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2013 New York State Green Building Conference

Keynote Speakers
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Dan Reicher

Dan Reicher is the Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he also holds faculty positions.  Reicher earned his BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and MIT. 

Reicher has more than 25 years of experience in energy technology, policy, and finance, including serving in the Clinton administration at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and recently as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team.  Reicher came to Stanford University in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. 

Before his position at Google, Reicher served as President and Co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a private equity firm funded by the California State Teachers Retirement System and Vantage Point Venture Partners to invest in clean energy projects. He also served as Executive Vice President of Northern Power Systems, one of the nation’s oldest renewable energy companies.

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Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is a widely published writer and an instructor with Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Institute and the executive editor of Environmental Building News and the GreenSpec Product Directory. Wilson has also written hundreds of articles on green building, energy, the environment, and resilient design.

Alex served on the national board of the U.S. Green Building Council from 2000 through 2005 and received the organization’s 2008 Leadership Award for Education. In 2010, he received the second annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing.

In 2012, Alex founded the Resilient Design Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on resilience and adaptation to climate change. When not focused on buildings, energy, and resilience, Alex spends time outdoors, and he has written a series of four books on quiet-water canoeing and kayaking in New England and New York for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Concurrent Session Speakers


Jodi Smits Anderson

Jodi Smits Anderson is the Director of Sustainability Programs for the Dormitory Authority, State of New York. She is an architect, LEED Accredited Professional in the Building Design + Construction specialty, AIA member, is the Chairman on the Board of the NY Upstate Chapter of the USGBC and serves as on the national board Chapter Steering Committee. She has spoken throughout NY State on green building and sustainable choices, trained contractors, worked with a talented and knowledgeable committee on “Greening the Executive Mansion.”


Eugenia Brieva

Eugenia Brieva, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, joined QPK Design in 1996 and became a partner in 2001. She received her combination Masters and Bachelor of Architecture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and worked as design architect in Chile before moving to the United States. Eugenia is committed to sustainability and the revitalization of the City of Syracuse, which shows in her projects.


Jim Blount

Jim Blount, AIA, LEED AP, is a laboratory programming and planning architect, is one of the leaders behind Ellenzweig's innovative sustainable design practice devoted to architecture for the sciences; he has been involved in the programming, planning, and design of over two million square feet of space for science research and teaching. A particular area of interest and expertise is the exploration and development of innovative sustainable design solutions for research facilities. In acknowledgment of that expertise, he has participated in green lab design workshops, laboratory safety committees, contributed to the development of laboratory planning and safety standards and served as an invited speaker at many national and international forums addressing laboratory and sustainable design.


Frank Raymond Cetera

Frank Raymond Cetera is the principle developer of the 1/5 acre Rahma Forest Garden urban Permaculture site in Syracuse, NY, along with a slew of volunteers from many organizations including The Alchemical Nursery, a Syracuse based non-profit dedicated to eco-village and egalitarian living. Frank teaches Permaculture in Syracuse in partnership with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute. Frank also works as a NYS Certified Business Advisor through which he specializes in Green Business development and cooperatives education.


Clifford A. Cooper

Clifford A. Cooper, MS, CIH, is a Senior Industrial Hygienist with Vertex Companies where he provides project design and oversight for environmental and health & safety project staff, and sustainable building consulting. His duties include working and collaborating with senior managers from around the country on matters of health, safety and the environment.


James A. D'Aloisio

James A. D'Aloisio, is a Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in Syracuse, NY. Jim has over 25 years’ experience as a practicing structural engineer. Lately, he has explored the relationship between building structures and energy efficiency, as well as alternative construction systems, such as Insulated Concrete Forms, Structural Insulated Panels, and Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations. In 2011 he visited Germany to learn about energy efficient European construction methods. He is currently Treasurer of the U.S. Green Building Council’s New York Upstate Chapter. He has written over 20 articles on building structures and sustainability.


Justin DeAbreu

Justin DeAbreu is an Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with HOLT Architects.


Susan Guthridge-Gould

Susan Guthridge-Gould plans to move into her new Passive House in Spring 2013, with her husband, two young children and the dog promised as a reward for good cheer throughout construction. Susan writes and edits for United Nations agencies and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication. She is principal of Beyond Jargon LLC and holds a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She resides in Stuyvesant, NY.


Eveline Killian

Eveline Killian, CEM, has 20 years' experience in Commercial and Industrial Project Management and 10 years experience as an Energy Analyst. As a project manager, Ms. Killian has worked closely with design firms, building owners, contractors and energy efficiency programs. Ms. Killian also has extensive experience in energy efficient building design and operation, efficiency program design and implementation, and measurement and verification of energy efficiency measures. She is a Certified Energy Manager and is experienced in mechanical and compressed air system efficiency and DDC control optimization.


Steve Klocke

Steve Klocke is Sustainability Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. He is a registered architect with experience in architectural design, construction and weatherization in residential buildings. He currently specializes in LEEDŽ for Homes and ENERGY STAR certifications and residential energy analysis.


Maureen McGeary Mahle

Maureen McGeary Mahle is an engineer and Director of Sustainable Housing Services for Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA), a leading research/design firm specializing in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Ms. Mahle supports project teams seeking to comply with regional green building programs, utility-sponsored energy efficiency incentive programs, and national green building programs including the National Green Building Standard, LEED for Homes, and ENERGY STAR programs for single family and multifamily housing. Ms. Mahle has consulted on over 300 green housing projects totaling 5,000 units in ten states. Ms. Mahle received her M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison.


John Pumilio

John Pumilio received his bachelor's degree in environmental and forest biology from ESF at Syracuse University. John has extensive national and international experience including sustainability work in Alaska, South Florida, Canada, Tanzania, Ecuador, Peru, and Patagonia, Chile. John earned his graduate degree from The Evergreen State College where he became their first Director of Sustainability. In April 2009, John returned home to Central New York where he currently serves as Colgate University's first Director of Sustainability. Since coming to Colgate, the university has been able to reduce its carbon footprint by 17 percent, shave over $500,000 off its annual operating budget, and construct a new LEED Gold fitness center. Recently, John led the university's climate action planning effort that committed Colgate to climate neutrality by 2019. These efforts have resulted in Colgate receiving the 2011 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.


Erin Reynolds

In 2006, Erin Reynolds, RLA, earned her NYS Landscape Architect License. She is a member of ASLA, and currently serves as Secretary for the NYS Council of Landscape Architects. Erin works at Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt where she often heads up the overall design of architectural, institutional, and commercial sites. She manages the technical specifications for the site department and prepares them for most projects. She leads the construction administration phase for projects within the office and facilitates communication with the project owner and contractors. Erin specializes in stormwater management design, green infrastructure, and the regulatory review process. In addition to working with private clients, Erin has experience with both public and private universities and colleges across New York State.


Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds, Director for Real Estate Development at Ithaca Neighborhood Housing services on the Breckenridge Place housing project in Ithaca, NY.


Sean Surla

Sean Surla MLA, ASLA is an environmental landscape architect and advocate who promotes "ME" 1st Design, Mother Earth 1st (integrating natural systems with architecture.) She works with the city of Takoma Park, MD, the District of Columbia, and residential clients on innovative water runoff urban street design and implementation and support for water runoff legislation.


Lou Vogel

Lou Vogel is the Vice-President of Taitem Engineering and has many years experience in the green design field. Lou recently participated on a U.S. Department of Energy panel to create standard specifications for energy improvements in buildings. He leads Taitem’s work as a green building consultant for New York State’s NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation and for NYSERDA’s commercial New Construction Program. Lou led the team which developed the Energy Star for Multifamily Housing label for NYSERDA on behalf of the U.S. DOE. His areas of expertise include HVAC design, building science, energy modeling and commissioning. Lou has served as a voting member of ASHRAE standards and handbook committees in the area of ventilation.