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Speakers 2010

Barbara Gaines

Senior Project Manager, A&A Project Solutions LLC.

Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2010 Green Initiatives Conference

Barbara Gaines is an experienced Sr. Project Manager and document management professional with A&A Project Solutions, LLC. Her primary areas of focus are project management and process improvement. In addition to managing multi-million dollar, multi-site projects, she is a certified presenter and facilitator.

Prior to joining A&A Project Solutions, Barbara worked as Corporate Liaison and Sr. Project Manager with AT&T (Formerly BellSouth Advertising & Publishing) providing critical project support to all internal groups including sales, production, IT, marketing, manufacturing, and delivery; and to external customers including CLECs (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers), VoIPs (Voice over Internet Protocol) carriers, and Vendors for a 9-state region in the Southeast.

A native Georgian, Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Agnes Scott College where she served on the Board of Trustees, was the first woman of color to serve as Alumnae Board President, and was recently named Outstanding Alumna. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Villanova University. Barbara resides in Atlanta with her husband Osie, Jr. They have two grown children and one grandchild.

Corporate Bio

A&A Project Solutions is a woman-owned professional services company providing document management (including data capture, archival and delivery; Records and Information Management; and Document Workflow Management Solutions), project management, and data/disaster recovery with a focus on timely access and preservation of critical information. The A&A Project Solutions team has over 100 years of combined experience in Project Management, Document Management Consulting and Document Imaging. A&A partners with strategic alliances to offer the best possible solutions to its clients.

Dr. Alan D. Hecht (Keynote Speaker)

Director, Sustainable Development, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Hecht manages the EPA's research programs on science and technology sustainability. Spanning a federal career of 34 years, he previously served as Director for International Affairs at the National Security Council and Associate Director for Sustainable Development at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (2001-2003). He served as White House Coordinator for US participation in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Before his detail to the White House, he was EPA's Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Activities from 1989 to 2001. He led EPA's negotiating team for the Environmental Side Agreement to the NAFTA and participated in negotiating and setting up of the NAFTA-created Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank (NADBank).

He served in science and policy position with the National Oceanographic Adminstration where he was Director of the National Climate Program Office where he was instrumental in creating the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Before his position at NOAA he was Director of the Climate Dynamics Program at the National Science Foundation (1976-1981).

In his long career Dr Hecht has received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, (1999) and two of EPA's highest award (gold medal) for negotiation of the Side Agreement to the NAFTA, and for initiating and implementing the program of safe storage of spent nuclear fuel in Russia. He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 1981.

Organizational Bio

US-EPA The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends. The Region 4 office of the EPA is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves the citizens of the southeastern United States. The Region extends from the Mississippi to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the Florida Keys to northern Kentucky. The region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is also the home of six Native American nations.

Claude Ouimet (Keynote Speaker)

SVP & GM, InterfaceFLOR

Claude Ouimet is the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Interface-FLOR Canada and Latin America. His 19-year career with the company includes roles in both manufacturing and sales. Claude’s mix of manufacturing, sales, and marketing knowledge gives him a unique perspective on integrating sustainability throughout the InterfaceFLOR corporate culture.

He brings his passion for environmentally sound practices not only to manufacturing technology and practices, but also to sales strategies and marketing concepts that reflect the company’s eco mission. In April of 2007, Claude became certified as a “Climate Project” presenter, which entitles him to share Mr. Al Gore’s powerful and inspirational message. Claude speaks to government, business, academic, association, and nonprofit groups throughout Canada and Latin America on sustainability and Interface’s goal to achieve Mission Zero, the company’s promise to eliminate any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020. The Interface story, as told by Claude, is about the “power of one” or the influence that one company or one individual can have on an industry, culture, and the world. During his presentations, Claude speaks about how to “green” a company from two perspectives: the mechanical part of sustainability and the softer side of sustainability, which relates more to culture. Claude believes that all of us, individuals and companies alike, have the power to change and do something to help address the global environmental crisis. By telling the Interface story, Claude inspires others in the possibilities for their own sustainability journeys. He also addresses integrating sustainability into an organization’s overall marketing strategy and messages.

In December of 2007, Mr. Fabio Barbosa, President of Santander Banco Real, the largest and most influential bank in all of Brazil, invited Claude to become a member of their Sustainability Consultative Board. As such, Claude is one of the Board’s honored members, recognized for his promotion of Sustainability throughout Brazil, and has the opportunity to share experiences with other board members and to demonstrate how the principles of sustainable development can be applied in day-to-day business activities.

Corporate Bio

InterfaceFlor will become the first name in commercial and institutional interiors worldwide through its commitment to people, process, product, place and profits. We will strive to create an organization wherein all people are accorded unconditional respect and dignity; one that allows each person to continuously learn and develop. We will focus on product (which includes service) through constant emphasis on process quality and engineering, which we will combine with careful attention to our customers’ needs so as always to deliver superior value to our customers, thereby maximizing all stakeholders’ satisfaction. We will honor the places where we do business by endeavoring to become the first name in industrial ecology, a corporation that cherishes nature and restores the environment. Interface will lead by example and validate by results, including profits, leaving the world a better place than when we began, and we will be restorative through the power of our influence in the world. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Neelanjan Patri (Keynote Speaker)

General Manager Environment and Technology / Business Operations Tennessee Valley Authority

Neelanjan Patri is the General Manager of Environment and Technology’s Business Operations and is responsible for directing TVA’s external environmental relations, stewardship compliance, sustainability programs, environmental performance, enterprise systems adoption, and equipment and operations support within the Environment and Technology organization. He also assisted in the development of TVA’s Environmental Policy, as well as TVA’s Strategic Plan.

Patri began his career at TVA in the Transmission/Power Supply organization, where he developed a consolidated work management solution that helped in planning, scheduling, and maintenance of operations and maintenance work throughout the organization. Other accomplishments included design and development of systems to manage capital projects, and related justifications and evaluations.

He has since held several other positions, including manager of Environmental Systems Support, where he directed identifying and supporting business requirements with enterprise systems adoption, equipment, training, and operations support. Prior to that, he served as manager of Performance Management & Strategic Alignment, where he managed the Enterprise Performance Management Project for selecting a standardized Performance Management and Business Intelligence tool for TVA, as well as supported TVA Strategic Plan development. He was also manager of Information and Resource Planning, where his role included direction and development of the Business Intelligence program to support productivity and quality goals of the organization.

His experience includes serving on enterprise-wide teams, such as the TVA Information Technology Peer Team and as representative in the TVA Business Intelligence Competency Center.

Before joining TVA in 1997, Patri was associated with a variety of industries, including manufacturing, education, technology, consulting, and Christian ministry, serving as chief technical architect in the design, development, and implementation of multiple IT solutions.

Patri holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication from Karnataka Regional Engineering College in Suratkal, India. He has also completed the Vanderbilt/TVA Emerging Leaders Program at the Vanderbilt - Owens School of Business in Nashville, Tennessee.

Organizational Bio

The TVA, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million.

TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, 3 nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 33,716 million kilowatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Lee A. DeHins, III

Partner, Alston & Bird LLP

Lee DeHihns is a member of the firm’s Environmental & Land Development Group and is co-chair of the Group's Climate and Sustainability Team. He has practiced law since 1974. He concentrates on regulatory matters and defensive litigation matters, including climate matters, corporate audits, compliance program development, debarment, white-collar criminal defense, air quality, hazardous waste, wetlands, and water quantity and quality matters for industrial and municipal clients.

Lee works on many complex and high profile matters. He was chair of the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER) 2007-2008 and SEER Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates 2009-2012. Mr DeHihns was ranked as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2010). He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers magazine.

He is an author on the topics of water quality and quantity, corporate environmental responsibility, citizen suits, sustainable developments and climate change. He is a frequent speaker to professional organizations and universities, including the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia. His article Climate and the Courts appeared in the January/February 2008 issue of ELI's Environmental Forum and he was one of only nine leading environmental lawyers chosen to contribute to the article In the Year 2049: What Will Environmental Protection Be Like 40 Years From Now?

He is counsel for the City of Columbus, Georgia in the ongoing Tri-States Water Rights litigation involving the State of Georgia, Alabama, Florida and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where the sustainable future of Georgia is in serious jeopardy. He successfully represented a corporation in defeating class certification in an Alabama federal court case involving allegations of air pollution crossing interstate boundaries. He successfully represented the City (GMA) and County's (ACCG) representative organizations as amicus parties in federal court in Georgia in one of the most important water quality cases in the country.

Lee joined the firm in 1990 after serving four years as Deputy Regional Administrator of USEPA Region 4, the agency's senior career position in the Southeast. His career began with USEPA in 1974 in Washington, D.C., where he rose to the position of associate general counsel. Lee received a Senior Executive Meritorious Rank Award from President Bush in 1989. He is on the Board of Trustees of Marywood University 2009 - 2012.

Corporate Bio

Alston & Bird's Environment & Land Development practices present a world-class cross functional team consisting of more than 100 attorney and non-attorney specialists having market-leading expertise on the issues that have become among the most important in the world. We support major energy projects with lawyers recognized for their experience on energy regulatory issues, project finance, permitting, renewable energy regimes, international and domestic carbon credits and other carbon issues. Led by a former Senate Majority Leader, we offer unrivaled policy strategy and advocacy on all these issues. Our global practice on climate change issues has been ranked by Chambers Global as one of the top practices in the world, we are a leader among law firms on renewable energy projects and issues, and we provide unrivaled.

Laura E. Stern

President, Nautilus Solar LLC.

Ms. Stern has over fifteen years of project finance and power industry experience. In her role as Vice President at BayernLB, she specialized in originating and structuring renewable energy debt financings, primarily in the wind sector. As a founding member of GMAC’s project finance group. Ms. Stern sourced and closed senior debt financings for greenfield power development and acquisitions of distressed assets. Prior to that, she was a Director in CIBC’s Debt Capital Markets group where she structured and syndicated leveraged loans in the power sector as well as gaming and telecommunications. Ms. Stern began her career as a consultant with Price Waterhouse, advising the Philippine Government on the privatization of its power, water and wastewater sectors. She holds a BA from Harvard College and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. She was selected by NJ Biz as one of the Best Fifty Women in Business for 2010.

Corporate Bio

Founded in 2006, Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC (“Nautilus Solar” or “NSE”) is a privately-owned solar power generation independent power producer headquartered in Summit, New Jersey. Nautilus Solar does business throughout North America, focusing on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions in the United States and the Ontario Region in Canada. Nautilus Solar has broad experience and success with commercial, government and utility clients.

Nautilus Solar develops, constructs, finances, owns and operates distributed generation and utility-scale solar electric systems. Nautilus sells all of the electricity it generates either directly to the end-user, in the case of distributed generation projects, or to utilities, in the case of wholesale projects, through long-term power purchase agreements. Under this model, Nautilus Solar is able to provide solar energy services while eliminating upfront capital investment and ongoing operational and maintenance costs. For the distributed generation customer, Nautilus Solar designs and installs solar generating systems on the customer’s rooftop or property. Nautilus Solar is responsible for all capital expenditures, long-term ownership, and operation and maintenance of the solar system.

Nautilus Solar is majority-owned by an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global, based in Greenwich, CT. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Rochelle Routman

Chair Sustainability Working Group, Georgia Power

Rochelle Routman has been involved in various aspects of sustainability program development, management, and leadership throughout her career. She has been employed with Georgia Power since April of 2001. Ms. Routman developed a step-by-step process for implementing a corporate sustainability program, which was launched by the company in 2009. She is now leading the Sustainability Working Group at Georgia Power, a highly-skilled cross-functional team. The team is responsible for championing the sustainability effort, and integrating sustainability throughout the company. Ms. Routman previously worked as a Program Manager for the Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and also in the aeronautics industry where she was charged with implementing green program initiatives. She holds a B.S. from the University of Georgia and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has served on many community-oriented committees, including the City of Atlanta greenway acquisition board, and the Morningside Nature Preserve Steering Committee. Corporate Bio

Corporate Bio

For Georgia Power, sustainability is being “A Citizen Wherever We Serve” yesterday, today and tomorrow. The company’s sustainability portfolio includes programs in environmental leadership, social responsibility, and economic stewardship. Georgia Power is a leader in energy efficiency, and won the 2009 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award for lighting and appliances, and has distributed more than 330,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). The company’s Green Energy program is certified Green-e Energy by the Center for Resource Solutions. It is available to residential, commercial and industrial customers, as well as for special events. The Georgia Power Foundation, created in 1986, provides grants to organizations, with a special focus on health, human services, and the environment. Additionally, in the past 15 years, Georgia Power’s community and economic development programs have helped create more than 112,000 jobs and $15 billion in capital investment within the state. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Tanya Blalock

Environmental Affairs Manager, Georgia Power

Tanya Blalock is Environmental Affairs Manager for water and land programs at Georgia Power. In her current role, Tanya is responsible for environmental policy and regulatory issues related to water, waste and biological issues for the company. Environmental programs under her responsibility include NPDES, surface water, drinking water, storm water, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits, hydro relicensing, solid and hazardous waste management, and waste minimization. Biological programs include endangered and threaten species, avian protection program, lake water quality, habitat protection initiatives and conservation agreements.

Tanya serves on a number of non-profit Boards including the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Georgia Youth Science Technology Centers.

Tanya has a B.S. in Biology from Shorter College and a M.S. in Health Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology. She has worked for Southern Company and Georgia Power for thirty two years.

Corporate Bio

For Georgia Power, sustainability is being “A Citizen Wherever We Serve” yesterday, today and tomorrow. The company’s sustainability portfolio includes programs in environmental leadership, social responsibility, and economic stewardship. Georgia Power is a leader in energy efficiency, and won the 2009 Excellence in ENERGY STAR Promotion Award for lighting and appliances, and has distributed more than 330,000 Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs). The company’s Green Energy program is certified Green-e Energy by the Center for Resource Solutions. It is available to residential, commercial and industrial customers, as well as for special events. The Georgia Power Foundation, created in 1986, provides grants to organizations, with a special focus on health, human services, and the environment. Additionally, in the past 15 years, Georgia Power’s community and economic development programs have helped create more than 112,000 jobs and $15 billion in capital investment within the state. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Steve Leffin

Director, Global Sustainability, UPS

Steve Leffin serves as Corporate Sustainability Manager for UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services. He is responsible for managing all sustainability initiatives and strategies. Leading a cross-functional team from various business units within the company, Steve has worked to implement numerous sustainability initiatives at UPS.

Steve joined UPS 28 years ago and has held various region and district assignments throughout the country. As a graduate engineer with a postgraduate masters, he was promoted through several levels of management and has served as a mechanic, supervisor, project engineer, facilities engineer, district plant engineering manager, operations division manager, region plant engineering manager and regional engineering manager. Steve’s previous assignments leading up to his current position include corporate telematics manager and corporate environmental manager.

Steve is active with many agencies and organizations focused on advancing sustainability practices around the world. He resides in Atlanta Georgia with his wife and daughter. Corporate Bio

Corporate Bio

Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $49.7 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Alejandro Palacios

Vice President of Strategy and GoGreen, Americas, DHL Global Forwarding

Alejandro Palacios, is Vice President of Strategy and GoGreen, Americas region for DHL Global Forwarding, a business unit of DP DHL, the world’s largest logistics group. He is responsible for business strategy with a focus on growth, continuous improvement, product development, innovation and M&A activity. He also manages the environmental sustainability, program management office, competitive intelligence and communications functions for the region and is based at the DHL Americas headquarters in Plantation, Florida.

He previously held positions of leadership within the Group including Associate Partner with the Business Consulting organization of DP DHL and, Director of Strategy for the DHL Express USA and International Americas regions.

He is a doctoral candidate in International Business Administration and has an International MBA from H. Wayne Huizenga SBE at Nova Southeastern University. He also holds additional degrees in Business Management and Organizational Psychology. In 2010, Alejandro received the NSU Huizenga SBE’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; he speaks fluent English, Spanish and French, and has extensive international business experience.

Alejandro currently resides in Florida with his wife, and daughter.

Corporate Bio

DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "the logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, coract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 3000,000 employees wordlwide, offering customers superiot service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, distater management and education. DHL is part of Deutshe Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 46 billion euros in 2009. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Joe Tragert

Senior Director of Market Development, EBSCO

Joe Tragert is the Senior Director of Market Development for EBSCO Publishing. He is responsible for identification and development of new products and services, and extension of core offerings into the corporate, government and consumer markets. In this role, he oversees EBSCO’s sustainability services. In his ten years at EBSCO, he has led product management, content licensing, and interface design in previous roles within the company. Joe holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Russian Studies from Georgetown University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Endicott College, where he teaches in the MBA program. Joe has authored three books in the Complete Idiot’s Guide series, on Iran, Iraq and North Korea.

Corporate Bio

EBSCO Publishing is the world's premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of researchers worldwide. Databases provide information for areas ranging from research & development and corporate learning to topics surrounding sustainability and environmental stewardship. EBSCO’s product lines include databases such as Sustainability Reference Center™, Sustainability Watch™, Energy & Power Source™ and Business Source® Corporate. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world, and may be integrated into corporate intranets, portals and learning management systems.

Being an environmentally-conscious company has long been a guiding directive of EBSCO Publishing. In an effort to promote green awareness, EBSCO Publishing offers free resources, ideas and initiatives for companies to maximize their level of environmental responsibility and operate in a more efficient and environmentally-sound manner.

As part of the green initiative, EBSCO released GreenFILE™, a free database designed to help people research the impact humans have on the environment. GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. GreenFILE is freely available at

As a leading content provider, EBSCO hopes to both facilitate and add to the current discussions surrounding all facets of sustainability and green awareness within business. EBSCO has made business decisions with the environment in mind, including the installation of two large solar electric arrays, changing its corporate fleet of cars to hybrids, and creating a “Green Team” of employees which has led to larger recycling programs, lunchtime seminars and a full public transportation reimbursement program for employees.

For more information on EBSCO’s green initiatives, visit the, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Tim Bent

Director Environmental Affairs, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM)

Tim Bent is Director of Environmental Affairs for Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) the American subsidiary of the Bridgestone Global Group. He directs the design, development and execution of organizational strategies related to environmental performance and communications, including compliance assurance, footprint reduction, product and property stewardship and legacy issues for all BSAM subsidiaries.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Wildlife Habitat Council, Mr. Bent serves on the Tire Industry Association Environmental Advisory Council, and was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee, which advises the Administrator of EPA on specific U.S. government policy issues related to the implementation of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, part of NAFTA. He was formerly Chairman of the Environmental and Resource Recovery Committee for the Rubber Manufacturers Association and Chairman of the Scrap Tire Management Council.

Mr. Bent earned his Master of Science in Geology from Oklahoma State University, and his Dual Bachelor of Science in Geology and Conservation from Kent State University.

Corporate Bio

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Michelle Erickson

Initiative Director Sustainability & Research-Global Operations & Technology, Citigroup

Michelle Erickson is Initiative Director, Sustainability and Research for Citi’s Global Operations & Technology organization. She developed and is leading Citi’s award-winning Sustainable IT Program which implements responsible environmental operations while continuing to support business growth, foster innovation, reduce cost, and mitigate risk. The program integrates existing initiatives with innovative new efforts, focusing on the areas of Power management, Sustainable Supply Chain, Paper and Travel substitution, with a strong emphasis on Employee Education and Engagement. Additionally, Dr. Erickson created and oversees Citi’s Global O&T Research Center of Excellence (COE), designed to ensure that research expertise and subject matter skills are optimally aligned to address enterprise needs in a responsive manner, while reducing spend and optimizing value. The COE provides a conduit for information flow across the organization, serving as a knowledge and best practice repository, fostering learning and innovation. In addition, Dr. Erickson is a co-founder of NYC Green Team, an employee-driven effort to raise environmental awareness among Citi colleagues, and represents Citi Global Operations & Technology on the New York Volunteer Leadership Council. Previously, Dr. Erickson was a member of the Office of the CIO where she was responsible for overall IT governance and the primary management support and control function for the CIO’s Chief of Staff and Business Liaison Office. Prior to joining Citi in November 2006, Erickson consulted for several industries, including print and multi-media, NGO, philanthropy, and higher education. She has also held teaching appointments at New York University and Yeshiva University.

Dr. Erickson is a founding member of Climate Interactive, a coalition of business, non-profit and academic organizations working to enable sharing of accessible climate simulations as a path to helping stabilize the climate. Erickson holds a PhD and MA from New York University and a BA from Newcomb College of Tulane University.

Corporate Bio

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. At Citi, we believe that working to promote environmental and social sustainability is good business practice. We analyze the potential impacts of our business activities and take action to reduce environmental risk and impact. We also look for opportunities to make sustainable investments and develop products and services with positive environmental and social impacts. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Jenny Cross

Director of Sustainability, Mohawk Industries

As the director of sustainability for Mohawk Industries, Jenny Cross serves as the environmental champion for the company, providing strategic environmental counsel and coach to the company’s three primary business units: Mohawk Flooring, Unilin and Dal-Tile. One of Jenny’s primary roles as sustainability champion is to develop the corporation’s goals and objectives in the area of sustainability and ensure that those goals are met or exceeded. Cross has been in the flooring industry since 1992 and was instrumental in bringing Mohawk’s innovative SmartStrand® fiber made with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer to market. The launch of this innovative and environmentally friendly carpet catapulted Cross’s green career at Mohawk and furthered her fascination with the design and application of products that exceed consumers’ expectations and reduce the environmental impact on the planet. Cross joined Mohawk in 2004 as brand manager for residential soft surface products and later served as the sustainability manager for Mohawk Flooring’s residential business before moving into her corporate role as sustainability director. Jenny has a BS in Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia State University.

Corporate Bio

“Mohawk Industries is the largest flooring manufacturer in the world and manages such widely recognized brands as Dal-Tile, Quick-Step, Karastan, Columbia and Bigelow. Mohawk’s sustainability initiatives has not only made the company the leader in recycled and renewable flooring, bought brought national recognition as one of the greenest companies in the United States according to a ranking in Newsweek Magazine. The company is the largest recycler in the industry diverting more than three billion pounds of pre- and post-consumer waste from landfills each year. More than 500 Mohawk products currently contain recycled material. From recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles into EverStrand carpeting to transforming corn sugar into SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® carpeting and dismantled buildings into hardwood flooring and more, Mohawk is committed to offering environmentally responsible, stylish products. To learn more, visit or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Jeff West

Director of Sustainability, Commercial Division Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

Jeff West is the director of Sustainability for the commercial division of Shaw Industries Group, Inc. As director, Jeff manages relationships with key external environmental opinion leaders and has a deep understanding of issues related to the commercial market. His knowledge of the commercial market is a key asset as Shaw continues to evolve its environmental positions and initiatives across the entire company. Jeff also represents the commercial marketing organization on the Innovation Platform Team.

In his 20 + years with Shaw, Jeff has served in a wide variety of roles, including product development, manufacturing, and marketing. As a quality engineer and manufacturing manager, Jeff oversaw the quality and production of two Shaw facilities. While a plant manager, he supervised the commercial custom development, NSP group, design team and customer service departments. Most recently, Jeff was the vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group, Shaw’s largest commercial brand. In this role, he managed product direction and marketing tools for the institutional markets, resulting in consistent sales growth at 10 percent annually during his tenure.

Jeff graduated from the University of Georgia. He resides in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife and three sons. Jeff enjoys team sports and coaches his sons in soccer, basketball and baseball. He serves as a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Corporate Bio

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and leading floor covering provider with more than $5 billion in annual sales and approximately 31,000 employees. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufacturers and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and cradle-to-cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Mandy Mahoney

Director of Sustainability, City of Atlanta

Mandy is Director of Sustainability for the City of Atlanta. This initiative is aimed at improving the city’s green programs and policies such as water and energy conservation, reducing our solid waste, reducing emissions, and improving the rates of recycling. Mandy is proud that she was part of the team that launched the BeltLine. Other work experience includes Ahmann, Weeks Properties Group and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. She serves on the Board of Georgia Organics, the Atlanta Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, the Green Chamber of the South, Urban Sustainability Directors Network and runs, a green lifestyle website, with her husband Sean. She is a graduate of the LEAD Atlanta 2010 class and a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership 2010 class. Mandy graduated from Duke University with a master’s degree in environmental management. She also earned a law degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Emory University.

Organizationl Bio

Launched in 2008, the City of Atlanta’s Division of Sustainability has been focused on instituting sustainability practices into Atlanta city government. The Division of Sustainability is working with departments across city government to improve current programs and policies and implement new ones in addition to becoming early adopters of national accountability initiatives designed to promote more sustainable municipal practices. In the past year, the city has expanded its scope to include community-wide initiatives. Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Pete Marte

CEO, Hannah Solar

Peter Marte is CEO and Founder of Hannah Solar, LLC, an alternative energy developer and integrator. Pete brings over ten years of experience in engineering and energy. Peter worked for CTI Industries in Fairfield, Connecticut as a sales engineer, leading the maritime division under direct supervision of the company’s President. CTI is a leader in the preventative maintenance of heat exchangers for energy generation, maritime propulsion and cooling systems. In 1992 Mr. Marte installed his first 3KW wind turbine on Block Island, Rhode Island. Peter moved to Atlanta in 1993 and founded ThunderHead Distribution, a Georgia beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic wholesale distributor . During his ten year hiatus from engineering, he and his team built an alternative brand powerhouse in the long established distribution business, successfully selling the company to a key employee and an investor group in 2004. Peter continued in the distribution industry as Director of Sales, South Region for the Flying Dog Brewery a Denver, Colorado based microbrewery. He was responsible for sales in 13 states, with 28 wholesalers and generated 42% of companywide sales. Peter lives in Atlanta with his wife and two young children, Hannah & Cooper. He graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1985.

Corporate Bio

Hannah Solar is an Atlanta-based solar engineering, procurement and construction firm committed to helping meet sustainability goals on a corporate or personal level by creating individualized renewable energy solutions. Founded by Pete Marte, Hannah Solar focuses on raising the profile of solar power in the Southeast. Hannah Solar is now one of Georgia’s fastest-growing turnkey providers of solar power systems, providing solutions that include photovoltaic and solar thermal solar systems, designed and installed to capture and convert clean, renewable energy. Visit our website at or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Zoe Antitch

VP & Head of Investor Carbon Disclosure Project

Zoe runs CDP’s US office and CDP’s global investor program, working with US institutional investors and S&P 500 companies to improve shareholder relevant corporate climate information. A regular speaker on the conference circuit, Zoe has been with CDP since 2004 and has helped grow the organization via strategic partnerships. She also manages the production of CDP’s global report and launch. Prior to joining CDP, Zoe was the UK Business Coordinator at Daimaru Incorporated; Director of Sales at Rhinegold Publishing and a Sales Manager for Centaur Communications. She is a Board Member of the Association of Climate Change Officers. Organizational Bio

Organizational Bio

The Carbon Disclosure Project is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change information in the world. Thousands of organizations from across the world’s major economies measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies through the Carbon Disclosure Project. CDP puts this information at the heart of financial and policy decision-making. Visit our website at or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Lynnette Young

Executive Director, Sustainable Atlanta

Lynnette specializes in connecting businesses, organizations, institutions and residents to ensure Atlanta’s world-class environmental sustainability. She is nationally recognized for developing strategic and enduring solutions for both public and private sectors and developing public/private partnerships like Sustainable Atlanta. During her career she has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Atlanta, Principal and Senior Consultant with Damespointe Partners, a Senior Vice President with Carnegie Morgan and Chief Administrative and Operating Officer for the City of Baltimore.

Her membership on charitable and non-profit boards includes the Commerce Club Operating Board; Emory Board of Visitors; True Colors Theatre Company Board; 191 Club Board of Governors; Theatrical Outfit Board and Brand Atlanta.

Lynnette graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and completed the Certificate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Organizational Bio

Sustainable Atlanta was founded in 2007 out of the City’s commitment to long-term economic and environmental sustainability for Atlanta. Environmental sustainability is a critical factor in making Atlanta a more competitive and viable city. As a 501 (c) 3, Sustainable Atlanta continues to serve as a catalyst and facilitator for sustainable progress in Atlanta. Its core focus lies in convening leaders from business, non-profits, academic, civic and governmental sectors to develop sustainable policy and programs for those who live, work and play in Atlanta. Sustainable Atlanta leverages its expertise to help orchestrate strategy, best practices, policies and programming that make Atlanta, citizens and organizations more bottom-line efficient, environmentally responsible and more competitive when attracting employers/jobs. Visit us at or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Kenneth L. Mitchell Ph.D.

Senior Climate Change Advisor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Ken Mitchell has 20 years of wide-ranging multi-media environmental experience including work in the private sector, Federal and State governments, and international assignments on a wide array of environmental programs, including the Clean Air Act, RCRA, Superfund, water issues, and energy and climate change concerns. He is currently the Senior Climate Change Advisor for EPA Region 4 in Atlanta. He holds a PhD in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill.

Organizational Bio

US-EPA The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends. The Region 4 office of the EPA is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves the citizens of the southeastern United States. The Region extends from the Mississippi to the Atlantic Ocean, and from the Florida Keys to northern Kentucky. The region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It is also the home of six Native American nations. Please visit our website at

Will Sagar

Policy Director, South East Recycling Development Council (SERDC)

Will Sagar is Policy Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council. Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major on Economics and Mathematics. After selling the excavation business he built and operated for a decade, he was the Solid Waste Director for Transylvania County, NC for 16 years. While there he started the recycling program, built the first lined landfill in WNC, implemented PAYT, established permanent HHW and electronics collection. Later with Henderson County, he started electronics collection and created a county energy accounting system. Will serves as President of the Board of Directors the Carolina Recycling Association. The mission of the Carolina Recycling Association is to conserve resources by advancing recycling and waste reduction throughout the Carolinas. He also chairs the Board of The Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured and operates a community pharmacy for the same population. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Transylvania Vocational Services. Will and his wife, Jean, live in Brevard, NC. They have two grown children, Lilly and Blake, and daughter-in-law, Kristin, all UNC-CH graduates. When not at meetings, Will can be found on his bicycle.”

Organizational Bio

SERDC’s mission is to unite industry, government and non-government organizations to promote sustainable recycling in the Southeast. Efforts include a specific focus upon the economic impact of the recycling industry. Visit us at or Please click on logo below to go to our website.

Daniel Blackman

Founder and Chairman, Chipkoe Foundation

Daniel Blackman is the founder and chairman of the Chipkoe Foundation, an organization established to address intergeneration and cultural gaps that exist within the environmental justice movement. In 2006, his passion for environmental justice was fueled when he was asked to host a screening and discussion on Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” documentary on Climate Change amongst civil rights and community leaders, churches, and environmental advocacy groups. Recognizing his ability to build diverse coalitions while effectively communicating the importance of conservation through social responsibility, Mr. Blackman was appointed by the National Wildlife Federation to serve on a Climate Policy Commission co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus to address environmental injustices in minority communities throughout America. This appointment led to an opportunity to serve as a board liaison and consultant to the National Wildlife Federation, opportunities that Mr. Blackman says are, “…vital to my credibility as an eco-advocate, rather than an eco-opportunist. Without Jerome Ringo and the NWF, I may never have received a national platform to address the consequences of an environmentally-illiterate generation or how climate change will disproportionately affect communities of color…” Prior to establishing the Chipkoe Foundation, Mr. Blackman’s extensive background afforded him the opportunity to serve as a business consultant and community activist. Early in his career, he worked with some of the most notable brands in the entertainment world including Walt Disney World, Radio One, J Records, and Bad Boy Entertainment, until he transitioned into his true passion – community organizing. Shortly after this transition, he became the youngest board member of the Atlanta Business League, a guest speaker at the Congressional Black Caucus and numerous civil rights conferences, and is recognized as one of America’s “Under 40” rising environmental justice voices. Politically, he has served various grassroots “Get Out The Vote” efforts, assisted with the late Maynard Jackson’s “American Voters League”, and served on various campaigns in Georgia and throughout the United States. He is an avid believer in entrepreneurship, and recently launched, an online environmental community, to serve as an information portal for campuses, communities, cities, and citizens interested in conservation and sustainability throughout the State of Georgia. One of Mr. Blackman’s most coveted appointments is his service as a board member of the Georgia Conservancy’s Generation Green Board. In this capacity, he is able to use his influence to bring together people diverse in culture and generation with the hope of inspiring action, education, and true change through social responsibility. He believes in cleaner and healthier cities where citizens and their children are protected from air pollution and have have access to clean drinking water. Globally, he supports clean water initiatives and believes that access to clean water is our moral obligation to those whom are victim to severe poverty. Mr. Blackman is an Alum of Clark Atlanta University, and he and his wife Jeanelle are the proud parents of two children – the family resides in Atlanta, GA.