Clean Tech Month 2012

Clean Tech Month 2012 Schedule

Kickoff Seminar: “A Discussion Of Trends And Challenges For 2012” — Tuesday, January 31 (Uris 326)

Bruce Usher is co-director of the Social Enterprise Program and an executive-in-residence at Columbia Business School, where he has been an adjunct professor in finance since 2002, teaching the Carbon Finance and the Finance & Sustainability courses. The objective of both courses is to utilize financial tools to create sustainable value for society. From 2002 to 2009, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, during which time he built it into the world’s largest public carbon credit company. EcoSecurities structures and guides greenhouse gas emission reduction projects through the Kyoto Protocol, acting as principal intermediary between the projects and the buyers of carbon credits. Professor Usher led EcoSecurities through an IPO, a secondary public placement and strategic investment, and the sale of the entire company to JP Morgan in December 2009. EcoSecurities developed more than 400 projects in 36 countries, representing approximately 10 percent of all projects approved by the United Nations under the Kyoto Protocol. Prior to EcoSecurities, Usher was co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was sold to eSpeed Inc in 2001. For the previous six years, he was COO of The Williams Capital Group, a boutique institutional investment bank. Prior to that, he worked in financial services in New York and Tokyo. He is on the boards of E+Co, a nonprofit that finances clean energy entrepreneurs in developing countries, and Community Energy Inc., a renewable energy project development company. He earned an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.


Speaker Series: Opportunities And Challenges For Developing Sustainable Hydropower with Gia Schneider, CEO of Natel Energy, Inc. — Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Uris 331)

Gia Schneider will discuss the opportunities and challenges for developing new, sustainable hydropower. Hydropower supplies about 8% of the U.S. electricity needs – this could be doubled while also enabling greater integration of wind and solar, as hydropower is a uniquely flexible and dispatchable renewable resource.Gia Schneider is co-founder and CEO of Natel Energy, Inc., which is commercializing a turbine technology that significantly reduces the cost of developing low-head hydro projects. Previously, she worked in the Energy Trading Group at Credit Suisse where she helped start the carbon emissions desk. Prior to Credit Suisse, she worked in the Strategy Group at Constellation and as a consultant with Accenture. Gia received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has a long standing interest in climate change, sustainable development and renewable energy; and is passionate about finding and implementing solutions that help meet our needs for abundant energy and clean water in sustainable, cost-effective ways.


Speaker Series: Sustainable Real Estate Development with Patricia Connolly, Director of Global Sustainability at RREEF Real Estate — Monday, February 13, 12:30 – 2:00pm (Uris 142)

Ms. Connolly earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Connolly has over 18 years of experience in the real estate asset management, property management and leasing industry. She joined RREEF, a Member of the Deutsche Bank Group, in 2005 in the New York Corporate Office as a Regional Manager. Previously, Ms. Connolly was Senior Vice President with Shorenstein Realty Services East, LLC overseeing East Coast property management for trophy Class A office buildings from Boston, MA to Charlotte, NC. She was previously with Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc., culminating a 14-year career as Regional Operations Manager in Manhattan overseeing property teams associated with a portfolio of about 23 million square feet of commercial office buildings and serving a roster of prestigious clients, including Goldman Sachs.


Clean Tech Month Lunch: Taking The Hill And Building Renewable Energy With The Department Of Defense — Tuesday, February 14, 12:30 – 2:00pm (Uris 303)

Taking the Hill & Building Renewable Energy with the Department of Defense, a combat veteran’s perspective as a solar PV developer. Jon Gensler is a proud native of southern West Virginia and a passionate warrior for the development of a clean energy economy. His career has spanned time as an officer in the United States Army as a tank and infantry mortar platoon leader, managing strategic accounts for Lutron Electronics, and developing commercialization pathways for the Dept of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). He now works as a Project Developer for Borrego Solar Systems, developing large-scale solar energy projects for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.A veteran of the Iraq War, his work on national security and clean energy issues has taken him from Capitol Hill to Copenhagen, where he has represented the hundreds of veterans of Operation Free. He currently leads the Truman National Security Project’s national Energy Experts group.Jon is a graduate of United States Military Academy at West Point, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Speaker Series: Renewable Energy Investing with Peter O’Keefe, Directors, Leaf Clean Energy Company — Thursday, February 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Uris 331)

Leaf Clean Energy Company is a renewable energy and sustainable technology investment firm based in Washington, D.C., providing venture and growth capital across the renewable energy industry to support innovative, well-managed, rapidly-growing companies.Peter O’Keefe is a professional in the financial services industry, a direct marketing media services consultant and an investor in and developer of renewable energy projects and technologies. His company is active in biomass, next-generation fuels and is currently developing a 500,000 ton/year wood pellet facility in southeast region of the US. He also serves as an advisor to the private equity firm Paladin Capital Group. Peter previously worked at Carret Asset Management, a privately-owned investment advisory firm.


Speaker Series: Greening Cities And The Built Environment with Robert Oushoorn, Principal at Booz & Company — Thursday, February 23, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Uris 331)

One of the biggest challenges societies currently face is to make living and working in urban environments sustainable. Building a “Green city” from scratch is challenging, yet is happening in several places in the world. But how about existing cities? How can these places where millions of people live close together be made sustainable? How should energy supply and consumption be organized ? What about city planning, transportation and waste streams? And perhaps most importantly, how should our own behavior as city dwellers change?Robert is a Principal in Booz & Company’s energy practice. His main focus of activity is strategy development and strategy-based transformations for his clients along the gas value chain, from upstream players to utilities. Within Booz & Company’s worldwide gas team which he co-leads, Robert focuses on clients in Europe, the Middle East and Russia.


Speaker Series: George Bilicic, Global Head of Power, Energy and Infrastructure, Lazard Ltd. — TBD

Mr. Bilicic originally joined Lazard as a Managing Director in 2002 and rejoined the firm in 2008 following a stint as Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure at KKR. Under his leadership, Lazard built a leading Power & Energy franchise, advising on a large number of transactions in the utilities and alternative energy industries. Previously, Mr. Bilicic was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and a Partner at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which he joined as an associate in 1989.


Speaker Series: Stefan Heck, Director, McKinsey & Company — Thursday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:30pm (Uris 331)

As resources are getting more scarce and demand will continue to rise significant increases in resource productivity is required to maintain the lifestyles we have today. A top constultant’s perspective on the multi billion dollars cleantech industries.

Stefan Heck is a director in McKinsey’s Stamford office and founded and leads the Firm’s Global Cleantech Practice and the Sustainability and Resource Productivity practice in the Americas. Stefan serves leading technology and energy companies including solar, materials, energy storage & batteries, electric vehicle, utility, energy efficiency, and renewables companies, as well as venture capital and private equity firms investing in CleanTech, and several foundations focused on cleantech, sustainability, and climate change. Stefan focuses on strategy and innovation, including topics such as new business building, growth, portfolio management, business model transformation, China expansion, global scaling, M&A/alliances/partnerships/licensing, innovation culture, idea generation, product and technology development.