Summit Speakers

Dan Arons

Dan Arons

Architect/Principal, Architerra

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Dan Arons, AIA, LEED AP is a technologically gifted leader who advances Architerra’s mission and guides its sustainable design innovation and integrated project delivery. In addition to his role as Architerra co-founder and co-manager, Dan shares responsibility for designing and executing exemplary high performance projects. Dan is recognized for his collaborative approach, energy systems expertise, and exacting attention to detail. With degrees in architecture and building technology, Dan offers extensive experience with major projects of many building types that have benefited from his unique cross-training. Strengths include sustainable strategies, building systems and energy analysis, building envelope detailing, architectural specifications, and construction administration.

Dan chaired the Boston Society of Architects’ Committee on the Environment, and helped establish the BSA Board’s Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability. Dan taught sustainable design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, juried the Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award program and the AIA Vermont Design Awards, and is a frequent presenter on sustainable design topics. He also served as a member of Massachusetts Governor’s Green Roundtable. Dan earned a B.Arch. from University of Minnesota, and an M.S. degree in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which awarded him the Marvin E. Goody Award for Architectural Practice & Design Research.

Peter Amerongen

Peter Amerongen

Owner, Habitat Studio

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Peter Amerongen of Habitat Studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada has been designing and building energy efficient houses since the 1970’s. Habitat Studio has built 6 net zero energy houses including one that has produced 4000kWh more than it used for each of the last 2 years in Edmonton’s 5100OC (9200OF) heating degree day climate. Habitat Studio has also built more than 35 houses with ratings of 86 or better under Canada’s Energuide Rating System. He currently has 4 more net zero energy houses under construction.

Peter is a Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS and PHI) and has come to realize that responsible net zero energy building needs to include Passive House levels of conservation. He has helped with one Passive house project that is on track for certification and has begun to incorporate selected Passive House measures in Habitat’s projects.

He also serves on the boards of the Net Zero Energy Home Coalition and Passive Buildings Canada and the CHBA Net Zero council Management Committee.

Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong

Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA)

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Jack Armstrong currently serves as the Executive Director and COO of the Structural Insulated Panel Association in addition to his role as president of ACUMEN, LLC, a boutique sustainable marketing, advocacy, and business communication consulting practice he founded after his 24 year career with BASF – The Chemical Company. Key focus areas include energy efficiency/durability for sustainable construction in the build environment, in addition to B2B supply chain, life cycle analysis, and federal/state/city advocacy messaging along the entire value chain. Armstrong has specific public relations and speaking experience with B2C messaging linked to high performance attributes enabled via products of chemistry.

Having graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas, Armstrong began working for BASF in 1989. His posts included Nylon Polymer Manufacturing in Freeport, Texas; Nylon Fiber Intermediates Product Management and Supply Chain Manger in New Jersey; Regional Marketing Manager for BASF South American Acrylic and Dispersion Polymers located in Sao Paulo, Brazil; General Manager Polyurethane Systems Americas located in Brussels, Belgium; Business Manager Expandable Polystyrene Foams for North America; Leader Construction Markets North America; and Director, Marketing and Communications North America located in New Jersey. Armstrong has post graduate studies in business administration from the University of Houston and sustainability studies from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Armstrong has served on the board of directors for both the Sustainable Building Industries Council and the Structural Insulated Panel Association, as well as Chair for the Building & Construction Materials Issues Team of the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division. Currently, he serves on the board of BPA – the worldwide consumer and media audit association in New York City composed of brand owners and advertising agencies. Additionally, he is a member of the Chief Marketing Officers Association.

Sean Armstrong

Sean Armstrong

Principal & Project Manager, Redwood Energy

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Sean Armstrong, Redwood Energy, has led the design of more than 1000 occupied units of 80-100% Net Zero Energy housing in California. The projects have been as small as 24 cottages to 4 story urban infill, and house families, seniors, farm workers, and the recently homeless. Sean began teaching net-zero energy design in 1995 at the an off-grid, student-run demonstration house affiliated with the Environmental Engineering program at Humboldt State University. In 2005 with Danco Communities he led the design of the first 50% Net Zero Energy apartment complex in the USA, 36 apartments and 8 row houses at the Courtyards of Arcata. In 2006 Sean participated in the New Solar Homes advisory group to set rebate pricing and establishing a critical new policy for regulated low-income housing that allows increased rents with decreased utility bills, estimated using a HERS-like tool called the California Utility Allowance Calculator. In 2011 Sean founded Redwood Energy with Michael Winkler, and together they design and commission Net Zero Energy and LEED high performance housing.
Barbra Batshalom

Barbra Batshalom

Executive Director, Sustainable Performance Institute

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Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts. She is an industry leader whose vision drives the organization’s programs to transform the market from public policy to professional practice. Her work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes and culture. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work. She’s an educator, public speaker and change agent that works with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector organizations to help them institutionalize sustainability and achieve measurable improvements in performance and profitability. SPI’s green firm Certification is the first industry program to provide a framework for evaluating the capability of design and construction firms to deliver a consistent, high quality sustainability service and was adopted by HUD in 2011. SPI’s Green Firm Boot Camp workshop program has been delivered to hundreds of firms nation-wide to help raise the bar on professional practice in the industry. Barbra teaches sustainable real estate development in Brandeis University’s International Business School. She has served on numerous boards, task forces and committees to help develop public and corporate policies for sustainability and teaches courses on change management for sustainability for professionals around the world.

Austin Blackmon

Austin Blackmon

Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston

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Austin Blackmon is Boston’s newly appointed Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space. Most recently, Blackmon served as Interim Head of Project Finance at Terraverde Renewable Partners, a clean energy consulting firm. His experience also includes positions at C12 Energy, Wells Fargo Securities’ Energy Group and Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategy and Organization consulting practice. He also advised US Renewables Group by evaluating potential investments in waste recovery solutions. Blackmon is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Malcolm Bliss

Malcolm Bliss

Community Program Manager, Next Step Living

 

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Malcolm Bliss is an action-oriented leader with 30+ years of experience in business solutions, strategy, and community organizing, including awards from Inc. 500, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Software 500. He has academic experience from Suffolk University, Harvard University, New York University, and Union College. His written work has been published in journals such as Strategic Finance and its affiliates around the world. He routinely presents to and facilitates large groups, including appearances to video audiences with thousands of people. He has served as the state-wide coordinator for 350 Massachusetts, and on the board of advisers for Climate Action Liaison Coalition, Earth Deeds, and climate-xchange.? ?Malcolm is now serving as Community Program Manage?r at Next Step Living, growing presence and strengthened relationships in Boston Metro Area communities. The communities with which Malcolm has worked increased their outreach at a 3x annual rate and repeatedly set new records for engagement as Malcolm coordinates programs with municipal governments, schools, faith groups, and volunteer organizations.

Matt Brost

Matt Brost

Sr. Director of Sales, SunPower Corporation

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Matt Brost is the Sr. Director of Sales for the New Homes Americas division of SunPower Corporation. SunPower designs, manufactures and installs the world’s highest efficiency solar systems for residential, commercial and utility customers globally. The New Homes division provides turnkey solar installations, services, marketing and training to large production builders in the US. SunPower New Homes is currently working with 8 of the 10 largest production builders to incorporate solar into the construction of thousands of homes each year. SunPower has supported key customers, including KB Home and Meritage Homes, to deliver Zero Energy homes in most of the major US production homebuilding markets, and recently completed the largest zero net energy new construction project in the US, West Village at UC Davis.   Prior to joining SunPower, Mr. Brost was Vice President of RLW Analytics, a national consulting firm providing energy consulting services to gas and electric utilities throughout the US.

David Carolan

David Carolan

CEO & Founder, Solid Green Systems

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David has more than 25 years of experience in executive level management positions involving a variety of public and private businesses. With 12 years’ experience in construction and real estate development, his interest in green building led to the creation of Solid Green Systems (SGS).  Prior to Solid Green Systems, David served as CFO and CEO for two public companies in the high-tech and financial software markets. Actively involved in the Austin community, he has served on the board of two non-profits focusing of children’s education and familial support issues.  David received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982.

Fiona Cousins

Fiona Cousins

Principal, Arup

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Fiona Cousins leads the sustainability team in the New York office of Arup, is one of the leaders of the building engineering team, directs technical investments for Arup’s Americas Region, and is a member of the Arup Americas Board.

Fiona has a background as a mechanical engineer and has spent much of her career engaged in HVAC design, with an area of specialization in thermal comfort and energy efficiency. She developed a strong interest in the broader sustainability impact of the built environment during the 1990s and has been working since then to incorporate sustainability into her projects. Sustainable design frequently requires interdisciplinary collaboration and managing teams to achieve break-through results and this has been the other main theme of her career.

Fiona has extensive project experience, having worked for both corporate and institutional clients on a wide variety of building, planning and sustainability projects including offices, trading floors, laboratories, libraries, performing art centers, airports and campuses.

She is LEED Fellow, and has served as both Manager and Director for a number of projects that are pursuing the highest levels of LEED goals. She was the chair of the New York Chapter of the USGBC, Urban Green Council, and is currently the chair-elect of the board of USGBC.

She is a frequent presenter on transformative sustainable building design and has presented at EnvironDesign, Earthday New York, Green Building Challenge, GreenBuild, Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the Architectural Record Innovation Conference. She has also lectured extensively at Universities around the US.

Dennis Cuku

Dennis Cuku

Co-Founder, Mosaic Family of Companies

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Dennis Cuku is co-founder of the Mosaic Family of Companies, a knowledge-worker collective designed to effect positive social change through business. As a visionary entrepreneur, he operates on the manifesto that Normal is Broken and that capitalism need not come at the expense of human values, environmental sustainability or personal happiness.

Dennis’ recent project, The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce, is slated for completion in February 2015 and aims to be the crown jewel of sustainable building in Edmonton, becoming the first Net Zero energy commercial office building in Alberta — an example of Alberta’s oil and gas abundance igniting innovative sustainable projects.

John Dalzell

John Dalzell

Sustainable Development and Green Building Policy Manager

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At the BRA Mr. Dalzell manages sustainable development and green building policy and programs including the Boston’s E+ (energy positive) Green Building Program, EcoDistrict Initiative, district energy planning, and Green Building Zoning regulations.

By focusing City resources on sustainable development, policy, and programs, and community based planning initiatives, Boston has emerged as a national leader in energy efficiency and sustainability. Initiatives include:

* Boston’s E+ Green Building Program, is proving the feasibility for urban environmental, energy, and equity positive (E+) residential prototypes. The program is redeveloping urban infill sites with new high performance deep green residential homes that generate more energy than they use; two sites have been completed. In 2012, the Program was expanded to E+ Green Communities with a focus on two large redevelopment sites and broader goals now including neighborhood sustainability and community health. Visit http://www.epositiveboston.org

* Boston Living with Water, an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient, more sustainable, and more beautiful Boston adapted for end-of-the-century climate conditions and rising sea levels. Visit http://www.bostonlivingwithwater.org/

* Boston EcoDistricts Program, launched in 2013 in conjunction with Boston’s hosting of the EcoDistrict International Summit, the initiative is piloting practice in the Seaport / Innovation District and in the Talbot Norfolk Eco-Innovation District in Codman Square. The program is employing the EcoDistrict framework to advance district energy and sustainable community strategies and actions. In 2014, Boston joined the EcoDistrict’s Target Cities Initiative to focus resources in the Talbot Norfolk Eco-Innovation District.

Karla Donnelly

Karla Donnelly

Senior Sustainability Specialist, SWA

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Karla Donnelly is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Ms. Donnelly is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and workshops with stakeholders based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, and National Green Building Standard programs.

Cathy Fogel

Cathy Fogel

Sr. Analyst, California Public Utilities Commission

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Cathleen (Cathy) Fogel, Ph.D. is Sr. Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), where she oversees new construction and commercial energy efficiency programs and is Project Lead on Zero Net Energy buildings. In 2014, the Commission completed a Zero Net Energy New Residential Action Plan, which will be launched in 2015. In 2014, a CPUC ZNE Commercial Action Plan group explored launching a ZNE Building Recognition Program and a ZNE Leadership Commitment Campaign for California. Dr. Fogel served as project manager for the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan in 2008 and has led utility EE program oversight in a variety of areas, including residential whole house, behavior, HVAC, plug loads and appliances.

 

 

 

 

Prior to joining the CPUC, Dr. Fogel worked as an Analyst and Project Manager at a number of climate and environmental organizations, including the Climate Group, the Center for Resource Solutions, and the National Wildlife Federation. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish Literature from UC Colorado.

Marian Goebes

Marian Goebes

Energy Efficiency Program Evaluator, TRC Energy Services

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Marian Goebes is an environmental engineer that serves as an energy efficiency program evaluator at TRC Energy Services. She has managed a range of evaluation projects, including the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Residential Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Market Characterization, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance ENERGY STAR Homes Program Retrospective, and the evaluation of two PG&E ZNE demonstration sites. Besides her evaluation activities, Dr. Goebes managed an implementation project for multifamily projects undergoing energy efficiency retrofits. Prior to joining TRC, she provided technical support for the implementation of green home programs, particularly the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Barbara Hernesman

Barbara Hernesman

Director of Workforce Development and Business Relations, CalCERTS, Inc.

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Hernesman is a leading advocate for construction workforce and business development in Building Performance, Energy Efficiency and Codes and Standards. She is a coalition builder, strategic planner, and networking organizer fostering public and private partnerships between Industry Specific for Profit, and Non-Profit organizations, Community Colleges, Workforce Investments Boards (WIB), private companies, public utilities and government agencies. Ms. Hernesman participates as vice chair for Western HVAC Performance Alliance [WHPA] Whole Building Design Workforce Education and Training committee, as Chair for WHPA

Action Team. She seeks to develop, design, implement partnerships and attract grant funding opportunities for building performance workforce programs and certifications. Ms. Hernesman is a presenter, speaker at conferences and industry coalition building events. She combines her enthusiasm for Building Performance technology with twenty-seven years as a CA. Licensed General B Contractor to support and encourage the emergence of California’s 21st century construction industry and workforce.

Dave Hewitt

Dave Hewitt

Independent Consultant

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Dave Hewitt is an independent consultant working on projects related to energy efficiency strategic planning, market transformation, and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. He has worked in the energy efficiency field for nearly 40 years as an administrator, advocate, consultant and technical expert in both residential and commercial building markets. Dave served as the Executive Director of the New Buildings Institute from 2005 to 2013, playing a key role in the Institute’s success and growth and leading NBI’s efforts in ZNE both nationally and in California. Prior to joining NBI in 2005, Dave was a Senior Manager at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in Portland where he developed and managed the Alliance’s commercial sector portfolio (Better Bricks) and directed the development of the Washington Sustainable Schools project and the establishment of Daylighting/Integrated Design Labs at five university Schools of Architecture. Additional experience includes 12 years with Pacific Energy Associates in Portland serving as a technical consultant on collaborative and utility projects in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain; Director of Research, Development and Evaluation for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships; Director of the City of Portland Energy Office; and the first Executive Director of the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation.

Derek Jones

Derek Jones

Expert Strategic Analyst, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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For the past three years Derek Jones has managed evaluations of distributed generation, energy efficiency, and demand response programs at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). His areas of expertise include zero net energy, solar photovoltaics, electric vehicles, and codes and standards. In 2012 he managed two ZNE research projects on behalf of the California Investor Owned Utilities: “The Technical Feasibility of Zero Net Energy Buildings in California (CALMAC PGE0326)”, and “The Road to ZNE: Mapping Pathways to ZNE Buildings in California (CALMAC PGE0327.01).” Prior to working for PG&E, Derek implemented energy efficiency programs for ICF International in the Mid-Atlantic region and supported federal government affairs efforts for Mitsubishi Corporation, The Nature Conservancy, and The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Derek holds a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Gary M. John

Gary M. John

Senior Specification Sales Engineer, Panasonic

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Gary M. John, has been working in the Energy Saving – Green Products- related Industry prior to a proper label being applied to these products and its current trendy moniker. After starting his long sales career in the Electrical Distribution Industry, he challenged himself in the corporate world. He worked for Philips NA out of Somerset NJ for twelve years (12) for their US Lighting Operations in various positions including Zone Sales Management in the Industrial Commercial and OEM markets. Focused attention was placed on the introduction of the newly introduced compact fluorescent products and Induction Lighting technology through ESSCOs and traditional distribution channels.

Subsequently moving to Panasonic Corp of North America (Secaucus, NJ) he held position including Group Manager / Nat’l Sales Manager managing product categories including; Energy Efficient Ventilation Fans, Compact Fluorescent Lighting and Ductless Split A/C energy efficient products and their accessories. He was also the National Account Manager, for Rinnai America managing national distribution for the tankless energy star water heaters. Now back with Panasonic after a few years absence, he is the Senior Specification Sales Engineer, working with National Home Builders, Architects, Engineers and Light Commercial Accounts. In his spare time he is an avid restorer of classic Corvettes and an Ordained Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts.

Jill Kaehler

Jill Kaehler

Lead Designer, Behnisch Architekten

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Jill Kaehler is a Project Leader/ Lead Designer at Behnisch Architekten and has contributed to a number of significant, international competitions and projects. Jill is currently leading the design of New England’s anticipated Largest Energy Positive (E+) Commercial Building – Artists For Humanity’s EpiCenter Expansion in Boston’s Fort Point Innovation District. The non-profit organization provides under-resourced youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the art and design industry.

 

Steve Kihm

Steve Kihm

Chief Economist, Energy Center of Wisconsin

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Steve Kihm is the Energy Center of Wisconsin’s Chief Economist. He has worked in the field of utility regulation for the past 34 years, including over two decades as a member of the staff of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He has testified as an expert witness before regulatory agencies in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and has filed affidavits in Federal District Court. Steve’s research and policy analysis applies a risk-return-value framework to assess the impact of regulatory policies on utility investors. His recent Energy Law Journal article with Elisa Graffy of Arizona State entitled “Does Disruptive Competition Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities?” has received widespread attention among those interested in new utility business models. In addition to his work for the Energy Center, Steve serves as the utility finance instructor at Michigan State University’s annual regulatory studies program for new commissioners and their staffs, and for the the University of Wisconsin Public Utility Institute’s energy utility course. He holds masters’ degrees in finance and quantitative analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Bruce King

Bruce King

Founder, Ecological Building Network

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Bruce King is the founder of the Ecological Building Network (EBNet), and a registered engineer with 35 years of experience in structural engineering and construction.  He is the author of  Buildings of Earth and Straw, Making Better Concrete, Design of Straw Bale Buildings, ASTM International earthen building guidelines, and dozens of papers and articles for conferences and journals. He has organized three international conferences on ecological building, and is the founder of BuildWellLibrary.org, a user-based collection of natural and recycled materials knowledge, and of the BuildWell Symposia.

Chris Laumer-Giddens

Chris Laumer-Giddens

Founder, LG Squared ARCHI+TECHS

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Chris is an Atlanta-based architect, builder and HVAC designer with the residential architecture + construction firm, LG Squared ARCHI+TECHS. His roles at LG Squared ARCHI+TECHS rely heavily on his expertise with building science, mechanical systems design, home performance and architecture, with both U.S. and international residential projects. His projects have been recognized for design and performance innovation, and include the 2013 DOE Challenge Home Project of the Year, 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year, 2014 DOE Innovation Award, and 2013 NAHB Green Project of the Year Award. Chris, and his work, have been the subject of many published articles in Remodeling Magazine, proudgreenhome.com, Atlanta Journal Constitution, ARCHITECT Magazine, Architectural Record, Green Building & Design, Inhabitat.com,

Daily5Remodel.com, Atlanta Building News, and HomeCentrl.com. He continues to host the LG Squared ARCHI+TECHS blog at lgsquaredinc.com, that is dedicated to residential design, building science and best practices. He is considered by his colleagues as, “A rather unique species – versed not only in all things architecture but endowed with an extraordinary complement of home performance and building science acumen.”

Rick Gilles

Rick Gilles

Barnraisers Group LLC.

 

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Rick is a senior partner in Barnraisers Group LLC. – A Portfolio Consulting Company. He is an entrepreneur and business consultant with over 30 years of experience. He has served as CEO/CFO/COO of multiple businesses, and as a consultant providing C?level management, business development, turn?around services as well as launching new ventures. He has also developed dynamic financial cash flow forecasting models for companies and deals ranging in size from $1 million to $12 billion. Rick has worked on over 80 companies in 25 different vertical markets.One of Rick’s first businesses was a building company and he has held a builders license for most of three decades. He also owned an architectural firm where he learned architectural design and he has been designing buildings for much of the past 20 years. Rick has participated in designing, building, and or developing about $70 million in housing projects. For the past 15 years he has been an active participant in the high?performance building space. Rick has been a professional member of the American Institute of Building Design and is certified as a LEED AP BD&C. He sits on the Governor’s Net Zero Energy Building Advisory Committee for Massachusetts. In October, 2013, he won a DOE builders challenge award as a member of the Transformations Team for helping to develop two of the most energy efficient market rate homes in America. In May, 2013, Rick led a presentation on methodologies for the monetization of high performance measures in real-estate financing transactions at the White House Office of Science and Technology of the United States on behalf of the Financial Ecology Corporation.An active participant in government both as an elected official and volunteer, he applied many of the principles of business he has learned in practice. On Occasion, Rick teaches international government officials in best practices in business and government. Over the years, Mr. Gilles has served pro bono on many boards and committees serving the community and the arts.

Candice Luck

Candice Luck

Director of Strategy and Programs, buildABILITY

 

 

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Candice is the Director of Strategy and Programs at buildABILITY with a multidisciplinary background in architecture, business design, and strategy. Her work at buildABILITY spans across a wide spectrum of projects, from the development of online applications and industry publications, to the development and facilitation of strategic change management programs. Candice has acted as project manager for a number of high profile projects, including the supporting background studies for the development of energy efficiency provisions for the 2012 and 2017 Ontario Building Codes. Currently, she is the project manager for Canada’s largest net zero housing community project funded by Natural Resources Canada’s ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative that will see five net zero housing communities built across Canada. Candice has experience in managing projects and conducting background studies to help inform policy decisions and new regulatory initiatives.

Bill Maclay

Bill Maclay

Maclay Architects

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Bill Maclay, is the author of The New Net Zero, published by Chelsea Green in 2014 and the founding principal of Maclay Architects of Waitsfield, Vermont. He has been recognized as a leader in innovative, ecological planning and architectural design since 1971. Maclay Architects specializes in net-zero energy design and was the recipient of the 2012 NESEA Zero Net Energy Building Award. Among the firm’s net-zero, near-net-zero, and net-zero-ready projects are NRG Systems, an office and manufacturing facility, the Bennington State Office Building, the George D. Aiken Center at the University of Vermont, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Bosarge Family Education Center, and numerous homes. Bill has a BA from Williams College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He shares his experience, knowledge, and passion at many speaking venues nationally, including the ASHRAE Annual Conference, Living Futures unConference, NESEA, Efficiency Vermont, and numerous educational institutions.

Susan Mazur-Stommen

Susan Mazur-Stommen

Principal and Founder, INDICIA

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Susan Mazur-Stommen is a cultural anthropologist who has researched culture, behavior, and sustainability for over twenty years. Her work has included such high points as testifying before Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley with bright pink hair.  Susan is a sought after speaker on behavior and sustainability. She has recently spoken on user centered product design, the meanings of brands, and the consumer perspective.  Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. As an undergraduate, she looked at Iranian-American marriage choice using ethnographic decision tree modeling. She received both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside.  Susan founded Indicia Consulting LLC in 2006 as a way to bring the tools and insights from cultural anthropology to a wider audience. Indicia Consulting is a mission-driven social enterprise which defines its primary goal as seeking an increase in sustainability and improvement in the natural environment by engaging behavior. Indicia’s clients include Pacific Ethnography, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Illume, and IQ Energy.

Carlos Nouel

Carlos Nouel

Director of Alliances and Vendor Strategy, National Grid

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Carlos Nouel is the Director of Alliances and Vendor Strategy at National Grid. Carlos is responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive and cost effective strategies to fulfill those needs through innovative partnerships and alliances with industry players. In addition to that, Carlos is responsible for the development and execution of customer related strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Prior to his current role, Carlos was responsible for developing sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for the energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, BAT, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

Danny Parker

Danny Parker

Principal Research Scientist, FSEC

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Danny Parker is Principal Research Scientist at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). Parker has spent the last 30 years of his career in the field of building systems energy-efficiency research with the last 21 years at FSEC. He specializes in collecting and analyzing measured data taken from residential buildings to determine how efficiency and renewable sources can dramatically lower energy needs. He has been involved in a variety of evaluations of advanced energy technologies in buildings as well as numerous demonstration project. He currently is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, where he conducts research to enable Zero Energy Homes (ZEH). He is very enthusiastic for that mission, living in a ZEH he has fashioned over the last twenty years.

Thomas A. Peterson

Thomas A. Peterson

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Thomas A. Peterson has a diverse and unique background that has provided him with a broad base of knowledge that enables him to speak in depth about energy efficiency matters. He is a native New Englander originally from Plymouth, Mass who now resides in Southern Maine near Portland. He has a BSBA in Business Management from U. Mass. – Dartmouth and an MBA in Marketing from Tulane University – New Orleans.

Alex Pollard

Alex Pollard

Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs Manager, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

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Alex Pollard is the Energy Efficiency Commercial Programs Manager at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER). In this position he is responsible for the Massachusetts Pathways to Zero program, and works with the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Program Administrators and stakeholders to plan and implement the nation leading energy efficiency programs. Prior to joining DOER, he worked at an Owner’s Project Management firm that oversaw the design and construction of building projects. He holds a Master of Real Estate Development from Arizona State University, and is a LEED AP in building design and construction. Alex is also a co-chair of the Boston Urban Land Institute Sustainability Council. 

Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

Chief Architect, U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office

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As Chief Architect for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes work leading DOE’s world-class research program, Building America, and overseeing the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home voluntary labeling program for leading edge builders. In his prior position, he managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a book on housing innovation titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It.” Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books and television series on energy efficient and green construction.

Susanne Rasmussen

Susanne Rasmussen

Director, Environmental and Transportation Planning

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Susanne Rasmussen is director of the Environmental and Transportation Planning in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has more than 20 years of experience in the implementation of environmental policies and programs. She is responsible for the city’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions including developing a long-range net zero action plan. She also oversees the development of new transportation policies and implementation of a variety of transportation strategies including multi-modal infrastructure planning, traffic calming, and transportation demand management. Prior to joining the City of Cambridge Ms. Rasmussen was a senior manager for a non-profit energy service company and a land use planner in a major metropolitan city. Ms. Rasmussen has a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in Civil Engineering and Planning from the University of Aalborg in Denmark.

Dennis Ramdahin

Dennis Ramdahin

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Presently, Dennis is Founder and Executive Director of the Vihara Foundation (VF), an international non-profit started in 2009 focused on poverty alleviation and climate action. Under VF, Dennis is engage in the business development of the Super Energy Efficient Building Initiative for Climate Action program (SEEBICATM) – a proposal being structured currently in New York City for retrofitting existing low energy efficient houses at the community level towards net-zero energy consuming.

Dennis is also research lead and project designer of the Vihar Project, a major agriculture and energy business model prototype for addressing poverty alleviation and climate mitigation of India’s most poverty stricken regions of Bihar/Uttar Pradesh. Here, tremendous potential is being scoped for carbon reduction strategies using renewable energy potential, carbon sequestering in soil, and phasing out use of CO2 generating chemical fertilizer. A project size of 50,000 hectares is estimated to offset about 2 million tons of carbon per year.

Dennis holds a MSc. and BSc Degrees in Environmental Studies from the City University of New York, and is pursuing a “reverse” Ph.D. in the area of poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

Bill Reed

Bill Reed

AIA, Regenesis Group

 

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An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in integrative systems design and regeneration Bill is an architect and principal in Regenesis. Regenesis’ work centers on developing the capability of participants to consciously engage with life as a whole living system through working with the built environment to develop a co-evolutionary relationship between people and place.

Bill is one of the founders of the LEED, author of many articles, contributor to multiple books – including co-authorship of the seminal work, “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building” – and is one of the leading authorities on integrative design and regenerative design and development. He has consulted on hundreds of deep green design commissions – buildings and city master plans – and teaches, lectures, practices in universities and countries around the world.

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.

Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.

Director of Engineering, South Mountain Company

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Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. is a long-time student of making great buildings. He uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities connected to the natural world, supporting both personal and planetary health.  Much of his recent work has been Zero Net Energy Buildings, Deep Energy Retrofits and Passive Houses. His work has been recognized nationally by ASHRAE, AIA, EEBA, and NESEA, but they didn’t see all the mistakes along the way.

Dr. Hal Richman

Dr. Hal Richman

COO, Blue House Energy

 

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Dr. Hal Richman has been a management consultant for many years with a focus on thecreation of training and development strategies; learning needs analyses and competency mapping; and evaluation of training and development initiatives. Hal is the COO of Blue House Energy where he provides marketing, business development, project management, and operations for the company.

In addition to his work with Blue House Energy Dr. Hal is a Senior Fellow with Agile Strategiesin Boulder, CO. Strategic Agility is a new way of leading business that: keeps a top-to-bottom focus on customer value; organizes work flow more intelligently – so it actually gets done; encourages engagement, buy-in and commitment from your team; and helps you pivot quickly and powerfully when your market changes.

Sy Safi

Sy Safi

Owner and Operator, GCCM Construction Services

 

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Sy Safi, owner and operator of GCCM Construction Services in Louisville, KY, is a national and international award-winning, progressive builder, in both residential and commercial construction.  Sy focuses on best practices in sustainability and building science.  Having grown up working in construction with his brothers and father, Sy was inspired to learn, innovate, create, and execute revolutionary practices in the built-environment.  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering and worked for some of the world’s best design and construction companies.  Sy has vast experience in building homes, schools, banks, hospitals, offices, churches, warehouses, restaurants and the likes.  In 2006, he started GCCM Construction Services to better focus on advancing the construction industry to the 21st century by supporting and encouraging excellent design while identifying the ideal and pursuing that ideal as the indicator of success.  To further awareness and education, in 2012, Sy created My Green Kentucky Home, a model home that is Kentucky’s first Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water home certified LEED Platinum by the US Green Building Council.  Since then, he’s adopted the most stringent third-party programs in the Living Building Challenge, Passive House and the WELL Building Standard, while becoming a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Partner and a Certified Passive House Consultant.  Sy’s goal for all future builds is to restore our natural ecosystems and be net positive in energy and water.

Travis Sheehan

Travis Sheehan

BRA EcoDistrict Energy Fellow, Boston Redevelopment Authority

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Travis is the EcoDistricts Energy Fellow at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He manages the City’s strategic planning for EcoDistricts and district energy which entails the origination of pilot projects, stakeholder engagement, and program development. Before joining the BRA, Travis was an environmental consultant at Linnean Solutions, providing policy analysis and economic modeling for private and public sector clients. Travis founded Gridling Global in 2012 to advise real estate clients on sustainable urban development in Southern India. He holds a double master’s degree from MIT, volunteers as a pianist, and is still proud to be an Eagle Scout.

Kristina Skierka

Kristina Skierka

President & Founder, Katalytix

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A strategist by trade and an environmentalist at heart, Kristina brings over 20 years of experience to Katalytix. Kristina’s expertise has informed a number of well-known environmental leadership initiatives and public awareness efforts including Flex Your Power, California’s award-winning energy efficiency campaign. During her tenure as Director of Cleantech for Bite Communications, clients included a range of Fortune 500 corporations—including Applied Materials’ Bright Futures and Sun Microsystems’ Eco Responsibility initiatives—as well as cleantech startups like Verdiem (PC power management) and Validus DC Systems (DC power for data centers). Kristina was named the Energy Foundation’s Senior Fellow at the California Public Utilities Commission (2009–2011), charged with leading implementation of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and driving zero net energy (ZNE) across multiple end-use sectors, including lighting, industry and the built environment.

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Technical Director, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute

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Kathleen Smith is an architect with more than 20 years of experience in green building, most recently with her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting, LLC. She is a LEED Fellow and a LEED Faculty member.  Kathleen worked with Davis Langdon where she conducted LEED reviews and consulted on many pioneering sustainable projects in California. She is also the co-author of two books, The Northwest Green Home Primer and Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family. Kathleen has a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley in addition to a Permaculture Consultant’s Design Certificate from the Permaculture Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Paul Torcellini

Paul Torcellini

Principal Engineer, Commercial Buildings Research at NREL

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Paul Torcellini is a Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a DOE national laboratory.  He is also on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University teaching sustainable energy courses.  Paul is a recognized expert in methods and technologies to achieve substantial whole building energy savings in both new construction and major renovations.  He has been key in the development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Series from ASHRAE and has chaired guides for K-12 schools and Grocery Stores as well as participating on a commission guide for refrigeration systems.  Paul has been at NREL for 20 years and is a registered Professional Engineer holding a PhD from Purdue University.

Barry Stephens

Barry Stephens

EcoDistricts Energy Fellow, Boston Redevelopment Authority

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Barry is presently the Business Development & Technology Director at Zehnder America, Inc. Barry has been working with energy efficient design architects, builders and contractors since 2010, when Zehnder launched the ComfoSystems division in North America. He has worked with NZE, Passive House, Next Step Homes, LEED and Pretty Good Houses across North America. Barry was trained in Heat Recovery Ventilation technology at Zehnder’s facilities in Switzerland, Holland, Germany and Italy.

Coliesha Turner

Coliesha Turner

Artists For Humanity

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Coliesha Turner has been employed for three years at Artists For Humanity in our painting and 3D Design studios, and is completing her senior year at Boston Latin Academy. Coliesha has recently completed large scale projects for clients such as State Street, John Hancock, & CustomMade and has presented on the important role of arts in STEM learning.

Peter Turnbull

Peter Turnbull

Principal, Commercial Buildings, PG&E

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Peter has 33 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  He is currently the Principal Program Manager for PG&E’s Zero Net Energy efforts providing research, information and documentation in support of the State of California’s ZNE policy goals for commercial and residential buildings. Over his career, he has had extensive experience in managing energy efficiency rebate programs across many sectors.  He likewise has extensive experience in emerging technologies and codes and standards work, especially in the areas of cool roofing (having served as Board Chair for the Cool Roof Rating Council), daylighting, thermal energy storage and commercial food service.    He is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by ASHRAE, ACEEE, AESP and other organizations. Mr. Turnbull holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. 

Kohta Ueno

Kohta Ueno

Senior Associate, Building Science Corporation

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Kohta Ueno is a senior associate at Building Science Corporation, a building science consulting and architecture firm located in Westford, Massachusetts.  His responsibilities at Building Science Corporation include forensic field investigations, energy and hygrothermal modeling, building science research, and field testing.  His undergraduate education was in Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been with BSC since 1998, and completed his Masters degree with the Building Engineering Group under John Straube at the University of Waterloo in 2007.  He is also conveniently sized to fit into attics and crawl spaces, which is markedly useful in this field.

Richard Willingham

Richard Willingham

motum b2b

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For more than thirty years, Richard has focused his writing, publishing and marketing career on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Since 1980, when he launched the magazine Energy Management Canada, he has maintained that sustainable buildings cost less over their lifetime than unsustainable buildings. His team at motum b2b has worked to craft and deliver that message for brands both big and small—among them BASF, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Enbridge, Honeywell, Lafarge, Ontario Hydro and Philips Lighting. Richard’s personal and professional vision is that ‘one day everyone will be able to live and work in a net-zero energy building.’

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