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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September 24-26, 2012
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Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios (last updated September 18, 2012)

Transportation, Fleet Management & Vehicle Technologies 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.

Clean Fleet Infrastructure   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
This panel will explore innovative policies and practices that have been implemented to encourage the development of necessary infrastructure to support advanced vehicles across communities and businesses.

Speaker Bios:

Doug Bond - Transportation Services Manager, Alameda County
Doug Bond has worked for Alameda County for the past 4 years. Before coming to the County, Doug worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a Regional Remarketing Manager for 15 years. As the Transportation Services Manager, Doug oversees the vehicle fleet, parking, mail delivery, and the employee commute program. Transportation Services has taken a lead role in promoting alternative fuel technologies. Doug’s department has been recognized multiple times for their efforts regarding alternatives to the use of fossil fuels. Alameda County is the lead agency of a ten agency collaborative grant to purchase 90 electric vehicles and charging stations. This is a $2.8M CMAQ grant awarded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doug currently serves as the President of the Public Fleet Supervisors Association (PFSA).
David Head - Fleet Manager, County of Sonoma, Fleet Operations Division
Mr. David Head has been involved in vehicle and equipment management and repair for over 40 years. His work history includes training and work as an automotive mechanic, heavy equipment mechanic, parts sales person, owner/operator of an automotive repair facility, Fleet Supervisor and Fleet Manager. He has been the Fleet Manager at the County of Sonoma since December 1990. Dave was the Project Manager for the development of the “County of Sonoma Electric Vehicle Charging Station Program and Installation Guidelines” and is now managing the deployment of the Sonoma County Electric Trail which is currently under construction with 3 charger sites completed and another 12 sites projected for completion by the end of 2012.
Mark Sylvia - Commissioner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Mark Sylvia was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources in 2011, having served previously as the first Director of DOER's Green Communities Division. Prior to joining DOER, Sylvia was the Plymouth Town Manager. Commissioner Sylvia and his team are implementing many of the nation leading energy policies and programs that led to Massachusetts’ #1 ACEEE ranking, over 44% of the state’s population living in designated Green Communities, and a 30-fold increase in solar since 2007. He represents Massachusetts on several Boards: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Inc., National Association of State Energy Officials, Northeast Region, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Sylvia earned his B.A. and M.P.A. from The American University and lives with his family in Fairhaven.
MODERATOR: Jeff Swenerton - Communications Director, Center for Resource Solutions
Jeff Swenerton is communications director for Center for Resource Solutions (CRS), a nonprofit in San Francisco, CA that creates policy and market solutions to advance sustainable energy and climate change mitigation strategies. CRS administers the market-leading Green-e certification program, which certifies over two-thirds of the voluntary renewable market in the U.S. Jeff is responsible for the organization’s external communications, press relations, and educational initiatives. He is responsible for the Buy Clean Energy campaign and outreach for the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference. He is also a frequent contributor to several Bay Area magazines, writing on public policy, city planning, and environmental issues.

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Optimizing Fleet Management Practices   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
Panelists will share best practices and examine leading-edge tools on maximizing the efficiency of an organization’s vehicle fleet.

Speaker Bios:

Navid Ahdieh - Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Navid Ahdieh is a Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory primarily supporting the Federal fleet task within DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program to facilitate the implementation of fleet management practices and tools that can assist Federal fleets in complying with regulatory requirements and achieving their goals to reduce petroleum consumption and increase the use of alternative fuels and advance vehicle technologies. Navid previously worked as Toshiba America’s environmental specialist and is a graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

 

Carroll Burgess - Energy Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
Carroll has been with the USPS for 29 years. He began his Postal career with vehicle fleet operations where he ultimately managed a staff of 30 employees that serviced a fleet of 1,800 vehicles. In 1997 he transitioned to the environmental function where he merged his skill set with environmental compliance and pollution prevention. Currently he serves in the Energy Initiatives Office, his program responsibilities include providing technical expertise and guidance in the development and implementation of national vehicle related energy programs and associated compliance policies, procedures, and systems. Carroll earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Columbia Southern University. Carroll is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and is an ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Certified in Environmental Management Systems.

 

Michael Serafino - General Manager, University and FastFleet, ZipCar
Mike is Zipcar’s General Manager, University and FastFleet. Mike’s 20+ years of experience at high growth technology companies brought him to Zipcar to grow the company’s shared fleet management solutions. FastFleet by Zipcar brings the value, experience, efficiency, and technology behind Zipcar’s success to public and private sector fleets. Mike also manages Zipcar University, which delivers Zipcar car sharing services to over 250 colleges and universities campuses. Prior to joining Zipcar Mike held positions in sales and management at technology companies delivering medical imaging, biometric security, ecommerce, and IT management solutions. Mike holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Adrian Siegrist - Senior Consultant, SustainServ Inc.
Adrian Siegrist has over three years of international experience, working as a carbon consultant in the United Kingdom for the world’s largest logistics provider and its customers. He has managed projects in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, providing services such as carbon footprinting of international supply chains and assessing opportunities for cost and carbon reductions. Adrian also co-developed software solutions for carbon management, which have been implemented to thousands of sites across the globe. He holds a Master of Science from the ETH Zurich with a major in atmospheric physics, bringing wide and profound subject matter expertise to the Sustainserv team.

 

MODERATOR: David Fornari - Senior Principal, Federal Energy Management, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Dave Fornari focuses on creating value for Deloitte’s large strategic clients. He is the former National Managing Director of Energy and leader of the Federal Energy Management practice. Throughout his more than 35-year business/consulting career, Dave has helped numerous entities in the Utility and Energy industries and other asset-intensive sectors to evaluate and implement strategic, operational and technology-related programs to effect organizational transformation and value creation. Most recently, he led the development of client-centric programs to address the evolving strategic infrastructure and technology aspects of alternative and renewable energy and sustainability in the commercial and government sectors. Dave holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cleveland State University.

 

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Employee Commuting   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
A series of case studies will be presented on new approaches to minimizing the energy and environmental impacts of employee commuting, best practices for establishing employee commuting and hoteling programs, and overcoming related challenges.

Speaker Bios:

Brent Kurapatskie - Sustainability Program Manager, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
Brent Kurapatskie is a Sustainability Program Manager within the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Transportation. In this role, he is responsible for the development and oversight of organization-wide policies and programs for addressing the energy, environmental and sustainability requirements of Executive Order 13514 and other environmental regulations. He has 13 years of environmental management experience at the Department of Transportation, U.S. Postal Service and the private sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy and a M.B.A. both from Johns Hopkins University.
Nick LiVigne - Sustainability Program Lead, SAIC
Nick LiVigne, Sustainability Program Lead, manages SAIC’s corporate environmental sustainability program, ecoaction@saic. He leads the company’s senior-level Sustainability Working Group that frames the strategic direction of the program and strives to improve SAIC’s environmental performance. Nick manages support for a host of alternative commuting options that has earned SAIC the designation of “Best Workplace for Commuters.” He also works closely with the Corporate Real Estate Department to implement transformative workplace strategies that support an agile workforce and improve real estate portfolio utilization. Nick is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis.
Elizabeth Wayt - Manager, Sustainability Program Office, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ms. Wayt has over eighteen years of experience providing management and environmental policy consulting services to large federal clients. She is currently the lead for Booz Allen’s Sustainability Program Management Office. Ms. Wayt is responsible for defining, evaluating, advocating, and implementing environmental strategies at Booz Allen. She works with the firm’s senior leaders to enact the firm's Sustainability strategy while acting as a bridge between the Global Operations team and the grass roots organizations involved in enacting them.
MODERATOR: Caryn Souza - Executive Director, Association for Commuter Transportation
Caryn Souza has worked for the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) for more than four years as the Executive Director, after more than 18 years as an Associate Director at the Community Transportation Association of America. ACT is an international trade association that supports individual mobility management professionals and organizational members in their efforts to reduce traffic congestion, conserve energy and improve air quality. Caryn offers expertise in collaboration, training and certification, and conference planning. She brings a strong customer service orientation from both the private and non-profit sectors to her leadership position, working to promote the organization and its mission to better meet its members’ needs.

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The Next Generation of Vehicle Technologies   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
Representatives from the Federal government and private sector will discuss new vehicle technologies that are already being used across fleets to minimize environmental impacts.

Speaker Bios:

Gerard Conway, Jr. - Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Plug Power, Inc.
Gerry Conway joined Plug Power Inc. in July 2000 as Associate General Counsel and was appointed General Counsel in September 2004. Mr. Conway advises Plug Power on legal issues in such areas as corporate law, securities, contracts, strategic alliances, and intellectual property. Additionally, Mr. Conway serves as the Senior Vice President for Government Relations for the Company. Mr. Conway has over eighteen years of experience in general business, corporate real estate and government relations matters. Mr. Conway serves as the Company's representative with the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, the industry trade association that seeks to accelerate fuel cell and hydrogen education and commercialization. He is a member if that organization's executive committee and serves ad the co-chair of its government affairs working group. Mr. Conway holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.
Steve Goguen - Supervisory Engineer, Office of Vehicle Technologies, U.S. Department of Energy
Bio not available.
Kerry Kelly - Director, Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management
As Director of Federal Public Affairs for Waste Management (WM), Kerry Kelly represents WM before federal agencies and Congress on environmental issues including municipal and hazardous waste management, clean air regulatory matters, renewable energy and climate change. Prior to joining WM in 2005, Kerry was responsible for federal regulatory and legislative affairs for the American Chemistry Council, and Tenneco Inc., a global manufacturing company. Kerry’s government service includes serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the Superfund program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; as a Professional Staff Member, with the U.S. House Committee on Public Works and Transportation; and at the state level, on the oversight and investigative staff of the Florida Senate President and Speaker of the House. Kerry serves on the boards of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the American Biogas Council. Kerry has a Masters of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, and a B.A. in Political Science & Public Administration from the University of Florida.
Dave Kenahan - Division Head, Procurement, Facilities, Fleet & Security, Washington Gas
Headquartered in Washington, DC, Washington Gas Light Company (Washington Gas) delivers natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Washington, DC, and the surrounding region. Dave has worked for Washington Gas for over 26 years and has spent the last five years at Washington Gas in his current position as Division Head of Procurement. In this role he is responsible for all activities related to Supply Chain, Accounts Payable, Facilities, Transportation Fleet, and Physical Security. Dave is a native of D.C. area and currently lives in Ashburn, Virginia. He has a B.S. of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University.
MODERATOR: Meghan Higgins - Senior Washington Representative, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Meghan Higgins is the Senior Washington Representative for the Clean Vehicles Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Higgins has more than a decade of experience in public policy in both the public and private sectors. Before joining UCS, Higgins was a Senior Associate at AJW, Inc., a public policy consulting firm in Washington, DC where she worked to enhance market opportunities and remove market barriers for innovative energy and environmental technologies. Higgins began her career on Capitol Hill working for the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. She earned her B.A. from Wake Forest University and her M.A. from Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Petroleum Reduction Strategies   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
Panelists will explore opportunities for reducing petroleum consumption in the Federal fleet. The session will address vehicle technology solutions, tools for enhancing fleet management practices and alternative fuels.

Speaker Bios:

Rachel Cohen - National Outreach Coordinator, Clean Vehicles, Union of Concerned Scientists
Bio not available.
Randal Mullett - Vice President, Government Relations, Con-way, Inc.
Randal Mullett is vice president, government relations and public affairs, for Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW), a $5.0 billion transportation and logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. Mr. Mullett is responsible for all government relations and public affairs activities and serves as Con-way’s Chief Sustainability Officer. He serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, The American Trucking Associations, and the American Benefits Council. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Maritime Institute at ODU and the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at Berkeley. A resident of Berryville, Va., Mr. Mullet holds a bachelor’s degree from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.V., and an MBA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Mark Reichhardt - Lead for Sustainable Federal Fleets, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Mark Reichhardt is the lead for Sustainable Federal Fleets at the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and also leads FEMP’s greenhouse gas management program. His professional experience includes six years as an engineer in the automotive industry and recent rotational assignments to the Council on Environmental Quality and EPA’s Climate Leaders program. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Greg Staple - Chief Executive Officer, American Clean Skies Foundation
Gregory C. Staple is CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation, assuming that position in December 2009. He was formerly a law partner at Vinson & Elkins, and co-directed the firm’s climate change program in Washington. He is the author of numerous articles and professional monographs on regulatory issues including, most recently, "Oil Shift: The Case For Switching Federal Transportation Spending To Alternative Fuel Vehicles" (ACSF, August 2012). In addition to practicing law for over 25 years, he has been a consultant to the World Bank and is the founder and former CEO of the TeleGeography publishing group. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of Rochester.
MODERATOR: Drew McConville - Senior Advisor to the Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
Drew McConville serves as Senior Advisor to the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, he develops and implements Administration policies on priority energy and environmental issues, including air quality, energy technologies, and national fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst for the President’s Advisor on Energy and Climate Change and for the air office at the Environmental Protection Agency. He has also worked as an analyst for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and as a communications specialist for the Wilderness Society. Mr. McConville has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke.

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