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Prior to his appointment, Mr. Murray served as Senior Advisor at the international environmental consulting firm Ecology and Environment, Inc., where he provided strategic policy and market development guidance on environmental and energy issues to a number of private sector and not-for-profit clients. Mr. Murray also represented the Pace Energy and Climate Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council in the New York Public Service Commission proceeding to establish an energy efficiency portfolio standard program. Read more..
From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Murray was policy advisor to the United States Secretary of Energy, assisting in the development of the Clinton Administration's national energy policy. Mr. Murray served from 1992 to 1994 as the New York State Commissioner of Energy and Chairman of the NYSERDA Board of Directors, then a statutory function of the State Energy Commissioner. At that time, he also served as Chairman of the State Energy Planning Board, a multi-agency statutory board charged with the responsibility of developing a comprehensive, integrated energy plan for the State that integrated State energy, environmental and economic development policies. In 1985, Mr. Murray was appointed Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Energy and the Environment, a position he held until 1992. He served from 1983 to 1985 as Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment in the administration of New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. He represented New York in numerous national and regional energy and environmental activities, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the National Governors' Association, and the Council of Great Lakes Governors. Mr. Murray began his work on New York State energy issues as legislative counsel and then as an energy and environmental policy advisor to Governor Hugh Carey from 1977 to 1982. He began his career in public service as a legislative assistant to Congressman James V. Stanton (D-Ohio). Mr. Murray serves on the board of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Association of State Energy Officials, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, the New York State Smart Grid Consortium (Vice Chair), and the New York Battery and Energy Storage (NY-BEST) Consortium.
On November 5, 2009, Judith Enck was appointed Regional Administrator of Region 2 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by President Barack Obama. Previously, she was Deputy Secretary for the Environment in the New York State Governor's Office. As Regional Administrator, Judith's responsibilities are wide-ranging. Read more..
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.
William "Bill" DiCroce was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Energy North America in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, Mr. DiCroce had served as Executive Vice President of Veolia Energy North America since May 2011, and also as Chief Operating Officer since September 2009. He joined the company as Senior Vice President - East Region in June 2008. During his tenure, Mr. DiCroce led efforts to integrate new businesses and improve the efficiency and performance of Veolia Energy North America's energy asset portfolio. Read more..
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.
As Global Environmental Executive for Bank of America, Alexandra Liftman is responsible for all environmental sustainability for the company, including business activities, operational initiatives, employee programs, public and corporate policy, and philanthropic and other investments. She is the primary steward of the company's ten-year $50 billion commitment to help address climate change, reduce demands on natural resources and advance lower-carbon economic solutions. Read more..
Under her leadership, Bank of America has introduced significant goals to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and exceeded its first 10-year, $20 billion environmental business initiative, delivering more than $21.6 billion four years ahead of schedule. Previously, Liftman managed communications strategy and served on the leadership teams of several of Bank of America's lines of business. In this capacity, Liftman was instrumental in launching the bank's $20 billion environmental commitment in 2007.
In his work as Partner at Oliver Wyman and leading the global Sustainability Center, Michael helps customers unlock growth through clean technology and sustainability solutions by combining economic growth and environmental awareness, with a special focus on energy, infrastructure, mobility, transportation, and waste. Michael joined Oliver Wyman in 2012 from the Munich office of McKinsey & Company, where he consulted for ten years. Read more..
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.
Kristin Barbato was appointed to Deputy Commissioner / Chief Energy Management Officer for New York City in March 2013. Her team manages energy procurement, efficiency projects, and performance for the City's 4000+ buildings including energy billing of about $800m per year. Before this appointment, she was Director of Business Development in New York for Veolia Energy. In this role, she developed strategies for efficient and sustainable energy solutions including renewable resources as well as cogeneration projects and their operations. Read more..
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.
Dr. Solecki's research focuses on urban environmental change and transition, and climate change and cities. He is the Director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities and Professor of Geography at Hunter College-CUNY. He served as an author of the IPCC AR4 and now again on the IPCC AR5, as a member of the scientific steering committee of IHDP, Urbanization and Global Environmental Change Core (UGEC) Project, and as panel member on U.S. National Research Council committees. Read more..
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.
Marissa Feinberg is co-founder of Green Spaces, NYC's and Denver's go-to coworking space for the coolest companies that change the world. Read about them in Marissa's Forbes blog about social entrepreneurs, change makers and innovators. Green Spaces was inspired by Green Leaders Global, a group she co-founded that unites sustainability change agents for salon-style events and deep dialog to better the planet. Read more..
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.
David Mahfouda is the CEO of Bandwagon. David graduated from Harvard's Visual and Environmental Studies program in 2005 and earned his master's degree, studying Product Architecture and Engineering at Stevens Institute in 2009. David has since become a pioneer of the networked-vehicle industry, having been invited to speak about new technology and transit at institutions and conferences including The Open Planning Project, Portland State University, Transportation Transformation, Advanced Energy 2012, the USDOT, and Parsons School of Design. Read more..
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.
Andrew focuses on comprehensive assessments of technology needs and developing practical solutions for deployment. He is responsible for the planning and conceptual design of advanced systems that promote state-of-the art passenger service with emphasis on integrated communication systems and real time passenger information. He is currently involved in a number of new technology and sustainability projects and is responsible for developing recommendation that follow Best Practices for New York City Transit and the entire MTA family. Read more..
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.
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