Learn from the experts in clean energy & cash incentives
Dr. CB Bhattacharya H.J. Zoffer Chair in Sustainability and Ethics at the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. CB Bhattacharya is a world-renowned expert in business strategy innovation aimed at increasing both business and social value. His research and teaching focuses specifically on how companies can use underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity, reputation, corporate social responsibility and sustainability to strengthen stakeholder relationships and drive firm market value. 2020 Speakers Prof. Bhattacharya has published over 100 articles and has over 31,000 citations per Google Scholar. He has just released a book called “Small Actions Big Difference.” As an expert in corporate responsibility and sustainability, he is often interviewed and quoted in publications such as Business Week, BBC, Forbes, Financial Times, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Economist and on TV stations such as Times Now, CBS and PBS. Joe Mazzarella Sunlight Solar, System Design & Project Development With Sunlight Solar since 2011, Joe has helped hundreds of homes, businesses, schools and municipalities go solar throughout the state. He has been trained and certified by NABCEP in Technical Sales, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of solar and passion for the environment with solar workshops for kids and adults alike. Joe graduated from Washington State University with a BA-Business Administration. John Wasiutynski Multnomah County Office of Sustainability Director The Office of Sustainability works with county departments and the community to promote programs and policies that lead to a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sound Multnomah County. Under John’s leadership, the Office of Sustainability has updated the joint City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, launched a clean energy finance program called PropertyFit Oregon, implemented air quality regulations in Multnomah County and successfully advocated for stronger regulations at the State, and worked with the Board of County Commissioners to set the ambitious goal of transitioning the County to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Silvia Tanner Senior Sustainability Analyst with Multnomah County The Office of Sustainability works with county departments and the community to promote programs and policies that lead to a more equitable, prosperous, and environmentally sound Multnomah County. Under John’s leadership, the Office of Sustainability has updated the joint City of Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan, launched a clean energy finance program called PropertyFit Oregon, implemented air quality regulations in Multnomah County and successfully advocated for stronger regulations at the State, and worked with the Board of County Commissioners to set the ambitious goal of transitioning the County to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Dennis Smith Affordable Lending Manager, Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit Division at Freddie Mac Dennis manages the affordable housing preservation and manufactured housing initiatives that support Freddie Mac’s underserved markets plan. A 20-year mortgage industry veteran, Mr. Smith has served the industry as an underwriter, underwriting and process manager, process improvement, product development and managed the CRA and Bond programs for a super-regional mortgage company. Amanda Pietz Director, ODOT Climate Office Prevent and Prepare for Climate Change:
Improving transportation decision-making for businesses, individuals, and government
An overview of ODOT Climate Office priorities and actions outlined in Executive Order 20-04, such as planning for electric vehicles, clean fuels, construction, and climate resiliency. SRA, LEED Green Associate, NAR GREEN Sandra K Adomatis Sandra is a national speaker on valuing high-performance features. Her background as an active real estate appraiser, realtor, instructor, and course developer brings insightful dialogue to share with builders, retrofit contractors, lenders, and real estate professionals. You might even say she wrote the book because she did author, “Residential Green Valuation Tools.” She is powered by her desire to see people living in healthier buildings that cost them less. Jeremy Keller PE, Project Development Engineer, Ameresco Jeremy has developed and built a variety of public and industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Before joining Ameresco, Jeremy was a mechanical engineer and project developer at Northwest Mechanical, Inc., where he specialized in the design and installation of hydronic, ground source heat pump, and solar thermal systems. Joe “Mank” Mankiewicz Senior Account Executive, Ameresco Mank joined Ameresco after previously working in the energy services and building automation resource development and energy resiliency enhances our portfolio of energy optimization and infrastructure improvement. Previously, he was a U.S. Navy submarine officer.divisions of an international energy services company. His current focus on distributed energy. Dr. Alan Journet Southern Oregon Climate Action Now co-facilitator Dr. Journet retired from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 after teaching Biology and Environmental Science: mainly the scientific method, ecology, and conservation biology. Alan relocated to Southern Oregon the same year and, with his wife Dr. Kathy Conway, built an energy-efficient passive/active solar home in the Applegate Valley where they have achieved zero net energy where they generate as much energy annually as they use. In 2012, Kathy and Alan — along with a few concerned area residents — formed what is now Southern Oregon Climate Action Now. The group is a science-based, grassroots, volunteer organization dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding about global warming and its climate change consequences and motivating residents to take action to address it. Emma Geurts Head of the Responsibility Committee at The Gear Fix The Gear Fix, an outdoor retailer in Bend, has modeled their business on the principals of “reduce and reuse” in the outdoor recreation industry by offering consignment and repair on top-line outdoor name brand clothing, accessories, and gear. Emma explores and executes initiatives that bring The Gear Fix closer to their goal of achieving complete sustainability and environmental responsibility. David Heslam Executive Director at Earth Advantage Institute David Heslam has been a leader in the effort to develop and deploy energy labeling systems into the residential market. This work began in 2008 with the conduct of the 2008 Energy Performance Score Pilot with the Energy Trust of Oregon and has continued through the implementation of energy labels in 16 states. Currently, this work includes the 2018 rollout of the Portland Home Energy Score program and US.GreenBuildingRegistry.com
Heslam spent 15 years designing, building, and remodeling homes in Portland, Ore. His construction company, Coho Construction Services Inc., became known as a local and national leader on adopting new technologies and striving for high levels of sustainability. Kim Curley Community Engagement Coordinator for Commute Options Kim promotes choices other than driving alone in a 17-county area of rural and frontier Oregon. Commute OptionsKim started the Commute Options Partner (COP) program in 2003, encouraging business owners to offer their employees rewards for using Transportation Options. For 15 years, she was a host and producer of radio talk-shows in Atlanta, Ga. and Bend, Ore. She is still heard on the airwaves in Central Oregon, touting the benefits of Commute Options programs for all community members. Perry Brooks Principal, NZ Development, MA, Architecture, MLA Landscape Architecture, MS Environmental Science Perry’s passion for sustainable design began in graduate school for landscape architecture and architecture. He feels a personal sense responsibility and demonstrates a work ethic to push the envelope towards a more sustainable future.
Today, Perry incorporates sustainable design into every aspect of his development projects.
NZ Development, builds net zero single and multi-family projects in Central Oregon. Bill Knight Retired Scientist, Physicist Bill recently retired to Bend, Ore. following an eleven-year career as a physical scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to that, he worked as a device physicist at the Hewlett-Packard Company while also serving as a volunteer K-8 science teacher. He is currently co-authoring a textbook on tsunami science and is a volunteer with 350Deschutes.org. Jeff German is a solar and renewable energy professional. Jeff’s experience spans over three decades and includes new equipment, technology roll-outs, sales and marketing and citizen advocacy throughout the US and the world. Jeff has dedicated his career to working with traditional industries such National Car Chargingas construction, banking, industrial and design industries to facilitate the practical application and smooth transition to renewables. Currently Jeff operates National CarCharging which provides electric vehicle charging systems to commercial facilities and energy storage solutions for grid-tied installations. The storage solution repurposes EV batteries to provide a lower-cost alternative to new batteries while keeping the batteries out of the landfill. Jeff German Solar and Renewable Energy Professional Leah Louis-Prescott Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute Leah supports city and state efforts to eliminate fossil fuel use in buildings. Her primary work is in the western U.S., and she also provides regulatory and policy support for building electrification across the country. Leah developed her expertise at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) where she produced an industry-leading forecast of the impacts of building electrification. She also provided regulatory and strategy support related to DERs and Community Choice Aggregation on PG&E’s Energy Policy and Procurement team. Leah deepened her climate knowledge when she was selected as a Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) fellow in 2019. Yuning Liu Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute Yuning is on a team providing cutting-edge tools, resources, and technical assistance to help U.S. Rocky Mountain Institute cities advance ambitious renewable energy goals. Prior to joining RMI, Yuning served as an Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), drafting an industrial energy data book for the U.S. Department of Energy. She developed code using Python to automatically collect, calculate, and visualize county-level energy data in the U.S. industrial sector. During her previous internship at RMI, Yuning researched the deployment of electric logistics vehicles in Shenzhen, China and wrote a report about the optimal siting of urban charging infrastructure. Sneha Ayyagari Rocky Mountain Institute Associate, Buildings Sneha utilizes a background in civil and environmental engineering to help advocate for policies and technologies that contribute to more just and sustainable built environments. She primarily supports the Residential Energy+, Building Electrification, and Pathways to Zero initiatives. Previously, Sneha worked with the Climate and Clean Energy team at the Natural Resources Defense Council where she conducted research and analysis on federal and state-level renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. She helped advocate for energy efficiency policies in New York State, working with a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. She has previously held fellowships at the Tomkat Center for Sustainable Energy in California and at Green Empowerment in Nicaragua. Donald MacOdrum Senior Project Manager (TRC) Mr. MacOdrum has 9 years of experience serving Oregon’s residential Oregon’s energy efficiency sector. His project management experience includes developing and implementing marketing strategies, budgeting, policy development and implementation, and developing operating utility programs and projects. Mr. MacOdrum is in his element when engaging with diverse stakeholders and experts to build thoughtful business, programmatic and policy solutions that are in sync with current technology, industry services, programmatic trends, and policy opportunities. Currently, Mr. MacOdrum is an assistant program manager for the Northeast Energy Alliance’s Local Government Partnership program and the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Residential New Homes program, leading market transformation activity for both programs. Peter Grube Principal NorthWest Areo Barrier Peter Grube is a Certified Building Advisor and the Principal in Dream Home Building and Design. Peter specializes in custom residential design that is dedicated to high-performance, sustainable homes. Peter is also the Principal in NorthWest AreoBarrier, an envelope air sealing contractor. Rachelle Boucher Executive Chef and Electric Kitchens Expert Kitchens to Life Chef Rachelle Boucher (a.k.a. “The Appliance Whisperer”) is a celebrated national cooking appliance trainer, influencer and event expert with over twenty years of experience creating custom training programs, activities and hands-on workshops for appliance brands, architects, designers, developers and end users to help them choose, use and enjoy modern cooking appliances and technology. Her background in the home appliance industry as a corporate chef, trainer, and consultant with Monark Home, Sub-Zero & Wolf, Miele U.S.A. and many others working to showcase cooking technology such as convection, induction, speed cooking, steam cooking and more grew into a passion for electric cooking appliances which lead to a pivot to becoming a leading advocate for electric kitchens and home electrification. Chef Rachelle has exceptional local, national and international relationships with cooking appliance manufacturers, vendors, dealers, architects, designers, builders, influencers and industry groups including ASID, AIA, NKBA, NARI and experts in related fields and she is working tirelessly to bring electric kitchens to the forefront with her new venture, “Kitchens to Life” with her partner Robert Roth. Arlene Burns Arlene Burns is in her 3rd term as Mayor of the tiny hamlet of Mosier, where on June 3, 2016, a UPRR unit train filled with Bakken crude derailed and caught fire within the city limits. This prompted Arlene to devote her life force to protecting her community and along all railroad tracks from the dangers of fossil fuel infrastructure development. She joined the Safe Energy Leadership Alliance, steered by King County WA executive Dow Constantine, as well as Climate Mayors, led by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles. Representing Mosier, she attended the North American Climate Summit in Chicago in 2017 and put Mosier on the map at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in 2018. Her community’s motto, “small enough to make a difference” has inspired her town to be a template for a path forward, towards the paradigm shift to a clean energy future. Major of Mosier Geoff Crook ODOT Climate Office Policy Lead Eileen Kiely was born in Canandaigua, New York. Kiely earned an undergraduate degree from Wright State University in June 1980 and an undergraduate degree in June 1989 after studying at Tulane University and the University of Minnesota. Her professional experience includes working as a financial executive for one of the largest manufacturers in the world and as an outdoor leader and educator. Kiely served in the United States Navy from June 1981 to June 1991. During that time, she served on active duty from February 1982 to June 1986. Kiely has served as a board member of 350 deschutes, as an instructor at Mt Bachelor LLC, as a lead guide at the Mt St Helens Institute, and as secretary of the Democratic Party of Oregon. Eileen Kiely Running to represent State Senate District 27 Sterling McCord, owner and operator of Bend Electric Bikes opened with a small showroom in 2008 and quickly outgrew that space once he hand-picked all-in-one electric bikes to stock. We currently carry electric bikes by Giant, Specialized, Tern, Larry vs Harry, Benno, Bulls, Urban Arrow, Riese & Müller and Gazelle. Sterling has been riding an electric bike since 2001 and considers it his daily driver. Big-believer in his car substitute and runs business errands, gets supplies at the store, has been known to haul plywood, kegs, multiple bikes and loads of kids. Current daily set of wheels is the clockwork orange Bullitt by Larry vs Harry.Bend Electric Bikes continues to grow in sales and service because of our commitment to consistent, reliable, and well-equipped alternative transportation backed by knowledge and experience. Sterling McCord Ownder of Bend Electric Bikes Phil Chang Deschutes County Commissioner Candidate Phil moved to Bend in 2004 and dove into work on forest, water, and renewable energy projects in the region. During his nine years at the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), Phil brought together environmentalists, the timber industry, firefighters and community leaders. He helped create the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project, developing a plan to restore 250,000 acres of the Deschutes National Forest and winning a national award of $10 million. As a result, wildlife habitats were restored, the forest industry was kept viable, new jobs were created, and most importantly, the forests surrounding Bend, Sisters, and Sunriver were made safer, healthier and more resilient. Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Mary Anne brings passion and energy towards improving the physical, emotional and spiritual health of ALL individuals, families and communities across the spectrum of economics and cultures. She has held a number of leadership positions including Director of Marketing at Legacy Health System, Corporate Director of Marketing at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Director of Emerging Markets (the Latino Initiative) at Regence, and Director of Outreach and Marketing at Oregon’s Health Insurance CO-OP. In the non-profit world, she was Executive Director of Healthy Communities, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Mary Anne served as Executive Strategist at DOJO agency, a branding agency with a focus on health and nonprofit clients. Tom has worked as a creative director, copywriter and brand strategist. Before starting his strategic marketing communications firm, he worked for well-regarded agencies in the NW as copywriter, and creative director. He attracts clients who place high values on collaboration, creativity and responsiveness. Tom has guided various projects for highly respected national and regional companies such as Nike, Intel, Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, NorPac Foods, Boyd’s Coffee Company, Wild Oats Natural Markets and Oregon State University. Mary Anne Harmer Founding Partner & Strategist, Benefit Corporations for Good Tom Hering Board member for Hatch Innovation Lab Advocacy co-chair, Interfaith Alliance on Poverty Steve Guttman Steve oversees several of Forth's new mobility programs and leads the coordination of Forth’s Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge work. Steve has held business development roles at a number of early-stage green businesses including ShoreBank Pacific, Flexcar (Zipcar), Green Leasing, EcoSecurities, Getaround, Stuffstr and moovel. Forth Mobility, Senior Business Development Manager Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Register Matt Getchell Solar Project Manager, Energy Trust of Oregon Matt manages the Equity Portfolio of Energy Trust's Solar incentive offerings, focused on increasing access to solar, especially racially or economically vulnerable or disenfranchised communities. Register Laurie Harrer 350Deschutes, Volunteer and Program Coordinator Laurie has work experience in everything from research to customer service to warehouse operations and teaching experience from kindergarten to college aged students. She has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a graduate certificate in college and university teaching. Her passion for wildlife started as a child and has been the driving force for her life and career choices. At 350 Deschutes, Laurie can help the community become educated about environmental concerns and actions they can take to provide a healthy planet for generations to come. Register Jacob Clark Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity As a licensed builder with a background in construction management and building science, Jacob brings a wealth of experience to developing affordable housing with an emphasis on sustainability and renewable energy. With past experience as a LEED AP and the development of shelter programs in multiple countries, capacity building housing programs has been a focus for over a decade. Jacob brings creative solutions to the integration of affordable housing and renewable energy. Register LeeAnn O'Neill is a founding partner of Allyship in Action LLC, an equity and social justice consulting firm, and the president of the board of Bend Bikes, an all volunteer grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to the safety of people who ride bikes and the creation of a comprehensive network of bike-friendly routes in Bend. LeeAnn is a recovering attorney who has served the community advocating for access to justice as the bilingual legal advocate for Saving Grace and the family law facilitator at the Deschutes County Circuit Court. LeeAnn O'Neill Managing Partner at Allyship in Action LLC Register