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GOVERNING Summit on Sustainability - 2012

Jun. 20 - 21, 2012 | and June 21 at Annenberg Community House | Santa Monica, CA

Day One:
Wednesday, June 20

8:30 am
Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am
Welcome and Group Introductions
Paul Taylor, Ph.D
, Editor at Large, GOVERNING

9:45 am
Smart, Livable, Sustainable – Keeping the Goals in Mind

As the backdrop for this year’s summit, California is home to historic legislation such
as AB 32 and SB 375 that created policy and regulatory structure for land use master
planning, transportation and greenhouse gas emissions. This work also drives policy
alignment and governance at local levels towards their ambitious goal – a low carbon
economy. Operating on the principal that the state can simultaneously green and grow its
economy while preserving the environment, California has been making steady progress
through alignment of programs supporting green job creation and green technology
deployment. We will learn how this state level policy and program integration evolved and
where its implementation stands today.

Introduction: Bob Graves, Senior Fellow, GOVERNING Institute

Bonnie Reiss, Board Member, University of California Board of Regents,
former California Secretary of Education

10:15 am
Coffee Intermission

10:30 am
America’s Cleanest City

The Honorable Ron Littlefield, Mayor,
Chattanooga, Tennessee

11:00 am
Sustainability and JOBS
Facilitator: Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Editor-at-Large, GOVERNING

Creating Jobs, Fixing our Infrastructure and Improving our Communities
Gary A. Cornell, FAICP
, Interim Director, DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability
Department, DeKalb County, Georgia
Charles Whatley, Director of the Office of Economic Development for DeKalb County,

Sustainability as a Profession
Deborah Cerminaro Eldridge, J.D.,
Law Professor/Lead Business Law Instructor,
St. Petersburg College, College of Policy and Legal Studies, Clearwater Campus, Florida

11:45 am
State Strategic Energy Plans

With last year’s historic change in governors, rising energy prices, concerns regarding
stability of oil supplies and surging interest in domestic natural gas, renewable power, and
other non-traditional sources of energy, at least 30 states are seriously revisiting their state
energy strategies. Currently, the National Association of State Energy Officials is reviewing
their strategic planning process. We’ll take a look at where states are placing priorities and
where things will be heading.
Facilitator: Bob Graves, Senior Fellow, the GOVERNING Institute

Kate Marks, Managing Director, National Association of State Energy Officers

What Industry Thinks: The Future of Energy
Charles M. (Chip) O’Donnell, PE
, Business Segment Head – Sustainability and Energy
Management, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, Inc.

12:15 pm
Lunch (join us on the patio and visit our open house during lunch)

1:15 pm
Spotlight Discussion: Net Zero, High Performance Buildings, Big Impact,Fast Returns

Efficiency remains the greatest untapped and readily available source of energy on the
planet and, based on consumption, buildings represent the biggest end-use opportunity
for efficiency. This is why high performance buildings matter. Jack will discuss a host
of new opportunities coming from smart grid deployment, demand response, nextgeneration
rate structures, new financing models and a host of opportunities to leverage
ESCO 2.0 models to get utilities to help pay for energy projects.
Introduction: Rebecca Ranich, Director, Federal Energy and Resources Management,
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Jack Mc Gowan, CEM, CEO of Energy Control Inc.
Discussion Leader: Bob Graves, Senior Fellow, the GOVERNING Institute

What Industry Thinks: The Future of the Smart Grid
Lynn Hunt,
Global VP, Business Development, Utilities Market, Energy Systems
Integration Division, Alcatel-Lucent

Infrastructure, New Things to Know
Keith A. Reester, Jr.,
Director of Public Works, City of Loveland, Colorado

2:15 pm
Finance Innovation

Facilitator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph.D., Director, GOVERNING Institute, former mayor,
Kansas City, Missouri

Chicago: Making it Happen
Aaron Joseph
, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Chicago, Illinois

Understanding the Future of Clean Energy Investment Strategies
Andy Mannle,
Writer, Speaker, Clean Energy Communications Consultant

Venture Capital Ideas

What Industry Thinks: New Ideas for Partners in Financing
Steph Stoppenhagen
, Sustainability Client Services Manager, CH2M HILL

3:15 pm

3:30 pm
Yellowstone National Park’s Sustainability Journey

Introduction: Marina Leight, Associate Publisher, GOVERNING

Jim Evanoff, Environmental Protection Specialist, Yellowstone National Park

Jim has been with the National Park Service for the past 28 years. In his role at Yellowstone,
Jim identifies and oversees many of the park’s sustainability initiatives and environmental
programs, in addition to providing guidance to many other national parks for achieving
sound environmental stewardship. Jim has been successful in fostering collaboration and
partnership opportunities with a myriad of both public and private entities.

What Industry Thinks: Waste, Recycling and Partnerships
Bridget Anderson,
Administrative Staff Analyst, Recycling Unit, NYC Department of
Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, New York
Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs, National
Restaurant Association
Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Affairs, Starbucks Coffee Company

5:00 pm

5:45 pm
Bicycle Tours of Santa Monica

Day Two:
Thursday, June 21

8:30 am
Breakfast and the Beach

9:00 am

Erin Waters, Publisher, GOVERNING

9:15 am
It’s the End of Driving as We Know it

Facilitator: Paul Taylor Ph.D., Editor-at-Large, GOVERNING

Connected Vehicles and Transportation APPS

What Industry Thinks: Transportation’s Smart Future
Dr. Laura Wynter
, Senior Research Scientist, IBM Watson Research Laboratory

Autonomous Vehicles-What Nevada Did
Heather Hawkins-Fancher, CPM
, Management Analyst II, Driver Programs,
Management Services & Programs, Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles

10:00 am
Coffee Intermission

10:15 am
Leadership and Collaboration Discussion Panel

Facilitator: Mark Funkhouser, Ph. D., Director, the GOVERNING Institute, former Mayor,
Kansas City, Missouri

Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer, Austin, Texas
Howard Choy, General Manager, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
The Honorable Gleam Davis, Mayor Pro Tempore, City of Santa Monica, California
Larry Falkin, Director, Office of Environmental Quality, City of Cincinnati, Ohio

11:15 am
The GOVERNING Exchange

Justin Greeves, Vice President of Research, Center for Digital Government, e.Republic

11:30 am


  • Jim Evanoff
  • Environmental Protection Specialist, Yellowstone National Park

  • Jack Mc Gowan, CEM,
  • Author, Chairman Emeritus, DOE Gridwise Architecture Council and CEO, President, Energy Control

  • Keith Reester, Jr.
  • Director of Public Works, City of Loveland, Colorado




Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, contact:
Erin Waters, Publisher


For conference registration and general assistance contact:

Jennifer Caldwell
Quality Service Manager
Phone: 800-917-7732 ext.1345

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