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Featuring Kirt Montague (Plum Energy), Andy Douglas (Paccar), Dan Kovacich (Maxum Petroleum), Jesse Saldivar (Shell Oil Company), and Clay Riding (Puget Sound Energy) | May 15 | Sponsored by Kane Environmental | SOLD OUT! Read More…
Featuring Michael Butler (CEO, Cascadia Capital), Daniel Malarkey (Deputy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce), and Avi Jacobson, (Sustainable Energy Coordinator, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission) | Sponsored by Kane Environmental Inc. | Apr 10 | 730-900 | SOLD OUT! Read More…
Julien Dumoulin-Smith is a Director in UBS Investment Research’s Utilities group, primarily focusing on the Diversified Utilities and Independent Power Producers (IPP). Covering the Electric Utilities since 2007, Julien has followed a broad spectrum of the space including both regulated and competitive integrated utilities, as well as IPPs. He was ranked the “Rising Star” for the last three years running (2010-2012) by Institutional Investor magazine, as well as #1 Stock Picker for IPPs in the FT’s Starmine rankings, and #3 Stock Picker for the entire Utility Sector in the Wall Street Journal’s Best on the Street rankings for 2011. Additionally, he was ranked #1 in Institutional Investor’s survey of Hedge Fund managers for 2012. Julien earned his BS at Columbia in Applied Math. He is also a CFA charterholder.
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This WCTA breakfast featured Stan Gent (President & CEO, Seattle Steam Company), Susan Hansen (Director, Amgen), Jeff Hughes (Grounds & Sustainability Manager, Seattle Children’s), and Brett Phillips, Moderator (Director of Sustainability, Unico Properties) on February 20, 2013. It was the second of a two-part series exploring the business aspects of corporate sustainability. Read More…
When you think of the clean energy economy, military barracks, and mortar launchers probably aren’t the first things that come to mind.
But local clean energy boosters say the use of solar panels and biodiesel by the Department of Defense could be the key to getting more of these technologies off the ground. Read More…
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates distills a critical challenge to America’s continued prosperity and global leadership: Deliver to his generation all promised entitlements, or invest in research and education—the foundations of the country’s success.
“I think it’s fair to say America’s economic pre-eminence—and I would argue our national security, and national influence as well—is largely a consequence of near-continual investment, education, and research, mostly in the fields of science and technology over the past 60 years,” Gates says, speaking to the Washington Clean Technology Alliance policy conference in Seattle Monday. “How do you reconcile increasing costs for old people and starving the investment for the future generations? It’s a huge problem for the country.”
Read the entire story by Ben Romano, Xconomy, January 29, 2013 here.
Presentation by The Honorable Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs (OEPP) to the Washington Clean Technology Alliance’s Clean Energy: New Public Policy Realities conference on January 28, 2013
Ms. Burke was appointed as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs (OEPP) in June 2010. OEPP works with the military services and combatant commands to improve military capabilities, cut costs, and lower operational and strategic risk through better energy accounting, planning, management, and innovation. Prior to her appointment, she was a Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she initiated the Natural Security Program, which looked at the national security implications of global natural resources challenges. She served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, a Country Director in the Department of Defense’s Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and as a speechwriter to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and Secretary of Defense William Cohen. She graduated from Williams College and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she focused on international energy policy and earned a Certificate of Middle Eastern Studies.
See Assistant Secretary Burke’s presentation to the Washington Clean Technology Alliance’s Clean Energy: New Public Policy Realities conference on January 28, 2013 here.
On January 28, ASP and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) cohosted an event in Seattle, WA entitled “Clean Energy: The New Public Policy Reality.” The event featured several prominent speakers, including former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs; Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee; Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09); as well as ASP’s own BGen Steve Cheney and Andrew Holland.
Governor Inslee spoke about the importance of clean energy and how it is driving economic development, particularly in his state of Washington. However, he also stated that the U.S. military is making significant progress in rolling out clean energy. For example, he commended the Navy for its efforts to incorporate biofuels into their ships and planes. Below is a full audio file of his speech.
To see a full agenda of the conference, click here.
To listen to Gov. Inslee’s whole speech, click here.
Posted by Nicholas Cunningham on January 29, 2013 here.
On January 28, ASP and the Washington Clean Technology Alliance (WCTA) hosted an event in Seattle, WA entitled “Clean Energy: The New Public Policy Reality.” The event featured several prominent speakers including former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs; Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee; Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09); as well as ASP’s own BGen Steve Cheney and Andrew Holland.
Congressman Adam Smith spoke first on the panel, touching on the critical role that energy plays in military operations. At the same time, Rep. Smith discussed the threat of climate change to U.S. national security. As the largest consumer of energy in the United States, the Department of Defense, Rep. Smith notes, can drive energy innovation. To that end, DoD’s investments in alternative sources of fuels are essential. While there are significant upfront costs, he believes the U.S. will reap the benefits over the long-term.
Next, BGen Cheney USMC (Ret.) spoke about the vulnerability that the military faces from its dependence on fossil fuels. For example, he said, despite a slight decline in fuel
consumption over the past five years, the military’s fuel expenditures skyrocketed 381% over the same time frame. He also touched on the threat of climate change to national security. Gen. Cheney elaborated on ASP’s role in finding bipartisan solutions to energy security and climate change.
ASP’s Andrew Holland went into detail on the role of biofuels as an alternative fuel source to oil. After all, oil will run out eventually, and the military is investing in long-lived assets. For example, some planes that DoD is purchasing today will last beyond 2050 – and we do not know whether we will be producing significant quantities of oil in four or five decades. For this reason, it is essential that the U.S. military find alternative sources of fuel for its fleet.
You can find Governor Jay Inslee’s speech here.
To listen to the full audio, click here.
Posted by Nicholas Cunningham on January 29, 2013 at 10:39 am here.
Is there a difference between good business management and sustainability? Not according to the WCTA panel on December 6, 2012, which was moderated by WCTA Board Member John Gardner, Vice President and Dean of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Kevin Wilhelm of Sustainable Business Consulting said sustainability is almost completely consistent with hard-nosed business thinking. It is entirely consistent with corporate objectives: maximizing returns, cutting costs, improving brand, and maximizing shareholder value. No one, according to Kevin, is implementing sustainability because ‘it is the right thing to do.’ It is implemented–and widely–by individual business cases.
TJ DiCaprio reported that Microsoft is motivated by achieving business objectives, corporate citizenship, and reducing energy consumption. Carbon is now priced at Microsoft and it is reflected in business unit performance measurement. Pollution and sustainability needed to be translated into business relevant terms, she said, and then they become a compelling business came for management. Information technology is the source of 2% of global emissions. Find TJ’s presentation slides here and Microsoft’s Becoming Carbon Neutral document here.
Jim Hannah of Starbucks emphasized that employee retention is an important benefit of the company’s sustainability programs. He told us that every new store will be LEEDS certified. Sustainability is part of Starbuck’s DNA, but it needed to be translated into understandable business terms within the company.
Patrick Drum of the Arbor Group UBS told us that current metrics to evaluate socially responsible investing didn’t even exist six months ago. Find Patrick’s presentation here.
Here are short bios of the panelists:
- John Gardner, Vice President and Dean, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Moderator. John has been a key leader in the growth of BGI over the past two years. Prior, he was VP at WSU responsible for leveraging WSU’s assets for economic growth and vitality of the state. He filled a similar role at Missouri as VP for Research and Economic Development. In all, he has been a student, faculty member, or administrator at five land grant universities. Gardner is a native of the Kansas City area and earned degrees in agriculture and agronomy at Kansas State and a PhD at Nebraska in plant physiology. Though most of his career has been in the US Great Plains, his graduate work in both institutions was supported by US-AID in the sorghum/millet program INTSORMIL directed at Africa and India. While at the Missouri, his international research and development efforts focused on East Asia. He spent twenty years in ND, much of it as Director of the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. His work on the domestication of new crops led to business interests throughout the 1990’s. He was one of the founders and chief executive of AgGrow Oils, a 540 member LLC that integrated the production, processing, and marketing of both novel and designer oilseeds.
- Tamara “TJ” DiCaprio, Sr. Director, Carbon and Renewable Energy Policy, Microsoft: TJ is responsible for designing and managing Microsoft’s new carbon neutral policy with internal carbon fee model that drives accountability while supporting efficiency and green projects. TJ has worked for Microsoft for 15 year, and has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry. She brings an educational background of Environmental Studies and Energy from the UC Santa Barbara and graduate work from Marylhurst, as well as a history of policy leadership to the role. TJ is a certified pilot and enjoys sailing and diving. She has led several expeditions piloting aircraft across the Americas and South Africa and sailed extensively off the coast of North America, French Polynesia, Croatia, and Turkey. TJ is a member of the Explorer’s Club and a Founding Member of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
- Jim Hanna, Director, Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company: Since joining Starbucks in 2005, Jim has collaborated with partner corporations and nongovernmental organizations to help shape the company’s environmental strategy. He contributes to enterprise-wide initiatives that support green building, energy conservation, international procurement, recycling, and waste reduction efforts. Prior to Starbucks, Jim served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park. In the position, he oversaw many progressive environmental initiatives in operations as the primary concessionaire in the park including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. Before escaping to Yellowstone, he worked as Director of Operations for Teris Environmental in Los Angeles, managing the company’s seven offices in North America. A native of Olympia, Jim earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from WSU and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional. He serves on the board of directors for the National Recycling Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, and Yellowstone Park Foundation.
- Kevin Wilhelm, CEO, Sustainable Business Consulting: Kevin is a highly regarded business consultant in the field of sustainability and climate change. He is the CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, a Seattle-based consulting firm focused on practical solutions that deliver profit improvement through the use of sustainable business practices. Kevin brings over 16 years of experience working with businesses ranging from Fortune 500 multinationals to government agencies to renewable energy start-ups. Some of his clients include Nordstrom, REI, The North Face, Coinstar/Redbox, Drugstore.com, and BECU. His firm works with companies to measure their sustainability and carbon impacts, develop successful implementation goals and strategies, engage employees through sustainability training, and help them communicate their CSR efforts both internally and externally. He is the author of the acclaimed Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability & Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy. He is an adjunct professor at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he teaches Sustainable Business.
- Patrick T. Drum CFA, CFP, Financial Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager at the Arbor Group/UBS Financial Services Inc. provided an overview of new practices in evaluating social responsibility in companies.
- December 6, 2012
- Fourth & Madison Building, 925 Fourth Ave, 18th Floor Conference Room, Seattle
- This event sold out.
This was the first part of a two part series exploring corporate sustainability.