRHOUNEK, Multifamily Credit Risk Manager,  Fannie Mae

Kelly Krhounek is a Multifamily Credit Risk Manager at Fannie Mae with responsibility for underwriting multifamily properties nationwide. Prior to Kelly's 16 year tenure at Fannie Mae, she held a position in Transaction Structuring within the Single Family residential business. Kelly has been involved with Fannie Mae's Multifamily Green Initiative since its inception more than 5 years ago, and holds a LEED Green Associate credential. Prior to Fannie Mae, Kelly worked in the international development field. Kelly holds a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.


MARK KUDLOWITZ, Program Administration Director, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Mark Kudlowitz is the Program Administration Director in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Multifamily Housing Programs at HUD.  In this role, Mark manages the DAS’ policy priorities. Prior to joining HUD, Mark served as the CDFI and Native Initiatives Program Manager at the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In this capacity, Mark managed competitive award programs designed to increase CDFI lending in low-income communities. Mark also worked as an Affordable Housing and Economic Development Specialist at the Washington D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. In this role he managed various neighborhood based housing and economic development programs. Before working for DC government, Mark worked for the Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit affordable housing intermediary and CDFI. He has also worked for a community based homeless assistance shelter. Mark has spent his entire career in the affordable housing and community development sector.

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PIER LAFARGE, Co-Founder and CEO, SparkFund

Co-Founder and CEO of SparkFund, a technology-based startup located in Washington, DC, that uses financing to help small and medium sized organizations become more energy efficient. Previously, Pier worked for ICF International, where he co-founded a new ICF service offering focused on energy efficiency finance strategy. Pier also has experience in financial analysis, working on a major evaluation of loan financing modalities employed by the World Bank under its Climate Investment Fund program. In 2010, he founded Race to Replace, a statewide clean energy focused voter registration campaign in Vermont in partnership with League of Conservation Voters.


JIM LANDAU, Director, MetLife Real Estate Investors

Jim Landau is a Director and Head of Asset Management for MetLife Real Estate Investors Washington, DC region. The DC region includes MetLife Investment Management (MIM) clients such as: Norges Bank Investment Management and NYS Common Retirement Fund; managed funds such as MetLife Core Property Fund (MCPF) and MetLife Core Property Portfolio (MCPP); and the MetLife General Account.   Jim is a member of MetLife Real Estate Investor's Energy & Sustainability Committee, active in several sustainable initiatives including energy management and green leasing.  Prior to joining MetLife in 2014, Jim was a Vice President with Bentall Kennedy for 13 years, where he was an Asset Manager for various property types in several East Coast markets.   Jim is on the Board of Directors of the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter and is the co-chair of the NAIOP DC | MD Chapter’s Sustainable Development Committee.  He was the NAIOP chapter's Member of the Year in 2013.


ANICA LANDRENEAU, Director, Global Sustainable Design and Consulting, HOK

As Global Sustainable Design and Consulting Director, Anica manages the successful development and implementation of sustainability strategies on local and worldwide projects. Anica leads the sustainable discipline and consultancy practice as well as training for internal capacity building at HOK. She works with both public and private sectors clients on regional, campus, portfolio and building scale projects, including existing building stock. Anica supports the District of Columbia on local green building legislation, and led development and authorship of several green building design, operations and existing building alterations guidebooks for the District. She also developed greening existing schools curriculum for the U.S. Green Building Council. Anica is currently appointed to the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council. At a national scale, Anica serves on the Consultative Council for the National Institute of Building Sciences and national AIA committees for green building codes as well as Energy Curriculum and AIA 2030.


ROIS LANGNER, Building Scientist and Architectural Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Rois Langner has worked as a building scientist and architectural engineer in the Commercial Buildings Research Group at NREL since the beginning of 2010. Her past research efforts have focused on building energy efficiency projects that utilize OpenStudio software to analyze and optimize building design and performance for military and large commercial buildings. She has worked with organizations to develop, implement, and maintain energy management policies and systems for continual energy improvement. More recently, she has worked to support the small commercial building sector in overcoming barriers that inhibit the adoption of energy efficiency solutions. Additionally, Rois supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance, leading the Plug and Process Load technical solutions team.


ADAM LANGTON, Energy Services Manager, BMW of North America

Adam joined BMW in August 2015 as BMW’s U.S. Energy Services Manager. Adam supports BMW’s efforts to develop controlled charging technologies and stationary storage applications. In his prior role, Adam served as the lead analyst on electric vehicle policy for the California Public Utilities Commission. In this role, he worked with the Governor’s Office and a variety of state agencies to develop policies that advanced electric vehicle adoption. He led pioneering policy developments related to vehicle-grid integration and authored CPUC’s Vehicle-Grid Integration White Paper, a guiding document for the Commission’s policy in this area. Prior to joining CPUC, Adam served as a program analyst at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), where he advised OMB leadership on budget development and regulatory implementation for the Department of Transportation and other federal agencies. Adam has a graduate degree from University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and an undergraduate degree from Boston College.


SULTAN LATIF, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Sultan Latif is a fellow in the Building Technologies Office of DOE, where he works with partners in the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge and Alliance programs, showcasing their efforts to reduce energy use across their building portfolios by twenty percent over ten years. Within the Better Buildings programs, Sultan is the DOE lead for the higher education, healthcare and food services and grocery sectors. Previous to his work at DOE, Sultan worked on sustainability, global climate change policy and international development projects with the US DOD, Greenpeace International and Doctors Without Borders. He has a Master of Environmental Studies from Harvard University, as well as a degree in Civil Engineering from George Washington University.


DEAN LAUBE, Regional Vice President, Franklin Energy

Dean’s primary responsibilities include energy efficiency program design and management; energy consulting for commercial and industrial customers; and professional trainer for nationally recognized energy efficiency programs, including energy management, energy technology, and energy efficient operations and maintenance. Dean spent 17 years working specifically in the energy industry, as a Program Manager at Northern States Power Company, Account Representative at Johnson Controls, Facilities Consultant at CESA 10, and held positions at the Facilities Department at IBM, and Weyerhaeuser Lumber. Dean is a Certified Energy Manager, Certified Demand Side Management Professional, Certified Building Operator/Instructor, Certified EnVinta One-2-Five Industrial Energy Facilitator, and Certified Energy Auditor State of Wisconsin. He is a member of the Association of Facility Engineers and Association of Energy Engineers.


JOHN LEE, Deputy Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

John Lee is the Deputy Director for Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency at the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. In this capacity, he is leading the city’s policy and legislative efforts driving the built environment to unprecedented energy efficiency standards. John’s previous public sector service was with the NYC Department of Buildings as Senior Architect in the codes development division, and with the Department of City Planning where he served as an Urban Designer. During his early career, John was a design architect in private sector architecture firms working on institutional buildings, transit facilities, and master plans for universities. He is a licensed architect and a graduate of Rice University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


FELIPE LEON, Engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Felipe is an electrical engineer with 14 years of experience in concept and product development, project management, test engineering, and product management.  Felipe joined PNNL in 2014 and contributes to DOE Better Buildings Alliance Interior Lighting Campaign.  Prior to PNNL, he was Moser Baer Technologies’ Product Manager, where he developed product requirements for Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and LED products, developed proof-of-concept prototypes, and led design and manufacturing teams in the creation of PAR30 lamp.  Previously, Felipe worked at Kodak Research Labs and graduated from its Imaging Science Career Development Program. He gained experience in imaging science concepts and completed rotational assignments in Kodak’s Engineering Physics Lab and Entertainment Imaging.  Felipe also worked in the OLED business unit, focusing on fade stability mechanisms of active-matrix OLED displays and compensation techniques and algorithms to compensate such fade at a display and pixel level. Felipe earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University.


GREG LEVENTIS, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Greg Leventis is a Program Manager in the Electricity Markets and Policy group at LBNL. He conducts research and analysis on demand side efficiency promotion. His focus includes efficiency finance, cost of saving energy, and incentive program design and analysis. Greg has consulted with the California Public Utilities Commission's Policy and Planning Division and the Water Branch of its Division of Ratepayer Advocates, and has advised the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on alternative approaches for setting an environmental enhancement surcharge on their wholesale and retail water. He is a member of the Finance Subcommittee of the Alliance to Save Energy's Policy and Programs Committee. Greg holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Florida and studied the General Course at the London School of Economics.


DANA LEVY, Program Manager, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Dr. Dana Levy joined NYSERDA in 1999 and is program manager for On-Site Power Production. He directs a $60 million budget of financial incentives to help customers acquire on-site electric power generating Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems fueled by natural gas that can run every day to minimize energy expenses and reduce carbon footprint. The systems also run during a utility grid outage to enhance the resiliency of the host building. He is a licensed professional engineer. Levy is a recipient of the USCHPA CHP Champion Award, and the NECHPI CHP Champion Award.


MICHAEL LEVINSON, Affordable Housing Team Leader and Principal, Group 14 Engineering

Michael Levinson is the Affordable Housing Team Leader and a principal for Group14 Engineering. He works with Public Housing Authorities around the country to address capital needs, improve resident health, and increase operating subsidy through resource efficiency. Recent projects impacted 15,000 units of affordable housing, with savings of over 250 million gallons of water, 10 million kWh, and 1 million therms. He has presented at PHADA, NARHO, and state housing finance authorities on resident engagement, energy performance contracts, utility allowances, and measurement and verification of utility savings. As a HUD BBC technical assistance provider, he worked with DCHA and Mercy Housing to develop staff training modules on Green Cleaning, Integrated Pest Management, Boiler Controls, and In-Unit Energy and Water Efficiency.  Michael is a Certified Energy Manager.


MICHAEL LI, Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Michael Li is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He works on a variety of energy efficiency issues primarily focusing on evaluation, measurement and verification; data access and privacy; state policy, and behavior-based efficiency. Prior to joining DOE, Michael worked at the British Embassy on climate change in preparation for the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Prior to the Embassy, he worked at several state agencies in Maryland, and served as the chief of staff for the Maryland Energy Administration.


GUANJING LIN, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Guanjing Lin is a Senior Scientific Engineering Associate in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at LBNL. She conducts research on building energy performance monitoring and analytics, fault detection and diagnostics, and building operation and commissioning. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Building Science from Tsinghua University, China.


WILL LINTNER, Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Will Lintner is a Project Manager with DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program. He is currently leading programs related to energy efficiency in energy intensive facilities, including laboratories and data centers. Will has played a pivotal role in activities to improve the environmental performance of the facilities within the Federal government, DOE, and the Department of the Navy. He has either managed or played a leading role in successful programs to cost effectively optimize operations through improved energy efficiency and water efficiency. He received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management in 2007 for his contributions to providing energy savings through the DOE/EPA 21st Century Program. He is a graduate of George Washington University and George Mason University.


CHARLIE LLENZA, Project Manager and Engineer, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Charlie currently serves on the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) group as the TDM/TPO for Technology Demonstration Projects, within the Building Technologies Office (BTO) of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Previously, he was the Project Manager in the Appliance Standards group within the BTO Regulatory Program; Project Lead for Latin American International programs under the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs (WIP) Office and Power Technologies Office; and the Project Manager/Engineer for Submarine Engineering Maintenance of the Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command within the Submarine Systems Monitoring and Support Office (SMMSO). Charlie has experience in several assignment areas, including commercial refrigeration products; residential and commercial washers and dryers; dishwasher products; commercial and industrial pumps; and commercial and industrial fans and blowers.


BENJAMIN LOCKE, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Tecogen, Inc.

Benjamin Locke was named Co-Chief Executive Officer in October, 2014.  Mr. Locke joined Tecogen in June, 2013 and previously served as Director of Corporate Strategy and subsequently General Manager. Prior to Tecogen, Mr. Locke was the Director of Business Development and Government Affairs at Metabolix. He was responsible for developing and executing plans for partnerships, joint ventures, acquisitions, and other strategic arrangements with industry and Government for commercializing profitable clean energy technologies.  Prior to joining Metabolix in 2001, Mr. Locke was Vice President of Research at Innovative Imaging Systems, a high-tech R&D company.  He was responsible for development and implementation of growth strategies for funding of specialty electronic systems for the Government. Mr. Locke has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from Boston University.


JESSICA LOEPER, Senior Sustainability Manager, Verdani Partners

Jessica Loeper is the Senior Sustainability Manager for Verdani Partners, responsible for managing the sustainability programs for CommonWealth Partners (CWP). Jessica’s provides leadership and assistance in developing and implementing sustainability programs that add value to the business operations through Energy Star Labels, LEED Certifications, energy, water, waste, and material purchasing management, carbon management, CDP, CSR, GRI and GRESB environmental performance reporting, annual sustainability reporting, corporate employee, and customer outreach stakeholder engagement. Jessica has 10 years of experience in sustainability and project management. She is an expert in LEED project management for existing buildings and has certified over 8 million square feet of existing Class A office space into energy efficient, sustainability-conscious buildings. Jessica has provided webinars and seminars on LEED for Existing Building, Green Associate and other various environmental topics. Jessica is a LEED AP O+M and a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning.


GARY LONDO, Cooperate Manager, General Motors Corporation (GM)

Gary Londo is the cooperate manager for GM’s “Save Energy Now” Leader Initiative (Better Buildings). He is also a member of GM/UAW Real Estate and Facilities Group Joint Task Team for improving the company’s energy performance, and coordinates the GM and U.S. Department of Energy’s Save Energy Now program. He is an active member of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), supplier partnership (SP). Prior to GM, Gary was enlisted in the U.S. Navy and achieved first class mechanical nuclear Technician. Gary held many certifications for operating and maintaining nuclear systems through the U.S. Navy and possess an electromechanical technology degree and a degree in business management. Gary is a certified energy manger (CEM), a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and a certified mechanical inspector (CMI) with the Association for Supplier Quality (ASQ).


JAXON LOVE, Sustainability Program Manager of Property Management and Construction, Shorenstein

Jaxon Love joined Shorenstein in 2012.  He is responsible for development, implementation, and delivery of Shorenstein’s sustainability program, including the company’s corporate operations as well as all properties under management.  He chairs Shorenstein’s sustainability committee and manages ENERGY STAR and LEED building certifications, tenant engagement activities, and internal and external sustainability reporting. Jaxon serves on the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Development Committee, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Commercial Real Estate User Group, and is a member of the BOMA San Francisco Energy and Environment Committee. Prior to joining Shorenstein, Jaxon was an Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps Fellow, and worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and EcoNorthwest. Jaxon holds a Master of Business Administration in Sustainable Business and a Master of Accounting from the University of Oregon.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional (AP O+M), a certified Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporter, and a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board FSA Level II candidate.


KEVIN LUCAS, Director of Research, Alliance to Save Energy

As Director, Kevin helps the Alliance conduct and organize analyses of energy efficiency policies, programs, and technologies that develop Alliance positions on federal and state legislative initiatives and rulemakings. Before joining the Alliance in January, 2016, Kevin was the Director of Policy, Planning, and Analysis at the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Kevin worked closely with utility, industry, advocacy stakeholders and state agencies such as the Public Service Commission, Department of Environment, and Office of the Governor. He also worked with MEA’s Energy Program division to implement programs supporting policies such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard and EmPOWER Maryland. Previously, Kevin worked for Accenture, where he designed business process solutions for Fortune 500 clients.  Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise, from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


BRUCE LUNG, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

For over sixteen years, Mr. Lung has supported energy efficiency and clean energy programs. Mr. Lung has worked as a Senior Associate at Resource Dynamics Corporation, Director of the Alliance to Save Energy's Industrial Program, and President and owner of his consulting firm, Industrial EE Advisor. Currently, Mr. Lung is an ORISE Fellow with the DOE's Advanced Manufacturing Office where he supports the Better Plants and Superior Energy Performance programs by helping with expansion of industry participation and ensuring that the programs offer value to manufacturers and industrial-scale energy users. Mr. Lung serves on the US Technical Advisory Group to TC 242, the advisory committee to the Industrial Energy Technologies Conference (IETC) and the Organizing Committee of the Water Environment Federation's Water/Energy Conference. Mr. Lung holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Master of Economics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

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CINDY MARTIN, Project and Group Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Cindy Martin has been the Group Leader for LANL High Performance Computing (HPC) Data Centers for four years.  As a Project and Group Leader at LANL, Cindy is responsible for several aspects of the deployment and operational oversight of High Performance Computing systems. This involves the development and coordination of activities and personnel spanning multiple HPC organizations. She has worked in the field of large-scale, real-time data collection, analysis, monitoring and response for over ten years. Cindy was the technical lead for the development and implementation of HPC Zenoss the software used in monitoring LANL’s High Performance Computing infrastructure.  Cindy holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


JAMES P. MCCLENDON, Director of Building Systems Engineering, Walmart Stores, Inc. 

Mr. McClendon joined Walmart in a leadership position to develop new prototype designs and identify retrofit strategies to reduce total energy consumption in new construction and the existing store base. 
From 2005 to 2012, Mr. McClendon led a team in response to Walmart’s GHG reduction goals, and continued this leadership through 2013 when Walmart stated a new energy goal to install 7 Billion kW of renewable energy and reduce the global building energy intensity by 20% by 2020. Prior to joining Walmart, Mr. McClendon accumulated over 20 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry in both owning and managing companies from service & contracting to design & engineering. He has worked in the commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental sectors representing the contractor, designer, supplier and owner perspectives. Mr. McClendon is a registered Mechanical Engineer, as well as CEM, CEA, IPMVP, LEEDAP & NEBB.


JENNIFER MCCONKEY, Equity Operations & Sustainability Director, Principal Real Estate Investors

Jennifer is the equity operations and sustainability director at Principal Real Estate Investors. She oversees and directs all internal and external operational aspects of the multi-faceted commercial real estate portfolio, including property operations, lease and construction administration, commercial management reporting, and property management compliance and oversight. Jennifer is also responsible for Principal Real Estate Investors' portfolio-wide Responsible Property Investing efforts and member of the Principal Financial Group Sustainability Committee. Jennifer joined the firm in 1995. She received a bachelor's degree from Drake University and is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Urban Land Institute Responsible Property Investing Council (ULI), Department of Energy Commercial Real Estate and Hospitality Steering Committee (DOE), Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC), BOMA Energy Efficiency Advisory Board, Iowa Urban Land Institute Advisory Board (ULI), Better Buildings Alliance Green Leasing Steering committee and past secretary for the Iowa Elevator Safety Board.

  CRYSTAL MCDONALD, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Crystal McDonald is a Policy Advisor in the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office (WIP) at DOE. Her primary role is to identify, prioritize, and accelerate the adoption of policies and practices that transform markets targeted by WIP’s State and local government initiatives. Crystal supports strategies and programs that develop sustainable communities, install clean energy technologies, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, she is the DOE Lead working with the Better Buildings partners in the K-12 Education sector and the Outdoor Lighting Accelerator. Crystal has a Master of Energy and Environmental Management from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

TIMOTHY MCDONALD, President, Onion Flats, LLC

Timothy McDonald is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at Temple University, a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, LEED AP, Certified Passive House Consultant and Tradesman (CPHC) and President of Onion Flats LLC, an award winning development/design/build collective centered in Philadelphia.  He has been teaching and practicing for over 20 years with a focus on community development, multidisciplinary thinking and making, high-performance building technologies and alternative construction methodologies. Through his research and practice, Tim, along with his partners at Onion Flats, has developed, designed and built some of the first LEED Gold and Platinum projects in the country and the First Certified Passive House, Net-Zero-Energy-Capable project in Pennsylvania.


JOYCE MIHALIK, Vice President of Integrated Design Services, Forest City Enterprises

Joyce leads the IDS group, a team of engineers, architects and technical specialists who collaborate with asset managers and developers to identify best practices and standards for new construction design, sustainable programs, facilities engineering and building systems. Joyce maintains executive accountability to core company values such as Sustainability, Alignment of Talent and Operational Excellence. Previously, Joyce served CNG Companies for 12 years, joined a capital venture firm serving as Vice President of Public Relations, concentrating on permitting and regulatory affairs in the power industry, and led supply and demand side strategies at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. She serves as an Advisory committee member of the Real Estate Roundtable, USGBC Real Estate Group, and on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Market Transformation. She is LEED AP certified. Joyce earned her Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Ohio State University, and her Master of Business Administration from the University of Akron.


MONICA MILLER, Sustainable Design Manager, ThyssenKRupp Elevator

Ms. Monica Miller is ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Sustainable Design Manager and is a resource for all LEED project requests for information. Her previous experience as a project manager for design and construction projects both domestically and internationally, allows her to fully understand the construction and design process. She has participated on LEED project teams and led ThyssenKrupp’s manufacturing facility to achieve LEED Gold in 2015. Monica is also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador advocating for the growth of the Living Building Challenge. Monica is developing Health Product Declarations, a Declare label for Living Building Challenge projects, and facilitating LEED Gold certification for ThyssenKrupp’s almost 700,000 square feet manufacturing facility, in Middleton, TN. Monica has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University with a secondary degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She also completed graduate work in Sustainability at Southern Methodist University. Monica is also a licensed landscape architect.


TIM MILLER, Chief Executive Officer, Enhabit

Tim Miller’s 28 years in leadership and executive roles – spanning general management, strategy, sales, marketing, and operations – bring broad experience to his role as CEO of Enhabit (formerly Clean Energy Works). For the last 12 years, Miller has been focused on sustainability and energy, providing strategic input and filling key functions for over 30 clean-tech companies, non-profits, and agencies, along with launching his own clean-tech start-up and serving as founding Board President of an Oregon non-profit. Previously, Miller helped grow Citysearch.com, a leading online city guide, including directing 13 Citysearch offices nationally as a Regional Vice President. He gained high-performance leadership experience through five years at Intel Corporation in marketing and product management. Miller’s formal background includes a Master of Business Administration with honors from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics, also from Stanford.


ANDREW MITCHELL, Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Andrew Mitchell is a Project Manager for the US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Alliance (BBA). The BBA is an effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers. In this role, Andrew manages the technical solutions teams by balancing input from alliance members in the private sector, industry experts, and national labs. Andrew has held positions at General Electric, AEP Energy, and EnerNOC. Prior to engaging the energy industry, he worked several years for the clothing company Patagonia. Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.


SCOTT MOLINE, Director of Construction and Sustainability, Wendy's Company

Scott is the director of Construction & Sustainability with diverse experience and a track record of success managing complex construction efforts and projects. He has worked for four Fortune 500 companies including Limited Brands, Chevron, Tesoro, and KeyBank. Scott was named “Retail Construction Executive of the Year” by Retail Construction Magazine in 2006 – one of 12 awards presented annually. He also earned one of six Limited Brands Championing Diversity Awards in 2007 for efforts in supporting and increasing the use and expenditures with Women Owned and Minority Owned businesses. Scott has a degree in engineering from the University of Washington.


MICHAEL MULLER, Director, Center for Advanced Energy Systems, University of Rutgers

Michael Muller is a Director of the Center for Advanced Energy Systems at Rutgers University. He joined the faculty of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University in 1979 after completing his graduate work at Brown University. His early career focused on applied energy research and fluid mechanics. In 1985, he established a DOE sponsored Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center at Rutgers (which was an earlier name for the current Industrial Assessment Center program). In 2003, Rutgers University established a Center for Advanced Energy Systems and appointed Michael as its first director. Currently his efforts are focusing on a variety of technologies relating to industrial energy efficiency including organic Rankine cycles, gas powered heat pumps, membrane based heat exchangers, and applications of vortex tubes.


CHUCK MURRAY, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Energy Office

Chuck Murray, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, Washington State Energy Office. Mr. Murray has been serving the State of Washington for 25 years, providing original field research, project implementation and policy development in the energy field. Mr. Murray is the lead author of the 2011 Washington State Energy Strategy for Buildings as well as supporting staff for the 2012 Washington State Energy Strategy and the 2008 Recommendations of the Washington Climate Advisory Team. He is co-author of the State’s legislation requiring state building benchmarking.  His resume also includes state and national energy code development and original field research related to building moisture durability.


JOHN MUSILLI, Senior Data Center Architect, Intel Corporation

John Musilli has spent 9 years in Data Center Operations and 8 years as the Data Center Design Engineer. John entered Data Center Operations with 20 years entrepreneurial experience as a licensed General Engineering contractor, providing facility and equipment maintenance support to utilities and governmental agencies. John pushes solutions and designs from industries outside of traditional IT and communications suppliers. His designs and methodologies have provided practical, energy efficient and robust solutions for data center environments. Current production data center designs include Outside Air Free Cooling and Close Coupled Evaporative Cooling solutions that provide 1100w/sf air cooled 1.07 PUE environments using surplus site facilities and infrastructure.


MICHAEL MYER, Senior Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Michael Myer is a senior researcher at PNNL and has been with the laboratory since 2007. He is involved in several major lighting programs including Appliance Standards, Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign, Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC), and other market lighting market transformation programs. He has written many papers and journal articles on LED technology and energy codes and provides presentations on these subjects at many conferences and web events. He received his Master of Science in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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SARA NEFF, Vice President of Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation

Sara Neff is the Vice President of Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation.  Within four years, Sara created the first sustainability program, earning title as the #1 real estate company across all asset classes on sustainability in North America by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, an honor Kilroy won in 2015 for the second year in a row.  At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives. She is Chair of the Board of Directors of USGBC Los Angeles and serves on the USGBC National Advisory Council. Her awards include: 2015 BOLD Award, Champion Category; USGBC Orange County 2014 Individual Achievement Award; 2013 Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence Rising Star; USGBC-LA 2012 Exceptional Volunteer Award, Greenspeak category; and Generation BOMA 2011 Professional of the Year. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University.


ISAAC NEGUSSE, Senior Marketing Manager, Iron Mountain Data Centers 

Isaac Negusse joined Iron Mountain in 2015 to develop the company’s Federal data center practice.  In this role, Isaac works both directly with agencies across the U.S. Federal government as well as with commercial companies focused on the Federal technology sector.  Federal initiatives he supports include data center consolidation and optimization as well as cloud adoption.  Isaac has 16 prior years of experience in the telecom industry, spanning leadership roles in engineering, product management, and sales.  Isaac holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University.


CHRISTOFER NELSON, Program Director, Georgetown University

Christofer Nelson is the Program Director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), and also the Georgetown University Program on Science in the Public Interest, and a Georgetown University Environment Fellow. He is helping to connect students and faculty working across science and public policy. He has been involved with incentive competitions for years, working with organizations such as the X PRIZE Foundation, the Case Foundation and the Joyce Foundation, as well as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation. He has designed, launched and managed programs for leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including top government officials at the White House, USDA, USDOT, HUD, and SBA.


CLAY NESLER, Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls

Clay Nesler is the Vice President, Global Energy and Sustainability for the Building Efficiency business of Johnson Controls. In this role, he is responsible for energy and sustainability policy, programs and strategy. He also leads the company’s global environmental sustainability council and is responsible for sustainability across the company’s global manufacturing operations. Since joining Johnson Controls in 1983, Clay has held a variety of leadership positions in research, product development, marketing and strategy in both the United States and Europe. Clay received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a co-inventor of twelve patents. He is also the winner of the Corenet Global Innovator’s Award, the VERGE 25 award and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois.


DAVID NEMTZOW, Senior Strategist, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

David Nemtzow recently joined the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as Senior Strategist in the Building Technologies Office. Previously, David served as Director-General (CEO) of the Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability for New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, where he played a central role in the State’s electricity, greenhouse, energy and water strategies and policies. David served for ten years as President of the Alliance to Save Energy. He has been a member of the executive team of a clean energy startup company, a senior Congressional aide, a consultant to utilities and public utility commissions, and a floor hand on a natural gas drill rig. David has served on numerous governmental advisory committees and the Boards of Directors of energy associations and organizations. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy from Brown University.


SACHIN NIMBALKAR, Research and Development Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

Sachin has over eight years of professional experience. Sachin provides technical support to DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Program Partners (mainly industrial and wastewater treatment partners) through energy road map development, baselining analysis, In-Plant Trainings, field visits to investigate feasible measures to reduce process energy requirements. Sachin has conducted several training and demonstration workshops throughout the US, India, China, Ukraine, Costa Rica, and Turkey covering energy efficiency in process heat systems, system specific and cross-cutting energy audits, and ISO 50001 implementation steps and tools. Sachin has contributed for the development of several DOE software tools, including the process heating tools (PHAST and PHMT) and the EnPI tool. Sachin has achieved the “Qualified Specialist” recognition in using three key DOE energy efficiency software tools – PHAST, SSAT, and PSAT. Sachin received his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India, and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey.


DEVESH NIRMUL, Senior Director, Renew Financial

Devesh is a Senior Director with Renew Financial where he helps to roll-out high-performance energy financing mechanisms in Florida, including PACE. Devesh has been Principal and Owner of INSPYROD where he has worked with commercial real estate organizations like Jones Lang LaSalle, Colliers International, and BOMI on advancing market transforming energy and sustainability solutions and practices. Devesh also teaches renewable and solar energy at St. Petersburg College. Devesh's diverse energy and sustainability background includes experiences in international development assistance, finance, local government, environmental nonprofits, corporate sustainability, and real estate. Previously, Devesh served as Manager of Environmental Defense Fund’s Chicago Commercial Building Energy Initiative and Energy and Sustainability Solutions Director for FirstService Residential. He was the first Sustainability Program Manager for Miami-Dade County and the first Urban Sustainability Agent / Fellow with the University of Florida Extension and Pinellas County. Devesh is credentialed as a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, LEED AP O+M, and Certified Energy Manager.


SHARON NOLEN, Manager, Eastman Chemical Company

Sharon Nolen is Manager, Worldwide Energy Program for Eastman Chemical Company. Sharon previously worked at the Environmental Protection Agency's research facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. During her 26 year tenure at Eastman, she has held a variety of leadership positions in Process Engineering, Plant Engineering, Corporate Quality, Information Technology, and Utilities before assuming leadership of the Worldwide Energy Program in 2010. Under her leadership, Eastman has been recognized by EPA for four consecutive years as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year culminating with the Sustained Excellence Award in 2014. Sharon also led the effort that resulted in Eastman becoming a Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge Partner in 2014. She is a Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University and has completed the University of Tennessee's Executive Development Program.


RUTH ANN NORTON, President and CEO, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI)

In partnership with the Council on Foundations, HUD, CDC, DOE, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Ms. Norton designed GHHI to cost effectively integrate energy efficiency and weatherization investments with lead hazard control and health and safety efforts, and in 2014, led GHHI’s entry into the Social Impact Bond/Pay for Success field. Ms. Norton currently serves a role in the following: the GHHI board; Groundswell; Executive Committee of the Maryland Asthma Control Council; Maryland State Innovation Model Local Health Improvement Coalition Stakeholder Group; Maryland’s Workgroup for Workforce Development for Community Health Workers; Network Energy Water and Health in Affordable; National Environmental Health Association in the area Healthy Homes and Housing; and Built Environment for the Sustainability Commission of Baltimore. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2005), a Weinberg Foundation Fellow (2003), and was named as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.


KATE NZIVE, Director of Program Administration Office, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Kate Nzive is currently the director of the Program Administration Office within Multifamily Housing’s Office of Asset Management and Portfolio Oversight.  In her current role, Kate coordinates the development of new policy for HUD project-based rental assistance programs and asset management of the FHA-insured portfolio.  She previously served as Program Budget Director for HUD’s Office of Housing, at which time she oversaw budgetary formulation for the Sec. 8 PBRA, Sec. 202, Sec. 811 programs, and the FHA insurance funds.  Kate first joined HUD in 2004 as a Presidential Management Fellow focused on strategic planning and program performance management. Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., she was the director of a non-partisan civic education program in her hometown of Sacramento.  She has a Master of Public Policy and Administration, with a specialization in urban planning.



LOGAN OLDS, General Manager, Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation (VVWR)

Logan Olds has been the General Manager of the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority since 2006. In that position, Logan oversees the operation of VVWRA’s wastewater treatment plant in Victorville, which treats nearly 13 million gallons of wastewater every single day. In addition, he supervises VVWRA’s many improvement projects, including the new subregional water reclamation facilities (WRP’s) being built in Hesperia and Apple Valley. Logan holds a master’s degree in Water and Wastewater Utilization from Humboldt State University. Logan also has achieved multiple state certifications in the wastewater field. His certifications include: Grade 5 Wastewater Operator, a Grade 4 Collections Systems Operator and a Grade 1 Lab Technician.


MARK ORLOWSKI, Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI)

Mark brings over 15 years of experience in sustainability as an executive, project manager and researcher. Since founding SEI in 2005 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Mark has led SEI’s trendsetting initiatives including GRITS, the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, and the College Sustainability Report Card—the first green rating of sustainability operations in higher education. Media coverage of his work has included the Boston Globe, Forbes, Fortune, and The New York Times, Chronicle of Philanthropy, BusinessWeek, NPR’s Marketplace, and NOW on PBS. Mark co-authored, “The Virtuous Cycle of Green Revolving Funds,” in Trusteeship. Mark also received an associate’s degree from Berkshire Community College (where he was invited back as commencement speaker), and graduated from Williams College. At Williams, Mark chaired the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee and served on the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility. He also earned a master’s degree at Harvard University, studying nonprofit management.

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JAY PAIDIPATI, Director, Navigant’s Energy Practice

Jay Paidipati is a Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice and has been in the clean energy industry for 12 years. His work focuses on helping public and private entities manage and make decisions regarding emerging energy technologies. He has worked with: federal, state, and local governments; trade groups; utilities; manufacturers; and investors. Service offerings have included: technology evaluation and screening; cost studies; market penetration analysis; employment impact studies; cost and benefit studies; technology due diligence; and program evaluation. His work is equally divided between solar PV, energy storage and emerging energy efficiency technologies. Mr. Paidipati has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.


JEANNA PALUZZI, Energy Performance Contracting Program Manager, Colorado Energy Office

With over 190 energy performance contracts executed, Colorado' s portfolio value is quickly approaching the half billion dollar mark of private sector investments into public buildings. As such, Colorado's portfolio value currently ranks #4 in the Energy Services Coalition's Race to the Top. Jeanna’s first work in energy took place at Michigan State University when the nation was still feeling the economic impacts of the Middle East oil embargo. Jeanna volunteered as a residential energy efficiency counselor at a nonprofit off-campus and presented research into protecting passive solar access through local zoning and development standards. She also worked in natural resources devoted to managing river restoration and protection organizations in the Great Lakes basin. She moved west to the Rocky Mountains six years ago to work as a community energy coordinator in rural Colorado, before moving to the capital to manage the state EPC program.


ALLISON PARADISE, Co-Founder and Executive Director, My Green Lab

Allison Paradise co-founded My Green Lab to bridge the gap between sustainability and science. Allison maintains a unique appreciation of the vast potential to make research methods more sustainable, and works to unite scientists, vendors, institutional executives, and entire organizations in the bringing of innovative and engaging sustainability programs directly to laboratories. Under her leadership,  My Green Lab has established widely-used standards for sustainable laboratory practices, and is currently guiding an effort to dramatically improve precision in the analysis of laboratory energy consumption. As a scientist, Allison’s research focused on using a systems approach to studying complex biological processes. She subsequently applied systems thinking to address a variety of complexities in the lab, including sustainability. She holds undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish literature from Brown University, and a graduate degree in neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a 2015 recipient of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories’ Go Beyond award.


MELANIE PASKEVICH, Program Manager, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

Melanie Paskevich, Program Manager for NeighborWorks of Western Vermont HEAT Squad since 2010. Melanie advocates for homeowners, working closely with the HEAT Squad's program assistant and energy auditors. She helps homeowners simplify the energy improvement process by coordinating with local contractors, town energy committees, and utilities, such as Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont. Melanie has over 20 years of experience in the architectural and construction field and a thorough knowledge of the building envelope and the science and technology of energy efficiency. She earned her Master of Architecture from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology from Vermont Technical College.


JAN PATRICK, Senior Project Manager, Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE)

Jan is responsible for advancing the state’s energy efficiency financing profile through leadership and engagement initiatives at the national, regional, state and local levels; and by developing collaborative energy investment opportunities for both public and private sector organizations. A current focus area is to expand the use of energy saving performance contracts in K-12 schools and state and local government agencies by establishing best practices, removing barriers and recognizing exemplary projects. Jan represents the State of Michigan and MAE as a partner organization in the Energy Services Coalition-MI Chapter and 3-year DOE Performance Contracting Accelerator. She earned her Master of Arts from Michigan State University.


ELENI PELICAN, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Eleni Pelican currently manages the portfolio of technical assistance available to state and local governments to support their innovative energy efficiency financing efforts.  This portfolio includes diverse topics such as PACE, On-Bill Financing, Green Banks, etc. Eleni Pelican has been DOE since 2006 when she joined as a Presidential Management Fellow and holds an Master of Business Administration from George Washington University.


ANDY PERRIN, Manager of Energy, TJX Companies, Inc. 

Mr. Perrin is Manager of Energy for The TJX Companies, Inc., and oversees energy at over 2,500 TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores. He has been an energy professional for over 25 years and has worked for utilities, ESCOs and commercial/industrial consumers, including Consolidated Edison of New York, Duke Solutions, Enron, and The TJX Companies, Inc. During his career, he has developed various energy projects with commercial property managers and REITs. He has been active in relevant trade groups such as New York City and Toronto chapters of BOMA (Building Owners & Managers Association); REBNY (Real Estate Board of NY), EEI NKA (Edison Electric Institute National Key Accounts); and RILA. In his role at TJX he has participated in energy projects with Kimco, Federal Realty, Simon Properties; Brixmoor; Regency, and others. These engagements have resulting in successful, collaborative energy projects between landlords and tenants.


MARK PETERNELL, Vice President of Sustainability, Regency Centers 

Under Mark’s leadership, Regency successfully implemented sustainability initiatives that measurably reduced the environmental impact, reduced operating expenses, and added value to the company’s real estate portfolio. Mark’s commitment and guidance can be seen through the company’s steady improvement in five key areas – green building certifications, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and renewable energy. Previously, Mark worked for Forest City Enterprises, where he managed development of the company’s retail portfolio in Denver, CO, including the first open-air lifestyle center to achieve LEED certification. Mark served as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Retail Committee and is a current member of the International Council of Shopping Centers Environmental Committee and Real Estate Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee. He holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in real estate, and Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


SUSAN PETERSON, Green Initiatives Director, Foundation Communities 

Susan Peterson is Green Initiatives Director at Foundation Communities, an Austin-based affordable housing developer, where she oversees green capital improvements, green operations and maintenance, utility data management, staff education and resident behavior programs for a 3,000-unit multifamily portfolio. In 2015, her programs were worth well over $500,000 in operational savings and recouped revenue. Before joining Foundation Communities in 2012, she was a senior research analyst at Austin Energy Green Building. She holds a master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University.


PAT PHELAN, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Patrick started his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii in 1992.  In 1996 he moved to Arizona State University (ASU), where he is a Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, and a Senior Sustainability Scientist.  While on leave from ASU, he served as the Director of the National Science Foundation Thermal Transport Processes Program from 2006 to 2008.  He is again on leave from ASU, and through July 2016 is the Program Manager for Emerging Technologies in the Building Technologies Office, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE.  Patrick received his Bachelor of Science from Tulane University in New Orleans, his Master of Science from MIT, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, all in mechanical engineering.


PJ PIPER, Co-Founder, President and CEO, QM Power

Mr. Piper joined QM Power from Aspen Aerogels, Inc., a company he co-founded and spent six years as the Chief Financial Officer. At Aspen Aerogels he administered over $18 million in SBIR and other government contracts with DOD, DOE, NASA, and NSF; raised over $100 million in equity and debt capital from private investors; established world class systems and controls; managed a 15 fold increase in headcount; secured multiple manufacturing facilities with a production capacity in excess of $100 million in revenue; and successfully commercialized the aerogel nanotechnology in the oil and gas, industrial, automotive, apparel and military markets. Previously, Mr. Piper focused on investment banking, commercial lending, mergers and acquisitions, and derivatives marketing and management, serving several companies at JP Morgan Chase and CIBC World Markets. He is a former member of the Financial Executives Institute, a former Board member of Triton Systems, Inc and Co-Founder and CFO of Aspen Products Group.


DAVE POGUE, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

As Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Dave Pogue oversees CBRE’s development, implementation and reporting for corporate social responsibility, including environmental stewardship, community engagement and corporate giving. Prior to his current role, Mr. Pogue led sustainability programs for CBRE’s property and facilities management portfolio around the globe, managing the development, introduction and implementation of a wide-ranging platform of sustainable practices and policies. Program achievements included development of CBRE’s $1 million Real Green Research Challenge; endorsement of the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® program; introduction of the Green Knights program; delivery of co-branded BOMA BEEP training; and recognition as the first manager of commercial property to certify more than 400 buildings in the LEED® for Existing Buildings rating system. Previously, Mr. Pogue was a Senior Managing Director of Asset Services in the Western Region, responsible for overseeing service delivery for office, retail and industrial real estate properties totaling more than 250 million square feet.


KEVIN M. POWELL, Director of Research, General Services Administration (GSA)

Kevin is the Director of Research for the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service (PBS), and program manager for PBS’s Green Proving Ground. Mr. Powell focuses on identifying innovative technologies, practices and process that optimize how PBS designs, delivers and operates Federal buildings. Kevin brings two decades of experience in design research and policy analysis, and is an expert in office acoustics. Kevin manages a portfolio of over forty green-proving ground projects in the areas of high performance building envelope, HVAC, lighting systems, and on-site power generation. Kevin has a longstanding commitment to sustainable design, improved energy efficiency for real estate, and smart growth policy. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published numerous articles about acoustics, workplaces, green building strategies and urban design.


JIM PRINCE, Manager of Energy Management, Ascension Health

Jim joined Ascension Health in January of 2014 where he provides leadership for the energy management program in pursuit of Ascension’s goal to reduce energy consumption by 20% by the year 2020. Jim has over 25 years of experience in Comprehensive Energy Management Programs, Supply-Side and Demand-Side Power Management, Cogeneration System Design, Chilled Water and Boiler Plant Optimization, HVAC System Optimization, and Facility Asset Management. Previously, Jim led the Project Development Team at M360, Inc, and led energy performance contract projects at Johnson Controls and as Principal at Prince Facility Consulting. He was employed for 11 years as Lead Facility Engineer at the United States Department of Energy site, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Jim is a CEM, and a member of AEE and ASHE. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho.


CHRIS PYKE, Chief Operating Officer, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

Dr. Pyke is the Chief Operating Officer for GRESB.com. He helps GRESB provide actionable information on the environmental, social, and governance performance of real estate companies and funds around the world. He directs the Green Building Information Gateway, a global platform providing information about 1.4 million green building projects around the world. Dr. Pyke is the co-principal investigator for the Green Health Partnership, a 5-year collaboration between USGBC and the University of Virginia School of Medicine supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Pyke serves in a number of technical advisory roles, including representing the United States on greenhouse gas mitigation issues related to residential and commercial buildings on the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to joining GRESB, Dr. Pyke was the Vice President for Research at the US Green Building Council and a researcher for the US Environmental Protection Agency.

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DREW QUIRK, Associate Product Developer, Xcel Energy

Drew is an Associate Product Developer with Xcel Energy, supporting the design and implementation of new energy efficiency programs across the company’s 8-state service territory. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Drew has most recently focused in the area of data services, bringing to market an Energy Benchmarking service for commercial and multi-family building owners, as well as an advanced Energy Information Systems program to help large commercial and industrial firms make use of sophisticated strategic energy management tools and optimize performance of their facilities. Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

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KATHY RAMIREZ-AGUILAR, Manager of Green Labs Program, University of Colorado-Boulder

Kathy Ramirez-Aguilar, Ph.D., manages the Green Labs Program at the University of Colorado-Boulder, a program she has been building & creating since 2009. She has a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and 15 years of laboratory research experience within the fields of Biochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, & Organic Chemistry.. Through active participation in the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) community & annual conferences, Green Labs Planning Group, and the DOE Better Buildings Alliance, she regularly collaborates and shares ideas with colleagues across the nation at universities and federal agencies who care about efficiency and sustainability in lab environments. She leads the I2SL University Alliance Group which is presently exploring the topic of connecting sustainability to lab finances.


DAN RAMER, Chief Operator, Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility

Dan has served as the Chief Operator of the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility since 2009. He has 25 years of experience operating treatment plants, administering pretreatment programs, and championing utilization of local resources to enhance anaerobic digester biogas output. Dan spent his college years getting a bachelor’s from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry concentrating on environmental microbiology and studying thermophilic methanogen physiology at Cornell University.


PRAKASH RAO, Principal Scientific Engineering Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Dr. Prakash Rao is a Principal Scientific Engineering Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. His research interests are to improve industrial energy and water efficiency across the U.S. manufacturing sector through conducting analysis of sector and company specific improvement potential. Dr. Rao received his doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Rutgers University and his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.


SAM RASHKIN, Chief Architect, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

As Chief Architect for the DOE Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. In his prior position, he managed the growth of ENERGY STAR for Homes from its inception in 1996, to more than 8,000 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide.  Mr. Rashkin has been recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award and authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It”.


DAVID REID, Global Energy and Productivity Leader, Celanese

David has over 30 years of manufacturing experience in polymer and chemicals companies including ICI, PolyOne, Oxy Vinyls and Celanese. He has held positions in Process Control, Manufacturing Operations leadership, as well as Process Improvement, including his current role leading Energy and Productivity initiatives for 26 Celanese plants worldwide. Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Celanese has a strong track record of energy stewardship reducing energy intensity across its manufacturing sites by 28 percent from 2005 to 2015 and completing over 160 energy reduction projects in 2015 saving over $15MM. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Canada with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering.


ALEXIA RETALLACK, Marketing and Government Affairs Manager, mPower Placer County, California

Alexia Retallack brings an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to marketing and public relations. For more than 25 years, she worked in media and public relations field, served as an emergency oil spill responder, and became one of handful of ICS Certified Type II Public Information Officers in California. In 2015, Ms. Retallack joined mPOWER, Placer County’s Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program. As the Marketing and Government Affairs Manager, she leverages resources and opportunities within the community to promote the economic and environmental value of PACE while expanding awareness of the program. Ms. Retallack believes in passing knowledge on, and has served as a University of Phoenix associate faculty since 2010.


ADRIENNE RICEHILL, Program Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority, (IEDA)

Adrienne has been with IEDA since 2014, and her primary activities include management of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy research projects funded by state and federal grant programs. Adrienne works closely with IEDA program managers, partner organizations, and internal/external stakeholders to successfully complete program requirements, create project documents (including presentations and outreach/educational materials), and complete DOE program reporting to document progress on project milestones and deliverables. Previously, Adrienne served as a Biological Monitor on both the Sunrise and TRTP transmission lines in California; the Environmental Protection Department Manager for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska; and the National Park Service Field Technician for the Apostle Island National Lakeshore. Adrienne has a Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Biology, Bio-diversity and Ecology from the University of Kansas, and an Associate of Natural Science from Haskell Indian Nations University located in Lawrence, Kansas.


PHILIP RIGGS, Facilities Manager, Erie County Industrial Development Agency

Philip joined the Erie County Industrial Development Agency in 1995 as facility manager, and broadened his responsibilities to include civil and railroad construction and assisting the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation with construction projects. In 2009 he was certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt for process excellence through the University of Buffalo’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness. In 2013, Phil received national recognition from the International Economic Development Council for his work on an Erie County railroad project that reclaimed a major parcel of land occupied by rail tracks for commercial development. Phil is currently working with ECIDA Business Development Officer, Grant Lesswing, to design, construct and operate a zero-energy building for light manufacturing. The project would pioneer the development of low-energy cost manufacturing facilities in the United States.


DAVE RINEBOLT, Executive Director, Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy (OPAE)

Dave Rinebolt became Executive Director of OPAE in April, 1996.  Mr. Rinebolt represents OPAE before the Public Utilities Commission, the General Assembly, and Congress, working to promote affordable energy policies for low and moderate income customers.  Mr. Rinebolt has over 30 years of experience in dealing with policy issues relating to energy and natural resources.  He has worked on Capitol Hill, for the Bureau of Land Management at the Department of the Interior, for the Governor of Minnesota, and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors.  Mr. Rinebolt served as Director of Research for the National Wood Energy Association and was counsel to a number of renewable energy trade associations.  He also served as Director of Programs for the National Association of State Energy Officials. Mr. Rinebolt holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree from Bowling Green State University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.


TOBY RITTNER, President and CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)

Mr. Rittner manages the day-to-day operations, the 32 member Board of Directors, and the organization’s various educational, advocacy, research, resources and networking initiatives. Prior to CDFA, Mr. Rittner was the Director of Legislative Affairs and former Director of Training for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Mr. Rittner worked for the Franklin County, Ohio Board of Commissioners, Community and Economic Development Department as a Senior Program Coordinator for Economic Development and as an Associate Planner for the City of Gahanna, Ohio. Mr. Rittner is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Community Fund I, LLC and the Advisory Board for Heritage Ohio. Rittner is a Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) through CDFA and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) through the National Development Council (NDC). Mr. Rittner holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Ohio State University.


ETHAN A. ROGERS, Program Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Ethan Rogers directs the day-to-day activities of ACEEE’s Industry Program, coordinates the organization’s work on intelligent efficiency, and is the program lead for the annual Intelligent Efficiency Conference and the bi-annual Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry. The industry team conducts in-depth analyses of energy use in the manufacturing sector and how it is reduced through investments in more efficient technologies and practices. The program also analyzes and reports on efficiency programs targeting the industrial sector, opportunities to increase the use of combined heat and power (CHP) to meet the nation’s energy needs, and the ability of intelligent efficiency to transform all sectors of the economy. The team works collaboratively with businesses, government agencies, and public interest groups to advance sound energy efficiency policies and programs.


COLIN ROHLFING, Vice President, Director of Sustainable Development, HDR

As the director of sustainability, Colin is responsible for the overall sustainable design leadership of the practice. He promotes quality design efforts among all departments, regional business units and market business units, and he is acutely involved in the positioning of the practice, as well as the pursuit, win and delivery of design projects. He also provides global sustainable consulting thought leadership to enhance core services. Over the past 12 years, Colin has held various design and leadership roles, as well as being actively involved with the USGBC, AIA COTE, Biomimicry Guild and the International Living Future Institute. He is an active speaker, and he has been recognized on Building Design + Construction magazine’s and Design Futures Council’s “40 Under 40” lists and Engineering News-Record magazine’s “20 Under 40” list. He has received a USGBC Illinois Natural Leader Award, among others. Colin earned his Associate AIA and LEED AP BD + C.


CAITLIN ROOD, National Director of Environmental Sustainability, Mercy Housing

Caitlin Rood is Mercy Housing’s National Director of Environmental Sustainability, responsible for environmental aspects of all areas of Mercy Housing operations including development, operations and maintenance, resident services, and office practices. Ms. Rood has more than 18 years of sustainability and energy efficiency experience. She is an accomplished environmental, sustainability, and efficiency professional. She is a project manager with broad experience including environmental sustainability program development and reporting; energy and water efficiency; environmental management systems; audits; waste management and recycling; environmental assessments; and best practice development and implementation. Ms. Rood is an environmental engineer with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering.


AMY ROSS, Technical Specialist, ICF International

Amy Ross is a Technical Specialist with ICF International. She specializes in Housing and Community Development issues, specifically focusing on the intersection of affordable housing and green building; program management; and green building technical assistance and training. Currently, Amy serves as the client liaison to the Office of Economic Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She assists HUD in the management of the multifamily sector of the Better Buildings Challenge and directs all technical assistance under the Renew300 program. Prior to joining ICF, Amy held positions as a Program Director for the Green Communities Initiative at Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, Maryland; and as a Development Director at Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Master of Real Estate Development from Clemson University.


AMIR ROTH, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

Amir Roth is the Technology Manager for Building Energy Modeling (BEM) at DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) in Washington, DC. He manages the development of BTO’s BEM software tools, including the EnergyPlus whole-building energy simulation engine and the OpenStudio software development kit, and coordinates BTO’s other BEM-related activities both within the office and in the practitioner and vendor communities. Prior to coming to DOE, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Amir has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Yale University.


CHRIS ROUSSEAU, Partner, Newcomb & Boyd

Mr. Rousseau is a Partner at Newcomb & Boyd, a consulting and engineering firm in Atlanta, Georgia. He has 35 years of mechanical engineering experience in the health care design and construction industry. He has been a member of the Facilities Guidelines Institute Health Care Guidelines Revision Committee for 6 editions. He is currently Chair of ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.


AIDA ROXAS, Energy and Sustainability Programs Engineer, U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC-NOAA)

Aida Roxas is the Energy and Sustainability Programs Engineer for U.S. Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters. She earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and her certificate in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Her experience includes Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance, Production, and is a U.S. Navy Veteran. Currently, DOC-NOAA reports 400+ individual buildings with 5.5 million square feet of inventory. Aida implements sustainability programs to support science, service, and stewardship.


AMY ROYDEN-BLOOM, Supervisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Amy Royden-Bloom is the Supervisor of the State Energy Program (SEP), which provides funding and technical assistance to state and territory energy offices to help them advance their clean energy economy while contributing to national energy goals. SEP also provides leadership to maximize the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy in each state through communications and outreach activities and technology deployment, and by providing access to new partnerships and resources. Prior to joining DOE in 2013, Amy was a Senior Staff Associate at the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, where she led the association's efforts on global warming, enforcement, agricultural air pollution, and training. Amy holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.


DAVID RUGGIERO, Technical Specialist, ICF International

David Ruggiero is a Technical Specialist with ICF International. He has over a decade of experience in the high performance building industry working as a licensed Massachusetts Construction Supervisor, a LEED Accredited Professional, a certified HERS rater, and as a consultant with a focus on energy-efficiency and renewable energy. His involvement in cutting edge green building projects and programs ranges from ENERGY STAR to zero energy homes to Passive House. Specifically, he has been involved in the regional program development and implementation of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Homes Program and the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program. Most recently he assisted in the roll out and expansion of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge benchmarking program to the multifamily building sector. Presently he consults with DOE and HUD contract managers in strategic program planning, drafting and editing technical project reviews and program solutions, developing data tracking protocols, and reviewing portfolio wide utility data.


BECCA RUSHIN, Vice President of Sustainability, Jamestown, LP

Becca Rushin is Vice President of Sustainability at Jamestown, LP, and leads sustainability and corporate social responsibility initiatives at the property, portfolio, and corporate levels. Most of her time is spent overseeing reporting and utility benchmarking across the portfolio, conducting check-ins with the property teams and coordinating the publication of reports, case studies, and investor surveys, such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Previously, she worked as a local government consultant for Clark Patterson Lee, where she served as the Development Coordinator for the City of Dunwoody, Georgia, in addition to serving as a staff liaison for the Sustainability Commission. Becca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Environmental Policy from Sewanee: the University of the South. She earned her master’s from Utrecht University, where she studied Sustainable Development with a focus on Environmental Policy and Management. Becca is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and holds a LEED AP O+M credential.


CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL, Visiting Fellow, American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE)

Christopher Russell is a nationally-recognized expert in the planning, justification, and evaluation of business-sector energy cost control initiatives. He is a visiting fellow with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy in Washington, D.C. He served as the politically-appointed energy manager for the Howard County, Maryland government. He has documented and evaluated energy management practices at dozens of facilities, and has advised corporations, utilities, trade associations, and government agencies in the planning and promotion of industrial energy programs. He is a capstone advisor to graduate students in the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies (Real Estate). Christopher is on the Advisory Board for the Texas A&M Industrial Energy Technology Conference. He is recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University of Canada.

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MICHAEL SAMULON, Policy Analyst, Sustainability Office of Los Angeles, California

Michael Samulon is a policy analyst in the Sustainability Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. His focus is on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and water consumption in municipal facilities and fleets. This includes building audits and retrofits, EV infrastructure and fleet deployment, and pilot projects of new technologies. He has overseen the first energy and water benchmarking of Los Angeles’ municipal buildings, and worked with the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge to enroll 300 buildings in the challenge. He is also working with the Los Angeles Police Department on the rollout of 100 electric vehicles and corresponding charging infrastructure at their fleet headquarters. Previously, Michael worked as a researcher in UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation, co-authoring papers on job creation through energy efficiency work and the economic underpinnings of community solar programs. Prior to making the transition to sustainability policy, Michael began his career working as a sound editor in the entertainment industry.


LINDA SANDAHL, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) 

Linda Sandahl, a Program Manager and the Energy Technology Market Adoption Team Lead with the Energy Policy and Economics Group (EP&E), has been with PNNL for more than 25 years. Much of her work involves leading the design and implementation of programs that support development and deployment of energy-efficient commercial buildings technologies and market transformation initiatives. Linda currently manages PNNL’s involvement in DOE's Better Buildings Alliance. In this role, she leads the Lighting & Electrical Team, the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign, and the Interior Lighting Campaign. Linda also manages related high efficiency lighting work for the Federal Energy Management Program. Linda has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, as well as CEM and PMP certifications.


ELLEN SARGENT, Director of Sustainable Initiatives, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)

Ellen Sargent joined the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) in 2013 as the Director of Sustainable Initiatives. Her remit was to lead a team focused on energy procurement and management, water conservation and urban agriculture to support the CHA’s goal of providing housing that is safe, decent and sustainable. In the past few years, the CHA has employed the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark energy use at properties over 50,000 square feet. Prior to joining the CHA, Ellen worked in Chicago’s public sector building industry to enrich and stabilize communities by managing adaptive reuse, renovation and new construction projects. She also oversaw natural resource operations and developed green initiatives for Chicago parks. This work has allowed her to intersect the guiding principles of historic preservation with emerging green technologies within the organized chaos of construction, land and facility management.


DALE SARTOR, Staff Scientist/Engineer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Dale Sartor is a staff scientist/engineer at LBNL where he focusses on building efficiency technology applications.  He leads projects to develop and transfer new technology and stimulate the use of underutilized technology.  He has over forty years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applications including ten years as a principal of an architecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL’s In-House Energy Management Program.  Currently Mr. Sartor is focused on RD&D on energy efficiency in buildings for high tech industries (i.e. laboratories, cleanrooms, and data centers).  He oversees the Federal Energy Management Program’s new Center of Expertise for Data centers.  Mr. Sartor has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration.  He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor.  Mr. Sartor is a Professional Engineer.


JOHN SASSER, Vice President of Operations, Sabey Data Centers

John Sasser is Vice President of Operations for Sabey Data Centers, leading Sabey’s critical environment operations. With a background in engineering and facilities, he specializes in ensuring Sabey’s data center solutions meet customers’ evolving needs. Sasser is passionate about efficiency, resulting in over $3 million in awarded utility incentives, along with an Energy Star rating of 100 for Sabey’s Intergate Quincy data center. The combination of low Power Utilization Effectiveness (PUE) and tailored solutions helps Sabey’s clients drive down their total cost. To better test data center airflow, Sasser invented a mobile commissioning assistant, patent pending. He is a registered engineer and past president of AFCOM Western Washington chapter. He looks forward to sharing ideas on how to improve efficiency in data centers.


KARMA SAWYER, Strategic Analysis and Commercialization Technology Manager, Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO)

Karma Sawyer is the Strategic Analysis and Commercialization Technology Manager and a Physical Scientist in the Emerging Technologies (ET) Program within BTO. Sawyer originally joined the Department of Energy in 2010 as an ARPA-E fellow, where she performed technical, environmental, and economic assessment of CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration methods for direct natural gas to liquids conversion and thermal storage. She later took over as an Assistant Program Director, responsible for ARPA-E’s capture portfolio. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Sawyer worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Sawyer was named an AAAS Science and Technology Policy fellow at ARPA-E (2010) and a fellow at the American Chemical Society-Petroleum Research Fund Summer School (2006). Sawyer received a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry from Syracuse University. She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008.


MARTA SCHANTZ, Associate Consultant, Waypoint Building Group

Marta Schantz is an Associate consultant at Waypoint Building Group with 6 years of experience in both qualitative and qualitative energy and financial analysis. She applies economic and financial analysis to energy efficiency and sustainability challenges in the energy and environmental domains for federal agencies and utilities. She has deep experience in financial tracking, renewable energy market analysis, and large-scale program management. At Waypoint, Marta leads energy efficiency tasks covering Energy Efficiency Finance, Market Segmentation analysis, and Technology Campaign development.


PAUL SCHEIHING, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Paul Scheihing is a Technology Manager within DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). He is the lead of the Superior Energy Performance certification program in partnership with U.S. industry. He is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group that developed the ISO 50001 energy management standard. In the 1990s, he managed DOE’s voluntary industry partnerships such as Motor Challenge, Steam Challenge, and Compressed Air Challenge. He led the Save Energy Now program which provided over 1,000 energy assessments to manufacturing plants from 2006 to 2011. Previously, Scheihing worked for five years at the Garrett Turbine Engine Company in Phoenix, Arizona, and five years with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Concordville, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   He was honored by the ACEEE as Champion in Energy Efficiency in Industry in July 2013.


BRUCE SCHLEIN, Director of Alternative Energy Finance (AEF), Citi

Bruce Schlein is a Director in Citi’s Alternative Energy Finance (AEF) Group in Capital Markets Origination; a dedicated team providing full service financing solutions for all types of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Prior to AEF, Bruce worked as Director of Corporate Sustainability with Citi’s business and operations units to identify and develop solutions for emerging environmental and social issues and opportunities. Previously he worked as a sustainability specialist for Bechtel on petrochemical and civil projects in China and Romania; and for international development agencies including Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia Herzegovina, and the U.S. Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. Bruce is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Master of International Affairs from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


SARA SCHOEN, Director of Sustainability, Clarion Partners

Sara Schoen works for Verdani Partners, and serves under contract as Director of Sustainability for Clarion Partners, a real estate investment manager with approximately $40 billion in total assets under management. Prior to joining Verdani and Clarion, she established and led the first energy and sustainability department for publicly-traded REIT First Potomac Realty Trust, and served as commercial real estate lead for the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings programs. She has also worked at the Corporate Executive Board and the U.S. Green Building Council, where she managed hospitality market outreach and LEED technical development. Sara earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and her Master of Science in energy policy and technology from Johns Hopkins University.


FRED C. SCHOENEBORN, President, FCS Consulting Services, Inc.

Fred C. Schoeneborn is president of FCS Consulting Services, Inc. During his 38 year career with Mobil Oil Corporation he created and managed a global energy management program. Since 2000, Fred has worked as an independent consultant assisting Fortune 100 companies establish their energy programs. Fred supports the EPA ENERGY STAR program by assisting ENERGY STAR partners in improving their energy efficiency. In addition, he conducts energy assessment workshops for the DOE Oak Ridge National Lab. In 2005 the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy recognized Fred as a “Champion of Energy Efficiency”. Additionally, he participates on the Industrial Energy Technology Conference Advisory Board. Fred is a Certified Energy Manager and Certified Energy Auditor.


JEFFREY SCHUB, Executive Director, Coalition for Green Capital (CGC)

Jeffrey Schub is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Green Capital, a leading nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that works at the state, federal and international levels to create green banks, which accelerate the growth of clean energy markets. Jeff develops green bank opportunities and partnerships across the country; he has advised the Connecticut Green Bank on financing strategy, and helped develop the business plan for the New York Green Bank. He has worked with the OECD in Paris to organize two international meetings on the topic of green banks. In addition, Jeff organized the Green Bank Academy, a gathering of officials to learn about green bank best practices. Previously, Jeff was an economic consultant at Analysis Group, focused on technology and innovation. Jeff holds a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and Bachelor of Arts in economics and public policy from Brown University.


STEVE SCHULTZ, Corporate Energy Manager, 3M

Steve is responsible for managing 3M's global energy management program, which includes improving the energy performance of more than two-hundred and fifty 3M locations around the world. His role includes strategic planning, development and implementation of programs and tools to achieve corporate goals, and oversight of corporate data tracking and measurement systems. Steve is leading 3M’s effort to become certified at the Enterprise level to the Management System for Energy ISO 50001 and has worked with numerous 3M locations globally that have achieved ISO 500001 and Superior Energy Performance certification. Steve is a Certified Energy Manager with the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems – Industrial, and a Superior Energy Performance Verifier - Industrial. He was named a Champion of Energy Efficiency by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He serves on numerous committees including the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Energy Policy Committee and the Industrial Energy Technology Conference.


ARAH SCHUUR, Director of Energy Efficiency Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)

As Director, Arah leads DOER’s energy efficiency-related policy and program development, such as building energy codes, building labeling, innovative finance programs, demonstration of peak demand reduction strategies, innovative technology, and program design models.  Arah works with the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, which is chaired by DOER and advises the Commonwealth’s utility and program administrators in the development and execution of their statewide energy efficiency programs, MassSave®.  Prior to the DOER, Arah led a U.S. Department of Energy program focused on developing and deploying energy efficiency technologies, solutions, and tools for commercial buildings. Arah has real estate development experience in both the public and private sector. Arah has a Master of City Planning and a Master of Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


MICK SCHWEDLER, Manager of Applications Engineering, Trane 

Mick Schwedler is the Manager of Applications Engineering at Trane, and has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As manager of applications engineering his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) and chilled water system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of Trane products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. From an environmental perspective, Mick has served on a number USGBC technical and education groups and chairs the LEED Technical Committee.


JOHN K. SCOTT, Senior Vice President, Colliers International

John K. Scott, BOMA Fellow and RPA, has over 30 years’ experience in commercial asset management and project leasing. As Senior Vice President of Colliers International in Florida, he is responsible for Florida Real Estate Management Services, directing a portfolio of over 115 commercial properties across 10 million square feet. He leads over 50 professionals specializing in property management, accounting, and facilities maintenance and is an integral part of the executive leadership team. John serves BOMA as an Executive Committee Board Member and has held numerous positions at the local, national, and international level. His passion for sustainability and energy intertwined him with DOE in 2007 and led to positions as Chair of the Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance (2010-2013), Co-Chair 2015 Building Energy Summit and Chair of the Berkeley FLEXLAB Executive Advisory Board (2013-Present). John is authoring multiple chapters of a BOMI educational textbook on high performance building valuation.


ERICK SHAMBARGER, Director of Environmental Sustainability, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Erick Shambarger is the Director of Environmental Sustainability at the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he leads the Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO). ECO was created by Mayor Tom Barrett to develop practical solutions that benefit Milwaukee’s environment and economy. Mr. Shambarger developed the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program and PACE financing program. He led Milwaukee’s participation in the Better Buildings Challenge program, chaired the City’s Energy Reduction Team to reduce energy use across City operations, and promotes innovative storm water management practices and green infrastructure. He oversees implementation of all ECO programs and the ReFresh Milwaukee sustainability plan. He also leads ECO's involvement in national and global partnerships. Prior to his current role, he served as Deputy Director of ECO for 5 years, and as City Economist in the Budget and Management Division. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin and certificates in Water Technology and Energy Analysis and Policy.


TRAVIS SHEEHAN, Energy Fellow, City of Boston, Massachusetts 

Travis Sheehan is a fellow at the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), the City of Boston's planning and economic development agency. Travis developed and implements the City's energy planning functions including regional infrastructure studies, policy development workshops, pilot projects, and trade articles. He focuses on the integration of local energy technologies with urban development- such as energy generation and storage, district energy, and microgrids. Before joining the BRA, Travis advised governments, corporate clients, and investors on resiliency and sustainability strategies for urban developments in the U.S. and India. He received a dual Master of City Planning and Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


STEVE SKARDA, Global Climate and Energy Leader, Procter & Gamble

Steve is the Global Climate and Energy Leader at Procter & Gamble where he is responsible for delivering P&G’s 2020 sustainability goals on energy. Steve leads a team focused on a science based goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020. To date, the team has improved energy productivity by more than 15% across 200 facilities worldwide saving P&G over $350 million in four years. The team has also announced projects that together will double their use of renewable energy. Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Engineering degree in Sustainable Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a 2011 graduate of the Energy Executives Leadership Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.


BRAD SMITH, Sustainability Specialist, Boulder County Sustainability Office, Colorado

Brad works for Boulder County’s Sustainability Office developing and implementing programs and outreach strategies to forward Boulder County's sustainability goals, expand existing services, and promote community engagement. He works with teammates and program partners evolving Boulder County’s residential energy advising service, EnergySmart. Brad also oversees the office's internship program, conducts training, and develops sustainability professionals.


TOM SMITH, President, Exposure Control Technologies

Tom Smith is a leader in lab safety and energy management. He specializes in helping laboratories provide safe, dependable, and energy-efficient operation of laboratory hoods and ventilation systems. Mr. Smith is active in developing national and international standards for lab ventilation and has served as Chairman of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems, Vice Chairman of ANSI/ASHRAE 110 Fume Hood Testing, and is the Vice Chairman of ANSI/AIHA Z9 Standards for Ventilation and Health. Since 1985, Mr. Smith has participated in hundreds of laboratory ventilation projects and evaluated thousands of laboratory hood systems. His work has helped improve the safety of lab environments, reduced energy consumption and saved millions of dollars in operating costs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina.


RODNEY SOBIN, Senior Program Director, National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

Rodney Sobin is a Senior Program Director at NASEO where he works on a number of energy efficiency topics, including on potential roles for energy efficiency in the EPA Clean Power Plan and more broadly as an emission reduction approach. Previously, he was Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the Alliance to Save Energy where he worked on various energy efficiency topics, including interactions with air regulations; efficiency standards; utility programs; evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V); technological innovation; industrial efficiency; energy productivity; and state and local policies. His prior experiences included energy and environmental work at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the World Resources Institute.  He holds two master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


MARINA SOFOS, Technology Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Marina is a Technology Manager in the Buildings Technologies Office at DOE.  In this role she manages the building sensors and controls technology portfolio within the Emerging Technologies Program.  Previously, she was in the Advanced Manufacturing Office where she led the development a program in scaling up manufacturing approaches for wide bandgap semiconductors and power electronics to enable reductions in cost and improvements in performance efficiency.  Marina began her career at DOE as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, responsible for coordinating the US-China cooperative clean energy R&D portfolio managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Her research background is in designing efficient synthetic strategies for inorganic and organic semiconductor hybrid nanostructures to improve their performance in electronic and energy conversion applications.  She earned her Bachelor of Science from Brown University and Ph.D. from Northwestern University both in materials science and engineering, and conducted her postdoctoral studies at Argonne National Laboratory.


ADAM SPITZ, Senior Associate, ICF International

Adam Spitz is a Senior Associate at ICF International and the commercial food service (CFS) subject matter expert for DOE Better Buildings Alliance and Better Buildings Challenge. He also supports EPA’s ENERGY STAR program as the ICF International CFS product development lead; and supported EPA on the development of the 2015-2016 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation (DCKV). Prior to joining ICF, Mr. Spitz was an energy analyst for Fisher Nickel, Inc. at the Food Service Technology Center.


THERESA SPURLING-WOOD, Energy Conservation Specialist, Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS)

Theresa is a Mechanical/Technical/Energy Conservation Specialist with 30+ years field experience in the building and construction industries. Theresa served as a HVAC Apprentice at Local Union 725, Miami; foreperson at the Montenay Resource Recovery Biomass Plant; Certified Zone Mechanic for Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and Residential Efficiency Program Coordinator III in the Conservation Department at Gainesville Regional Utilities. Since her arrival at ACPS, the district has reduced districtwide energy and water consumption, been recognized by EPA as a Top Performer School District, and  just received Florida Green Schools Gold District Award. She obtained her Journeyman licenses in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties; State of Florida HVAC Contractor License; and became a RESNET/HERS Energy Rater. Theresa is also a Certified Instructor of Journeyman and Apprentices through the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, for whom she taught one of the first Indoor air-quality programs for technicians in the 1990s. Theresa is a CEM; and CIE, GCP, and LEED AP credentialed.


MALINI SRIVASTAVA, Project Lead, eFargo

Malini is the project lead and Principal Architect for eFargo, a participant in the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and registered architect. In her roles as Bush Fellow, Assistant Professor at NDSU and co-Principal of Design and Energy Laboratory, she creates design-based solutions for energy issues in the built environment. Malini was awarded the AIA MN Young Architect Award in 2012 and is completing her doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University. She is responsible for the research and design of eFargo and its components.



Mr. Stolatis holds the position Senior Director – Global Sustainability and Enterprise Initiatives at TIAA-CREF, where he has leadership responsibility on the Impact Investing and Global Sustainability team focusing on sustainability and governance for the entire domestic and international real estate equity investment portfolio encompassing office, industrial, retail and multi-family properties. Following his 30 year career in asset and portfolio management, Nick developed TIAA-CREF’s Global Real Estate Sustainability Initiative, which has generated significant improvements in resource efficiency within the investment portfolio, resulting in TIAA-CREF being recognized by the EPA as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the last 8 consecutive years. Nick has earned the Certified Property Manager (CPM®), the LEED® Accredited Professional, and the Real Property Administrator (RPA®) designations. He is a facilitator for IREM's Courses, and was an instructor in the BOM Institute's RPA designation program, specializing in the “Real Estate Investment and Finance” and “Asset Management” courses offered by BOMI.


RICHARD SWEETSER, President, EXERGY Partners Corp.

Richard Sweetser has spent 44-years commercializing advanced energy, power, refrigeration and HVAC technology.  Mr. Sweetser founded EXERGY Partners Corporation in January 1998 as a consulting firm designed to capitalize on opportunities arising out of utility restructuring and climate change in the energy and construction industry.  EXERGY Partners has developed an extensive commercial, institutional, and industrial network focusing on the integration of onsite power generation, energy recovery, and thermal energy management.  EXERGY Partners has provided strategic support for the federal initiative on combined heat and power (CHP), EPA’s Combined Heat and Power Partnership, and the U.S. Department of State’s Asia Pacific Partnership.  Mr. Sweetser is a Senior Advisor to US DOE’s Mid-Atlantic CHP Technology Assistance Partnership.   Mr. Sweetser has published numerous technical, and policy articles, technical manuals, a book titled, THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GAS COOLING and was the lead author on ASHRAE’s new CHP Design Guide.


ERIKA SYMMONDS, Director of Workforce Development, GRID Alternatives

Erika Symmonds joined GRID Alternatives in 2015 to help launch its new workforce initiatives and ensure that solar career opportunities are accessible to individuals in disadvantaged communities. In that role, she helped launch a resume bank to connect hiring solar companies with experienced job seekers, organized the first-ever solar job fair at Solar Power International, and improved GRID's job placement tracking efforts. Ms. Symmonds came to GRID from Green City Force, a New York-based nonprofit she co-founded to connect youth of low-income backgrounds to opportunities in the green economy. She received numerous accolades for her work there: in 2013, Green City Force was named the “Most Innovative Nonprofit in NYC” by Mayor Bloomberg, and in 2014 the nonprofit was chosen to receive the Advocates Award by Environmental Associates of New York. She holds a degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College.

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BOB TAYLOR, President, Energy Pathways, LLC 

Bob Taylor is an independent energy economist and advisor on energy development, focusing especially on energy efficiency in the U.S. and China. He was a World Bank energy specialist for 27 years, working on energy efficiency projects in China and several other countries. Since 2009 he has worked on energy efficiency programs and projects in the U.S. and China for a range of NGOs, and government and international agencies. Additionally, he is a Senior Advisor to the Institute for Industrial Productivity (IIP). Much of his work focuses on the industrial sector, including energy efficiency programs at provincial/state levels, economic analysis, company energy management systems, energy efficiency project finance, and energy performance contracting.


CODY TAYLOR, Team Lead, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Cody Taylor is a Team Lead in the Commercial Building Integration group in DOE's Building Technology Office. He leads the team's market transformation portfolio, helping markets to more effectively deliver energy efficiency. This includes initiatives to accelerate the market for zero energy buildings; improve data interoperability in the buildings sector; prepare the American workforce to deliver efficient buildings; and more readily incorporate energy performance information into real estate finance, investment, construction, and leasing decisions.


WILLIAM E. (DUB) TAYLOR, Director, State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)

Dub Taylor is the Director of SECO, which is operated by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Under his direction, SECO helps the state make the most of domestically-produced energy, reduce state and local government energy costs and promote cost-effective clean energy technologies. SECO’s mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment. Prior to joining SECO in 1999, Taylor’s public sector experience includes six years with the Texas Railroad Commission’s Alternative Fuels Research and Education Division. Taylor’s private sector experience was focused in commercial real estate, property appraisal and property tax consulting. Taylor currently serves on, and is actively involved in a number of energy efficiency and clean energy-focused national, state and local organizations. Taylor graduated of the University of Texas at Austin


GRAHAM THORSTEINSON, Energy Manager, General Mills

As the first plant based energy engineer at General Mills, Graham delivered a total of $5,000,000 in energy savings at one General Mills cereal plant including a 29% BTU per pound of product reduction. Graham influenced senior leadership to create additional plant-based energy engineer jobs in the larger plants, and a CI energy process. He now leads this energy engineering team in cereal, snacks, meals, and international divisions. His process and leadership have resulted in $13,000,000 in additional savings in the last four years (11% BTU/lb reduction) with a plan to deliver similar savings over the next few years. Graham won the Association of Energy Engineers’ International Young Energy Professional of the Year in 2013, Region II Energy Professional Development in 2015, and Region III Corporate Energy Management in 2015. Graham graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.


CLAUDIA TIGHE, Program Manager for CHP Deployment Program, U.S. Department of Energy

Claudia Tighe is the Program Manager for DOE’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) deployment program. In this capacity, she manages a national technical assistance program that educates policymakers and other stakeholders on the value of CHP, offers best practice considerations for policies and practices that are conducive to siting CHP, and provides site-specific technical assistance to install CHP.  Claudia is an economist with over twenty years of energy industry experience working with electric and gas utilities as well as federal, state, and local government agencies on both supply-side and demand-side issues relating to residential, commercial/institutional and industrial energy markets.


ELLEN TOHN, Principal, Tohn Environmental Strategies

Ms. Tohn has over 30 years of experience and is the founder of Tohn Environmental Strategies. Ms. Tohn works with housing developers, owners, and managers to create green and healthy housing; she developed the nationally recognized “One Touch” approach. She has assisted health advocates catalyze policy solutions, designed energy efficiency programs incorporating health protections, and managed environmental health research studies. Ms. Tohn served as an advisor on health issues to the USGBC LEED program, Enterprise Green Communities, Delos Living, EPA, DOE, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and numerous green building programs. Ms. Tohn is a nationally recognized trainer, providing professional development to over 7,000 individuals. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a master’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ms. Tohn is Co-Chair of the Wayland Energy Initiatives Advisory Committee and a member of the Cornell University Alumni Sustainability Advisory Board.


TED TOON, Director of FHA Multifamily Production, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Ted Toon is the Director of FHA Multifamily Production, with responsibility for oversight of HUD’s multifamily mortgage insurance platform, including policy and procedures.  Prior, Ted was Director of HUD’s Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, focused on the preservation, recapitalization, and sustainability of the multifamily portfolio;  Programs under his direction included the Mark to Market program, the Green Retrofit Program (a $250 million Recovery Act program), and the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program.  Prior to joining HUD in February of 2001, Ted was Vice President of ACG Professionals, an Atlanta-based consulting firm specializing in financial analysis, due diligence and underwriting services to the commercial real estate industry.  He holds undergraduate degrees in Environmental Design, and Business, from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned a Master of Real Estate from MIT.  Ted is also accredited through the US Green Building Council as LEED AP in Building Design and Construction.


LAURA TROISE, Operations Program Manager, HEI Hotels & Resorts

Laura Troise is Operations Program Manager at HEI Hotels & Resorts where she is responsible for the data management and implementation of HEI’s four-time EPA ENERGY STAR award-winning energy conservation program. In her years with the company, Laura has upgraded HEI’s energy reporting, including their Energy Looking Glass dashboard, into online, real-time tracking tools for nearly 60 properties across the United States. Thanks to her experience as an instructor, she can then translate the use and importance of those tools to c-Level executives, third party owners, property level associates, and anyone whose eyes glaze over as soon as conversation turns to spreadsheets and databases. Laura has had the honor to join in presenting HEI’s energy program to the Clinton Global Initiative. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University.

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JON E. UTECH, Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment, Cleveland Clinic

Jon E. Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis the triple bottom line. Jon directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, green building, Climate Resilience, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and Reporting.  Jon earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Positive Organization Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts in History at Dartmouth College.  Jon is also an Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University in sustainability strategy.  Jon has more than 18 years of corporate strategy and planning experience and 10 years of experience implementing corporate sustainability programs. Jon has led sustainability strategy development at a dozen organizations and developed, financed, built and operating more than 3.5 MW of solar systems.

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 LEE VARDAKAS, President, Aegis Energy Services, Inc.

Lee Vardakas joined Aegis Energy Services Inc. in 1986. He is responsible for all facets of the growing organization including project sales and financing and has been instrumental in Aegis Energy's success as leader in small-package Combined Heat and Power in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Mr. Vardakas also acts as liaison with many state government energy departments and regulatory commissions.


JOSE VARONA, Associate Director of Energy Systems, University of Miami

Jose Varona leads the energy management program at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus. He has been a part of the U since 2013 supporting energy and natural resource conservation initiatives for the 250 acre main campus. His team of qualified engineers and technicians are constantly working to provide a more efficient and environmentally sustainable campus. Their work is integral to the U's mission of transforming lives through teaching, research and service. Jose has professional background in applied R&D project management, process control, and systems engineering. Jose holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Electrical Engineering, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida.


MAXIME VERSTRAETE, Vice President of Sustainability & ADA Compliance, Hilton Worldwide

As head of environmental sustainability and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance at Hilton Worldwide, Maxime Verstraete is responsible for ensuring the company’s more than 4,600 properties meet the highest standards in the industry. Maxime oversees key initiatives to help reduce carbon and waste, limit water and energy usage and ensure sustainable sourcing practices. Maxime is based in the Corporate Responsibility team, out of the company’s global headquarters in McLean, VA. Maxime has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry and three years in sustainability and corporate responsibility at Hilton. He was also responsible for compliance with the ADA Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to joining Hilton in 2005, Maxime worked in hotel operations at various properties in the U.S., France, and Mexico including the world-famous Torrey Pines resort in La Jolla, California. and the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme.

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JOHN WALLACE, Director of Innovation, Retail Solutions, Emerson Climate Technologies

John Wallace is Director of Innovation, Retail Solutions at Emerson Climate Technologies. He has been active in the design and development of electronic control systems for more than 20 years. He is a member of ASHRAE has served on many industry committees including the Lonmark Refrigeration committee and Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance, and he currently chairs the NAFEM (North American Food Equipment Manufacturers) Data Protocol standardization committee. Wallace graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and the University of Missouri with a Master of Electrical Engineering.


NANCY WALLACE, Professor of Finance and Real Estate, University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business

Nancy Wallace is a Professor of Finance and Real Estate and holds the Lisle and Roslyn Payne Chair in Real Estate and Capital Markets at the Haas School of Business, the University of California, Berkeley. She is Chair of the Real Estate Group, Co-Chair of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, and directs the Real Estate and Financial Markets Laboratory. She has served as a visiting scholar at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, the Université de Cergy Pointoise, Centre de Recherche THEMA, and the Stockholm School of Economics. Professor Wallace has held a variety of positions at: the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association;  the Journal of Computational Finance; the Financial Research Advisory Committee, Office of Financial Research, U.S. Treasury Department; and the Model Validation Council for the Federal Reserve System.


BRENNA WALRAVEN, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Inc.

Brenna Walraven is the CEO and Founder of Corporate Sustainability Strategies where she leads sustainability execution for USAA Real Estate Company (Realco), her company’s first client. She has a proven track record in executing the business case for how to successfully lead a national effort of improved energy management, operational efficiency and environmental stewardship. Brenna previously served as Head of Property Operations and Portfolio Manager for USAA Real Estate Company, where her responsibilities included providing strategic leadership and direction for a $12B, 100M square-foot national multi-sector real estate portfolio. She is past Chairman and Chief Elected Officer of BOMA International, is a BOMA Fellow, and has served on the board of directors and as vice chair of the Sustainability Policy Advisory Council for the Real Estate Roundtable. Brenna has a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California.

  THOMAS WENNING, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Thomas Wenning is a program manager for industrial energy efficiency at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). As a member of ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division, Mr. Wenning manages ORNL’s domestic and international industrial energy efficiency technology assistance and deployment activities. He also supports the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program and the Federal Energy Management Program by providing industrial sites with technical assistance activities, energy assessments and training, and energy management guidance. Mr. Wenning also manages the student activities for DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center program. He has led numerous international industrial energy efficiency workshops, trainings, and assessments on behalf of DOE. Mr. Wenning is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems, an SEP-Performance Verifier, and a DOE Qualified Specialist in the areas of steam, pumps, and fans.

PAUL WESSEL, Executive Director, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Paul Wessel has extensive experience in creating, trouble-shooting, and managing community development projects uniting residents, businesses, public agencies, non-profit boards and staff, and other diverse communities. A particular focus has been capitalizing on underutilized resources, implementing systems-based approaches to productivity and accountability, and nurturing sustainable relationships. His involvement as the Connecticut Director of Traffic and Parking led to the reorganization of the City of New Haven’s Traffic and Parking Department. Mr. Wessel has been a board member of the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, New Haven Parking Authority and Greater New Haven Transit District.


SEAN WEST, Program Manager, United Technologies

Sean is a Program Manager for United Technologies (UTC) Farmington, CT in the Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) group responsible for tracking energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions. He also monitors progress towards corporate environmental goals. Sean works with all UTC business units (Pratt & Whitney, UT Aerospace Systems, Carrier, Otis, Sikorsky and UT Research Center) to identify and implement energy and water conservation opportunities. He has an engineering degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


WADE WILLATT, Facility Manager, Schneider Electric

Wade Willatt is currently the Facility Manager at the Schneider Electric campus in Clovis, CA.  Wade has six years with Schneider Electric and was previously a Senior Project Engineer with responsibility for performing energy analysis on various mechanical systems and processes in the industry.  He has a strong history in energy improvement project identification and qualifications.  Wade has expert knowledge in ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Certification as a Certified Practioner in Energy Management Systems and SEP Performance Verifier. These skills have provided the necessary project management and technical expertise to implement ISO 50001 in 20 Schneider Electric facilities across North America. Wade has a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Energy Systems and a major in Mathematics, both from Syracuse University.  Wade also has a Professional Master of Business Administration from North Carolina State University.


JONATHAN WILSON, Director of Research, National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH)

Mr. Wilson has worked at NCHH for over 22 years. During his tenure, Mr. Wilson has served as a program manager for research, technical assistance, and policy work. He was the lead author on a study of the health impacts of energy retrofits, and previously studied the effects of lead-safe weatherization. He is currently project director for a study of the benefits of home performance activities. In 2011, he co-authored a report on opportunities to support health and safety activities in the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program. He came to the NCHH with a background in non-profit housing development and a Master of Public Policy.


DAN WINTERS, Head of North America, Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)

Mr. Winters has responsibility for furthering GRESB’s international scope by engaging institutional investors throughout North America, establishing industry partnerships, and expanding GRESB coverage among REITs and private equity firms. He previously served the U.S. Green Building Council as Senior Fellow for Business Strategy and Finance by providing leadership on a range of topics including green bond underwriting guidelines, asset valuation, and related business topics. Additional professional experience includes tenures at Russell Real Estate and CBRE, and participation in several start-up technology companies. He earned his Master of Real Estate Finance and Development from Harvard, his Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, and is an alumni of the University of Wisconsin real estate program. Mr. Winters is a lecturer at University of Maryland and George Mason University, and is a Counselor of Real Estate.


PHIL WIRDZEK, President and Executive Director, International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL®)

Phil Wirdzek is the founding President and Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL®). Phil was responsible for creating the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21®) program for which I2SL now has the full responsibility. His areas of expertise include environmental risk assessment, industrial microbiology, wastewater systems, facility management, energy efficiency and sustainable environmental policy.  He served as chair of Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Advanced Building Systems Integration and Diagnostics for more than a decade and is presently adjunct faculty in the Sea Grant Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI.  Mr. Wirdzek has received numerous awards, is a frequent speaker at many national and international events, and has been published in various trade journals.


MONICA WITT, Sustainability Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Monica Witt is the Sustainability Program Manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under her leadership, the Laboratory has significantly reduced energy and water use across the 40 square mile campus by establishing a building automation system team, recommissioning 30 facilities, upgrading aging facility systems, and working with organizations across the site – from High Performance Computing to Fleet Management – in order to drive energy and water efficiency and reach the President’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. Monica received her Master of Environmental Studies from Antioch University in Seattle. She also chairs the Sustainability and Environmental Subgroup within the Energy Facility Contractors Group, which is comprised of Management and Operating Contractors from across the Department of Energy complex.


MICHAEL H. WOLF, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, enVerid Systems

Michael oversees sales and marketing operations in the Americas to accelerate HVAC Load Reduction (HLR®) installations in businesses, government buildings, and universities, and to raise awareness of how this solution can dramatically improve energy efficiency and deliver indoor air quality.  Michael speaks at industry events on the topic of innovative approaches to achieving new levels of HVAC energy efficiency. Prior to joining enVerid, Michael represented several Israeli‐based energy efficiency technology companies in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Since 2007, he has been a consultant in business development, market research and penetration, and standardization and regulatory compliance to companies in the renewable and alternative energy, energy efficiency, and water conservation markets. Prior to that, Michael worked for 16 years at the Standards Institution of Israel in a variety of senior management positions, including director of standardization, manager of marketing and business development, and assistant to the director general.


SCOTT WOOD, Manager, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Scott Wood is a Manager at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) where he builds lasting partnerships that improve corporate energy management and advance the clean energy economy across the United States and internationally. Scott is based in Boston, MA where he has worked on EDF’s Climate Corps program for the last four years. Climate Corps is EDF’s summer fellowship program that embeds trained graduate students in leading organizations to provide hands-on support for energy management initiatives. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from Bryant University and a Master of Arts in Climate & Society from Columbia University.


MALCOM WOOLF, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

Malcolm leads AEE’s public policy efforts to promote the advanced energy industry, including federal, and state legislative and regulatory initiatives outside of California. Before joining AEE, Malcolm served as a Cabinet-level official with Governor Martin O'Malley. Woolf was chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials, appointed by Secretary Bodman to serve on the DOE’s Electricity Advisory Committee, and by Secretary Chu to serve on DOE’s State Energy Advisory Board and the SEE Action Network’s executive committee. Woolf served as the director of the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee and counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. He was also a senior attorney with the U.S. EPA. Malcolm received his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, with a year at Pembroke College, Oxford University. He earned his law degree, as well as a Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy, from the University of Virginia.



Theddi Wright Chappell is CEO of Sustainable Values, Inc., a woman-owned business specializing in valuation consulting, due diligence, impact investing and optimizing real estate returns for clients. Theddi is a national and international speaker and educator on the implications of green strategies on asset value. She co-authored the first seminar on valuing green commercial buildings for the Appraisal Institute and developed their two-day commercial course entitled, Case Studies in Valuing Green Commercial Buildings. Her publication, High Performance Green Building – What’s It Worth? was disseminated by the Cascadia Chapter of USGBC and the International Living Future Institute. She recently premiered a one-day course she developed with the Department of Energy entitled Energy Matters! that addresses the growing relevance of energy in the built environment and its implications on real property asset value. Theddi holds several certifications: CRE, FRICS, MAI, AAPI, and LEED AP.


JAY WROBEL, Manager of Technical Assistance, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Jay Wrobel is the Manager of Technical Assistance at the US Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office where he oversees major programs that help industry reduce energy use, increase competitiveness and develop trained workforces. Programs managed include Better Plants, Superior Energy Performance, CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, and Industrial Assessment Centers. Previous to joining DOE, Jay was the Executive Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), working with Midwest utilities and stakeholders to design and implement energy efficiency solutions. Jay has over 15 years’ experience in the energy, efficiency and sustainability fields, including time at the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). Jay has a Master of Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University and an economics degree from the University of Chicago; he started his career on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.


CHRISTINE WU, Sustainability Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Christine Wu is a sustainability program manager for the U.S. General Services Administration's Green Proving Ground program. Christine manages communications for the program and in the last two years has overseen the publication of nineteen GPG technology assessments authored by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories. Christine also serves as a project manager for GPG technology evaluations hosted at GSA federal buildings across the nation; her projects include the evaluation of electrochromic windows, connected lighting, and socially driven HVAC controls. Christine holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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DAVID ZABROWSKI, General Manager, Fisher-Nickel, Inc. and Pg&E Food Service Technology Center

David Zabrowski, as the General Manager, oversees the day-to-day operations at Fisher-Nickel, Inc. (Fishnick) and the PG&E Food Service Technology Center (FSTC) in San Ramon, CA. David manages the Center’s cutting edge testing and evaluation program for commercial cooking appliances. David is responsible for the FSTC's standard test method development program. Over his fifteen-plus year tenure, he has been instrumental in overseeing the development and maintenance of over 35 test methods for the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM)ASTM ratification. David also manages the Center’s testing and evaluation program. David is the past Chairman of the F26 Committee on Food Service Equipment and the acting chairman for the F26.06 Subcommittee on Productivity and Energy Protocols. He led the NAFEM Committee on Life Cycle Cost Model development team that resulted in a spreadsheet-based life-cycle cost model for commercial cooking appliances, available from NAFEM.


SARAH ZALESKI, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Sarah Zaleski currently serves as a Policy Advisor in DOE’s Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, where she leads the local government and energy strategic planning efforts for the Policy and Technical Assistance Team. She previously worked with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. Before joining DOE in June 2010, Sarah worked for the City of Baltimore, where she helped establish the Office of Sustainability and worked on the creation of the Baltimore Sustainability Plan, the city’s original green building requirements, and the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and Master of Environmental Management and Public Policy from Duke University.


COREY ZARECKI, Director of Engineering and Operations, Envision® Gundersen Health System

Corey is responsible for the technical engineering support and operations for Gundersen’s Envision® program. He develops and oversees construction for renewable energy projects, and manages the daily operations of the Gundersen Envision portfolio. Additionally, he identifies new project opportunities, fosters partnerships and drives operational improvements, which help to advance the Gundersen Envision brand. In his time at Gundersen Health System, Corey also initiated and led business solutions and process improvement as an efficiency improvement leader. Prior to joining Gundersen in 2008, Corey was employed as the director of Customer Satisfaction and Six Sigma for Trane Commercial Systems. During his eight-year career with Trane, he also held positions of Six Sigma leader and certified Six Sigma- Lean master black belt driving business solutions through process improvement philosophies. Corey received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds three patents.


ANDREW ZECH, Head of Business Development, Greenworks Lending, LLC

Andrew leads business development, sales, and marketing for Greenworks Lending. Greenworks is a PACE origination and lending company based in Stamford, Connecticuit, founded by the architects of the award-winning Connecticut C-PACE program. Greenworks develops and funds PACE projects wherever PACE policy allows. Prior to Greenworks, Andrew launched new products and led sales and marketing for a number of revenue cycle and finance technology and consulting offerings at The Advisory Board Company – a healthcare firm serving 3,800+ hospitals and healthcare organizations. Andrew received his graduate degree from Georgetown University and undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


JOHANNA ZETTERBERG, Coordinator, State Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action)

Johanna coordinates the SEE Action Network, a state and local effort facilitated by the federal government that helps state and local governments, utilities, and other agents of change take energy efficiency to scale and achieve all cost-effective energy efficiency by 2020. The Network is 200+ members strong and is overseen by an Executive Group of 30 leaders from government, business, industry, NGOs, and others. Johanna is a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellowship Program and is a French-American Foundation Young Leader. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College, and is a graduate of the International Honors Program. She has previous experience at the California Public Utilities Commission, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Sierra Club.


CINDY ZHU, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Cindy Zhu is a Fellow in the Building Technologies Office of DOE, where she works with commercial real estate partners in the Better Buildings Challenge and Alliance programs. She also leads efforts aimed at properly valuing energy efficient technologies and high performance buildings in the real estate market. Prior to her work at DOE, Cindy worked on energy efficiency initiatives in the multifamily sector at the New York State Energy and Research Authority in NYC. She holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Milano School of International Affairs at The New School, and a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.


PATTI ZIEGLER, Housing Coordinator, City of Mankato Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Ms. Ziegler has worked for the City of Mankato EDA for more than 30 years, and she has served as the Housing Coordinator for the past 13 years. She manages the housing programs for the Mankato EDA and the Blue Earth County EDA, including Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership, Shelter plus Care, Bridges, Mankato Down Payment Assistance, Community Development Block Grant, and the Breckenridge Townhome Supportive Housing Program. Ms. Ziegler holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a past recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from NAHRO Minnesota.


ADAM ZIMMERMAN, Executive Vice President, Craft3

Adam Zimmerman serves as Executive Vice President for Craft3, guiding organizational growth, consumer lending and brand management. In 2006, with support from the Ford Foundation, Zimmerman developed the Triple Bottom Line Scorecard in collaboration nine Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). In 2009 Adam launched Craft3’s energy efficiency lending program. Adam has been a featured speaker for C-40 Cities, the National Governor’s Association, Net Impact, Opportunity Finance Network, Climate and Energy Funders Group, Oregon BEST, and the California Public Utilities Commission. In 2012 he was appointed by the Governor of Oregon to serve on the Oregon Growth Board. In 2013 Adam was recognized by the Portland Business Journal as one of the region’s “40 under 40” business leaders. He is also past President of Oregon Tilth, one of the largest organic product certifiers in the United States. Adam earned his Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 2002.


BOB ZOGG, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Mr. Zogg is an Associate Director in the Energy Practice of Navigant Consulting, Inc. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, Mr. Zogg facilitates the Refrigeration Technology Solutions Team under the Better Buildings Alliance. He has over 25 years of engineering experience, primarily in commercial and residential energy end use. Mr. Zogg’s expertise includes: technology/market assessment of refrigeration and HVAC equipment; the evaluation of distributed generation, combined heat and power (including thermally activated cooling), and energy storage systems; and the development/testing of heat-pump water heaters and other specialized vapor-compression cooling/refrigeration equipment. Before joining Navigant, Mr. Zogg worked at TIAX LLC, Arthur D. Little, Inc., and United Technologies/Carrier Corporation.

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