PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium 2013 Detailed Session and Panelist List

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This session will highlight three influential leaders in the sustainability movement.  Mark Alan Hughes will bring his eclectic experience to attendees in the area of behavior change and market transformation.  James C. Fish is the EVP and CFO at Waste Management and will discuss how the company is changing its business model from one that relies on putting trash in landfills to one that takes advantage of opportunities in waste to energy and organics recycling. Rob Powelson is the Chairman of the PA  Utility Commission and will be addressing the state’s most pressing energy issues, including the controversial Marcellus Shale project.

  • Mark Alan Hughes: Professor of Practice & Advisor to the Provost on Sustainability, Innovation and Policy, PennDesign
  • James C. Fish, Jr: EVP & CFO, Waste Management
  • Rob Powelson: Chairman, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission



This session will highlight the exciting trend of food as an entry point for the sustainability movement.  Moderator, author and food activist, Nic Esposito will lead a discussion that includes Jeff Benjamin from the Vetri Foundation, a non-profit branch of the famous Vetri Restaurant Group that focuses on bringing fresh food and community dining to underserved schools, Neal McCarthy, a national leader in the farm to chef movement and Doug Lawrence, a former Wall Street guru who has turned his attention towards turning commercial real estate buildings into urban farms that employ inner city youth.

  • Moderator: Nic Esposito: Founder, The Head and The Hand Press
  • Jeff Benjamin: Founder and Tia McDonald: Director of Culinary Operations, Vetri Foundation
  • Neal McCarthy: Owner & GM, Miller Union Farm to Chef Restaurant in Atlanta
  • Viki Radden: Managing Partner, 5 Stone Capital


COMMUNITY TRACK (6th Floor 605):


Session 1 – Sustainable Communities (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“Keeping it local”

This session will highlight the role of local government in making our communities sustainable.  Attendees will hear from representatives of both large and small cities (Philadelphia and Easton) in Pennsylvania and a county (Camden) in New Jersey, all of whom are addressing sustainability in a comprehensive manner through policy, planning, conservation, resource management and community engagement.  In addition, a representative from the country’s first statewide municipal certification program, Sustainable Jersey, will provide an overview of their program, which now has over half of the towns in NJ registered or certified.

  • Moderator: Brenda Jorett: Owner, What’s Next Productions and Communications Director, Sustainable Cherry Hill
  • Randall Solomon: Co-Director, Sustainable Jersey
  • Alex Dews: Policy & Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
  • Jeffrey L. Nash: Freeholder, Camden County Board of Freeholders, NJ
  • Mayor Panto: City of Easton, PA


Session 2 – Green Schools (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Integrating facilities, health and learning”

This session will integrate the three pillars of the US Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program. The panel will be moderated by Mike Walsh, Deputy Administrator of the PA Department of Education and advocate of the Green Ribbon Schools program.  Experts in the fields of  education, health and the environmental impact of school buildings will help attendees understand the unique challenges and opportunities of each pillar as well as dialogue about ways to create connections between pillars.  In addition,  the group will hear from the students themselves, about why green schools are important for their future.

  • Moderator: Mike Walsh: Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Education
  • Jaimie Cloud: Founder & President, The Cloud Institute
  • Tom Schneider: Manager of Energy & Operational Efficiency, North Penn School District
  • Mark Bishop: VP of Policy & Communications, Healthy Schools Campaign
  • Rashaun Williams: Student, Temple University and President & Founder, Phresh Philadelphia
  • Jack Braunstein: Student, Cherry Hill High School East


Session 3 – Triple Bottom Line Business (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Creating a new mold for a new economy”

This session will highlight the role of the “Triple Bottom Line” (TBL) in creating a sustainable economy in the United States.  Attendees will learn about the opportunities and challenges faced by two successful TBL businesses in Philadelphia. They will also hear first hand about the policy issues facing our elected officials as they make decisions at the state and national levels about sustainable businesses from the founder of the American Sustainable Business Council an expert in Benefit Corporations and B Corp (a program that benchmarks, measures and creates a community of like minded B Corp. companies).

  • Moderator: Monica Hennessy: Partner, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, LLP.
  • David Levine: Co-Founder & CEO, American Sustainable Business Council
  • Jonathan Latko: Adjunct Faculty Member & Director of Computer Recycling Center, Temple University
  • Fern Gookin: Director of Sustainability, Revolution Recovery
  • William Clark: Partner, Drinker Biddle


BIG THINGS TRACK (Lower Level 33):


Session 1 – Big Manufacturers (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“Measuring, monitoring and verifying resource usage”

This session will highlight the importance of measuring, monitoring and verifying resource usage for businesses interested in improving their green initiatives. Panelists from various-sized companies will discuss what systems they have put into place, what works for them, what information is useful to measure and how tracking this information has helped them learn where they could improve and areas they are doing well.  Examples of successful programs will be shared, as well as what big manufacturing companies use to engage their employees, suppliers and customers in their green programs.

  • Moderator: Joe Healy: Managing Principal, Wallace Roberts & Todd
  • Dennis Wilson: Director of Product Stewardship & Sustainability, Saint-Gobain
  • Dave Kitts: VP, Environment, Mannington Mills
  • Amy Whiteluke: Territory Sales Leader, Mid-Atlantic, Lutron
  • Dan Daggett: Director of Product Stewardship & Sustainability, Sealed Air
  • Anne Cutler: Higher Education Business Consultant & Catherine Reeves: Director, Employee Health & Safety Communications & Systems, Xerox Corporation


Session 2 – Big Owners (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Showing leadership in large portfolios”

This session will highlight what major, national landlord/development companies are doing to create a more sustainable approach to their company. Panelists will highlight the initiatives they have taken on, as well as what has worked for them in achieving their sustainable goals and what has not worked and why. Listeners will also learn what the big owners have learned from their experiences implementing their initiatives- both good and bad. Panelists will also discuss the importance of being leaders in the sustainable arena, as well as the challenges they have experienced.

  • Moderator: Brad Molotsky: EVP & General Counsel, Brandywine Realty Trust
  • Sukanya Paciorek: VP of Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust
  • Jay Black: Director of Sustainability, SL Green
  • Lisa Mize: Senior VP, Shorenstein Realty Services
  • Brenna Walraven: Managing Director, USAA Realty Company


Session 3 – Big Users (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Focusing on space, purchasing, lighting, electricity and more”

This session will highlight what large users of space focus on in order to be a more sustainable user of those spaces and resources they consume. Panelists will share how their company achieves a more sustainable result by focusing on certain space layouts, modifying purchasing of products, and other ways to make the use of electricity/lighting and HVAC more efficient.  Listeners will learn how consumers of large amounts of  resources can successfully achieve are more sustainable results through planning, negotiating and being creative in purchasing.

  • Moderator: Nancy Cleveland: Co-Founder & Principal, Resonate
  • Pamela Alabaster: Senior VP of Corporate Communications, Sustainable Development & Public Affairs, L’Oreal
  • Nancy Rogers: Senior VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Cavarly Garrett: Senior Asset Manager, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Keith Sutter: Senior Product Director, Sustainable Brand Marketing, Johnson & Johnson


YO, WHAT'S UP PHILLY? TRACK (Lower Level 35):


Session 1 – University Green (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“What’s next? Facilities, student engagement and curriculum”

This session will highlight how colleges and universities are taking sustainability to the next level by moving beyond the traditional approach of looking at facilities, student engagement and curriculum as separate issues and taking a more integrated philosophy to greening their campuses. Attendees will hear from representatives from five universities across Philadelphia and NJ about how they are making connections between energy conservation, green building, green jobs, waste reduction and more.

  • Moderator: Lynne Andersson: Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, Temple University, Fox School of Business
  • Kathleen Grady: Director of Sustainability, Temple University
  • Curt Hess: Senior VP of Real Estate Operations, Philadelphia Science Center
  • Anne Papageorge: VP of Facilities & Real Estate Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer Senick: Executive Director, Center for Green Buildings, Rutgers University
  • Patrick Hossay: Associate Professor of Sustainability, Stockton College


Session 2 – Sports Stadiums (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Betting on sustainability?”

This session will highlight how Philadelphia sports stadiums are driving change through their purchasing and supply chain, energy and waste decisions. In addition to these operational changes, many sports teams are using community outreach and leading by example in an effort to influence fans throughout the Philadelphia region.  Specific examples include use of renewable energy, recycling and upgrades in energy efficiency.

  • Moderator: Stephen Ashkin: Founder & CEO, Sustainability Dashboards, Inc.
  • Carl Cherkin: VP of Business Relations, PPL Park / Philadelphia Union
  • Dan Schupsky: Aquatics Coordinator and Assistant M&W Swim Coach, University of Pennsylvania
  • Leonard Bonacci: VP, Event Services and Event Operations, Philadelphia Eagles


Session 3 – Cultural Institutions (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Redefining Philadelphia culture”

This session will highlight the ways in which green building and sustainability are redefining Philadelphia cultural institutions.  Attendees will hear from the Project Executive of the LEED Platinum Barnes Foundation (art museum) about how he used green building principles to meet the needs of the art, the museums budget and the environment.  A representative from the Philadelphia Zoo will discuss how they are using polar bears to educate the public about energy conservation and climate change and how the Academy of Natural Sciences is using their institution to bring businesses together to work on corporate sustainability.

  • Moderator: Heather Blakeslee: Deputy Executive Director, Communications & Strategic Initiatives, Delaware Valley Green Building Council
  • Bill McDowell: Project Executive, Barnes Foundation
  • Roland Wall: Senior Director, Environmental Initiatives, Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Kristen Lewis-Waldron: Director of Education, Philadelphia Zoo
  • Karen Young: Director, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center


POWER UP TRACK (6th Floor 607):


Session 1 – Energy Sources and Uses (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“Shifting our power mix towards clean energy”

This session will highlight the supply and demand of our US power sources and uses, identifying the potential benefits of shifting our power mix towards cleaner energy. Panelists will enlighten the listeners on the benefits of cleaner energy and what new technology is on the horizon for wind, solar, and beyond, as well as the data base being updated and used to measure energy (CBECS).

  • Moderator: Ken Kulak: Partner, Morgan Lewis
  • Rob Watson: Chairman, CEO & Chief Scientist, EcoTech International
  • George Henderson: Chief Commercial Officer, EverPower Wind
  • Dean Musser: President & CEO, Tangent Energy Solutions, Inc.


Session 2 – Utilities and the Grid (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Demand response – making money from the grid”

This session will highlight how demand response can help businesses make money by participating in reducing their energy use during peak weather times. Panelists will share their tips and expertise on what demand response and economic benefits are, how the program works in the PJM,  what incentives are provided and how businesses can make the most of their participation.

  • Moderator: Lane Burt: Policy Director, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Nick Tornaritis: Business Development Manager, EnerNOC
  • Laurie Actman: Deputy Director, Energy Efficient Building Hub (EEB Hub)
  • Elinor Haider: Sales & Marketing Manager, Veolia Energy
  • Kevin Keenan: Project Manager, Tozour


Session 3 – Electricity 101 (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Intro to generation, distribution and usage”

This session will highlight the basics of how electricity is generated, distributed to the public and, ultimately used by the public and by buildings. Panelists will give insight into where electricity consumption occurs and what the usage of electricity may be in the future. The panelists will also give different perspectives from owning and operating buildings to distribution of electricity.

  • Moderator: Jim Boyle: President & CEO, Sustainability Roundtable, Inc.
  • Andrew Bakey: Regional Sales Manager, PPL EnergyPlus
  • Phil Eastman, Jr.: Manager, Economic Development, PECO
  • Don Haas: Director of Operations – Three Logan Square, Brandywine Realty Trust




Session 1 – Green Building Rating Systems (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“Unlocking the value of energy efficiency with Energy Star, the Better Buildings Challenge and more"

This session is an introduction of different green labels and  what the LEED program is, how it was started and how it is used.  The session will also feature other sustainability programs  that help to promote green initiatives, as well as make data uniform for comparison across different fields. Panelists will explain the benefits of these programs and how the various green certifications/labels have helped them in their fields.

  • Moderator: Rudi Miklosvary: EVP, Global Carbon Systems, Inc.
  • Matt Weko: VP, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Jean Lupinacci: Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch, U.S. EPA
  • Maria Vargas: Director, Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge, U.S. Department of Energy


Session 2 – Codes and Disclosure Mandates (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“The key to market transformation?”

This session will highlight new energy and electric codes and disclosure mandates for construction of new and existing buildings.  Panelists will discuss the likelihood of additional mandates and whether these mandates are necessary to drive a transformation in thinking regarding  energy efficiency and the more sustainable use of space. Discussion on what drives transformation will be highlighted by the various expertise of the panelists in this field.

  • Moderator: Abby O’Brien: Sales Executive, County Line Nurseries, Inc.
  • Shari Shapiro: Associate, Cozen O’Connor
  • Katherine Gajewski: Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
  • Cliff Majersik: Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation
  • Priscilla Richards: Program Manager New Construction, NYSERDA


Session 3 – LEED v4 (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Moving towards net positive buildings”

This session will highlight what a net positive building is, how it is achieved and what challenges are presented. Panelists will give examples from the landlord/developer perspective, as well as from the organizations that help support their decisions on whether to attempt LEED certification.  In particular, the program will discuss the upcoming changes in LEED v4 vs LEED v3 and provide an update on both the ongoing materials and plastics controversy and on the GSA’s decision on LEED.

  • Moderator: Janet Milkman: Executive Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council
  • Doug Gatlin: VP, LEED and Product Management, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Jim Lutz: Senior VP of Development, Liberty Property Trust
  • Michael Pavelsky: Associate & Sustainability Director, The Sheward Partnership




Session 1 – Metering and Automation (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“From basics to building the business case”

This session will highlight the benefits of metering and automation as a conduit to obtaining real-time data and visibility into the operations of today’s commercial buildings.  We’ll build from how to access basic building data, to advanced analytics and predictive control strategies, to intelligent automation of building systems -- as well as present the business case for implementing these technologies in a single building and across an entire portfolio.  Panelists will present case studies demonstrating metering, automation, and advanced control projects and discuss the benefits and challenges they encountered along the way.

  • Moderator: Darlene Pope: President & CEO, CoR Advisors
  • Matt Dugan: President, DVL Automation
  • Olav Hegland: Senior Director, Energy & Sustainability, AtSite
  • David Bovankovich: VP, Engineering & Business Development, E-MON
  • Derek Johnson: VP of Global Operations, Building IQ


Session 2 – Your Home (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Avoid energy waste and save money”

This session will highlight how individuals can become energy efficient in their own homes and save money and avoid waste. Panelists will give real examples of how to achieve these goals and help the homeowner with practical tips on energy efficiency.

  • Moderator: Scott Downie: Principal, Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
  • Fred Hutchinson: CEO, Hutchinson
  • Jeff Bartos: President & CEO, Mark Group
  • Rich Selverian: CFO/COO & Business Director, Magrann & Associates
  • Dave Hahn: Director of Construction & Corporate Operations, CPM Housing Group


Session 3 – Electric Vehicles (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“A realistic alternative to oil?”

This session will highlight the evolution of the electric vehicle and what the future holds for these machines. Panelists will discuss how realistic this form of alternative transportation is as an alternative to fossil fuel burning vehicles and/or CNG vehicles. Facts, history and determinations of future use will be discussed.

  • Moderator: Peter Fontaine: Co-Chair, Energy, Environmental & Public Utility Practice Group, Cozen O’Connor
  • Frank Reisenburger: Chair, Environmental & Real Estate Law Departments, Flaster Greenberg
  • Marc Sobelman: Regional Manager, ECOtality
  • Simon Hauger & Joseph Olivo: Teacher and Student, The Sustainability Workshop
  • Bill SeltenheimChevrolet Product Trainer, GP Strategies




Session 1 – Natural Gas (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“PA Promised Land: Fact or Fiction / Marcellus: Boom or Bust”

This session will highlight the positives and negatives of drilling and fracking  for natural gas in Pennsylvania. The panelists will also discuss the role Pennsylvania will likely play in the natural gas arena as a generator, distributor and shipper. They will also discuss Marcellus Shale and the impact that Marcellus Shale as already had on Pennsylvania and the region.

  • Moderator: Andrew Maykuth: Business News Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Andrew Place: Corporate Director of Energy & Environment, EQT Corporation
  • Jay Duffy: Staff Attorney, Clean Air Council
  • Mike Meloy: Partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox


Session 2 – Green Infrastructure (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Rethinking roads, bridges and waterways”

This session will highlight the existing state of our infrastructure and how we can rethink infrastructure in the region by focusing on greener alternatives in the reconstruction/upgrading of our roads, bridges and waterways. Panelists will give key information on what can be done; how it can be done and how likely it is to happen in our region. They will also highlight the pros and open questions of greener infrastructure.

  • Moderator: Joe Manko: Partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox
  • Christine Knapp: Director of Strategic Partnerships, Philadelphia Water Department
  • Mark Celoni: VP & Office Director, Philadelphia, Pennoni
  • Barry Seymour: Executive Director, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • Andy Kricun: Executive Director & Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utility Authority


Session 3 – WTF: Waste, Trash and Fuel (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Is zero waste possible?”

This session will highlight the various ways to dispose waste and trash and if zero waste is really practical. Panelists will lend their expertise in the area of recycling/diversion to weigh in on what is entailed in zero waste achievement and if it is possible for all types of organizations to achieve. Listeners will benefit from panelists experience, as well as be educated on trash to energy, e-waste and recycling.

  • Moderator: Tad Radzinski: President, Sustainable Solutions Corp.
  • Tara Hemmer: Area VP, Waste Management
  • Mike McGuire: Enterprise Account Executive, Business Solutions Group, MPC
  • Dieter Scheel: VP, Business Development, Sustainable Waste Solutions
  • Rocco D’Antonio: CEO, Organic Diversion




Session 1 – Corporate Sustainability (9:00 – 10:00 AM)

“Where’s the value?”

This session will highlight what, if any, value an organization derives by engaging and executing on a corporate sustainability plan. Panelists will discuss the positives and negatives of getting corporations on board with corporate-wide sustainability. Listeners will hear examples of success stories and what was done to achieve corporate sustainability, as well as key challenges faced. Panelists will also discuss their own view of how they analyzed the cost/benefit analysis on these programs.

  • Moderator: Bill Sisson: Director of Sustainability, United Technologies Research Center
  • Bennett Thomas: VP of Finance & Sustainability, Hersha Hospitality Trust
  • Nada Sutic: Director of Sustainability, Strategic Resources Group, Bentall Kennedy
  • Nicholas Stolatis: Senior Director of Global Sustainability & Enterprise Initiatives, TIAA-CREFF Global Real Estate
  • Michael Barry: Sustainability Program Manager, Marketing Development, Bloomberg


Session 2 – Incentives and Funding Sources (10:10 – 11:10 AM)

“Reducing the payback period”

This session will highlight to the importance of utilizing existing funding sources at the state and federal levels in order to make an energy efficient or renewable project more attractive and/or more feasible.  Panelists will speak to the realities of new legislation and/or modifications to existing programs to help reduce payback periods and other ways to fund incentives.

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Alpaugh: Managing Director, Global Real Estate Practice Leader, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Anne Nevins: Senior VP, Marketing Development, PIDC
  • Duane Desiderio: VP & Counsel, Real Estate Roundtable
  • Terry Hudgins: Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainable Services, Ernst & Young
  • Ed Hutchinson: President, Hutchinson Mechanical Services


Session 3 – Case Study: Empire State Building (11:20 – 12:20 PM)

“Behind the scenes of this deep retrofit”

This session will highlight and provide a case study of a major retrofit projects such as the Empire State Building and what the relevant systems and their payback period are.  Panelists will discuss the process of achieving a greener retrofit, as well as the challenges faced. Panelists will give practical tips on what to do to ensure companywide management, the most beneficial pay back for your money, and how the project can save you and your company time, money and frustration.

  • Moderator: Wendy Fok: Project Director, NRDC, Center for Market Innovation
  • Ajay Raju: Partner, Reed Smith
  • Matt Weko: VP, Jones Lang LaSalle