Energy Use Track Panel Moderator, Energy Use Track Overview
Arthur (Artie) Abal (he/him) (Harvard MPP 2019) started his career as an energy and infrastructure lawyer, before working for several years as a sustainability and social impact consultant, ultimately serving as the head of the Corporate Sustainability Practice for a large North American firm. Artie’s work has taken him all around the world: from Sub-Saharan Africa, where he developed policy structures to attract private investment in off-grid renewables, to Timor-Leste, where he served as a Legal and Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister on energy and infrastructure projects.
Artie has a passion for harnessing digital technology to drive sustainable change and social impact. Artie is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Corsali Intelligence, an ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) company that makes machine learning accessible and sustainable across the entire value chain. Artie also serves as the Manager of Impact Sourcing at Appen, one of the world’s largest providers of data for AI, and as an advisor to several impact-focused tech startups.
Artie is a proud Australian of colour, indigenous to the Southern Philippines. He recognises, honours, and respects the sovereign rights of all indigenous and colonised peoples of the world.
Water Systems Karnali River Waterkeeper
Mr. Megh Ale is a river guide, explorer, conservationist, campaigner, social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow, and now founder of Karnali River Waterkeeper. Megh is also the Founder and President of Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT), a non-profit organization established in 1995 by a group of concerned river guides who recognized the ecological and cultural damage taking place on Nepal's rivers. Megh has led NRCT towards conserving Nepal's Himalayan river systems, preserving Nepal's cultural heritage, and developing an environmentally responsible river tourism industry.
Promoting Political and Economic Policies that Produce Sustainability
Jennifer Allyn is the director of Programs & Campaigns for ClimateVoice. She is responsible for planning and implementing strategic initiatives to engage the workforce to push companies to go “all in” on climate policy. Prior to joining ClimateVoice, Jennifer was a Managing Director in Diversity and Inclusion at PwC. She designed strategies to retain, develop and advance women, minority and LGBT+ professionals at the firm. Jennifer graduated from Brown University, earned her Masters’ Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and served on Barnard College’s Athena Leadership Council. Jennifer is a proud recipient of the 2016 Ted Childs Life Work Excellence Award.
Food & Ecosystems Track Speaker
Lex Amore is Communications Director at the Biomimicry Institute. She applies her expertise in biomimicry and communications to inspire others to solve problems in a regenerative way. Lex is a storyteller and works with media, organizations, brands, and influencers to enhance advocacy and engagement for nature-inspired design. She has advocated for sustainability thought leaders for the past decade, bringing knowledge and wisdom in writing and strategic communications to each project aimed at making a positive impact on the world. Lex achieved her Masters of Science degree in Biomimicry from Arizona State University in 2018 and Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University. She has also received extensive training from the Climate Reality Leadership Program, LEED, and in sustainable design by working with a multitude of industry leaders across the globe. Her ultimate mission is to inspire others with actionable movement forward using nature-inspired innovation and community collaboration.
What We Must Do - A Conclusion
Ken Berlin is the president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, a twenty-first century communications and advocacy organization with the mission to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society. As president and CEO, Ken leads teams in Washington, DC, 11 branch offices around the world, 130 Chapters in the US, and over 37,000 Climate Reality Leader activists in 170 countries working together to confront the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy, and climate change issues. Prior to joining Climate Reality, Ken chaired the environmental and climate change practices at the globally renowned practice of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital.
Energy Use Track Panelist
Katie C. Browning is the Service Manager for Sustainability Reporting & Disclosure at Schneider Electric, where she oversees delivery of reporting mechanisms for global leaders in corporate sustainability. Her work encourages and communicates sustainability actions of companies across all industries. By delivering robust reporting and disclosure, Ms. Browning ensures greater transparency for stakeholders, customers, and investors.
Ms. Browning’s work also spans the nonprofit and governmental spheres. At The Nature Conservancy, she authored the first ever statewide carbon sequestration quantification, mapping, and policy analysis of Colorado. She is an active volunteer in her community and an avid outdoorswoman. She has earned a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an MA in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Investing in Sustainability Offers Strong Growth and an Attractive Future
Felipe Calderon served as President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Prior to his presidency, he was Secretary of Energy and director of BANOBRAS (Mexico’s public works bank). He was also a Federal Congressman, leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in Congress, as well as National President of PAN.
President Calderón has a law degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, a Masters in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he later participated as an Angelopoulos Leadership Fellow.
President Calderón was the first Latin-American and second developing country president chairing the G20 Leaders Summit. He also chaired the UN COP 16 Climate Change Conference, which marked a new era of cooperation and a long-term approach for addressing climate change. He has been named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum, and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations, he has also received the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation award and the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) award, among many others recognitions.
He is the Honorary Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, in such capacity, he led the “New Climate Economy” Project. Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute and President of the Environment and Sustainability Commission of FIA, among other responsibilities.
President Calderón is the founder and President of the Human Sustainable Development Foundation in which he is still working in analyzing and proposing public policy alternatives for Mexico, as well as in promoting low-carbon development for the world.
Hui Wen Chan
Work Session Panelist
Hui is the Director of Sustainability at Spin, a micromobility company that is part of Ford Mobility. She leads cross-functional initiatives aimed at reducing emissions, enhancing the sustainability of Spin's operations, and encouraging mode shift away from cars for short trips. Previously, she was the climate risk lead in Citi's Environmental and Social Risk Management team and the ESG strategy & reporting lead in Citi's Corporate Sustainability team, where she led the development of Citi's first climate disclosure reports. She also served as the North America Representative on the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Banking Committee (2016-2020). Before transitioning to focus on sustainability and environmental impact, she was the Impact Analytics and Planning Officer at the Citi Foundation.
Hui has prior work experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Citi, she advised clients across a variety of industries at Sagent Advisors, Inc. and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group). She also served as a Program Officer for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s pediatric HIV/AIDS program in Beijing, China, and was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow and Associate Director at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, focused on strategic planning and business development.
Hui splits time between New York City and San Francisco. She received an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Energy Use Track Panelist
Michelle Chang is a Program Manager for Google’s Energy Development team, focused on 24/7 carbon-free energy. Her team at Google is responsible for setting and executing the energy strategy for Google’s global data center portfolio and operations. In her role, Michelle is focused on advancing Google’s goal of operating on 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030 by partnering with and scaling new carbon-free energy technologies. Prior to Google, Michelle worked in investment banking at Greentech Capital Advisors, a sustainable infrastructure and renewables bank in New York City, and at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., a boutique energy bank in Houston. She received her BA from Harvard University in 2015, where she graduated cum laude in Social Studies with a secondary in Energy and Environment, and her Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2019, where she was the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Roy Family Fellow.
Stakeholder Mobilization, Transportation Track Speaker
H.G. Chissell is the Founder and CEO of Advanced Energy Group (AEG), a competitive stakeholder mobilization platform for leaders and organizations committed to systemic change on energy, equity and resilience at the city and regional level. Serving 75+ million people, AEG supports public & private leaders from the Caribbean, the Mayor's Office of Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, New York City, and Washington DC plus over 50 companies, utilities and organizations who understand that systemic change is not possible without effective, inclusive collaboration. H.G. Chissell has designed and led over 100 Stakeholder Challenges with 4,500+ leaders and 450+ speakers across the US, including Hawai’i and Puerto Rico.
In March 2021, H.G. Chissell received the President's Award for Excellence in Leadership from the National Society of Black Engineers Boston Professionals. Previously, H.G Chissell developed his leadership from Manager to Senior Vice President for Viridity Energy, a software/service firm focused on demand/supply energy optimization. In 2014, H.G. Chissell received the Federal Energy Management Program Award for his work at US Army base, Fort Meade for ancillary market integration of critical assets. Currently, H.G. Chissell serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the New York Energy Consumers Council, Board Director for the New England Clean Energy Council, and Leadership Council Member for the American Association of Climate Change Officers.
Mr. Chissell graduated from Swarthmore College, studied architecture at Drexel University, and lived abroad in Germany and Belgium. Mr. Chissell began his commercial career at RDLA, a healthcare architecture firm in Philadelphia.
Regenerative Agriculture Track Speaker
Rick Clark is a 5th generation farmer from Williamsport, IN. The main goal on the farm is to build soil health and achieve balance with Mother Nature. Rick has developed and is constantly improving a systematic approach to regenerative farming. He is most proud of incorporating regenerative farming practices with all acres being certified organic. He calls it regenerative organic stewardship with no tillage. He will suppress weeds and build soil health with cover crops and no tillage. Rick also cares deeply about human health, as it is another important driver behind the organic no till style of farming. Rick is building a system that will be viable and profitable for generations to come.
Transportation Track Overview
Sarah Cove is a Managing Director of The Taligens Group, a management consulting company specializing in strategy mobilization and cultural alignment. With a passion for the clean energy transition, sustainability, and creating purpose-driven environments, Sarah has implemented large-scale strategic change programs across the globe in a variety of industries including utilities, O&G, agriculture, logistics, manufacturing, and technology.
Holding an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard, Sarah lives in Houston, TX. There, she serves on the boards of CleanTX and Capital IDEA Houston, enjoys training for triathlons, and tinkers around on her bassoon in her spare time.
Circular Value Chain Track Speaker
Dan is the founding member and Managing Director of De Clercq Office Group and Greenbox Interior Solutions and office furniture distributor and a designer of sustainable, prefabricated interior solutions for use primarily in commercial spaces across various industries. Dan’s firms have hundreds of impressive sustainable installations under their belt including Evans Hall at Yale University and FactSet’s Global Headquarters in Connecticut.
Sustainability is at the heart of Dan’s organizations. He holds an MBA from Green Mountain College which at the time was ranked third in the top ten sustainability degree programs.
Two months after graduating, Dan submitted an overview of his Capstone to the Green Dot Award international jury. The Green Dot Award is one of the world’s most prestigious green awards established with the intention to recognize outstanding green products and services. Dan is the proud winner of 1st place in the 2013 Green Dot Award in commercial services for his Office Furniture Rescue Program, a crusade to save useable commercial furniture from landfills.
Dan and his wife Deborah have four children and 6 grandkids and live in New Canaan, CT with their 130-pound Black Russian Terrier named Kerim. Dan and Deb enjoy backpacking and Alpine hiking. They are planning a journey to Camino de Santiago, a 9th-century network of spiritual pilgrimage routes starting in different cities leading to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain.
Eriel T Deranger
Food & Ecosystems Track Speaker
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is Dënesųłiné from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and Executive Director and founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA). Deranger is a member of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change, and sits on various boards including Bioneers, It Takes Roots Leadership Council, Climate Justice Resiliency Fund Council of Advisors, and WWF Canada; and was a founding member of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.
Deranger’s work focuses on Indigenous rights and building intersectional dialogue between Indigenous rights, climate justice and other social justice movements. She is recognized for her role as a spokespersons for her community (ACFN) in the international Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and developing the Tar Sands Healing Walk. This included developing one of the first Indigenous rights-based divest movements; lobbying government officials in Canada, the US, the UK and the EU; supporting and leading mass mobilizations against the fossil fuel industry & climate change; and bringing international recognition to issues in her territory with celebrities and politicians alike.
Deranger has written for the Guardian, Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer, Red Pepper Magazine; has been featured in documentary films including Elemental (2012); and is regularly interviewed for national and international media outlets including Democracy Now!, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and CBC.
Water Systems Track Speaker
Sabrina Drill, Ph.D., Urban aquatic ecologist, Emeritus Advisor at UC Cooperative Extension, Los Angeles
Dr. Sabrina Drill spent 20 years as the Urban Natural Resources for Los Angeles and Ventura with University of California Cooperative Extension. Currently she teaches ichthyology and conservation biology at the University of Oklahoma and is the Urban Resilience Fellow at the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research. She works to make space for meaningful engagement with diverse communities to connect with, protect, restore, and benefit from urban nature. Most of her work is related to building climate resilience and protecting and restoring urban streams and watersheds. She’s deeply interested in how to support stewardship and how public participation in science (“citizen” science) can result in better conservation and socio-economic outcomes.
She has a Master’s Degree in Biology and a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA, and has worked on conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems in New York, the US Southwest, and East Africa.
Regenerative Agriculture Track Speaker
Dr. Jonathan Foley
Solutions That Work
Dr. Jonathan Foley is a renowned climate & environmental scientist, writer, and speaker. He is also Executive Director of Project Drawdown. His work focuses on finding solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources we all depend on.
Foley has won numerous awards and honors, and his work has led him to become a trusted advisor to governments, foundations, non-profits, and business leaders around the world. He has published over 140 scientific articles and is among the top 1 percent most-cited scientists in the world. A noted science communicator, his presentations have been featured at hundreds of venues. He has appeared on National Public Radio, the PBS NewsHour, the BBC, CNN, and in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Washington Post, WIRED, the HBO documentary “Too Hot Not to Handle”, and the film series “Let Science Speak.” He has also written many popular pieces in National Geographic, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Scientific American.
Originally from Maine, Foley enjoys nature photography, hiking, kayaking, and exploring new places. He lives in Minneapolis.
Industry Track Speaker
As Senior Director of Sustainability for CarbonCure Technologies, Christie Gamble drives CarbonCure's mission to reduce 500 megatons of annual carbon emissions from the cement and concrete industry. CarbonCure manufactures a technology that enables concrete providers to utilize post-industrial carbon dioxide in their manufacturing processes in order to achieve significant embodied carbon reductions without compromising concrete quality. In her role, Christie collaborates closely with designers and builders who seek to reduce the carbon impact of their building and infrastructure projects. Christie holds a BA from McGill University, and an MBA from Dalhousie University. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with her husband and two young children, and is a top-ranked competitor on the World Curling Tour.
A Transformative Plan
Ms. Ginsberg launched CELF in 2003 after she saw the need to educate young people about the links between human health, poverty, consumption, conflict and the environment.
With twenty years of experience in program design and management, marketing and business development, Ginsberg works with leading experts from around the world to bring best practices in sustainability education to K-12 educators and schools. Under Ms. Ginsberg’s directorship, CELF’s client base has grown from a start-up organization to over 4,000 schools nationwide. Today CELF programs have reached more than 13,000 teachers and over 1 million students.
Ms. Ginsberg presents at a broad range of seminars, conferences and courses on sustainability and on re-orienting education through place-based and project-based education. She was a featured presenter at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She served as Chair of the County Executive’s Westchester Climate Change Task Force for the education sector, which developed a blueprint to integrate sustainability across the campuses, curriculum and communities of Westchester, NY schools. Ginsberg has a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Transportation Track Speaker
Julia Gold serves as the Principal Strategy and Policy Analyst for Clean Transportation at National Grid. She is dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, smart, and equitable transportation future where new systems and technologies are integrated into our lives in a thoughtful and holistic manner. Working in RI, NY, and MA, she aims to accelerate and enable electric vehicle adoption through supportive policy development, broad stakeholder engagement, and strategic program design to meet the diverse needs of National Grid’s customers and communities.
Circular Value Chain Track Speaker
Ron is the Founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, a New York-based investment firm comprised of venture capital, growth equity, private equity, project finance and an innovation center focused on building the circular economy. Prior to Closed Loop Partners, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation in New York City in the Bloomberg Administration, and the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School, and has been an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater since 2010.
Impact Investment and the Changing Financial Market Priorities
Dr. Shane Goodwin is the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education and serves as a Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance at The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Goodwin is also a Board Leadership Fellow at the National Association of Corporate Directors. Additionally, Dr. Goodwin leads The Applied Corporate Governance Institute at The Center for Global Enterprise, an organization that advises companies to understand, engage, and succeed with their investors in complex and contested shareholder matters.
Dr. Goodwin is the Chairman of Argus Capital Partners, leads the Associate Board of The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, where he serves as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Dr. Goodwin was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business Economics at Harvard Business School to conduct M&A and corporate governance research. He earned a PhD in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, with a focus in finance. His dissertation, “Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism”, was cited by several journals and news agencies, including Bloomberg and was used to create a proprietary trading index (Goodwin Chakraborty Activist Index™). Dr. Goodwin holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He graduated cum laude with a BSBA from the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa and was recipient of the Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior Award.
Host, Sessions 1, 3 and 4
Tim Guinee is the founder of the Climate Actors and a leader in former Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. He has given climate change presentations all over the United States as well as in Canada and North Africa. He enjoys giving talks to oppositional and underserved audiences including to such diverse groups as conservative fire departments, Houston oil industry executives, and maximum security inmates. He serves on the leadership council of Riverkeeper, the board of the Ashokan Center (New York’s oldest center for environmental education), the board of Green Product Placement and the advisory board of the Climate Institute. Professionally, he is an actor and director. He has appeared in over 200 movies (including Sweet Land – the 1st carbon neutral independent feature film), mini-series and episodes of television, and another couple hundred plays.
Circular Value Chain Track Speaker
Dana Gunders serves as Executive Director of ReFED, a national nonprofit working to end food loss and waste in the United States by advancing data-driven solutions. She is an expert on food systems and was one of the first people to raise the alarm about how much food goes to waste across the country and the subsequent impacts on our environment, food security, and the economy.
Prior to her role at ReFED, Dana served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she authored the landmark Wasted report about food waste and testified before Congress on the topic. She also launched the "Save The Food" campaign with the Ad Council, providing consumers with easy-to-use strategies to reduce the amount of food that goes uneaten in their homes, and wrote the popular Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook.
Dana has made a number of appearances in the media and was called “the woman who helped start the waste-free movement” by Consumer Reports.
Christa Gyori, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Leaders on Purpose. She is an international executive, with 20 years of senior experience. Throughout her career, she led innovative transformational projects including external stakeholder engagement and partnership development, maximizing value for organizations and their stakeholders. Over the past 5 years as CEO of Leaders on Purpose, she has met with and studied the world’s most inspiring leaders and CEOs and, she and her team have developed insights and methodologies to support leaders in embedding purpose at the core of business strategy. As a founding member of Unilever’s North American FS Sustainability Council, Christa has worked with leaders across five continents on various development projects. She thrives at identifying motivating factors and strategies that inspire change, and sustain newly adopted behaviours. She is the winner of the TED Global-Unilever innovation award, and in 2018, was named a Conscious Leader of the Year by Conscious Company Magazine.
Food & Ecosystems Track Speaker
Kelley Hamrick is a Policy Advisor at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where she works to advance environmentally-sound rules within international carbon trading and corporate climate strategies. Her specific topics of expertise include Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, CORSIA, and the voluntary carbon markets. Previously, Kelley managed Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace and Supply Change programs and was the lead author on nearly 20 reports about voluntary carbon markets, compliance carbon markets, and conservation finance. Her latest report, produced at TNC, analyzed offset supply for CORSIA.
Built Environment Track Speaker
Heather Henriksen has been Harvard University's chief sustainability officer since 2008. She advises the President and senior leadership and leads the Office for Sustainability, which oversees Harvard’s holistic Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan (to be fossil fuel-free by 2050, fossil fuel-neutral by 2026). A nationally recognized leader, Heather is advancing an effort with faculty and business leaders to translate research into practice to address health and well-being in the built environment. Heather serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and Built Environment Plus Boards and is an Advisory Committee Co-chair of ISCN. Heather holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.
Hubert Joly is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School and the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy.
He is also a member of the board of directors of Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren Corporation, a member of the International Advisory Board of HEC Paris, and a Trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Joly has been recognized as one of the top 100 CEOs in the world by the Harvard Business Review, one of the top 30 CEOs in the world by Barron’s and one of the top 10 CEOs in the U.S. by Glassdoor.
He is the author of the best-selling and highly acclaimed book “The Heart of Business – Leadership Principles for the Next Era of Capitalism.”
Organizational Transformation, a Conversation with Hubert Joly
Dan Katzenberger is a leader in ESG strategy, stakeholder engagement, sustainable finance, and C-Suite engagement. He is Global Sustainability & ESG Leader at Best Buy. Dan specializes in climate goals that are inclusive of all direct and indirect impacts of business operations, including upstream and downstream impacts. He has a deep understanding of organizational transformation processes, including aligning the needs of all stakeholder groups towards a common purpose. Dan has both broad and deep experience with project finance, from small single-building energy efficiency projects, to portfolios of thousands of buildings, to nine-figure utility scale clean energy projects. Dan received his BS in mechanical energy from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.
A Hero Story, Industry Track Speaker
Paul was the initial investor in 4THBIN, a New York-based electronics recycling enterprise, and has been an active board member since the company’s inception in 2008. Paul took over as CEO in November of 2019 to lead the company through its next phase of growth and national expansion. Prior to joining 4THBIN he was the president of Chemours’s $2.9B Fluoroproducts division. He also previously held positions as vice president at XM Satellite Radio, president of Henkel’s global automotive division, and a founding partner of the start-up Hughes Telematics. Kirsch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and attended Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program. He is a licensed pilot and an accomplished triathlete.
Dr. Audrey Lee
Energy Use Track Panelist
Dr. Audrey Lee is Senior Director of Energy Strategy at Microsoft, where she works at the intersection of policy, technology, and commercial opportunities on the Microsoft datacenter energy and sustainability team. She also serves on the Boards of ArcLight Clean Transition II (NASDAQ: ACTD), a special purpose acquisition company focused on sustainable energy, and Redaptive Inc., deploying energy efficiency-as-a-service across large commercial real estate portfolios. She volunteers as a board member of Gridworks and the educational fund of Clean Energy for America.
Previously at Sunrun (NASDAQ: RUN) as VP of Energy Services, Audrey deployed and aggregated solar, batteries, and energy services to serve residential customers, utilities, and grid operators, earning recognition by Utility Dive as “Disruptor of the Year.” She built the virtual power plant platform at Advanced Microgrid Solutions for commercial and industrial customers. Prior to that, Audrey led policymaking at the CA Public Utilities Commission President’s office, Harvard University, U.S. Department of Energy, and International Energy Agency. She holds a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton University.
Opinions are Changing
Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD is the founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. He is an expert on public climate change and environmental beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences, and behavior, and the psychological, cultural, and political factors that shape them. He conducts research at the global, national, and local scales, including many surveys of the American public. He conducted the first global study of public values, attitudes, and behaviors regarding sustainable development and has published more than 200 scientific articles, chapters, and reports. He has served as a contributing author, panel member, advisor or consultant to diverse organizations including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR6 Report), the National Academy of Sciences (America’s Climate Choices Report), the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Kennedy School, the United Nations Development Program, the Gallup World Poll, and the World Economic Forum, among others. He is a recipient of the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Mitofsky Innovator Award from the American Association of Public Opinion Research, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One. He is also the host of Climate Connections, a radio program broadcast each day on more than 680 stations and frequencies nationwide. Twitter: @ecotone2
Introduction, Now We Go!
Michael Linn is a Renaissance man; an inventor, entrepreneur, scientist, writer, businessman, and philanthropist. He is currently working on creating a tipping point among organizations for sustainability action working with the Climate Reality Project and the Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment to create a boot camp for Climate Heroes. Most recently he was Chairman of Inua Partners in Hope (www.inuapartners.org) and CEO of Greensleeves (winner of the ASHRAE Global First Place Tech Award for Ed buildings in 2014). He was a Board Member and EVP of Sales and Marketing for Solomon Software that sold to Microsoft. He is a Harvard AB and MBA, as well as a Climate Reality Leader.
The Transformational Journey
Will Linn, PhD, is the founder of Mythouse.org and the General Education Department at Hussian College. He has appeared in documentaries and series, including Myths: The Greatest Mysteries of Humanity (2020), Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) and The Taking (2021). Between 2018 and 2019, Will served as the Executive Director of the Joseph Campbell Writers' Room at Los Angeles Center Studios. His courses and collaborations with student and professional storytellers are grounded in transformational narrative.
Call to Adventure: A Hero's Story
Andy Lipkis started organizing thousands of people to plant trees to rehabilitate smog and fire damaged forests as a teenager. By age 18, he founded TreePeople, and served as its president from 1973 to 2019. Lipkis is a pioneer of the Urban and Community Forestry and UrbanWatershed Management movements, and worked to integrate their principles into programs with the City and County of Los Angeles. He has consulted for cities in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong and the UK, assisting them in engaging their communities to confront and respond to their vulnerabilities to severe and extreme climate threats with green infrastructure approaches. The Society of American Foresters and the American Society of Landscape Architects have, respectively, granted Lipkis the honorary titles of Forester and Landscape Architect in recognition of his life’s work.
After retiring from TreePeople in 2019, Andy launched Accelerate Resilience L.A. (ARLA), a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) to inspire and enable people and local governments to equitably accelerate climate resilience in Los Angeles.
Built Environment Track Speaker
John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School (HBS). His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber's work focuses on the future of cities, particularly as aided by the private finance and delivery of public infrastructure projects in both the developed and emerging worlds. His teaching combines infrastructure finance (including public-private partnerships), investing in resilience (notably in the face of sea rise in some areas and drought in others), economic development, and the impact of new technologies in delivering new infrastructure and making old infrastructure more efficient. His most recent book is "Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity" (Harvard University Press, 2020)
Mr. Macomber is the Faculty Chair of the HBS Africa Research Center. He is also engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiatives at HBS and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard University Center for African Studies. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education.
Mr. Macomber is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor. He remains a principal in several real estate partnerships. He serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, Mount Auburn Hospital, and the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Food & Ecosystems Track Speaker
Klaus has 40+ years of international work experience in the food business. 21 years with the Walt Disney Co. designing, developing food systems for theme parks, hotels, entertainment centers, and as a corporate strategist for Metro C&C, one of the largest food wholesalers in the world operating in 30 countries. Since his retirement Klaus has focused on food and agriculture in the context of climate change, sustainability, and adaptation to a new environmental reality, working with the Sierra Club Grassroots Network, Citizen Climate Lobby, and other non-profit groups to engage with Federal and State legislation supporting farmers and farm to market programs. He also completed the Climate Reality training program.
Regenerative Agriculture Track Speaker Kiss the Ground
Finian Makepeace is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Kiss the Ground. He is also a producer of the film Kiss the Ground. Finian is a renowned presenter, media creator, and thought leader in the field of regenerative agriculture and soil health. His dedication to Kiss the Ground’s mission of “awakening people to the possibilities of regeneration”, has motivated him to develop training programs, workshops, and talks designed to empower people around the world to become confident advocates for this growing movement.
Transportation Track Speaker
Sotirios Mamalis is the Manager, Sustainability - Fuels and Technology at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). In this role, Sotirios explores the technologies that can contribute to the decarbonization of shipping and interacts with ship owners and operators on a global basis to implement such solutions to the global fleet. Prior to joining ABS, Sotirios was an academic, performing research on internal combustion engines using conventional and alternative fuels. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Call to Success
Gina McCarthy is the former National Climate Advisor—the president's chief advisor on domestic climate policy—and led the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy focused on mobilizing a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis, creating good-paying, union jobs, and securing environmental justice. Previously, she served as 13th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then as President and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). One of the nation’s most trusted and accomplished voices on climate issues, she has been at the forefront of environmental and public health progress in a variety of leading roles for over three decades.
In her time leading the EPA, McCarthy oversaw successful efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, mitigate air pollution, conserve critical water sources, and safeguard vulnerable communities from chemical hazards. She spearheaded the Obama-Biden Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which set America’s first-ever national standards for lowering carbon emissions from power plants, and helped pave the way for the Paris Climate Agreement. Prior to her role with the NRDC, McCarthy was a professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Harvard Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.
Throughout her career, McCarthy has advised five administrations of both Democratic and Republican Massachusetts governors on environmental matters, and she served as Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection prior to being appointed by President Obama to head up the EPA’s Air Office. As EPA administrator, she pursued innovative global collaborations with the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and on global efforts to address pollution. Born and raised in Boston, McCarthy graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and earned a master of science at Tufts University.
Industry Track Speaker
Born in Aberdeen Scotland
Studied economics at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Studied Earth Science @ OU, London
British Petroleum - London
Baker Hughes - Lagos Nigeria, London, Cape Town South Africa and Dallas Texas
Atlas Copco - Dallas Texas, Paris France and Salt Lake City Utah
Currently with Sandvik, Dallas Texas VP and Director of Operations - USA & Canada
Volunteer with fire department. - Southlake, Texas -10 years
Keen mountain biker, hiker and Formula 1 Marshal License holder
Member of the Corps of Climate Reality Project
tree hugger 😬
Your Organization's Preliminary Audit, Session 2 Work Session Presentations
Marianne is a Lecturer on climate change and sustainability in higher education and the Founder of the Climate Innovation Education Lab (CIEL). Marianne teaches a course on climate change, sustainability and innovation at the Sustainable Design School. She is the program coordinator of the module "smart and sustainable cities" at Université Côte d’Azur.
Prior to joining UCA, Marianne worked for international development agencies. At the French Development Agency, she served the group as a Regional Coordinator where she worked on environment, energy, and education projects in Africa. She developed courses on energy efficiency, climate change, project management for AFD Campus of Development. Prior to AFD, she worked for UN organizations on project coordination and performance reviews in South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. She started her career working for the private sector in Europe, India, and South East Asia.
Marianne is the President of CANIE Europe, the Climate Action Network for International Educators and a founding member of Alive! Art Creativity & Climate Change. She contributed to publications on innovations in education for sustainable development and on innovative finance. She holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master in Economics from Sciences-Po Paris and a Certificate of INSEAD Executive Program on Innovation in the Age of Disruption.
Energy Use Track Overview
Erik Mielke has over 25 years’ experience in the energy sector across industry, finance and consulting. He is global head of Corporate Research at Wood Mackenzie, a consulting firm specialising in the energy and natural resources sectors. He has dual Danish and UK citizenship and is based in London.
Erik has a mid-career MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. He was also a research fellow in the Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group at Harvard’s Belfer Center. Erik has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Water Systems Track Speaker
Francis Mutua is the Kenya country director-H204all, a humanitarian organization registered in California USA & Ontario Canada to address water challenges across the world.
He served 4 years in different bases in Afghanistan as a Finance specialist with DynCorp international, a logistics Company supporting US troops in LogCap IV.
His service with resilience and passion earned him recognitions with best employee awards from the employer and US troops alike for at least 3 times in 4 years .
In the year 2012 he spearheaded coordination of PMSA audit across 4 departments at Base Spin Boldak an exercise that was important to keep the company contract with the Military in force earning him promotions twice in this period of service.
Francis also believes in empowerment of the local community and thus represents tea peasants and farmers in the local Michimikuru tea factory board as a director while serving as the factory fairtrade premium committee member.
His continued drive to do the right thing and commitment to serve with high degree of care,propels him to seek to always be a solution to many challenges around the world and as such serves as a manager with agriculture Finance corporation-Chogoria Branch,a government institution that empowers farmers through financing of agricultural expeditions to help stimulate their growth,food security & economic growth through agricultural loans.
When H2o4all wished to register footprints in Kenya,Francis was integral in coordinating the ground to realize the first 5 in 1 borehole project in Mulika Meru and many other projects implemented later within Kenya and East Africa .
In the year 2019,he oversaw the company’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and drove coordination of global initiatives to safeguard the health of workers,students and communities in schools,hospitals and community centres through supply and installation of handwashing stations, an initiative of H204all.
A believer in the power of technology and information to accelerate progress in water and sanitation, Francis is part of a team leading H2o4all to harness existing boreholes data from County and National Government for analysis and insight generation so that teams work as a united front, with expertise and purpose, to solve the world’s toughest water challenges.
Francis earned a BCOM Degree from Meru University in Kenya, and is a Certied Public Accountant(CPA(K) having graduated from Kenya College of Accountancy(KCA)University. He lives in Meru with his wife and three children.
Food & Ecosystems Track Overview
Christopher Nagle is an early career ecologist & sustainability expert. He specializes in questions and topics which lie at the intersection of ecology, contemporary society, and the designation of policy frameworks which guide sustainable management and usage of natural resources, with a particular interest in the ocean domain, human stressors, and the effective stewardship of transboundary marine resources.
He has previously held positions at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and most recently the Seattle Aquarium—where he led a project researching the design and implementation of sustainability rating schemes for consumer seafood products. Christopher received his Bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology & Ecology from the University of Pennsylvania (BA ’14) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Harvard University Extension School (ALM’ 18). He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently resides in Seattle, WA.
Water Systems Track Potomac Riverkeeper
Dean Naujoks joined Potomac Riverkeeper Network in 2015 as the Potomac Riverkeeper.
Dean Naujoks has over 20 years of environmental non-profit experience. He began his non-profit career in 1991 with the NC Wildlife Federation. After graduating from NC State University, with a self-created degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, he was hired as the first Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, serving from 2001 to 2008. He became the first Riverkeeper on the Yadkin River with Yadkin Riverkeeper, Inc. in 2008, also serving as Executive Director until 2014.
Dean has been awarded River Network’s 2009 National River Heroes Award. River Network’s River Heroes Award celebrates rivers and those who protect them by recognizing victories and honoring those who provide leadership and inspiration along the way. Yadkin Riverkeeper also won the 2011 North Carolina Wildlife Federation Governor’s Achievement Award Water Conservation Organization of the Year.
Most recently, he has been recognized by Waterkeepers Chesapeake as a recipient of their 2019 Waterkeeper Outstanding Win (WOW) Award for his fight against Dominion and accomplishments in making safe disposal of coal ash a requirement in Virginia.
Refuse the Call, Built Environment Track Overview
Jim is a building efficiency and sustainability professional. He has over 30 years of experience as a professional engineer designing high-efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) for college campuses, hospitals and school districts. Jim has been employed at Johnson Controls for the past 11 years in their Performance Infrastructure group.
He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering specializing in energy management from Texas A&M University. Jim received his LEED AP certification in 2002. He also holds an MBA in sustainable business from Green Mountain College. Most recently, Jim became a trained Climate Reality Leader in 2020 through the Climate Reality Project. He is an active member of the DFW Climate Reality chapter and has also mentored subsequent Climate Reality Leader training sessions.
Jim was most recently selected to be the VP North America for Johnson Controls’ Global Sustainability Network (GSN). The GSN is an employee engagement team whose mission is to engage employees to serve as catalysts for advancing sustainable business practices across Johnson Controls. As part of this role, Jim is also a Global Sustainability Ambassador to advocate sustainability issues inside and outside the organization.
Circular Value Chain Track Overview
Ushma has had a lifelong interest in waste reduction. Before the term ""zero waste"" was coined, she was raising awareness about consumption and waste with her schoolmates and work colleagues. She co-founded Think Zero LLC, a waste reduction and diversion firm that works with companies on meeting their sustainability goals as it relates to waste. Prior to co-founding Think Zero LLC, Ushma held senior management roles with American Express, Booz & Co., and Katzenbach Partners. She has worked on environmental issues with organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund, the Department of Environment of the City of Chicago, and Acumen.
Ushma is on the Board of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) and the NYC chapter of New York League of Conservation Voters and was on the Board of Sustainable South Bronx (including overseeing the for-profit subsidiary Cool Roofs that worked on cooling and greening roofs throughout NYC).
Ushma holds degrees from Georgetown University, Columbia University and Harvard University. She is certified as a TRUE Zero Waste Business Associate and LEED Green Associate by GBCI.
Welcome, Session 5 Host
Eleanor Powers is a media executive specializing in accelerating transformation in complex industries undergoing rapid change. In 2020, Eleanor co-founded Harvard Alumni for Climate and the Environment (HACE) and currently serves as its Programming Director. She runs her own consulting business and she has held executive positions at L2 (Gartner), The Online Publishers Association, United Media (Scripps Howard), and Fairchild Publications (CapCities/ABC - Disney). She has an MBA from The Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard Radcliffe College. She has an MA in Food Policy and Agricultural Economics from The Food Research Institute at Stanford University. She is a trained Climate Reality Leader.
Circular Value Chain Track Overview
Tani Quazi’s expertise spans the course of 20 years, building the strategy and vision of sustainability and environmental organizations. She’s developed and implemented robust management systems, partnering with Operations, Facilities, Engineering, and Research, to promote a proactive culture inclusive of all personnel and focused on continuous improvement.
Tani’s current role at Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. focuses on global operations, including the integration of sustainability initiatives. She supports ESG strategy to create business value and improve stakeholder engagement.
Tani holds an MA in Management and Finance from Harvard University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside.
Session 3 and 4 Work Session Presentations
David Raper is the Principal of DARe Social Impact, an NYC-based global strategy and operations consultancy with a mission to build a just world, where people and nature thrive together. DARe designs fresh strategies, aligns teams for high performance, and builds powerful ecosystems so social impact leaders can change their world. David has led turnarounds and transformations for global technology leader IBM, New York City not-for-profit Housing Works, and critical public services in Sydney, Australia.
Sessions 1 and 5 Work Session Presentations
Martin Royal is a Partner at Propulo Consulting and a human performance consultant, coach and facilitator who helps clients create a committed and mobilized workforce to achieve their operational excellence, safety and well-being outcomes. He joined the Climate Reality Project in 2020 as a way to bridge his enthusiasm to address climate change issues and support organizations on their journey toward building cultures of sustainability. Originally from Quebec, Martin lives in Dallas with his wife and seeks to enjoy the outdoors whenever possible.
Food & Ecosystems Track Speaker
Kate Schaffner, Global Responsible Sourcing Manager and Sustainable Agriculture Lead for the Kellogg Company, advocates for sustainable agriculture and climate resilience in ingredient supply chains. She joined Kellogg in 2018 and develops global strategies to meet Kellogg’s responsible sourcing commitments for its priority ingredients. She also supports Kellogg’s® Better Days commitment to create Better Days for 3 billion people, including 1 million farmers and workers, by the end of 2030. Prior to joining Kellogg, Kate worked with the World Wildlife Fund, where she focused on conservation agriculture, often in partnership with consumer packaged goods companies and farmer associations. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and her Master of Science degree in Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts University’s Friedman School.
Overview of the Climate Crisis
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Co-Director, Harvard Kennedy School Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dan’s interests include climate change, energy technology, and energy policy. He has studied climate change over the broadest range of Earth’s history, including how climate change and the chemical evolution of the atmosphere influenced the evolution of life in the past, and what steps might be taken to prepare for impacts of climate change in the future. He helped to develop the hypothesis that the Earth experienced a series of extreme glaciations, called “Snowball Earths,” that may have stimulated a rise in atmospheric oxygen and the proliferation of multicellular animals.
He is also interested in how we can use climate events in the geologic past to understand our current climate challenges. Dan has worked on a range of issues in energy technology and policy, including advanced technologies for low-carbon transportation fuel, carbon capture and storage, and risks and opportunities of shale gas. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. From 2009-2017, he served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), contributing to many reports to the President, including energy technology and national energy policy, agricultural preparedness, climate change, and STEM education.
Nature, Beauty, Gratitude
Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who has spent his notable career providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography techniques. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.
Louie’s theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker; the theatrical feature, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios.
He is currently promoting his new film, Fantastic Fungi, which explores the world of mushrooms and mycelium and illustrates how this fascinating organism can provide sustainable solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems, treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and PTSD, saving the bees, cleaning the atmosphere, and shifting consciousness. The film received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and spent 4 weeks topping the documentary charts on iTunes.
Measuring the Net Positive Impact Goal
George Serafeim is the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration and the Faculty Chair of the Impact-Weighted Accounts Project at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA, executive education, and doctoral programs, and has presented his research in over 60 countries around the world, including to world leaders in government and business at events such as the World Economic Forum at Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival. He ranks among the top 10 most popular authors out of over 12,000 business authors on the Social Science Research Network.
Building the "Business Case"
Bruce Shaw is the Executive Director of The Denny Center for Democratic Capitalism. The center’s mission is to reconcile the benefits of free market capitalism with the values and expectations of a democratic society. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Mr. Shaw served as Managing Director at FCLTGlobal, a not-for-profit that develops research and tools that encourage long-term investing and business decision-making.
Mr. Shaw began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on strategy and organization work for energy, transportation and technology clients. He joined Dallas-based Holly Corporation in 1997 and initially served the company in a number of business development roles. In 2008, Bruce was named Chief Financial Officer for Holly’s two public companies (Holly Corporation and Holly Energy Partners); from 2012 to 2016, he served as President of Holly Energy Partners (NYSE: HEP) and as a senior advisor to Holly Energy’s parent company, HollyFrontier (NYSE: HFC).
Mr. Shaw serves on several non-profit boards including The Institute on Religion & Public Life, The International Arts Movement in NYC, and The Covenant School Foundation Board.
Mr. Shaw received his MBA at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and has a degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. He completed an ALI Fellowship at Harvard in 2018 where his research focused on the foundations and future of capitalism.
Session 2 Host
Brooke Suter is Principal of Sustainable Leadership to Thrive. Supporting psychological & energetic ease in concert with action empowerment to holistically address the climate crisis: As a state or national director for 20 years, Ms. Suter worked in 50 states and federally to build diverse coalitions, empower activists, and lead the adoption of nationally precedent-setting environment and public health legislation, regulation and incentive-based programs in the United States. Focusing on the role of our internal condition in supporting transformative social change, currently, she is: (1) Integrating MIT’s Theory U: Awareness-based Systems Change into sustainability approaches, (2) Developing Sustainable Leadership to Thrive to support personal and planetary sustainability equally, (3) Supporting sustainability systems thinking across coursework, culture and alumni at the Harvard Kennedy School, and, (4) Collaborating internationally on tools for informed public action on the UN’s interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (gender, poverty, climate, and more) via Sulitest.org. Ms. Suter has received NGO, city and state awards, and is a Guinness Book of World Records record holder.
Circular Value Chain Track Speaker
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that otherwise go to landfill or incineration. It also created a new circular reuse platform called Loop that enables consumers to purchase products in reusable packaging.
Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of awards and recognition from organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is the author of four books, Revolution in a Bottle, Outsmart Waste, Make Garbage Great, and The Future of Packaging.
Regenerative Agriculture Track Speaker
Experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in bridging the gap in sustainable economic opportunity for smallholder producers that includes a systemic approach to economic development from the farm to the consumer.
Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Aquaculture and Agriculture Facility Design, Agricultural Technology, Instructional Design, and Team Building.
Strong business development professional that graduated from the University of North Florida, Cornell University’s SC Johnson School of Business Produce Executive program, and Rollins College Crummer School of Business Social Entrepreneur RALLY SEA fellow (Winter 2020). 2021 Florida’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture.
Water Systems Track H2O 4 ALL
Joel Trumbo is the executive director of H2O4ALL, a non-profit that designs, funds and installs safe water systems in developing nations, primarily in Africa.
Joel retired from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in early 2020 after almost 40 years working as the department’s IPM coordinator. During those decades, Joel coordinated invasive weed control projects on department-managed lands in both aquatic and terrestrial settings. During his career, Joel was frequently involved in projects related to assessing pesticide hazards to wildlife species.
Joel is also the founder and owner of Pacific Sierra Consulting, a pest management and pesticide regulatory consulting firm. Pacific Sierra’s primary focus is providing pesticide safety training and exam prep courses for California’s pesticide license exams (e.g., QAL and QAC exams).
Water System Track Speaker
Naomi Tsur immigrated to Israel from the UK at the age of 17, in 1966.
Naomi received her BA in Archaeology and Classics from the Hebrew University and studied towards an MA in Indo-European Linguistics.
In 1997 Naomi completed the compilation of a comprehensive English – Hebrew/Hebrew – English dictionary, published by the Achiasaf publishing house.
Naomi has led countless green projects within Jerusalem and throughout the country. As director of the Society for the Protection of Nature in the Jerusalem region (1996– 2008), she successfully protected the Jerusalem Hills from unsustainable urban sprawl. Naomi created the plan for Israel’s first nature park, the Gazelle Valley, and inaugurated the much-loved Railway Park.
As Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem (2008 – 2014), Naomi opened up municipal committees to increase public transparency, implemented plans to preserve historical and environmental landmarks, helped design bike lanes in and around the city and promoted dialogue with Palestinians in an effort to treat the sewage flow in the Kidron Basin.
In 2015 Naomi established the “Jerusalem Green Fund”, a cooperative philanthropy, as well as the “Sustainable Jerusalem Lobby”, in which dozens of organizations work together towards a cleaner, greener and healthier Jerusalem.
Since 2014 Naomi has stood at the head of the Israel Urban Forum, working in collaboration with UN-Habitat and the Israeli Government to improve the quality of urban living. In 2021 the IUF hosted the 3rd Akko Convention on Urbanism.
Tsur writes and lectures on urban sustainability and participatory democracy and has recently led an international team in developing an ethical code for water in cities.
She has received international recognition, including an award from the Ministry of Education for contributing to building an exemplary society in Israel, in honor of the country’s 70th anniversary.
In 2022 Naomi received the Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement prize.
Water Systems Track Patuxent Riverkeeper
Fred Tutman is a grassroots community advocate for clean water in Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway and holds the title of Patuxent Riverkeeper, which is also the name of a non-profit organization that he founded in 2004. Some of the lessons learned on the Appalachian Trail has inspired Fred’s work on Water Trails as well.
Prior to Riverkeeping, Fred spent over 25 years working as a media producer and consultant on telecommunications assignments on four continents, including a stint covering the Falkland War in Argentina for the BBC; managing a Ford Foundation funded project to help African traditional healers tell their stories to the world; and nine years of intensive media productions for with Fire and Emergency Management organizations. Fred has won several awards for both radio and television production writing and production (Telly, Cine Golden Eagle, Aurora, Emmy etc).
Fred has taught courses in Environmental Law and Policy at Historic St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. He splits his time between Maryland and North Carolina where he maintains busy Blacksmith forges in both places. He is the recipient of numerous regional and State awards for his various environmental works, is the longest serving Waterkeeper in the Chesapeake Bay region, and the only African-American Waterkeeper in the nation. He lives and works on an active farm located near the Patuxent River that has been his family’s ancestral home for nearly a century.
Emily Van Dyke
Dr. Emily Van Dyke was a founding Board member of the Native American Alumni of Harvard University (NAAHU SIG) in 2007, and has served on the NAAHU Board since that time, becoming President in 2016. Emily is a Siksika (Northern Blackfoot) descendent. Collaborating across Harvard alumni, she has: Represented NAAHU in the planning and delivery of Unity Webinars since 2019 and the first Unity Weekend in fall 2021; Worked to increase NAAHU's visibility to ensure Native/Indigenous voices are heard in more fora on and off Harvard’s campus; and, Launched the NAAHU-NaHC (Native Americans at Harvard College) Mentorship Program to address the isolation many Native/Indigenous students face. She is also Seattle Chan Chapter President and Harvard Club of Seattle VP of Community Service. Professionally, as a public health and education equality advocate, Dr. Van Dyke works with determination to reduce health disparities through improving health care access, cultural competency, and high-quality continuing education.
Built Environment Track Speaker
During the last 20 years running multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolios, Mandi, MSRE, delivered results to investors by leading change and creating value out of change.
Mandi has built and led high-performing and diverse investment management teams at a public REIT and private equity real estate investment firms, while delivering hundreds of millions of dollars of sustainable, reliable results to investors and customers.
Feroce works with clients to chart the path forward through the shifting landscape of commercial real estate, technology, and consumer demographics. They are translators across the varied languages of commercial real estate investment, ESG+R, proptech, capital markets, sustainability, DEI, and the future of work.
Promoting Political and Economic Policies that Produce Sustainability
Bill Weihl is the Founder and Executive Director of ClimateVoice, a non-profit initiative launched in February 2020 that is mobilizing the workforce to encourage companies to go “all in” on climate - especially in their use of their voice and influence to support public policy, everywhere they operate.
From 2012 to 2018, Bill was Director of Sustainability at Facebook, leading work on sustainability across the company, and helping to launch the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance. Prior to Facebook, Bill was Green Energy Czar at Google, where his team pioneered Google’s work to buy clean energy for its data centers and helped found the Climate Savers Computing Initiative with Intel and WWF.
Earlier in his career, Bill was a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, a researcher at Digital's Systems Research Center, and CTO of Akamai Technologies. He holds an SB degree in Mathematics, as well as SB, SM, and PhD degrees in Computer Science, all from MIT.
Regenerative Agriculture Speaker
Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer and founding partner of Grass Fed Insights, LLC, Understanding Ag, LLC and the Soil Health Academy. He has consulted with more than 4000 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, and other countries, on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres.
Allen pioneered many of the early regenerative grazing protocols and forage finishing techniques and now teaches those practices and principles to farmers globally. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a Ph.D. in Livestock Genetics from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia.
Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant “value add” and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value. They routinely conduct workshops and seminars across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
He has been featured in several of the Carbon Nation film series, "Soil Carbon Cowboys", on the Dr. Oz show, ABC Food Forecast News, and in Kiss The Ground, A Regenerative Secret, The Farmer’s Footprint film series and the Sacred Cow film series. He co-authored a book with Teddy Gentry, “Before You Have A Cow”. Allen is a regular contributor to “GRAZE” and “Stockman Grass Farmer” and has written articles for the “Organic Broadcaster” and many other publications. Several of his presentations and webinars can be found on the Pasture Project.