In May of 2012, EEA Secretary Sullivan convened an Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) that will advise the Patrick Administration’s implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). The IAC features leaders from the business, energy, environmental, building, transportation, and academic communities in Massachusetts. Please click here for a copy of the IAC press release, and listed below is more detailed information on each IAC member.
Mark D. Sylvia, Undersecretary for Energy Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Mark D. Sylvia was appointed Undersecretary for Energy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs by Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett. Prior to his appointment as Undersecretary, Mr. Sylvia served as the Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) where he oversaw the Patrick Administration’s nation-leading clean energy programs and policies in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Under his leadership, DOER implemented landmark policies, resulting in Massachusetts receiving the number one ranking in energy efficiency three years in a row and surpassing the Governor’s ambitious solar goal of installing 250 megawatts by 2017. As Commissioner and in his previous role as the Director of DOER’s Green Communities Division, Mr. Sylvia provided resources and guidance to help the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns transition to a cleaner energy future.
Prior to joining the Patrick Administration in 2009, Mr. Sylvia served as an elected official in Plymouth, Massachusetts town government for over a decade in the roles of Assistant Town Manager, Acting Town Manager, and Town Manager. His professional experience also includes consulting for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and elected positions in his hometown of Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Mr. Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, DC. Mr. Sylvia has served as a Board Member of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. He is a member of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board.
Martin Suuberg, Undersecretary for Environment, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Martin Suuberg was appointed Undersecretary of Environmental Affairs by Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett after serving as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at MassDEP. He has a long history with EEA and its agencies, having served as Regional Director of MassDEP's Central Regional Office, MassDEP's General Counsel, and other positions in the former Executive Officer of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) and Department of Environmental Management (DEM).
Dr. Christian Hoepfner , Center Director of Fraunhofer CSE
As the Center Director of Fraunhofer CSE, Dr. Hoepfner leads the Photovoltaic Technologies, Building Energy Technology and Distributed Electrical Energy Systems research groups. He also oversees CSE’s contract research business. Before joining Fraunhofer CSE, Christian was Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at Luminus Devices, which grew from an MIT start-up company to a world leader for specialty LED products. There, he was responsible for the successful commercialization of Luminus' high power light emitting diodes into the consumer electronics industry, and for introducing energy-efficient lighting products into energy savings markets. Prior to this, he worked at LNL Technologies, Bandwidth Semiconductor, and Spire in a wide range of roles and technology areas, including lasers, photo detectors, III-V semiconductor device design and processing, planar light guides, and chemical vapor deposition. Christian received his PhD from the Free University Berlin, Germany, for work in thin film photovoltaics.
Geoff Chapin, CEO, Next Step Living
Prior to Next Step Living, Geoff served at the senior Steps of the Bridgespan Group, a strategy consulting firm for public entities and non-profits. Clients included the Energy Foundation, The City of San Francisco, The Portland Public School District, and the Packard Foundation. Prior to this Geoff led teams at Bain & Company in the New York and San Francisco offices where he advised clients in the consumer products, telecom, and online industries amongst others. Geoff served as a teacher at his Alma Mater The Roxbury Latin School and is a graduate of The Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Prior to this he worked at a consulting firm in the healthcare, nonprofit, and financial services sectors. Geoff has also worked in the public housing sector at the Community Builders in Boston and advised the Housing Authority of San Francisco. Geoff is a native of the Boston area having grown up and lived in Westwood, Dedham, Wellesley, West Roxbury, Newton and Brookline.
Russell E. Hill, President, R.E. Hill & Company
Russell Hill is a Boston based commercial real estate broker and developer with over 25 years of experience. His firm was founded in Burlington, MA where they offered brokerage, space planning and lease administration software and services to the high tech industry in the North Suburban markets along the Route 128 Corridor. In addition to numerous high tech clients his firm has also provided commercial and industrial brokerage services to corporate clients such as Copley Place, FDIC, Walgreens, McDonald’s Corporation.
Prior to founding R.E. Hill & Company in 1984, Mr. Hill was Director of Corporate Services for Nixdorf Computer Corp. where he directed their North American real estate operations. Mr. Hill has also served as Director of Real Estate at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY. There he supervised the management and acquisition of non-institutional residential and commercial assets in Manhattan. And, as Director of Real Estate at Harvard University he managed their non-academic real estate portfolio valued at over $1 billion. During this period he supervised activities that led to the acquisition and construction of the Longwood Medical Area power plant, Huntington Avenue multifamily housing, and Soldiers Field Road (Business School) Housing.
Mr. Hill is a graduate of Youngstown (Ohio) State University and was a recipient of the Bowman-Lingle Fellowship for urban planning at George Williams College, Chicago, IL. He has also served on the national faculty of the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Richard A. Dimino, President & CEO, A Better City
Richard A. Dimino has served as the President and CEO of A Better City (ABC) since 1995. Under his leadership ABC has achieved major organizational accomplishments such as helping to keep Boston open for business during the construction of one of the country's most complex highway projects. In addition, he significantly influenced the planning, design and development of a twenty-seven acre corridor along Boston's waterfront and successfully launched ABC's Sustainability and Climate Change Initiative. Through Mr. Dimino's guidance, A Better City recently played a key role in shaping Massachusetts' Transportation Reform Legislation which led to the launching of the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). ABC has won numerous awards during Mr. Dimino's tenure, including: the History Makers Award for Innovation in Historic City-Building and Big Dig Civic Participation, the WalkBoston Golden Shoe Award, the Move Massachusetts Construction Achievement Award and the Boston Harbor Islands Governor's Award.
Prior to his time with A Better City, Mr. Dimino served as the Vice President and Deputy Manager of Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation's Transportation Business Sector. This position followed nearly a decade of service as Boston's Commissioner of Transportation. From 1985-1993, Mr. Dimino oversaw a 400-plus member department that developed and implemented all transportation policies and projects for the City. His responsibilities also included representing the City on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Advisory Board and acting as Vice Chairman of the Board's Executive Committee, and serving as the Chairman of Boston's Air Pollution Control Commission and the Central Artery/Tunnel Project Interagency Committee.
During his tenure as Commissioner, Mr. Dimino had the opportunity to publish articles detailing the city's success in improving its transportation network. These articles include: "A Successful Traffic Relief Program," which appeared in an edition of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal, and "Transportation for Boston: A Framework for Improved Access." Mr. Dimino's accomplishments as Boston Transportation Commissioner earned him the 1988 Engineer of the Year Award from the New England Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In addition, Mr. Dimino was honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders of Boston in 1989. " Under Mr. Dimino's leadership A Better City has frequently contributed towards and published articles and opinion editorials in area publications such as the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal and the Boston Herald*. A Better City has also commissioned the publication of numerous reports which highlights the organization's work as it relates to transportation, land development and the environment.
Mr. Dimino received his Master's in Business Administration from Boston University in 1994 and is a 1978 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Northeastern University. In 1991 he completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, focusing on urban policy and design, transportation planning, architecture and economics. Mr. Dimino is a lecturer and studio critic at Harvard University where he currently teaches "Transportation Planning and Development", and has been an adjunct professor at Boston University.
Mr. Dimino currently serves as a Vice Chairman for the Boston Harbor Association and Chairperson of the Harbor Use Committee, Chairman Emeritus of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and member of the region’s Metro Future Steering Committee, is a member of the Freedom Trail Foundation, and serves on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Advisory Committee and Co-chairs its Best Practices Subcommittee. In addition, he has served as an advisor to: St. Louis regarding the major reconstruction of Interstate 64 (U.S. Highway 40), the Downtown Alliance and the Lower Manhattan Construction Consortium regarding the rebuilding of ground zero, the City of Belfast regarding the development of the Belfast Strategic Master Plan and to the Director of Policy for the Premier of New South Wales, Australia, on approaches to public/private partnerships and tolling facilities.
Cynthia Barnhart, Associate Dean, Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT
Ford Professor of Engineering Cynthia Barnhart is Associate Dean of Engineering for Academic Affairs, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems, and director of Transportation@MIT.
Barnhart’s teaching and research interests involve the development of optimization methods for large-scale transportation and logistics problems. Her approaches often require the development of new models and algorithms, and their implementations in real operating environments. Her research foci include: integrated schedule planning, robust scheduling and real-time re-planning.
Barnhart is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and has also served as co-director of both the Center for Transportation and Logistics and the Operations Research Center. She has served in editorial positions for Operations Research, Transportation Science, and Management Science, as president of both the INFORMS Women in Operations Research/ Management Science Forum and the INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics Society, and as the liaison between the INFORMS Transportation Science Section and the INFORMS Aviation Applications Special Interest Group. Barnhart has been awarded the Franz Edelman Prize for Achievement in Operations and the Management Sciences, the INFORMS Award for the Best Paper in Transportation and Logistics, the Advancement of Women in Operations Research and Management Science Award, the Mitsui Faculty Development Chair, the Junior Faculty Career Award from the General Electric Foundation, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation.
Barnhart’s work has been published in several books and in research journals such as Transportation Science, Operations Research, Mathematical Programming, and Annals of Operations Research. At MIT, and she has developed and taught courses entitled, “Carrier Systems”, “Optimization of Large-Scale Transportation Systems”, “Transportation Systems Analysis”, “Airline Schedule Planning”, and “The Airline Industry.” Each course describes models and methods for designing, planning, analyzing and operating transportation and logistics systems.
Barnhart earned a B.S. degree from the University of Vermont in 1981, and her S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1988, respectively.
Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council
Peter is President of the New England Clean Energy Council and has many years of venture, entrepreneurial, executive and deal experience across the cleantech venture market. Previously, Peter was part of the Flagship Ventures team, a leading seed and early stage venture capital firm in Cambridge Massachusetts, and founder of Allegro Strategy, a consultant, advisor and interim executive with early-stage cleantech start-ups. Peter has been in early-stage deal or executive roles with a number of cleantech companies, including Mascoma, Planar Energy Devices, Ze-gen, Novomer, Boston-Power, and Mechanology. Peter is actively involved in a range of leading cleantech and entrepreneurial organizations, including the National Renewable Energy Lab’s VC Advisory Board, catalyst to MIT Deshpande Center solar and energy storage MIT projects, and a Board member of the Cleantech Open.
Marcy Reed, President, National Grid
Marcy L. Reed is president of National Grid in Massachusetts. She is responsible for the financial, operational, and customer service performance of the business in Massachusetts and manages the relationships with regulators, government officials and the communities National Grid serves. Reed joined National Grid over 20 years ago and has held various positions in finance, merger integration, and corporate affairs. She also spent 3 years living in London as the National Grid Head of Investor Relations. Reed sits on the Boards of the New England Council, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Jobs for Mass, The Partnership, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the United Way of Central Massachusetts, BritishAmerican Business and is a member of the Rockefeller Fellows Program within the Partnership for NYC. She is the global executive sponsor for National Grid’s Women in Networks employee affinity group.
Wayne A. Klockner, Vice President/State Director, The Nature Conservancy
Wayne administers the Conservancy’s conservation agenda for Massachusetts including land and water conservation, public policy initiatives related to biodiversity conservation, and fundraising to support those activities. Wayne began his conservation career as a biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in 1975. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 1981 and has worked in Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Indonesia prior to assuming his current position in Massachusetts in 1999. In 2007, Wayne led a global team to develop recommendations for the Conservancy regarding key strategies and investments required to address the threat of climate change to biodiversity and human welfare; he led that team for one year on special assignment before returning to his current position. Wayne holds a B.Sc. degree in biology and environmental planning from Rutgers University. A resident of Acton, MA, he is an avid birder and fly fisherman and enjoys hiking, reading, and getting his two children outside.
Brian Fairbank, President & CEO, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort LLC
Brian has been with Jiminy for over 43 years. Brian also serves as the Managing Partner for Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, New Hampshire and oversees the management of Bromley Mountain Resort in Peru, Vermont.
Fairbank has overseen $100 million in real estate development including the completion of Jiminy’s long term Master Plan, raising the overnight accommodations to 2000 guests on the resort campus and total annual visits of over 350,000. Jiminy Peak is a four-season mountain resort generating $20 million in revenue annually. The resort features 9 lifts, including Massachusetts’s only 6 passenger, high-speed detachable chairlift. In the warmer months, the resort has grown to include Mountain Adventure Park, featuring 12 elements including a Mountain Coaster, Alpine Super Slide and an Aerial Adventure Park. Conferences, Weddings and Family retreats round off the summer season lodging business.
Fairbank has many accomplishments within the ski industry. He is a former Director and Chairman of NSAA, and a past recipient of the Sherman Adams Award recognizing his devotion and leadership in the industry. Instrumental in forming Mountains of Distinction consisting of 20 independent ski resorts, Fairbank brought an early focus to advancing new skier retention by the use of Beginner Learning Centers using short skis for easier and faster learning. Brian is a lifetime member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and was an examiner for 15 years.
Environmental issues are always in the forefront of the minds in the ski industry. For decades, Jiminy Peak has adopted resort-wide standards to help sustain or improve the environment for future generations. Arguably, Jiminy has one of the most energy efficient snow making systems in North America. In 1990, Fairbank had a clear picture focusing on the snowmaking side of the resort and collaborated to build a system that enables the Resort to survive in a snowless winter.
The most ambitious environmental project was the installation of the only 1.5 Megawatt wind turbine at a mountain resort in North America. The turbine was commissioned on August 15th, 2007. Since then, Brian has partnered with his son, Tyler and Joe O’Donnell to form EOS Ventures, a renewable energy company focusing on financing and development of wind and solar projects.
The Fairbank O’Donnell Team acquired Cranmore Mountain Resort in 2010 and has transformed Cranmore into a year round Resort with new chairlifts, a children’s learning center and expanded snowmaking capability. Summer now includes a Mountain Adventure Park and an Aerial Adventure Park.
The Fairbank Team took over responsibility of the operations and future direction of Bromley Mountain Resort in Southwestern Vermont. Bromley is a year-round destination Resort with winter skiing and riding and summer Mountain Adventure and Aerial Parks.
Brian and his wife Vikki reside in Hancock, Massachusetts where he has served as Town Moderator for over 30 years. Brian enjoys a wonderful view of the Mountain complete with wind turbine from his home.
Susan K. Avery, PhD., President & Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Susan K. Avery took office as president and director of WHOI on February 4, 2008. Avery is the ninth director in the institution’s 78-year history, and the first woman to hold the position.
As an oceanographic leader with a background in atmospheric research, Avery has used her unique position to underscore the importance of ocean-atmosphere interactions in understanding whole Earth systems. Since taking the helm at WHOI, Avery has delivered Congressional testimony and presentations at scientific conferences such as the American Meteorological Society, the IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, the American Geological Union, and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), often directing her comments at the intersection of atmospheric, earth, and ocean science.
Avery has extensive experience as a leader within scientific institutions, She came to WHOI from the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB), where she was a member of the faculty since 1982, and where she served in interim positions as vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school, as well as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. From 1994-2004, she served as director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the first woman and first engineer to hold that position. There, she facilitated new interdisciplinary research efforts spanning the geosciences while bringing them together with social and biological sciences and helped establish a thriving K-12 outreach program and a Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.
Avery’s research includes studies of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, climate variability and water resources, and the development of new radar techniques and instruments for remote sensing. The author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, Avery helped form an integrated science and assessment program that examines the impacts of climate variability on water in the American West. She also worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Climate Change Science Program to help formulate a national strategic science plan for climate research.
Avery is a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and of the American Meteorological Society, for which she also served as president. She is a member of the advisory board for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a past chair of the board of trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. She has also served on numerous advisory panels, committees, and councils for the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Avery earned a bachelor's degree in physics from Michigan State University in 1972, a master's in physics from the University of Illinois in 1974, and a doctorate in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois in 1978.
Berl Hartman, New England Chapter Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
Berl Hartman is Co-Founder and Director of the New England chapter of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Known as The Independent Business Voice for the Environment, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity. Ms. Hartman directs the New England group’s strategy, communications and outreach.
Ms. Hartman is a senior executive and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in marketing, business strategy and public relations. Prior to her work with E2, she served as Sr. Vice President at Blanc & Otus, a subsidiary of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations, where she founded and led the company’s first Cleantech/Clean Energy practice.
Ms. Hartman was also a founding member of the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and now serves on its Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Council’s Policy Committee. In 2008, she received the Council’s first Clean Energy Leadership Award.
Prior to her career in cleantech, Ms. Hartman served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Sybase, a database software company, and Vice President of Engineering at Computer Corporation of America. She has also held positions at Boston University, University of California and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Marc Draisen, Executive Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
A lifelong resident of the Boston region, Marc Draisen brings public policy, housing, and economic development experience to the position of Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).
MAPC is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metro Boston. The agency promotes smart growth and regional collaboration, which includes protecting the environment, supporting economic development, encouraging sustainable land use, improving transportation, bolstering affordable housing, ensuring public safety, advancing equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds, and fostering collaboration among municipalities.
MAPC’s regional smart growth plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, was adopted in 2008 after a planning process that involved 5,000 participants from across the region. All of the agency’s programs and projects are now focused on achieving the MetroFuture goals and implementation strategies. MAPC also serves on the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization, acts as the region’s Economic Development District, and provides a wide array of technical and planning services to municipal governments and non-profit agencies. MAPC is an effective advocate at all levels of government on behalf of smart growth and regional collaboration.
Mr. Draisen served two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he represented neighborhoods in Boston and Brookline. He also worked for eight years as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), the trade association for 70 non-profit community-based developers. Mr. Draisen’s housing expertise also stems from his yars as Executive Director of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) and Director of Private Housing at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development. He was also the founder and first president of MassEnergy (formerly the Boston Fuel Consortium), a non-profit organization that works in renewable energy, energy conservation, and bulk purchase of energy.
Henry Tepper, President, MassAudubon
Henry George Tepper has spent more than twenty years as a leader in land conservation and advocacy in both the United States and abroad. In January of 2013 he became the President of the Massachusetts Audubon Society in Lincoln Massachusetts. At Mass Audubon, Henry directs one of the largest and most prominent conservation organizations in New England. Founded in 1896, Mass Audubon’s mission is to protect the nature of Massachusetts through programs in land conservation, environmental advocacy and education. Mass Audubon has an operating budget of $22 million, has 200 full-time employees and thousands of seasonal staff, and manages 35,000 acres of conservation lands in a network of sanctuaries, nature centers and conservation easements.
Prior to joining Mass Audubon, Henry served as Chief Conservation Officer and a Partner at Patagonia Sur, LLC, a company that invests in, protects, and enhances large tracts of ecologically significant properties in Chilean Patagonia. At Patagonia Sur, Henry led a team that created a practical template for a conservation easement under Chilean Law, called the Servidumbre Voluntaria, and established one of Chile’s first independent land trusts, the Tierra Austral Land Trust. He also launched and continues to serve as the senior U.S. advisor to the Chilean Private Lands Conservation Initiative, which has introduced conservation easement enabling legislation in the Chilean Congress, called the Derecho Real de Conservacion. Henry remains a Partner at Patagonia Sur, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tierra Austral Land Trust.
Before working at Patagonia Sur, Henry served for two-and-a-half years as Vice President of State Programs for the National Audubon Society, where he oversaw nine state programs in the eastern United States as well as the organization’s Atlantic Flyway Conservation Initiative.
Prior to working at the National Audubon, Henry spent thirteen years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where he served first as the State Director in New Hampshire and then the State Director in New York State. During his time at TNC, Henry launched and successfully led a series of increasingly large, landscape-scale forest conservation projects that protected more than 350,000 acres in the northern forests of New York.
Henry’s career also includes serving as Deputy Commissioner for Natural Resources for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and as the Executive Director of the Columbia Land Conservancy in the Hudson River Valley, where he is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Throughout his career, Henry has worked to advance the professional capacities of land trust organizations, and most recently served for four years as a member of the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.
Henry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Admission to Doctoral Candidacy from Cornell University. He is married to Jane Henoch, a nurse practitioner, and they have two children, Katherine and Miles.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Swett was employed at Boston Properties overseeing LEED and sustainability initiatives and at the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental Innovation. The Chief of Environment and Energy is responsible for environmental and energy policy. The Environmental and Energy Services Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, the Parks and Recreational Department’s Open Space Planning, and Boston’s Recycling Program. Swett received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and International Relations from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from the University of Michigan.