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GoGreen Conference New York

Keynote Speakers

Joyce Brown | President, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)  

Joyce Brown

Prior to her appointment at FIT, she was professor of clinical psychology at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, where she is currently professor emerita. Dr. Brown also served as a New York City deputy mayor for public and community affairs during the David Dinkins administration. Throughout her career, Dr. Brown has been a strong advocate for public higher education and has demonstrated a sophisticated knowledge of the many communities that make up New York. She directed numerous special initiatives for CUNY, including the Urban Summit of Big City Mayors, as well as collaborations between the New York City Board of Education and the university which focused on improving academic preparation and retention in the secondary schools. In addition, she created and directed programs with the government of South Africa, including the Professional Development Program - an effort inspired by Nelson Mandela designed to prepare black South Africans for key positions in business and industry. Under Dr. Brown's leadership, FIT instituted an unprecedented multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative coordinating strategic and investment planning to build faculty ranks, increase technology, expand the curriculum and improve student services. Dr. Brown's participation in the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative University formalized a long-standing personal and institutional commitment to sustainability which resulted in the identification and coordination of college-wide practices affecting the physical plant, the curriculum and public programs. In 2013, FIT placed first among colleges and universities in Mayor Bloomberg's 10-year carbon challenge by reducing FIT's carbon footprint by over 40 percent in three years. Energy-efficient renovations are undertaken routinely and include, to date, the installation of three green roofs. FIT integrates sustainability issues into its curriculum, and in 2010, launched a pioneering master's degree program in Sustainable Interior Environments. Dr. Brown established a college-wide Sustainability Council which promotes dialogue, campus-wide activities and manages a grant program for related projects. FIT also holds an annual public sustainability conference that attracts business leaders, students, scholars and government officials. FIT, which was founded in 1944 to prepare students for careers in fashion, today offers over 45 degree programs not only in fashion and its related fields, but also in areas where industry has made New York City its focal point. It offers two-year programs leading to the A.A.S. degree, four-year programs leading to a B.F.A. or B.S. degree and graduate programs granting master of arts degrees, master of professional studies degrees and master of fine arts degrees. FIT serves over 10,000 full and part-time students with faculty and staff of more than 1,700.

Richard Kauffman | Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York  

Richard Kauffman

He has worked in energy and finance at some of the highest levels of both the public and private sector. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Kauffman served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy.
In his private sector career, he was Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group, and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley's Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Mr. Kauffman has served as Board Chairman of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Mr. Kauffman earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University, a master's degree in international relations from Yale University and a master's in public and private management from the Yale School of Management. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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

Sergej Mahnovski

The team received the 2013 Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for helping improve air quality in the City through innovative financing and regulatory approaches to accelerate boiler conversions from heavy fuel oil.

Sergej serves as Chairman of the NYC Energy Policy Task Force, Chairman of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation, and board member of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. Sergej represents the City as an expert witness in utility rate cases and on energy regulatory matters such a market design, grid modernization, renewables incentives, and reliability. He is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs.

Previously, Sergej was a Director in the Global Power Group at IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) and a Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. He is the co-author of more than two-dozen studies on energy market, technologies, and policies, and has 15 years of experience as an energy researcher and consultant for local, state, and federal agencies, as well as international energy companies, technology suppliers, and utilities. Sergej is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History. He received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkley and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Kathryn Wylde | President & Chief Executive Officer, Partnership for New York City  

Kathryn Wylde

She served for fourteen years as founding president and chief executive officer of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation where she was instrumental in the creation of pioneering initiatives in affordable housing at the local, state and national levels. Under her leadership, more than $2 billion in private funds were invested in public-private partnerships that produced affordable housing and commercial developments in New York's most economically distressed communities.
Ms. Wylde was also founding president and chief executive officer of the Partnership Fund, a $120 million civic fund, that has helped to diversify the city's economy, create thousands of jobs and promote entrepreneurial business initiatives across the five boroughs.
She serves on the boards of many non profit and public institutions, including the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Lutheran Medical Center, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Leadership Academy, Research Alliance for NYC Schools, Manhattan Institute, US Trust Advisory Committee and the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board.


Plenary Speakers

Sass Brown | Author, Eco Fashion  

Sass Brown

She has published papers, spoken and taught workshops around the world on the topic of sustainable design. She has worked, taught and advised to women's cooperatives and educational institutions in Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Sri Lanka, Italy, France, US, Canada and the UK. Voted in the top 10 Women Who Changed the Face of Fashion by Fashion Compassion, alongside the likes of Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle. Brown communicates and promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media, most notably her books; Eco Fashion and ReFashioned, her website www.ecofashiontalk.com and her journalism.

Helena Durst | Co-Vice President, The Durst Organization, Inc.  

Helena Durst

She also instituted a comprehensive greening of the company's building management operations that has improved landfill diversion rates, green cleaning practices, and resource conservation. Helena has participated in the construction and management of several projects from the ground up, including The Epic, The Helena, and One Bryant Park. Helena is a board member of Citizens Union, Just Food, Governors Island Alliance, High School for Environmental Sciences, and SWAB.

Judith Enck | Regional Administrator, EPA's Region 2 Office, New York  

Judith Enck

In cooperation with state and regional authorities in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations, she administers federal programs governing air and water pollution, industrial discharges, toxic substances, pesticides, protection of streams, lakes and the ocean, solid and hazardous wastes, the cleanup of chemical spills and abandoned hazardous waste sites, and much more.


Michael Lierow | Partner, Oliver Wyman and Lead, Global Sustainability Center  

Michael Lierow

He studied business and economics at the Otto-Beisheim Graduate School of Management (WHU) in Germany, France, and Australia, and he holds a PhD and an MBA.

Jasmin Malik Chua | Managing Editor, Ecouterre  

Jasmin Malik Chua

Timo Rissanen, PhD | Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability, Parsons The New School for Design  

Timo Rissanen

He also was a contributor to Sustainable Fashion. Yield, a survey exhibition of zero-waste fashion design curated by Rissanen and Holly McQuillan showed in New Zealand and New York in 2011. Having lived in Finland, Spain, Australia and the US, Rissanen is interested in global challenges with local perspectives. He sees fashion as integral to the everyday experience of living; creating a fashion system that enriches humanity is a task for us all. Sustainability research is inseparable from his design practice, and Rissanen's PhD focused on zero-waste fashion design.

William Solecki | Professor and Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities   

William Solecki

He is a co-founder of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and co-editor of the recent Climate Change and Cities Assessment (ARC3) Report. He has served as the co-leader of several climate impacts studies in the greater New York and New Jersey region, including the New York City on Panel on Climate Change (NPCC). Prof. Solecki received an A.B. in Geography from Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in the same discipline.

Marci Zaroff | Founder, Under the Canopy & FASE  

Marci Zaroff

Producer of "THREAD" Documentary and Director/Advisor on numerous Boards including the Organic Trade Association, Fair Trade USA, the Textile Exchange and Teens Turning Green, Marci is featured in the newly released book: "Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World" and has received countless recognitions, including New York Moves "Power Woman Award", Fashion Group International's "Rising Star Award" and a prestigious "Henry Crown Fellowship" of The Aspen Institute.

Featured Speakers

Elizabeth Balkan | Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor's Office, City of New York  

Elizabeth Balkan

Balkan also created a specialized consulting firm, Emergence Advisors, whose clients included the New York Power Authority, the United Nations Environmental Programme, United States Agency for International Aid and the Climate Group. She has worked extensively with cities to make sustainable development a viable option for both developed and emerging economies. Her educational background is in policy and economic development. She holds a masters degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelors from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

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.

Erin Barnes | Co-Founder and Executive Director, ioby  

Erin Barnes

She conducted field research on socio-economic values of water in Nicaragua and the Amazon, and worked as a community organizer at the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition. She has a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.E.M from Yale University. Erin lives in Brooklyn and serves on the Board of the Manhattan Land Trust, the Steering Committee for EPIP-NYC, and as an advisor to ArtBridge, Charity Sub, Shared Squared, and the Social Innovators Collective.

Andrew Bata | Chief Officer of Strategic Improvements & Best Practices, MTA New York City Transit  

Andrew Bata

He oversees the agency's Intelligent Transportation Systems projects. He is a member of the Board of Directors of ITS New York and has served as its past president. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Committee on Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technology.

Mr. Bata is also an Adjunct professor of Transportation at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Colombia University and the City University of New York.

Joe Burke | Director of Sales, Action Carting Environmental Services  

Joe has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Seton Hall University.
As a spokesperson for Action Carting, Joe headed the Starbucks Cup Pilot Program and is a member of Global Green USA and the October Woman Foundation.

Morgan Clendaniel | Founding Editor, Co.Exist, Fast Company   

Morgan Clendaniel

Prior to Fast Company, Clendaniel was one of the founding editors of GOOD, and served as the Deputy Editor there for five years. At GOOD, he led the creation of the magazine's award-winning infographics. He is also the former editorial director of the email newsletter Very Short List. His work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications.


Steven Cohen | Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Columbia 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.

Sharon Covert | Chair, United Soybean Board Customer Focus Action Team  

Sharon Covert

In addition, Sharon has been a member of the International Marketing Aquaculture Utilization Subcommittee, Competiveness Committee, International Marketing Global Issues Subcommittee, the International Marketing South and Central Asia and Mediterranean Subcommittee, the Audit & Evaluation Committee and the International Marketing Emerging Markets Subcommittee. She is also the vice chairman for the U.S. Soybean Export Council; the lead on working with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., to include agriculture as part of the "American Enterprise" exhibit; and past chair of the Illinois Soybean Operating Board.

Rebecca Craft | Director, Energy Efficiency Programs, Consolidated Edison Company   

Rebecca Craft

Prior to her current position, Ms. Craft was Assistant to the Chairman of Consolidated Edison and prior to that, Director of the Energy Markets Policy Group (where she developed the company's policies regarding the wholesale electric and gas markets). Before joining Con Edison, Ms. Craft spent more than 11 years at Prudential Financial in a variety of positions in international managed assets, retirement services; corporate strategy and assistant general counsel, Law Department. Ms. Craft serves on the Department of Energy's State Energy Efficiency Action Network, the New York Investment Fund CleanTech Advisory Committee, and the board of Green Light New York. She earned a JD from Indiana University, Bloomington and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College. Ms. Craft is a resident of New York City.

William DiCroce | President & Chief Executive Officer, Veolia Energy North America  

William DiCroce

Before joining Veolia Energy, Mr. DiCroce was the President and Chief Operating Officer of NSTAR Electric and Gas Company's unregulated subsidiaries, which owned and operated private utilities (Medical Area Total Energy Plant, Inc.- MATEP), as well as other district energy and telecommunication businesses located in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area. In this position, he was credited with the turn-around of the MATEP's financial performance and growth potential. Mr. DiCroce began his career with General Electric at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, which is associated with the U.S. Naval Nuclear program. He was jointly certified by U.S. Naval Reactors and Knolls as a nuclear power engineer. He continued his work in the commercial nuclear industry with Boston Edison and Entergy Corporation, initially licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Senior Reactor Operator, and then progressing through a series of critical management positions to General Manager of Plant Operations. During his employment with Boston Edison, Mr. DiCroce was credited with playing a critical role in radically improving the safety and performance of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. He continued as the General Manager of Pilgrim Station post acquisition under Entergy Corporation. He later served on Entergy Nuclear's senior executive staff, transitioning newly acquired plants into their "Nuclear Northeast" fleet, including the development of a fleet wide Six Sigma program for ten nuclear plants.

Marissa Feinberg | Co-Founder, Green Spaces  

Marissa Feinberg

Marissa just launched Flockd, low-tech, tabletop pyramid gadgets, powering productivity and connectivity for innovation in collaborative spaces. As a 10+ year publicist and marketeer, she frequently speaks, teaching entrepreneurs PR for startups via Investor's Circle, NYC FastTrac, Startup Leadership, Skillshare and Parsons the NEW School for Design. She has also become a go-to resource about how to make your workplace eco-friendly. Marissa has a bachelors in Public Relations from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, with minors in Marketing and Spanish.
During her free time, she serves on the boards of Green Map, Zoological Lighting Institute, EarthTechling and NYU Stern's Annual Conference of Social Entrepreneurs, and acts in independent films. She is also part of NYC's new collaborative consumption leadership group.

Diana Glassman | Head of Environmental Affairs, TD Bank  

Diana Glassman

Diana's experience in environmental strategy consulting has illustrated her passion and dedication to the field. An entrepreneur, Diana led a strategy consulting firm from 2005 to 2011 which provided holistic environmental advice to private equity, corporate and government organizations. Previously, Diana was the Head of the Americas at Credit Suisse's Environmental Business Group and a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Glassman's environmental efforts continue outside of the workplace, as she sits on the board of the World Policy Institute, where she was the lead author of The Water-Energy Nexus: Adding Water to the Energy Agenda. A thought leader, she is a frequent speaker and commentator on environmental issues. Diana holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale. She also earned concurrent Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration (International Political and Environmental Development) degrees from Harvard University.

Ron Gonen | Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, City of New York  

Ron Gonen

In 2012, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year.

Ron is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School where joined the faculty in 2010. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award.

From 2004-2010, was the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced over 100 cities and over 1 million households and was recognized with a number of business an environmental awards including the Philadelphia Sustainability Award, The Conference of Mayors - Public/Private Partnership of the Year Award and a Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum. Ron holds patent for a business method and technology in the recycling industry.

Ron has been recipient of a number of environmental and business awards including being recognized as a 'Champion of the Earth' by the United Nations Environment Program, a distinction given globally to seven people each year for their commitment to the environment, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service and professional life.

Ron was a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of RARE Conservation and is member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Eban Goodstein | Director, Bard MBA in Sustainability & Bard Center for Environmental Policy  

Eban Goodstein

Articles by Goodstein have appeared in, among other outlets, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, and Environmental Management. His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Chemical and Engineering News, The Economist, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and Environment, Workplace and Employment, and is on the steering committee of Economics for Equity and the Environment. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Follett Corporation, and is on the advisory committee for Chevrolet's Clean Energy Initiative. In addition Goodstein directs two national educational initiatives on global warming: Campus to Congress (C2C) Fellows and The National Climate Seminar. In recent years, he has coordinated climate education events at over 2,500 colleges, universities, high schools, and other institutions across the country.

Mike Gordon | Chief Executive Officer, Joule Assets Inc.  

Mike Gordon

Hervé Houdré | Chair Sustainable Hospitality Committee, New York Hotel Association and General Manager, InterContinental New York Barclay  

Herve Houdre

Prior to joining the Willard InterContinental, Houdré managed such properties as the Hôtel de Crillon and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. Houdré held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. A native of France, Houdré was "born" to the industry — literally. He was born and raised in a small Inn in the Loire Valley which his parents owned. He has lived in several countries throughout the world, including a three-year period as Executive Assistant Manager with the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, in New York which he opened in 1984. A leader in "Sustainable Hospitality" Houdré is orchestrating a sustainable transformation at the InterContinental New York Barclay. The hotel's program, "Sustainability in the City", is based on what he designed in Washington, "Willard InterContinental — The Next 100 Years." Based on the triple bottom line of Economic Viability, Social Responsibility and Environmental Protection, these holistic plans are comprised of interwoven sustainable projects for a luxurious urban hospitality experience in harmony with social and ecological consciousness. Projects to date include the "adoption" of a local school, a sustainable purchasing program, CFL and LED bulbs throughout the hotel, employee well-being, a Natural Power Breakfast comprised solely of local, natural and organic products, the introduction of Honey Bees and fruit, vegetable and herb garden on the hotel's roof top. The hotel also integrates charitable initiatives whenever and wherever possible. Wishing to insure measurable accountability and to track progress, Houdré has put a five-year roadmap in place that defines and quantifies the hotelŝs mid-term SD goals.

Ann Kayman | Chief Executive Officer, New York Grant Company   

Ann Kayman

She also helps clean tech companies throughout the State in applying for public and private funding. She is also now part of an multi-disciplinary team that offers an end-to-end solution for performing lighting retrofits at zero up-front cost for public buildings and entire cities. Ann served as head of Business Development for the City of New York as Senior VP for the New York City Economic Development Corporation. A lawyer since 1985, Ann earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University and her J.D. cum laude from Case Western Reserve University. She serves on the Board of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Intelligent Communities Association, and she is first ever Co-Chair of the Manhattan Chamber's Green Finance Subcommittee.

Paul Lightfoot | Chief Executive Officer, BrightFarms   

Paul Lightfoot

Paul has a B.A. from Lehigh and a J.D. from Fordham Law. He is a board member of the Brennan Center for Justice. Paul has been recognized by Chain Store Age magazine as a "Rising Star in Retail" in their annual 40 Under 40 awards, and is the 2011 winner of the Young President's Organization CSR Award for Environmental Sustainable Business Practices. He was a speaker at the TEDx conference "Changing the Way We Eat."

Hunter Lovins | President, Natural Capitalism Solutions   

Hunter Lovins

Trained as a sociologist and lawyer (JD), Hunter is also currently a professor of sustainable business management at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Bard College, and Denver University; and the chief insurgent of the madrone project.
Lovins has consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. She has consulted with large and small companies including the International Finance Corporation, Royal Dutch Shell, Interface, Clif Bar, and Wal-Mart. Governmental clients include the Pentagon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and other agencies, numerous cities, and the governments of Jamaica, Australia, and the U.S. She has also served an advisor to the Energy Minister of the Government of Afghanistan.
Recipient of such honors as the Right Livelihood Award, Lindbergh Award and Leadership in Business, she was named Time Magazine 2000 Hero of the Planet and in 2009 Newsweek dubbed her a "Green Business Icon." She has co-authored nine books and hundreds of papers, including the 1999 book, Natural Capitalism, 2006 e-book Climate Protection Manual for Cities, and the 2009 Transforming Industry in Asia. She has served on the boards of governments, non- and for profit companies.
Hunter's areas of expertise include Natural Capitalism, sustainable development, globalization, energy and resource policy, economic development, climate change, land management, and fire rescue and emergency medicine. She developed the Economic Renewal Project and helped write many of its manuals on sustainable community economic development. She was a founding Professor of Business at Presidio Graduate School, one of the first accredited programs offering an MBA in Sustainable Management and is currently Chief Insurgent of the madrone project.

Julie MacKenzie | Senior Advisor for Sustainability, United Nations Headquarters  

Julie MacKenzie

Julie's latest representational appointment for New Zealand was as Ambassador to Italy where she was also cross-accredited to Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina, and Permanent Representative to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization, the World Food Organization, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. In 2008, for both family and personal development reasons, she moved into the field of environmental management, first at the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome and since mid-2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
In addition to promoting environmental sustainability at UNHQ, Julie helps steer the Sustainable United Nations facility (a unit of the UN Environment Programme) and its network of over 50 UN organizations. She recommends that anyone interested in environmental management in the United Nations go to www.greeningtheblue.org, which contains examples of initiatives from around the world affecting physical assets, management processes and organizational culture.

David Mahfouda | Chief Executive Officer, Bandwagon  

David Mahfouda

He has also been a member of EyeBeam's Sustainability and Urban Research steering committees. Prior to Bandwagon, David co-founded the Very Polite Movers, a successful Brooklyn-based furniture moving cooperative. He is also the co-founder of the Fixers Collective, a growing New York based social movement dedicated to the care and restoration of broken things.

Dr. Cheryl Martin | Deputy Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy   

Cheryl Martin

In 2000, Dr. Martin was named Director of Investor Relations and later became Director of Financial Planning. Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company's Adhesives and Sealants business in North America in 2007 and elected a Corporate Vice President. Most recently Dr. Martin was the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Cheryl earned a B.A. in chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from MIT.

Gavin McIntyre | Co-founder & Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design  

Gavin McIntyre

He has served as the principle investigator on grants received from the US EPA, the USDA, the NSF, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Gavin currently serves on the advisory board of the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute, a subset of the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the NYS Center for Automation Technology and Systems. Gavin received a dual B.S. In Mechanical Engineering and Product Design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and has a number of utility patents to his name.

Elizabeth Meltz | Director of Sustainability and Food Safety, Batali and Bastianich Hospitality Group  

Elizabeth Meltz

Formerly, Elizabeth has served as Food Editor and Managing Editor of the magazine La Cucina Italiana and worked as line cook in Rome, Italy.

Jay Merves | Director, Business Development and Finance, New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation

Jay Merves

Prior to joining NYCEEC, Jay served as a consultant in the areas of clean energy finance and risk management, and conducted an assignment on the development of PACE related projects. Jay's areas of expertise include clean energy financings, structured credit, and synthetic securities. Jay holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey Olson | Principal, Alta Planning + Design   

Jeff Olson

From 1998-2001, Mr. Olson served as Director of Millennium Trails, an award winning initiative to create a national network of trails as part of America's legacy for the year 2000. The Millennium Trails partnership was supported by the White House Millennium Council, the U.S. Department of Transportation, American Express Company and a "Green Ribbon" panel of national leaders. From 1993-98, he served as the New York State DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager and supported the development of the 1,000 mile state bike route system, the 350 mile New York City Greenways system, the Erie Canal Trail and the Hudson Valley Greenway. He teaches America's first university course in bicycle and pedestrian planning, and is Co-Director of the SUNYA Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure, which creates model plans connecting public work with public health.

John Rhodes | President & Chief Executive Officer, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority   

John Rhodes

Before joining NRDC, Mr. Rhodes spent three years acting as Chief Operating Officer at Good Energies, a leading investment firm focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency. As a member of the senior management team, he oversaw operations, strategy and portfolio companies.

Additionally, Mr. Rhodes was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton where he provided strategic consulting for clients across technology intensive industries including energy, aerospace, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He has also served as a Trader and General Manager at Metallgesellschaft, a German mining, metals and engineering firm.

Mr. Rhodes currently serves on the board of several non-profit organizations including the New York Institute for Special Education, American Federation for Aging Research and Cornerstone Literacy. He previously served as a Trustee on the Citizens Budget Commission of New York and as an Advisory Council member for the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Rhodes is a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Management.

Joe Sacks | Vice President of Corporate Development, Greenwood Energy

Joe Sacks

Immediately prior to joining Greenwood, he was employed by Hypo Real Estate Group / DEPFA Bank where he was an Associate in the Asset and Infrastructure Finance Group, providing approximately $2 billion in secured financing for transportation, infrastructure and energy clients. He began his career as an Analyst within the Global High Yield Group at BNP Paribas. Joe earned a B.A. with departmental honors in Political Science and Economics from Haverford College and attended NYU's Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. He is a CFA Level III candidate.

Paul Schwabacher | PE, Senior Vice President, Facilities Management, NYU Langone Medical Center   

Paul Schwabacher

Paul received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union and an MBA from Columbia University and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York.

Dr. Jun Shimada | President & Chief Executive Officer, ThinkEco   

Jun Shimada

Ron Spalter | Deputy Chief Operating Officer, City University of New York   

Ron Spalter

He also manages both the University Productivity Investment Fund and the University Sustainability Investment fund, which makes available both tax levy and philanthropic funds as awards to campuses that seek investment dollars to earn ongoing productivity- or sustainability-related returns. Prior to joining the Chancellery, Ron served in many positions at Borough of Manhattan Community College, culminating in his appointment as Vice President for Administration and Planning. He previously served as Director of Human Resources and then University Vice President for City College. His experience during almost 40 years at CUNY includes oversight of several hundred million dollars in construction, as well as developing and deploying campus-wide information system applications and infrastructures. He has also managed large annual operating and capital budgets and has been accountable to more than 10 college presidents for a broad range of administrative activities including Finance, Facilities, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Enrollment Management, Information Technology and Economic Development efforts. He has chaired or served as Treasurer for several campus-related corporate entities. Ron has taught Business Management at BMCC, and Higher Education Administration in the Graduate School of Education at NYU, and currently serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Baruch College's Graduate School of Public Affairs.

Tabitha St. Bernard | Co-Founder, Tabii Just   

Tabitha St. Bernard

Tabii Just clothing is manufactured in facilities that uphold fair labor practices in Brooklyn and the Garment District, with labels and tags, among other things, manufactured in New York City. Excess fabric is used to make shopping and makeup bags. The company worked with Given Goods, a Colorado-based marketplace, to manufacture pocket squares out of excess fabric. St. Bernard continues to research and develop other usage for waste scraps left on the cutting room floor. Drawing on Tabitha's rich Trinidadian heritage, the aesthetic of Tabii Just is a marriage of Caribbean flair and Brooklyn edge, resulting in vibrant prints done in stream-lined silhouettes. Tabii Just's Spring 2013 collection was featured on NY1 as a fashion line that is committed to supporting the local fashion industry. The Iesha Dress, from the Spring 2013 collection is currently on display at Princeton University as part of the Sustainable Fashion Exhibit.

Gary Toth | Senior Director, Transportation Initiatives, Projects for Public Spaces   

Gary Toth

During his thirty four years of project management experience within the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Gary become known for his collaboration and facilitation skills, and was one of the architects of the transformation of NJDOT to a stakeholder inclusive process. This lead to his being a founding member of the NJDOT's Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) program, and has helped NJDOT become a national leader in CSS. He is a sought after resource and speaker on CSS and Integrating Transportation and Land Use at many venues, including National and Regional workshops. He is one of the eight instructors for the National Highway Institutes Training Course for Transportation and Land Use. Gary's work with AASHTO and TRB, as well as his subsequent experience, has brought him into contact with the operations of many state DOTs around the country. This has led him to become one of the leading experts in the country on what "makes DOTs tick", and how to engage the transportation planning, funding, project development and design processes to achieve sustainable and livable outcomes.

Bruce Uhlman | Senior Sustainability Specialist, BASF Corporation   

Bruce Uhlman

Bruce partners with BASF's many business units and customers in helping them understand and measure sustainability throughout their value chain and help them integrate the results of sustainability studies into their strategic decision making processes and stakeholder communications.

Bruce speaks frequently on sustainability and life cycle assessment and has published many articles on these topics.

Bruce has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University, is a member of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment and is a Certified LCA Practitioner.

Bruce lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Ted Ullrich | Founding Partner, Tomorrow Lab   

Ted Ullrich

I believe bicycles, honesty, relentlessly developing a life passion, urban density and the internet are our ways out. I'm on a life mission to own nothing.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Inventive Design Engineering (BSE) Degree from Purdue University, and a Master of Industrial Design (MID) Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He has also studied architecture and society in Copenhagen, Denmark and around Scandinavia.

In 2010, Ted founded Tomorrow Lab™, a New York City based hardware development consultancy that researches, designs, and engineers revolutionary products that steer communities toward a better future. He does speaking events on the future of design and technology (see right below). In the past, Ted has been an Adjunct Professor of Product Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia where he organized and taught the Opening Audio design studio course, has worked at Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Armchair Media, Epidemik Coalition, and taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Architecture.

Anahita Williamson, Ph.D. | Director, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology   

Anahita Williamson

Williamson led numerous teams at Xerox Corporation in defining environmental opportunities within processes/products by optimizing complex systems. 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.

Kate Winnebeck, LCACP | Senior Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology   

Kate Winnebeck

In addition, she provides assistance to companies to improve their environmental footprint by reducing the use of toxic and hazardous materials. Ms. Winnebeck also performs safety and ergonomics risk assessments and training for over 140 companies in New York State. Topics include recognizing potential safety hazards, identifying root causes, developing corrective actions, addressing noise and hearing protection, personal protective equipment selection, lockout/tagout and chemical inventories. She also works with companies to develop effective safety management teams to reduce the use of toxic and hazardous materials and promote a safe work environment. Ms. Winnebeck has a BS in environmental management and technology and an MS in environmental health & safety management, both from RIT.

Lauren Wylie | Head of Internal Sustainability, Oliver Wyman   

Lauren Wylie

Although these efforts were done in addition to her normal responsibilities, Lauren was able to expand the sustainability initiative globally. 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' 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.

Conference Emcee

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).

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