A tradition of great thinkers
Keynote experience speakers
- John Abrams
- Chris Benedict
- Bernice Radle
Bill Aalerud is a Project Executive at Columbia Construction Company, the 12th largest construction firm in Massachusetts. Serving as a project executive, Mr. Aalerud plays an integral role in providing oversight and implementation of continued growth in the health care and academic market segments. Over the past 20 years, Mr. Aalerud has been responsible for oversight of numerous operating divisions, earning him experience in implementing various estimating, purchasing, project accounting, mechanical coordination, training and technology and safety initiatives. Bill is a LEED AP with a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell and an MBA from Babson College.
John Abrams is cofounder and CEO of South Mountain Company, a 37-year-old employee owned design/build and renewable energy company in West Tisbury, Massachusetts. John’s book “Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place” was published by Chelsea Green Publishing in 2008.
Helen Aki is the Energy Services Coordinator at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a regional planning agency that serves the 101 cities and towns in the Greater Boston region, where she provides technical assistance to support clean energy efforts at the local and regional level. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Aki worked for the University of California, Berkeley facilitating classes and managing projects that addressed campus building energy use and sustainability. Ms. Aki holds a bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from University of California, Berkely. She is certified as a LEED AP in Operations & Maintenance.
Robb Aldrich received his Masters from the Building Systems engineering program at the University of Colorado. Since then, he has focused on high-performance energy systems such as envelope technologies, HVAC and solar systems. Mr. Aldrich has designed, installed ad monitored energy use in hundreds of homes across the United States.
Edward Allen is Vice President for van Zelm Engineers with a specialty in integrated and sustainable design practices. Mr. Allen’s work has received regional and national recognition for success in delivering high performance building through integrated design.
Amelia Amon is a solar designer with an aesthetic approach to energy. Her company, Alt.Technica, develops solar products and installations, including lighting, freezer carts, fountains, interpretive exhibits for science centers, and solar awnings as Design Fellow at NYU.
Diego Angarita Horowitz
Diego Angarita Horowitz is the Director of Youth Programs and Policy for Nuestras Raices and food policy change for the Community Action Plan for the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council and Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance. Mr. Angarita Horowitz graduated from Hampshire College in 2008 with a focus on Latin American and Media studies and Nutrition.
Lois Arena possesses over 16 years of experience in the building science field. She has extensive experience with new and existing residential buildings including on-site testing and diagnostics, design assistance and energy modeling. Awards presented to her clients include the New Millennium Builder Award and the Gold Energy Value Housing Award from NAHB. Ms. Arena has co-authored and presented training programs about energy efficient building practices to professionals in all sectors of the building industry. As a licensed remodeling contractor, she focuses on an integrated systems approach to building, incorporating both energy efficient and green building technologies.
Dan Arons is the co-founder of Architerra and an accomplished senior architect, planner and building technology specialist with 20 years of experience on award-winning academic and other major projects in the Northeast. A recognized sustainable design leader, Mr. Arons has taught graduate level sustainable building design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is an active participant in the US Green Building Council’s Educational Committee on the Environment. Mr. Arons is also a founding member of the Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability.
Zaid Ashai is a General Partner at Point Judith Capital. He focuses on Clean Technology investments including the firm’s investment in Earth Aid, Nexamp and Power Assure. Prior to joining Point Judith Capital, Mr. Ashai worked at Good Energies, a global clean technology venture capital firm. While at Good Energies, Mr. Ashai was elected a Kauffman Fellow, and he has been a board member or observer of Earth Aid, Nexamp, 3TIER, Kaplan Hydro and Emergence Bioenergy. Zaid holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. Additionally, he also has an AB in international relations and economics, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University.
Eric Ast is the Manager of Energy Analysis at Bright Power, Inc., an energy-efficiency and renewable energy services company in New York City. Mr. Ast helps building portfolios leverage utility bill data to uncover energy and water efficiency opportunities and comply with city legislation, in particular New York City’s phase out of #6 heating oil. Eric holds degrees in Systems Engineering and Economics from the University of Virginia and is a certified BPI Multifamily Building Analyst.
Working as a research scientist with state governments and several research consortia, Michael Aucott has helped develop inventories of greenhouse gas emissions, mercury emissions and emissions of chlorine compounds at the state, national and international level. Mr. Aucott has published in numerous peer reviewed journals. He has served as a Research Scientist for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and as a chemistry professor at Bucks County Community College. Mr. Aucott recently completed analysis of energy returned vs. energy invested in the extraction of natural gas from Marcellus Shale deposits.
Peter Baker is a senior associate at Building Science Corporation and is responsible for providing building forensics and design reviews, setting enclosure design standards, as well as working as project manager for the Building America Program.
Bart Bales, masters-level, professional engineer & energy specialist, spent the last 24 years plumbing the mysteries of buildings & the energy systems that serve them. Provides design & study services for whole building energy analyses, high-performance mechanical and electrical design, & solar & renewable energy systems.
Everett Barber recently co-authored “Convert your Home to Solar Energy.” He is now writing a design guide for commercial solar thermal systems. His latest solar design project is a large solar thermal/electric system West Hartford CT. Construction was completed in 2009. In 1972 Mr. Barber began teaching building environmental technologies at the Yale School of Architecture. He retired as an Associate Professor (adjunct) in 1998. Concurrent with teaching, he founded Sunsearch, Inc. in 1975. The company, located in CT, designed, installed, and serviced all types of solar systems in Southern New England. The company was sold in 2007.
Christopher Baylow is a leader in Payette’s Research and Innovation Group. A highly experienced project manager on sophisticated academic research and health care projects, Mr. Baylow is involved in every aspect of the design process, with a particular focus on the development of high performance building envelopes and energy efficient building systems.
Leo Bedard has spent 30 years in technical education and was a master plumber in Massachusetts for over 40 years. He has also worked as a consultant for the Connecticut Technical High School System in their efforts to integrate solar thermal installations into their curricula. Mr. Bedard currently audits and inspects solar thermal systems across the state as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Solar Thermal Rebate program.
Chris Beebe is Principal/CEO of BEAM Engineering, a Boston-based firm specializing in delivering renewable energy technologies to market through informed design, policy, and project implementation services. Having been active in the Massachusetts, California and New York energy markets, Mr. Beebe brings an extensive and diverse knowledge base to the solar thermal heating and cooling community. Chris is a licensed Massachusetts Professional Engineer (PE), a LEED AP, and Certified Energy Manager (CEM). He received his MSME and BSME in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Chris Benedict is a licensed Architect in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Washington D.C. She is a graduate of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York City. Before starting her own architectural firm in 1995 she managed retail, commercial and residential projects for four architectural firms in New York City. Chris is a sought after public speaker and has presented her projects nationally. She teaches about energy efficiency and sustainable practices to Architects, Engineers, students and Contractors.
Michael Berry is a Senior Associate for ICF International, who has worked in the energy conservation and building industry for over 12 years. Mr. Berry holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisors License and is the project manager for the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR program that serves the single and multi-family housing market. Mike has worked with the Department of Energy Weatherization Program, the Department of Housing and Community Development in Boston, Housing and Urban Developement. Mr. Berry is the chair of the Green Building Council and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Builders Association of Great Boston (BAGB).
Robert Biggio joined Boston Medical Center in 2011 as the Vice President of Facilities and Support Services. Prior to joining BMC, Mr. Biggio was the Vice President of Support Services & Real Estate at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. At MEEI, he reengineered the support services delivery processes, improving operational facilities and customer service, and designed a real estate strategy. His health care career begin in 1995 as the Director of Facilities and Planning for four community hospital campuses on the North Shore of Boston. Prior to his work in health care, Mr. Biggio was received the United States Marine Expeditionary Medal for his service in the United States Ready Reserve Fleet in support of Operation Desert Storm during the 1990-1 Persian Gulf.
Tim Bigler is a 25-year veteran of the energy marketplace. He is the Market Strategist within the Natural Gas Operations team at Hess Corporation and authors the majority of the market update material distributed to Hess Corporation’s customers on a daily basis.
Michael Blasnik is an independent consultant with almost thirty years of experience in building science research and energy efficiency program design and evaluation. His work has focused on figuring out what really works and what doesn’t and not relying on performance claims based on model projections. He invented zonal pressure diagnostics while investigating the performance of insulation in flat roof row houses in Philadelphia. His current projects include heading up the impact assessment in the evaluation of the National Weatherization Assistance Program and working on simplified methods for modeling energy use.
Steve Bluestone is a partner in his third generation real estate developer/builder/property management firm based in New York City that is mostly focused on producing affordable housing. Mr. Bluestone directs the firm’s efforts towards producing new sustainable developments along with its initiatives to do energy retrofits on its existing portfolio of rental properties. In the late 70s, Mr. Bluestone studied architecture, passive solar systems, active solar systems, and began as a volunteer/member of NESEA, when the “S” stood for Solar. As past Vice President of the Queens/Bronx Builder’s Association, he currently serves on the board of the Citizen’s Housing and Planning Council in NYC.
Linda Booth Sweeney
Dr. Linda Booth Sweeney is a systems educator, researcher and writer. Through her writing, speaking and experiential activities, Dr. Booth Sweeney works with people of all ages to offer living systems, rather than fragments as the context for decision making, learning and design. Dr. Booth Sweeney is the author of several books and numerous articles, including The Systems Thinking Playbook (co-authored with Dennis Meadows), When a Butterfly Sneezes (Pegasus, 2004), and Connected Wisdom: Living Stories about Living Systems (SEED/Chelsea Green, 2009). Linda received her doctorate from Harvard University in 2004.
Dana Bourland is Vice President of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners and oversees environmental strategy for the national organization. Ms.Bourland directs all aspects of the national award-winning Enterprise Green Communities, from strategic planning and program development to evaluation and public policy advocacy. Ms. Bourland is the author of the newly published “Incremental Cost, Measuring Savings: Enterprise Green Communities Criteria,” a study that proves the cost effectiveness of creating and preserving affordable homes. Ms. Bourland also serves as managing director of the Green Communities Offset Fund.
Erica Brabon is the Pipeline Manager of Existing Buildings for Steven Winter Associates, Inc., with specific experience in energy efficiency in multifamily and commercial buildings, LEED certification, sustainable business practices, training in energy efficiency practices, environmental footprint reduction and environmental health and science. As Pipeline Manager, all existing buildings are evaluated by Ms. Brabon to determine the best approach and incentives to pursue. Ms. Brabon is currently working with multifamily buildings across NYC and NJ to cut energy consumption and increase building performance. She attended Clarkson University where she earned a B.S. in Biology and is also a BPI Certified Multifamily Building Analyst and a LEED AP O+M.
Since 2011, Erin Brandt has served as Energy Planner at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Brandt worked at Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, where she helped coordinate community-based outreach for MassSave. Ms. Brandt holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dwayne Breger is the Director of the Renewable and Alternative Energy Development Division at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. His Division implements the state’s RPS programs and other initiatives to promote renewable energy in the Commonwealth. He has worked in the renewable energy field for 30 years and holds a PhD from UMass, Amherst and other degrees from MIT and Swarthmore.
Terry Brennan was once a builder and may be again when the great building science scare ends. Terry helps people solve building related problems, fix building related problems or understand how buildings work.
Kevin Bright is the Assistant Program Manager of Green Building Services (GBS)of the Harvard Engineering, Facilities and Green Building Services Department. Mr. Bright co-leads the efforts of GBS to provide sustainable building design, consruction and operations guidance, specifically building commissioning and energy auditing. To date, his team has achieved LEED certification for 45 university buildings and spaces, acted as the Commissioning Authority on 18 projects and have audited 32 buildings to ASHRAE Level II Energy Auditing standards.
Based in Amherst, Massachusetts, Janet Brown works with hundreds of hospitals across North American and helps lead the CleanMed Conference Planning Committee, the Green Guide for Health Care Operations Pilot Team, and is the Green Columnist for Health Care Design Magazine. Ms. Brown has been called, “The Queen of Green Hospital Operations.”
Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District. The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters recognized him for doing much of the legwork that led to the passage of the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2008. The GSWA has put Massachusetts in a leadership position on greenhouse gas reduction.
Andrew Brydges began working at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in 2009 and is the Director of the Renewable Energy Generation Division, working to promote clean energy technologies and foster the emergence of sustainable markets for electricity generated from renewable sources. As part of his work at MassCEC, he develops and manages incentive programs that encourage the development of renewable energy systems throughout Massachusetts.
Brian Butler is the founder and owner of Boston Green Building. During his 27 years in the residential construction industry, Mr. Butler has put together a company that looks at each new project as more than just another contract, but rather as an opportunity for change and improvement. Mr. Butler earned his LEED AP in 2008 and has consulted for and/or built three LEED Certified projects. He is a member of the USGBC-MA Board of Directors and is an avid proponent of Passivhaus, the German standard for low energy consumption buildings. Through a National Grid subsidy, Brian has executed three Deep Energy Retrofits with several more underway. His DER building in Medford, MA is seeking the Passivhaus EnerPHIT Certification.
Benjamin Carlson is a LEED certified urban designer who has served as designer and manager for a number of campus/community planning efforts, including work with Emory University, Old Dominion University and the University of Washington. Mr. Carlson is particularly skilled at helping stakeholders bridge gaps to achieve mutually beneficial solutions for campus and community alike.
J.B. Clancy is an architect and partner at Albert, Righter and Tittmann Architects in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Clancy’s main focus is residential architecture and sustainable design. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant and has designed a Certified Passive House for Habitat for Humanity in Vermont.
Heather Clark is a principal at Biome Studio where she coordinates teams of designers and developers to achieve deep energy and water savings that go far beyond standard green building goals. Ms. Clark has also served as the Director of Green Buildings for WinnDevelopment and has held a seat on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council as well as serving on the Massachusetts Zero Energy Tack Force. Prior to to her work as a developer and consultant, Ms. Clark managed the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebuild America program for NYSERDA.
Bill Colonis joined the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund in 2007. He supports the implementation and development of the incentive programs for small renewable energy systems. Mr. Colonis was promoted to his current position in 2009, having previously served as project associate. Mr. Colonis holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Management from Long Island University and a BA in Psychology and Education from Merrimack College.
Edward Connelly joined New Ecology as its second President in June 2004. Mr. Connelly is currently leading NEI’s efforts to disseminate green building and energy conservation strategies faster and farther by developing web-based applications to track energy use and assemble and vet winning green building strategies. Since 2003, Mr. Connelly has served on the Board of Directors of MassEnergy/People’s Power and Light. Mr. Connelly holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a JD from Boston College Law School.
Darien Crimmin is Vice President of Energy and Sustainability for WinnCompanies and is responsible for managing energy efficiency programs across Winn’s portfolio of residential properties. Prior to joining WinnDevelopment, Mr. Crimmin worked for Harvard University’s Office for Sustainability and managed the university’s Green Building Services. He helped to develop Harvard’s largest solar thermal installation, designed training modules for Harvard University’s Operations Services and created utility measurement tools to track energy performance across the university.
John Dalzell is Senior Architect with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where he leads green buildings and sustainable development initiatives. Mr. Dalzell has worked to help make Boston the first major city to require developers to build to LEED standards and has recently launched the mayor’s E+ Green Building Demonstration Program.
Stephen has been the national commercial sales manager for Viessmann Manufacturing for the past fifteen years. His focus has been on promoting and designing high efficiency, environmentally friendly heating systems. These systems commonly included condensing and traditional boiler technology. However, over the last number of years these systems have evolved into hybrids to include more renewable technologies such as biomass and thermal solar systems. His experience of fifteen years in the trade and two years with an energy auditing firm allows him to bring a practical outlook to the installation of high efficiency renewable heating systems.
Jacob Deva Racusin
Jacob Deva Racusin is the co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC, a Vermont based contracting and consulting firm specializing in the integration of natural materials and holistic design principles. Jacob teaches a series of natural building courses through the Yestermorow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont, where he served as Program Director of the Natural Building intensive from 2008-09. Jacob is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders, an education collective, and of numerous regional and national trade groups.
Antonio Di Mambro
Antonio Di Mambro, FAIA, has practiced architecture, city planning and urban design in the United States, Puerto Rico and Italy since 1971. His areas of expertise are the planning, design, and implementation of large scale physical developments; housing and neighborhood revitalization strategies; universities and institutional campuses; transportation and infrastructure projects; waterfront facilities and urban parks. At Antonio Di Mambro + Associates, Inc., he directs projects ranging from buildings and neighborhood designs to comprehensive city strategic plans. His professional approach to each project bridges the planning and design disciplines. Di Mambro sets out to produce visionary yet pragmatic plans and images that challenge conventional wisdom, empower citizens, and inspire policy makers.
Martine Dion, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and Director of Sustainable Design at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates with 19 years of experience. Ms. Dion is the sustainable expert within the firm, providing sustainable design and LEED consulting services to clients. She has been in charge of the implementation and coordination of sustainable design practices for the firm for the past 12 years and has largely contributed to its consolidation across the firm’s A&E disciplines. Ms. Dion has is the chairperson of SMMA’s Sustainable Design Group, has contributed to the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, to the Massachusetts State’s Roundtable Action Plan for Green Buildings, the Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Task Force as well as the Federal DOE Zero Net Energy Task Force. Ms. Dion is a founding Director and sits on the Board of Directors of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.
Roddy has nearly 30 years experience in the electric power industry. As the Senior Director of Client Services he currently oversees The United Illuminating Company’s account management group, business development activities, and many of the residential and commercial/industrial product and program offerings including all of UI’s Demand Response Programs. Roddy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Sacred Heart University and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
David Dixon, principal at Goody Clancy, has led many planning initiatives sponsored by educational institutions, host cities and partnerships for the districts around Ohio State University, MIT, Harvard, Old Dominion University, the University of Cincinnati and Emory University. Mr. Dixon prepared the City of New Orleans’ post-Katrina master plan and received the AIA’s 2007 Thomas Jefferson Award for “a lifetime of … significant achievement in…[creating] more livable neighborhoods, vibrant civic spaces and vital downtowns….” Mr. Dixon is the co-author of “Urban Design for an Urban Century” (Wiley, 2009).
Mike Duclos is a principal and founder of The DEAP Energy Group, LLC, a consultancy providing a wide variety of Deep Energy Retrofit, Zero Net Energy and Passive House related consulting services. Mike was an energy consultant on the Transformations, Inc. Zero Energy Challenge entry, and has worked on a variety of Zero Net Energy, DER and Passive House projects, including two National Grid DER projects which qualified for the ACI Thousand Homes Challenge, Option B, and a feasibility study of a retrofit to the Passive House new home performance standard. Mr. Duclos is a HERS Rater with Mass. New Homes With ENERGY STAR program, a Building Science Certified Infrared Thermographer, a Certified Passive House Consultant who certified the second Passive House in Massachusetts, holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UMass Lowell, and two patents.
Martin Dunn is the President of Dunn Development Corporation, a socially conscious, award-winning real estate developer with expertise in affordable and supportive housing. Mr. Dunn is also an active advocate on housing and homelessness issues in New York City and New York State and was previously the Executive Director of the East New York Urban Youth Corps. Martin Dunn holds a BA in Political Science from Cornell University and received the prestigious Reebok Human Rights Award in 1990 for his work with the Association to Benefit Children.
Mark Durrenberger is the President and founder of New England Breeze, LLC. His company, based in Hudson, Massachusetts, sells and installs alternative energy generation equipment including small wind turbines, and solar photovoltaic and hot water systems. The turbines they install range from the small Skystream 3.7 to the 100 kW Northwind 100 generator. Mark Durrenberger received his Masters of Science in Energy Engineering and his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Lowell (Massachusetts).
Paul Eldrenkamp is founder and owner of Byggmeister Inc., a 25-year-old design-build remodeling company based in Newton, MA with a particular focus on substantial reductions to household energy use. He has been on the board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Green Decade Coalition, and the Newton Historical Society; he is currently serving on Governor Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Building Task Force. Paul writes often on energy and environmental issues for trade and consumer publications, and also speaks regularly at building industry conferences and for local environmental organizations.
Peter Engelmann is a researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany and was previously a Visiting Scientist at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Engelmann holds a degree in energy engineering from the Technical University in Berlin, Germany and completed his PhD at the Department of Architecture at the University of Wuppertal, Germany in the field of building physics and HVAC systems.
Kate Epsen is an Analyst in the Sustainable Energy Division of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission. Among her work there, Ms. Epsen manages the residential solar thermal rebate program, the commercial and industrial solar rebate program, and the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. Her past experience in the energy field includes consulting work in energy efficiency and renewable energy at utility companies nationwide, and non-profit work for clean energy-based economic development in New York, where she received her Master’s degree in International Energy Management and Policy.
Ben Falk M.A.L.D.
Ben Falk developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender and backcountry traveler continually inform Mr. Falk’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings.
Mark Farber has 35 years of experience in solar and conventional electricity. He currently provides strategic consulting to PV companies worldwide with Photon Consulting, and is involved in solar project development in the US. Mr. Farber co-founded Evergreen Solar, serving as President and CEO until the IPO. He has served as chairman of the Solar Alliance and as a board member of the Solar Energy Industries Association. Prior to Evergreen, Mr. Farber worked at Mobil Solar where he was responsible for marketing, sales and corporate partnering activities. He is a graduate of Cornell University and MIT’s Sloan School.
Ian Finlayson is the Manager of Buildings and Climate Programs at the Department of Energy Resources in Massachusetts. His current green building portfolio includes development of the Massachusetts stretch energy code, building energy labeling and efficiency pilots and assessment of code compliance for both residential and commercial buildings. Prior to joining state government, Ian worked for a large US affordable housing developer, was a consultant to the United Nations and taught in Japan. He holds degrees from Edinburgh University and MIT.
Jonathan Flothow studied architecture at the University of Texas. He spent several years doing energy audits, and for the past 15 years has worked exclusively on trouble shooting retrofitting and designing steam and hydronic heating systems.
David Foley has worked in environmental building since 1980 as a designer, builder, researcher and teacher. He worked for several architecture firms before joining forces with Sarah. He has a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters of Professional Studies in Resource Economics from the University of Maine, and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Design from Dartmouth College. He was the 1994 recipient of the German Marshall Fund to study green building techniques in Europe. He is currently teaching an on-line course entitled “Sustainability as a Way of Thinking” through the Boston Architectural Center. David lives in Northport, Maine with his wife Judy Berk a communications director for an environmental group.
Jon Foley directs the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota and is a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Mr. Foley’s work focuses on complex global environmental systems and their interactions with human societies.
Robert Francis has been a chief facilities office for higher education and cultural institutions for 20 years, as well as an officer of a private facilities management firm. Before taking the position of Vice President of University Facilities at Drexel University, he held comparable positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Detroit Public Schools, Rockefeller University, Stony Brook University and Wright State University. He has managed over $3 billion in construction in the past 10 years. Mr. Francis was named an Honorary Member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2005 and holds a Doctorate in Education Administration.
Dr. Anamarija Frankic is the director of the Green Boston Harbor Project and a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she teaches biomimicry. Dr. Frankic’s background in ecology, limnology and marine science translates to her work in coastal ecosystems restoration and management nationally and internationally.
Maureen Friar is a national housing and community development leader who has over 20 years of experience advocating for affordable housing and the ending of homelessness. For the past two years, Ms. Friar served as President and CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, D.C. Previously, she consulted to Community Access, a non-profit developer of supportive housing in New York City, and the National Equity Fund, the largest non-profit syndicator of Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Ms. Friar specializes in strategic planning, resource and board development, communications, advocacy and the leveraging of public/private partnerships.
Kevin Galligan is the energy efficiency Program Manager at Cape Light Compact in Barnstable, Massachusetts, a municipal aggregator, and the program administrator of taxpayer-funded energy efficiency programs. Mr. Galligan is also anadjunct instructor at Cape Cod Community College, where he teaches energy efficiency and conservation as part of a National Science Foundation grant that was awarded to the college to promote and develop a trained workforce to install renewable energy systems on Cape Cod. Kevin has over 30 years of energy industry experience including engineering project management with Duke Energy prior to joining Cape Light Compact in 2002. Mr. Galligan has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology/Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Elizabeth Galloway, PE, LEED AP BD+C, EMIT, is a Civil Engineer and Sustainable Design Specialist at Symmes Maine & McKee Associates. She holds a master’s degree in Atmosphere and Energy from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. Her graduate studies focused on sustainability in the built environment including energy efficient buildings, integrated building design, renewable power systems, and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Ms. Galloway’s professional focus is to create sustainable development through an integrative architecture and engineering design process. She is also directly involved with energy modeling, research, and the development of SMMA’s Sustainable Action Plan.
Bryan Garcia was named President of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund in 2011. Among the initiatives he oversees are incentive programs to support the installation of clean energy systems at residential and commercial sites, and incentive program to support development of new clean energy technologies and the award winning Connecticut Clean Energy Communities Program.
Alan Gibson is a carpenter, building designer, building energy analyst and general contractor specializing in custom, energy efficient home construction. Mr. Gibson has studied environmental science and building science for over 20 years and has been a business owner since 1992.
Jason S. Gifford, senior consultant at Sustainable Energy Advantage, has over ten years of experience in the development of renewable energy policy, market and financial analysis, and REC market policy and development. Prior to joining SEA, Mr. Gifford served as Industry Investment and Development Manager at the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Gifford was Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Business Development at Green Mountain Energy Company. Jason holds a B.A. from Bates College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Andrew Giglio is currently a Mortgage Officer at The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC). CPC offers construction and permanent financing for both the preservation of existing and the creation of new multifamily housing. CPC can finance both large and small projects, occupied or vacant buildings, cooperative or rental, new construction or the rehabilitation of existing housing. CPC has been in existence since 1974 as the country’s largest and oldest not-for-profit mortgage lender. CPC also has a for-profit subsidiary, CPC Resources, which provides equity and does direct development.
Jordan Goldman is the Engineering Principal at ZeroEnergy Design, where he serves as a specialist in energy performance consulting, energy modeling, mechanical engineering, and HVAC design. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, Passive House Consultant, NAHB Green Verifier, and a HERS Rater. Jordan studied Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering.
Kate Goldstein earned her Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Ms. Goldstein fell in love with the connection between energy and the environment and explored the field in latter half of college. She co-authored a book chapter on lignocellulosic biofuels after an NSF-funded research experience for undergraduates. She worked installing solar thermal and solar PV systems for Alteris at the end of her college career and during the summer afterwards, and also worked as a consultant for the same company. She got her masters degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Architectural Engineering after finding her place studying energy in buildings. She is now at MIT in the first year of her PhD working in the Building Technology department. Kate’s thesis will look at quantitative infrared thermography for targeted energy efficiency improvements in local Boston neighborhoods, and hopefully beyond.
Justin Good is a philosopher, community development activist and is the Executive Director of the Sanctuary at Shepardsfield, an environmental education non-profit organization located on a 40-acre land preserve in East Haddam, Connecticut. Mr. Good currently teaches courses at the Sanctuary and at the University of Connecticut.
In his current role at the Sandri Companies, Mr. Goodyear is responsible for managing the expansion of the 80-year-old energy company into the clean energy sector. Prior to joining Sandri, Mr. Goodyear was President of Propell Energy, a division of New England Wood Pellet. Propell Energy was acquired by Sandri in April of 2000.
Joel Gordes has been involved in energy efficiency and renewable energy for 35 years. He has worked in research, design and sales of active and passive solar technologies as well as on policy issues such as climate change when he was a State Representative. He has the authored numerous papers, studies and articles on distributed generation, including how decentralized energy can be used to provide power for mission-critical, high-value applications for energy security.
Carl Ian Graham
Carl Ian Graham is a professional engineer with expertise in HVAC design and energy analysis, having managed and completed energy modeling internationally for millions of square feet of offices, hospitals, courthouses, universities and many other types of structures. Mr. Graham contributed to the NYS Energy Conservation Construction Code, the Green Guide for Health Care, the NYS Green Building Tax Credit regulations and the Whole Building Design Guide. Mr. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
Aaron Grin is a building scientist and researcher with a background in structural Civil Engineering. He is a key member of Building Science Corporation’s team, constructing and operating the Guarded Hot Box, and is actively involved in the installation of data acquisition systems, design reviews, forensic investigations, on-site performance testing and construction verification. Mr. Grin is primarily interested in low energy use, durable and sustainable residential buildings.
Arash Guity heads up BLUE, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey + Burch’s environmental performance consulting division, which specializes in energy and emissions management, strategic planning and financial analysis of environmental improvement projects. Mr. Guity is also the Project Manager for the Healthcare Ventilation Research Collaborative (HVRC), studying alternative ventilation strategies for health care facilities.
Debra Halls leads the Patrick Administration’s efforts to sustainably renovate and green the operations of the 48,000 units of state-supported, locally run public housing in Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council and served on the Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force. Ms. Hall previously managed corporate sustainability programs with Business for Social Responsibility and Ceres, a national coalition of environmental groups and socially responsible investors. Debra holds an M.A. in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.
Larry Harmon has spent decades fixing homes across the country, and brings old fashioned common sense with a voice of reason and humor to the field of building science. His long list of accomplishments are only outweighed by his dedication to do the job right the first time. He is one of NESEA’s best reviewed presenters.
Maureen Hart is the president of Sustainable Measures, which she founded in 1993. Ms. Hart is an expert on sustainability indicators and is the author of the “Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators.” She is also the Acting Director of the Community Indicators Consortium, a network of organizations and individuals using information to foster informed discourse and decision-making about local, regional, national and global priorities. Additionally, Ms. Hart co-founded and directed the International Sustainability Indicators Network (ISIN) and has worked on sustainability issues in both the non-profit, government and private sectors. Ms. Hart holds an MS from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT.
Tom Hartman is a partner at Coldham & Hartman Architects in Amherst, MA. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association for two terms and as Treasurer. Additionally for NESEA, he has been Chair, Co-Chair, and organized and presented at numerous BuildingEnergy Conferences. He is currently the President-Elect of the Western MA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Tom graduated with a Professional Bachelor Degree from the School of Architecture of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and an Associate in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston. He is a Registered Architect in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Connecticut and holds an NCARB Certificate.
Nancy Hazard is a promoter and a community organizer who has worked in the field of sustainable energy and climate change solutions for over 30 years as a builder, teacher, director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and director of the Tour de Sol, America’s green car festival and competition. She joined NESEA in 1989 to build the Tour de Sol from a six-car event to an annual 50-car event of international significance. In 2006, she left NESEA to co-create the Greening Greenfield campaign in collaboration with the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and the Town of Greenfield, MA. In addition to in-depth knowledge about energy and climate change issues, Ms. Hazard has experience in community organizing and fund raising, with special expertise in building collaborative efforts that include local, state and federal governments, corporations, educational and environmental non-profits and concerned citizens.
Gregory Heiges is an Associate with Shepley Bulfinch and has been responsible for delivering , many complex healthcare projects including the 516,000 square foot Yale-New Haven Smilow Cancer Hospital in Connecticut. Greg also chairs the Construction Administration Roundtable for the Boston Society of Architects, the AIA’s Boston chapter.
Uli Hellweg is the CEO of IBA Hamburg GmbH, a company wholly owned by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and commissioned to implement the “Leap across the Elbe.” Next to HafenCity Hamburg, this is an extension of the city core rehabilitating the hitherto economically and socially challenged outskirt of Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. As an architect and alumnus of the world-renowned RWTH Aachen University, Mr. Hellweg served as a scholarly consultant for the German Institute of Urbanism and coordinated pilot projects for the International Exhibit Berlin GmbH IBA 84-87, among many other urban planning assignments.
Mr. Henry is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (BSME) and Boston College (MBA). He served in the US Navy Civil Engineers Corps as a Resident Officer in Charge of Construction and also in the Navy Seabees. He has worked as Director of Space Planning and Design for Wang Labs and has held similar positions at Hewlett Packard and TJX Corp. Additionally, for twelve years, Mr. Henry was Vice President of Engineering at XENERGY, an internationally known energy policy and sustainability engineering firm. He has also served as Vice President and Managing Director of Syska & Hennessy’s Boston office. Syska & Hennessy is a national building services engineering firm. He was also Vice President of Reardon & Turner a Boston area mechanical engineering consulting firm. Presently Mr. Henry is Director of Engineering in the Department of Facilities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In that role he is responsible for MIT’s energy conservation programs and for incorporating sustainable design in new buildings and renovation projects.
Carrie Cullen Hitt
Carrie Cullen Hitt serves as Vice President of State Affairs of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and was President of the Solar Alliance which recently merged with SEIA. Carrie earlier served as Vice President, Renewable Products for Constellation Energy and as Constellation’s Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs. She also worked at Green Mountain Energy Resources as Director of Regional Business Development and has help energy related positions at the Massachusetts Legislature and Harvard University. She holds an undergraduate degree from Clark University and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Michael Hogan is the managing partner of Cambridge-based Paradigm Partners, a firm specializing in accelerating the commercialization of clean technologies into the built environment. Mr. Hogan has over a decade of experience in the commercial building industry, focusing on getting compliance driven building systems to market. Engaging end users, specifiers, trade contractors, design build firms and general contractors to identify existing conditions and investment grade projects is his expertise. Mr. Hogan serves as the Vice President of the 501C3 organization Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE), is a member of the NRCA’s Photovoltaic Committee, and is a Licensed Construction Supervisor by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Stephanie Horowitz, AIA, is the Managing Director at ZeroEnergy Design. She designs high performance projects that range from Deep Energy Retrofits to Passive Houses. Stephanie is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Architecture, a Passive House Consultant, and a Massachusetts Registered Architect.
Yuri Horwitz is the President and CEO of Sol Systems, the largest and oldest SREC aggregation firm in the US. In addition to managing and guiding his firm, Mr. Horwitz has helped to develop and implement solar RPS programs in multiple states. He has been involved in the energy and environmental policy fields for the last decade and designed one of the nation’s first community-owned solar power purchase agreements. Mr. Horwitz holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law and a dual BA from the College of William and Mary in Government and Environmental Studies.
Birud Jhaveri joined NSTAR Gas & Electric Corporation in 2005 and is currently a Principal Analyst in the Energy Efficiency department. Birud leads the energy efficiency financing effort for NSTAR as well as the statewide effort on energy efficiency financing sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers. He is responsible for developing and implementing the MassSave Financing Program along with designing more customized financing solutions for large commercial, industrial and municipal customer segments. Birud has provided testimony and counsel on energy efficiency financing and customer bill impact to numerous state agencies. Prior to joining NSTAR, Birud was responsible for various transmission strategy and clean energy initiatives at Bonneville Power Administration. Mr. Jhaveri holds a Master of Business Administration from the Atkinson School of Management, Willamette University, and a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Certificate in Energy and Environmental Economics from Portland State University.
DeWitt (Dick) Jones is Executive Vice President of Boston Community Capital and leads BCC’s sustainable development activities including its Solar Energy Advantage affiliate. In 2008, Dick and his wife, Viki Bok, received the City of Boston’s Green Residential Award.
Satpal Kaur is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and graduated with High Honors from the Architectural Association and University of Nottingham, UK. She has worked at practices in London and Daniel Libeskind Studio and Walter B. Melvin Architects, New York.
Declan Keefe is a founding member and co-owner of Placetailor, an employee owned cooperative based in Boston that designs and builds custom-fit energy efficient architecture. As the Strategic Director at Placetailor, Mr. Keefe directs a skilled team of six designers that build. He is a LEED AP and a Certified Passive House Consultant.
Marjorie Kelly is a fellow at Tellus Institute in Boston, a 35-year-old nonprofit research and development organization, where she was co-founder of Corporation 20/20, a multi-stakeholder initiative to envision and advocate new kinds of enterprises where concern for sustainability and fairness is designed in. Ms. Kelly has a dual appointment as Director of Ownership Strategies with Cutting Edge Capital. She is author of “The Divine Right of Capital,” as well as the forthcoming book, “Owning our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution,” due to be released in June 2010 from Berrett-Koehler.
Philip Kerrigan Jr., PE
Philip Kerrigan, Jr. is a systems engineer at Building Science Corporation. Phil analyzes residential buildings and applies high performance energy principles and metrics to the designs. His work involves reviewing plans, providing HERS ratings through computerized takeoffs, and optimizing the HVAC systems in homes. Collectively, this work determines if and how buildings meet energy efficiency standards.
Oliver Klein is a Boston area architect focusing on high performance residential design. Since 2010, he has served as a technical assistance specialist for National Grid’s Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot Program. Oliver is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a Massachusetts Registered Architect, and holds Masters degrees in Architecture and Materials Science.
German Architect Katrin Klingenberg is co-founder of the Passive House Institute US, short PHIUS, located in Urbana Illinois. For PHIUS, she provides Passive House consulting, training and certification US-wide. Katrin develops design guidelines for the implementation of the Passive House standard for various climate zones in North America and has taught Building Science and Design Studios at the University of Illinois in Chicago and at Urbana-Champaign.
Jacob Knowles has 10 years of experience managing the sustainability agenda for green building projects, including LEED Gold and Platinum Certified buildings and beyond. Prior to joining Bard Rao + Athanas, Mr. Knowles was the Senior Project Manager at the Green Roundtable.
Greg Krantz is the manager of field operations for the Massachusetts Homes with ENERGY STAR program. Greg has over 10 years of management experience in the homebuilding and energy efficiency industries. He has served as a liaison between production builders, energy raters and retrofit contractors, selling services such as Energy Star certification or air sealing and insulation retrofits. Mr. Krantz has experience doing both classroom and in-field training for HERS rater certification and has experience with HVAC system design and Manual J load calculations. Additionally, Mr. Krantz is a journalist and has written articles covering the areas of energy efficiency and real estate for Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Examiner, Loudoun Times-Mirror and several local Virginia newspapers.
Spencer Lawrence is an Energy and Sustainability Consultant at EBI Consulting, a nation-wide firm providing building energy analysis and LEED consulting services. Mr. Lawrence joined EBI in July of 2011 and performs energy audits of multi-family and commercial buildings. Mr. Lawrence holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University, where he focused on sustainability through a multi-disciplinary lens.
David Connelly Legg
David Connelly Legg is a consultant and trainer who has started up and managed multiple leading edge residential EE utility programs. He managed National Grid’s Deep Energy Retrofit pilot from inception until July, 2011. Mr. Legg also co-managed Cool Smart which successfully piloted the first Energy Star Quality Installation program east of Texas and increased the use of AC quality testing process by HVAC contractors from zero units to over 3,000 units per year. Mr. Legg had the primary role in starting up and managing the Appliance Management Program (AMP) which has won several national awards for excellence. Dave is also a trainer and frequent presenter who developed the AMPCalc appliance audit software used in the AMP program.
Jess Lerner is the founder of Green on the Inside, which specializes in consultations, workshops and research on sustainability and environmental issues. She has worked in the environmental field for over 7 years. Her work focuses on land use, conservation, the development of a sense of place, and habitat restoration. Jess holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University.
Paul has been helping develop green buildings and energy strategies since the early 90′s, including work with many of the area’s leading hospitals. He co-leads Heath Care Without Harm – Boston, educating executives, facility managers, architects and engineers on how to enhance their competitiveness and integrate green and healthy building design and operations. In 1996, alongside NESEA veteran Steven Strong, he co-created the first ever Building Energy Conference.
Jim Liston has been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years; 25 years as a consulting engineer and for the past 7 years in the engineering department of the health care and science and technology division of Suffolk Construction Company. In his current position he is often asked to provide “value engineering” suggestions for the MEP systems designed into projects, with the primary goal of reducing first cost. Mr. Liston received a BSME from Worcester Polytechic Institute in 1980 and has been a registered professional engineer since 1989. Mr. Liston is a LEED AP and an active member of ASHRAE.
Meg Lusardi is the Director of the Massachusetts Green Communities Division. Created in 2008, the Green Communities Division’s mission is to guide all of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts along a path of enhanced energy efficiency and renewable energy toward zero net energy. The foal of the department is to help cities and towns maximize energy efficiency in public buildings including schools, city halls and public safety buildings; to generate clean energy from renewable sources; and to manage rising energy costs.
Henry MacLean is an architect and educator in Milton, Massashusetts serving on the town’s Alternate Energy Committee and as a board member of Sustainable Milton. He has been practicing and actively promoting green design with education and civic institutions in the northeast since 1988.
Dave Madigan is a principal of Van Zelm Heywood & Shadford, Inc. Mr. Madigan received his B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1987 and a Masters of Science in Energy Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1984. He has 20 years of experience designing for the built environment. Dave’s professional affilitations include teh Association of Engineers (AEE) and ASHRAE. A LEED Accredited Professional and frequent speaker on sustainable design, he has worked on numerous projects with sustainable design objectives including many Architerra projects.
Maureen Mahle is an engineer with Steven Winter Associates, Inc. Ms. Mahle supports project teams in pursuit of better-performing residential buildings, often in conjunction with national green building certifications and utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentives.
Grahame E. Maisey
Grahame E. Maisey, P.E., is one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable, high performance building energy systems, specializing in totally integrated development and design, particularly mechanical systems. He assists his clients create a path to optimize the planning, design, construction and operation of building energy systems. He developed Total Quality Commissioning and Energy Master Plans for truly sustainable, high performance buildings, facilities and communities. Grahame also provides workshops that assist clients transition to a sustainable, high performance future. Mr. Maisey has worked as a consultant for over 40 years in both the US and UK, is a member of ASHRAE, CIBSE and is a LEED approved professional.
Ace McArleton is the co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Building, LLC, a Vermont based contracting and consulting firm specializing in the integration of natural materials and holistic design principles. Mr. McArleton teaches at Yestermorrow Design/Build School and offers workshops on straw bale and natural building to diverse groups throughout the United States. He participates in professional organizations such a Natural Builders Northeast and the Timer Framers Guild.
Howard McKew, PE, CPE is an engineer and author with more than 45 years in the building industry who is currently employed with Building SmartSoftware, Inc. Mr. McKew is an ASHRAE Fellow and is the recipient of numerous ASHRAE Engineering awards, including the George B. Hightower Technical Achievement Award in 2008. Mr. McKew has written over 400 articles including monthly columns in Tomorrow’s Environment and the Back2Basics series. He is a member of the Steering Committee of Healthcare Associated Infection Organization.
Christine McKiernan is the Vice President of Engineering at BIOFerm Energy Systems. She has been engaged in the water and wastewater arena for 23 years actively designing, constructing, operating and troubleshooting projects in anaerobic and aerobic treatment. Ms. McKiernan has reviewed and designed anaerobic treatment facilities for the capture of methane from biogenic waste materials such as food processing waste, agricultural crops and animal slaughter. Mc. McKiernan holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Marie McMahon Meehan
After 13 years of desperately trying to be a carpenter, Rob’s peers at South Mountain company finally got him out of their hair when he shifted from the field to the office in an energy services & product sales role five years ago. As it turns out, swinging a spread-sheet is a better fit for him (and his peers) than swinging a hammer. Rob has no formal building science education, but relies on an inquisitiveness that is rivaled by only the most tenacious three-year old (“Why? Why? Why?”) and the good fortune of being able to pester both John Abrams & Marc Rosenbaum on a daily basis: how could he not learn something?
Naomi Miller has landed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as an engineer in the solid state lighting program after 10 years as the principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, New York. Working to bridge the gap between technology and application, Ms. Miller is promoting the wise use of LEDs and working with industry to overcome the hurdles where they are not ready for prime time. Over 30 architectural lighting design awards hang on her wall for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets and parking lots. She was the chair of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Quality of the Visual Environment Committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s “Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings.” Ms. Miller is a Fellow of the IESNA, a Fellow of the IALD and holds a BS in Art and Design from MIT as well as a MS in Lighting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Terry Mollner is Chair of StakeHolders Capital, Inc., a founder of the Calvert Social Investment Funds, Inc., and a member of the Board of Directors of Ben & Jerry’s. Mr. Mollner has just finished his book, “The Love Skill: We Are Mastering the Skills of the 7 Layers of Human Maturity.”
William Moomaw is Professor of international Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School Tufts University. He has worked on mitigation and adaptation aspects of climate change for over 20 years. He has been a lead author on 5 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Reports and has written extensively on renewable energy and other strategies for addressing climate change. He and his wife, Margot, recently completed a highly efficient, zero net energy home in Massachusetts that takes full advantage of solar energy and other flows of renewable energy. He will discuss how to integrate super efficient buildings into a resilient community design described by Prof. Ewing.
Karl Munzel’s background includes marketing, public relations and project management. He currently works with Alteris Renewables and previously worked with internationally known recording artists, fashion designers and sculptors as well as working on branding and green initiatives at a large commercial real estate firm with a focus on adaptive reuse and mixed-use developments. Mr. Munzel holds a BPI Building Analyst I certification and is a member of the Atlantic Salmon Federation as well as a member of the Steering Committee of NESEA’s Rhode Island Chapter.
Galen Nelson is the Director of Intergovernmental Partnerships at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Most recently, Galen directed the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s cleantech industry economic development strategy, overseeing an array of special project’s to boost market demand for cleantech companies and technologies, while helping to grow Boston’s cleantech cluster particularly in the City’s Innovation District. Prior to joining BRA, Mr. Nelson co-developed Boston’s Green Affordable Housing Program and managed construction of the NEXUS green building resource center. Mr. Nelson is a graduate of Colby College, is a Boston resident and is an amateur carpenter.
Gary Nelson is the president of The Energy Conservatory, which he co-founded in 1981. The Energy Conservatory manufactures the Minneapolis Blower Door, Duct Blaster, and other diagnostic tools to measure building performance. Mr. Nelson has tested the air tightness of thousands of buildings and duct systems, and has been a contributor to many of the testing standards that are used today, including those from ASHRAE, ASTM, RESNET and ABAA. Mr. Nelson is one of the researchers on an ASHRAE project that is measuring the air leakage of a large group of new mid-to-high-rise commercial buildings as well as improving the testing procedures, hardware and software for testing large buildings.
Ken Neuhauser, LEED AP, is a field architect and project manager at Building Science Corporation. As part of the architectural design team at BSC, Ken participates in designing innovative, high performance buildings. As a project manager and researcher, he advises developers, builders, design professionals, building owners, and utility representatives about energy efficient, durable, and healthful.
Charlie Niebling is General Manager with New England Wood Pellet, LLC, the largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel in the northeastern US. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Niebling was vice president for policy and land management with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, a non-profit land conservation and environmental advocay organization. Mr. Niebling holds forestry degrees from the University of Vermont (BS) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS). Mr. Niebling is a licensed professional forester.
As an architect with over 20 years of experience designing research laboratories, health care buildings and public transit, Laura Notman has seen the challenge of balancing health, safety and energy in these complex environments as the perfect lab for improving our understanding of the ecology of buildings. Ms. Notman is the co-chair of Track 6, Commercial Buildings: Health Care.
Erin Nunes Cooper
Erin Nunes Cooper is an architect and LEED Accredited Professional with a personal passion for sustainable and energy efficient design. She founded Cooper Green Design, an architecture and building consulting practice, based in Northampton, Massachusetts, that provides design services, building envelope consulting, LEED consulting and campus sustainability assessments. In 2008, Ms. Cooper developed a 16-module campus sustainability assessment tool that complements the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, the AASHE Stars program.
Matthew O’Malia is an architect and American Institute of Architects Design Excellence Merit and Honor Award winner. He received a Bachelor in Environmental Design from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1993. Mr. O’Malia worked for architects in Frankfurt, Germany and New York City before completing his post graduate studies in architecture at the Staedelschule Kunst Akadame in Frankfurt in 1997. In 2008, Mr. O’Malia founded G O Logic with Alan Gibson.
Collin Olson has been a physicist with The Energy Conservatory since 1994, where his most important role is to provide technical support to researchers and other users of blower doors and related tools. In addition, he works on new techniques, analysis methods, hardware and software for measuring and understanding airflows and pressures in buildings.
F.L. Andrew Padian
F.L. Andrew Padian is Vice President for Energy Initiatives for The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), a not-for-profit affordable housing mortgage lender. There, he is working in the implementation of the Green Loan Program, working with CPC staff and building owners across New York State. He has 30 years of experience in building science and has performed detailed energy analysis on hundreds of buildings across the country. He lives in NYC and is involved in many sustainable causes there, including GreenHomeNYC, the Clinton Community Garden and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. He served as the Conference Chair of NESEA’s 2008 BuildingEnergy Conference in Boston and was Vice Chair of the 2009 Conference. In 2010, he received NESEA’s Distinguished Service Award, which has been awarded to only 12 people in the last 35 years.
Chrissa Pagitsas is the program manager for Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Green Initiative. In this role, Ms. Pagitsas develops and executes the strategy to integrate energy and water efficiency into Fannie Mae’s existing multifamily loan products and underwriting processes. Ms. Pagistas provides technical guidance on green multifamily financing, green building, LEED and ENERGY STAR. Her prior professional experience includes leading teams on energy management, renewable energy and IT projects in the US and Europe. Ms. Pagitsas holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
Paul Panish holds a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. He is a Certified Passive House Consultant, a RESNET-certified Energy Rater, and a Principal in the DEAP Energy Group, LLC, Advanced Building Analysis, LLC and a board member of Energy Raters of Massachusetts, Inc. Mr. Panish became interested in Solar Cell Technology while engaged in semiconductor research, and combined this interest with building science when he designed and helped build his off-grid passive solar home in Barrington, New Hampshire. Paul has been an active participant in NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House since 1998 and acted as consultant for the first Certified Passive House in Massachusetts.
Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham is the Senior Facilities Planner in Campus Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is responsible for master plan programming and planning for research, academic and administrative facilities and developing design guidelines. Ms. Pavlova often lectures on the topic of master planning and has helped author the first UMass Amherst Sustainability Plan. Ms. Pavlova-Gillham holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and European Cultural Studies from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia University.
Jeffrey Perlman is the President and Founder of Bright Power, Inc. Mr. Perlman spends his days solving the most challenging energy problems facing building owners today. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst and solar energy system designer, he is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as his is in a corporate board room.
James Petersen is founder of Petersen Engineering, a mechanical engineering firm. James received degrees in engineering and philosophy from the University of New Hampshire. His firm designs mechanical systems for buildings that are energy efficient, healthy, comfortable, simple and durable.
Joe Phillips leads IBM’s Global Business Services in the strategic development and deployment of Smarter Building solutions for government, higher education, and healthcare. He facilitates the adoption of advanced data acquisition, analytics, and event management to optimize the value of facilities as a critical enterprise asset. Joe is a registered architect with a quarter of a century of planning and designing mission critical facilities for science, technology and medicine. He has been responsible for the development and delivery of innovative solutions for buildings, campuses, and cities. He is a recognized expert in sustainability and serves on the NIBS Council for Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Joe is a graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, the University of Colorado with a Master of Architecture, and he earned an MBA in finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Paul Popinchalk has extensive experience in energy engineering, facilities management, renewable power system analysis, energy conservation, distributed generation and green building design, all of which he puts to good use in his position as Director of Engineering at Celtic Energy. Paul has significant experience developing strategic energy plans for campus facilities and integration of conservation, cogeneration and renewable energy systems. Mr. Popinchalk has served as a member of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board and is a current member of the Clean Energy Task Force for West Hartford, CT. He recently completed his service with the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Green Building Council.
Susan D. Pranger, AIA
Mark is Principal Consultant at Price Sustainability Associates, Inc., and has been collaborating with builders, architects, developers, policy makers and homeowners for over a decade on homes for an energy-constrained future. His work focuses on very high performance new homes, achieving deep energy reductions in existing homes, and partnering with the residential building industry to define and promote building best practices. Mark and his wife enjoy sustainable homesteading and are raising two boys, nine laying hens and around 20,000 honey bees in Maynard, Massachusetts.
Kevin Quilliam co-founded SRECTrade in 2007. He is a recognized expert in renewable energy markets, speaking regularly at conferences including ASES Solar 2011 and the Novogradac Financing Renewable Energy Conference. Mr. Quilliam works closely with utilities who act as SREC buyers as well as working with regulators and state agencies to help design, refine and implement state renewable portfolio standards. Mr. Quilliam has 15 years of experience as an aircraft maintenance officer and search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard. Kevin completed his B.S. Degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Kimberley Quirk holds a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. After 25 years of engineering leadership and management jobs in various high tech companies around the Boston area, Ms. Quirk headed to New Hampshire to start a renewable energy business focused on providing information and products that people can use to lower their costs and become independent of fossil fuels and improve our environments. Ms. Quirk started the Energy Emporium of Enfield, New Hampshire in April 2009.
Bernice Radle works as a program coordinator for Buffalo Energy, one of Buffalo’s premier energy consulting firms. Ms. Radle is responsible for a wide range of tasks related to the energy retrofitting process including energy audits, utility bill analysis, building modeling and construction management. For the past three years, Ms. Radle has been managing a large energy retrofitting project that consists of 16 low-income, historic, multifamily buildings; three of which have received awards from NYSERDA for the highest actual energy savings in New York State. Ms. Radle also serves as the chair of WYNESA, the Western New York chapter of NESEA.
An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner in sustainability and regeneration Bill is a principal in three firms, the Integrative Design Collaborative, Regenesis, Inc., and Delving Deeper – green building consulting, living system design, and education organizations working to lift building and community planning into full integration and co-evolution with living systems. His work centers on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole-systems design process. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet.
Laura Richardson coordinates nine diverse State Energy Programs under the Recovery Act for the NH Office of Energy and Planning. In this role, she had gleaned many insights from overseeing work on building energy codes, wood-pellet system rebates, revolving loans for energy efficiency, etc. Ms. Richardson served as a co-chair for the DOE-EPA Energy Codes Working Group for the SEE Action Network. Additionally, she was the director of StayWarmNH, co-owner of Empowered Homes and a co-founder of the NH Sustainable Energy Association.
Rob is the Bioenergy Program Manager for the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER). His current activities include the development of new regulations on the use of biomass that address the complex issues of greenhouse gases and forest sustainability, coordinating the state’s efforts to encourage the installation of new low-emission, high-efficiency wood boilers, and providing technical assistance to municipalities. Mr. Rizzo previously worked at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA, where he was instrumental in their transition to a renewable energy powered campus, developing both curriculum and field applications of biomass thermal, biomass gasification CHP, and large wind and solar PV installations.
Ms. Robbins works in NYSERDA’s New York City office where she manages NYSERDA’s Cleaner Greener Communities Program, which provides funding for sustainability planning and implementation; and works on the development and implementation of green building and energy efficiency programs for multifamily residential buildings. Before coming to NYSERDA, Ms. Robbins worked at New York University’s Office of Strategic Assessment, Planning & Design where she worked on the development of NYU’s Design Standards & Guidelines and NYU’s 25-year real estate expansion plan.
Matt Root is a senior project manager for CSG’s consulting and construction group. Currently, Matt is focused on delivering CSG’s exterior enclosure commissioning services, which includes specification writing, construction oversight, and diagnostic testing for all building types. Matt joined CSG in 2004, serving as a HERS rater performing third-party verifications under the ENERGY STAR Homes and LEED for Homes programs. He has extensive experience in large building testing; blower door, duct blaster, and pressure differential testing, as well as infrared scanning and measuring air flow in ventilation systems. Matt holds M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brown University in mechanical engineering.
Marc Rosenbaum, of South Mountain Company is well known in NESEA circles as one who never lets ignorance stand in the way of expressing a firmly held opinion. He is a long time student of making good buildings and continues to be amazed that his clients put up with him.
Dr. Kurt Roth leads the Building Energy Efficiency Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His group collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test and evaluate energy-saving building technologies. At CSE, Dr. Roth also is the Principal Investigator for the Fraunhofer CSE-led Building America team. Dr. Roth has presented at numberous conferences and meetings and has authored more than 60 emerging technology articles for the ASHRAE Journal. Dr. Roth received his BS, MS and Ph.D degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of Sigma Xi, ASHRAE, ASES and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
David Rothenberg is the author of “Why Birds Sing,” which was published in six languages. Mr. Rothenberg’s first CD on ECM Records was released in 2010. His latest book, “Survival of the Beautiful,” appeared in October of 2011. Mr. Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Armin Rudd is a Principal Engineer at Building Science Corp. in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has a wide range of experience in residential and commercial buildings, especially focusing on space conditioning, ventilation, dehumidification, and product development.
During the past 10 years, David Ruggiero has held a diverse number of positions within the energy efficiency industry. He has worked as a licensed construction supervisor, a modular home designer, a HERS rater, a LEED for Homes rater, and as an energy-efficiency consultant. Presently at ICF International, Mr. Ruggiero works as a Technical Specialist offering support to a wide range of residential new construction and renewable energy programs and projects. He most recently authored the EPA Renewable Energy Ready Homes standard, and for the past two years has been the Program Manager for the Massachusetts Multifamily New Construction Pilot Program.
As Vice President for van Zelm Engineers, Robert Rutkowski leads a design team specializing health care projects. Building on his extensive experience in MEP design, Mr. Rutkowski has been working to integrate high performance HVAC and co-generation systems into health care facility design.
Andrew Savage is on the executive management team at AllEarth Renewables as the company’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs. In this position, he has served on Renewable Energy Vermont’s legislative committee (as 2011 Chair) where he helped develop and pass Vermont’s first-in-the-nation solar registration program and statewide solar adder. Previously, Mr. Savage served as deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Vermont Congressman Peter Welch where he managed the Congressman’s legislative team and helped author a U.S. House-passed $6 billion national energy efficiency program. Mr. Savage holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.
Janet Sawin is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute and a member of the Institute’s Energy and Climate Change team. She joined Worldwatch in 2002, shortly after earning Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied energy and environmental policy. While at Worldwatch, Janet has advised policymakers from the United States, China, and elsewhere on renewable energy policies and policy design and has provided guidance on drafts of China’s renewable energy law (2005) and U.S. Congressional legislation. She authored the Thematic Background Paper on National Policy Instruments for the 2004 International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany, and provided strategic guidance for the 2008 U.S. Department of Energy report 20% Wind Energy by 2030. Janet was research director and a lead author of the REN21 Renewable Energy Global Status Report 2009 Update and was the key U.S. correspondent for the three previous REN21 status reports. In late 2008, she was selected as a Lead Author of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation.
Sara Schley is the founder and President of Seed Systems, an international consulting company established in 1994. Seed Systems uses systems thinking while working with individuals, teams, organizations and networks to accelerate the transformation to a planet where all thrives. Ms. Schley has worked in business, non-profit, government and academic sectors; creating, designing, facilitating, teaching and coaching leadership programs and culture change initiatives for sustainability. Sara was the co-creator and leader for 10 years of the SoL Sustainability Consortium as well as the Women Leading Sustainability Network. Ms. Schley is the co-founder of Women in Power and co-authored Learning for Sustainability (SoL, 2006), and The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Creat a Sustainable World (Doubleday, 2008). She earned her MBS from University of Massachusetts and holds a BA from Brown University.
Mike Schofield has been with Conservation Services Group in 1989 and oversees ENERGY STAR certifications in new construction projects in the Boston area. Schofield specializes in building methods that are cost effective and improve durability, focusing on multifamily and public housing.
Christopher J. Schumacher is a Principal at Building Science Corporation and is recognized as an expert in the field of building monitoring and building systems and enclosure testing. He has lead the design, installation and analysis of monitoring systems as far abroad as Mongolia and New Zealand.
Dallase Scott is the Sustainability Program Manager at GreenerU. Prior to joining GreenerU in 2010, Ms. Scott has worked at Tufts University in the Office of Sustainability and at the Institute of the Environment. She also worked with the Peace Corps from 2006-2008 in St. Lucia, where she worked with different environmental organizations and created a community level youth environmental club that worked to create an environmental behavior change program. Ms. Scott holds a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and Environmental Education and Communication from Tufts University.
R. Carter Scott
Carter Scott is President of Transformations, Inc., a sustainable development/building company in Massachusetts. He is a leader in the Low Impact Development and Zero-Energy home movement. His Zero Energy Challenge home has been featured on the Discovery Channel.
Jesse Selman is a designer and project manager at Coldham and Hartman Architects. He has over a decade of experience growing food and creating and teaching regenerative agriculture infrastructure design. Mr. Selman lives in western Massachusetts where he builds resilience, soil and community with insulation and insolation.
Jigar Shah is the CEO of the Carbon War Room, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change and create a post-carbon economy. By bringing project finance and growth capital together with infrastructure entrepreneurs, corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO), Mr. Shah identifies and eliminates market barriers, driving environmental improvements alongside economic growth. Mr. Shah founded SunEdison in 2003 with a new business model, the solar power serives agreement business (SPSA). The SPSA model launched solar services into a multi-billion dollar industry. Mr. Shah is an expert on energy project finance, changing energy policy, working with entrenched stakeholders and convincing different types of customers to embrace energy technology.
Simon Shaw joined Architerra, and architectural firm in Boston, Massachusetts, after a decade of practice with one of Britain’s leading sustainable design firms, Feilden Clegg Bradley. Mr. Shaw has been responsible for an exceptional number of innovative green buildings encompassing academic, institutional, housing, medical and historical adaptive reuse projects. Mr. Shaw offers thorough knowledge of advanced architectural and engineering practices abroad and is a frequent presenter on sustainable design topics.
As Director of Innovative Technologies at Center for Energy and Environment, Lester Shen’s role is to keep abreast of the latest technology and energy efficiency trends and advances that can inform and enhance the development and delivery of current and future CEE’s projects. He also serves as a technical and program advisor to CEE projects and services and has been working on projects dealing with the residential and industrial energy efficiency.
Katherine Silverthorne has been Program Lead on U.S. Climate Change and headed the Climate Security Program at E3G where she still consults. An attorney by training, she has engaged in climate change policy since before the first Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1995. Before joining E3G, Katherine served as the director of policy for U.S. Climate Action Network (CAN), a network of more than 400 non-profit organizations around the globe established nearly twenty years ago to promote sound policy on climate change. Prior to joining U.S. CAN, Katherine served as the director for the US Climate Change Program of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Before joining WWF, she established the first climate change program for U.S. Public Interest Research Group in Washington, DC, which represents the interests of a nationwide network of Public Interest Research Groups active in more than 30 states. Katherine has served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.
Kristen Simmons is an architect and consultant with ICF, where she is developing and managing the Massachusetts multi-family energy efficiency pilot program. Ms. Simmons is also the principal of Kristen Simmons Architects in Boston, a practice that focuses on energy efficiency and sustainable design. She is the founder of Passive House New England and has been trained by the Passive House Institute U.S.
Tom Spielman is the IT Director at the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) in Minneapolis. In his over 20 years of experience, he has done everything from programming embedded systems to designing complex web applications. He received his Computer Science degree in 1987 and then went to work for US West in their Emergency Services division. After eight years, he moved into the non-profit world wanting to use his skills to directly benefit the larger community. In 1997, he found his dream job at CEE which allows him to combine his love of technology with his concern for the environment.
Kate Stephenson is the Executive Director of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. She came to Yestermorrow in 2002 with experience in planning and facilitating workshops on sustainability education, restoring historic gardens, researching bioenergy projects in developing countries and promoting land conservation. Ms. Stephenson is the volunteer Residential Green Building Advocate for the state of Vermont, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a co-founder of the Mad River Valley Localvore Project. She holds a Masters of Science in Management from Antioch University New England and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.
Marc Sternick is the Vice President and Senior Project Architect for Dietz & Company Architects and oversees their affordable housing and green building efforts. Marc has spent over 25 years assessing, designing and constructing high performance, affordable housing.
William Stillinger is President of PV Squared, a worker owned cooperative and renewable energy system integrator. He serves on the board of directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE). He was chairman of the 2004 Building Energy conference and served on the NESEA board for several years.
John F. Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a principal at Building Science Corporation and a professor of building science in the Civil Engineering Department and School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Steven J. Strong is President of Solar Design Associates, Inc., a group of engineers and architects dedicated exclusively to the engineering and integration of renewable energy systems. Drawing on his background in engineering and architecture, Steven has earned his firm an international reputation in pioneering the integration of PV for buildings.
Juan Suarez brings over 10 years of experience as an award-winning general contractor to the team. At Unirac, Mr. Suarez has tripled the company’s patent portfolio in less than two years and has led the engineering and product development process to achieve ISO 9001 certification. Prior to working at Unirac, Mr. Suarez owned his own construction and development company specializing in green building. Mr. Suarez holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University.
Dillon Sussman is a sustainability coach, landscape designer and founding partner of Ground Truth Design. His work facilitates clients’ personal transformation through the design of holistic land and building systems. Mr. Sussman holds an MA from the Conway School of Landscape Design.
Joseph Swift is a Residential Operations Supervisor in Connecticut Light and Power’s Conservation and Load Management Department at Northeast Utilities. He has over 16 years of residential conservation experience. Mr. Swift has authored several technical papers on residential new construction and ductless heat pumps, and has taught building science seminars to building professionals in Connecticut. In 2010, Swift co-authored a technical paper on ductless heat pumps that was presented at the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference in France.
Woody Tunstall has been employed with Tunsall Corporation, a recognized leader in the steam and hydronics industry, for 11 years. There, he performs energy audits and designs energy management solutions for Energy Savings Companies (ESCOs). By meeting with facility managers to develop energy studies for universities, hospitals, government institutions and industries in the private sector, he helps them outline energy related solutions which will maximize savings as well as suggest alternative energy practices. Mr. Tunstall hold a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
Kohta Ueno is a Senior Associate at Building Science Corporation, a building science and architecture firm with offices in Boston and Waterloo, Ontario. Ueno’s responsibilities include forensic field investigations, energy and hydrothermal modeling, building science research and field testing.
Fred Unger, President of Heartwood Group has worked in green building, real estate development and renewable energy since the 1970s. He manages operations for BCC Solar Energy Advantage, Inc. and has also managed teams developing wind projects.
John B. Unger Murphy
John Unger Murphy is a building envelope specialist concerned with integrity in building insulations, air-leakage control, and moisture management. He owns and operates Murphy’s CELL-TECH, LLC, serving the construction industry with excellence in energy efficient performance installations. Mr. Unger Murphy owns and operates Murphy’s Zero Energy Building, Inc., consulting with owners, builders and architects to achieve net zero energy building. He has been teaching since 1992 about insulations and builder performance and is the author of technical and editorial columns in Vermont Builder/Architect and Green Energy Times.
Tim Van Epps
Mr. Van Epps joined Sandri, a third generation full-service energy provider and fuel distributor, in 2005 and was promoted to President in 2007. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company as well as managing its growth, which has been significant since he has become involved with the organization. Prior to joining Sandri, Mr. Van Epps was a Senior Financial Consultant at Sovereign Bank and before that was the Senior Vice President of Investments at BNY Mellon Financial. Mr. Van Epps holds a B.S. from Ithaca College.
Neil Veilleux is a project consultant with Meister Consultants Group , a Boston-based sustainability consultancy. Mr. Veilleux works with both public and private sector clients on clean energy strategy and program development. In past projects, Mr. Veilleux has created GIS-based waste-shed analyses for the City of Boston, collaborated with city leaders to develop New York City’s solar strategy, and analyzed US and German approaches to biogas market development. Before joining MCG, Mr. Veilleux managed warehouse operations at an industrial supply distributor in Atlanta. He earned a B.A. from The University of the South and a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University. He has served as a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Fulbright scholar in Germany.
Tyler Volk is Science Director for Environmental Studies and Professor of Biology at New York University. Volk’s books include “CO2 Rising: The World’s Greatest Environmental Challenge,” “Metapatterns Across Space, Time, and Mind,” and “Gaia’s Body: Toward a Physiology of Earth.”
Chris Vreeland is a licensed professional engineer and principal of Precision Decisions, LLC. His firm provides engineering support to numerous solar installation contractors, solar equipment manufacturers, and directly to facility and home owners. He has a decade of experience with solar PV and hot water, including work on over 500 solar projects. Mr. Vreeland holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from RPI.
Adam Wade is an attorney in Foley Hoag LLP’s Energy Technologies and Renewables practice group. He specializes in advising clients in renewable energy project finance and development. He represents developers of wind, solar and other renewable energy production facilities in connection with corporate finance matters, debt financing, power purchase agreements, renewable energy credit sales and related regulatory matters.
Robert Walters has been involved in the hot water heating industry for almost 30 years, gaining expertise in many different areas. Mr. Waters joined Viessmann Manufacturing in 1995 and manages the Solar Products Division. His responsibilities include residential and commercial project design support, solar software simulations, solar training seminars and new product introduction and literature development. Mr. Walters also oversees Viessmann Academy, which delivers training seminars on all Viessmann products for contractors, wholesalers and engineers.
Angela Watson is a Principal at the national architecture and planning firm of Shepley Bulfinch, where she works closely with leading healthcare clients. A passionate teacher and mentor, she focuses on the intersection of research, practice, and education.
Donald Watson, FAIA, is an architect and author. His current focus is community and regional planning for climate risk preparedness and resilience. Mr. Watson was Visiting Professor and Dean of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1990 to 2000. He received the 2008 Leadership Award from the US Green Building Council as an AIA/COTE founder and also received the 2002 Distinguished Professor Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Among many publications, Mr. Watson is the editor of “Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design” (McGraw-Hill, 2002) and co-authored “Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change.”
Andrew Webster is a Designer and Project Manager at Coldham & Hartman Architects, where he focuses on deep energy reductions in existing homes. He is now a veteran of two Deep Energy Retrofit pilot programs, co-wrote and taught “Zero Energy Homes: How, Why and If,” for the Boston Architectural College, and enjoys being an energy geek.
Steven Weisman is the Vice President of Peregrine Energy Group. His expertise includes program and project design and implementation, strategic planning, and community resource development in energy efficiency and renewable energy development. He brings 30 years of experience in the energy services field to Peregrine, where he currently serves as the lead on an array of major consulting projects. Before joining Peregrine in 2005, Mr. Weisman served as Director of the Green Power Group for the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. Steven holds a Masters Degree in Regional Planning with a focus on Community Resource Development.
Kelly Westby is an Energy Engineer for Steven Winter Associates with specific experience in energy audits, benchmarking, building science and energy efficiency retrofitting. She is focused on improving existing multifamily buildings in the New York City area and throughout the Northeast, and has completed energy audits on millions of square feet of existing buildings. Ms. Westby’s work also includes other aspects of new construction and existing buildings such as site inspections, energy modeling and commissioning. Ms. Westby has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Columbia University.
Blake Williams is an architect at Dietz & Company Architects, Inc. in Springfield, Massachusetts where he works closely with clients on a variety of projects in architecture and planning. Mr. Williams regularly teaches students of architecture at the college level. Currently, his design for an ecological overlay zone on Manhattan is on display at the Museum of the City of New York. Mr. Williams holds a bachelor of architecture from the University of Washington and a master of architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alex Wilson is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc., the Brattleboro-based publisher (since 1992) of Environmental Building News, the nation’s oldest and most respected publication on green building. He has written numerous articles on resilience and passive survivability, including a 2008 article in the International Code Council’s magazine Building Safety Journal, and this was his major focus during an eight-month sabbatical in 2011.
Jason Wilson is the Director of Operations at Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN). Mr. Wilson provides direct support to the Executive Director in the areas of Operations Management, Community Outreach, Preservation Planning and Programming. Prior to joining PBN, Mr. Wilson worked as a Project Manager for a local historic preservation consulting firm assisting property owners, developers and municipalities with urban design and historic preservation services. Mr. Wilson holds a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Buffalo.
Scott Wisdom works on US Bank’s lending team covering New England. Mr. Wisdom is a member of the bank’s Environmental Stewardship Council. He received his MBA with honors from Babson College and is an advisory board member for Principal Real Estate Investors’ Green Property Fund.
Jamie Wolf operates Wolfworks in Avon, CT, a residential design build company striving to understand how best to create homes that look good, work well, and feel good to be in. We endeavor to build responsibly; we believe this is good building, not green building.
Brad Wurtz is President and CEO of Power Assure. His 20-year career encompasses leadership roles in growing high technology companies in the global telecommunications and data center networking markets. Before joining Power Assure, Brad served as president for networking start-up, Compass Electro-Optical Systems, and as president and CEO of Caspian Networks. While at Cisco, Wurtz was Vice President and General Manager for both the carrier packet voice business and the multi-service switching business (formerly Stratacom). Mr. Wurtz holds a BA from the University of California/Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.
Peter Yost is the Director of Residential Services for BuildingGreen, LLC in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high performance homes for more than twenty years. His expertise ranges from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability. Peter is currently Technical Director for GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, an instructor for the Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Certificate program and an adjunct faculty member of the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst.
As a VP and Director of Steven Winter Associates’ Multifamily Energy Services, Marc Zuluaga has directed energy audits on over 20,000 million square feet of existing buildings and leads a team committed to applying a rigorous technical approach to the evaluation and implementation of a wide range of building upgrades.