Advisory Committee - Member Biographies
Corporate Energy Efficiency Strategies - Advisory Committee Members
The Wharton School, University of
|R. Neal Elliot, III|
for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Southern California Edison
Environmental Protection Agency
Glen A. Lewis
Marilyn A. Brown is a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. She joined Georgia Tech in 2006 after a distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Recognizing her stature as a national leader in the analysis and interpretation of energy futures in the United States, Dr. Brown remains affiliated with ORNL as a Visiting Distinguished Scientist. At ORNL, she held various leadership positions and led several major energy technology and policy scenario studies. Her research interests encompass the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies and issues surrounding the commercialization of new technologies and the evaluation of energy programs and policies. Brown has authored more than 150 publications including a recently published book on Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths (co-edited with Benjamin Sovacool) and two special issues of journals: Energy Policy and Energy and Buildings. She serves on the board of directors of the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, and the Alliance to Save Energy; and she is a member of the National Commission on Energy Policy and the National Academies’ Board of Energy and Environmental Systems. She received her BA in Political Science from Rutgers University (1971), her MRP in Resource Planning from the University of Massachusetts (1973), and her PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University (1977).
R. Neal Elliott, III
Neal Elliott is the Associate Director for Research of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), coordinating ACEEE's overall research efforts. Dr. Elliott has also led the Industrial and Agricultural Programs since 1993. He is an internationally recognized expert and author on energy efficiency, energy efficiency programs and policies, motor systems, combined heat and power, analysis of energy efficiency and energy markets, and a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences. Dr. Elliott also serves in an advisory capacity to industry, government, utilities, regulators and advocates on energy markets, policy and program design.
Elliott received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and was a Dean's Fellow and received a Ph.D. from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina.
Peter Garforth is Principal of Garforth International, LLC a consulting group set up to help companies, cities, communities, property developers and policy makers develop competitive approaches to reducing the economic and environmental impact of energy use. Prior to this, Mr. Garforth worked for Honeywell, Landis & Gyr (now Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.) where he held several senior management roles, and most recently Owens Corning where he served as vice-president of Strategy. Throughout his time at Owens Corning, Mr. Garforth sponsored a unique energy management program that helped increase the company’s own energy productivity by more than 20 percent.
In addition to his current responsibilities Mr. Garforth has also served as a visiting professor at Purdue University, lecturing on business and the economic aspects of energy, and is past-president of the board of trustees of the Toledo Opera, and vice-chairman of Downtown Toledo Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the city core. Previously he ran a consultancy in Brussels, providing services to companies, utilities, governments and institutions in the USA and Europe, with projects in the USA, Eastern and Central Europe, Indonesia, India and Brazil. He was also the co-chairperson of the International Advisory Committee at the Alliance to Save Energy in Washington, D.C., a founding member of the European Business Council for a Sustainable Energy Future, a member of the Steering Committee on Energy Efficiency Financing of the Russian Federation, and chairman of the International Institute for Energy Conservation.
Jay Golden is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainability and Affiliate of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Arizona State University - Tempe. He is also the Director of the National Center of Excellence on SMART (Sustainable Materials & Renewable Technologies) Innovations. Dr. Golden teaches sustainable technology courses in the School of Sustainability and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering in the Mechanical and Aerospace and the Civil and Environmental Engineering departments. He also is co-director with Dr. Brad Allenby of the graduate Sustainable Technology and Management Program at ASU. This is a joint program of the Global Institute of Sustainability, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering and the W. P. Carey School of Business. Dr. Golden received his PhD from Cambridge University in Engineering for Sustainable Development as part of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI) a joint program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge. He received his Masters as part of the Cambridge-MIT Institute in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Development. Dr. Golden also holds a professional Mastery of Project Management from Stanford University and has a Bachelor’s degree in management. In 2004, Dr. Golden was appointed to the United Nations Life Cycle Management Task Force where he authored a section on Urban Sustainable Materials in the upcoming UNEP Guidebook. In 2004, he was appointed to a US EPA workgroup for sustainable materials in urban regions and was named an AT&T Ecology Fellow. In 2006 he was voted onto the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) higher education committee. Dr. Golden serves as Special Advisor to the Mayor of Phoenix on Sustainable Technologies and was appointed to the City of Scottsdale Environmental Quality Advisory Board. He also helped found and was advisor for the ASU chapter of Engineers without Borders, an international engineering humanitarian organization.
Ashok Gupta is NRDC’s Air and Energy Program Director. He works with his colleagues on global warming policies, electric utility regulation, energy efficiency, renewables, sustainable building design and reducing petroleum dependence. He has a bachelor's degree in physics and math from Georgetown University and a master's degree in economics from American University.
He is NRDC’s representative on Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Advisory Board & Energy Policy Task Force. He also serves on Gov. David Paterson’s Renewable Energy Task Force, the MTA Commission on Sustainability and the Kansas Energy & Environmental Policy Advisory Group.
He received the US Green Building Council’s 2007 Leadership Award for Advocacy, the Environmental Steward Award from Solar One in 2006, the Environmental Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2003, and the Environmental Advocates’ 2001 Advocate Award for leadership in support of clean air and energy. Mr. Gupta also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies, U.S. Green Building Council - New York, Clean Air-Cool Planet, Alliance for Clean Energy New York, Citizen’s Union Foundation, Riverside South Planning Corporation, Renewable Energy Long Island, and the Low Impact Hydropower Institute. He previously served on the Boards of the Hudson River Foundation, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships and Earth Pledge.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists served from offices in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Beijing.
Adam Hinge manages Sustainable Energy Partnerships, a small consulting firm specializing in energy efficiency program and policy issues. Sustainable Energy Partnerships works to initiate and implement viable energy efficiency projects in North America and developing countries around the world. Hinge works as an advisor to utilities, government agencies and others in developing energy efficiency market transformation initiatives. Recent clients of Sustainable Energy Partnerships include the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority; the United Nations Development, and Environment, Programmes; the Australian Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts; ACEEE; the Consortium for Energy Efficiency; the World Bank; the China Green Lights Program Office; the International Copper Association; and numerous private energy services providers and consumers.
Mr. Hinge is actively involved in a number of standards making and other activities through the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and serves on a variety of other energy efficiency and sustainability advisory positions. He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a registered Professional Engineer in New York, and serves as an Adjunct Research Scholar for the Center for Urban Energy Systems in Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Kathleen Hogan is the Director of the Climate Protection Partnerships Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She manages many of EPA’s industry partnership programs designed to remove market barriers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving businesses and consumers money. These programs include the EPA’s flagship voluntary program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors; partnership programs to promote renewable energy and combined heat and power; Climate Leaders, a corporate leadership program for addressing climate change; and a State partnership designed to promote clean energy policies with state decision-makers. Prior to EPA, Hogan worked in consulting and for a water resources planning commission for the Potomac River. She received her doctorate in systems analysis and environmental engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Bucknell University.
Glen A. Lewis
As the former Director of Energy & Indirect Procurement for Del Monte Foods Corporation, Glen Lewis has over 25 years of experience in all facets of operations management including production management, technical, laboratory and quality services, process reengineering, engineering, maintenance, supply chain management and energy management. Lewis is a member of the American Production & Inventory Control Society (APICS) Board of Directors – Sacramento Chapter. He is certified in energy procurement management by the Association of Energy Engineers and completed the US Department of Energy-Federal Energy Management Program. Lewis is also an Industrial Energy Efficiency Advisor for the California Energy Commission, a member of the California League of Food Processors Energy Committee, Food Industry Advisory Council for the California Institute of Food & Agricultural Research (CIFAR) at the University of California (UC) – Davis and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee at the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center. He is also an Executive Committee member for the new food industry Innovation & Productivity Center (IPC) in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, Mr. Lewis serves as an Advisor to the U.S. Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative for the Council on Competitiveness in Washington DC.
Mr. Lewis graduated from UCLA and received his MBA from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He completed an executive education program in supply chain management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Chris Lynch is the director of the Environmental Management Assistance Program for the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers, a statewide economic development group based at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lynch launched this award-winning environmental and energy advisory services program in 1997. He and his consulting team provide assistance to hundreds of small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs annually on a broad range of issues including environmental regulatory compliance and permitting, environmental management, environmental project funding, waste minimization, and energy efficiency.
Previously, Mr. Lynch worked in the private not-for-profit sector, where he consulted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on strategies for improving regulatory communications to business and industry and he provided environmental management and compliance counseling to US Department of Defense facilities and major defense contractors. He was awarded his Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master of Studies in Environmental Law, magna cum laude, by Vermont Law School and he holds his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from St. Lawrence University where he double majored in Government and Economics.
Mr. Lynch is an Executive Fellow for the University of Pennsylvania Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. He also serves as the vice chair of the Pennsylvania Small Business Environmental Compliance Advisory Committee to which he has been appointed to three consecutive terms by Governors Rendell, Schweiker, and Ridge. He is a member of the Advisory Board and chair of the Federal Climate Change Policy Task Force at the Center for Small Business and the Environment in Washington, DC, and he chairs the Environmental Regulatory Interest Section for America’s Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Gene Rodrigues is the Director of Energy Efficiency for Southern California Edison Company. Over the last six years, Southern California Edison has partnered with its customers to save more electricity through energy efficiency programs than any other utility in the nation.
In addition to overseeing SCE's Energy Efficiency, Low Income, California Solar Initiative and Self Generation Incentive programs, Mr. Rodrigues serves on the board of directors for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and the China-US Energy Efficiency Alliance. Mr. Rodrigues also serves on the Leadership Group for the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, a voluntary initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Kyle Tanger is principal at Clear Carbon Consulting, a full-service carbon consulting firm dedicated to creating competitive advantage for companies through measuring, mitigating, and managing their greenhouse gas footprints. Mr. Tanger manages numerous GHG and energy projects with Fortune 50, Federal, and Non-Profit clients. He brings significant greenhouse gas estimation experience to Clear Carbon Consulting, having managed the inventory efforts of multiple clients with combined emissions totaling in excess of 60 million metric tons CO2e. Mr. Tanger served as a peer reviewer for the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol, contributed extensive written comments to multiple guidance documents for GHG registries, and has presented at international GHG conferences. He has worked extensively to create tools that measure financial performance of climate mitigation strategies and offset portfolios. Mr. Tanger also has managed corporate GHG and sustainability information management projects, performed feasibility studies and designed blueprints for system development. He has extensive product carbon life-cycle analysis experience, having consulted on the life-cycle carbon footprint analyses for multiple consumer products.
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