The 2012 GreenGov Symposium is presented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This year's program will be held Sept. 24-26, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios (last updated September 18, 2012)

Achieving Sustainability Track

This page will be updated with additional program and speaker information over the next few weeks. Please note, all program information is subject to change.

Managing Waste & Recycling Programs   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   11:00am - 12:15pm
Panelists will discuss how organizations can reconsider and further develop waste, recycling, and composting programs by incorporating and exploring innovative reduction and management solutions into their operational practices.

Speaker Bios:

Wanda Johnsen - Sustainability Planner, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability), U.S. Army
Ms. Johnsen is a sustainability planner in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability) in Washington, DC. She leads the Net Zero Waste program and provides policy development and oversight for the Army’s sustainability initiatives and compliance with Federal and DoD sustainability mandates. Ms. Johnsen has supported DoD environmental programs for 20 years, including positions with the Army, Air Force, and as a DoD consultant. She began her career in state regulatory agencies, and helped craft some of the earliest State legislation establishing sustainability requirements (e.g., aquifer life goals, soil loss limits). Ms. Johnsen holds a BS and an MS in Soil Science from the University of Nebraska.
Jean Schwab - Program Manager, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jean is leading the US EPA’s new National Food Recovery Initiative in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at EPA Headquarters. She has worked in the resource conservation and recycling field for 21 years - including over 18 years at EPA. Jean is the EPA lead and subject matter expert for organic materials management issues and serves on a number of national initiatives as a technical expert on materials and environmental management. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Urban & Environmental Planning.
Catherine Shaw - Environmental Protection Program Manager, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Ms. Shaw is the FBI’s first Environmental Protection Program Manager and is responsible for the development and implementation of Bureau-wide environmental compliance, sustainability, and energy management programs. Ms. Shaw coordinates the FBI’s Environmental Management System and is undertaking several initiatives to improve solid waste management and recycling at Bureau facilities. Ms. Shaw has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in environmental and regulatory policy from Georgetown University. Ms. Shaw has been with the FBI for three years; prior to that, she worked as an environmental consultant providing regulatory development support to EPA and environmental compliance and sustainability services to DoD.
Robert Wingo - Environmental Science and Engineering Team Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Robert M. Wingo received his PhD. in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry with undergraduate and graduate minors in Environmental Management. As a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at LANL, Robert developed a portable, vapor-phase explosives detection system for DARPA and stand-off environmental sampling techniques under the auspices of the National MASINT Management Office. He has experience designing, assembling and operating pilot-scale water treatment systems for acid mine drainage, activated sludge sewage treatment, and radioactive liquids. Robert has numerous publications, 4 patents and is the leader of Environmental Science and Engineering Team of Chemical Diagnostics and Engineering Group, Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
MODERATOR: Ed Skernolis - Senior Vice President, Recycling, Keep America Beautiful
Ed Skernolis is Senior Vice President, Recycling, for Keep America Beautiful and is responsible for strategic recycling planning, program development and implementation, stakeholder communications, and national advocacy. He also oversees KAB’s Washington DC Office. Ed has nearly 40 years of experience in environmental management, to include 14 years with EPA, 18 years as Director of Government Affairs for Waste Management, Inc., as a consultant, and as Acting Executive Director of the National Recycling Coalition. Ed received three special service awards while at EPA and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Environmental Industries Association while with Waste Management. Ed is a graduate of Penn State University and the Environmental Management Institute of the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Arlington, Va.

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Electronics Product Stewardship   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
The frequent introduction of new electronic products to the marketplace can present new challenges and responsibilities in managing life cycle environmental impacts. Panelists will discuss ways in which organizations can be better environmental stewards of these devices, examining strategies for addressing the full lifecycle of the product.

Speaker Bios:

Cate Berard - Program Manager, Federal Electronics Challenge, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cate Berard is an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Pollution Prevention Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cate is the Program Manager for the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC), a partnership program that encourages federal agencies and their facilities to purchase greener electronics, reduce impacts of electronic products during use, and manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally sound manner. As a member of EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing team, Cate also supports work related to green purchasing. Cate holds a B.S. from James Madison University and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University.
Bob Holcombe - Director, Personal Property Policy Management, Office of Governmentwide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration
Bob Holcombe is the Program Director for Personal Property Management Policy within GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy. In this capacity, Mr. Holcombe is responsible for the implementation and interpretation of governmentwide policy related to personal property management. His team publishes the Government’s regulations, Bulletins, and other policy and guidance governing the use and disposal of federal property. Bob also leads the facilitation of two governmentwide (interagency) groups – the Property Management Executive Council (PMEC) and the Interagency Committee on Property Management (ICPM); both of which discuss issues and concerns of the federal community. Within the National Property Management Association (NPMA), Bob is a member of the Federal Center Chapter, and he holds several positions; He is the chair of the Federal property Special Interest Group (SIG); and is on the NPMA President’s Advisory Board. He is also the past-chair of the ASTM E53 Committee. Prior to joining GSA in 2002, he served in policy making positions for five years in the Department of Justice, and for six years at NASA Headquarters. He has also held several private sector positions, including contractor support for DOD logistics initiatives, and as warehouse manager for a large DC-area office supply company. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 through 1985.
Scott O'Connell - Director, Environmental Affairs, Dell Inc.
Scott O’Connell manages a global team responsible for Dell’s environmental strategy, worldwide product compliance, and Design for Environment programs to increase sustainable product and packaging leadership across its entire portfolio. His role within Dell also includes engagement with leading industry partners to help influence global environmental regulations and standards, as well as development of new product environmental technologies and strategies. Scott is also one of the primary authors of Dell’s annual Corporate Responsibility report and regularly engages customers on the sustainability value proposition of Information Communications Technology. Scott received a BS from the University of Texas and an MS in Environmental Management from Duke University.
MODERATOR: Juan Lopez - Senior Program Analyst, Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Juan Lopez woks as a Senior Program Analyst for the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE). His responsibilities include promoting new programs and initiatives in the Federal government in the areas of Electronics Stewardship and Sustainable Acquisition. OFEE promotes sustainable environmental stewardship throughout the Federal government operations. Mr. Lopez has Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Computing and Sustainable IT   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
Moving to "the cloud" has a variety of benefits and challenges. This panel of experts will discuss the next frontier of cloud computing and analyze its significance for Federal agencies with a particular focus on how the cloud will enable sustainability implementation efforts.

Speaker Bios:

Phil Fritz - Program Director, SaaS Solutions, IBM
Bio not available.
Kenneth Galluppi - Director, Decision Theater at Arizona State University
Mr. Galluppi is the Director of Arizona State University Decision Theater, DT, a multidisciplinary organization focused on decision science application. He has over 30 years of experience in the environmental sciences, modeling, decision sciences and information technologies. Prior to his current position, Mr. Galluppi was a Senior Scientist at the University of North Carolina where he also served as Director of Disaster and Environmental Programs at the Renaissance Computing Institute for five years, and two years as Senior Modeling Advisor to the U.S. EPA in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Prior to joining UNC, he was the Director of the North Carolina Supercomputing Center where he oversaw the research and application of advanced information technologies.
Bajinder Paul - Deputy Associate Administrator for Innovative Technology, U.S. General Services Administration
In January 2011, Bajinder N. Paul was appointed as the Deputy Associate Administrator of General Services Administration (GSA) in supporting its mission of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Mr. Paul is responsible for leading modernization strategies that leverage innovation and cloud computing in implementing agile and on-demand IT infrastructure in support of government wide initiatives. From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Paul served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). As CIO, Mr. Paul was responsible for leading all OCC information technology (IT) programs. Mr. Paul has spent over 20 years managing IT programs and organizations, both in the private sector and in the Federal government. Prior to this, Mr. Paul served as Acting CIO and the Deputy CIO of IT Operations at the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency. At HUD, he provided strategic and operational leadership in delivering centralized IT services to the entire department to achieve HUD’s goals and objectives to promote citizen access to HUD services. Mr. Paul’s leadership resulted in HUD receiving the Computer World Honors Program Laureate award for 2007 in recognizing the accomplishments of organizations and institutions that are creating the global best practices in leading the world's ongoing IT revolution.
John Pflueger - Principal Environmental Strategist, Dell
John Pflueger, Ph.D., is Dell's Principal Environmental Strategist. In this role, John is responsible for driving Dell's strategy on issues around Environmental Sustainability – including Energy, GHG Emissions, Materials of Concern, Material Use/Recovery/Reuse, and Water. Prior to this role, John was Dell's subject matter expert on data center energy efficiency and managed initiatives to help customers improve the productivity of their computer systems and facilities. Since graduating from MIT in 1991 with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, John has spent twenty-one years in product definition, development and manufacturing roles as well as corporate and social responsibility. John currently serves as a director for The Green Grid and as a participant in The Green Grid’s Technical Committee.
MODERATOR: Terell Jones - National Director of Cloud Services, Core BTS, Inc.
Mr. Jones is the National Director of Cloud Services with Core BTS, Inc., a $180M corporation. He is based out of Fairfax, VA and handles the eastern region for cloud computing. After serving in the first Gulf War in the U.S. Navy Mr. Jones entered the IT field in 1995. He has over 17 years in Information Technology in the fields of Green IT, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, and Managed Services. He is internationally known as “the Green IT Guy” specializing in energy efficient computing from the desktop to the data center, from hardware to software, from the network to the virtual cloud. He has served as the Deputy Director at the Green IT Council since 2010.

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Greening the Labs   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
Federal and academic laboratories often serve as test beds for implementing innovative approaches to sustainable operations. This session features case studies from leading Federal and academic research institutions on the actions they are taking to integrate energy efficiency and environmental sustainability into their operations.

Speaker Bios:

Wendell Brase - Vice Chancellor, Administrative and Business Services, University of California, Irvine Chair, University of California Climate Solutions Steering Group
Wendell C. Brase chairs the University of California’s Climate Solutions Steering Group and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services at the University of California, Irvine. UC Irvine received the 2008 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Climate Change; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 EPA Environmental Leadership Achievement Award; and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past three years. The campus currently has four LEED Platinum and eight LEED Gold buildings.
Melissa Voss Lapsa - Group Leader, Whole-Building and Community Integration, Energy and Transportation Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Ms. Melissa Voss Lapsa, M.B.A., currently serves as Group Leader for the Whole-Building and Community Integration Group in ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division. Ms. Lapsa has over 18 years of experience conducting market research, policy analysis, and institutional and consumer behavior research aimed at deploying cost-effective energy efficient technologies. In addition, Ms. Lapsa leads ORNL’s Sustainable Campus Initiative whose goal is to integrate energy and resource efficiency, cutting-edge technologies, operational and business processes, and institutional behavior to achieve sustainability at work, home, and in the community. From 1996-1998, Ms. Lapsa was on assignment from ORNL to the Netherlands Agency for Energy and the Environment (NOVEM).

 

Shanti Pless - Senior Energy Efficiency Research Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Since Shanti joined NREL in 2000, he has worked with the Commercial Building Research Group with a focus on applied research and design processes for commercial building energy efficiency and building integrated renewable energy. A highlight of this research has been applying integrated design concepts in the rebuilding effort in Greensburg Kansas - a city destroyed by a tornado and rebuilding with 50% energy savings and renewable energy powered goals. Current work has also focused on developing and documenting a novel energy performance based design/build process for NREL’s new large scale net zero energy office building. He is currently leading the development of the next round of 50% savings Advanced Energy Design Guides and managing the Whole Buildings Systems Integration section in the NREL Commercial Buildings Research Group.
Frank Rukavina - Sustainability Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
Frank Rukavina is the Sustainability Director at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden Colorado. Frank is responsible for the advancement of corporate environmental, social and economic responsible decision making and advancing the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He leads sustainable development initiatives driving NREL’s campus of the future vision of a carbon neutral, net-zero energy laboratory. Frank has been the Sustainability Director at NREL for four years. He previously served as NREL’s Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. Prior to joining NREL, Mr. Rukavina was the Environment, Health, Safety and Quality manager for Rocky Flats Closure Site Services and Health and Safety Manager for Kaiser-Hill at the Rocky Flats Closure Project. Frank holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy Management from the University of Denver and is an active member in Denver metropolitan area renewable energy and sustainable enterprise forums.
MODERATOR: Josh Silverman - Director, Office of Sustainability Support, Office of Health, Safety and Security, U.S. Department of Energy
Josh Silverman serves as the Director of the Office of Sustainability Support and as the Acting Director of the Office of Environmental Policy and Assistance at the US Department of Energy. He assists DOE in achieving its environmental compliance and sustainability goals by providing training, technical assistance, and corporate reporting and performance analysis. He received a Secretary of Energy Achievement Award in October 2011 for his efforts to reduce DOE emissions of sulfur hexafluoride, the world’s most potent greenhouse gas.

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Planning for a Sustainable DC   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Officials from the District of Columbia and the National Capital Planning Commission will discuss the GreenGov Symposium host city’s sustainability planning efforts. Focus points for this session will include the nature of sustainability planning as a public process, aligning multiple agencies and engaging local communities.

Speaker Bios:

Sam Brooks - Director, Energy & Sustainability Division, DC Department of General Services
Sam Brooks is the Associate Director of the DC Department of General Services and Director of DGS's Energy & Sustainability Division. The Division develops and executes energy conservation and sustainability initiatives for DC government facilities -- including all schools and municipal buildings. The Division also manages the District government's commodity acquisition ($91 million in FY2012) and all utility-related functions, stormwater controls, and waste management for DGS facilities.

 

Laine Cidlowski - Urban Sustainability Planner, District of Colombia Office of Planning
Laine Cidlowski is the Urban Sustainability Planner for the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Laine is responsible for the development of the Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative and overarching sustainability planning issues such as low impact development or urban agriculture issues for the District. Prior to joining OP in 2008, she worked as Planner-Urban Designer for the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in Prince George's County. Laine is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a certified LEED AP. She holds a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning - Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. Degree from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill in Environmental Studies.

 

Diane Sullivan - Lead Sustainability Planner, National Capital Planning Commission
Diane Sullivan joined the National Capital Planning Commission, the federal government’s planning agency for the National Capital Region, in the 2007. Her role as lead sustainability planner focuses on implementing the goals of Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance throughout the agency’s long-term planning initiatives for the National Capital Region, including the agency’s Southwest Ecodistrict Project. Ms. Sullivan previously worked with the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, managing waterfront redevelopment projects for the District of Columbia. Prior to this she spent six years working on waterfront plans for the Portland, Oregon Bureau of Planning. Ms. Sullivan holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
MODERATOR: Vicki Arroyo - Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center, Georgetown University Law Center
Vicki Arroyo is Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown Law where she is also a Visiting Professor. She oversees the Center’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation. She was Vice President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change where she directed policy analysis, science, economics, and U.S. policy programs for a decade. She has worked at all levels of government and in the private sector, serving at EPA (Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Research and Development), as Policy Director for Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality, and as a practicing attorney. She is on TRB’s Executive Committee, the UCAR Board of Trustees, and NSF’s GEO Advisory Board.

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Let's Talk about RECs   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
Federal contracting and renewable energy experts will participate in an open dialogue on how Federal agencies can leverage Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) in support of their sustainability plans, including discussions on best practices, agency requirements and organizational suitability.

Speaker Bios:

Matt Clouse - Director of Renewable Energy Policy & Programs, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Matt has worked for the past decade on renewable energy policy, markets, and programs. He has spoken to domestic and international audiences about the need for credible voluntary mechanisms to support renewable energy development and worked with a range of organizations to build demand for renewable energy in the U.S. Matt plays a leading role in EPA’s consideration of renewable energy technologies and policies to promote them. Matt joined EPA to launch the Green Power Partnership, which builds demand for renewable electricity.
Anne Crawley - Renewable Technology Manager, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Ms. Crawley manages the Renewable Energy Technologies Program Element for FEMP, providing guidance, information and technical assistance on renewable energy for Federal agencies. Recently she has worked on a Large Renewable Energy Projects Guide, and collaboration with the Army’s Energy Initiative Task Force. She oversees FEMP’s work on guidance and reporting for Federal renewable energy including Guidance on RECs. She also oversees work on cost information for distributed renewable energy technology, other information resources, as well as project assistance.
Cynthia Ralph - Contracting Officer, Electricity/Renewables/ESPC, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Cynthia Ralph is responsible for managing and facilitating requirements for the Defense Logistics Agency Energy's Competitive Electricity, Renewable Power, Energy Savings Performance Contracts, and Demand Response purchase programs. Ms. Ralph is currently supporting the Department of Defense and other Federal Civilian facilities in meeting renewable energy goals. Prior to this role, Ms. Ralph spent 4 years purchasing fuel for military activities worldwide at DLA Energy. Ms. Ralph is certified in contracting at Level III under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act, holds an unlimited Contracting Officer's Warrant and is a member of the Defense Acquisition Corps.
MODERATOR: Manisha Patel - Deputy Associate Director for Regulatory Policy, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Bio not available.

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