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)

Education & Engagement Track

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Driving Sustainability and Continuous Improvement through Culture Change   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   11:00am - 12:15pm
This session will explore the current state and availability of building energy performance data as well as innovative approaches to gathering and utilizing data to drive efficiency, track progress and underwrite investments. Panelists will provide a variety of private and Federal perspectives.

Speaker Bios:

Gwen Migita - Vice President, Sustainability & Community Affairs, Caesars Entertainment
Gwen Migita drives sustainability strategy and stakeholder initiatives for Caesars environmental and social sustainability program; CodeGreen. Gwen also directs philanthropy, corporate and Caesars Foundation community relations and HERO employee volunteer policies for the organization’s 70,000 employees at 52 domestic and international resorts. Gwen previously served as the Executive Development Director to Caesars Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations and as the Manager of Market Research. Prior to Caesars, Gwen served as Executive Vice President at QMark Research & Polling where she drove expansion to the West Pacific and Las Vegas. Gwen sits on the board of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, National Park Trust’s Leadership Council, Human Rights Campaign Board of Governors, and is President of Green Chips.
Judith Wilson - Acting Director, Office of Facilities, Environmental and Cultural Resources, Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs
Twenty-five years ago, Judith Wilson began her career at the Department of the Interior as a marine biologist identifying bureau research needs for marine protected species. Her work then progressed to serving as a bureau expert on marine and coastal protected species. In 2004, Ms. Wilson’s environmental protection responsibilities and interests then shifted to environmental compliance and environmental management systems implementation. Ms. Wilson joined Indian Affairs in 2008, as the Chief of the Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management overseeing environmental and cultural resources responsibilities for Indian Affairs. She is the Senior Sustainability Officer for Indian Affairs and Co-Chairs the Department of the Interior Senior Sustainability Council Technical Working Group on Environmental Compliance and Environmental Management Systems.
Amy Wolfe - Society-Technology Interactions Science Team Leader, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Amy K. Wolfe is the Society-Technology Interactions Science Team Leader in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Environmental Sciences Division. As ORNL’s Sustainable Campus Initiative Employee, Family, and Community Engagement Roadmap Leader, she and her team plan and implement multiple approaches to engagement. She also leads a team of social scientists across three national laboratories focusing on behavioral and institutional change to achieve enduring sustainability, in support of DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program. Further, she is the research manager for the DOE’s (Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research) Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications Scientific Focus Area at ORNL. Wolfe has Masters in Regional Planning and doctorate in Anthropology, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Gray - Special Projects Coordinator, Office of the President, American Public University
Elizabeth Gray has served in the Office of the President at American Public University System since 2008. She is the Chair of the APUS Sustainability Committee and manages the university system’s green initiatives. In that capacity Elizabeth leads a committee of employees who work diligently to develop strategies to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and ensure that the requirements of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) are met. Elizabeth also serves as an adjunct faculty member at APUS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia in 2003. She earned a Master’s degree in Global History from American Public University (APU) in 2009.

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Greening Facilities through Behavior Change   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
The sustainability performance of a facility is hinged to the behavior of that facility’s occupants. Panelists will discuss ways that facility sustainability and efficiency can be increased by engaging occupants and building a culture of environmental stewardship and sustainable operating practices.

Speaker Bios:

David Fox - Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund
David’s work with EDF Climate Corps, an innovative program that places specially-trained MBA and MPA students in companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency, involves managing many of our city and university relationships and fellowships and serving as the technical advisor to EDF Climate Corps fellows. David was a two-time EDF Climate Corps fellow, first in 2009 with North Carolina Central University and again in 2010 with St. Paul AME Church in Raleigh, NC. David was able to uncover more than $2.6 million in savings through energy efficiency upgrades at NCCU which could reduce the university’s carbon footprint by more than 50%. Beyond the fellowships, David works to eliminate legislative, policy and regulatory financial and economic barriers to energy efficiency in the public sector. David has successfully passed legislation in North Carolina allowing for its public universities to retain savings realized through energy efficiency and conservation measures. David manages EDF’s Public Housing and HUD initiative aimed at increasing energy efficiency investment in the nation’s public housing stock. David received his bachelors in Business Management from North Carolina State University where he graduated with honors, and his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from North Carolina Central University with high honors. Before graduate school, David worked as a junior lobbyist for a Raleigh-based lobbying firm.
Sarah Jensen - Lead, Sustainable Buildings, FEMP, U.S. Department of Energy
Sarah Jensen administers the Sustainable Buildings division of the Federal Energy Management Program at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, she manages and coordinates a comprehensive, nation-wide education program to assist agencies in their efforts to comply with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings (new construction and existing buildings). Sarah works with DOE’s National Laboratories, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive to help agencies identify and implement strategies to comply with the Guiding Principles, which are a requirement of Executive Orders 13423 and 13514. Sarah also co-chairs the Interagency Sustainability Working Group (ISWG) with the General Services Administration. The ISWG is a forum for agencies to contribute a real-world understanding to the formulation and implementation of national green building policy, and to learn from each other innovative best practices in sustainable facilities management. Prior to her position with DOE, Sarah served as Deputy Director and Environmental Counsel for the Green the Capitol Office for the U.S. House of Representatives, and served from 2003-2007 as co-counsel to an association of Alaska Natives on oil and gas production and natural resources management in the Alaskan outer continental shelf. Sarah is a LEED AP is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and serves on the American Bar Association’s Committee on Climate Change.
Kevin Kampschroer - Director, Office of Federal High Performance Buildings, U.S. General Services Administration
Kevin Kampschroer is the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s mandate to move GSA’s Federal building inventory toward high-performance green buildings. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). Mr. Kampschroer was the Project Manager for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center (344 M2), and he has lectured at various universities such as MIT, Harvard and Yale. His most recent publication as a contributing author is the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function-which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. He has worked for GSA for over 37 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
MODERATOR: Margaret Bruce - Principal Solutionary, Manzanita Consulting Associates
Margaret Bruce has more than 20 years of experience in the Environmental field, in consulting, federal, state and local governments, high-tech manufacturing and non-profit organizations. Roles and experience have included comprehensive Environmental and Safety program design and implementation for a large federal facility, a laser manufacturer, and various environmental compliance permit and program design assessments for clients ranging from small businesses to large production facilities. Margaret has also been engaged in environmental policy and advocacy at the local and State level and has been instrumental in influencing policy on issues ranging from water reliability, climate, energy efficiency, and electronic waste stewardship on behalf of a broad range of Silicon Valley organizations.

 

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Using IT to Educate and Engage   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
This session will explore successful uses of software applications, information technologies, and collaboration and knowledge sharing tools to teach and disseminate energy and environmental sustainability best practices and better coordinate sustainability implementation efforts.

Speaker Bios:

Leo Botrill - Senior Program Officer, Macroeconomics for Sustainable Development Program Office,WWF
Leo Bottrill is a Senior Program Officer for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington DC. He is the project leader for Moabi – a collaborative mapping system that crowd sources data on activities, which may impact critical ecosystems. The first Moabi website (rdc.moabi.org) launched in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March 2011 and provides a platform for stakeholders to monitor forest carbon projects. Moabi is being expanded to monitor palm oil expansion in Indonesia and mining in the Arctic. Before joining WWF, Leo spent several years working in Southeast Asia on conservation projects and holds a Masters in Geography from the University of St. Andrews and a Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Jim French - Sustainability Integration Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
James French is a Sustainability Integration Specialist for the U.S. Postal Service. His responsibilities include information and training support for green teams, coordination of the Postmaster General Sustainability Excellence Award, organization of special events such as Earth Day, and mobilization of employees through on-line information exchange and team building. Mr. French played a central role in developing the agency’s Lean Green Team strategy. During his career he has worked internationally with the United Nations and Winrock International as an extension education specialist in agriculture, forestry, and environmental protection. He holds a Master’s degree in educational communication from the East-West Center in Hawaii and a doctorate in adult education from North Carolina State University.
Zachary Lerner - Region 2 Sustainability & Telework Coordinator, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration
Zachary Lerner has worked at U.S. General Services Administration since July 2009 as a Program Analyst. He has embraced the organization’s sustainable direction and works in a sustainability and telework coordinator role in New York City. He’s combining the two roles to green products offered through FAS and realize real estate savings of approximately $300,000 per year. GSA’s sustainability expert network directory (SEND) is designed to highlight the informal expert networks and to make sure questions find people who can answer them as quickly as possible, helping other Federal agencies rely on GSA for sustainability in procurement. Lerner is an accredited LEED Green Associate, Sustainability in Procurement Fellow and an active member in Net Impact’s professional corps.
Justin Yuen - President, FMYI
Bio not available.
MODERATOR: Grant Ricketts - CEO, Tripos Software
Grant Ricketts is CEO and Co-founder of Tripos Software, Inc. a software and learning solutions provider for corporate sustainability management. The company’s platform blends online sustainability learning with employee engagement tools to help large organizations plan and manage broad-scale sustainability initiatives. He was previously Vice President and Co-founder of Saba Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: SABA), a leader in learning and talent management systems helping it grow from a garage-based start-up to over $100 million in revenue and 700 employees. Saba is used by several major federal agencies, including IRS, HHS, BOP, U.S. Army (eArmyU) and U.S. Navy. He holds a B.A. Economics with honors and an MBA from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Energy.data.gov: Driving Energy Innovation through Open Data   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
This interagency initiative provides an innovative online community linking researchers, government, citizens, and businesses. The panel will discuss the overall energy.data.gov strategy, specific projects demonstrating how opening up government creates energy breakthroughs, and future opportunities.

Speaker Bios:

Nick Sinai - Senior Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Bio not available.

 

Pete Tseronis - Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Energy
As Chief Technology Officer, Pete Tseronis supports federal mission objectives by providing strategic direction and vision for IT for the Department of Energy. Pete is establishing a formal, sustainable federal technology deployment program to bring innovative solutions such as cloud computing, wireless, and mobility solutions into the government IT portfolio. To accomplish this, Pete brokers alliances between the public and private sectors to ensure that the DOE has access to the most promising innovations and world class resources. In 2011, Pete developed and launched a highly successful series of Innovation and Technology Summits. In addition, he leads multiple enterprise programs to investigate and plan the deployment of services across the DOE including activities focused on citizen engagement. As a recognized thought leader and agent of transformation for government IT, Pete has been asked to lead numerous federal initiatives to mature Federal IT Infrastructure such as Federal Cloud First Task Force, the deployment and enhancements to energy.data.gov, and chairing the Federal IPv6 Task Force. Pete has been recognized and won numerous awards over his 20 year federal career. He is a three time recipient of Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award and winner of the 2012 GTRA GOVTek “Government Innovator of the Year” award.
Kathleen Turco - Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration
Kathleen M. Turco was selected as the Associate Administrator for Government-wide Policy (OGP) for the General Services Administration on May 3, 2010. Under her leadership, OGP is fostering increased transparency and open government in Federal policy making and improving public access to policy information. She oversees the development of Federal policies for Acquisition policy; asset and transportation management; federal high-performance green buildings; and information sharing, identity and access management. Additionally, OGP provides critical leadership and support on meeting Administration priorities -- including GSA’s sustainability goals, achieving improved customer intimacy, innovation, and operational excellence. Ms. Turco served as the Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) from August 5, 2002 to May 3, 2010. As the agency’s CFO, she provided the executive leadership and direction in administering the GSA’s Performance Management Process including the agency-wide strategic planning, performance budgeting, financial management shared services provider, and the core financial management system. Ms. Turco came to GSA from the IRS where she served as the CIO’s Director of Financial Policy, Planning and Programs from 2001 to 2002 and the IRS' Deputy CFO for Strategic Planning and Budgeting from 1998 to 2001. Prior to IRS, Ms. Turco was an examiner at the OMB for 10 years – both on the management and budget sides. Ms. Turco was the recipient of the 2008 Donald L. Scantlebury Memorial Award for Distinguished Leadership in Financial Management Improvement and the 2006 Presidential Rank Award as a meritorious executive.
Steve Young - Senior Advisor, Office of Environmental Information, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Steve Young works in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Information as Senior Advisor supporting the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), Data.gov, and Open Government. He has worked on numerous inter-agency projects related to information technology, open government, biodiversity information management, earth observations, and other environmental topics and has received numerous EPA and other awards. Early in his career he was a contracting officer for the U.S. Navy and EPA, and later an information technology specialist at EPA. He holds an A.B. in English from Columbia College, Columbia University, New York where he was graduated summa cum laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He attended graduate-level Federal programs at several schools.
MODERATOR: Debbie Brodt-Giles - Digital Assets Manager and OpenEI Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Debbie Brodt-Giles leads the Digital Assets Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. There are three main projects in her area; 1) An Open Energy Data Platform for sharing, collaborating, and accessing energy data - OpenEI.org, 2) The Smart Grid Data Hub and Smartgrid.gov website to collect, manage, and showcase the data collected from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Smart Grid Projects, and 3) A project that is collecting NREL campus energy use data and comparing that data with actual building use and occupant behavior and comfort. She is working closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and the Energy.data.gov team to advance the Energy Data Initiative and promote making open data accessible.

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Crossing Silos and Community Engagement   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Panelists will share and examine cross organizational engagement strategies from Federal, state, and local governments through a series of case studies. In particular, panelists will discuss best practices for collaborating with uncommon partners, overcoming institutional silos and engaging external stakeholders.

Speaker Bios:

Sarah Baker - Acting National Sustainable Operations Program Manager, USDA Forest Service
Sarah H. Baker, a registered professional engineer, has worked for the USDA Forest Service for 24 years. She has a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from The University of Texas, and has worked all over the country from Alaska to Georgia. Ms. Baker helped organize the Sustainable Operations Western Collective, a non-traditional organization within the agency that fosters champions to assist in reducing the agency’s environmental footprint, and she currently leads several teams of champions for the Western Collective. She works as the EMS Program Manager and Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service, and is presently detailed into the Sustainable Operations National Program Manager position.
Tom Perrigo - Deputy Director of Administrative Services and Sustainability Officer, City of Las Vegas
In his capacity as Sustainability Officer, Tom oversees programs and capital projects that will exceed 20% reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, saving over $3 million annually. Tom also has Government Affairs responsibilities, working closely with state legislators and the Nevada congressional delegation on legislative issues important to the City. In addition, he has responsibility for Organizational Development, Emergency Management, and Community Engagement. Tom serves as a member of Green Chips, a local non-profit bringing public and private sector organizations together for a sustainable future, and HomeFree Nevada, a Home Performance with Energy Star sponsor program. Tom holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Nevada.
Sachiko Tanikawa - Municipal Climate Action Plan Coordinator, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Sachiko Tanikawa is the Municipal Climate Action Plan Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment and is the associate project manager for the city’s Departmental Climate Action Program. Sachiko works with over sixty San Francisco city departments to produce and update an annual climate action plan which describes each Department’s effort in meeting San Francisco’s goal of reducing municipal operational greenhouse gas emissions and involvement in other environmental efforts. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining San Francisco’s municipal greenhouse gas emissions inventory. Prior to joining the San Francisco Department of the Environment in 2010, Sachiko was a Senior Scientist at Exponent Failure Analysis Associates, where she provided her geological and information management expertise to support litigations involving natural disasters and environmental issues. She has over ten years of experience in environmental, engineering and energy consulting, and in mapping and data management software development.
MODERATOR: Elizabeth Schilling - Policy Manager, Smart Growth America
As Smart Growth America¹s Policy Manager, Elizabeth Schilling focuses on how growth and development patterns shape quality of life and how public policies shape growth and development patterns. Her approach to creating more livable communities has been shaped by work for the private sector, non-profit sector and for the public sector at all levels of government. She recently helped to develop the U.S. Green Building Council¹s rating system for neighborhoods, and she has served as the Executive Director of the Growth Management Leadership Alliance, a national network of three-dozen smart growth advocacy organizations in thirty states and British Columbia, Canada. Elizabeth holds a Master¹s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Green Teams   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leaders from institutions with recognized green team initiatives will share perspectives on building dynamic teamsacross multiple levels of an organization – panelists from this session will cover strategies for leadership engagement, establishing infrastructure to support teams, working groups and committees, and employee driven sustainability awareness initiatives.

Speaker Bios:

Rachel Dagovitz - EMS and Environmental Compliance Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Interior
Ms. Dagovitz is an environmental and sustainability program manager. She has approximately 25 years' experience in the technical and management aspects of projects in the United States and internationally. She has both private and public sector experience working on institutional strengthening of environmental programs, environmental and social impact assessment, water resources, environmental management systems, and public outreach programs. She currently serves as the Program Manager for Environmental Compliance and Environmental Management Systems at the Department of the Interior (DOI). Ms. Dagovitz proposed the conceptual approach for the DOI Sustainability Council and manages the day-to-day Council operation along with the Departmental EMS. She has been trained on the ISO 14001 Standard.
Heather Henriksen - Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
Heather Henriksen is the Director of the Office for Sustainability at Harvard University. She holds a Master's in Public Administration with a focus on energy and environment from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Heather has been a partner of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), affiliated with the NRDC, since 2002, a national community of business people lobbying for environmental policies which protect the environment while building economic prosperity. Before HKS, Heather was Director of Corporate Marketing & Business Development at Time Warner and held positions at Stanford Law School. She serves on Secretary Napolitano’s Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force, Department of Homeland Security, and on the Board of Trustees of Phillips Brooks House Association, the undergraduate social service and social action organization at Harvard College.
Ed Murtagh - Sustainable Operations Manager, Office of Operations, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Mr. Murtagh is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. Mr. Murtagh has experience in sustainable construction and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) building practices, including energy management, indoor air quality, biobased products, waste minimization &recycling, and environmentally beneficial landscaping. Since joining USDA in 1989, Mr. Murtagh has been focusing on reducing operations and maintenance costs and environmental impacts by implementing sustainable practices at the USDA Headquarters Complex. Mr. Murtagh has also been active in organizing and leading green teams in the Headquarters Complex.
Mary Wenzel - Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank
Mary Wenzel is senior vice president and head of Environmental Affairs for Wells Fargo & Co. In this role, Wenzel is responsible for leading teams that manage the company’s environmental initiatives, including environmental philanthropy, supply chain management, risk management, clean lending and the integration of environmental policies and process into company operations, community development initiatives and customer and team member engagement. Wenzel joined Wells Fargo in December 2004. Prior to joining the company, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 in San Francisco, where she was responsible for working with tribal nations in the Western region of the U.S. Wenzel also worked for the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C. managing renewable energy and Energy STAR programs.
MODERATOR: Jay L. Bruns - Vice President, Public Policy, The Hartford Financial Services Group
Jay directs The Hartford’s Environment Committee, which promotes environmental stewardship goals through setting greenhouse gas and paper reduction targets, offering environmental insurance products and engaging our 24,000 employees to reduce our carbon footprint. In 2011, Newsweek Magazine designated The Hartford the 12th greenest company in America. The Hartford has been on Carbon Disclosure Project’s Leadership Index since 2008. Prior to joining The Hartford, Jay was a senior American diplomat, serving as Special Negotiator for Conflict Diamonds; acting ambassador in Norway; and Consul General in Vancouver, Canada. He also served in the White House in the National Security Council. Jay currently serves on the board of the World Affairs Councils of America and World Affairs Council of Connecticut.

 

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