Main Stage Speakers

Richard Fedrizzi

President, CEO & Founding Chair U.S. Green Building Council

Rick Fedrizzi was named President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council in 2004, after a distinguished 25-year career at United Technologies subsidiary Carrier Corporation. Under his leadership, more than 100,000 residential and commercial buildings and communities in 129 countries are participating in USGBC’s market-leading LEED green building program, and more than 170,000 individuals hold LEED Professional Credentials. Of all its diverse programs, The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is Rick’s passion, with its goal of every child being in a green school within this generation. Rick serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, the American Architectural Foundation and is the chair of the Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network of the Clinton Global Initiative. Rick has been honored with the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy and the prestigious Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Valentine A. Lehr, P.E. , F.ASHRAE, F.ASCE, LEED AP

Senior Partner Lehr Consultants International

Valentine Lehr is a Senior Partner of Lehr Consultants International and founding Partner of its precursor formed in 1969. He is licensed in 26 States and territories. Mr. Lehr is also a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdomand a licensed professional engineer in Australia. His experience covers projects on six continents. Noted for innovation in high-rise construction, hotel design and Master Planning of complex projects, he is also dedicated to environmentally responsive sustainable design and has led the design efforts in numerous award winning environmental projects.  Mr. Lehr is also a noted keynote speaker having delivered seven keynote addresses at the Global Engineering Conference, as well as other major engineering gatherings.  He is particularly noted for his insight in cutting edge technology and future directions for the Building Industry.

William D. Browning

Principal Terrapin Bright Green LLC

William D. Browning, Terrapin Bright Green LLC, received a Bachelor of environmental design from the University of Colorado and a MS in real estate development from MIT. In 1991, Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize. In 2006 he became a principal in Terrapin Bright Green LLC, which crafts environmental strategies for corporations, government agencies and large-scale developments. Browning’s clients include Wal-Mart's Eco-mart, Starwood, Yellowstone National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, New Songdo City, Bank of America’s One Bryant Park, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, Green Developments (CD-ROM), A Primer on Sustainable Building, and Greening the Building and the Bottom Line. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine, and an Honorary member of the AIA. He was a founding member of US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America Board of Directors. He served on the DoD Defense Science Board Energy Task Force and the State Department’s Industry Advisory Panel.

Robert F. Fox, Jr., AIA

Partner Cook+Fox Architects, Terrapin Bright Green

Bob Fox is one of New York City’s most highly respected leaders in the green building movement and has been honored with many awards. He is an advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability and was the Founding Chair of the US Green Building Council/NY Chapter. He is a GSA Peer Reviewer, part of the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee, and a member of the Interface Dream Green Team.

A founding partner of Fox & Fowle Architects, Bob’s work there includes the influential 4 Times Square/Condé Nast Headquarters. In 2003, Bob joined with Rick Cook to form Cook+Fox Architects, a firm devoted to creating beautiful, environmentally responsible high-performance buildings, including the LEED Platinum Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. In the summer of 2006, Bob and Rick joined Bill Browning and Chris Garvin to form Terrapin Bright Green, a strategic consulting firm that crafts high-performance environmental strategies for clients such as Interface, Google and the National Geographic Society.

Scott E. Frank

Partner Jaros Baum & Bolles

Mr. Frank is a Partner with the firm of Jaros Baum & Bolles, a full service mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm based in New York City and specializing in the design of large commercial and institutional projects located throughout the world. Since joining the firm in 1987, Mr. Frank has functioned as principal mechanical engineer for numerous new construction and retrofit project located both within the United States and abroad.

Mr. Frank currently directs the sustainable design practice at JB&B, including in-house energy and CFD modeling functions and has been involved with several significant green building projects, including: Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, 30 Hudson Street, 7 World Trade Center and World Trade Center Towers 1 through 4.

Mr. Frank holds Bachelors and Master’s of engineering degrees from Cornell University, is a licensed Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional and is a founding and current Board member of the Urban Green Council (NY Chapter of the US Green Building Council).

David Gottfried

CEO Regenerative Ventures and Regenerative Network

David Gottfried is CEO of Regenerative Ventures and Regenerative Network and the founder of the USGBC and WorldGBC.

Philippe Cousteau

Closing Speaker CEO of EarthEco International, Co-Founder of Azure Worldwide and Environmental Activist

Philippe Cousteau is the 31-year-old son of Jan and Philippe Cousteau Sr., and the grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. As a member of the legendary family, Philippe is continuing the work of his father through EarthEcho International  www.earthecho.org, the non-profit organization he founded with his sister and mother and of which he serves as CEO. His goal is to engage and empower people to take action for a brighter future. His tools are simple-education, balanced advocacy and a commitment to action.
In addition to his work with EarthEcho International, Philippe is co-founder of Azure Worldwide www.azureworldwide.com, a strategic environmental design, development and marketing company. Projects include work on environmentally friendly resorts
and destinations as well as environmental programming for eco-entertainment attractions from Washington DC to Bahrain and from Singapore to Florida.

Workshop Speakers

Howard Alderson, P.E.

President Alderson Engineering, Inc

Mr. Alderson is a Philadelphia area consulting engineer and president of his own firm, Alderson Engineering, Inc. Mr. Alderson has been a consulting engineer in private practice since 1981. He has been responsible for the design of over 42,000 tons of closed loop geothermal heat pumps installed and over 13,000 boreholes in northern climates. Mr. Alderson is frequently a guest speaker at various conferences, with expertise in the area of ground source heat pump systems. He served as the national director of the Consulting Engineering Council (CEC) of Pennsylvania after having served as president of the organization. 

George Berbari

CEO and Founder DC Pro Engineering

George Berbari is the CEO and founder of DC Pro Engineering which is an electro mechanical consultancy firm specialized in District Energy Services and Green Buildings MEP design. He has 26 years of extensive HVAC experience in the Middle East where he played a major role in transferring District Cooling technology in 1995.  Mr. Berbari has transferred more than 20 technologies to the Middle East and pioneered 6 new applications in the field of Air Conditioning and power generation.

Dr. Gregory Dobbs

Director of Distributed Generation Research and Education Penn State University

Greg Dobbs is a member of the engineering faculty of Penn State University. He is the Director of Distributed Generation Research and Education and directs the DOE GridSTAR SmartGrid Research and Education Center. Prior to that, he was a principal Scientist/Engineer at United Technologies Research Center with a focus on energy efficient equipment and green buildings. He is on the board of directors of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and the USGBC Research Advisory Committee.

Ahmed Abdul Ghani

Chairman Allied Consultants

Ahmed is currently chairman of Allied Consultants. He is currently writing the ASHRAE chapter on District Cooling. He has extensive experience in writing building codes within Egypt, including Egyptian Fire Protection Code, Arab Fire Protection Code, Standard Specification Code, Building Fire Inspector Training Code, Egyptian District Cooling System Code and Egyptian HVAC Code.

Michel Grabon

Director Carrier’s AdvanTE3C Solution Center

Michel Grabon is director of Carrier’s AdvanTE3C Solution Center and is a Carrier Fellow with more than 20 years of engineering experience. He has run the Engineering for Commercial Applied Global Platform and directed the Montluel, France Engineering Design Center.

Robert Middlebrooks

Industry Program Manager for Buildings Autodesk, Inc.

Robert E. Middlebrooks, AIA, is an Industry Program Manager for Buildings with Autodesk, Inc. specializing in BIM, Sustainable Design and IPD adoption. Bob is an Architect with over 28 years experience as a former principal of Clark Nexsen. Robert is a past AIA National Board Member, currently serving on the AIA Contract Documents Committee, co-authored of many of the new IPD documents. As a member of the Industry Strategy and Relations Team he focuses on future practice change along with special projects, research, and key industry group collaboration, including rapid energy modeling, laser scanning, energy retrofit strategies and BIM enabled sustainable analysis.

Mark Modera

Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering UC Davis

Mark P. Modera is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and holds the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency, all at UC Davis. Professor Modera is also the Director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC) at UC Davis. Dr. Modera joined the WCEC from Carrier Corp., and from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). At LBNL, Dr. Modera was a Principal Investigator on many research projects, and developed a new research program focused on thermal energy distribution in buildings.

Brian Monk, P.Eng., ASHRAE DL

Vice President Annexair Inc.

Brian Monk is vice president of Annexair Inc., Montreal, Canada, specializing in design and manufacturing of dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery. Previously Mr. Monk was director of Sales/Marketing for Carrier Corporation’s custom air handling division. Mr. Monk was previously vice president of Sales/Marketing for Dectron International Inc. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Province of Quebec, Canada, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Monk is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Member of Committee TC 2.3 Gaseous Air Contaminant Removal Equipment, and TG HVAC Security.

Brian Parsonnet

Chief Technology Officer Ice Energy

Brian Parsonnet is a co-founder of Ice Energy, and serves as the Chief Technology Officer.  He is responsible for Product Strategy, Intellectual Property, Research, Development, and Engineering.  Mr. Parsonnet holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University from1978, and an M.S. in the same from Columbia University.  He has founded successful start-ups in software, hardware, and services in a diverse set of industries.  Mr. Parsonnet holds patents in robotics, dotcom, thermal storage and SmartGrid technologies, with the majority of his experience in the integration of remote control, monitoring, and diagnostics for large distributed systems. 

Rohan Parikh

Head of the Green Initiatives and Infrastructure Team Infosys

Rohan M. Parikh heads the Green Initiatives and Infrastructure team at Infosys. The Green Initiatives team is a strategy and R&D team focused on setting global benchmarks in corporate environmental sustainability. He is responsible for driving these goals which include reducing the per capita energy consumption by 50%, sourcing 100% of the electricity from renewable sources, becoming carbon neutral including transportation related emissions, becoming water neutral, recycling organic waste, preserving and promoting biodiversity and engaging employees in all of the above goals. The Green Initiatives team is driving the design of the next generation of high performance smart buildings and campuses for Infosys. Mr Parikh holds a master’s degree in Civil engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Peter Rumsey

West Coast Director Integral Group

Peter Rumsey is the West Coast director of Integral Group and the managing director of the Oakland, California office of Integral Group. He has worked in engineering and energy consulting since the mid 1980’s and is recognized as a global player in energy efficiency and sustainable building design. He is a senior fellow of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Certified Energy Manager and a member of the ASHRAE Cleanrooms Committee.

Dan Probst, LEED® AP

Chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services Jones Lang LaSalle

Dan Probst is chairman of Energy and Sustainability Services globally for Jones Lang LaSalle. He is a founding and current member of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Global Environmental Sustainability Board. He also oversees the firm’s Engineering & Operations team across the Americas region. Dan is co-author of the book “Six Sigma for Sustainability,” and is a registered Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.

Rajan Rajendran

Director of Engineering Services Emerson Climate Control Technologies Inc.

Rajan Rajendran is director of Engineering Services for Emerson Climate Control Technologies Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience in the research, development, and application of compressor products in refrigeration systems. He is coordinator of the next generation of refrigerants work being done at Emerson and is knowledgeable in alternate refrigerants work in Air conditioners, heat pump and refrigeration systems in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He serves on committees at AHRI and UL, the area of Low GWP Alternative Refrigerants.

Dan Sullivan

Manager of Mission Critical Controls Design Department HP/EYP

Mr Sullivan is manager of the mission critical controls design department for HP/EYP. He has been working on the construction, design and service of mission critical facilities since the early 1980’s. His experience ranges from providing emergency response, to installing critical control systems. He has overseen or directly been involved in the design, implementation and strategic discussions for approximately 150 mission critical facilities ranging from “Tier II to Tier IV”.

Vincent Tse

Managing Director Parsons Brinckerhoff, Building MEP, China Region

Vincent is managing director of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Building MEP, China Region. He has over 33 years of experience in design of many major projects in Asia. His expertise is in green and energy system design of super tall and mega buildings. His major projects include HongKong Convention and Exhibtion Center, Singapore International Convention Center and Suntec City, Singapore Marina Bay Sands Resort.

Craig R. Walker

Director, Energy System Program Office United Technologies Research Center

Craig Walker is Director, UTC Energy Systems Program including Integrated Buildings and Renewable Energy Systems.  In addition, Craig leads External Resource Development at the United Technologies Research Center.  He has held this position since February 2003.  In this role he leads maturation of advanced onsite power and heat utilization technologies resulting in the launch of two product families (PureComfort and PureCycle). He is responsible for maturation of technologies that take advantage of component and subsystem integration to deliver differentiated value in building and district performance and energy use as well as solar, wind, geothermal, wind and both electrical energy and hydrogen storage technologies.

Craig holds an M.S. and B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering,University of Florida and graduated from the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School.

Ronald Wilkinson, PE, LEEDTM AP, CPMP

Jersey City, NJ

Author of the first USGBC LEED and NYC Cx training programs, Ron teaches as an adjunct faculty member of New York University. Ron is founding chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Cx sub-committee, the AIA reviewer for the Cx provisions of the International Green Construction Code and an AIA Continuing Education Provider. He is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and a member of ASHRAE GPC 0.2 and GPC 1.2 committees developing Cx guidelines for existing buildings. He authored the NASFA “Building Commissioning Recommended Guidelines” in 2003, NEEA’s “Best Practices in Commissioning in Montana,” in 2001. An author and member of HPAC magazine’s editorial committee, he also has published articles in Environmental Design and Construction, CSE, ASHRAE and ASU magazines and other publications.