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Thomas Ackerman, Jr.

Thomas Ackerman has been a principal at Spirit Graphics and Printing, Inc. for more than 15 years. His mother and grandfather influenced his lifelong affinity for ink and paper, as both of them enjoyed long, successful careers as print specialists. As Owner/Operator, Thomas is actively engaged at every level of the company’s daily business operations, doing everything from training employees to running the four-color press. His greatest contribution, perhaps, is that of a visionary leader who is continually looking for ways to better serve his clientele. One of the accomplishments Thomas is most proud of is the Green Essentials program, which he implemented to employ more sustainable, environmentally sound business practices. As a result, Spirit Graphics and Printing, Inc. has won several prestigious environmental awards, including the 2008 Earth Awards-This event brings together individuals from government, industry and nonprofit organizations, and private citizens – representatives of the diverse elements of the environmental community. What They Think 2009 Thought Leader award. Spirit Graphics was a recipient of the 2009 CoolCalifornia Small Business of the Year award by The California Air Resources Board.
When he’s away from the office Thomas can usually be found surfing, fishing, kayaking, taking photos, or cooking with the fresh ingredients from his garden. His first love, however, is his family: Tina Rae, his wife of nine years, and two children – Brandon and Blaze. . And of course their loving dog Zoe.
“It is not about the costs associated with being sustainable. Rather what is the ultimate cost of not being sustainable that worries me.” -Thomas D. Ackerman Jr., Spirit Graphics & printing.


André Algazi

André Algazi is chief of the Consumer Products Section in the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC’s) Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology. He supervises seven scientists who are responsible for implementing a variety of legislation that restricts, phases out, and bans use of certain toxic substances (e.g., mercury, lead, cadmium) in various product categories (e.g., electronics, lighting, jewelry, wheel weights). His section also implements laws that require retail take-back of rechargeable batteries and cell phones, as well as the Mercury Thermostat Collection Act, which requires the former manufacturers of mercury thermostats to establish and fund a program to collect and recycle them.

André has been with DTSC for ten years. He assisted with the adoption and implementation of DTSC’s Universal Waste Regulations in 2001, was a coauthor of DTSC’s 2002 Mercury Report, and led development of DTSC’s 2002 Mercury Waste Classification and Management regulations. André was part of the team that implemented California’s Electronic Waste Recycling Act in 2004-2005. More recently, he has worked on a variety of projects aimed at controlling the release of mercury from the use and disposal of mercury-containing products. He studied at UC Davis, where earned a BS in Biological Sciences.


Cecilia Aguillon

Cecilia is the Director of Market Development and Government Relations for Kyocera Solar, Inc., a world leading manufacturer and distributor of solar energy products with manufacturing and sales presence in the Americas and Australia. She works with local, state, and federal governments across the United States, Canada and Mexico on designing and implementing solar energy programs. She works with local and federal solar associations on building sustainable solar markets. In addition, she is involved in business development, marketing and PR activities in the regions Kyocera has market presence. Cecilia has been with Kyocera for 11 years.


Duke Bitsko

Mr. Bitsko is a Senior Landscape Architect and the Bioengineering Group’s Director of Interdisciplinary Design with over 16 years of experience in project management, master planning, and design with an emphasis on context sensitive, sustainable design. His experience spans a broad range of projects including infrastructure, transportation, public housing, public safety, educational, and corporate facilities related projects. His main focus is to incorporate innovative, dynamic, maintainable, and cost effective solutions to conventional projects, such as sustainable athletic fields, parking facilities, a university campus parking lot rain garden, storm water management infrastructure, treatment wetlands, rain and gray water harvesting, and other similar projects. His background in engineering and geology enable him to transition easily between the technological and the esoteric realms of landscape architecture.


Katherine Bradford

Ms. Bradford is a Senior Project Manager and the Bioengineering Group’s Design Branch Coordinator with over 25 years of experience in project management, master planning, and design, with an emphasis on context sensitive, sustainable design. Her extensive experience spans a broad range of projects including parks, transportation, greenways, and educational and corporate facilities. Her main focus is to incorporate innovative, dynamic, maintainable, and cost effective solutions to conventional projects. Her background in landscape architecture enables her to transition easily between the technological and the design facets of landscape architecture.


Joshua Brock

Joshua Brock has spent the last 3 years working in the Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Protection Division of the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department. His responsibilities as an Environmental Specialist cover a range of sustainability issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, climate protection, and green building policy. Prior to working at the City Josh worked in Japan researching the effect of community involvement in U.N. Clean Development Mechanism activities and worked in Cyprus doing research on grass roots cross-border conflict resolution. Joshua has a BA in International Security and Conflict Resolution specializing in Environmental Security, a Certificate in Land Use and Sustainable Community Planning, and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified HERS rater.


Teresa L. Brownyard

Teresa Brownyard has worked with the County of San Diego nearly 20 years in a variety of programs, including hazardous materials, water quality, grants management and tribal issues. She has a keen understanding of a wide range of issues related to developing and managing complex programs. Teresa developed the grants program for the Land Use and Environment Group (LUEG), served as Director of the County Office of Resource Development, and current duties include coordinating Stimulus grants for the County. Since the LUEG grants program began in 2003, programs have received over $352 million in grant awards. Teresa has a BA in biology and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Cuyamaca Community College and the University of California San Diego. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son at the beach.


Patrick Bryan

Patrick Bryan has been NPDES inspector and environmental educator for the past twelve years with the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District. With over 15 years of experience in the environmental and regulatory field he is currently the Environmental Resources Technician for the Flood Control District. Patrick conducts National Pollution Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) site evaluations and regulatory inspections for the Commercial/Industrial and Construction/Development business community. He also serves as a board member for the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and in 2009 was awarded the WSPPN environmental stewardship Award for community advocacy and environmental education. Additionally, in 2009 he received the Western Regional Fair Associations Blue Ribbon Award for his contribution to the Big Fresno Fairs education program. Bryan is also a board member of the Central Valley Water Awareness Committee whose mission is to help improve appreciation of the importance of water, educate about where it comes from and how it is beneficially used to help ensure the quality of life in the Valley.


Kacey Christie

Kacey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Professional Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management from the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Christie has 20 years of experience in the Aerospace, Electronics and Shipbuilding industries. Kacey joined GKN Aerospace 2 years ago as Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at their El Cajon facility and is responsible for coordinating EHS compliance programs across their Propulsion System & Special Products Division representing 14 sites in 5 states & Mexico. She has served as the chair of the Negocio Verde Environmental Justice Task Force since its inception in 2001 as a subcommittee of the US EPA Barrio Logan EJ Demonstration Project. Kacey also serves as chair of the California SB 1916 Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee for Cal EPA Department of Toxics Substances Control. In 2005, Kacey was named Pollution Prevention Advocate of the Year by the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network and was the first industry representative to receive this recognition.


Phillip J. Consiglio

Phillip J. Consiglio – Manager, Southern California Edison

Mr. Consiglio has over 25 years of experience in the development, contracting, and management of energy conservation projects predominately in the Federal Sector. He is currently managing the Federal Energy Related Services Program as well as the Federal iDSM Management group for Southern California Edison.

Mr. Consiglio has worked in federal utility energy services contracting, federal energy savings performance contracting, generation development, energy procurement, transmission and distribution and demand side management.

Mr. Consiglio has a bachelor of science degree in Physics from the University of La Verne and has completed the W. Edwards Deming Management Program. He is a Certified Energy Manger and sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Energy Managers for Los Angeles and Orange Counties.


Jessica Counts-Arnold

Since 2003, Jessica Counts-Arnold has worked as a Pollution Prevention Coordinator in the Office of Pollution Prevention & Solid Waste at EPA Region 9. She has championed waste/toxics reduction work in the nail and hair salon sectors, while also addressing the environmental justice issues linked to these sectors. Jessica’s current work also involves working with Tribal Casinos to identify pollution prevention opportunities in their operations to help reduce their environmental footprint. In addition, Jessica coordinates EPA Pollution Prevention Grant for States solicitation. Jessica strives to identify emerging problems, develops strong partnerships and listens to stakeholder concerns to find and work on solutions to ensure everyone has a healthy and safe environment in which to live, learn, work and play.


Caroline Cox

Caroline leads the Center for Environmental Health’s research on toxic exposures, identifying, analyzing and substantiating the scientific bases for CEH’s work to eliminate threats to children and others exposed to dangerous chemicals in consumer products. Her work mostly focuses on use of California’s innovative consumer protection law, Proposition 65, to remove lead and other toxic metals from consumer products.


Alicia Culver

Alicia Culver is the Executive Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN), a membership-based, nonprofit organization that helps government agencies, schools and universities, non-profits and businesses implement sustainable purchasing policies and practices.

Alicia’s experience working on sustainability issues spans more than two decades. She has provided technical support to procurement agents and environmental program staff in many states and municipalities. She has helped develop model “green” purchasing policies and specifications for a wide-range of environmentally preferable goods and services such as low-mercury/energy-efficient fluorescent lamps, asthma-safe cleaning products, and compostable food service ware.

Alicia formerly worked as the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Office of Sustainability and founded the Green Purchasing Institute. She currently chairs San Francisco’s Sweatfree Procurement Advisory Group and has served as an advisor to many other organizations, including the National Healthy Schools Network, Green Guide for Health Care, GoodGuide, the Product Policy Institute, Environmental Working Group, and the European Environmental Bureau. .


Mark Dibella

A resident of San Diego for 2 decades, Mark Dibella counts his survival and re-invention as one of his best achievements from an ever changing hospitality climate. Marks unplanned but varied hotel career experiences began in Orange County where his father opted to retire from the Army after moving his wife and six children including the youngest Mark 21 times in 27 years. His father’s military tour destinations inspired Marks’ own journeys after graduating from Tustin High School and he feels fortunate and grateful to have now traveled to 6 continents and dozens of fascinating countries and spectacular cities. Favorite destinations have included Cairo, Buenos Aires the forests of France and the jungles of Costa Rica. Each location included a fascination for the grand architecture of the major churches and hotels of each city. Churches inspired spirituality but priesthood just was not a believable role for Mark so hotel’s seemed the likely option although both serve great wine!

Joining Kimpton Hotels in 2008 as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hotel Solamar, Mark assumed the role of General Manager in January 2010 for the 235 room trendy Gaslamp property, San Diego’s first true boutique luxury hotel. Kimpton’s Brand motto of “Stay True to You” is the pivotal hotel culture that resonates best with Mark’s partnership. The industry leader in diversity and social awareness, Kimpton was eco friendly long before it was politically correct and this intrinsic value marries well with Mark’s personal passion for horticulture, where he majored at Cal Poly Pomona which also boasts a hospitality school. Confidently listing Cal Poly on his resume he often laughs that every hotel company has always assumed his degree was in Hotel Management but he can honestly say that his hospitality education came from on the job experience while he can boast knowing the name of every plant on property! Delighted to be leading the Solamar, Kimpton standards allow and encourage their General Managers to mold their properties to fit their locations and guest expectations. Defined as “Sun & Sea” Mark works to cultivate his team to deliver a singularly San Diego coastal cool experience. This includes the values and desire of the guests and Mark from gaining the hotel accolades as Trips Advisors top 10 best US pet friendly accommodations to his work in the hotels recent Silver Certification by Green Seal. These and more ideals make it easy for Mark to transition from work at the hotel to his leisure time at home playing with his best four footed friend and cultivating his garden with his wonderful partner.


Frank Dela Vara

Frank Dela Vara, the director of environmental affairs at the Disneyland Resort, is responsible for the creation and implementation of a wide variety of innovative environmental programs that reduce emissions, manage regulated wastes, and maintain water quality – to name a few. Under his direction, the Disneyland Resort was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor, for several sustainable practices implemented at the Resort including the environmentally conscientious efforts to refill the Paradise Bay at Disney’s California Adventure; the use of the Resort’s processed cooking oil to fuel its steam train locomotives; and the water and energy conservation features incorporated in the Resort’s new central bakery.
Dela Vara, who has 30 years of environmental compliance experience, joined the Disneyland Resort in 1990 as a senior environmental engineer. He has been in his current position since November 2007. Prior to joining the Disneyland Resort, Dela Vara worked as an environmental facilities engineer in the aerospace industry. He is a member of the advisory boards of the California Regional Environmental Education Community Network and the Anaheim, Certified Unified Program Agency.


Eric Engelman

Eric Engelman has recently joined the City of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department to coordinate energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives with the Mayor’s Office. Eric has a BA from Georgetown University in Accounting and International Business and an MPIA from UCSD in International Development and Environmental Policy. Eric has lived and worked in over a dozen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East where he has worked on policy challenges related to Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure.


Kevin Dick

Kevin Dick is Director of the Business Environmental Program (BEP) at the University of Nevada, Reno. BEP provides free and confidential assistance with environmental management, energy efficiency, green building, and pollution prevention to business and government operations throughout Nevada. BEP also manages the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network, one of eight national EPA funded Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) centers. Prior to joining BEP in 1991, Kevin worked as an Environmental Engineer with USEPA Region 9. He has a B.S from Cornell.

Kevin serves on the Advisory Board of the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network. He is a former chairman of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable and a Nevada Certified Environmental Manager.


Jim Evanoff

Jim has been with the National Park Service for the past 29 years. His career has involved working in four other National Parks before coming to Yellowstone in 1988. Starting in Curecanti National Recreation area, Colorado, Jim was instrumental in developing the infrastructure for this newly acquired Park unit. Next he moved to Grand Teton National Park and was responsible for preservation of over 100 historic structures within the park. After working there for 3 years, Jim transferred to Arches National Park in southern Utah. The next move was to Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where his responsibilities included the preservation maintenance of the famous four faces. Currently in Yellowstone, Jim is the Environmental Protection Specialist for the Park. His work experiences have varied from assisting in wolf reintroduction to spearheading many of the Park’s “greening initiatives”. Jim manages many of Yellowstone’s environmental programs and provides guidance to other national parks for achieving sound environmental stewardship. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.


Heather Farr

Heather has worked for the South Coast Air Quality Management District since 2002 where her responsibilities have included rule development, laboratory analysis and method development. In her current position as an Air Quality Specialist in the Planning, Rule Development, and Area Sources department, she is responsible for implementation, interpretation and development of many Area Source Rules including Rule 1113 – Architectural Coatings and Rule 314 – Fees for Architectural Coatings.
Heather holds a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of SSPC, FSCT, and an active member on the ASTM D01 Committee for Paints and related coatings.


Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher is director of environmental coatings for DACM project management. He is also an energy consultant to a number of companies including photovoltaic manufacturer, Solyndra. Fisher has been in forefront of environmental legislation regarding energy efficient coatings. He petitioned the US, EPA to include cool coatings as part of the Energy Star program; wrote the first heat reflective wall coating standard for Green Seal.; convinced the city of San Jose to adopt the first reflective wall coating standard in the USA.
In September this year, he will be talking in front of the PALENC conference in Greece on global warming, Urban Heat Islands and the adoption of the continent’s first cool roof coating standards. He is also expected to talk about energy issues in Costa Rica as part of a US, DOE educational exchange. Fisher currently has two energy models based on energy-efficient coatings which sit on the roof top of the Silicon Valley Technical Museum in San Jose.


Lynn France

Lynn France is the Environmental Services Program Manager for the City Of Chula Vista, managing the waste reduction and recycling programs.

Lynn manages several South San Diego County Regional Programs including: the household hazardous waste program (serving three cities and the county), the used oil and filters recycling program (serving seven cities), the South San Diego County Recycling Market Development Zone, and she is actively involved in the San Diego County Integrated Waste Management Technical Advisory Committee.

Lynn is a participant in the EPA West Coast Climate Change and Materials Management Forum. And she is also one of the founding board members of the California Product Stewardship Council. She developed the Chula Vista Clean Business program in 2007 as a method of outreach to local businesses to increase recycling. The program has grown to be a Chula Vista inter-departmental program incorporating energy and water conservation, stormwater/pollution prevention and recycling/solid waste management. The Clean Business Program is designed to help businesses become “Clean” or more sustainable.


Linda Giannelli Pratt

For more than 25 years, Linda Giannelli Pratt has built a professional career focused on community-based environmental protection. Her experience is broad, and includes positions as a laboratory analyst, regulatory compliance specialist, consultant, UCSD adjunct professor, and director of regional environmental programs. Her reports are published in many professional journals and four books, most recently in Creating a Climate for Change: Communicating Climate Change and Facilitating Social Change (2006 Cambridge Press). Linda received a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology and Chemistry and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies. As a Chief Program Manager for the City of San Diego, she directs a staff of professionals who are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions tracking, energy efficiency and renewable energy, hazardous materials management, and provides technical and administrative support for more sustainable practices within the City organization.


Susan Hahn,
Susan Hahn has been an Environmental Health Specialist with the San Diego County Environmental Health Department Hazardous Materials Division since 2001. She works as part of the Program Coordination & Operations Team as the Pollution Prevention Specialist / Training Coordinator. For 5 years she was on the compliance inspection and education team where her duties included USTs, Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Waste, Tiered Permitting and Medical Waste inspections from automotive repair to the biotech industry. Prior to working for the County of San Diego, Susan worked in a few biotech companies and the Naval Health Research Institute. Susan earned her BS in Microbiology from San Diego State University. Susan is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and certified as a California UST Inspector.


Les Hart

Les Hart has held many positions with Waste Management during the past 20 years, including Market Area Retention Manager, Field Representative, Municipal Liaison, Commercial Route Supervisor, Recycle Route Supervisor, Recycling Manager, Site Manager and Major Account Representative. Currently, as the Community and Municipal Relations Manager, Les manages municipal franchise contracts and relations for this District.
Les has been involved in many community service organizations over the years. He is currently a past chair of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, a current board member and is the past chair of the Legislative Action Committee and past co-chair of the Leadership East County Steering Committee. Les is also twice past president of Stoney’s Kids and Board Member Emeritus for the Olaf Wieghorst Museum Foundation. He is the past chair of the Advisory Board for the El Cajon Downtown Redevelopment Corp. Les has served as president of the El Cajon Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for CASA and sat on the County of San Diego Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board. He is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for BOMA, and of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Committee for the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership. Les currently serves as the chair of the “Evening in the Sky Gala” committee, a fundraising event for the American Lung Association, and he has recently been selected to join the ALA’s Leadership Advisory Board as a member. He has also been involved with the Mother Goose Parade, the Holiday Bowl Parade, the Lakeside Western Days Parade, the Magnolia Festival, the Santee Business Expo, the East County Business Expo and the La Mesa Oktoberfest. He was recognized as the El Cajon Citizen of the Year for 1999.
Les has been an East County resident for over 20 years and currently lives in Lakeside with his wife, Rowena, and two of their children.


Al Hurt

Alan Hurt has joined the Bioengineering Group as the V.P. for Sustainable Energy Innovations. Al’s experience and education directly supports the Group’s Mission of building sustainable communities on an ecological foundation with the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to meet a successful project outcome and ensure their sustainability. Mr. Hurt’s prior experience included a position as VP for Regional Operations and Sustainability as well as his Department of Defense (DoD) civilian career which included supporting the DoD Regional Environmental Coordination Office, Navy Region SW and Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Mr. Hurt has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning and environmental program management for Army, Navy (including Marine Corps) and Air Force programs which also include many Federal, including EPA, state and local collaborations.
Mr. Hurt is very active in local, regional and national programs on sustainability best practices and initiatives with regulatory agencies, government and Industry. Mr. Hurt has been one of the founding members and Executive Board member of the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership , past Chair of the Federal Network for Sustainability (FNS), Board member of the Western Sustainability Pollution Prevention Partnership and supports the Society of American Military Engineer’s (SAME) Executive Sustainability Task Force with past support as facilitator and Steering Committee representative for their Annual National Executive SAME Forum, 2009/2010. Mr. Hurt has been honored by receiving recognition nationally with the White House “Closing the Circle Award” for his sustainability efforts and awarded the prestigious Hammer Award by Vice President Al Gore for his contribution to a cooperative agreement process between our Nation’s states and Military Services. He also represented the DOD Regional Environmental Office in Hawaii and has successfully led the State and Military services to Pollution Prevention Partnerships.


Gary A. Jones

Gary A. Jones is the director of the environmental, health and safety (EHS) affairs at the Printing Industries of America near Pittsburgh, Pa. His primary responsibility is to monitor and analyze EHS regulatory activities at all government levels and provide representation on behalf of the printing industry. In doing so, Mr. Jones works closely with the federal and state-level Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by providing direct representation or supports the local Printing Industries of America (PIA) affiliates in their efforts to represent printers.
Mr. Jones provides membership assistance through a variety of approaches including responding to inquiries, writing, and consulting services. He regularly presents lectures at numerous industry events and conducts workshops for Printing Industries of America. In addition, he has written several publications and his “Environmental Alert” column appears in Printing Industry of America’s magazine, The Magazine.
Mr. Jones is also heading up Printing Industries of America’s efforts for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, an organization dedicated to assisting printers respond to the customer demand for sustainable printing.
Prior to joining Printing Industries of America in 1987, Mr. Jones worked in the field of forensic science as an analytical chemist. He holds a BS in biology from LaRoche College and an MS in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.


John Katz

John Katz has been a Pollution Prevention Coordinator for EPA Region 9 for 14 years. He specializes in environmentally-preferable purchasing, design for the environment with a focus on electronics, chemical policy, and providing technical assistance to business.


Phillip Kobernick, Manager, the Responsible Purchasing Network.

B.A. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Phillip joined RPN shortly after graduating from UCLA with a strong interest in sustainability and supply chain management. As the previous fellow for RPN, he performed research into various environmentally preferable products, specifications and policies and developed a purchasing guide on bottled water alternatives for universities. He currently manages the day-to-day operations of RPN, including the membership program, which consists of over 250 institutional members, and recently authored “Responsible Purchasing Trends Report – 2010,” an annual analysis of green purchasing among RPN members.


Judy Levin

Judy Levin is the Pollution Prevention Coordinator for the Center for Environmental Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the public from exposures to toxic chemicals. Judy’s work at CEH focuses on harnessing the purchasing power of healthcare institutions and other large institutional purchasers to transform the electronics industry and move them towards cleaner, more energy efficient and longer lived products. Judy is currently part of a multi-stakeholder group developing criteria for an international electronics eco-label and helping to define environmental leadership when it comes to computers, imaging equipment and televisions.


Joel Makower

Joel Makower is co-founder and executive editor of Greener World Media, Inc., which produces GreenBiz.com and its sister sites, ClimateBiz.com, GreenerBuildings.com, GreenerDesign.com, and GreenerComputing.com. He is also the principal author of the annual State of Green Business report and chairs the Greener by Design conference, both produced by Greener World Media. For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. As a writer, speaker, and strategist on corporate environmental practices, clean technology, and green marketing, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental responsibility with business success.


Dr. Rob Melnick

Rob Melnick is Executive Dean and Chief Operating Officer, Global Institute of Sustainability and

Presidential Professor of Practice, School of Sustainability

Dr. Melnick was appointed Executive Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) by Arizona State University President Michael Crow in 2008. Prior to this position, he served Arizona State University (ASU) as Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy from 1987-2008 and also as Associate Vice President for Economic Affairs from 2002-2008. Dr. Melnick holds academic appointments as research scientist in GIOS and as Presidential Professor of Practice in the School of Sustainability. Immediately prior to his work for ASU, Dr. Melnick was a senior fellow and vice president of the Hudson Institute where he was in charge of policy studies on employment and education. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Melnick conducts research on urban growth and economic development. He is the co-author of three books and numerous public policy research studies. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.


Mike Morris:

Mike Morris is an Air Quality Specialist, writing regulations and evaluating emerging technologies, for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Mike’s current projects with the AQMD include paint and lacquer thinners, consumer products, petroleum storage tank degassing and metalworking fluids.

As a Program Manager at the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance, Mike conducted pollution prevention research and development in a variety of fields including aerospace cleaning and coating, automobile repair cleaning, adhesive use in furniture manufacturing, furniture stripping, garment care, ink application cleaning, medical device cleaning and metalworking fluids. The primary focus of his research was to develop, test and demonstrate low- and non-solvent technologies. Mike has BS Astrophysics – University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and has authored and co-authored several technical papers.


Debbie Raphael

Debbie Raphael is the Program Manager for the City & County of San Francisco’s Toxics Reduction and Green Building Programs. In this capacity she is responsible for working with City agencies, local businesses, and San Francisco residents to reduce the use of toxic chemicals and implement the City’s award-winning Integrated Pest Management, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, and Green Building programs. Debbie was part of the team of City staff and community members that crafted San Francisco’s Precautionary Principle Ordinance and is helping lead the effort to implement the principle within City government. Debbie also led the implementation of San Francisco’s ban on phthalates in children’s products. She is currently co-chair of the State of California’s Scientific Panel on Green Chemistry and is initiating a variety of Extended Producer Responsibility initiatives.


Rufino “Pie” Roque is an Agriculturist (land), a Submariner (Sea) and Aerospace Product Support Engineer (Air) by profession. He has attempted to retire twice but became an accidental entrepreneur following the family’s acquisition of the El Primero Boutique B&B Hotel. As an Innkeeper, Pie truly believes that Clean- Green business is very good business. He is a true and true advocate of Sustainable Business Practices. His small lodging operation has garnered recognition from the City and State for Environmental Stewardship.


Joshua Saunders

Joshua is a nationally recognized expert on sustainable products, green business strategy, and environmental marketing. As Senior Director of Business Development for GoodGuide, Joshua is responsible for partnerships, alliances and commercial sales and marketing operations. Joshua has worked closely with a variety of environmental standard setting, eco-labeling, and certification programs across a wide range of industries from electronics to building products. Prior to his current role, Joshua has held several positions within the sustainability and certification industry. As Global Operations Manager, Joshua helped start and establish UL Environment, a subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories that focused on sustainable product certification. He has been heavily involved in many sustainability initiatives, including participating in roundtables with the National Academies of Science and the Keystone Center. Joshua holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Entrepreneurship.


Susan Michaud

Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and her Master’s Degree from Duke University before coming to Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988. She has been managing the pollution prevention program as is has evolved for twenty years. It is a great job!

Susan is part of a unique team at ORNL that combines the skills of both research and operations personnel. This combination of people work together to implement the requirements of Executive Order 13415 and 13523 from the most mundane tasks like reducing the waste that goes to our landfill, to much more innovative goals like solar powered charge stations for fleet and personal cars.

She attempts to be as sustainable as possible in East Tennessee with four dogs, three rats, two and one half cats, one horse, three children and one husband.


Matthew J. McCarron

Matt has been with the State of California for 19 years. He currently works on Green Business projects in the California Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Pollution Prevention Branch. Previously he worked on the creation of the nation first E-waste recycling program at CIWMB, at Cal/EPA on Permit stream lining for businesses and providing regulatory assistance to the public, local governments and industry at DTSC. Matt has Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.


Mike Morris

Mike Morris is an Air Quality Specialist, writing regulations and evaluating emerging technologies, for the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). Mike’s current projects with the AQMD include paint and lacquer thinners, consumer products, and petroleum storage tank degassing and metalworking fluids.

As a Program Manager at the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance, Mike conducted pollution prevention research and development in a variety of fields including aerospace cleaning and coating, automobile repair cleaning, adhesive use in furniture manufacturing, furniture stripping, garment care, ink application cleaning, medical device cleaning and metalworking fluids. The primary focus of his research was to develop, test and demonstrate low- and non-solvent technologies. Mike has BS Astrophysics – University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and has authored and co-authored several technical papers.


Karl Palmer

Karl Palmer is the manager of the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Pollution Prevention Branch in the Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology. He is currently responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement pollution prevention programs, supporting local Green Business Programs and helping lead the Department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention efforts, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California.

Prior to his current job, Karl lead DTSC’s Regulatory and Program Development Branch, providing technical support and policy development and adopting regulations for hazardous waste classification, recycling, household hazardous waste, electronic waste and universal wastes. Mr. Palmer has worked in each of DTSC’s core programs performing a wide variety of work including site assessments and inspections of hazardous waste sites, conducting investigations at state superfund sites, cleaning up former methamphetamine labs and coordinating HAZMAT support at major chemical spills and natural disasters.

Mr. Palmer holds a B.S. in Resource Sciences from the University of California, Davis.


Dr. Lisa Shaffer

Dr. Lisa Shaffer is a Lecturer at UC San Diego, where she teaches “Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility,” “Corporate Environmental Strategy,” and “Organizational Leadership.” She was the founding Executive Director of the University of California, San Diego campus-wide Sustainability Solutions Institute (SSI) and its predecessor, the Environment and Sustainability Initiative. She now serves on the leadership team of SSI, developing and managing interdisciplinary translational research addressing challenges in water and climate, the built environment, and “greenovation” – the transfer of academic discovery into products and services in the public and private sector.

Lisa spent the first 25 years of her career in Washington, DC, in a variety of positions in NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and with a major aerospace company in the private sector. In 1998 she joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she was responsible for international relations and program development for nine years. In September 2007, she enrolled in the executive MBA program at UCSD’s Rady School of Management, which she completed in August 2009. She earned her BA in political science and international relations from the University of Michigan, and her PhD in public policy from the George Washington University.


Wendi Shafir

Wendi Shafir, LEED AP, USEPA Pollution Prevention Coordinator – Wendi Shafir, LEED AP, USEPA Pollution Prevention Coordinator – Wendi has been with EPA since 1991. Her work has included hazardous waste permitting, enforcement, cleanups, water and wastewater infrastructure, wetlands restoration and P2 and Sustainability. She currently works on Green Building for Healthcare and Schools.


Scott Terrell

Scott is the Conservation Administrator for the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. Scott has worked as a conservation professional for three CA electric and water utilities over the past 28 years and has assisted several thousand homeowners and businesses with energy, water saving and renewable energy, green building and sustainability projects. Scott also teaches courses in green energy, water and careers for four No. CA and No. NV colleges part-time. Scott is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) through the National Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and is a certified Residential Energy Auditor.


Dr. Katy Wolf

Dr. Katy Wolf is director of the Institute for Research and Technical Assistance (IRTA), a nonprofit organization that assists firms in converting to low- and non-solvent technologies in cleaning, dry cleaning, electronics, paint stripping, coatings and adhesives. IRTA runs and operates the Pollution Prevention Center which helps companies adopt low- and non-solvent technologies, performs test and demonstration projects that focus on whole industry groups and holds conferences on emerging technical issues. Dr. Wolf spent fourteen years at the Rand Corporation, where she performed research on alternatives to ozone depleting substances and chlorinated solvents. Dr. Wolf has authored more than 200 publications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics.


Ms. Bradford is a Senior Project Manager and the Bioengineering Group’s Design Branch Coordinator with over 25 years of experience in project management, master planning, and design, with an emphasis on context sensitive, sustainable design. Her extensive experience spans a broad range of projects including parks, transportation, greenways, and educational and corporate facilities. Her main focus is to incorporate innovative, dynamic, maintainable, and cost effective solutions to conventional projects. Her background in landscape architecture enables her to transition easily between the technological and the design facets of landscape architecture.