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GoGreen Conference New York

What We Do. Why We're Here.

The GoGreen Conference, created and organized by Social Enterprises, is a sustainability learning experience for business and government decision-makers. Featuring regionally targeted content and recognized leaders from the community, GoGreen works across industry silos to foster peer-to-peer learning and collaborative solutions. We believe sustainability in the business setting is a powerful and indispensable tool for navigating the tumultuous waters of today's global economy and solving our climate woes. Our mission is to empower attendees with the strategies, tools and connections to green their organizations with profitability in mind.


From humble beginnings in the Pacific Northwest, we've taken our message nationwide — sustainability is good for the planet AND the bottom line.

Want to bring the GoGreen Conference to your city? Contact us at cities@gogreenconference.net to start a dialogue with the organizing team.

New York Advisory Team

Our city-specific advisory teams ensure that GoGreen is able to build an experience that is timely and relevant to the region's economy, environmental issues, market opportunities and culture by providing guidance, connections and insights into each community we serve.

Sergej Mahnovski | Director of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability, NYC Mayor's Office

Sergej Mahnovski

Previously, he was a Director in the Global Power Group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), and a Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej earned his PhD in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School, MS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and BS in Chemical Engineering and BA in History from Stanford University.

Merrill Pond | Senior Vice President, Partnership for New York City's Office

Merrill Pond

Previously, Merrill worked at the City of New York's Office of Management & Budget in the Office of Budget Review and at City of New York's Independent Budget Office covering the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Sanitation, and the city's debt policies. Merrill holds a MPA in Environmental Management & Science from Indiana University, a Master's degree in Philosophy and J.D. from the University of Connecticut. Her undergraduate degree is in the liberal arts from St. John's College, Annapolis.

Ron Gonen | Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, City of New York

Ron Gonen

Gonen remains a member of RecycleBank's Board of Directors. Among his other notable environmental achievements, Gonen has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer and by the United Nations Environment Program as a 'Champion of the Earth', a designation awarded by the U.N. to only seven people around the world each year for their leadership in protecting the environment. Gonen serves on the Board of Trustees of RARE Conversation — an organization that applies community-based solutions to global conservation challenges, as a New York Chapter Director at E2 — a group within the Natural Resources Defense Council that promotes entrepreneurial solutions to environmental problems and serves as a member the New York Product Stewardship Council.

Anahita Williamson PhD | Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP21)

Anahita Williamson

She performed detailed material and energy balances on manufacturing processes in order to develop a quantitative baseline and capture all environmental inputs and outputs for a system. Dr. Williamson also has extensive experience in utilizing life-cycle assessment (LCA) methodology for evaluating the environmental performance of a process/product over its entire life-cycle and has performed multiple LCAs throughout her career. She has multiple peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Cleaner Production and has presented at numerous international conferences including the International Society of Industrial Ecology conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Williamson is a Lean Six Sigma certified Greenbelt. She understands the importance of applying lean thinking when defining the root causes of deficiencies in processes and utilizing lean tools when implementing solutions. Dr. Williamson holds a BS in chemical engineering and MS and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, all from Clarkson University.

Micah Kotch, Director of Incubator Initiatives, Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Director of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy

Micah Kotch

He has developed new business for wireless telecom carriers and device manufacturers, brokering licensing deals with large media companies and game publishers. Micah was the first green initiatives coordinator for Pratt Institute, helping grow the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and establishing the Center for Sustainable Design Studies and Research (funded by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Federal DOE).

Kristin Barbato | Chief Energy Management Officer, City of New York

Kristin Barbato

Before joining Veolia Energy, Ms. Barbato worked at Con Edison for nine years in various departments including Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Energy Efficiency, and Information Technology. Throughout her tenure, her teams supported the company's financial and billing systems, long-term corporate planning, regulatory strategy, smart grid, distributed generation, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Con Edison, she was a Director of Client Information Services at IAC and before that, she was an IT and management consultant for Utilities International, Inc. Ms. Barbato began her career as a substation reliability engineer at Florida Power & Light after graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. She also holds a M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and in May of 2008, she completed her MBA from Columbia University. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Orchestra of St. Luke's and is a founding board member of the New York City Association for Energy Economics.

Michael Colgrove | Director of Energy Programs, NYSERDA

Michael Colgrove

Prior to his promotion, Michael served as a Senior Project Manager with NYSERDA's Residential Energy Affordability Program working on the Multifamily Performance Program. Prior to his work with NYSERDA, Michael spent nearly six years working with low-income multifamily programs throughout NYC including implementing a program to encourage the installation of electricity reduction measures, developing environmental education programs for inner-city youth, and providing building energy assessments with the Weatherization Assistance Program. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology's Energy Management masters program and earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tria Case, Esq. | University Director of Sustainability, City University of New York

Tria Case

In addition, Ms. Case is working with the CUNY Economic Development Corporation as director of CUNY SustainableWorks, a commercialization program for clean and sustainable technologies with two facilities; a Collaboration Center in Manhattan, and a Commercialization Center in the design phase in the Bronx. Ms. Case is also a Strategic Advisor to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) located at CUNY's Bronx Community College. Ms. Case formerly served as the Executive Director for CSE and initiated 'Green Energy Training at CUNY' (GET@CUNY), with the Center serving as the hub for the six campus program, now the largest in the Northeast. Formerly, Ms. Case served as the Director of the office of Environmental Business Services for Empire State Development Corporation and received her undergraduate degree from Union College and earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

Steve Cohen | Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Columbia University Earth Institute

Steve Cohen

From 2002 to 2006, he directed education programs at the Earth Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Cohen was Vice Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. From 1985 to 1998, he was the Director of Columbia's Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration. From 1987-1998, Cohen was Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum at SIPA.

Lauren Wylie | Head of Internal Sustainability, Oliver Wyman Group

Lauren Wylie

After reaping success and maintaining an active communication link through meetings, blogs and the company's internal intranet, she worked with the CEO and CMO and moved to the firm's Marketing team to become Oliver Wyman's first Head of Internal Sustainability. Lauren now works closely with the Chief Sustainability Officer for Marsh & McLennan Companies, the parent company of Oliver Wyman, to continue to develop and drive sustainability initiatives at a global, regional and local level. Lauren's combination of passion, energy and commitment, as well as the top-down and bottom-up support she's received within firm have been critical to her success. In late 2011, Lauren led a corporate team in developing and implementing Marsh & McLennan Company's Green Traveler Program, bringing an environmental focus to colleagues who travel both personally and professionally.