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)

Water Resource Management & Risk Planning 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.

Water Matters: Understanding a Valuable Resource   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   11:00am - 12:15pm
This 101-session will feature Federal and private sector perspectives on why water is critical to an organization’s operations and provide an overview of the need and opportunities for improvement of water use in operations.

Speaker Bios:

Eric Myers - Director, Integration, Energy and Environmental Policy, Duke Energy
Eric Myers is Director of Energy & Environmental Policy at Duke Energy, where he is responsible for water and natural resources policy. Eric joined Duke Energy in 2004 in the commercial fuels organization, where his responsibilities included the structuring and negotiation of fuel and fuel-related commodities transactions, the management of fuel and fuel logistics for Duke Energy’s power generation fleet in Indiana, and biomass procurement for plants in the Carolinas. Eric began his career in the electric power industry at the Edision Electric Institute in 1997. Eric has degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from The George Washington University.
Edwin Pinero - Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Veolia Water Americas
Mr. Pinero is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Veolia Water North America, and leads Veolia Water's sustainability efforts in the region. He works to support programs at company operations, facilitate relations with key stakeholders in regard to sustainability, as well as develop and implement sustainable programs and services for Veolia Water's clients. Over his more than 31 year career, he has worked in the private sector on sustainability, environment, and energy. He has also served in the public sector at the state and Federal level addressing sustainability issues; including serving as the White House Federal Environmental Executive. Mr. Pinero served in the Pennsylvania state government in sustainability and energy, including serving as State Energy Director.
John Tubbs - Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
No bio available.
MODERATOR: Carol Singer Neuvelt - Executive Director, NAEM
Carol Singer Neuvelt is the Executive Director of NAEM, the Premier Association for environmental, health and safety (EHS) Management. Under her leadership, NAEM has grown from a small group of environmental professionals into a robust, national organization with more than 1,800 individual members and 75 corporate members – representing the full spectrum of industry sectors among Fortune 1,000 companies. Thanks to her expertise in delivering quality professional development programming, NAEM has grown into the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers. An experienced leader in the professional development field, Carol was a keynote speaker at the Manufacturing Education Council's 20th annual symposium, where she presented on the 21st century skills workers will need to fuel the green economy. She also recently spoke at NAEM's "Measuring Corporate Sustainability" conference and at the Conference Board's 2010 "Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability" event in New York. Her long-term perspective and insights into corporate EHS and sustainability best practices also have been featured in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune, the Bureau of National Affairs, Environmental Leader, the National Safety Council's Safety+Health magazine, Sustainable Life Media, EL Insights and NAEM's Green Tie blog.

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Too Much or Too Little: Assessing Water Vulnerabilities   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   1:30pm - 2:45pm
Panelists will address approaches and methods for assessing operational vulnerabilities to water shortages, flooding and sea level rise. The discussion will also cover related adaptation and resilience strategies.

Speaker Bios:

Liese Dallbauman - Director, Water Stewardship, PepsiCo
Liese Dallbauman is Director of Water Stewardship for PepsiCo’s global food and beverage businesses. Her responsibilities include in-plant water conservation training, water use analysis, global water risk assessment and mitigation, and water footprint strategy development. She represents PepsiCo in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Water Leadership group and the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable. She also manages PepsiCo’s Positive Water Impact partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Dr. Dallbauman has also worked in development and analysis of environmental separations processes for NASA, Honeywell, and the Gas Technology Institute. She served as a Director of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from 2006-2009 and was named a Fellow of the Institute in 2008.
Jay Jensen - Associate Director for Land & Water Ecosystems, White House Council on Environmental Quality
No bio available.
Kim Toufectis - Master Planning Program Manager, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Kim Toufectis is a facilities strategist and NASA's Facilities Master Planning Program Manager. An architect and planner, Kim left private practice for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in 1991, eventually leading Goddard’s Facilities Planning Office. At NASA Headquarters in Washington since 2008, he leads a community tasked with transforming Apollo-era installations to advance 21st century research and exploration programs, with particular responsibility for adapting to climate change. When not working for NASA, Kim leads tours and conducts family programs at the National Building Museum, and keeps a century-old Capitol Hill townhouse in sustainable working order. Kim routinely commutes (and, weather permitting, arrived at this event) by bicycle.
MODERATOR: William Goran - Director, Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center
William Goran serves as the strategic planner for his lab (CERL, Champaign, IL) and, since 2006, he has also served as the Director for CASI – the Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations. As CASI Director, he plans and coordinates projects relating to water and energy conservation, renewable energy technology development, sustainable facility design, climate impacts and adaptations, and the sustainable use of military lands. Mr. Goran co-chairs a federal inter-agency forum on climate change impacts and adaptations and serves as a technical advisor for the Army and the Corps of Engineers climate change programs. He is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Illinois Geography Department.

 

 

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Strategies for Water Management   Monday, Sept. 24, 2012   3:15pm - 4:30pm
How can you achieve your water use goals? Panelists will present innovative strategies that target effective resource conservation approaches to answer this challenge.

Speaker Bios:

Jon Freedman - Global Government Relations Leader, GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies
Jon Freedman is GE Water’s Global Government Relations Leader based in Washington, DC.Freedman joined GE 11 years ago as a Business Development Leader with GE Energy, where he was responsible for growing GE’s global water business. Before joining GE, Freedman worked in senior leadership roles for Suez Water, both in the United States and in Paris, France. His roles included Vice President & General Counsel for Suez Water’s US real estate business unit, and Director of Business Development for the Western US.Freedman earned a BA from the University of Virginia, a JD from William & Mary Law School, and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dean Marrone - WaterSMART Grants Program Coordinator and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior
Dean Marrone is the WaterSMART Grants program coordinator and the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse program coordinator for the Bureau of Reclamation within the U.S. Department of the Interior. Those programs are key elements of WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow), established by the Secretary of the Interior in 2010 to address sustainability in the management of the nation’s water supplies. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he focused on natural resources issues. He works in the Bureau of Reclamation’s Policy Office, in Denver.
Will Sarni - Director, Deloitte
Will has been providing consulting services to private- and public-sector enterprises for more than three decades, with a focus on developing and implementing corporate-wide sustainability strategies, as well as broad based climate and water programs. His approach fuses the practical with the creative in developing and implementing high-value sustainability programs and integrating diverse business and technical issues related to resource management. Sarni is a frequent speaker for corporations, conferences and universities, as well as a columnist on sustainability, climate and water for GreenBiz, Harvard Business Publishing’s "Leading Green," and The Guardian. He is the author of Greening Brownfields: Remediation Through Sustainable Development (McGraw Hill; Greening Brownfields) and contributed to Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property (Bradford Publishing, Environmental Regulation of Colorado Real Property). He is the author of the recently published, Corporate Water Strategies (Earthscan, Corporate Water Strategies) and author of the forthcoming book, Water Tech - A Guide to Innovation, Investment and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector (Routledge 2013). Sarni is on the International Editorial Board for the Utilities Policy Journal, an Advisor to The WaterNetwork.org and a member of the Texas Water Conservation association. Sarni is the Deloitte Project Lead for the 2012 CDP Water Disclosure sponsorship and the Deloitte Technical Lead for the IBLF and CEO Water Mandate "Water Action Hub" project.
Monica Witt - Utilities & Institutional Facilities Energy Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Monica Witt has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 10 years in the environmental and energy management fields. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies and is currently the Utilities & Institutional Facilities Energy Manager. She is responsible for managing sustainability metrics and projects to reduce energy, water, and greenhouse gas emissions in order to meet the Laboratory's Sustainability goals.
MODERATOR: Veronica Blette - Chief, WaterSense Branch, U.S. EPA Office of Water
Veronica Blette is the Chief of the WaterSense Branch in the Office of Wastewater Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her current position, she served for several years as Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and also served as the Team Leader of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Before joining EPA in 1997, she worked in the academic research and environmental consulting fields on projects investigating the effects of atmospheric deposition on terrestrial ecosystems and water quality. She has a B.A. in Geology from Smith College and a M.S. in Geology from the University of Massachusetts.

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Getting to Net-Zero   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   10:45am - 12:00pm
Panelists will examine cutting-edge water resource management practices needed to successfully arrive at net-Zero water use in operations.

Speaker Bios:

James Englehardt - Professor, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, University of Miami
Dr. James Englehardt, P.E., is Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Miami, appointed 1992. Before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, Dr. Englehardt led filtration research projects for Johns Manville Corporation (1983-1987), and supervised water treatment laboratory and field service for the Western Filter Company (now GE Water & Process Technologies) (1978-1980). His research group is developing design principles for net-zero water buildings with support from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Engineered Control Systems, Inc. In parallel work, his group develops predictive Bayesian methods for assessing risk. Awards include the Science Advisor’s Award, EPA, NCEA, Cincinnati; and the Robert C. Barnard Award for Advances in Risk Assessment, American Association for the Advancement of Science and EPA.
Denis Hayes – President & CEO, The Bullitt Foundation
Denis Hayes is President of the Bullitt Foundation, headquartered in Seattle. To walk its talk, the foundation is currently constructing the "world’s greenest office building" www.bullittcenter.org . Denis was national coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25, and he led the subsequent effort to expand the event to 170 nations. During the Carter Administration, Hayes directed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, professor of engineering at Stanford University, and a Silicon Valley attorney. Denis has received the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club. Time magazine selected Hayes as a "Hero of the Planet."
Robert T. Jeter - Water Conservation Coordinator, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Energy & Sustainable Design Unit, United States Department of State
Robert Jeter is a registered professional civil engineer within the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building’s (OBO), and serves as Water Conservation Coordinator for the Energy and Sustainable Design Unit (ESD). Mr. Jeter has over 15 years of experience in development projects and water resources management. Having traveled to over 28 countries during the 5 years with the Department, Mr. Jeter has studied the unique water scarcity challenges in the developing world and seeks opportunities for demonstrating US eco-diplomacy leadership through sustainable solutions. Mr. Jeter conducts water audits and develops strategic plans to mitigate drought risks at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. He is responsible for managing water resources projects and overseeing water related technologies, strategies, and policy for ESD.
Kristine Kingery - Director, Army Sustainability Policy, ODASA (E&S) - Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy and Sustainability), U.S. Army
Ms. Kristine Kingery serves as the Director, Army Sustainability Policy, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, with overall responsibility for Army-wide sustainability initiatives. She serves as subject matter expert on the Army's Net Zero Installations Initiative to develop the strategy, identify installations, and monitor progress towards achieving Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water, and Net Zero Waste. Ms. Kingery has over 27 years of combined military and federal civil servant experience specializing in managing environmental cleanup from the installations level to overseeing military environmental cleanup efforts in support of national strategy.
MODERATOR: Cynthia Lane - Director of Engineering & Technical Services, American Water Works Association
Cynthia Lane is Director of Engineering & Technical Services at the American Water Works Association. Ms. Lane provides a unique blend of knowledge and experience related to regulation, program development, and environmental engineering. She is staff advisor to the AWWA Sustainability Initiatives Coordinating Committee and the AWWA Technical & Educational Council. During her five years with AWWA, Ms. Lane held the positions of Technical & Educational Programs Manager and Regulatory Specialist. Before joining AWWA, Ms. Lane was a design engineer with Stearns &Wheler, LLC and an environmental engineer with Environmental Resource Management. Ms. Lane holds a civil engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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The Nexus of Water and Energy   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   1:15pm - 2:30pm
This session will explore the interconnection between these two critical resources. Panelists will discuss strategies on how best to approach this relationship, and the importance of taking both into consideration when making efforts to manage either resource.

Speaker Bios:

Michael Hightower - Water for Energy Project Lead, Sandia National Laboratories
Bio not available.
Marc Kodack - Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, U.S. Army
Marc Kodack's main responsibility is to provide support to Army senior leaders in areas such as net zero water, operational energy, contingency bases, and measuring organizational performance. He previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Army Environmental Policy Institute overseeing projects that examined strategic issues that the Army will need to address. He holds a PH.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a 2009 graduate of the National War College with a Master's of Science in National Security Studies. He is about to complete a Masters of Science in Government Information Leadership from the Information Resources Management College. He holds the Project Management Professional credential from the Project Management Institute, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is a certified professional archaeologist.
Rick Ohlemacher - Director, Energy & Environment, Northrop Grumman
Rick Ohlemacher leads business planning for energy and environment systems at Northrop Grumman. His experience has focused on support and deployment of programs in the Earth sciences, including weather, climate, and environmental monitoring systems. Rick previously served in the office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere where he helped formulate the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, which sustained attention at the G8 and G20. Rick participated on U.S. delegations to international groups, including EU Climate Bilaterals and the UNFCCC. He served briefly overseas as an embassy S&T rep in South Africa and with the Peace Corps in Senegal. Rick received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Leadership, an MA at Columbia University, and a BA in Environmental Studies & Planning at CSU Sonoma.
MODERATOR: Robert Bruce Lung – Director, Industrial Programs, Alliance to Save Energy
Robert Bruce Lung, Director, Industrial Program, joined the Alliance to Save Energy’s Industrial Team in September of 2009. Mr. Lung provides strategic input into and implements the Alliance’s industrial energy efficiency initiatives. Mr. Lung works with key stakeholders, including the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) coordinate outreach, analysis, marketing, research, technology delivery, education and programmatic direction for the DOE’s Superior Energy Performance program. Mr. Lung also supports the organizational development of the U.S. Council for Energy Efficient Manufacturing, manages the Alliance’s Watergy in the U.S. program and is the editor-in-chief of the Alliance Industrial program’s newsletter, the Industrial Spotlight.

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Leveraging Water Management and Risk Tools   Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012   3:00pm - 4:15pm
A series of case studies, and discussion of publicly available water management and risk assessment tools developed by CERES, World Resources Institute and GEMI to help achieve water use reduction, increase resilience and improve disclosure around this critical resource.

Speaker Bios:

Brooke Barton - Director, Water Program, Ceres
Brooke leads Ceres’ water program, directing the organization’s research and corporate and investor engagement on the risks and opportunities related to growing water scarcity. She is the co-author of The Ceres Aqua Gauge: A Framework for 21st Century Water Risk Management and author of the 2010 Ceres study with Bloomberg and UBS looking at corporate water disclosure, Murky Waters: Corporate Reporting on Water Risk. Brooke also works with Ceres company members in the food and beverage sector, advising them on sustainability strategy and reporting, and coordinating dialogues between companies and their investor, NGO and labor union stakeholders.
Prior to Ceres, Brooke was a researcher for the Harvard Business School's Social Enterprise Initiative, where she wrote case studies and articles on the CSR strategies of multinational corporations in developing countries. While at Harvard, she co-edited Business Solutions for the Global Poor: Creating Economic and Social Value, a book examining over 20 business models for serving low-income consumers. Brooke's other professional experience includes communications and advocacy work with ACCION International, a microfinance NGO, and project evaluation with Catholic Relief Services in Bolivia. She holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. in economics from Duke University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Bill Gill - Assistant VP, Environmental Affairs, GEMI/Smithfield Foods
Graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Civil Engineering. Licensed Professional Engineer. Worked for Smithfield Foods, Inc for 20+ years, holding various project engineering and environmental positions. Currently Assistant Vice President Environmental Affairs responsible for EMS/ISO, sustainability metrics collection and compilation, CSR Report development, compliance auditing program, environmental training, and technical support for company operations. Current member and former Chair of the American Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental Committee. Member of the AMI Sustainability Committee. Current Chair for the Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI). Current participant in the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) Sustainability Solutions Group.
Robert Kimball - Outreach Associate, Aqueduct Project, World Resources Institute
Robert Kimball is the Outreach Associate for the Aqueduct project within WRI’s Markets and Enterprise Program. He works to maximize the visibility and impact of Aqueduct, WRI’s project on measuring and mapping water risks, with audiences ranging from businesses and investors to governments and international NGOs. He also assists with the working groups charged with designing, testing, and applying Aqueduct’s database and tools for a variety of audiences. Rob previously worked in government relations, advocating for the funding and implementation of environmentally sound water infrastructure solutions in communities across the United States. Rob is an avid backpacker and canoeist, and completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2007. His other passions include commuting by bicycle and the Boston Red Sox.
MODERATOR: Zoe Tcholak - Director, North America Carbon Disclosure Project
Zoe joined CDP in 2004 and moved to New York to set CDP’s U.S. office in 2007. She now runs CDP’s North American operations with a focus on improving disclosure of climate and water relevant information for shareholders. Zoe has produced many of CDP’s reports including the Global 500 report for several years and spearheaded an increase in the response rate of US corporations to CDP from 47% to 70%. She has contributed to numerous articles on climate change and is regularly quoted in the media as an expert on corporate sustainability. Zoe has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service as part of their Corporate Sustainability program. She is an Advisory Board Member of the Association of Climate Change Officers. Prior to joining CDP, Zoe was the UK Business Coordinator at Daimaru Incorporated, a large Japanese retailer, where she led an increase in representation of organic products in the stores and advised on climate change impacts. Zoe also worked as Director of Sales at both Rhinegold Publishing and Centaur Communications (Money Marketing Magazine) in London. She graduated from City University London with a BSc Honours degree.

 

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