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Dr. Joyce F. Brown is president of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a specialized college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY). Appointed in 1998, she is the college's sixth president. Dr. Brown, a highly regarded educator and academic administrator, has had over 30 years experience in public higher education. She held a number of senior administrative posts at the City University of New York (CUNY) before arriving at FIT, including acting president of Bernard Baruch College and vice chancellor of the university. Read more..
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 joined the administration of New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in February 2013 as the Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York. In June 2013 he was also confirmed as Chairman of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). His mission is to develop and implement a strategic plan to scale up clean energy, enhance New York's competitiveness for clean energy businesses, and make our energy systems more resilient and reliable. Read more..
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 manages New York City's sustainability program for the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and serves as the point person for the City on energy policy. He leads a team of 30 engineers, economists, policy analysts, architects, and attorneys who conduct innovative research and manage key programs on energy and climate, including the Clean Heat air quality initiative, energy regulatory and renewables policy, citywide energy benchmarking, climate resilience research and implementation, utility coordination during emergencies, and energy technology pilots. Read more..
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 S. Wylde is president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, the city's leading business organization. The Partnership works with leaders of business, government, labor and the not-for-profit sectors to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure and the economy. Ms. Wylde has been with the Partnership since 1982. Read more..
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.
Sass Brown is Acting Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and formally the Resident Director for F.I.T's study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its different expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. Read more..
View Sass' book: Eco Fashion here
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 Rose Durst is a vice president and a fourth-generation family member of The Durst Organization. Helena started her career as an intern at the Hudson River Park Trust, where she not only fell in love with the Hudson River waterfront but also gained valuable insight into the City's complex land-use review process. After studying real estate at Baruch College, Helena joined the leasing department of The Durst Organization, where she has participated in and closed approximately 100,000 square feet in lease transactions. Read more..
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.
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.
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.
Jasmin Malik Chua is the managing editor of Ecouterre, the leading online website about sustainability in fashion. A 15-year veteran of the publishing industry, Chua has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University, where she was a founding fellow of the literary reportage program, and a B.S. in animal biology form the National University of Singapore. She's been published in online and print publication such as Alive, Computer Shopper, LiveScience, Plenty, Sprig, TreeHugger, the Huffington Post, and Inhabitat, and quoted as a green expert by the New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People.
Timo Rissanen is the Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He has been in this role since January 2010, relocating from the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia. From 2001 to 2004 he owned and designed for Usvsu, a menswear label in Sydney, selling in Australia, Italy and Russia. In 2003 Usvsu was the winner of the Mercedes-Benz Start-Up award at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week. Read more..
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.
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.
Marci coined the term & pioneered the market for ECOfashion® and has been an internationally-recognized Eco-lifestyle expert, innovator & educator for over two decades. As Co-Founder of "The Institute for Integrative Nutrition", Founder of ECOfashion brands Under the Canopy & FASE, and Portico Brand CMSO, Marci has been instrumental in driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide. Read more..
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.
Elizabeth Balkan manages commercial solid waste policy and programming for the Mayor's Office. She is responsible for the development, and now implementation, of the Food Waste Challenge, a voluntary program that invites NYC restaurants to join the city in preventing food waste from going to landfill. She does not discriminate against other types of waste. Before working for the Mayor's Office, she researched solid waste planning in China, which took her to landfills, incineration facilities and recycling markets. Read more..
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 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.
The Rockefeller Foundation awarded Erin Barnes and her co-founders at ioby the 2012 Jane Jacobs Medal for New Technology and Innovation. Erin met her co-founders while studying water economics and hydrogeomorphology in graduate school at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental studies. Before ioby, Erin Barnes was an environmental editor at Men's Journal magazine, freelance environmental writer, and contributor to Al Gore's book Our Choice. Read more..
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 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.
Joe Burke is the Director of Sales with Action Carting Environmental Services, Inc., ("Action Carting"). With over 15 years of experience working in the waste management industry, Joe has played an imperative role in leading the sales team and company in becoming a leading provider of solid waste collection and environmental services for the business communities of New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining Action Carting in July of 2007, Joe spent eight years as a senior salesperson with Interstate Waste Services before being promoted to sales manager. Read more..
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 is the founding editor of Co.Exist, Fast Company's website about world changing ideas and innovation, which launched in late 2011. Clendaniel has spent his career covering the rise in prominence of social entrepreneurship and responsible business, following the innovators and organizations that are making social good a vital component of the business world. Read more..
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 is the Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and the Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University's School of Continuing Education. Read more..
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 and her husband, James, raise soybeans and corn on their farm near Tiskilwa, Ill. They have two sons, one daughter and 10 grandchildren. Sharon has been a USB director since 2004. In previous leadership roles, she has served as USB International Marketing Committee chair, USB secretary, Aquaculture Initiative team lead, vice chair of the Audit & Evaluation Committee and team lead for the Soy 2020 Advisory Group. Read more..
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 is Director of Energy Efficiency and Demand Management at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., where she is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of energy-efficiency, demand-response and peak demand management programs for the Company's electric and gas systems. Ms. Craft also manages the Company's account executives and market research. Read more..
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 "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.
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.
In her role, Diana is working with the bank's senior executives to look across the business with an environmental lens to identify opportunities to expand TD's environmental commitment. Opportunities could include employee and community activities, operations, real estate and product offerings. A businesswoman with two decades of experience in strategy consulting and the financial services industry, Diana believes the environment is an integral component of a bank's ability to provide great service and maintain financial strength. Read more..
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 is the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation for New York City. He joined the Bloomberg administration in 2012 with the task of developing and implementing a plan to achieve Mayor Bloomberg's goal of diverting over 30% of New York's waste stream from landfills by 2017 and over 70% by 2025. He is responsible for New York's recycling programs which include paper, metal, glass, plastic, organics, textiles and electronics as well as the management of household hazardous waste and legislation. Read more..
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.
Ph.D. (Economics), University of Michigan; B.A. (Geology), Williams College. Goodstein is the author of a college textbook, Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons, 2010) now in its sixth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England, 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press, 1999). Read more..
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, as strategic lead for Joule Assets, focuses on providing tools, information and financing to build Energy Reduction Asset markets. Mike has historically played a central role in founding industries in the energy field. He has particularly focused on building energy efficiency, demand response, storage, and renewable generation markets, and on empowering consumers in those markets.
One of Europe and America's most respected hoteliers, Mr. Hervé Houdré began his tenure as Regional Director of Operations and General Manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay in October of 2009. Prior to this, he held the position of General Manager of the Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. since 2004. Houdré is recognized for introducing refinements which impact profit and increase market share and was named "2006 Independent Hotelier of the World" by HOTELS magazine readers. Read more..
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.
2012 International Women's Enterprise Challenge Award, 2010 Small Business of the Year — Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, 2009 Enterprising Woman of the Year — Enterprising Woman Magazine Ann Kayman is CEO of the New York Grant Company and Founding Member of NYG Green Partners, LLC. Based in New York City, Ann and her team help companies obtain grants and economic incentives for their projects, while helping building owners comply with the City's new green building laws while availing themselves of incentives and other financial support to fund energy efficient installations and retrofits. Read more..
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 is the CEO of BrightFarms, which finances, builds and operates greenhouse farms at supermarkets, cutting time, distance and cost from the produce supply chain. Improving supply chains comes naturally to Paul, who spent nearly 10 years as the CEO of an enterprise software company that improved the supply chains of major retailers and their suppliers. Paul is passionate about local food and reducing the environmental impact of the produce supply chain. Read more..
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."
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS)(www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS educates senior decision makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and Implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable. Read more..
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 is an example of passion for learning and focus on what counts in life. As a career diplomat with the New Zealand Government, she covered topics as diverse as economic development, trade, security, nuclear testing and peace-keeping, in settings as diverse as Wellington, Tokyo, Brussels, Noumea, Dili and Rome. She even took some 'time out' as a corporate analyst on the Japanese stock market, before she realized that money did not interest her that much. Read more..
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 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.
Dr. Cheryl Martin is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) responsible for oversight of the Agency. Additionally, Dr. Martin leads ARPA-E's Technology-to-Market program. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins. Dr. Martin also spent 20 years with Rohm and Haas Company, starting her career as a Senior Scientist for the company's Plastics Additives business. Read more..
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.
Since founding the company in 2007, he has led all material and biological process development in the company's strides to replace plastics and foams. Gavin co-invented Ecovative's patent-pending technology that uses a fungal mycelium to transform agricultural waste into strong biological composite materials. These materials are 100% compostable, and made with a fraction of the energy of conventional plastics. Read more..
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 began her career at the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group in September of 2006 when she joined the team at del Posto Restaurant as a Chef di Partie. In 2007 she began managing the restaurant's kitchen operations and in 2008 she became B&BHG's Director of Food Safety and Sustainability. Currently she is handling the company's health and food safety program and green initiatives including: managing the Green Restaurant Certification process for each of the 14 restaurants, overseeing the corporate No-bottled-water policy, advising the new business development team on new restaurant design with regard to green ideals and food safety compliance, and responding to media inquiries about the environmental strides the restaurant group is making. Read more..
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 is the Director of Business Development and Finance at NYCEEC. Jay is responsible for leading business development activities, sourcing, negotiating, and closing transactions, and managing relationships with customers and counterparties, including project developers and lenders. Jay has extensive experience in his career managing complex financial transactions at global financial institutions. These include GE Capital, Chase, ACE Insurance, and Credit Suisse. Read more..
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.
Jeff Olson is an architect and planner who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living and alternative transportation projects for more than 20 years. He has had a diverse career with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. His unique vision and leadership ability are important assets to projects ranging from regional planning to site specific projects and programs. He is an avid bicyclist and skier who has the perspective of a parent with three young children. Read more..
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 B. Rhodes was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on September 16, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rhodes served as the Director for the Center for Market Innovation at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental advocacy organization. The Center works to channel private capital towards environmentally beneficial investments with a focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, green infrastructure, and sustainable food and agriculture. Read more..
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.
As Vice President of Corporate Development, Joe is responsible for all aspects of commercial development within Greenwood Energy. Since his start with the company, Joe's role has expanded from corporate finance support for Greenwood's fuel business to participating in expansion and growth efforts within all business lines. Joe spent over five years in the banking sector before joining Greenwood Fuels in 2010. Read more..
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 is the Senior Vice President for Facilities Management at NYU Langone Medical Center. He is responsible for the operations, maintenance and construction of the Medical Center facilities as well as other departments including Security, Environmental Health and Safety and Clinical Engineering. He has an extensive background in facilities operations and the design and construction of capital projects, including large scale building programs. Read more..
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.
As one of the founders, Jun leads ThinkEco's technology innovation & commercialization efforts, applying his experience to make the modlet super-smart and easy-to-use. Prior to ThinkEco, Jun was part of the original team at Vitae Pharmaceuticals as it received seed to Series B investments. At Vitae, he was the lead scientist behind its proprietary computational drug discovery platform. Jun received his BA, MA, and PhD from Harvard.
Ron Spalter serves as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the City University of New York. In this capacity he has responsibilities for pursuing the University's goals with respect to productivity and efficiencies, sustainability, and leading the change management efforts required to introduce major new information systems and practices to further the goals of an integrated University. Mr. Spalter directs the University's Productivity Awards program, which recognizes individual projects and contributions at the colleges and the University. Read more..
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 is co-founder and designer of Tabii Just, a zero waste sustainable clothing line designed and manufactured in New York City. Her thirst for more sustainable solutions in fashion began while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She went on to intern for Vivienne Tam and later joined Tahari ASL, where she observed ways in which sustainability and profitability did not have to be mutually exclusive. Tabitha launched Tabii Just in 2012, committing the line to supporting New York-based labor and resources. Read more..
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 is Director, Transportation Initiatives with the Project for Public Spaces. He is an experienced leader with substantial expertise in transportation planning, particularly the integration of transportation with land use planning and Context Sensitive Solutions. He possesses a wide ranging network of relationships resulting from participation in many national transportation committees, projects as well as speaking engagements around the country. Read more..
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 has over twenty years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, research & development and sustainability. Bruce has several years of international work experience with specific expertise in the areas of process and project engineering, technology commercialization and life cycle assessment. More recently he has worked in the areas of life cycle assessment and life cycle costing, and has performed eco-efficiency and total cost of ownership studies on a broad range of end consumer products and industrial processes. Read more..
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.
An Industrial Designer, Interdisciplinary Engineer, and serial entrepreneur who designs, engineers, and develops revolutionary products. Especially simple, beautiful electronic devices that help humanity. I am a futurist with a heavy respect for the past. I believe that struggle is satisfying and convenience is a slow death. I've learned that beautiful things grow out of nothing. I've been told that "I cannot save the world" and "I cannot be everyone's hero." These things inspire me. Read more..
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.
Williamson has a strong background and extensive experience in the field of environmental engineering, including manufacturing process modification for improved material recovery and reuse, design for the environment and life-cycle assessment. Prior to joining NYSP2I, she served as a senior engineer at Xerox Corporation where she assisted in implementing companywide sustainability and pollution prevention processes. Read more..
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 is a senior environmental, health and safety specialist at the NYSP2I, assisting companies with product stewardship and reductions in toxic chemical use initiatives. She performs green product assessments, including evaluation of a product's environmental attributes, recyclability, and human health effects. Ms. Winnebeck is a life cycle assessment certified professional and performs life cycle assessments (LCA) to assist companies in quantifying their environmental effects and determine areas for improvement. Read more..
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 was inspired to raise awareness of the urgent need to promote environmental sustainability when she traveled to Antarctica with explorer Robert Swan and his "2041" organization in 2008 after winning an essay contest sponsored by Oliver Wyman. After returning to her management role in New York, Lauren engaged others in the firm and worked to create the New York office's first green team. Read more..
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.
Micah Kotch is Director of incubator initiatives at NYU-Poly and Director of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE) initiative, where he is helping develop New York City's emerging cleantech sector. His work assisting high-potential cleantech ventures has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Scientific American, and NPR Marketplace. A Chinese major at Colgate University, Micah graduated with distinction and wrote his first business plan while working in Ningbo, China. Read more..
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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