|4D : Tuesday, May 9 : 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm|
|The Age of Aging Infrastructure: Energy Efficiency the Cornerstone to Modernization?|
|As communities around the world work to modernize aging infrastructures – from grids to transportation systems – they look to fund solutions that will maximize resources and build resiliency. For many, energy efficiency is seen as the first solution and investment to make when modernizing. Is energy efficiency the foundation of modernization? What energy efficiency opportunities exist in aging infrastructures and how can they be funded?|
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Director, World Resources Institute
Sam is the former Mayor of Portland, Oregon. As director of WRI United States Adams leads WRI’s efforts to analyze and develop new policies, build political will and support coalitions that will encourage the U.S.’s transition to a strong, low-carbon economy.
“Sam is a dynamic and savvy leader, who will invigorate U.S. climate activities at a critical time for the nation and planet,” said Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, WRI. “As Mayor, a member of the city council, mayoral chief of staff and nonprofit leader, Sam played a central role in making Portland, Oregon one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the United States. We are excited to have his leadership to build support for national action that will address the climate challenge.”
As mayor, Adams ensured that sustainability was integrated across all city-level decisions by combining the sustainability office and city planning agency. He also led a coalition of government, business and labor leaders, along with neighborhood and environmental advocates, to create Portland’s Climate Action Plan and “We Build Green Cities” job creation and economic development strategy. According to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the city’s emissions were cut by 11 percent between 1990 and 2013, alongside significant population and economic growth.
Sam holds a B.A. in political science from University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.
Member of the Advisory Board, DENEFF
Born and raised in Northern Germany,
Study at Commercial Academy in Bielefeld/Northern Germany (Bus-Adm.+Economics),
Since 1969 employed in Banking/Financial business,
1977 – 2009 Portfolio Manager/Mutual Fund Industry, since 1984 employed with one of the five largest German Mutual Fund Companies, responsibility for global equities funds of mgt. comp.,
Title: Director / Senior Vice President,
Also responsibility for research groups in Energy-, Basic Materials-, Aerospace/Defence-, Climate- Change-Segments and in Macro-Research for North America, Australasia, China,
After invention of special law in Germany set up of first “New Power Mutual Investment Funds” in Continental Europe, Investment Volume more than 1 bln. € in listed equities,
Numerous awards for portfolio performance, esp. by Standard & Poors.
Sept. 2009 – Oct. 2013 Member of German Parliament – Member of one of government coalition – fractions – Freie Demokratische Partei / Liberal Party (FDP), Member of the Committee on Economics and Technology and Spokesman on Energy Policy and Basic Materials Policy for the
FDP-Parliamentary Group, Member of Advisory Board to German Federal Network-Agency
Since Oct. 2013 working as consultant to companies and industry associations,
also providing specialized comp.- and sector analysis,
div. Advisory-Functions (e. g. DENEFF, Energy Academy, etc.),
Active in local community policy, Member of County Assembly in home region
Weilheim-Schongau, south of Munich/Germany
Managing Director, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Bruce Ciallella is currently a Managing Director at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In this role, he oversees the Superstorm Sandy Recovery effort for the EDA, which includes managing the Stronger NJ Business Grant Program, the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program, the Neighborhood Community Revitalization Program, and the Energy Resilience Bank.
Prior to joining the EDA, Bruce served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey representing the EDA and New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in various legal matters, including but not limited to the creation of various Superstorm Sandy Programs. Furthermore, before joining the State, Bruce was a market maker on the floor of the NASDAQ OMX PHLX trading in the Oil Service, Homebuilder, and Gold and Silver Sectors.
Bruce earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Ursinus College.
Senior Managing Director, American Society of Civil Engineers
Casey Dinges serves as Senior Managing Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He oversees major components of the Society, including: Government Relations, Communications & Strategic Planning, Membership & Marketing, Professional & Educational Programs and Customer Service. Mr. Dinges provided executive level leadership during development of the high-profile 2017 Report Card for America's Infrastructure, as well as for the just released 3D IMAX film - Dream Big: Engineering Our World.
Mr. Dinges has become a leading advocate for infrastructure investment, including appearances on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, Bloomberg and the McLaughlin Group.
Numerous programs under Mr. Dinges have earned awards and recognitions over his three decade career, including the American Society of Association Executives, the Construction Writers Association of America, and the American League of Lobbyists.
Prior to joining ASCE in 1985, Mr. Dinges worked for the Environmental Fund, National Audubon Society and US Congressman Sidney R. Yates (D-IL)
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Casey earned a BA with Honors from Wesleyan University (Connecticut) in 1979.
Assistant Director, Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut Green Bank
As part of the structured/project finance team at the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris structures, underwrites, and places proprietary investments and third-party capital into clean energy projects and portfolios located within the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Green Bank’s areas of investment and expertise include residential, commercial and industrial, state and municipal, and utility-scale clean energy projects.
Prior to the Connecticut Green Bank, Chris graduated from the Yale School of Management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a Master of Environmental Management (MEM) in 2014, where he pursued his passion for finance and energy at the Center for Business & the Environment at Yale (CBEY). As a 2013 Investment Banking Summer Associate in the Energy Coverage Group at J.P. Morgan, Chris worked on live M&A and debt/equity offerings across energy spectrum, and as a 2012 Summer Consultant with Hadapt, Inc., he developed innovative Go-To-Market strategies for a Big Data analytics start-up. Most recently, Chris was the head of financial modeling for RLR Consultants, LLC, a boutique Tax Equity advisory firm.
Prior to Yale, Chris spent five years with S&P Capital IQ, a finance data & analytics software platform servicing financial institutions, investors, and advisors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in History from New York University.
Director of Public Affairs, Danfoss
Mark Menzer is Director of Public Affairs for Danfoss. Prior to Danfoss he Regional VP at third-party testing laboratories, Intertek. He was also Executive VP for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute where he provided leadership for AHRI’s research, standards and product certification activities.
Mark has worked extensively with HVACR manufacturers and utilities. His degree is in mechanical engineering from NYU and he did his graduate studies, also in mechanical engineering, at the University of Delaware.
He is a member of ASHRAE and has serves on the Board of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy