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)

Green Facilities 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.

Gathering and Using Building Performance Data   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.

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Speaker Bios:

Ronald Herbst - Global Head Energy & Sustainability, Deutsche Bank
Ron Herbst is the Global Head of Energy & Sustainability for Deutsche Bank GLS since January 2008. He is accountable for Eco Operations at Deutsche Bank, including the delivery of their carbon neutral commitment. Ron currently chairs the Deutsche Bank Eco Operations Committee and serves as DB's Chief Technical Advisor on building energy efficiency. Ron has over twenty five years of experience in managing engineering services, construction, and corporate energy & sustainability programs. Prior to joining DB, Ron was Managing Director of Energy & Sustainability for CBRE. Before this, Ron worked three years as VP Energy Services for Abacus Engineered Services, and worked twelve years at EMCOR Group where led Building Control Systems and Energy Services businesses. Ron has a Bachelors Degree in Physics and Environmental Design from University of California Santa Cruz, and Master's work in Applied Solar Energy at Trinity University. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer and LEED accredited. Ron is actively involved in publishing and speaking engagements in the fields of building energy design, advanced control systems, and the "greening" of Real Estate Management and Investments. He is an expert in the area of data and technical standards for energy efficiency investments in buildings.
Kathleen Hogan - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Kathleen Hogan is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy. In this capacity, Dr. Hogan oversees a more than $900 million annual energy efficiency policy, program, and research portfolio including industrial, buildings, and vehicle technologies, along with federal energy management. Prior to this position, Dr. Hogan served for more than 10 years as the Division Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency responsible for the development and operation of EPA's clean energy programs focused on removing market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as the ENERGY STARģ program.
Todd Park - Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Todd Park is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and ďentrepreneur-in-residence,Ē helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation. Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry. He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.
MODERATOR: Cliff Majersik - Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation
Cliff Majersik is executive director of the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. He is a longtime leader in developing strategies to promote energy-efficient and green buildings and to drive energy efficiency in the marketplace. Majersik directs IMTís research on building performance policy, building energy codes, the financing and appraisal of energy-efficient buildings, and green leasing. Since joining IMT in 2002, he has provided expert assistance to government officials on building energy policy, including laws recently enacted in several cities and states. Majersik helped craft Washington, DCís Energy Act of 2008 and the Green Building Act of 2006.

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Assessing Performance and Establishing Benchmarks   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
How do you measure sustainability in a facility? Panelists will engage in a discussion focused upon how to create tangible metrics on program success and establishing benchmarks for success.

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Hilary Beber - Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability
Hilary Beber is a Policy Advisor in the NYC Mayorís Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. The Office is charged with implementing PlaNYC, the Cityís 25-year sustainability outline. Ms. Beber helped develop and pass the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), a package of legislation to address energy efficiency in New York Cityís existing buildings. Ms. Beber is also New York Cityís C40 representative. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally. She coordinates and works with other cities to exchange policy best practices. Ms. Beber serves as a City representative on BOMAís Energy and Sustainability Committee as well as ASHRAE-NYís Sustainability Committee.

 

Jean Lupinacci - Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jean Lupinacci is the chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch in the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has been with EPA for more than 25 years with primary responsibilities for developing and managing voluntary energy efficiency programs. Under Jeanís direction, the ENERGY STAR program has been expanded to include the introduction of innovative energy performance metrics for commercial buildings and industrial plants, the extension of the Energy Star label to buildings and plants, as well as the rapid adoption of organization-wide energy management and energy benchmarking programs by US businesses and institutions.

 

Timothy D. Unruh - Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Timothy D. Unruh is Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which falls within the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. As FEMP Program Manager, Dr. Unruh oversees the implementation of policy and actions that result in energy efficiency implementation, renewable energy adoption, and reductions in energy and water use in Federal government operations. Dr. Unruh was formerly Director of Operations for ConEdison Solutions where he led a team of engineers and project managers to implement energy savings projects within government and private installations. Dr. Unruh has a doctorate, masterís, and bachelorís degrees in electrical engineering from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

 

MODERATOR: Margery Moore - Director, EHS Alliances, Bloomberg BNA
Bio not available.

 

 

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Economic Valuation   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
Panelists will present strategies on prescribing monetary values to environmental actions within facilities that can be used to influence best practices, inform decision making and better quantify impacts of design decisions and operating practices.

Speaker Bios:

Lidia Berger - Vice President, Sustainable Practice Director, Facilities, URS Corporation
Ms. Berger directs the sustainable business development and strategic planning for the URS Facilities Business Line. She has been a member of award-winning teams on a multitude of sustainability-focused projects with clients ranging from corporations to government agencies. Her areas of expertise are focused on innovative sustainable design solutions and sustainability return on investment principles incorporating the triple bottom line thinking, a topic on which she is a nationally known speaker. Ms. Berger is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Councilís National Capital Region Chapter. She was involved in the development of the LEED-CI rating system and served on the LEED-EB Core Committee. Ms. Berger is on the editorial advisory board of Eco-Structure Magazine and a member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Economics Committee.
Harvey Bernstein - Vice President, Industry Insights &Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction
As Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances, Mr. Bernstein leads McGraw-Hill Constructionís thought leadership and research initiatives, including the landmark SmartMarket Report series documenting trends such as BIM, green building and workforce. He was a key member of the team that launched GreenSource magazine and is co-author of the book Solving the Innovation Puzzle: Challenges Facing the U.S. Design and Construction Industry. Mr. Bernstein is a member of Princeton Universityís Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Council, a member of the UL Environment Advisory Council and a visiting Professor with the University of Readingís School of Construction Management and Engineering. He has an M.B.A from Loyola College, M.S. from Princeton University and B.S. from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

Joe Phillips - Director, Smarter Buildiings, IBM
Bio not available.
John F. Williams - Chairman & CEO, Impact Infrastructure, LLC.
John Williams is based in New York City and has spent 33 years as an advisor to buildings, infrastructure, and economic development programs at all levels of government. He is CEO of Impact Infrastructure, LLC, an independent third party provider performance metrics, protocols, and data for infrastructure projects. His also serves on faculty at Columbia Universityís School of International and Public Affairs, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation in the Columbia Earth Institute, the SIAB at Harvardís Graduate School of Design, he is the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) Economics Committee Chairman, and until recently served as Infrastructure Topic Leader for the Clinton Global Initiative.
MODERATOR: Chris Pyke - Vice President of Research, U.S. Green Building Council
Dr. Pyke is the Vice President of Research for the US Green Building Council. He directs a diverse research portfolio that includes next generation rating systems, the assessment of building performance and occupant experience, and the study of market trends and dynamics. The Research Program develops and applied advanced information technologies to inform and accelerate market transformation, such as the Green Building Information Gateway (www.gbig.org). Dr. Pyke serves in a number of technical advisory roles, including as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 3 and Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agencyís Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee. Prior to joining USGBC, he was the National Director of Climate Change Services for CTG Energetics, Inc. and a research scientist with the US EPAís Global Change Research Program. While serving at US EPA, Dr. Pyke co-chaired the US Climate Change Science Programís Interagency Working Group on Human Contributions and Responses to Climate Change. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary.

 

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Strategies for Effective Energy Management   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
This session will feature ideas on how to achieve energy management goals and targets in existing facilities, addressing short- and long-term planning perspectives.

Speaker Bios:

Del A. Hilber - Executive Director, Constellation
Mr. Hilber is an Executive Director for Constellation, an Exelon company, and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). In his role, Mr. Hilber manages Constellationís load response product development, program management and technical solutions. Mr. Hilber is also the co-inventor and Chief Architect of the VirtuWatt energy management platform. Mr. Hilber joined Constellation Energy in 1998 and has served in various leadership and project roles at Constellation and its member companies. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hilber was Director of Information Technology at Constellation where he led the project and operations teams supporting the demand response and ESCO business, including the development of a state of the art energy management platform for the business.
Anna Pavlova - Director of Policy, Government Relations Office, Johnson Controls
Anna Pavlova is the Director of Policy in the Government Relations office of Johnson Controls. Anna works across all three business units, focusing on energy and climate policy, commercial building efficiency, electric vehicle batteries, and automotive interiors issues. She is actively working on developing policy for financing energy efficiency retrofits in the commercial sector, and efficiency dialogue with other business partners. Prior to joining Johnson Controls Anna led the policy effort for the Energy Future Coalitionís 25x25 Initiative that promotes renewable energy and efficiency from US farmland, ranches and forestry. Prior to her work in efficiency Anna was an Associate at Gordley Associates representing American Soybean Association, US Dry Pea & Lentil Council and other agriculture trade associations on the matters of international trade and biotechnology. Anna is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a degree in international politics and economics. She took a brief vacation from agriculture and energy policy to study for a Masters in Art History at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. She is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia.
Erin Shaffer - Vice President of Federal Outreach, Green Building Initiative
Erin Shaffer is a consultant to the Green Building Initiative in charge of outreach to Federal Agencies, Capitol Hill, and the business community. Erin educates diverse stakeholders and lawmakers to the benefits of Green Globes and the Guiding Principles Compliance Certification programs. Ms. Shaffer has assisted organizations in managing complex environmental issues in Washington, DC for over 20 years. Prior to representing GBI, she directed public affairs operations for a Fortune 30 company developing company environment-related policy positions and directing related strategic advocacy work. Ms. Shaffer served as the Director of State Programs at the U.S. EPA, Office of Toxic Substances, where she focused on multi-pathway exposure to pollutants. Ms. Shaffer served as staff to Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Senator Henry Jackson (D-WA) and is a licensed attorney.
Chris Tremper - Program Analyst, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Chris Tremper is a program analyst and acting chief operating officer of the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) responsible for interagency coordination and reporting. He has drafted numerous guidance documents implementing Federal facility energy management requirements and has supported FEMP is this capacity for 25 years. More recently, he has supported the White House Council on Environmental Quality in implementing Executive Order 13514 and associated greenhouse gas accounting and reporting requirements.
MODERATOR: Chris Hankin - Senior Director, Environment and Sustainability, Information Technology Industry Council
Chris joined ITI in May 2010, after spending more than 10 years as the head of the Washington, D.C., Sun Microsystems office. Chris is primarily responsible for ITIís policy efforts to promote government policies and practices that encourage ICT-enabled sustainable growth and clean energy innovation. This includes both staffing ITIís Energy and Environment Committee and serving as the Executive Director of the Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign. Chris holds more than 30 years experience in public policy management and advocacy. During the Reagan Administration, Chris was Director of Legislative Affairs and an Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Trade at the Labor Department. He moved to the State Department in 1987, serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Trade Controls, and he remained at State through both the Bush Administration and for the first years of the Clinton Presidency. Chris then spent two years on the staff of the House International Relations Committee, and three years as a lobbyist for NCR Corporation before joining Sun Microsystems.

 

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Building Up to Culture Change   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Installing new energy management technologies and systems isnít enough to green a facility. Panelists from this session will explore the intersection of new systems and technologies with behavior of a facilityís occupants, noting a particular focus on the education and engagement efforts that must be made to ensure the success of facility greening efforts.

Speaker Bios:

Arkadi Gerney - Senior Director for Policy, Partnerships, and Public Affairs, oPower
Bio not available.

 

Vivian Loftness - Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on eleven National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. In addition to ongoing federally sponsored research, she has served on the FEMAC advisory board for the Secretary of DOE, NACEPT for the Administrator at EPA, and as a member of the Workspace 2020 team of GSA. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

 

Kristen Taddonio - Energy Efficiency Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Kristen Taddonio is an energy efficiency program specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where she facilitates public-private partnerships to help building owners save energy and money and spur the adoption of advanced energy-saving technologies. Prior to joining DOE, Kristen worked for the Energy Star program at the U.S. EPA, managed the agency's international climate protection awards program, and oversaw partnerships to reduce the use of high global warming potential (GWP) greenhouse gases. She has also earned credentials as a greenhouse gas inventory quantifier and formerly served as a technical advisor to the Association of Climate Change Officers.

 

MODERATOR: Bernie Lynch - President, Strategic Development Solutions
Bio not available.

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New Design or Retrofit? Case Studies on Making the Business Case   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
A series of case studies will be presented on the decision making process related to building new facilities, retrofitting existing facilities and restoring and/or preserving historic facilities. Panelists will highlight short- and long-term benefits for each case.

Speaker Bios:

Gavin Bloch - Chief Asset Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Gavin Bloch serves as the Chief Asset Officer of the Public Buildings Service of the U.S. General Services Administration. The Public Building Service portfolio encompasses over 370 million square feet of government-owned and leased space and accommodates 1 million federal workers. Mr. Bloch is currently leading many initiatives for PBS including: space utilization, alternative workplace strategy, and post occupancy evaluations. Mr. Bloch has over twenty years of commercial, institutional and corporate real estate experience which includes: work place strategies, development, management, financial analysis, planning, valuation, transaction management and consulting for internal and external corporate and institutional clients. Prior to joining GSA Mr. Bloch worked for Jones Lang LaSalle in its Public Institutions practice leading its local markets team in the Mid-Atlantic. He also worked for USAA Real Estate Company serving as Director of Business Strategy and Planning and as a Senior Director of Development Services. Mr. Bloch holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. He also holds the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors (MCR.h) credentials from CoreNet Global.
Rick Flansburg - Senior Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Defense
Rick is a Senior Program Analyst in the office of the Secretary of Defense - Facilities Investment & Management Directorate. He develops policy and provides oversight of investments in military installations in the Department of Defense annual budget process. Rick recently spent three years in Germany, managing a $1B hospital replacement project; balancing US mission, budget and sustainability goals with German energy, water and environmental requirements. Prior to his time in Germany, Rick was the Departmentís sustainability portfolio manager, coordinating with other Federal Government Department leads, and working with the Military Services and Defense Agencies to implement sustainability and energy initiatives.
Patrice Frey - Director, Sustainability Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation
As Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Sustainability Program, Patrice Frey leads the organizationís efforts to promote the reuse and greening of older and historic buildings. This work encourages more flexibility in the application of preservation standards to achieve sustainability goals, provides research that explores the environmental merits of building reuse and retrofits, and identifies and advances public policy that integrate preservation into federal, state, and local sustainability strategies. Before joining the National Trust, Patrice worked for several years in the field of community development and urban research. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvaniaís program in historic preservation, where she received a Masterís degree in preservation planning and a certificate in real estate design and development through the Penn School of Design and Wharton Business School. Patrice completed her Masterís thesis on the application of the U.S. Green Building Councilís Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards to historic buildings.
Riggs Kubiak - Co-Founder, CEO, Honest Buildings
Riggs is co-founder and CEO of HonestBuildings.com - the fastest growing real estate network connecting professionals to new business opportunities and information for over 700,000 buildings and counting. By connecting professionals to each other and providing transparent building information, HonestBuildings.com is catalyzing transactions and accelerating demand for high-performance buildings worldwide.
Sarah Slaughter - President, Built Environment Coalition
Dr. Sarah Slaughter is President and founder of the Built Environment Coalition, a research and education nonprofit organization focused on community-based evaluations and field tests of advancements to the built environment. She was previously the Associate Director for Buildings and Infrastructure in the MIT Energy Initiative, co-founder and head of the Sustainability Initiative in the MIT Sloan School of Management, founder and CEO of MOCA Systems, Inc., professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University. Dr. Slaughter is currently a member of the National Academies DOD Standing Committee on Materials, Manufacturing, and Infrastructure, and is a National Academy Associate. She received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from MIT.
MODERATOR: Steve Seidel - Senior Advisor, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Stephen Seidel is Senior Advisor at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. His areas of focus include managing climate risks affecting both government agencies and private sector companies, analyzing federal regulatory activities, and advising on the implementation of sustainability programs. Previously, Mr. Seidel was Vice-President for Policy Analysis and General Counsel at the Pew Center on Global Climate, C2ES's predecessor organization. Mr. Seidel has more than 25 years of experience working on global environmental issues. Prior to joining C2ES, Mr. Seidel managed EPAís Stratospheric Protection program, including the development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the regulatory and voluntary partnership programs developed under Title VI of the Clean Air Act. Mr. Seidel also served as a Senior Analyst at the Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Climate Change Task Force. Under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, he co-chaired a multinational working group on market-based measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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