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Shilpa Sankaran

Shilpa Sankaran

Executive Director

Shilpa is a social entrepreneur who has provided communications, strategic planning, and technology advisory services for global brands, start-ups, and Fortune Global 1000 companies. In 2008, Shilpa co-founded ZETA Communities, the first U.S. manufacturer of net-zero energy modular buildings. Shilpa served various roles in establishing the company’s operation and developed the ZETA brand as an internationally recognized industry pioneer in the space. ZETA built the first LEED Platinum live/work townhome that won the 2010 Green Builder Magazine Home of the Year award (and is currently net positive performance), 15 other NZE buildings, and dozens of other projects with a minimum EnergyStar standard.

Shilpa co-founded Alpha Group SF, an advisory firm specializing in market transformation for social entrepreneurships in sustainable development, energy, and cleantech.  She has also served leadership positions with key organizations to drive adoption of energy efficiency in the building industry. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) appointed Shilpa to the Zero Net Energy Action Plan Champions initiative, leading the “Path to Zero” campaign to drive the awareness and education of the State of California’s plan to meet its 2020 and 2030 net zero energy mandates.

Prior to ZETA, Shilpa was a consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Sapient Corp., where she provided management consulting services to General Motors, Wells Fargo Bank, AAA, Nike, Verizon Wireless, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, among others.

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Ann Edminster

Ann Edminster

Summit Director

Ann Edminster is a leading expert on green homes, assisting professionals in developing their capacity to create Net Positive projects.  A principal developer of LEED for Homes, Ann also authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, a comprehensive guide for designers and builders seeking to create zero net energy homes. She chairs the Green Building Task Force for the US, Canada, and Mexico’s Commission for Environmental Cooperation, serves on the Board of the Net Zero Energy Coalition, and chaired the inaugural Net Zero Leadership Summit in October 2013. In 2013 she was named ACI’s first Woman of the Year.

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