Dismantling the Barriers to Energy Efficiency

Each year, Environmental Defense Fund works deep within dozens of companies to bolster smart energy management through EDF Climate Corps. To date, the program has identified an average of $1 million in energy savings at each participating organization. Along the way, EDF has learned quite a bit about how companies make decisions around energy investments, and the best practices for overcoming common implementation barriers.

This webcast will leverage the experiences and insights of two Climate Corps participating companies:

  • adidas Group has hosted three EDF Climate Corps fellows to help with energy management activities, one of which is Elizabeth Turnbull who later joined the company full-time as Senior Manager for Environmental Affairs.
  • Ingersoll Rand has hosted six EDF Climate Corps fellows, who collectively have identified $6.5 million in energy-efficiency opportunities.

In this free, one-hour webcast, you’ll learn:

  • How your company can take its energy-management program to the next level, whether you are just starting out or already a leader
  • How to chart your company along EDF’s recently published roadmap, the “Virtuous Cycle of Organizational Energy Efficiency”
  • Common barriers that keep companies from optimizing efficiency and the leading practices for overcoming them; and
  • How adidas Group and Ingersoll Rand identified millions in energy savings and overcame barriers to implementing projects



Gwen Ruta

Gwen Ruta, Vice President, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Leading the Corporate Partnerships Program, Gwen Ruta spearheads EDF’s work with leading multinational companies to develop innovative, business-based solutions to environmental challenges and to drive change through the corporate value chain.

Ranked #1 among environmental organizations for credible and effective partnerships by the Financial Times, Gwen’s group has kicked off transformations in market sectors from catalogs to shipping to retail to food service.

Partner companies have included Wal-Mart; Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts; UPS; FedEx; DuPont; McDonalds; and Citigroup. 

      Elizabeth Turnbull Elizabeth Turnbull, Senior Manager for Environmental Affairs, adidas group

Elizabeth Turnbull manages energy and environmental projects for the adidas Group Corporate Real Estate team. She builds the business case for energy efficiency and implements retrofits in offices, retail stores, distribution centers and datacenters. She was 2010 EDF Climate Corps Fellow at the adidas Group. Since joining full time in 2011, her record of investing in efficiency and tracking project returns demonstrates that energy efficiency can represent a ‘profit center’ in a well-managed firm. She also improves environmental performance of new construction, evaluates renewable energy projects, and develops language and techniques for greener leases. Elizabeth has an MBA and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Economics from Colby College. Prior to the adidas Group, Turnbull worked as the Sustainability Director for a residential design/build firm and as a contractor with US Department of Energy’s Hydrogen & Alternative Vehicles program.


  Scott Tew Scott Tew, Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES), Ingersoll Rand

At Ingersoll Rand, Scott Tew leads a global group of experts dedicated to integrating best practices for the long-term use of energy and other resources. His team shapes the future of energy efficiency and sustainability for Ingersoll Rand and the industry, and supports the Ingersoll Rand mission to become the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Prior to this role with the company, Scott led high profile programs to advocate for energy efficiency, green buildings and greenhouse gas emissions standards and policies. He holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University, and plays key roles in several important groups including: the Alliance to Save Energy and the EDGE Center at Duke University.




Joel Makower

Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group (Moderator)

Joel is Executive Editor of GreenBiz.com and author of "Strategies for the Green Economy," among other books. For more than 20 years, he has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. The Associated Press has called Joel "the guru of green business practices".








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