9:00am – 7:00pm | Sorenson Theater | Babson College

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This year's conference - Fifteen Shades of Green - is about how energy efficiency and sustainability has evolved into an integral part of every industry helping grow the top line and breaking the long held myth that sustainability is a cost center.



Our Distinguished Speakers

Doug Foy
Doug Foy CEO of Conservation Law Foundation,
former Super-Secretariat of Mass.

Doug Foy

Currently the President and CEO of Serrafix, an energy and transportation consulting company, Doug Foy spent 25 years as President and CEO of the Conseration Law Foundation before serving as Secretary of Commonwealth Development under Governor Mitt Romney. In this capacity, Doug oversaw the departments of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy. Doug has been a lifelong advocate of environmental awareness and defense and a leader of innovation in energy and transportation.
Jigar Shah
Jigar Shah Founder of SunEdison

Jigar Shah

In 2003 Jigar Shah founded SunEdison - one of the leading solar services companies in the world. Today as CEO of Carbon War Room which he founded in parntership with Richard Branson, Mr. Shah leads the think tank in its mission to find market based solutions to the world's climate change obstacles. With over a decade of experience founding and leading environmentally focused businesses, Mr. Shah is one of the premier minds bridging business and climate consciousness.
Dr. Kerry Healey
Dr. Kerry Healey President of Babson College

Dr. Kerry Healey

In almost three decades of service in government, academia and philanthropy, President Healey has spearheaded initiatives ranging from training female parliamentarians in Afghanistan to the establishment of Massachusetts’ leading edge healthcare reform. President Healey served as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Included among her many accomplishments in this role were successful efforts to expand legal protection of victims’ rights and acting as co-chair of the state’s Regional Competitiveness Councils. As Babson’s first female president Dr. Healey continues her long career of service, today leading Babson’s mission to create economic and social value as the preeminent institution in the world for Entrepreneurial Thought and Action.
Mark Donohue
Mark Donohue Babson Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

Mark Donohue

A serial entrepreneur, Mark Donohue has a lifetime of hands on experience leading companies and promoting innovation. Recognized in 2011 as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by the organization Trust Across America, Mark’s career has spanned industries from big data to pharmaceuticals. With a passion for innovation, environmentally focused initiatives, and an eye for opportunity, Mark founded Expansion Capital Partners, an investment fund focused on the cleantech sector, in 2001. Today Mark serves as Managing Director of Catalyst Insight Partners, as well as serving as board member or advisor to multiple companies.
Dr. John Warner
Dr. John Warner Warner Babcock Inst. for Green Chemistry

Dr. John Warner

John Warner is the President, CTO and a founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC. Prior to founding the Warner Babcock Institute, a research organization developing green chemistry technologies, Dr. Warner spent nearly a decade at Polaroid and then moved into academia as a tenured professor at UMass. Credited with over 200 patents, honored with honors including a Presidential Award, and named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries, Dr. Warner is a leading pioneer in green technology and green business.
Lynnette McIntire
Lynnette McIntire CEO of Silver Birch Communications

Lynnette McIntire

Lynnette McIntire is the CEO of Silver Birch Communications which specializes in sustainability communications and strategy, executive speechwriting, issues management and stakeholder engagement. She also is a Fellow of Social Innovation at Babson College's Lewis Center and teaches sustainability courses for Boston College's Center for Corporate Citizenship.

McIntire spent 17 years at UPS, managing Global Reputation Management, Sustainability Communication, Executive Communications and Public Relations programs. She served on the Corporate Sustainability Working Committee and The Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee. Her projects included leading the company's first Corporate Responsibility materiality assessment , stakeholder engagement, five sustainability reports, and sustainability program development. Her commentary about sustainability trends and programs are frequently featured in social media and at sustainability forums. While at UPS, Lynnette was a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Leadership Forum.

Before joining UPS, Lynnette managed marketing communications and employee communications for FedEx in the Asia Pacific Region. She also spent more than a decade with global public relations agencies, posted in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Minneapolis and Atlanta. career as a journalist writing for daily newspapers in Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

She resides in St. Paul, Minn. and Atlanta, Ga. Contact: lamcintire@hotmail.com
Craig Scott
Craig Scott Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales

Craig Scott

Mr. Scott is Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales. Within his role in the Advanced Technology Group, Mr. Scott is responsible for product planning and program development for alternative fuel vehicles including the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) and Scion iQ EV, Toyota’s newest city car electric vehicle. Additionally, Mr. Scott studies energy markets and sustainable development and in this capacity helps create future mobility strategies. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Scott was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA.

Mr. Scott has a BA in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles, California, near Toyota’s North American headquarters.
Marty Anderson
Marty Anderson Senior Lecturer in Management at Babson

Marty Anderson

Mr. Anderson has been on the Babson faculty since 1996, teaching in the MBA Program and at the School for Executive Education. His courses have included Global Supply Chain Management, Retailing in the Networked Economy, and Extended Enterprise Management. Mr. Anderson is responsible for "extended enterprise management" programs at Babson – a rapidly growing area that views demand and supply chains as unified emerging industry systems that link markets and supply chains. He has piloted innovative research and teaching methods in these areas.

Mr. Anderson conducts executive education programs world-wide in Strategy, Leadership, Technology, and Operational Implementation - for large companies and for start-ups.

Before joining Babson, Mr. Anderson had more than 20 years of business experience in market development, technology management, and supply chain management. He has worked with companies on linking markets to operations in more than 30 nations, and has researched the information technology that links organizations across industries. He has helped launch several start-ups and has helped turn around several global companies.

Mr. Anderson's clients have included: Home Depot, Compaq, EMC, Lucent, J. Walter Thompson, Mullen Advertising, Sodexho, PDVSA, Infinion, Siemens, Inchcape, BMW, SONY, ABB, Sun, FreeRide.com, Schwans Sales Enterprises, Gemplus, Novell, Cadbury-Schweppes, Whirlpool, General Motors, Andersen Consulting, JP Morgan, Ford, the National Auto Dealers Association, and a number of other retail companies. Mr. Anderson has advised governments around the world on technology and competitive policy, has testified many times before the U.S. Congress, has advised two White Houses and the European Parliament, and has managed two research programs at MIT.

Mr. Anderson also has industry expertise in automotive, consulting, electronics, high tech, manufacturing, and retail.

He has appeared in a variety of global news media, including Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.
Sonya Gustafson
Sonya Gustafson Product Manager at Ventyx

Sonya Gustafson

Sonya Gustafson has extensive industry experience in the power-market sector, specializing in North America’s deregulated wholesale-electric markets AKA Independent System Operator (ISO) markets. Sonya also specializes in market regulation, power plant generation & asset performance, in addition to transmission & distribution of electricity. Sonya advises an extensive list of clientele ranging from national utilities, federal & state government agencies, “all of the above” energy providers, and consulting firms. Sonya’s power-market expertise and management of substantially large data software serves as a direct-revenue impact solution for energy-market participants and regulators. Sonya will present her valuable insight on renewable energy’s penetration into the electric grid, and what renewable energy’s drastic impact means for current and future energy markets.
Alexander Sarly
Alexander Sarly Senior Project Dev. Manager at SolarCity

Alexander Sarly

Alex Sarly is Senior Project Development Manager at At SolarCity. His work involves helping a range of organizations understand, evaluate, and make informed procurement decisions with respect to various PV investment options before them.

Alex has worked in several East Coast PV markets including NJ, PA, PR, CT, and MA. Prior to joining the SolarCity team, Alex worked for 5 years at another leading solar services company with a national footprint, Borrego Solar Systems, where he developed over $45 MM of commercial and municipal government PV projects. His achievements in solar include projects with NewAge Industries (1MW rooftop in Upper Southampton PA), Herring Properties (1.24MW ground mount in Skillman, NJ) and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (3MW ground mount in Berkley, MA).

Alex earned a B.A. in Geography/Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C. He resides with his wife and two daughters in his childhood hometown of Wellesley, MA.
John Chaimanis
John Chaimanis Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure

John Chaimanis

Through Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, Mr. Chaimanis is providing access to real assets with contracted production to yield focused and impact investors.

Mr. Chaimanis is an experienced investment professional with proven success developing projects and deploying equity into profitable Sustainable Infrastructure projects, as well as shaping and leading entrepreneurial ventures path to success. He is a catalyst in organizations and a constant growth agent.

He has proven leadership coaching teams of experts through complex projects, building meaningful relationships, and applying highly analytical assessment to business plans and investment alternatives.

Throughout Mr.Chaimanis's career, he has held responsibility for budgets in excess of $10M, participated in closing over $500M of renewable energy investments, and two years post completion of his undergraduate studies, he was a founding leader of a charter school serving an inner city population in Boston.
Jay Dietrich
Jay Dietrich Program Manager: Climate Stewardship and Energy at IBM

Jay Dietrich

Jay Dietrich is an IBM Distinguished Engineer on the Corporate Environmental Affairs Staff, with global responsibilities for Climate Stewardship and Energy Management. He has been with the company for 32 years. He develops corporate policies, strategies, and goals and objectives in these areas and serves as an IBM representative to external government, NGO and industry groups on the subjects of product energy efficiency attributes, management and reduction of operational energy use and GHG emissions in data center, manufacturing, and office environments, energy and climate change programs, and work on GHG management activities in the supply chain. He works with IBM business divisions to promote energy efficiency in IBM’s operations and products and services, and translate those efforts into business and environmental value for IBM’s clients.

Jay has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Ezra Benjamin
Ezra Benjamin Principal Prog. Manager, Sustainability at EMC

Ezra Benjamin

Ezra Benjamin leads EMC’s global product take back and eWaste and global product social and environmental compliance programs within EMC’s Supply Chain organization. In these roles, Ezra manages cross-functional teams within EMC and engages outside stakeholders to define and implement EMC’s policies and strategies. Ezra also regularly advises clean-tech start-up companies. Prior to joining EMC, Ezra was a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a global environmental consultancy. At ERM, he assisted Fortune 500 companies in remediating contaminated sites, developing sustainability strategies and managing environmental risk. Ezra holds two degrees from Boston University, an MBA and a master’s in geochemistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.
Dallase Scott
Dallase Scott Manager of Sustainability Services at GreenerU

Dallase Scott

Dallase is the Manager of Sustainability Services at GreenerU where she leads a diverse team in developing behavior programs that are used in tandem with building energy efficiency upgrades at colleges and universities. She is currently leading GreenerU’s delivery of sustainability services at Babson College, where she serves as the College’s Director of Sustainability. Dallase has also lead much of GreenerU’s innovative sustainability work at Brown University. As a graduate student at Tufts University, Dallase developed and taught an undergraduate course designed to foster effective environmental activism.

Prior to Tufts, Dallase spend two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean teaching environmental education classes with a focus on behavior change. She has a diverse background in psychology and urban/environmental planning as well as a deep passion for environmental sustainability.
Eric Graham
Eric Graham Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdComfort

Eric Graham

Eric is a clean energy entrepreneur who is committed spreading energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Eric has helped many leading clean energy tech companies bring their technologies to market including EnerNOC, Fraunhofer CSE, Next Step Living and Building 36/Alarm.com. Eric Graham’s passion for developing and bringing transformative sustainable energy technologies to market has led him to start and manage businesses that have touched on every continent. He has engaged in cross-border trade in more than 30 countries, founding and/or growing a number of early and growth stage businesses.

Eric Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdComfort (the world’s first crowd sourced thermostat, www.crowdcomfort.com). CrowdComfort is crowd-sourcing building maintenance and comfort by empowering anyone to report on site-specific comfort and maintenance issues in real-time using their smart phones. Building managers and maintenance staff access aggregated data to improve comfort, optimize building performance and lower operational costs. Already installed at three alpha sites accounting for 150,000 square feet and 500 employees around the Boston area, CrowdComfort list of customers include organizations such as GE, EnerNOC, MBTA, Cadmus Group, and Orsam Sylvania with a growing pipeline of interested customers.

Previously, Eric led the energy efficiency financing efforts at Next Step Living where he developed several new methods for measuring savings through the use of home energy management devices. These methods are designed to enable innovative financing methods. He co-founded and directed the TechBridge program for the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) and established a federally and privately funded grant award initiative for early-stage clean energy companies, U-Launch. Eric also led the development of the Building Technology Showcase at the Fraunhofer CSE, a first-of-its-kind project representing the future of sustainable design and construction, in which leading manufacturers contribute cutting-edge technologies for building-integrated research, development, and demonstration.

Eric holds two globally issued patents covering ultra-low temperature refrigeration and transportation methods, using recycled CO2 gas as a refrigerant.
Kurt Roth
Kurt Roth Director, Building Efficiency at the Fraunhofer CSE

Kurt Roth

Dr. Kurt Roth is Director of the Building Energy Technologies Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His group collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, evaluate, and demonstrate energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth has led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, including HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and information (IT) technologies. In addition, he leads analyses to characterize building energy consumption by consumer electronics, IT, miscellaneous and electronic loads (MELS), and medical equipment. Prior to joining Fraunhofer CSE, he was a Principal in the Mechanical Systems group of TIAX LLC, formerly Arthur D. Little’s Technology & Innovation business. Dr. Roth has presented at numerous conferences and meetings, and authored more than sixty "Emerging Technology" articles for the ASHRAE Journal. Dr. Roth received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Solar Energy Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Sigma Xi.
Dan Gainsboro
Dan Gainsboro President of Genesis Planners, Inc.

Dan Gainsboro

Dan Gainsboro has been on a nearly 30-year quest to find ever-better ways to conceive and deliver building projects. An architect with a distinguished career in real estate development, he is a champion of smart, sustainable, and beautiful development that respects and protects the land. Currently, Dan is focused on the troubling concerns of increasing energy costs and the social and economic costs of un-managed suburban sprawl. His most recent project, Concord Riverwalk, is a pocket neighborhood of 13 high-performance homes in West Concord MA. The project applies low impact development techniques, sustainable design and achieves a Net Zero Energy standard. It was featured in the Boston Globe, the Herald, Boston Magazine, AARP Magazine, and on the DIY Network’s This New House. Concord Riverwalk was awarded Community of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders, an Urban Development Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism, an Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association, and a Design Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. Dan currently has a number of sustainable projects in development, including the new Grant Road neighborhood in Devens, MA.
Whitney Hopkins
Whitney Hopkins Co-Founder at Ground Design Lab

Whitney Hopkins

Whitney 
is 
a 
designer 
in 
both
 architecture
 and 
product
 design. 

She
 is 
a
 founding 
principal 
of 
Ground 
Design 
Lab, 
an 
interdisciplinary 
design
 group 
with 
expertise 
in 
ecology
 + 
people 
+ 
architecture. 

Additionally,
 she is 
a
 co‐founder
 of 
4b, 
a 
collective 
dedicated 
to 
solving
 issues
 of
 gender 
through
 design.


Ground 
Design
 Lab 
pulls 
together 
her 
different skills 
and 
expertise.
 Trained
 as 
a 
field 
ecologist,
 her
ecology
 expertise 
is 
in 
habitat 
mapping
 for
 conservation
 and 
restoration 
purposes. 

She 
uses 
ecology 
and
 biomimicry 
tools 
to
 make 
her 
projects 
more 
sustainable
 and 
connected 
to 
the 
environment.
 Having
 worked 
in 
product
 design 
for 
8 
years, 
she 
daily 
employed
 anthropological 
tools 
to
 study 
people 
to
 create 
innovative 
services 
and
 products. 

She 
now
 uses
 these 
techniques
 in 
architecture 
to
 make
 projects 
more
 relevant 
to
 the 
people 
using
 them.


4b
 is
 a
 design 
strategy 
collective 
that
 specializes
 in 
gender 
related 
to 
product
 design 
and 
branding.

 The 
collective 
is 
founded
 by three 
core 
members 
who
 were
 all 
founders 
of
 the
 FemmeDen, 
a 
group
 at
 the
 design
 consultancy 
Smart 
Design. 

4b 
looks 
into 
issues 
of 
gender 
and
 design 
and
 attempts 
to
 influence 
the
making 
of 
products 
that 
are 
more 
inclusive.


Having 
worked
 in
 countries 
of 
the 
developing 
world,
 she
 is 
highly 
interested 
in social
 issues
 that 
relate
 to 
design.

 Whitney’s 
first 
job 
out 
of 
college was 
for 
Engineers
 for 
a 
Sustainable 
World 
on
 a
 project 
to
 rebuild 
the 
tsunami‐devastated
 Andaman 
Islands.

 This 
concept
 of 
designing
 for
 the 
"other 
90%"
 captivated
 her, 
but
 she’s
 also 
interested 
in
 social issues 
that 
impact 
us 
closer to home.




Environmentally 
sustainable 
design, however, 
is 
her 
driving 
motivation. 

She
 says, 
“green
 design 
is 
the
 only 
reason 
I 
pursued 
design 
as 
a
 career.

 Having studied 
both 
biology 
and
 product 
design
 at 
Stanford, I
 panicked 
about
 career 
choices
 until 
I 
discovered 
that
 I 
could
 use 
biology 
in 
design
 to
 solve
 some 
the
 planet's 
problems. 

Biomimicry, 
in 
particular, 
balances 
my 
love 
of 
nature, 
my
 biology 
background,
 and my 
design
 interests. 

I 
am
 particularly 
interested 
in 
the
 overlaps 
between 
ecology
 and 
the
 built
 world.”


In
 2007,
 Whitney 
attended
 in 
the
 Biomimicry 
Guild’s 
Biomimicry
 and 
Design 
course 
in 
Costa 
Rica
 and
 the
 Biologist‐at‐the‐Design‐Table 
training 
in 
2008.
 She 
joined 
the 
Guild’s
 speaker’s 
bureau 
in
 2009.
Param Jaggi
Param Jaggi Founder of EcoViate

Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi is widely recognized as one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the environment and energy space. At the tender age of 18, he founded EcoViate, a green-tech start up that focuses on inexpensive, efficient, and disposable green products.

Mr. Jaggi has been passionate about environment and energy technologies since he was 12. He started doing formal lab research wherever he could find a lab space. When he was 13, he founded a fuel that was 'dense' enough to replace current fossil fuels. At 14, Mr. Jaggi invented an algae-filled bio-reactor device called “Algae Mobile” that fits over a car’s tailpipe and turns carbon dioxide emitted from a car into oxygen. He filed a patent for this invention in 2009, which was granted in 2013. He continued to do research on the micro-scaled bio-reactor and began exploring alternative sources of energy. At 17, he gathered experience with patents by working in a law patent office, Schultz & Associates. He also began to work as a research assistant at University of Texas at Dallas on marketing and design of a new bio-tech product.

In 2012, he joined Vanderbilt University for bachelors with Environmental Sustainability and Economics major. Mr. Jaggi has been featured in Forbes 30 under 30 for three consecutive years. He was named an INK Fellow and participated in the 2013 INK Conference. Mr. Jaggi was also a speaker at TEDxRedmond in 2013 and is on the board of USA Science and Engineering Festival. In 2013, he was featured in CNN's The Next List.
Daron Byerly
Daron Byerly Brand Manager - Innov. at Seventh Generation

Daron Byerly

Daron Byerly is an innovation-focused Brand Manager at Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading green brand of household and personal care products. In his first six years in Marketing, Daron launched over 30 new products across a range of categories from hand soap to paper towels to laundry detergent. He insists that all innovation win the triple crown of environmental authenticity, premium efficacy, and sustainable margins. His latest challenge is to lead a cross functional team comprised of R&D, Sales, Operations, and yes, Corporate Consciousness, to re-invent the disposable baby diaper.

Working in values-based CPG’s for 15 years, Daron believes that ‘doing the right thing’ is the foundation of a clear conscience. In the name of radical transparency, Daron championed full ingredient disclosure on packaging and created supplier audits that scored manufacturers on environmental and social responsibility.

Daron’s career path to marketing green products is a text-book case: B.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio University and an M.S in Statistics from the University of Vermont.
Gabe Shapiro
Gabe Shapiro VP of Outreach Prog. at Next Step Living™

Gabe Shapiro

Gabe leads the team of business development, event and canvassing staff that promote Next Step Living™ services to the community and a broad cross-section of partners, with whom we run co-branded home energy-efficiency programs.

Prior to Next Step Living, Gabe was the director of finance with Citizen Schools, an innovative national nonprofit that provides after-school programming to middle school students in low-income communities. He managed all financial operations of the $13 million organization including organizational and departmental budgeting, accounting and federal grant reporting. Long active in the clean energy sector, Gabe was co-director of the Boston chapter of Clean Power Now, recruiting and organizing community members to support renewable energy. He also worked as a consultant for the Monitor Group.

Gabe received his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, conducting his internship with the Eco Responsibility Department of Sun Microsystems, and his B.A. from Brown University. He’s a native of Georgetown, Mass.
Alexandra Adler
Alexandra Adler Sr. Director, Innov. & Entrep., NECEC

Alexandra Adler

Alexandra (Ali) Adler is a skilled manager, organizer and connector who lives and breathes energy, environment and sustainability. She is passionate about addressing the world’s greatest challenges through entrepreneurship, and her drive to connect people to key resources and contacts to help them succeed has led her to numerous roles supporting the development of clean technology companies, including her current role with NECEC developing and overseeing a variety of cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the northeast region. Alexandra is also Co-Chair of Cleantech Open Northeast, the region's premier cleantech start-up accelerator program. Formerly Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, she has supported more than 75 early-stage companies through regional entrepreneurship education, mentorship, and networking programs. Though still early in her career, Ali has managed a wide range of projects including three cleantech delegations for trade missions with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the first Global Clean Energy Week, the first annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report, and the College Sustainability Report Card. Ali was named one of 25 Innovation Amplifiers by the Boston Globe Innovation Economy Blog in 2012. She serves on the advisory board of SXSW Eco, and on the board of ReFuel Boston, a networking organization for women in the cleantech industry. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Certificate in Environmental Policy from Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Michael Feinstein
Michael Feinstein VP of Sales & Marketing at Digital Lumens

Michael Feinstein

Responsible for leading the sales and marketing teams, Michael comes to Digital Lumens with extensive experience in the entrepreneurial and investment worlds, most recently as Managing Director of Sempre Management. Previously, he was a General Partner at Venrock Associates and Atlas Venture, where he served on the boards of start-ups including Boston-Power, Ciclon Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments), CircleLending, WaveSmith Networks (acquired by CIENA Corp.) and Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola).

Before moving into the investment industry, Michael held marketing and sales positions with New Oak Communications (acquired by Nortel Networks), Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel) and Cayman Systems.

Michael is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations. He serves as Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater, Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, member of the Ambassador Circle at The Carter Center, and is a member of the Board of the Bedford Education Foundation. Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Registration

Thursday, March 27 – Agenda

Session Speakers & Details Location
9:00am – 9:30am
Registration & Breakfast
Sorenson Theater Lobby
9:30am – 9:40am
Conference Introduction
Dr. Kerry Healey, President of Babson College Sorenson Theater
9:40am – 9:50am
Opening Remarks
Mark Donohue, Conference Founder Sorenson Theater
9:50am – 10:30am
Morning Keynote
Doug Foy Sorenson Theater
10:30am – 11:15am
Sustainable Mobility
Craig Scott | Lynnette McIntire | Marty Anderson Sorenson Theater
11:15am – 11:30am
Coffee Break
Sorenson Theater Lobby
11:30am – 12:00pm
Competitive Advantage with Green Chemistry
Dr. John Warner Sorenson Theater
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Networking Lunch
Great food provided by Roche Bros. – 5 minute walk from Sorenson Webster Center
@ PepsiCo Pavilion
1:15pm – 1:45pm
Nature’s Design
Whitney Hopkins | Param Jaggi | Daron Byerly Sorenson Theater
1:50pm – 2:20pm
Sustainable Energy (Sources)
Sonya Gustafson | Alexander Sarly | John Chaimanis Sorenson Theater
2:30pm – 3:00pm
Keeping IT Clean
Jay Dietrich | Ezra Benjamin Sorenson Theater
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Coffee Break
Sorenson Theater Lobby
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Sustainable Building Design
Dallase Scott | Dan Gainsboro | Eric Graham | Kurt Roth Sorenson Theater
4:15pm – 4:45pm
Cleantech Innovation & Disruption
Gabe Shapiro | Michael Feinstein | Ali Adler Sorenson Theater
4:50pm – 5:30pm
Closing Keynote
Jigar Shah Sorenson Theater
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Networking Reception and Company Expo
Held in the second floor of the Reynolds Campus Center Reynolds Campus Center
@ Reynolds Global Lounge & Adjoining Rooms
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Invitation Only Event
Babson Executive Conference Center
@ St. Lawrence Room

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Company Expo – Exhibitors

The Babson Energy & Environmental Conference Networking Reception and Company Expo is an event open to conference attendees, it will be held in the second floor of the Reynolds Campus center, next to Sorenson Theater where conference sessions will take place throughout the day.

The Company Expo will feature various companies, listed below, in a fun and engaging environment where professionals and students can investigate various entrepreneurial endeavors shaping the industry.

As the final event of our conference, the reception and expo promises to be a celebratory recap of the entire day!

About Us

Babson College

Recognized for two decades as the premier business school for entrepreneurship, Babson’s official mission is to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value — everywhere. Through Entrepreneurial Thought and Action — educating students in both theory and practice — Babson prepares graduates with a combination of academic rigor and hands on experience.
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Babson Energy and Environmental Club (BEEC)

The Babson Energy and Environmental Conference is our club’s flagship event highlighting Babson’s commitment to Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility, and Sustainability (SEERS). For the past seven years the conference has brought together thinkers and leaders on the cutting edge of green business and awareness.

Visit our club site at: babsonenergy.com

Former Conference Speakers Include

Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz

As a teacher Mr. Ritz developed Green Bronx Machine in response to a need he saw for greater access to fresh, healthy food options for his inner city students. The non-profit has grown into a venture that provides not only sustainable, affordable healthy food to young people who needed it most, but also offers them a hands on education in agriculture, business and economics.
Nolan Browne
Nolan Browne Founding Director, Fraunhofer CSE

Nolan Browne

Before founding the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in 2008, Mr. Browne spend time with McKinsey & Company and Cambridge Energy Research Associates fostering relationships in renewable energy industries. Today Mr. Browne leads Fraunhofer CSE in its mission to commercialize clean energy technologies for the benefit of partner companies and society, and push the industry forward.
Michael Brune
Michael Brune Executive Director of the Sierra Club

Michael Brune

Mr. Brune ascended to Executive Director of the Sierra Club in 2010 after a long career in the environmental sector. Prior to taking the helm of Sierra Club, Mr. Brune worked as executive director of the Rainforest Action Network and as an organizer for Greenpeace. He is recognized for bringing to light the threat to old growth forests posed by the timber industry.

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The conference will be held at Sorenson Theater in Babson College:

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Sorenson Theater
19 Babson College Dr
Wellesley, MA 02482

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Parking will be available in the following parking lots:
  • Knight Parking Lot (Knight Auditorium)
  • Trim Parking Lot (Trim Dining Hall)
  • Hollister Parking Lot (Hollister Bldg)
Mark Donohue
Babson Senior Fellow in Social Innovation

A serial entrepreneur, Mark Donohue has a lifetime of hands on experience leading companies and promoting innovation. Recognized in 2011 as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by the organization Trust Across America, Mark’s career has spanned industries from big data to pharmaceuticals. With a passion for innovation, environmentally focused initiatives, and an eye for opportunity, Mark founded Expansion Capital Partners, an investment fund focused on the cleantech sector, in 2001. Today Mark serves as Managing Director of Catalyst Insight Partners, as well as serving as board member or advisor to multiple companies.


Dr. Kerry Healey
President of Babson College

In almost three decades of service in government, academia and philanthropy, President Healey has spearheaded initiatives ranging from training female parliamentarians in Afghanistan to the establishment of Massachusetts’ leading edge healthcare reform. President Healey served as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. Included among her many accomplishments in this role were successful efforts to expand legal protection of victims’ rights and acting as co-chair of the state’s Regional Competitiveness Councils. As Babson’s first female president Dr. Healey continues her long career of service, today leading Babson’s mission to create economic and social value as the preeminent institution in the world for Entrepreneurial Thought and Action.

Doug Foy
Serrafix Founder and CEO, former Super-Secretariat of Mass.

Currently the President and CEO of Serrafix, an energy and transportation consulting company, Doug Foy spent 25 years as President and CEO of the Conseration Law Foundation before serving as Secretary of Commonwealth Development under Governor Mitt Romney. In this capacity, Doug oversaw the departments of Transportation, Housing, Environment, and Energy. Doug has been a lifelong advocate of environmental awareness and defense and a leader of innovation in energy and transportation.


Craig Scott
Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales

Mr. Scott is Manager for Product Planning at Toyota Motor Sales. Within his role in the Advanced Technology Group, Mr. Scott is responsible for product planning and program development for alternative fuel vehicles including the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) and Scion iQ EV, Toyota’s newest city car electric vehicle. Additionally, Mr. Scott studies energy markets and sustainable development and in this capacity helps create future mobility strategies. Prior to Toyota, Mr. Scott was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA.

Mr. Scott has a BA in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA from the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles, California, near Toyota’s North American headquarters.


Lynnette McIntire
CEO of Silver Birch Communications

Lynnette McIntire is the CEO of Silver Birch Communications which specializes in sustainability communications and strategy, executive speechwriting, issues management and stakeholder engagement. She also is a Fellow of Social Innovation at Babson College’s Lewis Center and teaches sustainability courses for Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.

McIntire spent 17 years at UPS, managing Global Reputation Management, Sustainability Communication, Executive Communications and Public Relations programs. She served on the Corporate Sustainability Working Committee and The Corporate Sustainability Steering Committee. Her projects included leading the company’s first Corporate Responsibility materiality assessment , stakeholder engagement, five sustainability reports, and sustainability program development. Her commentary about sustainability trends and programs are frequently featured in social media and at sustainability forums. While at UPS, Lynnette was a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship Leadership Forum.

Before joining UPS, Lynnette managed marketing communications and employee communications for FedEx in the Asia Pacific Region. She also spent more than a decade with global public relations agencies, posted in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Minneapolis and Atlanta. career as a journalist writing for daily newspapers in Minnesota, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.


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Marty Anderson
Senior Lecturer in Management at Babson College

Mr. Anderson has been on the Babson faculty since 1996, teaching in the MBA Program and at the School for Executive Education. His courses have included Global Supply Chain Management, Retailing in the Networked Economy, and Extended Enterprise Management. Mr. Anderson is responsible for “extended enterprise management” programs at Babson – a rapidly growing area that views demand and supply chains as unified emerging industry systems that link markets and supply chains. He has piloted innovative research and teaching methods in these areas.

Mr. Anderson conducts executive education programs world-wide in Strategy, Leadership, Technology, and Operational Implementation – for large companies and for start-ups.

Before joining Babson, Mr. Anderson had more than 20 years of business experience in market development, technology management, and supply chain management. He has worked with companies on linking markets to operations in more than 30 nations, and has researched the information technology that links organizations across industries. He has helped launch several start-ups and has helped turn around several global companies.

Mr. Anderson’s clients have included: Home Depot, Compaq, EMC, Lucent, J. Walter Thompson, Mullen Advertising, Sodexho, PDVSA, Infinion, Siemens, Inchcape, BMW, SONY, ABB, Sun, FreeRide.com, Schwans Sales Enterprises, Gemplus, Novell, Cadbury-Schweppes, Whirlpool, General Motors, Andersen Consulting, JP Morgan, Ford, the National Auto Dealers Association, and a number of other retail companies. Mr. Anderson has advised governments around the world on technology and competitive policy, has testified many times before the U.S. Congress, has advised two White Houses and the European Parliament, and has managed two research programs at MIT.

Mr. Anderson also has industry expertise in automotive, consulting, electronics, high tech, manufacturing, and retail.

He has appeared in a variety of global news media, including Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.


Dr. John Warner
President, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry

John Warner is the President, CTO and a founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC. Prior to founding the Warner Babcock Institute, a research organization developing green chemistry technologies, Dr. Warner spent nearly a decade at Polaroid and then moved into academia as a tenured professor at UMass. Credited with over 200 patents, honored with honors including a Presidential Award, and named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries, Dr. Warner is a leading pioneer in green technology and green business.


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Jigar Shah
Founder of SunEdison, CEO of Carbon War Room

In 2003 Jigar Shah founded SunEdison – one of the leading solar services companies in the world. Today as CEO of Carbon War Room which he founded in parntership with Richard Branson, Mr. Shah leads the think tank in its mission to find market based solutions to the world’s climate change obstacles. With over a decade of experience founding and leading environmentally focused businesses, Mr. Shah is one of the premier minds bridging business and climate consciousness.


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Sonya Gustafson
Product Manager | Ventyx, an ABB Company

Sonya Gustafson has extensive industry experience in the power-market sector, specializing in North America’s deregulated wholesale-electric markets AKA Independent System Operator (ISO) markets. Sonya also specializes in market regulation, power plant generation & asset performance, in addition to transmission & distribution of electricity. Sonya advises an extensive list of clientele ranging from national utilities, federal & state government agencies, “all of the above” energy providers, and consulting firms. Sonya’s power-market expertise and management of substantially large data software serves as a direct-revenue impact solution for energy-market participants and regulators. Sonya will present her valuable insight on renewable energy’s penetration into the electric grid, and what renewable energy’s drastic impact means for current and future energy markets.


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John Chaimanis
Managing Director, Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure

Through Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, Mr. Chaimanis is providing access to real assets with contracted production to yield focused and impact investors.

Mr. Chaimanis is an experienced investment professional with proven success developing projects and deploying equity into profitable Sustainable Infrastructure projects, as well as shaping and leading entrepreneurial ventures path to success. He is a catalyst in organizations and a constant growth agent.

He has proven leadership coaching teams of experts through complex projects, building meaningful relationships, and applying highly analytical assessment to business plans and investment alternatives.

Throughout Mr.Chaimanis’s career, he has held responsibility for budgets in excess of $10M, participated in closing over $500M of renewable energy investments, and two years post completion of his undergraduate studies, he was a founding leader of a charter school serving an inner city population in Boston.


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Dan Gainsboro
President of Genesis Planners, Inc.

Dan Gainsboro has been on a nearly 30-year quest to find ever-better ways to conceive and deliver building projects. An architect with a distinguished career in real estate development, he is a champion of smart, sustainable, and beautiful development that respects and protects the land. Currently, Dan is focused on the troubling concerns of increasing energy costs and the social and economic costs of un-managed suburban sprawl. His most recent project, Concord Riverwalk, is a pocket neighborhood of 13 high-performance homes in West Concord MA. The project applies low impact development techniques, sustainable design and achieves a Net Zero Energy standard. It was featured in the Boston Globe, the Herald, Boston Magazine, AARP Magazine, and on the DIY Network’s This New House. Concord Riverwalk was awarded Community of the Year from the National Association of Home Builders, an Urban Development Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism, an Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association, and a Design Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. Dan currently has a number of sustainable projects in development, including the new Grant Road neighborhood in Devens, MA.


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Dallase Scott
Manager of Sustainability Services at GreenerU

Dallase is the Manager of Sustainability Services at GreenerU where she leads a diverse team in developing behavior programs that are used in tandem with building energy efficiency upgrades at colleges and universities. She is currently leading GreenerU’s delivery of sustainability services at Babson College, where she serves as the College’s Director of Sustainability. Dallase has also lead much of GreenerU’s innovative sustainability work at Brown University. As a graduate student at Tufts University, Dallase developed and taught an undergraduate course designed to foster effective environmental activism.

Prior to Tufts, Dallase spend two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Caribbean teaching environmental education classes with a focus on behavior change. She has a diverse background in psychology and urban/environmental planning as well as a deep passion for environmental sustainability.


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Gabe Shapiro
Vice President, Outreach Programs at Next Step Living™

Gabe leads the team of business development, event and canvassing staff that promote Next Step Living™ services to the community and a broad cross-section of partners, with whom we run co-branded home energy-efficiency programs.

Prior to Next Step Living, Gabe was the director of finance with Citizen Schools, an innovative national nonprofit that provides after-school programming to middle school students in low-income communities. He managed all financial operations of the $13 million organization including organizational and departmental budgeting, accounting and federal grant reporting. Long active in the clean energy sector, Gabe was co-director of the Boston chapter of Clean Power Now, recruiting and organizing community members to support renewable energy. He also worked as a consultant for the Monitor Group.

Gabe received his M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, conducting his internship with the Eco Responsibility Department of Sun Microsystems, and his B.A. from Brown University. He’s a native of Georgetown, Mass.


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Alexandra Adler
Sr. Director – Innovation & Entrepreneurship NECEC
Co-Chair Cleantech Open Northeast

Alexandra (Ali) Adler is a skilled manager, organizer and connector who lives and breathes energy, environment and sustainability. She is passionate about addressing the world’s greatest challenges through entrepreneurship, and her drive to connect people to key resources and contacts to help them succeed has led her to numerous roles supporting the development of clean technology companies, including her current role with NECEC developing and overseeing a variety of cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the northeast region. Alexandra is also Co-Chair of Cleantech Open Northeast, the region’s premier cleantech start-up accelerator program. Formerly Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, she has supported more than 75 early-stage companies through regional entrepreneurship education, mentorship, and networking programs. Though still early in her career, Ali has managed a wide range of projects including three cleantech delegations for trade missions with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the first Global Clean Energy Week, the first annual Massachusetts Clean Energy Jobs Report, and the College Sustainability Report Card. Ali was named one of 25 Innovation Amplifiers by the Boston Globe Innovation Economy Blog in 2012. She serves on the advisory board of SXSW Eco, and on the board of ReFuel Boston, a networking organization for women in the cleantech industry. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Certificate in Environmental Policy from Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Param Jaggi
Founder of EcoViate

Param Jaggi is widely recognized as one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the environment and energy space. At the tender age of 18, he founded EcoViate, a green-tech start up that focuses on inexpensive, efficient, and disposable green products.

Mr. Jaggi has been passionate about environment and energy technologies since he was 12. He started doing formal lab research wherever he could find a lab space. When he was 13, he founded a fuel that was ‘dense’ enough to replace current fossil fuels. At 14, Mr. Jaggi invented an algae-filled bio-reactor device called “Algae Mobile” that fits over a car’s tailpipe and turns carbon dioxide emitted from a car into oxygen. He filed a patent for this invention in 2009, which was granted in 2013. He continued to do research on the micro-scaled bio-reactor and began exploring alternative sources of energy. At 17, he gathered experience with patents by working in a law patent office, Schultz & Associates. He also began to work as a research assistant at University of Texas at Dallas on marketing and design of a new bio-tech product.

In 2012, he joined Vanderbilt University for bachelors with Environmental Sustainability and Economics major. Mr. Jaggi has been featured in Forbes 30 under 30 for three consecutive years. He was named an INK Fellow and participated in the 2013 INK Conference. Mr. Jaggi was also a speaker at TEDxRedmond in 2013 and is on the board of USA Science and Engineering Festival. In 2013, he was featured in CNN’s The Next List.


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Eric Graham
Founder and CEO at CrowdComfort, Inc.

Eric is a clean energy entrepreneur who is committed spreading energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Eric has helped many leading clean energy tech companies bring their technologies to market including EnerNOC, Fraunhofer CSE, Next Step Living and Building 36/Alarm.com. Eric Graham’s passion for developing and bringing transformative sustainable energy technologies to market has led him to start and manage businesses that have touched on every continent. He has engaged in cross-border trade in more than 30 countries, founding and/or growing a number of early and growth stage businesses.

Eric Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdComfort (the world’s first crowd sourced thermostat, www.crowdcomfort.com). CrowdComfort is crowd-sourcing building maintenance and comfort by empowering anyone to report on site-specific comfort and maintenance issues in real-time using their smart phones. Building managers and maintenance staff access aggregated data to improve comfort, optimize building performance and lower operational costs. Already installed at three alpha sites accounting for 150,000 square feet and 500 employees around the Boston area, CrowdComfort list of customers include organizations such as GE, EnerNOC, MBTA, Cadmus Group, and Orsam Sylvania with a growing pipeline of interested customers.

Previously, Eric led the energy efficiency financing efforts at Next Step Living where he developed several new methods for measuring savings through the use of home energy management devices. These methods are designed to enable innovative financing methods. He co-founded and directed the TechBridge program for the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) and established a federally and privately funded grant award initiative for early-stage clean energy companies, U-Launch. Eric also led the development of the Building Technology Showcase at the Fraunhofer CSE, a first-of-its-kind project representing the future of sustainable design and construction, in which leading manufacturers contribute cutting-edge technologies for building-integrated research, development, and demonstration.

Eric holds two globally issued patents covering ultra-low temperature refrigeration and transportation methods, using recycled CO2 gas as a refrigerant.


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Kurt Roth
Director of the Building Energy Technologies Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE)

Dr. Kurt Roth is Director of the Building Energy Technologies Group at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE). His group collaborates with industry on applied research to develop, analyze, test, evaluate, and demonstrate energy-saving building technologies. Dr. Roth has led several studies to assess the energy savings and commercialization potentials of building technologies, including HVAC, building controls and diagnostics, toplighting, and information (IT) technologies. In addition, he leads analyses to characterize building energy consumption by consumer electronics, IT, miscellaneous and electronic loads (MELS), and medical equipment. Prior to joining Fraunhofer CSE, he was a Principal in the Mechanical Systems group of TIAX LLC, formerly Arthur D. Little’s Technology & Innovation business. Dr. Roth has presented at numerous conferences and meetings, and authored more than sixty “Emerging Technology” articles for the ASHRAE Journal. Dr. Roth received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), American Solar Energy Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, and Sigma Xi.


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Michael Feinstein
VP of Sales & Marketing at Digital Lumens

Responsible for leading the sales and marketing teams, Michael comes to Digital Lumens with extensive experience in the entrepreneurial and investment worlds, most recently as Managing Director of Sempre Management. Previously, he was a General Partner at Venrock Associates and Atlas Venture, where he served on the boards of start-ups including Boston-Power, Ciclon Semiconductor (acquired by Texas Instruments), CircleLending, WaveSmith Networks (acquired by CIENA Corp.) and Quantum Bridge Communications (acquired by Motorola).

Before moving into the investment industry, Michael held marketing and sales positions with New Oak Communications (acquired by Nortel Networks), Shiva Corporation (acquired by Intel) and Cayman Systems.

Michael is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations. He serves as Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater, Treasurer and member of the Board of Trustees of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, member of the Ambassador Circle at The Carter Center, and is a member of the Board of the Bedford Education Foundation. Michael holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.


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Jay Dietrich
Program Manager: Climate Stewardship and Energy at IBM

Jay Dietrich is an IBM Distinguished Engineer on the Corporate Environmental Affairs Staff, with global responsibilities for Climate Stewardship and Energy Management. He has been with the company for 32 years. He develops corporate policies, strategies, and goals and objectives in these areas and serves as an IBM representative to external government, NGO and industry groups on the subjects of product energy efficiency attributes, management and reduction of operational energy use and GHG emissions in data center, manufacturing, and office environments, energy and climate change programs, and work on GHG management activities in the supply chain. He works with IBM business divisions to promote energy efficiency in IBM’s operations and products and services, and translate those efforts into business and environmental value for IBM’s clients.

Jay has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering.


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Ezra Benjamin
Principal Program Manager, Sustainability at EMC

Ezra Benjamin leads EMC’s global product take back and eWaste and global product social and environmental compliance programs within EMC’s Supply Chain organization. In these roles, Ezra manages cross-functional teams within EMC and engages outside stakeholders to define and implement EMC’s policies and strategies. Ezra also regularly advises clean-tech start-up companies. Prior to joining EMC, Ezra was a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a global environmental consultancy. At ERM, he assisted Fortune 500 companies in remediating contaminated sites, developing sustainability strategies and managing environmental risk. Ezra holds two degrees from Boston University, an MBA and a master’s in geochemistry. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.


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Daron Byerly
Brand Manager – Innovation at Seventh Generation

Daron Byerly is an innovation-focused Brand Manager at Seventh Generation, the nation’s leading green brand of household and personal care products. In his first six years in Marketing, Daron launched over 30 new products across a range of categories from hand soap to paper towels to laundry detergent. He insists that all innovation win the triple crown of environmental authenticity, premium efficacy, and sustainable margins. His latest challenge is to lead a cross functional team comprised of R&D, Sales, Operations, and yes, Corporate Consciousness, to re-invent the disposable baby diaper.

Working in values-based CPG’s for 15 years, Daron believes that ‘doing the right thing’ is the foundation of a clear conscience. In the name of radical transparency, Daron championed full ingredient disclosure on packaging and created supplier audits that scored manufacturers on environmental and social responsibility.

Daron’s career path to marketing green products is a text-book case: B.S. in Biochemistry from Ohio University and an M.S in Statistics from the University of Vermont.


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Alexander Sarly
Senior Project Development Manager at SolarCity

Alex Sarly is Senior Project Development Manager at At SolarCity. His work involves helping a range of organizations understand, evaluate, and make informed procurement decisions with respect to various PV investment options before them.

Alex has worked in several East Coast PV markets including NJ, PA, PR, CT, and MA. Prior to joining the SolarCity team, Alex worked for 5 years at another leading solar services company with a national footprint, Borrego Solar Systems, where he developed over $45 MM of commercial and municipal government PV projects. His achievements in solar include projects with NewAge Industries (1MW rooftop in Upper Southampton PA), Herring Properties (1.24MW ground mount in Skillman, NJ) and Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (3MW ground mount in Berkley, MA).

Alex earned a B.A. in Geography/Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C. He resides with his wife and two daughters in his childhood hometown of Wellesley, MA.


Sustainable Mobility
10:30am – 11:15am

Sustainable mobility will look at how innovation in the transportation sector has started to create a systemic shift not just in the transportation space but also in other industries. This has led to a creation of several newer cross-industry business opportunities.

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Whitney Hopkins
Co-Founder at Ground Design Lab

Whitney 
is 
a 
designer 
in 
both
 architecture
 and 
product
 design. 

She
 is 
a
 founding 
principal 
of 
Ground 
Design 
Lab, 
an 
interdisciplinary 
design
 group 
with 
expertise 
in 
ecology
 + 
people 
+ 
architecture. 

Additionally,
 she is 
a
 co‐founder
 of 
4b, 
a 
collective 
dedicated 
to 
solving
 issues
 of
 gender 
through
 design.


Ground 
Design
 Lab 
pulls 
together 
her 
different skills 
and 
expertise.
 Trained
 as 
a 
field 
ecologist,
 her
ecology
 expertise 
is 
in 
habitat 
mapping
 for
 conservation
 and 
restoration 
purposes. 

She 
uses 
ecology 
and
 biomimicry 
tools 
to
 make 
her 
projects 
more 
sustainable
 and 
connected 
to 
the 
environment.
 Having
 worked 
in 
product
 design 
for 
8 
years, 
she 
daily 
employed
 anthropological 
tools 
to
 study 
people 
to
 create 
innovative 
services 
and
 products. 

She 
now
 uses
 these 
techniques
 in 
architecture 
to
 make
 projects 
more
 relevant 
to
 the 
people 
using
 them.


4b
 is
 a
 design 
strategy 
collective 
that
 specializes
 in 
gender 
related 
to 
product
 design 
and 
branding.

 The 
collective 
is 
founded
 by three 
core 
members 
who
 were
 all 
founders 
of
 the
 FemmeDen, 
a 
group
 at
 the
 design
 consultancy 
Smart 
Design. 

4b 
looks 
into 
issues 
of 
gender 
and
 design 
and
 attempts 
to
 influence 
the
making 
of 
products 
that 
are 
more 
inclusive.


Having 
worked
 in
 countries 
of 
the 
developing 
world,
 she
 is 
highly 
interested 
in social
 issues
 that 
relate
 to 
design.

 Whitney’s 
first 
job 
out 
of 
college was 
for 
Engineers
 for 
a 
Sustainable 
World 
on
 a
 project 
to
 rebuild 
the 
tsunami‐devastated
 Andaman 
Islands.

 This 
concept
 of 
designing
 for
 the 
”other 
90%”
 captivated
 her, 
but
 she’s
 also 
interested 
in
 social issues 
that 
impact 
us 
closer to home.




Environmentally 
sustainable 
design, however, 
is 
her 
driving 
motivation. 

She
 says, 
“green
 design 
is 
the
 only 
reason 
I 
pursued 
design 
as 
a
 career.

 Having studied 
both 
biology 
and
 product 
design
 at 
Stanford, I
 panicked 
about
 career 
choices
 until 
I 
discovered 
that
 I 
could
 use 
biology 
in 
design
 to
 solve
 some 
the
 planet’s 
problems. 

Biomimicry, 
in 
particular, 
balances 
my 
love 
of 
nature, 
my
 biology 
background,
 and my 
design
 interests. 

I 
am
 particularly 
interested 
in 
the
 overlaps 
between 
ecology
 and 
the
 built
 world.”


In
 2007,
 Whitney 
attended
 in 
the
 Biomimicry 
Guild’s 
Biomimicry
 and 
Design 
course 
in 
Costa 
Rica
 and
 the
 Biologist‐at‐the‐Design‐Table 
training 
in 
2008.
 She 
joined 
the 
Guild’s
 speaker’s 
bureau 
in
 2009.


Sustainable Mobility
10:30am – 11:15am

Sustainable mobility will look at how innovation in the transportation sector has started to create a systemic shift not just in the transportation space but also in other industries. This has led to a creation of several newer cross-industry business opportunities.

Competitive Advantage with Green Chemistry
11:30am – 12:00pm

How can green chemistry provide businesses of all size a competitive advantage in the global marketplace? In order for a business to keep up with customer demands and the regulatory environment, the company must consider the safety and sustainability of its products. Dr. Warner will discuss green chemistry technologies as viable and attractive business opportunities that have a chance to make a difference in all industries and therefore in our world.

Nature’s Design
1:15pm – 1:45pm

Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature. Most of the business challenges we face have example solutions in nature. Biomimicry is already having significant impact on the design of technologies and industrial processes at the highest levels, including very large companies and national governments.

Sustainable Energy (Sources)
1:50pm – 2:20pm

How has solar generation impacted the power grid? What does this impact have on businesses, the environment, and you? This session will analyze both positive and negative impacts on solar generation (along with other renewable energy sources) and will analyze future growth based on the current lessons learned.

Keeping IT Clean
2:30pm – 3:00pm

IT and big data has played a big role in helping the planet become greener, but the ever-growing processing power and the infrastructure that supports all of this, comes with its own set of challenges! This session will look at how IT companies such as IBM and EMC have not just tackled the challenges of sustainability, but have also leveraged opportunities to improve operations in the field of data center energy, and e-waste management!

Sustainable Building Design
3:30pm – 4:15pm

The process of building design can be made environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance and renovation. This session will explore how the future of sustainable design and construction in residential, commercial and university buildings is fast-changing, particularly by using cutting-edge technologies for building-integrated research, development, and demonstration.

Cleantech Innovation & Disruption
4:15pm – 4:45pm

How have cleantech firms innovated and disrupted established industries? And how does business sustainability differ between cleantech firms and their mainstream competitors? This session will explore the current roles and issues cleantech companies face, and the critical innovative role they play when bringing sustainability into our economy and environment.