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GreenGov 2016 Program

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GreenGov 2016 Program

  1. 1. SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
  2. 2. 2 GreenGov is a White House Council on Environmental Quality initiative focused on federal energy and sustainability efforts. The 2016 GreenGov Symposium has been organized to bring together senior Administration officials and Federal sustainability stakeholders to discuss the March 2015 Executive Order, number 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. #GREENGOV2016
  3. 3. 3 GreenGov 2016 Participants, Thank you for joining us to discuss strategies to green federal operations. The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the George Washington University are committed to being a resource and partner in your efforts to build a more sustainable federal government. We hope that our symposium provides new ideas and inspiration for you to take back to your respective departments and agencies. We are excited to announce that at our symposium today George Washington University is launching a case study series designed to help you and your colleagues learn about strategies for improving sustainability across many domains. The first five case studies, found at www.provost.gwu.edu/gwcasestudies, cover supply chain management, biobased procurement, fleet electrification, power purchase agreements, and waste reduction. Read about sustainability innovations underway at National Aeronautics Space Administration, the Smithsonian, National Park Service, US Navy, General Services Administration, Veterans Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, and US Postal Service. The case studies also feature exemplary efforts led by industry and non-profit organizations. Overtime, additional case studies will be added. We encourage you to use and share these resources. Thank you to the United Soybean Board, GW Sustainability Collaborative, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and GW Food Institute for support of this event. We look forward to collaborating with each of you. Thank you for being a part of GreenGov 2016. Sincerely, Christine Harada Federal Chief Sustainability Officer The White House Council on Environmental Quality Kathleen A. Merrigan, Ph.D. Executive Director of Sustainability The George Washington University 3 GreenGov 2016 Participants, Thank you for joining us to discuss strategies to green federal operations. The White House Council on Environmental Quality and the George Washington University are committed to being a resource and partner in your efforts to build a more sustainable federal government. We hope that our symposium provides new ideas and inspiration for you to take back to your respective departments and agencies. We are excited to announce that at our symposium today George Washington University is launching a case study series designed to help you and your colleagues learn about strategies for improving sustainability across many domains. The first five case studies, found at www.provost.gwu.edu/gwcasestudies, cover supply chain management, biobased procurement, fleet electrification, power purchase agreements, and waste reduction. Read about sustainability innovations underway at National Aeronautics Space Administration, the Smithsonian, National Park Service, US Navy, General Services Administration, Veterans Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, and US Postal Service. The case studies also feature exemplary efforts led by industry and non-profit organizations. Overtime, additional case studies will be added. We encourage you to use and share these resources. Thank you to the United Soybean Board, GW Sustainability Collaborative, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and GW Food Institute for support of this event. We look forward to collaborating with each of you. Thank you for being a part of GreenGov 2016. Sincerely, Christine Harada Federal Chief Sustainability Officer The White House Council on Environmental Quality Kathleen A. Merrigan, Ph.D. Executive Director of Sustainability The George Washington University
  4. 4. 4 8:30-9:00 Registration 9:00-9:10 Welcome Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University Introduced by Frank Sesno, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University 9:10-9:15 Feds at Work Video 9:15-9:25 Opening Remarks Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director, the White House Council on Environmental Quality 9:25-9:35 Looking Back-Looking Forward: E.O.13693 and the Federal Sustainability Agenda Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, the White House Council on Environmental Quality 9:35-9:40 Cabinet Voices Video: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy 9:40-10:15 Advancing Clean Energy: Lessons Learned During the Obama Administration Jon Powers, Co-Founder, CleanCapital Scott Sklar, President, the Stella Group, Ltd. Greg Dotson, Vice President, Energy Policy, Center for American Progress Diane Denton, Director of Environmental and Energy Policy and Sustainability, Duke Energy Moderator: Amit Ronen, Director, GW Solar Institute, George Washington University 10:15-10:20 Cabinet Voices Video: Post Master General Megan Brennan 10:20-10:40 Learning the Trade: How GreenGov Case Studies Can Help Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, United States Postal Service David Bingenheimer, Global Technology Manager, Dielectric Fluids, Cargill Industrial Specialties 10:40-10:55 Administration Priorities: Taking Action on Climate Change Dan Utech, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, the White House 10:55-11:15 Getting Plugged-in: Deploying an Electric Fleet Camron Gorguinpour, Director of Transformational Innovation, U.S. Air Force Randy Johnson, Director, Electric Transportation Development, Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company Moderator: Sarah Olexsak, Senior Sustainability Officer, the White House Council on Environmental Quality 11:15-11:45 Keynote: Chef Dan Barber, Food Trash or Treasure Interviewed by Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University Responses from Michelle Lapinski, Food Waste Managing Director Closed Loop Foundation and Fund and Kathleen Salyer, Deputy Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency 11:45-12:00 Aligning Our Event with our Mission Adele Ashkar, Associate Dean for Academic Excellence, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University John Deignan, TapIt and Protect Your Pipes Coordinator, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Fritz Gottschalk, Owner, Veteran Compost DC Anand Shantam, Instructor, Culinary Job Training Program, DC Central Kitchen 12:00-1:00 Luncheon 1:05-1:10 Cabinet Voices Video: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus AGENDA
  5. 5. 5 1:10-1:25 America’s Sustainable 21st Century Navy and Marine Corps Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy- Energy, Installations & Environment 1:25-2:00 Drops of Life: Sustaining Water Resources Royce Francis, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University Beth Sauerhaft, Senior Sustainability Advisor Meghan Stasz, Senior Sustainability Director, Grocery Manufacturers Association Moderator: Peter Linquiti, Associate Professor, Director of the Environmental Resource Policy Program, George Washington University 2:00-2:30 Keynote: Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Introduction by Belinda Burrier, United Soybean Board Director 2:30-2:45 Building a Sustainable Infrastructure at NASA Calvin Williams, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 2:45-3:10 A View of Sustainable Infrastructure from America’s Front Lawn Nancy Bechtol, Director, Office of Facilities Management, Smithsonian Institution Eric Hollinger, Archaeologist, Anthropology Department, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Lisa Benton-Short, Chair of the Department of Geography, George Washington University 3:10-3:35 The Data Center Frontier Dale Sartor, Staff Engineer, Building and Industrial Applications, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Orlando Figueredo, Vice President, Consulting and Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Barbara Humpton, President and CEO, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. Moderator: Don DuRousseau, Director of Research Technology Services, George Washington University 3:35-3:40 Cabinet Voices Video: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker 3:40-4:10 Gigawatts to Storage: What are the Best Strategies? Matt Roberts, Executive Director, Energy Storage Association Kevin Kampschroer, Director, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, General Services Administration John Kliem, Acting Director, Renewable Energy Program Office, U.S. Department of the Navy Moderator: Donna Attanasio, Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, Professorial Lecturer in Law, GW Law School 4:10-4:15 Cabinet Voices Video: GSA Administrator Denise Roth 4:15-4:45 At the End of the Day, Resilience is Everything David Bibo, Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development Jainey Bavishi, Associate Director for Climate Preparedness, the White House Council on Environmental Quality Leslie Jones, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture 4:45-4:50 Sustainable GW Video 4:50-5:00 Closing Remarks Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, White House Council on Environmental Quality Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University
  6. 6. 6 THE SUSTAINABLE SEED Federal government contracts are required to specify products under the Federal BioPreferred® Program that Congress established and is supported by Federal Sustainability Executive Order 13693 “Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade”.  Ready to use, rapidly renewable, reduced environmental impacts are three of the many attributes of plant-based materials, including those made with U.S.-grown soybeans. The United Soybean Board is here to help you meet your Federal requirement. www.soybiobased.org Soybeans are being used to make Biobased Cleaning Supplies, Formaldehyde-free biobased hardwood plywood , New soy-biobased motor oil, Soy-backed artificial grass, Soy-backed carpet and more.
  7. 7. 7 GW SUSTAINABILITY BY THE NUMBERS
  8. 8. 8 FEATURED SPEAKERS CHRISTY GOLDFUSS Managing Director, White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss serves as Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. CEQ helps to develop the Administration’s environmental and energy policies and initiatives and works closely with Federal agencies to implement them. Goldfuss helps oversee implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan and works with other White House partners on new strategies to tackle this global challenge. She also leads work to advance the President’s agenda for protecting the lands and waters Americans value. Goldfuss has significant experience as a leader on a range of environmental issues, most recently as a deputy director of the National Park Service where she helped lead efforts to set and meet strategic goals related to conservation and preservation of America’s natural and cultural heritage. In this capacity, she identified ways to make Federal resources more accessible, including by spearheading the Administration’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. Prior to joining the Administration, she created and directed the Public Lands Project at the Center for American Progress. Previously, she worked as legislative staff for the House Committee on Natural Resources and as a reporter in Richmond, VA, Reno, NV and Redding, CA. TOM VILSACK Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack serves as the Nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. As the longest serving Cabinet member, Vilsack has worked to implement President Obama’s agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last. As chair of the first-ever White House Rural Council, Secretary Vilsack and USDA are taking steps to strengthen services for rural businesses and entrepreneurs by finding new ways to make the connection between the demand for investment in rural areas and the financial community. Vilsack knows that conserving natural resources is critical to the long-term strength of our economy. That is why USDA has enrolled a record number of private working lands in conservation programs and implemented new strategies - such as landscape-scale efforts - to restore our forests and clean our water supply. This work is creating private sector jobs protecting and rehabilitating our forests and wetlands, and providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation, which supports 6.1 million direct jobs across the country. Under Vilsack’s leadership, USDA has partnered with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to improve the health of America’s children. He helped pass and implement the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, enabling USDA to help combat child hunger and obesity by making the most significant improvements to school meals in 30 years. He has led a comprehensive effort to improve the safety of the American food supply, implementing changes to food safety standards to prevent illnesses by reducing the prevalence of E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter in our meat and poultry. He has made civil rights a top priority, reaching historic resolutions to all major past cases of discrimination brought against USDA by minority groups, and taking definitive action to move USDA into a new era as a model employer and premier service provider. Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, in the Iowa State Senate and as the mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Vilsack was born into an orphanage and adopted in 1951. After graduating Hamilton College and Albany Law School in New York, he moved to Mt. Pleasant, his wife Christie’s hometown, where he practiced law. The Vilsacks have two adult sons, two daughter-in-laws, and four grandchildren. DAN BARBER Chef, Co-owner, Blue Hill Farm Dan Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill, a restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times, along with many other publications. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country’s Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Barber's book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, was published by The Penquin Press in 2014.
  9. 9. 9 SYMPOSIUM ORGANIZERS CHRISTINE HARADA Federal Chief Sustainability Officer , The White House Council on Environmental Quality On November 16, 2015, Christine Harada was appointed to the White House Council on Environmental Quality by President Obama, where she serves as the Administration’s Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. In this capacity, she is responsible for promoting environmental and energy sustainability across Federal Government operations including 360,000 buildings, 650,000 vehicles, and $445 billion annually in purchased goods and services. The Office of Federal Sustainability works collaboratively with the Executive Office of the President and each of the Federal agencies to implement the President’s Executive Orders on Federal Sustainability and the GreenGov initiative. Prior to her appointment, Harada served as the Associate Administrator for Government-wide Policy at the U.S. General Services Administration, where she helped provide government-wide policies and guidance to enable the sustainable and efficient use of assets, effective acquisition leadership, identity management and sound information management. Previously, Harada worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a consultant to Fortune 500 and public sector clients. During her tenure, she worked with corporate, not-for-profit and government entities on key strategic, operational and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including healthcare, international relief and development, aerospace, and the federal government. She led major projects to generate performance improvements through process streamlining, enhanced customer service, improved deployment of technology, more effective marketing programs and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Prior to her work in the consulting field, Harada worked in Silicon Valley as an international program manager and Lockheed Martin as a senior satellite systems engineer. Harada was educated at the Wharton School and Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received both an MBA in Finance and an M.A. in International Studies with a focus on East Asia and Japanese language, at Stanford University, where she received an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and at MIT, where she received a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. KATHLEEN MERRIGAN JENNA RIEMENSCHNEIDER Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University GreenGov Coordinator, George Washington University Kathleen Merrigan leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative, GW Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. Merrigan serves as a Co-Chair for AGree, Board Director for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, FoodCorps, Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme initiative TEEB for Agriculture & Food. From 2009-2013, Merrigan was U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As Deputy Secretary, Merrigan created and led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems; was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign; and made history as the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Before joining the USDA, Merrigan held a variety of agriculture policy positions, including faculty member at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Administrator of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, and staff on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, where she wrote the law establishing national standards for organic food. Merrigan holds a Ph.D. in environmental planning and policy from MIT, Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Williams College. Recognizing the history and scope of her work, Time Magazine named Merrigan among the “100 most influential people in the world” in 2010. Jenna Riemenschneider is the GreenGov Coordinator at the George Washington University (GW) Sustainability Collaborative. Since 2015, she has coordinated the annual GreenGov Symposiums and various GreenGov dialogues. She also manages the GW case study effort, developing training materials aimed at federal managers working to achieve the goals set forth by President Obama in Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. Previously, Riemenschneider co-founded a Nantes, France based start-up producing at-home aquaponics kits for growing vegetables using fish waste in a closed-loop eco-system. She was also a legal assistant at Arnold & Porter, LLP in New York, NY. Riemenschneider received her M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from HEC Paris with a certificate in Social Business/ Enterprise and Poverty. She has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
  10. 10. BIOGRAPHIES 10 Adele Ashkar - Associate Dean for Academic Excellence, College of Professional Studies, George Washington University Adele Ashkar, FASLA, Associate Dean for Academic Excellence at GW’s College of Professional Studies (CPS), where she oversees the academic offerings of the college, including many degree programs for working adults and career changers. Ashkar earned a BFA in Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She practiced landscape architecture at the Office of Dan Kiley in Charlotte, VT, then at the multidisciplinary design firm HOK, Inc., in New York and Washington, DC. As Director of GW’s Landscape Design Program until 2015, Ashkar launched a Graduate Certificate and master’s degree in Sustainable Landscapes. She teaches landscape design studio courses and team-teaches the interdisciplinary undergraduate course Introduction to Sustainability. She is very active in academic and campus-wide sustainability initiatives at GW, where she recently led a team of faculty and students in creating guidelines for transforming the Foggy Bottom campus into a sustainable, regenerative landscape. Donna Attanasio - Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, Professorial Lecturer in Law George Washington University Donna Attanasio joined The George Washington University Law School in July 2013 as Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, leads the Law School’s Sustainable Energy Initiative. Herprimaryareasofresearch,writingandteachingrelatetothe electric utility industry and its transition to a more sustainable fuel mix. Attanasio has worked in the electric energy sector for over 30 years, including over 24 years as a lawyer in private practice. She is a former President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and has been widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of electric energy regulatory law, including as the recipient of Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award for Energy, Natural Resources and Mining (2013). Attanasio received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Smith College. JaineyBavishi-AssociateDirectorforClimatePreparedness, The White House Council on Environmental Quality Jainey K. Bavishi is the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she leads the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President’s Climate Action Plan. In the final year of the Obama Administration, Bavishi is responsible for embedding and institutionalizing climate resilienceconsiderationsacrossFederalprogramsandpolicies; advancing climate equity to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income and other vulnerable communities; and developing innovative approaches to climate adaptation finance. Most recently, Bavishi served as the Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on enhancing disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Bavishi served as the Director of External Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC. Bavishi was also the founding director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region that focused on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. Bavishi has a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelors degree in public policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University. Nancy Bechtol - Director of Smithsonian Facilities, Smithsonian Institution Nancy J. Bechtol is the Director of Smithsonian Facilities (SF) at the Smithsonian Institution. She manages all facilities engineering and management needs within the nineteen museums and research centers and the National Zoo that make up the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and New York, utilizing an in-house workforce of over 1850 FTE and an operating budget of 340 million. She oversees the Capital, Maintenance and Operations programs for all Smithsonian facilities worldwide. Currently the largest capital project is building the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She oversees the Office of Protection Services (OPS) and the Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management (OSHEM), Smithsonian Gardens (SG) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Ms. Bechtol has managed facilities related emergencies at Smithsonian including the 2006 flood along Constitution Ave. that affected NMNH, NMAH and the Castle. She has also managed the aftermath of the earthquake in 2011 and many snow/ice storms. David Bibo - Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency David Bibo, MPP, is the Acting Associate Administrator for Policy, Program Analysis, and International Affairs at FEMA. In this role, Bibo leads the Agency’s strategic and resource planning, data analytics, policy, audit, and international affairs functions. As the career Deputy Associate Administrator, he drove completion of FEMA’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. Bibo brings Federal, state, local, and first-responder experience and perspective to his FEMA role and is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. Bibo served from November 2011 – December 2013 on the staff of the White House National Security Council (NSC), most recently as Senior Director for Preparedness Policy. He worked with Federal leaders to foster initiatives to build and sustain the Nation’s capacity to withstand and rapidly recover from all hazards. He led development and implementation of national-level policy related to individual and community resilience, preparedness grants, health and medical preparedness, and national security and emergency preparedness communications. Previously, Bibo served as Director for Preparedness Policy, coordinating interagency efforts to implement Presidential Policy Directive-8: National Preparedness. Bibo served from 2009 – 2011 in the Office of the Administrator at the Federal Emergency Management Agency as Counselor to the Deputy
  11. 11. BIOGRAPHIES 11 Administrator. Bibo provided leadership for several of the Administrator’s priorities, including empowerment of FEMA’s regional offices and efforts to enhance the capabilities of FEMA’s workforce. Bibo also held various positions in state and local government. Bibo holds a Master’s in Public Policy in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Stonehill College in Easton, MA. David Bingenheimer - Global Technology Manager, Dielectric Fluids Cargill Industrial Specialties David Bingenheimer, Global Technology Manager – Dielectric Fluids–CargillIndustrialSpecialties,hasadiverseprofessional background including 25 years of technical, marketing, and product management experience. Bingenheimer has led the dielectric fluids activities at Cooper Power Systems and Cargill for the past decade. He has authored and presented technical papers and training modules related to the application and validation of dielectric fluids in transformers, and has actively participated in numerous industry conferences and seminars. Bingenheimer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and Master of Business Administration Degree in International Management from the University of Dallas. Lisa Benton-Short - Chair of the Department of Geography, George Washington University Dr. Benton-Short is an urban geographer with an interest in the dynamics of the urban environment from many angles, including: planning and public space, urban sustainability, globalization, and immigration. Dr. Benton-Short has written extensively on the urban environment. She has authored eight books, including: The Presidio: from Army Post to National Park (1998); Environmental Discourse and Practice (1999) and Environmental Discourse and Practice: a Reader (2000) and Cities and Nature (2007 and 2013), Migrants to the Metropolis (edited with colleague Marie Price, 2008). She is also the editor ofCitiesofNorthAmerica:contemporarychallengesinU.S.and Canadian Cities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). Her most recent book explores planning and development on the National Mall and is titled The National Mall: No Ordinary Public Space with University of Toronto Press (2016). She is currently working on several collaborative research papers on sustainability, including work with colleague Melissa Keeley (Geography). Together, they are examining ways that U.S. cities are planning for sustainability. She is also working on articles about sustainability education and the interdisciplinary challenges of sustainability as a pan-university effort. Dr. Benton-Short is currently Chair of the Department of Geography and a Senior Fellow at the Sustainability Collaborative. A native of California, she received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1986 and her Ph.D. in geography from Syracuse University in 1997. Belinda Burrier -Director, United Soybean Board United Soybean Board (USB) Director Belinda Burrier and her husband, Dave Burrier, use conservation tillage practices to grow 600 acres of soybeans along with corn and hay at their Union Bridge, Maryland farm. To protect and nourish the soil, they plant cover crops on all their fields. For the last 14 years, the Burriers have used cleaner-burning biodiesel to power the equipment on their farm. The Burriers have increased their plantings of new high-oleic soybeans that produce soybean oil with increased functionality, including for new biobased motor oil now being tested by the Department of Defense and other government fleets. In addition to caring for their own farm and Belinda Burrier’s national leadership role through USB, The Burriers mentor four young farm couples on agricultural marketing, financial planning, crop rotations, conservation farming and equipment. Their goal is to help this next generation of farmers to be independent. Because of the potential for biobased products to create new markets for soybeans, U.S. soybean farmers have invested millions of dollars to research, test and promote biobased products. Much of this work was done through the United Soybean Board, which is composed of 70 U.S. soybean farmers, including Burrier, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to invest soybean checkoff funds. As stipulated in the Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Services has oversight responsibilities for the soybean checkoff. Thomas Day - Chief Sustainability Officer, United States Postal Service Tom Day leads the USPS effort in sustainability by creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. Day reports to Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General. Working closely with Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, Day’s group sets policies and assists implementation in areas of Environmental Compliance, Sustainability, and Energy Initiatives. Prior to serving in this role, Day was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011), Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007) and Vice President, Engineering (2001-2005). In this capacity, he oversaw development of all engineering efforts involving automation and operations, building and equipment maintenance, and the Postal Service’s award-winning environmental program. In addition to his responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, Day also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union. During his 32- year Postal Service career, Day developed a solid operations background with various assignments in delivery, distribution, and logistics, including service as district manager of the Southeast New England District from 1996 to 2000. He is a third-generation employee who entered the Postal Service as a management associate in the Northeast Region in 1984 following five years of service as an officer in the U.S. Army. Day is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1978. He represented the Postal Service as a Sloan Fellow at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he earned a Master of Science in Management in 1996. John Deignan - TapIt and Protect Your Pipes Coordinator,
  12. 12. BIOGRAPHIES 12 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments John Deignan works for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments as a program coordinator for the Community Engagement Campaign, a collaboration of regional water utilities and local governments. Deignan is responsible for the TapIt Metro DC and Protect Your Pipes campaigns. This regional collaboration promotes the value and safety of tap water, advocates to protect source water, and educates about the importance of investing in our region’s water infrastructure. He is a native of Rockville, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Biological Studies, and minor certificates in Sustainability and LGBTQ Studies. As an undergrad, Deignan passionately advocated for environmental and social justice and assisted with sustainable agriculture research in the Department of Entomology. Diane Denton - Director of Environmental and Energy Policy, and Sustainability, Duke Energy Diane Denton is director of environmental and energy policy, and sustainability for Duke Energy. Her team is responsible for determining and advocating Duke Energy’s position on federal policy issues that may significantly impact the company’s customers, shareholders and communities it serves. In addition, Denton works very closely with policymakers and other stakeholders to find working, sustainable solutions to energy policy needs. She also has responsibility for the company’s sustainability metrics. She was named to her current position in July 2012. Previously, Denton served as director of regulatory and legislative strategy for Duke Energy in North Carolina, a position she held since 2007.Since joining the company in 1996, Denton has held various leadership positions on both the regulated and nonregulated side of the utility, including director, large business customers; general manager, marketing services; director of marketing for Duke Energy Industrial; and project development manager for Duke Energy North America, where she developed nonregulated power plants in the Northeast region of the United States. Denton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Guilford College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Denton is active in the community and has served on the boards of directors for Boy Scouts of America and for Theatre Charlotte. She also served as chair of Duke Energy’s 2007 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce campaign and was a member of the Marketing Committee of the Cultural Facilities Endowment for the Arts & Science Council which raised more than $60 million in private funding for numerous arts facilities in the Charlotte area. Greg Dotson - Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress Greg Dotson is the Vice President for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress. His work focuses on finding solutions to the nation’s energy and environmental challenges. For more than 18 years, Dotson was the lead environmental and energy staffer for Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and a top staffer on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His major accomplishments include House passage of comprehensive climate change legislation and the enactment of laws on clean energy, pesticide safety, drinking water, and clean air. Dotson has also devoted countless hours to the strategic defense of existing environmental protection laws. Dotson is a 1995 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech. Don DuRousseau - Director Of Research Technology Services, George Washington University DuRousseauhasmorethan25yearsofresearchanddevelopment experience as a technology maker, principal investigator and entrepreneur. He is an active contributor to the fields of high performance computing, systems engineering and adaptive networking. He’s working to improve the cyberinfrastructure fabricneededforBigDataprojectsastheDirectoroftheCapital Area Advanced Research and Education Network (CAAREN); a high performance networking collaboration located at GW’s Ashburn campus. CAAREN was recently launched by George Washington University to provide the high speed connectivity that R&E centers need to drive innovations in education, bioinformatics, genomics, digital health, finance, business intelligence, social networking and politics. DuRousseau has more than 40 publications on topics including real time signal processing, adaptive systems and performance engineering. His work involves the broad dissemination of HPC/SDN technologies working with Internet2 and a backbone of regional connectors delivering high speed connectivity to Research and Education communities across the country. Orlando Figueredo - Vice President, Consulting and Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Orlando Figueredo serves as vice president and segment leader for Consulting and Intelligence business unit within the U.S. Public Sector (USPS) region of Enterprise Services. He is responsible for managing business performance and ensuring delivery excellence for Intelligence Community accounts, the integration of consulting services across the USPS account portfolio, and the development of growth strategies that expand market share through best-in-class solutions focused squarely on helping clients achieve winning mission and policy outcomes. Figueredo joined HP, now HPE, in 2001 and has held a number of key sales, management and operations positions, affording him extensive experience directing sales and delivery teams, and leading efforts to provide technology consulting and thought leadership across market-leading business streams such as Cloud, datacenter transformation and Green IT. Figueredo joined HPE after a 22 year career in theU.S.AirForce(USAF)whereheservedasacommunications computer officer. During his Air Force career, he occupied notable leadership positions including staff assignments to the National Security Council leading research and development for the Systems and Technical Planning Directorate; and chief of Information Services at the USAF Special Operations School. He retired from the USAF in 2001. Figueredo attended Chapman University, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. He also holds his master’s in software engineering from the University of West Florida.
  13. 13. BIOGRAPHIES 13 Royce Francis - Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University Dr. Royce Francis is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. His work investigates risk and decision analysis problems related to the design, development, policy, and management of infrastructure systems. Dr. Francis has conducted sponsored research in the areas of drinking water system asset management, decision structuring for low impact development investments, and resilience analysis of infrastructure systems. Dr. Francis’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the DC Water Resources Research Institute [a United States Geological Survey sponsored Institute], and DC Water. Dr. Francis, earned his dual Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy and Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University while a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Howard University. Camron Gorguinpour - Director of Transformational Innovation, Department of the Air Force Dr. Camron Gorguinpour serves as the Director of Transformational Innovation to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitions and is responsible for designing and executing reform efforts with potential for rapid and dramatic improvement to Air Force acquisition activities. He works with internal and external stakeholders to solicit, advocate for, and implement transformative concepts in a wide range of subject areas. Dr. Gorguinpour also serves as Executive Director for the Department of Defense Plug-In Electric Vehicle Program. Prior to arriving at the Pentagon, Dr. Gorguinpour served as Executive Director for Scientists & Engineers for America and was the Co-Founder and Executive Director for Space Science Outreach and Research (SSOAR). He also served for four years as a lecturer in the Bioengineering Department of the University of California, Berkeley. Fritz Gottschalk - Owner, Veteran Compost DC Fritz Gottschalk is a 25 year Army Veteran with tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Haiti, Panama as well as several African nations and is a current George Washington Univerity student in the Environmental Resource Policy Program. He is the owner of Veteran Compost DC which has the mission to make organic compost from food scraps collected in the Washington DC Metro Area and more importantly, hire Veterans. Eric Hollinger - Archeologist, Anthropology Department, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Eric serves as a Tribal Liaison for the Repatriation Office, workingwithtribesinterestedinrepatriatingancestralremains and sacred objects. Dr. Hollinger has served as Co-Chair of the Natural History Museum’s Greening Task Force, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Smithsonian’s Living in the AnthropoceneCommitteeandisamemberoftheSmithsonian’s Recycling Task Force. He designed the food waste composting operations used by three museum restaurants and the Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival and he created the Banners to Bags recycling initiative. For his sustainability efforts, he has received a NMNH Peer Recognition Award and the Secretary’s Spirit of the Smithsonian Award. Dr. Hollinger has a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. Barbara Humpton - President & Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. Barbara Humpton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., a federally- compliant U.S. organization and leading integrator of Siemens’ innovative products, technologies and services for programs and requirements at federal government agencies and departments in the areas of energy generation, transmission, distribution and efficiency, infrastructure modernization, industrial applications and healthcare. Humpton is also an Officer/Director member of the Board of Directors of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Siemens, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Humpton was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection, including such critical programs as the FBI’s Next Generation Identification and the TSA’s Transportation Workers’ Identification Credential. Humpton is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a degree in Mathematics. She serves on the Government Contracts Advisory Board of the George Washington University Law School. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband David. Randy Johnson - Director, Electric Transportation Development, Energy Innovation Center, Southern Company Randy Johnson is director of electric transportation development at the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. In that role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s evolving strategy and initiatives around the emerging electric transportation business – both on-road and non-road. For the past several years, the operating companies of Southern Company have marketed non-road electric transportation applications, focusing on sales of electric forklifts, cranes, conveyor belts and other heavy duty electric equipment. The current strategy will build on those initiatives while creating new on-road electric transportation programs and opportunities for customers. He serves on the Board of Directors of Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) where as Outreach and Education Chairman he developed an electric vehicle national education campaign. He serves on the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Executive Electrification Task force and is an active member of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Under Johnson’s leadership, Southern Company is focusing on electric distribution system impact analysis, partnerships with the automobile and charging station manufacturers, sales programs, pricing strategies
  14. 14. BIOGRAPHIES 14 and technology research and development. Johnson joined Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, in 1983 as a marketing account manager. He has served in numerous engineering and marketing leadership positions, including commercial and industrial key account manager, marketing supervisor, technical specialist, sales development manager and manager of Alabama Power’s Technology Applications Center. He was named Southern Company director of electric transportation in May, 2010. Johnson has a civil engineering degree from Auburn University. Leslie Jones -Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Agriculture Leslie Jones has worked in conservation for more than two decades and currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment where she oversees the U.S. Forest Service. Prior to joining the Obama Administration at the Department of Agriculture, she was General Counsel for The Wilderness Society. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School. She grew up on both coasts, in urban California and rural Maine, and now lives in Virginia. Kevin Kampschroer - Director, Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings, General Services Administration Kevin Kampschroer is the Chief Sustainability Officer, Senior Climate Adaptation Official, and the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and of 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 dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. Michelle Lapinski - Food Waste Managing Director, Closed Loop Foundation and Fund Michelle Lapinski is food waste managing director for the Closed Loop Foundation and Fund, structuring impact funds to invest debt and seed stage equity to address food waste. She oversees the Foundation’s efforts to raise awareness about, source and offer philanthropic funding for new solutions to our food waste challenges. Michelle works with companies and investors to develop, scale and finance solutions to improve the intersection of natural resource and business decision-making and outcomes. Over the past 20 years she has advised the world’s largest companies including Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Shell, Dow and Starbucks, as well as the International Finance Corporation. She has held management positions at Gap Inc., Business for Social Responsibility, Global Health & Safety Initiative, and The Nature Conservancy. Michelle is the Board Chair of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, and a member of the Steering Groups of the Natural Capital Coalition and the Cambridge University ALIGN project on the food-energy- water nexus. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, the masters program of the University of San Francisco, where she was also an adjunct professor, and the Environmental Leadership Program fellowship. John Kliem - Acting Director, Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO), Department of the Navy John A. Kliem is currently serving as the Acting Director of the Department of Navy (DON)’s Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO). Prior to assuming the role of Acting Director, Kliem severed as REPO’s Deputy Director from May 2014 to July 2016. In his role as Acting Director, Kliem oversees the planning, coordination and integration of renewable energy projects at REPO, which was initially tasked with meeting the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015. Having surpassed the Secretary’s one GW goal, REPO is now working to enhance the DON’s energy security by developing resiliencyprojectsonNavyandMarineCorpsbases.Previously, Kliem transitioned from the Navy Civil Engineer Corps after serving for 26 years in positions of increasing authority in construction management, contingency construction and public works management. He served as the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment and as the Base Operations Support Director for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Steven Knapp -President, George Washington University Steven Knapp became the 16th president of the George Washington University in August 2007. His priorities include enhancing the university’s partnerships with neighboring institutions, expanding the scope of its research, strengthening its worldwide community of alumni, enlarging its students’ opportunities for public service, and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability. Dr. Knapp serves on the boards of the Economic Club of Washington; the Greater Washington Board of Trade; the Greater Washington Urban League; the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC; the National Symphony Orchestra; the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; the Washington National Cathedral Foundation; and Al Akhawayan University in Ifrane, Morocco. He is chair of the Atlantic 10 Conference Council of Presidents. He also serves as an honorary adviser to the Sulgrave Manor Trust, and is a member of the senior advisory board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness, and the jobs committee of the Federal City Council. A specialist in Romanticism, literary theory, and the relation of literature to philosophy and religion, Dr. Knapp taught English literature at the University of California, Berkeley before serving as dean of arts and sciences and then provost of the Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Modern Language Association. The author of three books and numerous articles, he earned his doctorate
  15. 15. BIOGRAPHIES 15 and masters degrees from Cornell University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University. Peter Linquiti - Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Resource Policy Program, George Washington University Peter Linquiti is an Associate Professor and Director of GW’s Environmental Resource Policy Program. Dr. Linquiti teaches sustainability and environmental policy courses for both graduate and undergraduate students and his research focuses on the political economy of climate change mitigation, science and technology policy, and decision making under uncertainty. Before coming to GW, he spent 23 years in the private sector and was an Executive Vice President at ICF International, a global energy and environmental consulting firm. Dennis McGinn - Assistant Secretary of the Navy - Energy, Installations & Environment, Department of the Navy Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013. In this position, McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans. He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment. This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities; natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance; safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel; and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In 2002, after 35 years of service, McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College. Sarah Olexsak - Senior Sustainability Officer, The White House Council on Environmental Quality A Pittsburgh-area native, Olexsak develops and implements policy that reduces GHG emissions through the manufacture and deployment of sustainable transportation and advanced energy technologies. She currently serves as a Senior Sustainability Officer at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.As part of President Obama’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, Olexsak was charged with growing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging availability at U.S. workplaces. In 2013, she launched the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Workplace Charging Challenge which has since partnered with 275+ employers to provide 5,500+ charging stations, resulting in an annual reduction of 17 million pounds of GHG emissions.Notably, Olexsak helped to launch DOE’s $25 billion ATVM Loan Program in 2009. During her time managing the technical review of proposals under with the program, loans in excess of $6 billion were executed for American PEV manufacturing successes such as the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf. During implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Olexsak facilitated the review and award of automotive projects under a $2.3 billion advanced energy manufacturing tax credit.Olexsak has been recognized with numerous professional awards and her diversity of government roles has provided her with a strong strategy and policy acumen. She was nominated by her peers to serve as Chair of the Assistant Management Board, a DOE team tasked with forming innovative recommendations to senior leadership. Olexsak began her career as an analyst in the fuel cell industry and holds an MS in Energy Policy & Climate from Johns Hopkins University and a BS from Muskingum University. She has written extensively on the implementation of alternative fueled vehicles and her work on energy behavior has been published in the Journal of Energy Research & Social Science. Jon Powers - Co-Founder, CleanCapital JonPowersleadscorporatestrategyanddevelopment,investor relations, and marketing at CleanCapital. Powers’ passion for clean energy derives from his time served with the US Army in Iraq and the realization that a clean energy economy is vital to protect America’s national security interests. After helping revolutionize the US Army’s energy program, Jon was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer. While in this role, Powers recognized the need to address the inefficiencies in clean energy finance. Matt Roberts - Executive Director, Energy Storage Association Matt Roberts serves as the Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association, overseeing operations and strategic initiatives for the industry’s trade association. Roberts has over 15 years of experience in energy policy, communications and association management with a recognized expertise in renewables, distributed energy, and sustainable infrastructure. Prior to joining ESA, Roberts oversaw policy and operations for a global energy trade association focused on reforming the transportation infrastructure and expanding the use of renewable fuels. Roberts began his career as a House staffer and speech writer, and has consulted in the energy industry with organizations and companies focused on solar, wind and geothermal energy policy and deployment. Amit Ronen - Director of the GW Solar Institute,
  16. 16. BIOGRAPHIES 16 George Washington University Amit Ronen is the Director of the GW Solar Institute and a Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at the George Washington University. In this capacity he focuses on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy. Prior to this position, Ronen served as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, leveraging her membership on the Energy, Finance, and Commerce Committeestohelpenactcleanenergytaxincentives,financing instruments, and research and development authorizations that catalyzed hundreds of billions of dollars of new energy related investments. For example, he was a key strategist and implementer behind the landmark Cantwell-Ensign bipartisan clean energy tax incentives package that established the eight-year Investment Tax Credit and removed the $2,000 cap on residential solar installations. Ronen also authored and championed Senator Cantwell’s innovative bipartisan climate bill, the CLEAR Act, which offered a centrist alternative to unwieldy and divisive cap-and-trade proposals. Previously, Ronen held positions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.Ronen received his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Both degrees focused on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Kathleen Salyer - Deputy Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Environmental Protection Agency Kathleen Salyer is the Deputy Director of the Office of Resource ConservationandRecoveryattheUnitedStatesEnvironmental Protection Agency (US EPA), a position she has held since January 2015. The Office is responsible for promoting resource conservation through sustainable materials management, ensuring safe management of solid and hazardous waste and cleaning up environmental contamination at hazardous waste management facilities. Prior to her current position, Salyer was an Assistant Director of the Superfund Program in US EPA Region 9 in San Francisco, CA. She has over 18 years’ experience cleaning up contaminated sites. Salyer has a BA in Geology from Whitman College and a Masters in Environmental Public Policy from University of Maryland, College Park. Dale Sartor - Staff Engineer, Building and Industrial Applications, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory Dale Sartor, P.E., 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. Sartor has an AB in Architecture, and a Masters in Business Administration. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, and a licensed General Building Contractor. He has over forty years of professional experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy applicationsincludingtenyearsasaprincipalofanarchitecture and engineering company, and seven years as the head of LBNL’s In-House Energy Management Program. Currently 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. Frank Sesno -Director, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University Frank Sesno is director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is also an internationally recognized journalist, with more than 30 years of experience reporting from around the world and he spent more than 20 years at CNN, serving as senior VP, Washington bureau chief, White House correspondent, anchor and special correspondent. Sesno’s latest project, Planet Forward, is a user- driven website and television program that focuses on energy, climate and sustainability issues. Currently, Sesno is writing a book on the art of inquiry- how inspirational people have discovered truth and success through curiosity, questions and ability to actively listen. Anand Shantam - Instructor, Culinary Job Training Program, DC Central Kitchen Anand Shantam was out of the workforce for 25 years before she joined DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training Program in December 2011. Battling addiction most of her life, Shantam was rarely able to hold a steady job, constantly dependent on family and friends and in deep financial trouble. Shantam says finding her passion at DC Central Kitchen changed her life; “Discovering that I was good at something, people started relying on me and I felt I had value.”  After graduating, Shantam was hired by The Kitchen to work in the school foods program which every day provides 6300 scratch- cooked, locally-sourced meals in city schools. Shantam recently accepted a new challenge and is an instructor in the same program that helped put her back on her feet. She now teaches students at DC Central Kitchen the necessary knife and life skills they need to secure jobs in kitchens across the city. DC Central Kitchen is a nonprofit organization working to fight poverty, hunger, and poor health through a number of innovative programs, including meal distribution and job training. It's mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Beth Sauerhaft - Senior Sustainability Advisor Beth Sauerhaft is a Senior Sustainability Advisor with a PhD in arid land agroforestry who has worked in both the public and private sectors. Prior to her advisory work, Sauerhaft worked as the Senior Director of Corporate Sustainability at PepsiCo where she introduced sustainability to the innovation, budget and strategic planning processes in Corporate R&D and developed pilots/programs targeting enhanced social or environmental sustainability of dairy and arable crop supply chains.Before joining PepsiCo in 2007, she worked for the US EPA as the Deputy to the Agricultural Counselor. In that position, she provided policy advice to the Agricultural Counselor, the Administrator and other EPA managers on a variety of agricultural issues cutting across functional responsibilities of the Agency and brought diverse stakeholder
  17. 17. 17 voices to the agricultural rulemaking process. Prior to working at EPA, Sauerhaft worked at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where she held national leadership responsibility for Atmospheric Resource Quality Management issues and before that was a District Conservationist in New York where she worked with farmers to implement Farm Bill programs and put conservation practices on the ground. Sauerhaft was on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation from 2011-2015 and chaired her town’s Sustainability Advisory Board from 2010- 2013.Sauerhaft earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University; has a Masters of Environmental Managementfrom Duke University in Natural Resource Ecology; and, a BA degree in American Studies from Grinnell College. Meghan Stasz - Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association Meghan Stasz is the Senior Director, Sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. In this role, she works on issues such as waste, water, sourcing, energy, and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage, and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, Stasz is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance initiative- a multi-year, collaborative, cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the U.S. She also is working extensively on packaging and recycling efforts. Stasz has over ten years of experience in the environmental sustainability field. Prior to GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the Project Manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign. Stasz received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.B.A. from Boston College. Harriet Tregoning - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development Harriet Tregoning leads the Office of Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She recently led HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience, helping regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She was previously Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitiveandthrivingcity.Herprioritiesincludedre-writing the city’s zoning code for the first time in 50 years, planning the revitalization of National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus as part of the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters, and collaborating with her transportation colleagues to bring the nation’s (then) largestbike-sharingprogramtoDCin2010.Priortothisshewas the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. She served Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Tregoning’s academic training is in engineering and public policy. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2003-2004. Dan Utech - Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, The White House Dan Utech is the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Prior to joining the White House, Utech served as a Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He joined the Administration after 10 years in the Senate, where he worked on a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. Calvin Williams - Assistant Administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Calvin F. Williams serves as the Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure. He leads the agency infrastructure policy efforts and the integration of infrastructure issues in support of accomplishing NASA’s Science, Aeronautic, Space Operations and Exploration Missions. Williams joined NASA in 2002. Previously, he served as the Director, Integrated Asset Management Division, where he was responsible for managing the agency’s real property, agency facility master planning and the Strategic Capabilities AssetProgram.HeservedastheSustainableDesignChampion at the NASA Headquarters where he received the NASA Blue Marble Award for his contributions in implementing policies for Green Building Design and Sustainable Leadership for NASA facilities. Before coming to NASA, Williams worked for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland for 12 years. He held several positions including Program Manager, Business Manager and Management Representative for ISO 9001 in the Division of Engineering Services. Williams managed both technical and administrative staff in support of design and construction activities at the NIH. As the Design Project Director of the Infrastructure Modernization Program, Williams managed the campus-wide upgrade of the NIH campus’ major utility systems. Prior to joining NIH, Williams worked for the Department of Navy. He held the position as a Program Manager at the Chesapeake Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, responsible for managing energy and other facility engineering projects. At the Naval Sea System Command, Williams served as Program Manager responsible for the testing, monitoring and extending the operating life of environmental systems onboard the Navy’s nuclear class submarines. After graduating from college, Williams worked for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he held the title of Thermal Engineer, responsible for designing and constructing heating, ventilation and air conditions systems for manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Williams graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained a Master Degree in Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program. 17 voices to the agricultural rulemaking process. Prior to working at EPA, Sauerhaft worked at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where she held national leadership responsibility for Atmospheric Resource Quality Management issues and before that was a District Conservationist in New York where she worked with farmers to implement Farm Bill programs and put conservation practices on the ground. Sauerhaft was on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation from 2011-2015 and chaired her town’s Sustainability Advisory Board from 2010- 2013.Sauerhaft earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University; has a Masters of Environmental Managementfrom Duke University in Natural Resource Ecology; and, a BA degree in American Studies from Grinnell College. Meghan Stasz - Senior Director, Sustainability, Grocery Manufacturers Association Meghan Stasz is the Senior Director, Sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. In this role, she works on issues such as waste, water, sourcing, energy, and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage, and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, Stasz is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance initiative- a multi-year, collaborative, cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the U.S. She also is working extensively on packaging and recycling efforts. Stasz has over ten years of experience in the environmental sustainability field. Prior to GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the Project Manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign. Stasz received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.B.A. from Boston College. Harriet Tregoning - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development Harriet Tregoning leads the Office of Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She recently led HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience, helping regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She was previously Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitiveandthrivingcity.Herprioritiesincludedre-writing the city’s zoning code for the first time in 50 years, planning the revitalization of National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus as part of the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters, and collaborating with her transportation colleagues to bring the nation’s (then) largestbike-sharingprogramtoDCin2010.Priortothisshewas the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. She served Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Tregoning’s academic training is in engineering and public policy. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2003-2004. Dan Utech - Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, The White House Dan Utech is the Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Prior to joining the White House, Utech served as a Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu. He joined the Administration after 10 years in the Senate, where he worked on a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. Calvin Williams - Assistant Administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Calvin F. Williams serves as the Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure. He leads the agency infrastructure policy efforts and the integration of infrastructure issues in support of accomplishing NASA’s Science, Aeronautic, Space Operations and Exploration Missions. Williams joined NASA in 2002. Previously, he served as the Director, Integrated Asset Management Division, where he was responsible for managing the agency’s real property, agency facility master planning and the Strategic Capabilities AssetProgram.HeservedastheSustainableDesignChampion at the NASA Headquarters where he received the NASA Blue Marble Award for his contributions in implementing policies for Green Building Design and Sustainable Leadership for NASA facilities. Before coming to NASA, Williams worked for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland for 12 years. He held several positions including Program Manager, Business Manager and Management Representative for ISO 9001 in the Division of Engineering Services. Williams managed both technical and administrative staff in support of design and construction activities at the NIH. As the Design Project Director of the Infrastructure Modernization Program, Williams managed the campus-wide upgrade of the NIH campus’ major utility systems. Prior to joining NIH, Williams worked for the Department of Navy. He held the position as a Program Manager at the Chesapeake Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, responsible for managing energy and other facility engineering projects. At the Naval Sea System Command, Williams served as Program Manager responsible for the testing, monitoring and extending the operating life of environmental systems onboard the Navy’s nuclear class submarines. After graduating from college, Williams worked for the Procter and Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he held the title of Thermal Engineer, responsible for designing and constructing heating, ventilation and air conditions systems for manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Williams graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained a Master Degree in Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He also completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.
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