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)

Greening the Supply Chain 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.

Buying Green   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   11:00am - 12:15pm
This 101-session will feature a series of case studies on the ins and outs of buying green products and services. Panelists from multiple Federal agencies will examine the various tools available to Federal purchasers, requirements, certifications and labels, and other related strategies.

Speaker Bios:

Speaker Bios:

David Asiello - Program Manager, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
Mr. Asiello currently provides technical and policy support to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment). David's areas of responsibility include overseeing Environmental Technology Programs, developing and implementing Green Procurement Policy, overseeing development and implementation of the DoD sustainability plan, and integrating Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health considerations into the Weapon Systems Acquisition process. David has been with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) since March 2000. Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University 2003.Master of Business Administration Degree, Marymount University 1990.Bachelor of Science Aerospace Engineering Auburn University 1986. David is married with three young children and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
Holly Elwood - Senior Program Manager, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Holly has worked for the USEPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in Washington D.C. since 1993. For the past 13 years she has been a Project Manager for the EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Team - the group charged with assisting federal agencies in factoring the environment into purchasing decisions. As the EPA HQ Lead for EPEAT – a tool that helps purchasers buy greener electronics, she coordinates EPA participation in development of the IEEE 1680 family of product environmental performance standards and helps federal agencies buy greener electronic products and services that meet these standards. Holly is currently the Co-Chair of the IEEE Environmental Assessment Standards Committee. Holly was selected as one of 2010's Fed 100, awarded to government and industry leaders who have "played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community—individuals who have gone above and beyond their daily responsibilities and have made a difference in the way technology has transformed their agency or accelerated their agency's mission."
Calvin Lee - Branch Chief, DoD/DLA Aviation, U.S. Defense Logistics Agency
Currently serves as Chief, Hazardous Minimization and Green Products Branch at the Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCR). He is responsible for program efforts associated with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Green Procurement and Hazardous Materials Minimization Programs. He manages projects that facilitate the increased use of green products and to reduce requirements for hazardous materials by the Military Services. Prior to the Defense Logistics Agency, he was a senior engineer with the HQ Army Test and Evaluation Command Alexandria, VA. Mr. Lee is a retired US Air Force Acquisition Officer with over 20 years experience in Program Management, Engineering, Acquisition Logistics and Intelligence Analysis.
Ronald Robbins - Sustainability Performance Management Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
Mr. Robbins holds the position of Sustainability Performance Management Specialist at the Postal Service’s Office of Sustainability. Both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in the field of Environmental Science. Mr. Robbins has been supporting the Postal Service for over 21 years with the development and implementation of local, regional and national "green purchasing" programs. His earliest efforts to pioneer green purchasing began in the early 1990’s when he served as Chairperson of the USPS national Pollution Prevention Taskforce. Mr. Robbins then led the development and implementation of the USPS national Green Purchasing Program from 2007 to 2011. Both programs have been recognized with White House Closing the Circle Awards more than a decade apart. Today, Mr. Robbins is the sustainability program liaison to the USPS Supply Management Office, which is enthusiastically working on improving how it integrates sustainability into the supply chain.
Amanda Sahl - Team Lead for Energy-Efficient Product Procurement, U.S. Department of Energy
Amanda Sahl leads the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Energy-Efficient Product Procurement team. In this role, she leads the effort to help agencies meet mandates to procure ENERGY STAR labeled and FEMP designated energy-efficient products. Ms. Sahl previously led FEMP’s Federal Fleet Management program. Prior to joining FEMP, she received her Master’s of Environmental Science from Yale University.
Una Song - Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Una Song is a program manager for the ENERGY STAR program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She manages the institutional market segment, assisting governments and institutions develop and implement ENERGY STAR purchasing policies. Prior to this position, Ms. Song worked as the director of membership and communications for the National Association of Energy Service Companies. She started her career in high tech, working at Fortune 500 companies including Dell, AT&T and IBM in sales, marketing, and management positions. A cum laude graduate of Duke University with a degree in computer science, Ms. Song also earned a Masters of Business Administration in finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.
MODERATOR: Dana Arnold - Director, Program Analysis Division, U.S. General Services Administration
No bio available.

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Tracking & Reporting Supply Chain Emissions   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
An insightful discussion and analysis of the tools and resources available and best practices for organizations to assess, monitor, and reduce GHG emissions in their supply chains.

Speaker Bios:

Benedict Buckley - Research Analyst, Greenhouse Gas Protocol, World Resources Institute
Benedict is a Research Analyst working on the GHG Protocol’s Product and Value Chain team. He works on implementation of the new Scope 3 Standard – developing technical guidance documents and delivering training workshops and webinars. He also manages the development of sector-specific GHG accounting guidance for the IT sector. Benedict was previously a Senior Research Analyst at Trucost, an environmental consultancy based in London. There he worked with private and public sector organizations to understand the environmental impacts associated with supply chains for clients including Puma, Next, the National Health Service and London borough councils. He holds a Masters degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London, where he focused on Business and the Environment.
Chrystina Gastelum - Senior Manager, CDP Supply Chain, Carbon Disclosure Project
Chrystina Gastelum manages and develops the CDP Supply Chain program in North America. In this role, she supports the integration of climate change action into the standard business operations of large scale procurement organizations, which in turn drives awareness and action throughout the broader supply base. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to the low-emissions supply chain. Before joining CDP in 2008, Chrystina worked in investment research, product development and marketing at two premiere impact investing firms, KLD Research & Analytics (now MSCI) and Domini Social Investments.
Jim Sullivan - Vice President, Sustainability, SAP
Jim Sullivan brings over 19 years of experience to his role as Vice President, Sustainability Management & Strategy at SAP. Jim joined SAP in June 2009 with the Clear Standards acquisition. In his current role, Jim is responsible for developing and commercializing new innovative sustainability business opportunities, expanding SAP’s operational sustainability excellence by deploying breakthrough products and technologies, and providing thought leadership to drive overall sustainability strategy across global business operations. Prior to joining SAP, Jim was part of the executive management team at Clear Standards where he was responsible for strategy and advisory services. Formerly Director of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders program and acting Branch Chief of EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry programs, Jim is an internationally recognized expert on policies and measures to combat climate change. Jim’s previous work included developing and analyzing performance metrics for U.S. climate and energy programs and serving as UNFCCC expert reviewer of the European Union’s climate policy. Prior to his service at EPA, Jim worked at Skadden, Arps as an environmental specialist. Jim represents SAP on the Corporate Advisory Committee of The Sustainability Consortium where he co-chairs the IT Standards and Tools Workgroup and various technical workgroups of the WRI GHG Protocol Product/Supply Chain initiative. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers, and sits on the advisory boards to the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute and Sustainable Brands. A frequent speaker at environmental and climate change related events, Jim is a strong advocate of industry efforts to implement meaningful, verifiable energy efficiency and emissions reduction programs.
MODERATOR: Marco Ugarte - Research & Business Development Manager, The Sustainability Consortium
Dr. Ugarte is accountable for the expansion of The Sustainability Consortium into Latin America, while conducting research in supply chain carbon footprint modeling for lean logistics and retailing systems in the consumer goods industry. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ to launch technology-based innovation ventures addressing sustainability challenges. Designated Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) by APICS, The Association for Operations Management; as well as Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA) by the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Marco holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University; a M.E. in Quality and Productivity Systems, and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, both from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.

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Leveraging Lifecycle Analysis & Costing   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
Panelists will discuss the benefits of using lifecycle analysis and costing methodologies, how to apply data to operational decision making and procurement processes.

Speaker Bios:

Yann Risz - Vice President Strategy and Environmental Finance, Enviance
Yann Risz is the Vice President of Strategy and Environmental Finance at Enviance and is the primary inventor of Enviance’s Business Intelligence platform. This platform, developed with the world's most recognized environmental scientists and economists, enables professionals in Sales, Strategy, Procurement and Finance to improve their bottom line by understanding and reducing environmental impacts, costs and risks. Prior to Enviance, Yann was an investor, executive and McKinsey consultant.
Paul J. Yaroschak - Deputy for Chemical & Material Risk Management, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense
From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Yaroschak was the Director for Environmental Compliance & Restoration Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment). He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Environment) between political administrations. In 2006, he accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was instrumental in developing a program to identify, assess, and develop risk management actions for emerging contaminants. This program won an award in Harvard University’s "Innovations in American Government" program. He has a Master’s Degree Environmental Engineering; he is a graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows program at the Harvard; and has numerous awards including the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal and achievement medals from EPA.
MODERATOR: Stacy Glass - Executive in Residence, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Stacy Glass has spent the last 20 years working with private industry, non-profits, and government organizations to develop and execute start-up strategies for businesses and social enterprises. She is the co-author of "Understanding Green Building Materials", regularly presents on the topics of sustainability and healthy materials, and serves on the board of her local USGBC. She co-founded and was President of a sustainable building materials company and has an MBA from Duke University. Stacy is currently an Executive in Residence at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute advancing the adoption of Cradle to Cradle Certification - a multi-attribute program that assesses products for safety to human & environmental health, design for future use cycles, and sustainable manufacturing processes.

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Engaging the Supply Chain   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
Communicating the benefits of integrating an organization’s sustainability goals and practices into the supply chain can be challenging, but is critical to greening the supply chain. This panel will deliver lessons learned and best practices for interaction and engagement strategies.

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Speaker Bios:

Chris Cannon - Director of Environmental Management, Port of Los Angeles
Christopher Cannon is the director of environmental management for the Port of Los Angeles, a position he has held since October 2010. Cannon has worked at the Port of Los Angeles as a consultant since 2004, most recently helping to manage the implementation and daily operation of the highly successful Clean Truck Program. In his new role, Cannon will be responsible for balancing commerce and growth with ecological sustainability at the nation’s busiest container port. The division assesses environmental impacts of development projects and determines appropriate mitigation measures. It also prepares and distributes any environmental documentation mandated by state and federal law; special studies involving dredging, noise abatement, water quality and air quality; contamination characterizations; wildlife management; and establishment of policies regarding environmental quality issues. Before his work on the Clean Truck Program, Cannon worked with the Port Environmental Management Division’s Air Quality and CEQA groups, supporting the development of key air projects such as the Clean Air Action Plan and its efforts to complete critical environmental impact reports for Port-related projects. Cannon has 21 years of experience in the environmental services industry, working on a range of projects while employed by ENVIRON International Corporation and TRC Environmental Solutions. Cannon also spent two years as a legislative assistant for environmental policy on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Representative Martin Sabo of Minnesota.
Nancy Gillis - Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions PMO, U.S. General Services Administration
Nancy Gillis directs the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Chain Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked to create and promote a more sustainable federal supply chain. She chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group, addressing the use of product and corporate GHG emissions in procurements; manages the Sustainable Supply Chain Community of Practice, a collaborative effort between industry/academia/non-profits seeking to reduce environmental impacts throughout the supply chain; and manages the Sustainability in Procurement Fellowship, a government-wide program focused on leveraging procurement to increase federal government sustainability. Ms. Gillis has spent the majority of her career in the area of sustainability and has worked internationally on biodiversity, supply chain, economic development and technology innovation projects. Ms. Gillis received her graduate degree from Georgetown University and is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.
Amy Hargroves - Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sprint
Ms. Hargroves leads the Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Sustainability efforts for Sprint Nextel. Her role includes developing and executing environmental and social programming strategies, establishing organizational governance and infrastructure, and helping to embed a more socially conscious culture across Sprint’s employee body. Ms. Hargroves also acts as Sprint’s resident expert on emission reduction initiatives, sustainable product standards and certifications, while also helping drive a more socially and environmentally responsible supply chain. Under her leadership Sprint has been named sector leader for mobile telecommunications in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America, included in the Carbon Disclosure Index Leadership Index with the second highest score, and named the 3rd Greenest company in the U.S. on Newsweek’s annual Green Rankings.
Kim Kokenakes - Director of University Services, Michigan State University
Kimberly Kokenakes, C.P.M., is the Director of University Services at Michigan State University. University Services manages the supply chain functions for the institution, providing expertise in purchasing, logistics, warehousing, accounts payable, and capital asset management. As Director, Kim has served as a champion for sustainable supply chain practices, seeking opportunities to develop "green" processes and leading change in procurement and distribution activities at MSU. Kim holds a degree from the University of Michigan and has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management in the higher education sector. She has been a national and regional presenter on subjects such as Reverse Auctions and Demand Chain principles.
MODERATOR: Tim Juliani - Director, Corporate Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Timothy Juliani is Director of Corporate Engagement at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, or C2ES (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change). He directs the multi-sectoral, invitation-only C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council (BELC), which with combined $2+ trillion in revenue and over 3.5 million employees, is the largest U.S.-based group of companies devoted to climate and energy-related policy and solutions. In addition to his work with the BELC, Tim has co-developed and implemented the new Climate Leadership Awards and conference with EPA, which is a legacy to EPA’s former Climate Leaders program. He has spoken on corporate sustainability and climate change related issues across the United States, in Europe, Africa and Australia.

 

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Honing in on Transportation and Distribution   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Panelists will examine best practices for focusing on transportation and distribution logistics, highlight opportunities for increasing efficiency in existing transportation systems, optimizing distribution strategies, and engaging and assessing transportation members of their supply chain on sustainability issues.

Speaker Bios:

Jim Gowen - Vice President of Supply Chain Operations andChief Sustainability Officer, Verizon
Jim Gowen is a change agent. Since taking on the complementary roles of vice president of Supply Chain Operations and chief sustainability officer for Verizon in 2009, he has enlisted more than 9,100 employees in 20 countries to help reduce the company’s environmental footprint. Gowen oversees "green" initiatives across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, fuel and energy reduction, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling. In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations with responsibility for more than $2.5 billion in annual through-put. Gowen earned his master's degree in business administration from Long Island University and his bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College. He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Denise Kearns - Environmental Policy Analyst, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Denise Kearns has over 20 years experience working in environmental policy, transportation management, communications and public outreach. In her career with EPA she has served in a number of key positions, holding program management responsibility in the agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, conducting communications and outreach with the freight industry in support of the SmartWay program, EPA’s flagship program to improve efficiencies in the goods movement industry, as a program analyst in EPA’s pollution prevention office, and as a press officer in the Administrator’s Office of Public Affairs. She has extensive experience communicating the value and benefits of sustainability through her work with SmartWay, in public affairs and based on a deep and professional commitment to protecting the environment and using resources efficiently. Denise also is involved with a number of civic and charitable organizations back home in Michigan. She holds a B.FA. in Communications from Wayne State University, and has completed several graduate level courses in business management, environmental policy, and public administration over the years.
Mike Kelley - Chief Sustainability Officer & Vice President External Affairs, YRC Worldwide
No bio available.
MODERATOR: Nick Shufro - Director, Advisory, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC
Nick has more than 25 years of sustainability, energy, financial, supply & EH&S management & performance reporting experience including working & consulting for industry, government, utilities, trade associations & non-governmental agencies in the US, Europe & Asia. Nick joined PwC in 2003 after working for the US Asia-Environmental Partnership, UTC & Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. Recent engagements: Developed Greening Supply Chain recommendations for Environmental Defense Fund/Chinese Government Advisory Group; Technical Lead Author for the CDP S&P 500 reports, 2008-2010; Chairman WRI/WBCSD Scope 3 Standard; PwC Technical Lead for Walmart's Supply Chain GHG Innovation Project; led development of PwC U.S. carbon footprint assessment across infrastructure, travel & employee commuting. Nick holds an MEM fom Yale University, an MBA in Finance & International Business from NYU & L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales & a BA in Honors History from The University of Michigan.

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Building Real Tools for Sustainable Acquisition   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
This session will feature a series of case studies on building and using tools to enable sustainable acquisition through examination of products’ environmental attributes.

Speaker Bios:

Seth Blanchard - Lead Technical Developer, Noblis
Mr. Blanchard is the lead developer of the SF Tool Green Products Compilation, a free online resource to help federal decision-makers identify applicable sustainable acquisition criteria. Mr. Blanchard is working with NIH, GSA, and EPA to integrate SF Tool data directly into existing online purchasing workflows to provide sustainable purchasing information directly at the point of purchase. He has extensive experience developing software for integrating sustainable practices into corporate contexts; including tools for organization wide sustainable metric tracking and LEED certification. He earned a BA in Mathematics from Virginia Tech.
Yang Fann - Director Intramural IT and Bioinformatics Program, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institutesof Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Fann joined NINDS as the Director of the Intramural IT and Bioinformatics Program in 2002 overseeing the information technology support services and infrastructures as well as developing biomedical informatics research programs. In 2010, his creation of Purchasing On-line Tracking System (POTS) to streamline and transform scientific procurement administration was quickly adopted by the NIH community, and won him the first ever HHS Innovates Award presented by the Secretary of HHS. In addition to his roles and responsibilities at NINDS, Dr. Fann serves on many NIH advisory committees. His current research interests are computational biology, bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and applying information technology for advancing translational biomedical research.
Andy Green - Program Consultant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sustainable Federal Operations
Andy Green is a consultant to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Sustainable Federal Operations Group working on technology deployment for DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program. He leads the development of FEMP’s Technology Deployment Matrix. Mr. Green has over 25 years’ experience developing energy strategies for private enterprise and government clients encompassing efficiency, renewables, CHP and demand response. He has held management positions with Duke Energy, PG&E, Navigant, and is the Energy Manager for Contra Costa County, California. Mr. Green was awarded "National Energy Manager of the Year, 2006" by the AEE and the "Early Adopter Innovator Award, 2007" – for Automated Demand Response by the California Energy Commission. A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Green has a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Ed Rau - Environmental Health Officer, DHHS-National Institutes of Health
Captain Ed Rau served for 30 years as an Environmental Health Officer in the USPHS Commissioned Corps. After retiring from the Corps he returned to the National Institutes of Health’s Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) as Special Assistant to the Director and Chair of the new DHHS Working Group on Sustainability Innovation. In those capacities he has proposed and initiated disruptive innovations including development of advanced tools for transforming federal procurement into a sustainable acquisition system and to reduce procurement of products containing hazardous substances. He earned a BA in Biology and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge and a Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from the University of California at Davis.
MODERATOR: Karen Moran - Pollution Prevention Division Chief, Defense Logistics Agency
Ms. Moran is currently the Pollution Prevention division chief at Headquarters Defense Logistics Agency, Environmental Management. She has over 30 years of experience in Environment, Safety and Occupational Health management with the Department of Defense. Her assignments have included installations, Headquarters for Major Commands & Components, and the Pentagon. She holds BS and MS degrees from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and the University of Southern California.

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