Schools Advisory Board
Co-Chairs

Tom Torlakson
California Superintendent
of Public Education

Chet Widom
California State Architect

Colleges Advisory Board
Co-Chairs

Erik Skinner
Deputy Chancellor
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor
Economic Development and
Workforce Preparation
California Community Colleges
Chancellor’s Office

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About Our Speakers

Meet the green leaders who will be sharing their expertise in concurrent sessions at the Summit. Check back for updates!

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Jeffrey Albrecht

Jeffrey Albrecht
Jeffrey Albrecht, P.E. is a project manager at the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Financial Assistance with 14 years of experience managing State grants. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans. He has worked on diverse projects throughout California, including projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source issues, stream restoration, water recycling, and stormwater treatment projects. He is now managing the new Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) grant that will fund stormwater capture projects at California schools to reduce stormwater pollution and runoff while increasing infiltration. The stormwater capture projects will be coupled with educational programs to teach students about the water quality benefits of the project.


Samer Alzubaidi

Samir Alzubaidi
Samer Alzubaidi joined the San Bernardion USD in 2008 as the Director of the Facilities Planning and Development Department. Some of his responsibilities include overseeing eligibility applications, land acquisition and property purchases, relocation of people and businesses, property management, design of new schools and modernization of existing schools, state and local agency approvals, funding applications and bid and award. Samer also supervises construction, resolving construction related claims, addresses Principal concerns related to construction, successful project completion and closeouts, deals with District and County Legal Council on legal issues, and he also meets with local public and utility agencies for better coordination regarding the offsite work. Samer has great passion for Schools, and he enjoys every aspect of his job but the most rewarding part is when he feels that the Facility Department is adding value and contributing to the education of San Bernardino students by building new Schools and improving existing facilities, because facilities have direct impact on the students’ scores as proven through research work and papers issued lately. He has a successful approach and solution to complicated matters through comprehensive team work. Samer says, “We, like firefighters, face those issues on a daily basis and resolve them as a team.”


Kirk Amato

Kirk Amato
Kirk Amato is an Environmental Education Specialist with the California EEI Curriculum program, which is overseen by the California Environmental Protection Agency and CalRecycle in Sacramento. He has an extensive background in environmental field studies. In addition, he’s a major University of Oregon Ducks fan!


Bill Brooks

Bill Brooks
For the past 37 years, Bill Brooks has taught sixth through eighth grades. Currently, he teaches sixth grade in the Irvine Unified School District at Eastshore Elementary School. In 2009, Bill was honored as the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teacher of the year for the State of California. His Edison Challenge team won first place for their project on green waste composting in the middle school division in 2009. In 2010, Eastshore’s Quikscience Challenge team won a first place under Bill’s direction. Their project was on plastic drinking straw reduction. Then in 2011, Eastshore’s Quikscience Challenge team earned a second place for their project on shark finning. Eastshore has been the proud recipient of a Green Up Our Schools grant for the past several years. Bill was invited to present at the Service-Learning Leadership Institute in 2011 on Eastshore’s waste reduction and environmental teams. He con tinues to work with Eastshore’s Green Team on waste reduction and composting.


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Christos Chrysiliiou

Christos Chrysiliou
Christos Chrysiliou is the Director of Architecture and Engineering (A&E) Services for the Facilities Services Division of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Christos earned a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Woodbury University and an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. He is a licensed architect, a certified construction manager (CCM), and a LEED AP BD +C with experience in architectural planning, design, sustainability, and construction. Christos has worked with design and architectural firms gathering knowledge and experience in all aspects of planning, design, and construction with primary focus on K-12 facilities. With the passion of learning more about the build industry, Christos expanded his knowledge by managing construction projects and focusing his efforts in means, methods, and materials for construction. Christos' interest expanded in all aspects of the planning and development industry which guided him to be more sensitive to the surrounding environment. His knowledge, experience, dedication, and leadership skills guided him to be the Director of the A&E, Sustainability, and Energy units of the LAUSD. Christos' vision is to develop balanced environments that utilize sustainable techniques and materials that protect and restore our natural resources and enhance our well-being.

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Woodrow Clark

Woodrow W. Clark II MA, PhD 
Clark, a long-time advocate for the environment and renewable energy, is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, public speaker and advisor specializing in sustainable communities. He was one of the contributing scientists to the work of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007. In 2004, he founded, and now manages, Clark Strategic Partners (CSP), an environmental and renewable energy consulting firm using his political-economic expertise in order to guide, advisee and implement public and private clients worldwide - specifically on sustainable smart green communities ranging from colleges and universities to shopping malls, office buildings and film studios. Clark has seven published books and 60+ peer-reviewed articles reflect concern for global sustainable communities. Three more recent books include book The Next Economics; and in March 2014, Global Sustainable Communities Handbook. His next book (with Grant Cooke) are The Green Industrial Revolution (Elsevier Press, 2015) and Smart Green Cities (Gower Press, 2015). His work covers the solution to climate change through public policy, science and technologies, and economics and finance. Clark also teaches graduate courses in these areas throughout the USA and internationally. Currently, Clark was an Academic Specialist, UCLA Provost Office and a Cross-Disciplinary Scholar. Prior to launching CSP, Clark was Senior Advisor on Renewable Energy, Emerging Technologies, and Finance to California Governor Gray Davis from 2000-2003. From 1999-2000, he was a Visiting Professor of Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was a Fulbright Fellow in 1994. Clark was the Manager of Strategic Planning for Technology Transfer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for the University of California and the U.S. Department of Energy during the 1990s. He founded (1980) a mass media company in San Francisco, CA, Clark Communications, specializing in the production and distribution of documentary and educational films focused on "social issues" such as "sexual harassment", "health issues" and older workers, along with other topics, including books from dramatic current events. Clark earned three masters degrees from different universities in Illinois and his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. He lives with his wife and 6 year-old son in Southern California.


Tova Corman

Tova Corman
Tova Corman currently works at Long Beach Unified School District as the Executive Director of Facilities Development and Planning, administering their $1.2 billion bond. Prior to LBUSD, she worked as the Senior Facilities Planner at Santa Ana Unified School District. Tova has a Masters in Urban Planning from UC Irvine, an Educational Facilities Planning Certificate from UC Riverside, and a Chief Business Official Certification from University of Southern California and CASBO. As a member of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, she has been involved in many CASH workshops and clinics. Tova is a graduate of the CASH Leadership Academy. Tova is on the Planning and Program Management Strand for the Annual Conference Committee (previously serving as the co-chair), serves on the, CASH Outreach Committee and the Urban Schools Committee, and previously served on the Legislative Advisory Committee.


Emily Courtney

Emily Courtney
Emily Courtney manages the K-12 education initiatives at Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a non-profit organization that works with communities to make the transition to sustainability. Emily has a background in environmental, job skills and entrepreneurship education. At SEI she manages holistic school programs designed to make it easy and affordable to green school facilities while engaging students in energy conservation, education, and leadership. Prior to joining SEI, Emily was the Director of Green Technology Education at Laney College in Oakland, CA. Her focus is serving individuals and communities at the dynamic intersection point of our economic, ecological and social justice goals. Emily holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the GreenMBA program at Dominican University and a BA from Whitman College.


Gregory Coxsom, PE
Greg is the Southern California Regional Sales Director for OpTerra Energy Services (formerly Chevron Energy Solutions) with over Thirty-Five years of experience in the energy industry and has been involved in all facets of project development, finance and implementation. Greg began his career as a mechanical design engineer with the Ralph M. Parson Corporation where he worked on power plant and cogeneration designs for large industrial complexes. After 10 years of real-world design experience Greg spent several years with So Cal Gas Co. serving as the utility’s liaison to large commercial and industrial customers. His job scope included advising these clients on the efficient use and application of natural gas. For the past fifteen years Greg has worked in the Business Development Group of Chevron Energy Solutions, responsible for energy conservation and sustainability project and program development for public sector customers, primarily K-14, higher education and local city and counties. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University and a MBA from the
University of Southern California. Greg is also a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California.


John Dale

John Dale
John Dale, FAIA. LEED AP is a Pre-K-12 Studio Leader at Harley Ellis Devereaux. John has been involved in the design, programming and master planning, of faith-based, private and public school projects for over 30 years. His passion and expertise is in building high performance learning environments as demonstrated in the education practice of HED. By defining small learning communities which boost student achievement, promote sustainability and galvanize community involvement, John and the HED Pre-K-12 Studio team have established widely recognized models for school design. His diverse experience includes sustainable high-performance schools, district-wide master plans and small learning communities. His designs for educational facilities have been honored with numerous awards and his leadership in the practice of school design earned him his AIA Fellowship in January 2008.


Edward Dean

Edward Dean
Edward Dean is a combination of building scientist, design coach and experienced large-project architect, who has specialized in low-energy building design throughout his professional career. In recognition of his leading professional work in this field, the American Institute of Architects elevated him to the AIA College of Fellows. He was initially trained as an applied scientist, receiving a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, but quickly switched to architecture to focus his work on the design of the built environment and, in particular, the emerging need for low-energy building design. While on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, he consulted with the California Energy Commission on new energy standards for buildings, worked with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during the initial development of DOE-1 building energy analysis software and led a generation of architects through concepts of integrated design for low-energy performance. His later extensive experience in professional practice as lead designer on major projects at nationally recognized firms gives him a realistic understanding of the building industry, its limitations and possibilities. He continues to work and consult on the frontier of low-energy building design as this industry undergoes the required changes to low-carbon and zero-net-energy buildings.


Tim De Witt

Tim DeWitt
Tim DeWitt is a Principal Architect at Rainforth Grau Architects in Sacramento. He provides 21 years of experience, predominantly focused on California public school facilities. Tim fully integrates sustainable design concepts as the basis for design on all of his projects whether or not they go through LEED certification. Tim’s responsibilities include client oversight and project management from programming and planning through construction administration. His knowledge of the total process, ability to work closely with planning groups, attention to detail and understanding of communication and coordination has helped him build enduring relationships by delivering extraordinary service. He was the PA on a sustainable high school campus planned in collaboration with John Dale of Harley Ellis Devereaux for Lodi Unified School District.


John Diffenderfer

John Diffenderfer
John is a licensed architect, and has been Principal with Aedis Architects since 1999, and a LEED APBD+C EBO+M since 2003. He conceived of and designed the first ever Net Zero Energy/Net Zero Emissions public school building in California (LeyVa Middle School Administrative Office). This project for the Evergreen School District earned that organization the 1st annual San Jose Green Star Award for its comprehensive work toward an energy efficient sustainable silicon valley. With Campbell Union School District, he began work on California’s second NZE public school project: the Blackford Elementary Multi Use Building. This building is notable because it is the key first phase of an ambitious master plan to reduce the net energy use of Blackford Elementary School to zero, and it is the prototype of identical projects at 8 other schools in Campbell (by 2014, two more have been completed). John has also been the Architect of Record for CHPS designed and CHPS verified projects, and is pursuing an innovative LEED Certification of an existing community college lab facility. In 2008 he re-started the Santa Clara Chapter of the AIA’s Committee on the Environment. He has, since late 2011, been the Chairman of the USGBC NCC Green Schools Committee, advocating for sustainable schools from Monterey County to Sacramento. John has presented on energy, water and healthy materials topics at USGBC’s international Greenbuild Conferences, CHESC, Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and the Green-Technologies Summits in Pasadena and Sacramento. John also serves on the Skyline College, Energy Systems Technology Management (ESTM) Advisory Council where he works with curriculum developers and local industry to predict and direct the future of career technology education at San Mateo community colleges.


Ralph DiNola

Ralph Dinola
New Buildings Institute Chief Executive Officer Ralph DiNola has dedicated his professional life to bringing green building innovation to scale. DiNola served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications. As principal investigator of a landmark study of historic buildings, DiNola helped establish and validate the true value and benefits of building reuse, bridging the divide between sustainability and historic preservation. Through NBI’s work with the California Public Utilities Commission, Ralph has been at the forefront of developing tools and trainings to advance zero net energy buildings and support public sector early adopters in California. DiNola is a LEED Fellow, founding Board Chair of the International Living Future Institute, founder and former principal at Green Building Services and 2012 BetterBricks award winner.


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Wael Elator

Wael Elator
Wael Elatar is currently the Chief Business Official for Barstow Unified School District. Barstow Unified is a public K-12 school district in the California high desert region consisting of 10 schools with student enrollment of approximately 6000 students. Some of Mr. Elatar's other employments prior to Barstow Unified included the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Beaumont USD, Administrator of Facilities, M & O and Transportation for San Bernardino City USD and Vice President of Operations, West Area for MV Management (a national leading firm specialized in the management of public transportation contracts.) Mr. Elatar is a Civil Engineer with a post graduate degree in Engineering Management. His educational background has served him well in managing 100’s of millions of dollars in major construction projects & facilities capital programs including the construction of many schools and large transportation hubs. Mr. Elatar has 25 years of professional experience managing fiscal, operational, support services and programs in the private and public sectors. Throughout his career he has continued to manage and oversee facilities planning & construction programs in both the private and public schools sectors. Many projects were designed and constructed using green and high performance technologies.


David El Fattal

Dr. David El Fattal
Since 2010, Dr. David El Fattal has served as Vice President of Business Services for Cerritos Community College District. His career experience spans 30 years as a senior-level administrator in private industry and K-14 education. Currently, Dr. El Fattal is the chair of the Cerritos College Sustainability Task Force, which focuses on cost-effective strategies to increase campus-wide sustainability efforts. This work involves establishing goals and tracking progress toward the College's commitment to decrease water use, lower energy costs, improve waste management, reduce carbon emissions, promote clean transportation, and explore renewable energy. Dr. El Fattal also oversees Cerritos College's bond construction efforts that allow for designated new construction projects with a cost exceeding five million dollars to be developed to LEED standards. The College's bond construction program is modernizing the campus with new s tate-of-the-art facilities and resources to improve student success and sustainability. Under his leadership, Cerritos College is developing an innovative energy master plan that will forecast energy needs, identify initiatives to implement on existing conditions, and establish energy use goals for future planning and construction.


Heather Flint Chatto

Heather Filnt Chatto
Heather Flint Chatto is a Project Manager at New Buildings Institute (NBI). Heather supports NBI’s work with the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan for Commercial Buildings and communication of measured performance findings from NBI research. Heather has a background in green building, environmental policy, and long-range planning, with degrees in urban planning and environmental studies for teachers. She is passionate about sustainable design and has been involved in multiple environmental education initiatives including the Northwest Alliance for Ecological Design, the West Coast Ecological Design Education Survey (EDES) Project, and development of the Green Futures Research and Design Laboratory at the University of Washington. Prior to joining NBI, she worked as a California local government planner, with nonprofits on environmental policy research, and with architecture offices on planning and green building projects. Heather enjoys creating educational resources that can create a broad impact, including most recently, her work in developing NBI’s new ZNE Communications Toolkit to help educate the market about the what, why and how of zero net energy buildings.


Danielle Geers

Danielle Geers
Danielle Geers is a Program Manager at CLEAResult, formerly PECI. Ms. Geers manages several strategic and innovative energy efficiency programs in California including the PG&E Energize Schools program, a holistic approach to energy management providing support and technical services to help school districts achieve their Prop 39 goals. Danielle has a background in green building, energy efficiency, program implementation and design. Prior to joining CLEAResult, Danielle managed the membership program at CHPS, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, providing outreach and trainings to promote healthy, green, high performance school facilities.


Howard Goldstein

Howard Goldstein
Hon. Howard A. Goldstein, Esq. is a trial and appellate attorney with over 20 years’ experience managing class action litigation. He also directs an environmental sustainability consulting firm that provides analysis, strategy and implementation services; and speaks regularly on public sector and other sustainability topics. Mr. Goldstein is a Governing Board Member of the Beverly Hills Unified School District, a recipient of the National PTA Life Achievement Award, and a standing member of the City of Beverly Hills Southeast Task Force and The Next 100 Years Committee.


Duke Graham

Duke Graham
A Professional Engineer and LEED AP, Duke Graham joined Gaia in 2007. Duke brings his technical expertise and engineering background to Gaia’s projects and is primarily responsible for energy modeling and commissioning services. A skilled energy modeler and commissioning agent, he works with teams to optimize building design and to prioritize and protect investment in strategies that will have the greatest effect on the building’s energy use and cost. His professional experience includes mechanical design for an electronics manufacturing company in San Diego, and more recently, a tenure teaching mathematics for the LA Unified School District. A natural educator, Duke has spoken at public and private events, including the Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo, and teaches a green building course at Cal State Dominguez Hills. He also serves on the Green Schools committee for the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter and volunteers his tim e providing ENERGY STAR benchmarking for K-12 schools.


Roger Gray

Roger Gray
Roger Gray is currently Lead Science Teacher and Urban Farm / Garden Coordinator for Eliot Arts Magnet School in Pasadena USD. Mr. Gray has been a long time advocate for environmental issues and education-in-nature. He has served as an appointed member of the City of Pasadena Transportation Advisory, Utility Advisory and Environmental Advisory Commissions, moving Pasadena toward sustainability. With the City he has been involved in projects increasing non-auto transportation options, conversations on shifting municipal utility water billing away from a profit based, volume-discount model, and helped design and pass the single use plastic bag ban in Pasadena. As lead teacher for Eliot’s Urban Farm and Outdoor Classroom Mr. Gray helps classroom teachers incorporate lessons from the natural cycle into their regular curriculum, and teach a new generation of city kids how to grow food.


Dan Grubb

Dan Grubb
I am a sixth grade teacher in Irvine CA. I specialize in science and ancient civilizations. In our school we have started a garden to grow vegetables for Second Harvest Food Bank, we have a green team of 45 students who recycle all our bottles, cans and paper, we have a worm bin in class, and we are waiting for a grant to start an aquaponics system here at our school.


Dian Grueneich

Dian Grueneich
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert, with 37 years’ experience. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, developing the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and overseeing a 40% expansion of California’s energy efficiency funding, and oversaw transmission planning and permitting. Dian’s professional recognitions include the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Clean Energy Award, eeGlobal Forum’s first “Visionary Award” for energy leadership, ACEEE’s National Champion of Energy Efficiency Award, and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology’s 2013 Clean Power Champions. Dian is currently a Senior Research Scholar the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force at Stanford University, spearheading an increased focus of Stanford on state and regional energy issues, focusing in particular on regulatory policy governance and the next generation of energy efficiency. Dian currently serves on the DOE-EPA State Energy Efficiency Action Plan Leadership Group, the NREL External Advisory Committee, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Advisory Boards for the Cal Poly Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy and the Advanced Energy Economy. Dian also serves as a Clean Energy Education & Empowerment U.S. Ambassador and served on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Electricity Advisory Committee. Dian is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University.


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Keith Hempel

Keith Hempel
Since joining LPA in 1995, Keith Hempel has been a project designer for a variety of buildings including K-12 schools, higher education facilities, community centers and corporate projects. In all of his work, Hempel provides creative solutions that balance functional needs and aesthetic aspirations. His recent and most notable experience includes a variety of sustainable schools that include San Marcos High School, Fremont High School, Country Montessori School and Lawndale High School Phase II and III. Hempel earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona and graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Vanessa Handy

Vanessa Handy
Vanessa Handy is an Orange County native and lives in Costa Mesa, CA. Her primary job is being a mom to an eleven year old daughter and nine year old son. Since 2012, Vanessa has been advocating community involvement and sustainability in K-12 education, including being an active team member currently expanding a K-6 public school into a curriculum-based educational nature center. Experiencing community and school district support, she is leading a charge to eradicate toxic pesticides from public school campuses and their near-by fields. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science in Business from California State University, Long Beach, a Permaculture Design Certification from The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, and is the PTA Legislative Chair at her children’s schools. Her vision is to bridge the curriculum gap between science, nature and health by converting school campuses into toxin free zones and garden nature centers, thus crea ting social change for a responsible, safe and healthy future.


Cathy Higgins

Cathy Higgins
As NBI Research Director, Ms. Higgins leads projects and seeks new business opportunities. Her current work addresses the data, market and policy aspects of zero net energy buildings, research into deep energy savings in existing buildings and support on emerging technologies field research. Ms. Higgins has been the prime investigator for three California Energy Commission PIER projects. She has served on industry committees and as an adviser on allied projects including the DOE Zero Net Energy Collaborative, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Portfolio Retrofit Challenge, and the Global Buildings Performance Network. Cathy has over 25 years’ experience in energy efficiency strategic planning, research, policy and large-scale project management. Prior to joining NBI in 2000, she served as Director of the Oregon Municipal Energy and Conservation Agency and was a Commercial Conservation Manager with Bonneville Power Administration. Cathy i s a LEED Accredited Professional and was the 2012 recipient of the Energy Manager of the year through the Association of Professional Energy Managers. Cathy spent four years in HVAC sales and management. Her undergraduate studies were in urban and resource planning, with graduate work in energy economics. Her management skills and enthusiasm for building efficiency keep NBI’s projects at the forefront of the industry.


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Jonathan D. Jaffrey
Jonathan D. Jaffrey, co-founder, CEO and managing director of Coronal Group, brings a proven record of leadership and expertise in the renewable energy sector. Mr. Jaffrey works closely with members of Coronal’s Investment Committee to set the company’s investment strategy and direction. In addition, he is responsible for all investor relationships including Coronal’s relationship with Panasonic Eco Solutions North America. In 2009, prior to forming Coronal, Mr. Jaffrey co-founded Renewable Social Benefit Funds, L3C (RSB Funds), which financed, developed and installed over 15 MW of solar photovoltaic projects. RSB Funds’ innovative approach to combining public and private financing of solar projects was recognized by the White House Office of Innovation and Civic Participation in 2011. Prior to entering the renewable energy sector, Mr. Jaffrey spent more than a decade overseeing the W.M. Keck Foundation’s $1.4 billion grant-making and administrative operations as chief operating officer. In addition, he was president of a multi-generation family office overseeing the stewardship and investments of over $2.5 billion in assets. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California.


Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson
Kirsten Johnson has taught fifth grade for 20 of her 21 years in Public Education at 93rd Street Elementary School. She is currently the Lead Science Teacher on campus, responsible for inventory and management of Science FOSS Kits and supplementary materials, as well as assessments. She is also in charge of the Campus Learning Garden and is on the school's Magnet Science Team, preparing the application for a Science Center on campus. Ms. Johnson’s students have participated and placed statewide and regionally, in the CEFPI School of the Future competition for the past four years. She was a Target Science Coordinator in South Area for over three years, and a member for over 16 years. Target Science was a network of educators, College Professors and Science Experts that shared lessons and investigations, had opportunities to deepen their learning, and gathered materials through participation. As a Delegate to the NEA Representative A ssembly, she has advocated for STEAM education to over 9,000 nationwide delegates, on behalf of UTLA and The Arts Committee. Ms. Johnson was recently nominated as a finalist for the National PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math Science Teaching), and is currently awaiting a final decision from the NSF.


David Kandea

David Kaneda
David Kaneda’s experience includes over three decades working in the building industry in North America and Europe. He has been the Electrical Engineering Principal for numerous LEED Platinum, AIA COTE Top 10 and net zero energy building designs, and his design for the Integral Group, San Jose headquarters where he works was the first net zero energy commercial office building in the United States. He is a professional engineer, a registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional in the US and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom and a European Engineer as well as an MBA. He has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the London Business School. David’s specialties include Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) design, sustainable electrical engineering, lighting and daylighting design. Due to his expertise in sustainable electrical engineering issues, David is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences and has presented at the Guangzhou International Lighting Technology Symposium, American Institute of Architects National Convention, Greenbuild International Conference, Lightfair International, the National Academies: Federal Buildings in 2030 Symposium, and the IFMA 3D Sustainability Summit.


Celeste Kelley

Celeste Kelley
Celeste Kelley is the Lead Garden Educator in California for the The Kitchen Community. She works with students, teachers, and administrators to install school gardens while training teachers and engaging school communities to build lasting garden programs. Celeste has a background in community and youth development and garden education for schools and non-profits. She is passionate about creating positive change in our food systems and empowering all people to grow their own food and make healthy choices.


Tony Knight

Tony Knight, EdD
Dr. Tony Knight is superintendent of the Oak Park Unified School District in Ventura County. Oak Park USD was recognized as a U.S. National Green Ribbon School District in 2013. Other recognitions include the California Green Schools Leadership Award, the U.S. Green Building Council Award, the EPA Presidential Environmental Youth Award, CSBA Golden Bell Award for Environmental Education, and the Clean Air Award from the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Knight is an active environmental champion and is a member of the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Education Team and recently presented at the international conference of the American Cetacean Society. He holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California. He loves to hike, sail, scuba dive, and work in the school gardens with the children in Oak Park.


Roy Kuckzera

Roy Kuczera
Senior Vice Presesident of Fujitsu General America, Inc. for over a decade and nearly 30 years in the HVAC business. Responsible for North American Sales of Residential and Commercial HVAC solutions. Fujitsu General creates high-quality and environmentally-friendly products that provide a comfortable environment by using the air conditioning technology, innnovation and creativity which we developed over 35 years ago. Fujitsu manufactures over 3 million air conditioning units a year worldwide. We are one of the largest providers of mini-split air conditioners and heat pumps to North America. Come learn what our products can do for your school.

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Gerard Lee

Gerard Lee
Gerard Lee, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a senior Project Architect with over 18 years of design, production, project management and construction administration excellence. He has a track record of successful projects and has worked on many diverse project types with a significant emphasis on public projects such as the West Berkeley Public Library which is a Zero Net Energy building. Many of his projects have achieved LEED certification. Gerard has a reputation for successfully delivering challenging projects with tight schedules or budgets. He has hands on knowledge of the building codes/standards and regulations including IBC, CBC, ADA, Cal OSHA, California Green Building Code affecting school design and construction and has strong experience with Type I - Type V construction.


John Ley

John Leys
John Leys has degrees in Environmental Studies and Civil Engineering from the University of California. His experience includes green building design, urban public spaces, water feature design, integrated stormwater management, infrastructure design, and development of green design tools. John currently serves as Associate Director of the Sherwood Institute, a non-profit focused on directing research and innovation at the nexus of critical water and energy issues. Mr. Leys currently serves as Principal of Sherwood Design Engineer’s San Francisco office where he directly oversees and manages a number of Sherwood’s high profile national and international projects. He has led some of Sherwood's most innovative project work including, the LEED Platinum Chartwell Elementary School in Monterey, California, where Mr. Leys was responsible for all aspects of site civil improvements including stormwater, utility, fine grading, and inter active water feature design. He was Principal-in-Charge of the Orange County Great Park, where the stormwater management strategy not only includes LID techniques, but harvests overland stormwater runoff for reuse. For this and other projects he continues to introduce design initiatives to progress development of the project in an environmentally sensitive manner. Mr. Leys has presented at both educational and professional venues.


Rick Longobart

Rick Longobart
In 1983, Mr. Longobart began his career at the City of El Segundo. There he worked his way up from a Mechanic to Fleet and Facility Supervisor. For the next 12 years, Mr. Longobart was directly responsible for the Fleet and Facility Division’s Hazardous Waste Program as well as the City’s AB989 Recycling Program. He implemented an automated fleet and fuel management system that streamlined the Division’s operation by using environmentally sound business practices that decreased waste and reduced costs. Due to his leadership, the City received two certifications from the State of California. Mr. Longobart worked to receive over $11 million in grant funds to support City efforts. In 1998, Rick led the City of El Segundo to divert waste to landfills by 50%. The City of El Segundo was one of the first agencies to receive state recognition for achieving this goal. From the City of El Segundo, Mr. Longobart became Fleet and Transit Superintendent of the Public Works Department of the City of Inglewood. A long-standing participant of the Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and the Clean Cities Coalition for both Western Riverside County and the Southern California region, Mr. Longobart was responsible for urging the City to join the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), an organization dedicated to finding solutions for environmental issues. In order to accomplish some of the goals of the ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, he established the Environmental Advisory Committee. As Chairman of the Committee, Rick developed a climate action plan that involved conducting greenhouse gas studies and completing several tasks to abide by State law AB 32, which requires cities to reduce local emission to 1990 levels by the year 2020. In addition, he initiated a ride-share program that coincides with the demands of AQMD Rule 2202, stating that each municipality find means to reduce commuter traffic in their municipality. Implementing a (EMS) Energy Management System generated less waste and reduced costs for the City. Replacing city vehicles with alternative energy cars and trucks and building retrofits saved thousands and benefitted the local environment.


Bill McDonnell

Bill McDonnell
Bill McDonnell, is the Water Efficiency Manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. His team manages many programs that are on pace to rebate over $60 million to commercial, industrial and residential customers this year. His team also manages the Innovative Conservation Program which provides approximately half million dollars in grants for new conservation technologies. Bill is Metropolitan’s lead on the water and energy nexus front and has more than 30 years’ experience in water and energy efficiency program management. In addition, he has been a Public Works Commissioner in the City of Chino Hills for almost 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Urban Water Conservation Council.


Kathleen McKee

Kathleen McKee
Kathleen J. McKee is a partner in the San Diego area office where she serves as co-chair of the firm's Business, Facilities, Real Estate, Construction, Energy Practice Group. Ms. McKee, an experienced real estate attorney, represents public agencies and school districts in all aspects of real estate, business and facilities law, including property acquisition and disposal, site selection, financing and construction. She advises clients throughout the state on property negotiations, purchase agreements, leases, entitlements, land use and entitlement issues, environmental issues, including CEQA and NEPA, and alternative energy projects. Ms. McKee has extensive experience in Real Property Transactions, Public Entity Contracts and Procurement. A member of Green Technology's California Summit and K-12 Advisory Boards, Ms. McKee is a recognized leader in energy conservation legal matters, especially matters involving energy efficiency and solar generation. She has completed over 20 solar projects, ranging from small, one site projects of 1,100 kW to large multi-site projects combining carport, roof and stand-alone solar structures for a total of 12,500 kW. She assists public agencies and school districts throughout the state with solar projects, from RFP creation through contract negotiations and preparation of all documents, including financing and rebates.


Thor Misko

Thor Misko
Thor Misko is responsible for developing relationships that increase awareness, urgency, collaboration, and support to advance Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) mission. Since 2008, Thor has provided leadership in numerous areas throughout PLTW, including post-secondary partnerships, professional development, and e-learning. Prior to joining PLTW, Thor served as the PLTW Affiliate Director for the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) after working in various entrepreneurial and engineering fields and markets throughout the United States. As a building systems engineer, Thor has had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects in the medical, industrial, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming sectors with a combined constructed value exceeding $2 billion. Thor earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering with specialties in Building Electrical Systems and Building Environmental Systems from MSOE. Thor is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Engineering Management with master’s certificates in Project Management and Knowledge Management from MSOE. He has also received the distinction of U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.


Deborah Moore

Deborah Moore
Deborah Moore is Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative, promoting sustainable schools and environmental literacy. She has trained more than 2,000 educators from 400 schools and districts, catalyzing measurable reductions in school environmental footprints and benefiting more than 300,000 students. GSI's "7 Steps to a Green School" approach helps schools establish Green Teams and take action to reduce waste, energy, and water; eliminate toxins; serve healthy food; create school gardens and grounds; and teach stewardship. She contributed to the U.S. Department of Education’s “Green Ribbon Schools” award and serves on California Department of Education’s Schools of the Future and Environmental Literacy Task Forces.Deborah received the Pioneer Leadership Award at the California Green Schools Summit in 2010 and the Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2011.


Beena Morar

Beena Morar
Beena is a strategy and compliance project manager for Southern California Edison, with eight years of experience in various aspects of energy from renewable procurement and solar development, to forecast modeling and regulatory compliance. Beena currently is part of the demand side management team in SCE’s customer service department, leading strategy and compliance projects within energy efficiency and demand response programs. Beena is SCE’s Prop 39 implementation lead.

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Tim Oliver

Tim Oliver
Tim Oliver is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Santa Barbara Institute (SBI), which has collaborated with U.S. and international colleges, universities and other organizations to provide professional and technical education programs for participants from over 30 nations. SBI’s primary mission is to increase knowledge and talents in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), including sustainable building and alternative energy solutions. He is currently Interim Vice Chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District; and previously served as Chief Business Official at Los Angeles Pierce College (LACCD) and Oxnard College (Ventura CCCD). He has managed the design, construction and implementation of several LEED building projects, including energy installations employing solar panels, solar tubes, ice chillers, Capstone co-generators, and utility-provided solutions. He has worked with and managed engineers, designers, contractors and college staff to assess the viability long term solutions. Tim holds a MBA degree from California State University and a BA in Economics from USC. In addition to higher education, he has extensive private sector experience in construction management, distribution management and as an entrepreneur.



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Bhart Patel

Bharat Patel
Bharat Patel, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Harley Ellis Devereaux successfully implements state-of-the-art sustainable strategies on a wide range of projects including mixed mode ventilation, high performance facade systems, chilled beam systems, high efficiency equipment, and the expansion of central plants and solar systems both thermal and PV’s. He brings over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering and sustainable design development. Bharat’s cross-disciplinary training in Civil, Mechanical, Environmental, Fire Protection, and Electrical Engineering provides a unique perspective in problem solving that emphasizes optimum and cost effective solutions. He is currently leading the engineering for the Cerritos Community College energy master plan.



Doug Payne

Doug Payne
Doug Payne has held senior leadership roles leading project and business development efforts spanning solar, semi-conductor, and manufacturing sectors for 20 years. Mr. Payne leads Panasonic Eco Solutions U.S. sales & business development activities in the Commercial & Industrial sector. Doug focuses on opportunities in the distributed generation space that allow Panasonic Eco Solutions to leverage decades of technical expertise to deliver integrated energy solutions spanning solar, finance, storage, lighting and energy efficiency across the enterprise. Prior to joining Panasonic, he was the SVP, Corporate Development at Distributed Sun, a solar project aggregation and financing platform where he led the implementation of various sales & marketing channel strategies to scale inbound commercial and industrial solar project pipeline and facilitated the truSolar® Working Group, an industry consortium focused on developing industry standards to screen and finance solar assets. Long recognized as a thought leader in the U.S. solar industry, he co-founded and ran SolarTech, a national industry association focused on reducing “soft costs” to accelerate local solar markets via the U.S. Department of Energy funded “Solar3.0” Process Innovation Platform. Prior to founding, funding and scaling SolarTech, he built a $50MM commercial solar business for Real Goods Solar
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Melanie Peck

Melanie Peck
Melanie has nine years of diverse experience working with nonprofits, public agencies, schools and students towards a healthy environmental future. Melanie specializes in grant writing and program design, training and curriculum development, marketing and social media in the areas of energy, urban greening, waste reduction and litter abatement. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Fullerton and graduate work in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans. Melanie serves on the USGBC-OC Green Schools Committee, as a Board Member of the New Leadership Council - Orange County and is an Advisory Board Member for Science@OC. Prior to joining The Energy Coalition, Melanie managed Affiliate Services for Keep Louisiana Beautiful in New Orleans and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA specializing in volunteer engagement, resource development and disaster relief in Southeast Louisiana following hurricane Katrina.


Dennis Pittenger

Dennis Pittenger
Dennis is a sought-after speaker and a nationally recognized expert in landscape water management, palm management, and care of woody landscape plants. He has conducted noted field research studies on landscape plant water needs, transplanting specimen palms, tree root management, tree selection, and groundcover management. In both 2010 and 2011, he received the Arboriculture Research Award from the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Dennis works closely with industry groups and University colleagues to carry out his field research studies and deliver educational programs for landscape-related professionals. He has authored or co-authored over 155 research articles and educational publications reporting results of his studies and applying research findings to educate the landscape industry on many subjects. Dennis is the technical editor and co-author of the award-winning California Master Gardener Handbook, the University of California’s comprehensive basic horticulture reference. He also leads U.C. Cooperative Extension’s Web-based Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulture. Dennis is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science, the International Society of Arboriculture, the Metropolitan Tree Alliance, and the California Landscape Contractors Association. He joined the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Botany and Plant Sciences Department at U.C. Riverside in 1981.


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Jillian Rich

Jilliann Rich
Jillian Rich serves as Expert Program Manager for K-12 public school energy efficiency programs and Prop 39 at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). As part of the Government and Community Partnerships team, Jillian is responsible for PG&E's K-12 schools strategy, program coordination, account manager outreach, and data reporting. Jillian manages a suite of programs aimed to assist with the Prop 39 process by providing facility benchmarking, energy assessments, incentives, and student behavior change. Ms. Rich has a background in local government energy and sustainability planning and is a proud Cal Bear.


Wendy Rogers

Wendy Rogers
A Green Schools Chair for the U.S. Green Building Council, Wendy Rogers works tirelessly to promote the adoption and design of green schools in California. During her 27-year career at LPA Inc, she’s designed more than 50 educational facilities and received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and the Green California Schools Summit, to name a few. Her specialty is the integration of design and curriculum within educational spaces, for K-12 schools. In 2009, she co-authored “The LPA Green School Primer: Lessons in Sustainability.” Rogers has worked with over 65 independent and public schools on sustainable projects across the state. Recently completing one of California’s first LEED Platinum K-12 Public Schools in San Diego, Calif. she is currently working on the completion of The Academy, a project-based charter high-school for foster and at-risk teens. Wendy received one of the greatest individual honors from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was elected to the AIA College of Fellows this year. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, Calif. Rogers is a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Green Building Council.


Bill Savidge

Bill Savidge
Bill Savidge was appointed as Assistant Executive Officer by the State Allocation Board (SAB) in the fall of 2011. He works with the Office of Public School Construction to provide support for the SAB processing and approving state funding for school construction and modernization in California. Prior to beginning work with the state Bill managed school district facilities programs for over sixteen years. During that time he helped guide school boards, oversight groups, and communities through the complexities of school design and construction processes in California. His most recent school facilities experience was as the Engineering Officer for West Contra Costa Unified School District. He was responsible for the District’s $1.4 billion renovation and reconstruction program at 50 sites throughout West County. Prior to coming to West Contra Costa, Bill directed the renovation of the five high schools at the Fremont Union High School District in Sunnyvale and Cupertino. He is involved in statewide issues related to educational facilities, school construction, and high performance schools. He is a former chair of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH). Bill has a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley, is a licensed California Architect, and a former Construction Project Manager.


Pauline Souza

Pauline Souza
Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow, USGBC National Green Schools Advocate, USGBC Green Schools National Chair, Partner, Director of Sustainability and Green Schools, ~WRNS Studio: With 31 years of experience, Pauline has dedicated her career to the building and advocacy of high-quality sustainable environments that serve the education and civic sectors. A Partner at WRNS Studio, she serves as Director of Sustainability, and is responsible for implementing sustainable design principles into all of the studio’s projects and business operations. Her projects include the Sacred Heart Schools Stevens Library -Living Building Challenge Net Zero and LEED Platinum candidate, UC Davis Health and Wellness and Watsonville Water Resources Center, an AIA COTE winner and LEED Platinum. She has served as the Green Schools Advocate for the USGBC Green Schools Campaign since 2007, is a founder of the Bay Area Leaders in Sustainable Architecture and the LBC Bay Area Collaborative, and currently serves as a USGBC Green Schools National Chair for the Center for Green Schools. Pauline was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2013 and was recently named a Living Building Challenge Hero by the International Living Future Institute.


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Michael Tarantino

Michael Tarantino
Michael is the Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations for the Poway Unified School District. Michael has been with the District for 29 years and has performed a variety of duties prior to being named Director. Poway Unified consists of 39 school sites and two administrative buildings covering over 100 square miles and over 3,000,000 square feet of building space.
Michael sits on numerous boards including San Diego County Office of Education – Storm Water Management, School Energy Coalition and both the Local and National boards of the Sports Turf Managers Association. This year Poway Unified was honored as the K – 12 Energy Champion from San Diego Gas and Electric for their energy conservation program.


Lesley Taylor

Lesley Taylor
Lesley Taylor is a Field Representative in the California Department of Education’s School Facilities and Transportation Services Division. She is the program lead for the administration of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) in California, as well as the corresponding state-level award, California Green Ribbon Schools (CA-GRS). Ms. Taylor is the recipient of the 2014 ED-GRS Director’s Award for her work to advance green schools in her state. Prior to joining CDE in 2012, Ms. Taylor was a private sector consultant for nearly nine years, advising school districts across the state on facilities planning issues and specializing in new school site selection and evaluation, including CEQA compliance. Ms. Taylor holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Sacramento State University.


Scott Thatch

Scott Thatch
Scott Thach is the Director of Schools Programs for the Alliance to Save Energy, a DC-based non-profit promoting energy efficiency through policy and education. Scott joined the Alliance from a background in education, environmentalism and communications. He oversees implementation of K-12 education programs from the Alliance’s Los Angeles office, and works with the education team to develop and expand educational programs. The PowerSave Schools Program works within California and across the country, teaching students to build school-based energy efficiency projects that foster student leadership, generate measurable savings, and benefit the health and well-being of our schools, communities and planet. He holds BA in Media Studies from Pomona College and a Masters in Education from Cal State Northridge.


Peter Turnbull

Peter Turnbull
Peter Turnbull has 33 years of experience promoting energy efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He is currently the Principal Program Manager for PG&E’s Zero Net Energy efforts providing research, information and documentation in support of the State of California’s ZNE policy goals for commercial and residential buildings. Over his career, he has had extensive experience in managing energy efficiency rebate programs across many sectors. He likewise has extensive experience in emerging technologies and codes and standards work, especially in the areas of cool roofing (having served as Board Chair for the Cool Roof Rating Council), daylighting, thermal energy storage and commercial food service. He is a frequent speaker at industry events sponsored by ASHRAE, ACEEE, AESP and other organizations involved in energy efficiency and high performance buildings. Mr. Turnbull holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.

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Ying

Ying Wang
Ying Wang, President of Okapi Architecture Inc, is a licensed Architect and LEED FELLOW. She has extensive architecture and LEED and CHPS project experience. Her practice focuses on integration of sustainability and built environment. The scope spans from building design, energy efficiency to facility planning. She has been on USGBC-LA Board of Directors more than 3 years and on CHPS technical committee through 2006 and 2009 version. She consults K-12, high education and utility companies. Los Angeles City Unified School District and San Bernardino City Unified School District contract her to carry out District wide sustainability program. Currently, she is managing Prop. 39 program for San Bernardino City Unified School District. She is a faculty with Cal Poly Pomona and teaching “ Sustainable Construction” in Engineering Department. Her company – Okapi Architecture Inc. in managing Savings By Design program for projects located in Southern California Gas and Los Angeles Department Water and Power territory.


Bill Williams

Bill Williams
Bill is the Head of North American Sales for Telefonix, Inc. Prior to working at Telefonix, he was with Clipper Creek, and has worked in the EV Charger space for several years. Bill has been helping to propel the electric transportation movement in the United States since 1995 as a Marketing and Sales Executive. As one of the first dealers in the Western US to sell neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), Bill’s career has focused on the Alternative Fuel Transportation industry from the beginning. For the past twenty years he has held executive positions such as Regional Vice President of EVI and Vice President of Sales in North America for ZENN Motor Company. As CEO of his own consulting company, Green Motion, Bill has partnered with EV Manufactures, Solar, Hybrid Drive Technology, and battery companies. He has a great curriculum plan for faculty EV Charging! His continued focus on the fleet side of the industry has always been where he believes the commercialization of new technologies should be. Bill has been active with EDTA, NAFA, GSA, Fed Fleet & Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the US for many years. Bill has been a regular spokesperson for the EV movement.

 

 

 

 

 
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