3rd Annual Members Meeting
October 7, 2008
Welcome Remarks: California Climate Action Registry: Past, Present & Future
Role of the California Registry in AB32 Implementation
Breakout Session 1: Best Practices for Reporting & Verification
a) Emissions from Stationary Combustion [Beavis Room]
b) Emissions from Mobile Sources [Bondi Room]
c) Indirect Emissions [Bataglieri Room]
d) Process & Fugitive Emissions [Tofanelli Room]
e) Members’ Showcase [Falor Room]
Lunch Sponsored by
Blueprint for a Climate Action Plan
Breakout Session 2: Making Reductions in Your Operations
a) Electric Power [Beavis Room]
b) Government [Bondi Room]
c) Offices & Retail Operation [Bataglieri Room]
d) Oil & Gas [Tofanelli Room]
e) Members’ Showcase [Falor Room]
Follow the Carbon Brick Road to Technologies of the Future
Building Your Climate Action Plan
3rd Annual Members Meeting
October 7, 2008
Sheraton Grand Hotel 1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA
9:00am Welcome Remarks
Gary Gero, President, California Climate Action Registry
Linda Adams, Chair, California Climate Action Registry; Secretary, California
Environmental Protection Agency
Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director, The Climate Registry
In 2001, the California Registry was created to protect and promote early actions
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our mission was and still is to provide our
members with tools to take action on climate change issues and to serve as a
leader on the forefront of climate change solutions. Seven years, 350 members
and 650 million tonnes of CO2e later, the California Registry has succeeded in a
way few non-profits are able to do and in so doing have fulfilled the first goal of our
mission. With the implementation of AB 32 and our work to help launch The Climate
Registry, the California Registry is now taking on a new goal to carry on our mission.
In this session, California Registry President Gary Gero and Chair Linda Adams
will present the California Registry’s new focus on its emissions reduction project
program, the Climate Action Reserve, and introduce its new program for
encouraging action on climate change. Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director of
The Climate Registry, will discuss the role of The Climate Registry in evolving climate
policy across North America.
10:00am Role of the California Registry in AB32 Implementation
Mary Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board
The California Registry was created to provide a means for organizations to
establish baselines that could be used to demonstrate early actions. With the State
of California’s development of GHG regulation well underway, California Registry
members are interested to understand how their early actions will in fact be
considered by the State.
11:00am Breakout Session 1: Best Practices for Reporting & Verification
Join small group discussions to share reporting and verification tips based on
source categories. Moderated discussions will focus on sharing Best Practices for
managing data and successes and challenges in reporting and verifying your GHG
Emissions from Stationary Combustion
Moderator: Derek Markolf, Senior Policy Manager, California Climate Action
• Obadiah Bartholomy, Project Manager, Advanced Renewables &
Distributed Generation Technologies, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
• Cindy Parsons, Environmental Specialist, Los Angeles Department of Water
Are you using CEMs data and/or metered fuel use to calculate your emissions
from stationary combustion? What are best practices for quantifying emissions
from cogeneration? Several verifiable options exist for emission factors – which
factors are best for your inventory?
Emissions from Mobile Sources
Moderator: Laura Zahn, Program Associate, California Climate Action Registry
• Cathy Ikeuchi, Manager of Energy Operations, Safeway
• Suzanne Chaewsky, Environmental Engineer, AC Transit
• Gretchen Hardison, Climate & Air Programs Director, City of Los Angeles
Environmental Affairs Department
For many members, tracking emissions from vehicle fuel usage will be done
for the first time as part of the GHG inventory. How can you set up effective
management systems to track vehicles? What is the best way to account for
vehicles that are not centrally garaged or maintained? How can you calculate
emissions from alternative fuels? What is the best way to track performance of
individual vehicles operating in a fleet? What type of information is requested by
verifiers? California Registry members share Best Practices for tracking
emissions from mobile sources.
Moderator: Sarah Stanner-Cranston, Program Manager, California Climate
• Karin Corfee, Senior Principal, Sustainable Market Strategies, KEMA
• Connie Nguyen, Business Development Manager, Customer Management
• John C. Shideler, PhD, Greenhouse Gas Program Manager, NSF-ISR
Most organizations have emissions associated with the purchase and use of
electricity. What is the best way to track this information when you have many
offices that use electricity and receive bills? How can you report emissions if
your utilities are not independently metered for your office space? Are there
other indirect emissions from sources besides electricity use that you should be
reporting, e.g., employee commuting or business travel? California Registry
members and verifiers share Best Practices for reporting indirect emissions.
D Process & Fugitive Emissions
Moderator: Derik Broekhoff, Vice President, Policy, California Climate Action
• Darrell Johnson, Principal Environmental Specialist – Air Environmental
Services, The Gas Company
• Fiji George, Corporate Development Manager, El Paso Corporation
• J. Ivor John, PhD, Vice President, Ryerson Master and Associates, Inc.
California Registry protocols provide limited guidance for calculating process
and fugitive emissions. What are the best tools available for calculating your
process emissions? While many of these are specific to industries or sectors, most
organizations have some cooling or chilling systems. What refrigerant emissions
does your organization have and where does the information on this reside
in your organization? From your HVAC contractors? For some sources, particu-
larly fugitive emissions, the quality of data may not be as high as for more
conventional sources such as natural gas combustion. How can you be sure that
your data is verification ready?
E Members’ Showcase
The Members’ Showcase is a meeting area for all attendees to share information
about your organization, products, climate-friendly services and resources that
help build your GHG inventory.
12:00pm Lunch, Sponsored by SGS
1:30pm Blueprint for a Climate Action Plan
Sarah Skikne, The Climate Group
Caroline Fricke, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Arup
As California Registry members, you’ve taken the important first step to establish
a baseline of GHG emissions, by reporting and verifying your annual inventory.
With this information in hand, you can see the emissions impact of your different
activities. What can you do next to begin to manage your emissions performance?
Co-authors of a forthcoming report, The Guide for a Low Carbon Economy,
developed in partnership by The Climate Group and Arup, will share a framework for
understanding the steps you can take to reduce your emissions, whether you are just
beginning to consider these issues or have been working on them for some time.
2:00pm Breakout Session 2: Making Reductions in Your Operation
With your participation in the California Registry, you now have a regulatory quality
inventory of your sources that can be used to identify reduction opportunities. In
light of new GHG regulations, all organizations will need to reduce their footprint
to the maximum extent feasible over the coming years. These sessions will help you
understand what resources are available for implementing reductions within your
sector. Each workshop will provide practical case studies and share lessons learned
to help you understand the types of results you can expect from different reduction
A Electric Power
Moderator: Elizabeth Betancourt, Watershed Specialist, El Dorado Irrigation
• Jennifer Clymer, Climate Change Program Specialist Environmental
Care & Protection, Austin Energy
• Steve Galanter, Manager, Strategic Planning and Technical Services,
Energy Efficiency Division, Southern California Edison R
• Adam Diamant, Senior Project Manager, Global Climate Research
The electric power sector figures centrally in discussions on reducing green-
house gas emissions. Particularly in the West, many companies have made
significant steps in reducing the environmental impacts of their generating
fleet. What opportunities still remain for electric power companies to reduce
emissions? What improvements can be made inside the fence? What is the
role of energy efficiency, demand response or other end-use programs?
What is the role of distributed generation and renewable energy? Looking to
the future, what technologies may play a role in reducing emissions? What
are the opportunities for the electric power sector? California Registry
members and technical experts share practical tools and suggestions for
developing effective reduction plans.
Moderator: Rachel Tornek, Senior Policy Manager, California Climate Action
• Dana Papke, Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
• John Engstrom, Supervising Architect, Department of Water Resources
• Brooke Lee, Program Officer, ICLEI
In the US, many state and local governments are leading the way on
climate change with innovative policies, setting standards, and reducing the
footprint of their own activities. At the same time, many governments are
facing near-term budget cuts that limit their options to make changes. What
are the “win-win” measures that will reduce both costs and greenhouse gas
emissions? What can you do to influence and educate your community and
service providers on GHG reductions? What tools are available – both
technical and financial – to help you effect emission reduction strategies?
C Offices & Retail Operations
Moderator: Sarah Stanner-Cranston, Program Manager, California Climate
• Wayne Hendrickson, Director, Property Operations, Thomas Properties
• Robert Parkhurst, Climate Protection and Analysis Manager, PG&E
The service & retail sectors are not being flagged as large emitters, but to
reach our climate goals, all sources will need to play a role in reducing
emissions. Also, customers are increasingly asking for disclosure of the green
credentials from all types of organizations, and research is showing the positive
benefits of greening our workspaces. However, there is often a disconnect
between tenants and landlords – the parties that are in positions to make
upgrades are not necessarily the parties that directly benefit from these
improvements. What can tenants do in this situation? What about landlords?
Energy efficiency experts will share ideas and tips for office-based upgrades.
Oil & Gas
Moderator: Joel Levin, Vice President, Business Development, California
Climate Action Registry
• Byard Mosher, Climate Change Reporting Section, California Air
• Suzanne Iyer, Senior Policy Analyst, Chevron
• J. Ivor John, PhD, Vice President, Ryerson Master and Associates, Inc
The oil & gas sector is named as a major source of GHG emissions and is
expected to make significant reductions. Operations are specific to each
facility, making it difficult to recommend one-size-fits-all approaches. What are
near-term options to help reduce emissions e.g, changing operations &
maintenance practices, improving process efficiency, reducing flares? What
are the highest GHG impact reduction practices? What are the most cost-
effective reduction practices? Looking to the future, what new technology
options can play a role in reducing GHGs from this sector? Join a discussion
on these topics as well as on the role for companies in consumer education or
helping to reduce use of their product.
E Members’ Showcase
The Members’ Showcase is a meeting area for all attendees to share
information about your organizations, products, climate-friendly services
and resources that help you build your GHG inventory.
3:15pm Following the Carbon Brick Road… to technologies of the future
Moderator: Gary Gero, President, California Climate Action Registry
• Anthony Bernhardt, PhD, Environmental Entrepreneurs
• Adi Aron-Gilat, Better Place Project
• Dan Adler, President, California Clean Energy Fund
Bio-gas, hydrogen fuel cells, solar PV, energy efficiency, oh my! What are the
technologies that have potential for our businesses and operations in the coming
years? Presenters highlight the future and not so distant technologies that we can
anticipate in the transportation, building technology and electronic communica-
tions sectors that will help us succeed in this carbon constrained world.
3:45pm Building Your Climate Action Plan
Moderator: Robyn Camp, Vice President, Programs, California Climate Action
• Robert Parkhurst, Climate Protection and Analysis Manager, PG&E
• Gregg Wagner, Director, Sustainability and Environment, Rio Tinto Minerals
• Jeff Caton, P.E., West Coast Manager, Strategic Services, Cameron-Cole, LLC
What are leaders doing today to prepare for a carbon-constrained future? What
do you need to do to chart a course to achieve your organization’s carbon-neutral
future? In this final session:
• Understand what you can learn about your own organization from your
• Hear case studies of what innovators are doing
• Learn about resources available to help you meet your goals
• Begin your own thought process to develop a climate action plan
Join fellow meeting participants and presenters to continue the day’s discussions in
an informal setting.
Linda S. Adams
Chair, California Climate Action Registry
Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Linda Adams was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as Secretary of the
California Environmental Protection Agency – making her the first woman to serve as
head of the agency. She oversees the environmental activities of the Air Resources
Board, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Water Resources
Control Board, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Department of
Toxic Substances Control, Department of Pesticide Regulation. Ms. Adams was
designated as the Governor’s lead negotiator on AB 32, the Global Warming
Solutions Act of 2006 and is working closely with states, provinces and countries
around the world to develop a network of climate initiatives to achieve the greatest
President, California Clean Energy Fund
Dan Adler is President of CalCEF. Prior to joining CalCEF, Mr. Adler was a senior
analyst in the Division of Strategic Planning at the California Public Utilities Commis-
sion, where he was responsible for the design and implementation of California’s
Renewables Portfolio Standard and was senior staff for climate change policy. In
addition to energy issues, Mr. Adler has professional experience in international trade
policy and socially responsible investment. He has a B.A. in Political Science from
the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard
Project Manager, Advanced Renewables & Distributed Generation Technologies,
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Obadiah Bartholomy is a Project Manager in the Advanced Renewable &
Distributed Generation Technologies group at SMUD. He leads their Climate Change
program, and works in a variety of areas around Climate Change including
emissions inventory, AB 32 policy, GHG strategic planning, and Carbon offsets. Mr.
Bartholomy helped develop SMUD’s Carbon Offset program, and was responsible
for the first inventory certified with the California Climate Action Registry. He also
participated in the development of the Power and Utility Reporting Protocol with
CCAR. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002.
Anthony Bernhardt, PhD.
Anthony Bernhardt is physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a
member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (www.e2.org), an organization of business
volunteers advocating environmental legislation from a business perspective. For
a decade Dr. Bernhardt served as Director of LLNL’s Center for Microelectronics
and Optoelectronics. In that position, he developed numerous R&D partnerships
with the private sector. In recent years Dr. Bernhardt has focused on traditional and
renewable energy in the electricity and transportation sectors. He was part of the
core E2 team that successfully advocated passage of the California Global Warm-
ing Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and he is involved in issues of its implementation.
Watershed Specialist, El Dorado Irrigation District
Elizabeth Betancourt received her MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State
University in 2005, and has been a Watershed Coordinator with El Dorado Irrigation
District (EID) since 2006. EID is located in California’s Sierra Nevada and provides
water, wastewater, recreation, hydropower, and recycled water services to the
community. Ms.Betancourt serves as EID contact for watershed-wide planning
and implementation, including facilitating a watershed group on the South Fork
American River and researching the effects of various recreation activities on water
quality. Within EID, Ms. Betancourt manages emissions quantification and reporting,
as well as helping to implement emissions reduction efforts throughout the District.
Vice President, Policy, California Climate Action Registry
Derik Broekhoff is Vice President for Policy at the California Registry, where he is
responsible for managing the policy development staff and overseeing the
development of protocols for quantifying and registering greenhouse gas reduc-
tions from carbon offset projects. He also manages the development of climate
change policies and programs for the California Registry, including assisting
California Registry’s efforts to support the State of California in the implementation
of AB 32, that state’s far-reaching global warming law. Mr. Broekhoff holds a
Masters degree in Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California at Berkeley,
and a Bachelors degree in International Relations from Stanford University.
Vice President, Programs, California Climate Action Registry
Robyn Camp is Vice President of Programs for the California Registry; her
responsibilities include overseeing reporting and verification activities, developing
and managing CARROT, the Registry’s online reporting tool, and managing the
suite of member services. She has a strong background in international energy
& environmental policies and markets, including identifying and implementing
climate change mitigation strategies. Her work experience has spanned the private
and non-profit sectors, and has focused on analyzing and identifying market oppor-
tunities for advanced efficient technologies, the impacts of air quality and climate
regulations, and strategies to promote sustainable technology choice. Ms. Camp
holds a Master’s degree in Economics and International Energy & Environmental
Policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies,
and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University.
Jeff Caton, P.E.,
West Coast Manager, Strategic Services, Cameron-Cole, LLC
Jeff Caton is West Coast Manager for Cameron-Cole’s Strategic Services Division.
He works with corporations, public agencies, and NGOs to develop greenhouse
gas inventories, carbon management strategies, environmental performance
metrics and public sustainability reports. His two decades of multidisciplinary
experience includes environmental engineering, regulatory compliance, business
management, and information technology development. Mr. Caton is a Lead
Verifier for the California Climate Action Registry, and he is a Registered Civil
Engineer in the State of California.
Suzanne Chaewsky, PE
Environmental Engineer, AC Transit
Suzanne Chaewsky is AC Transit’s Environmental Engineer for the past 12 years. She
has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a
graduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. She
is a registered Civil Engineer and has worked for over 25 years managing environ-
mental programs in the private sector and now, AC Transit. She is the technical
contact at AC Transit for The Climate Registry and the California Climate Registry.
In her position at AC Transit, she is responsible for developing environmental policy
and objectives for Board consideration and for overseeing and managing
compliance with all aspects of environmental laws and regulations. She manages
the preparation of the District’s comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Report
and Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Climate Change Program Specialist Environmental Care & Protection, Austin Energy
Jennifer Clymer is a Climate Change Program Specialist with the City of Austin’s
Climate Protection Program. Mrs. Clymer is helping to move the City of Austin
toward its goal of carbon neutrality by 2020. In addition to building voluntary
climate protection initiatives, Mrs. Clymer monitors federal climate change legisla-
tion for future compliance requirements and local government climate protection
funding mechanisms. Prior to joining Austin Energy, Mrs. Clymer was an air quality
consultant with ICF International in Washington, DC and San Francisco. She
received a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Management from
The University of Virginia and anticipates completion of her M.P.Aff. from the LBJ
School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in May 2009.
Senior Principal, Sustainable Market Strategies, KEMA
Karin Corfee is a Senior Principal in the Sustainable Market Solutions business area
at KEMA. Key areas of expertise include strategic planning, renewable energy,
energy efficiency, demand-side management (DSM), load management,
demand response, and greenhouse gas policy initiatives. Ms. Corfee has an
extremely successful track record managing multi-million dollar multi-faceted
projects with multiple subcontractors. Ms. Corfee has a M.S. in Civil Engineering
– Infrastructure Planning and Management from Stanford University and a B.S. in
Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.
Senior Project Manager, Global Climate Research Program, EPRI
Adam Diamant is a Senior Project Manager in the Global Climate Change Program
at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Diamant’s current research activities
focus on a variety of climate-related issues, including the development and
evolution of international greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trading programs,
corporate GHG risk analysis and risk management, development of GHG emissions
offsets including agricultural and forest carbon sequestration, and developing
information and methods to help electric companies make strategic decisions in
the face of climate policy uncertainty.
Mr. Diamant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University
of California, Berkeley, and a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard Universi-
ty’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. As a Policy Analyst at OMB, Diamant
received several awards recognizing his outstanding performance, including a
“Professional Achievement” award and a “Division” award. Mr. Diamant also is a
past recipient of a prestigious Presidential Management Internship (PMI).
Supervising Architect, Department of Water Resources
John Engstrom is the Facilities Planning and Development Manager, and responsi-
ble for Greening Business Operations for California Department of Water Resources
(DWR), Division of Management Services. For 12 years Mr. Engstrom designed and
managed Architectural projects in the private sector. In 1994 he joined DWR and
was the Chief Architect until 2001. Subsequently, he took on his current position as
Planning and Development Manager developing long range facilities projects for
DWR. He is on DWR’s management team for Climate Change, and heads a matrix
team that finds opportunities to reduce GHG emissions within its business opera-
tions, fleet, and facilities. Mr. Engstrom has a Bachelor of Architecture from the
University of Oregon with studies in environmental design.
Program Associate, California Climate Action Registry
Katharine Fatton is a Program Associate at the California Climate Action
Registry. Ms. Fatton provides guidance to our members on the general reporting and
verification aspects of the program. Her responsibilities include managing
our website and assisting in coordinating workshops and events at the California
Registry. Ms. Fatton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geo-Environmental Studies
and a certificate in Geographic information system from Shippensburg University of
Manager, Strategic Planning and Technical Services
Energy Efficiency Division, Southern California Edison
Steve Galanter manages Southern California Edison’s Energy Efficiency Division’s
Strategic Planning and Technical Services group. His responsibilities include the
management of long term energy efficiency strategic planning, development and
management of engineering savings estimates for energy efficiency program opera-
tions, the Division’s overall quality assurance responsibility and is responsible for the
Company’s green house gas “Voluntary Early Action” programs which support
California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).Mr. Galanter has a Bachelors of S
cience degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal State Northridge and a Master
of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.
Corporate Development Manager, El Paso Corporation
Fiji George is a Manager in the Corporate Strategy & Development Department at El
Paso Corporation. He is also the chair of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) task group at
the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and actively participates
in technical and policy matters both at Federal and State levels. He also represents
El Paso on the Coalition for Emission Reduction Projects (CERP), an entity focused on
educating policy-makers about the key role that GHG offsets can play in a U.S.
He holds a Master’s in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Texas A&M University
and a Bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Anna University, India. Prior to his current
position, he managed the air quality and permitting programs for El Paso’s Eastern
Pipelines and led the GHG efforts for El Paso Pipelines. Mr. George also worked at the
consulting firms of ENSR and ERM-West prior to his employment with El Paso.
President, California Climate Action Registry
Gary Gero serves as the President of the California Registry where is he is responsible
for overseeing development and implementation of the California Registry’s policy
and program activities, including leading the creation of a project offset registry that
will operate throughout the United States to support the voluntary carbon market.
He previously managed the solar photovoltaic, energy efficiency, green power, tree
planting, and other related programs for the LADWP. Mr. Gero spent much of his
career in local government, primarily in the City of Los Angeles, serving as Air Quality
Director and subsequently Assistant General Manager for the Environmental Affairs
Department. Mr. Gero holds a graduate degree in Social Policy and Planning from
the London School of Economics and undergraduate degrees from UC Berkeley.
Climate & Air Programs Director, City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department
Gretchen Hardison directs the Climate and Air Programs group at the City of Los
Angeles Environmental Affairs Department. She has 20 years of experience in the
environmental field, and has focused the past 15 years in air quality and transporta-
tion-related issues. Ms. Hardison’s group is the lead for implementation of the City’s
Climate program, which includes the GreenLA Climate Action Plan, ClimateLA
Implementation Program, the City’s municipal greenhouse gas inventory, efforts
to incorporate climate change into the CEQA process, and related initiatives. Ms.
Hardison received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA.
Director, Property Operations, Thomas Properties
Wayne Hendrickson oversees the Property Operation team for Thomas Properties
Group Inc. His responsibilities include contract administration, testing/advising on
new and efficient building management ideas including energy and bulk services,
employee development, and primary due diligence for property acquisitions.
Mr. Hendrickson has over 15 years of broad property and facility management
experience. Mr. Hendrickson is a Retired Naval Officer having served 27 years,
working in the Naval Nuclear Power program. His last two assignments were
Commanding Officer of a floating drydock, docking nuclear submarines and Chief
Engineer of the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 a Nuclear Aircraft Carrier.
Manager of Energy Operations, Safeway Inc
Cathy Ikeuchi is Manager of Energy Operations for Safeway Inc. Her primary
responsibility is managing the natural gas budget. Ms. Ikeuchi also manages a variety
of aspects of Safeway’s Sustainability programs for which Safeway received the
GEELA award for Climate Change in 2007. She over-sees the memberships for CCX
and CCAR. She is also operations lead for Safeway’s solar rollout. Ms. Ikeuchii has
been in the energy industry since 1991. She has had multiple responsibilities for
natural gas marketing and operations including trading, purchasing, nominations,
billing, balancing and day to day operations. Ms. Ikeuchi holds a BS from University
of California, Los Angeles.
Suzanne Foti Iyer,
Senior Policy Analyst, Chevron
Suzanne Foti Iyer, is Senior Policy Analyst for the Chevron Corporation, providing
policy analysis and development primarily on the implementation of AB 32. Prior
to joining Chevron, Mrs. Iyer was Government Affairs Issues Manager for The Clorox
Company, managing local, state and federal relations. Previously, she was Deputy
Director General for the Pacific Basin Economic Council and Manager of Policy
and Program at the U.S. Council for International Business, representing business
at the UN, OECD and APEC. Mrs. Iyer holds a Master of International Affairs from
Columbia University, and a B.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
J. Ivor John, PhD
Vice President, Ryerson Master and Associates, Inc.
Dr. Ivor John is Vice President of Ryerson, Master and Associates, Inc., and he has
more than 25 years experience as an environmental consultant. He is qualified as a
Lead Verifier with the California Climate Action Registry, and he has led verification
projects for a wide range of industry sectors including the electric power and oil
and gas industries. He is a member of the ANSI Climate Change Advisory Commit-
tee, and he is participating as an advisor to CSA America in the development of a
certification program for GHG Verifiers. He has a Ph.D. in atmospheric physics from
the University of Wales. He is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with the America
Meteorological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and a
member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Principal Environmental Specialist – Air Environmental Services, The Gas Company
Darrell Johnson is a Principal Environmental Specialist for San Diego Gas & Electric
and the Southern California Company. Darrell has specialized in the air quality
arena for the past 21 years including 8 years on the private side with Sempra Energy
and 13 years on the regulatory side with South Coast Air Quality Management
District. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Saint
Martins University in Olympia Washington. He has been closely involved with
Sempra’s greenhouse gas efforts since 2002, and has managed their inventories
since the two companies first became members of the California Climate Action
Program Officer, ICLEI
Brooke Lee provides technical and policy assistance to members of ICLEI’s Cities
for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign from its Oakland, CA U.S. headquarters.
As a member of ICLEI’s national Tools and Protocol Team, Ms. Lee specializes in the
development of tools and protocols that advance the field of emissions quantifica-
tion, greenhouse gas inventorying, and the creation of climate action plans that
increase the environmental, economic and social sustainability of local govern-
ments. Prior to joining ICLEI, Ms. Lee implemented energy efficiency and DSM
projects for the Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus Program. She currently
serves as Vice Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Energy Commission and as Vice
Chair of the Community Energy Services Corporation’s Board of Directors. Ms. Lee
graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in
conservation and resource studies with a focus on urban environmental sustain-
ability and energy education.
Vice President, Business Development, California Climate Action Registry
Joel Levin is Vice President of Business Development; he is responsible for recruiting
participants to register and verify their greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to working at
the California Registry, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Feeva Wireless; worked
in marketing at the Automated Power Exchange, and served on the Capitol Hill
staff of Senator Timothy E. Wirth. Mr. Levin holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of
Business at UC Berkeley, an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns
Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in the
Political Economy of Industrial Societies from UC Berkeley.
Climate Change Reporting Section, California Air Resources Board
Byard Mosher joined the Air Resources Board Climate Change Reporting Section in
February of 2007. He has been involved in developing GHG reporting methodolo-
gies for the petroleum refining sector. He currently represents ARB on the steering
committee of a new initiative to develop GHG reporting methods for the Oil &
Gas exploration and production and Natural Gas gathering & processing sectors.
Prior to joining ARB he spent twelve years as a research scientist at the University of
New Hampshire working in the areas of GHG emissions measurement and atmo-
spheric transport and deposition processes. Mr Mosher has a BS in Chemistry from
the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in chemical oceanography from the
University of Rhode Island.
Business Development Manager, Customer Management Group, NSF-ISR
Connie Nguyen, Business Development Manager for NSF-ISR represents manage-
ment systems and sustainability programs and a highly experienced and
professional group of verifiers. NSF-ISR is a subsidiary of NSF International, a non-profit
dedicated to public health, safety, quality, and the environment, develops U.S.
national standards in these areas and provides third party, independent assessment
services. NSF is regarded internationally for the scientific rigor of its work and the
reliability of its verifications.
Chairman, California Air Resources Board
Mary Nichols was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger as Chair of the
California Air Resources Board in July 2007; her priorities include moving the state’s
landmark climate change program ahead, steering the Board through efforts to
curb diesel pollution at ports, and continuing to pass regulations to provide cleaner
air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. She previously served as
assistant administrator for the U.S. EPA’s Air and Radiation program, Secretary for
California’s Resources Agency, and Director of the UCLA Institute of the Environ-
ment. Ms. Nichols holds a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of
Arts from Cornell University.
Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board
Dana Papke is an Air Pollution Specialist with the California Air Resources Board
focusing on reducing the impacts of climate change. Ms. Papke is ARB’s
Technical Lead staff in developing the Local Government Operations Protocol,
which provides methods to inventory and report GHG emissions. Ms. Papke is cur-
rently working on a Local Government Toolkit, which will provide a “one-stop-shop”
of resources to assist local governments with achieving GHG emission reductions.
During this year’s California Climate Action Registry Member’s Meeting, Ms. Papke
will share a sneak preview of the latest tools that will be featured in the Local
Climate Protection and Analysis Manager, Environmental Policy, PG&E
Robert Parkhurst is the Climate Protection and Analysis Manager at Pacific Gas
and Electric Company. He is responsible for providing technical support on the
implementation of AB32, providing information to cities seeking climate change
data, and on other new, innovative projects such as the purchase of renewable
bio-energy. Mr. Parkhurst is also responsible for key aspects of the ClimateSmart™
program, a first-of-its-kind voluntary program that allows PG&E customers to take
action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make their home or office energy
use “carbon neutral.” This includes the purchase of greenhouse gas emission
reductions on behalf of PG&E’s customers and promotion of the program externally
with business, environmental, and community leaders. Over the next two years, Mr.
Parkhurst and his team will contract for at least 1.5 million tons of greenhouse gas
emission reductions. More information on the ClimateSmart program can be found
Cindy Parsons, LADWP
Environmental Specialist, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
Cindy Parsons has worked in the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s Envi-
ronmental Services office since 2000, performing a variety of air quality related work
including emissions reporting, review and analysis of regulations, and compliance
with new and existing regulations. In addition to reporting criteria pollutant emis-
sions to the local air district, Ms. Parsons prepares LADWP’s greenhouse gas emissions
inventories for the EIA-1605b program as well as for the California Registry.
Co-Author, The Guide for a Low Carbon Economy; The Climate Group
Sarah Skikne researches climate policy and business solutions in California for The
Climate Group, and is co-author of the forthcoming Guide to the Low Carbon
Economy: California. She also researches emissions reduction strategies in the
forestry sector, and electricity and grid solutions in India. Prior to joining The Climate
Group, Sarah co-authored a National Wildlife Federation publication on the impact
of climate change on California wildlife and developed workshop curricula on the
California Environmental Quality Action for The Planning and Conservation League.
She has also worked for KQED Public Broadcasting, taught biology at the college
level, and conducted research in marine biology. She received her B.S. and her M.S.
in Biology, both from Stanford University.
Program Manager, California Climate Action Registry
Sarah Stanner-Cranston is the Program Manager at the California Climate Action
Registry. Ms. Stanner-Cranston provides technical assistance on the protocols and
resources to help members successfully report and certify GHG emissions inventories.
She will also coordinate and be the contact person for the annual conference and
will act as a resource on a wide range of climate issues including project protocols
and industry-specific protocols. Prior to joining the CA Registry Ms. Stanner-Cranston
worked in Sydney, Australia for IPART the State Government economic and
prudential utility regulator that administers the NSW Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Scheme, one of the world’s first mandatory carbon-based trading schemes. There
Ms. Stanner-Cranston managed compliance with the participants in the Scheme to
ensure that all reduction targets and liabilities were met. She also maintained and
managed the compliance section of the GHG Registry for certificate surrenders and
emission offsets within NSW. In addition, she has experience with emissions reductions
protocols, low emissions intensity generation and renewable energy projects. Ms.
Stanner-Cranston received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at San Diego
State University. She is also a member of several environmental and political
organizations that promote environmental sustainability through economic action.
Senior Policy Manager, California Climate Action Registry
Rachel Tornek is a Senior Policy Manager at the California Climate Action Registry.
Ms. Tornek develops new GHG accounting standards for the California Registry,
including emissions reduction protocols and industry-specific protocols. She also plays
a leading role in liaising with the State of California as it develops GHG reduction
policies, and represents the Registry with a variety of stakeholder groups to help
ensure the development of consistent, high quality GHG accounting standards.
Ms. Tornek holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from
the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a BS in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution
from UC San Diego.
Director, Sustainability and Environment, Rio Tinto Minerals
Gregg Wagner joined Rio Tinto 6 years ago, as the Environmental Manager, and is
currently the Director of Sustainability & Environment at the Rio Tinto Minerals head-
quarters in Denver, Colorado. He is responsible for the Sustainable Development pro-
gram for 35 facilities around the world. He also manages the overall climate change
program. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mr. Wagner was the Environmental Manager at a
large aerospace repair and maintenance facility in Seattle, Washington. Environ-
mental responsibilities included air emissions control and reductions as well as energy
management. Mr. Wagner has also spent almost 20 years in environmental consulting.
Executive Director, The Climate Registry
Diane Wittenberg is the Executive Director of The Climate Registry, where she oversees
all operations and leads efforts to recruit members and reporters. Prior to becoming
Executive Director of the Registry, Ms. Wittenberg was President of the California
Registry. Previous to leading the two non-profit organizations, Ms. Wittenberg spent 15
years with Edison International, where she served as President of two subsidiaries:
Edison EV and Edison Utility Alliances; and as Vice President of Southern California
Edison and Vice President of Corporate Communications for Edison International.
Ms. Wittenberg holds an undergraduate degree from Monmouth College and
attended graduate school at UC Berkeley.
Program Associate, California Climate Action Registry
Laura Zahn is a Program Associate at the California Climate Action Registry.
Ms. Zahn’s responsibilities as a Program Associate include researching and writing
reports, coordinating a conference call series on climate policy for members, and
managing industry-specific member working groups. She recently received her
master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA with an emphasis in environmental
analysis and policy. While at UCLA Laura founded the Sustainable Urban Network
(SUN) – a student group dedicated to urban sustainability – directed the Sustainable
Resource Center, and co-taught a course on green building. Prior to joining the
California Registry, Ms. Zahn worked on climate policy for Los Angeles Mayor
Villaraigosa as a Bohnett Mayoral Fellow and as a policy and planning associate for
the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). After graduating from
the College of William and Mary Laura lived-abroad in Chile where she taught English,
traveled, and launched a study-abroad program for journalism students interested in
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