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State of Green Business Forum 2010: San Francisco – Speakers

State of Green Business Forum 2010

Carl Bass
President and Chief Executive Officer
Autodesk, Inc.
Carl Bass is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk products serve the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, and media and entertainment industries. Formerly he was Autodesk’s chief operating officer, responsible for worldwide sales, marketing, and product development.
Janice Berman
Senior Director of Customer Energy Efficiency, Solar, and Product Development
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Janice Berman is the Senior Director of Customer Energy Efficiency, Solar, and Product Development at PG&E. She is responsible for Customer Energy Efficiency, which provides incentives and training to customers to use electricity and gas more efficiently.
Rob Bernard
Chief Environmental Strategist
Microsoft
Rob Bernard is the Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft and is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for the company’s environmental efforts.
Scott C. Bolick
Vice President, SAP Sustainability
SAP Labs
As VP for SAP Sustainability, Scott works with the Chief Sustainability Officer to set SAP’s sustainability strategy which encompasses both SAP’s own internal sustainability performance and its roadmap for solutions enabling SAP’s 90,000 customers to become more profitable, sustainable enterprises.
Lynelle Cameron
Director of Sustainability
Autodesk
As Director of Sustainability at Autodesk, Lynelle is responsible for defining and executing a global sustainability strategy for the company. By delivering sustainable design software tools to Autodesk’s 9 million architecture, engineering, and design customers globally, Lynelle plans to transform how we are designing the world around us. Lynelle is also establishing sustainability best practices to optimize Autodesk’s environmental footprint.
Jamais Cascio
Senior Fellow
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2009, Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation. Cascio is a Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Wendy S. Cobrda
President and Founder
Earthsense
Veteran of the target marketing industry with 20+ years building innovative data and consulting solutions; a 10 years+ serial entrepreneur, she founded Earthsense to seamlessly blend research, modeling, and gis techniques for both strategic and tactical implementation. She works from Earthsense headquarters in Green Business focused Syracuse Technology Garden business incubator where she is an integral part of the facility’s business network.
Saul Griffith
co-founder
Instructables.com
Saul Griffith is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, HowToons and Makani Power. A large focus of Saul's research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. In 2007 he received a “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
Marc Gunther
Senior Contributor
Greener World Media, Inc.
Marc is a veteran journalist whose focus is business and sustainability, most recently as Senior Writer for Fortune magazine, where he spent 13 years. He is author of four books, including "Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business" (Crown 2004), and is creator and co-chair of Brainstorm Green, Fortune's annual conference on business and the environment.
Van Jones
Author
The Green Collar Economy
Van Jones is a globally recognized pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy, and author of the 2008 boook, “The Green Collar Economy.” From March to September 2009, Van worked as the special advisor for green jobs at the White House Council for Environmental Quality. In that position, he developed policy recommendations to help implement the Obama Administration’s commitment to clean energy jobs.
Holly Kaufman
President
Environment & Enterprise Strategies
Holly specializes in the design and management of projects that integrate business, human and environmental needs. She was a Presidential appointee to represent the United States at United Nations climate change treaty negotiations for the Departments of State and Defense, among other government positions.
Rich Lechner
Vice President, Energy & Environment
IBM
Rich Lechner was named vice president, Energy & Environment in September 2008. In this role, he leads IBM’s efforts in helping clients address the issues and opportunities around energy, the environment, and sustainability.
Stephen Linaweaver
Associate Principal
GreenOrder
Stephen Linaweaver is an Associate Principal at GreenOrder, where he helps companies develop sustainability strategies, focusing on consumer behavior, business innovation, and stakeholder engagement. Stephen has worked previously as a professional whitewater rafting guide, an environmental educator, and an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company.
Peggy Liu
Chairperson
JUCCCE
JUCCCE programs focus on delivering near-term results in areas of greatest impact to transform the way China uses and creates energy. Peggy was named one of Time Magazine' s 2008 Environmental Heroes.
Joel Makower
Chairman and Executive Editor
Greener World Media, Inc.
Joel is Executive Editor of GreenBiz.com and other sites, research reports, and events produced by Greener World Media, of which he is co-founder. He is author of more than a dozen books, including "Strategies for the Green Economy." The Associated Press has called him "the guru of green business practices."
Dara O’Rourke
Associate Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Dara O’Rourke is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com. Dara has spent the last 20 years researching the environmental, labor, and health impacts of global production systems.
Christina Page
Director, Climate and Energy Strategy
Yahoo!
Chris Page is Director of Climate and Energy Strategy for Yahoo!, where she is responsible for the company’s climate program, energy efficiency and clean tech initiatives, as well as for monitoring and reducing the companies’ global carbon footprint. Her recent work includes Yahoo!’s corporate commitment to reducing the average carbon intensity of Yahoo! data centers by forty percent by 2014.
Robert Parkhurst
Climate Protection and Analysis Manager
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Robert Parkhurst is the Climate Protection and Analysis Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He provides support on the implementation of AB32 and is responsible for publicly reporting PG&E’s carbon footprint. He is also responsible for the environmental aspects of the ClimateSmart™ program, a first-of-its-kind voluntary program that allows PG&E customers to make their home or office energy use carbon neutral.
Rick Rommel
Senior Vice President of Emerging Business
Best Buy Co.
Rick Rommel is the senior vice president of Emerging Business for Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. In this work, Rommel builds internal and external partnerships to help the company accelerate time to market of new growth opportunities and challenge current business model conventions.
Sarah Skikne
Corporate Engagement Manager
The Climate Group
Based in San Francisco, Sarah leads the development and strategy of The Climate Group’s electric vehicle initiative, bringing together cities, states and nations together with fleet users, financiers and the electric vehicle value chain to push for a fast transition to EVs.  Sarah also works to mobilize Climate Group member corporations on the West Coast in the transition to a low-carbon economy.  Sarah was the lead author of The Business Guide to the Low Carbon Economy: California, a publication on California’s climate change policy and strategies for business leaders to establish a carbon footprint, reduce emissions and purchase offsets.
Kevin Surace
CEO
Serious Materials
Mr. Surace, a noted speaker and writer on climate change and the built environment, is on a mission to drive energy efficiency in the built environment, and bring green jobs and manufacturing back to the US. As CEO of Serious Materials, Kevin leads the company in its mission to reduce energy usage and CO2 generation of the world’s largest contributor, our buildings.
Lorie Wigle
General Manager, Eco-Technology Program Office
President Climate Savers Computing Initiative
Intel Corporation.
Lorie Wigle leads Intel’s Eco-Technology effort which is focused on the sustainable manufacturing and usage of Intel’s products. Recently Lorie’s team also launched the Intel Open Energy Initiative to focus internal and external efforts on promoting standards and computing solutions in the electricity industry.

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