Tuesday 18 August 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Chicago Sustainability Leaders

Wednesday 19 August 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

University Sustainability Leaders

  • Jim Creedon, Vice President, Business Development, The Efficiency Network (TEN)
  • Kate Nelson, Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Adam D'Ambrosio, Senior Director, Energy Services and Sustainability, The University of Chicago -- Facilities Services
  • John Brophy, Sustainability Manager, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Chris Rogan, Associate Director, University of Illinois Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services
  • Steven Guenther, Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management & Campus Services and University Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday 20 August 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

State Energy Program Leaders

  • Mike Taylor, Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations, SitelogIQ
  • Michael Hastings, State Senator, Frankfort, IL
  • Will Toor, Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office
  • Kevin Hale, Director for Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority
  • Robert Jackson, Assistant Division Director, Materials Management Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
  • Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Environment and State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

John Brophy

Sustainability Manager, City Colleges of Chicago

John Brophy is the Sustainability Manager for the City Colleges of Chicago, focusing on renewable energy academic programming, CTA U-Pass and Divvy bikesharing, HVAC maintenance, waste reduction, and environmental health.  John holds his undergrad from Boston College and his Masters in Environmental Management and Sustainability from Illinois Tech.  John enjoys playing soccer and going to the beach with his two boys.

Jim Creedon

Vice President, Business Development, The Efficiency Network (TEN)

Jim Creedon is Vice President of Business Development for The Efficiency Network (TEN).  Jim has extensive experience in the development and delivery of energy savings projects. He was Senior Vice President at Temple University with responsibility for energy management and sustainability. He also served as Secretary of General Service for Pennsylvania and managed the Commonwealth’s energy savings initiatives.

Adam D'Ambrosio

Senior Director, Energy Services and Sustainability, The University of Chicago -- Facilities Services

Adam D’Ambrosio is the Senior Director of Energy Services and Sustainability at the University of Chicago.  In his role, he is responsible for long-term energy management programs, including strategic procurement of natural gas and electricity, energy conservation efforts, renewable energy portfolio, master planning, sustainability, and strategic initiatives. Additional responsibilities include centralized building automation systems, utility plant operations and maintenance, oversight of the building commissioning process and budget management.  Adam is responsible for developing and implementing the plan to achieve the University’s new goal to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.

Adam has over 20 years of experience in power generation, energy management and sustainability gained during his service as a naval submarine officer and with Carrier Corporation and NORESCO prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2018.  Adam holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University.

Brendan Daley

Sustainability Manager, Chicago Park District

Brendan Daley has over 20 years’ experience working on sustainability and strategic policy initiatives in local government.  Brendan currently manages the strategic direction of the Chicago Park District. He also manages sustainability initiatives across all 600 parks in the city. Before working at the Park District, Brendan worked at the Chicago Department of Environment, most recently at the Deputy Commissioner overseeing energy and air quality projects.

As a sustainability and strategy implementer, Brendan has been a guest lecturer at Chicago universities, park conferences, writer for various publications, and an accomplished speaker on the environment. When Brendan is not reducing, reusing, composting, or recycling, you can find him making pie, gardening, golfing, or telling really bad dad jokes to his kids.

Brendan has lived in Chicago his whole life (except for the 3 years he lived in Northern Ireland), and he is working on deepening his Chicago accent and fending off criticism for putting ketchup on his hot dogs.  A self-professed weather geek, he has a backyard weather station.  Brendan is fluent in French, or at least sounds like he is.  He is a fan of the International Space Station, Chicago White Sox, Chicago tavern style pizza, house music, giving directions to lost tourists, and quiche.

Steven Guenther

Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management & Campus Services and University Engineer, Carnegie Mellon University

Steven Guenther has more than 25 years of professional practice in facilities management for cultural, educational, and healthcare institutions.  In his current role of Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management and Campus Services, he is responsible for stewardship of the buildings, infrastructure and utilities on Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh six million square foot campus.  He serves as a co-chair of the Provost’s Sustainability Initiative and his division is the home the university’s Green Practices efforts.  Steven also served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Kevin Hale

Director for Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority

Kevin Hale has more than 20 years of experience in the energy field with accomplishments energy efficiency, renewable energy, emissions markets, and corporate strategy.  Kevin currently serves as the Director of Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at NYSERDA.  His portfolio includes REV Connect, New York’s innovation platform for demonstration projects, Pay for Performance, strategic market partnerships and clean energy policy development. 

Prior to NYSERDA, Kevin held senior business development positions with Enron Energy Services and then Johnson Controls working with public sector, industrial, and commercial customers to develop energy supply and performance contracting solutions.

Kevin holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany and a B.S. in Business Management from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Michael Hastings

State Senator, Frankfort, IL

In 2012, Senator Michael E. Hastings was elected to the Illinois State Senate as one of the youngest Senators in state history. He has worked tirelessly to pass countless pieces of legislation that have improved the social and financial status of the State of Illinois. He currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities committee in addition to sitting on the Commerce and Economic Development, Executive, Insurance, and Judiciary committees. In 2020, Hastings was named to Senate President Don Harmon's leadership team, serving as the Majority Caucus Whip.

During his tenure he has earned various accolades, including various “Legislator of the Year” awards from the Mental Health Association of Illinois, Illinois Association of Park Districts, Southwest Community Services, Illinois Police Chiefs Association, Illinois Crime Commission and Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. He was named a “Friend of Agriculture” by the Illinois Farm Bureau, “Environmental Champion” by the Illinois Environmental Council, “Alumni of the Year” by the University of Illinois School of Business, and selected as a Governor Jim Edgar Fellow by the University of Illinois. In addition to these notable recognitions, Hastings was published in the Council of State Governments magazine for his legislative efforts to combat cyber bullying.

In addition to serving in the Illinois Senate, Hastings practices law in the southwest suburbs where he lives with his wife Katie, son Mikey, and daughter Maddie. Hastings' formal education also includes graduating from West Point Academy, earning a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School.

Robert Jackson

Assistant Division Director, Materials Management Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Robert Jackson is the Assistant Division Director of the Materials Management Division within the Michigan the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. He oversees the Michigan’s State Energy Office, Light Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Investments, Energy Revolving Loan and Sustainability Programs. He is also the point of contact for the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program for Michigan’s building energy efficiency, community energy management, and clean energy manufacturing programs.

Robert is the Past Chair of National Association of State Energy Officials (NAESO) and former Vice-chair of the U.S. DOE State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). Both, NASEO and STEAB develop recommendations for the DOE and the Congress regarding initiation, design, implementation, and evaluation of federal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs. In doing so, STEAB and NASEO provide consistency between federal, state and local activities.

Sushma Masemore

Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Environment and State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Sushma Masemore was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment in 2018 and State Energy Director in 2019.

Masemore is working to bring clean energy solutions and sustainable practices to North Carolina businesses, citizens, and government operations.  For the State Energy Office, Masemore oversees programs related to low-income weatherization assistance, energy planning, energy efficiency, and transportation alternatives.  Masemore is leading statewide initiatives related to climate change impacts, adaptation, and resiliency. 
Masemore has 29 years of public and private sector experience related to pollution control and energy systems planning.   For the Division of Air Quality, Masemore managed teams of engineers and scientists to develop air quality rules and state implementation plans.  Prior to that, she held various supervisory and deputy director roles in environmental consulting.

Masemore earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in NC.

Joe McGowan

Director, JAYKAL LED Solutions, Inc.

Joe has 30 years’ experience in the Energy Services Industry with significant success in all markets. Joe is leading a team to assist Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) in life-cycle cost justification of LED technology for Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) projects.

Joe has an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Miami University, Major in Finance with Concentration in Energy Management.

“By quantifying both energy savings and health & wellness benefits, ESCOs can realize larger monetized savings for ESPC projects,” says McGowan.

Leanna McKeon

Energy Analyst II, Chicago Housing Authority

Leanna McKeon is the Energy Analyst II at the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) where she manages energy efficiency incentives programs, renewable energy projects, energy supply contracts, and compliance with the City of Chicago’s Benchmarking Ordinance and Energy Rating System. Leanna’s work as part of the Sustainable Initiatives and Projects team at the CHA focuses on reducing energy and water consumption by implementing no-cost and low-cost energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at CHA properties.

Leanna holds Master’s degrees in Public Affairs and in Environmental Science from the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public Affairs, Indiana University – Bloomington and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri.

Jamie Meyers

Energy Manager, Cook County

Jamie Meyers is currently the energy manager for the Cook County in Illinois.  Cook County is the second largest county in the United States and has a building portfolio of approximately 19,000,000 square feet.  Jamie is responsible for monitoring electricity, natural gas, and water usage, developing energy and water conservation projects, developing energy efficiency standards for capital projects, and researching and applying for grants, rebates, and incentives.  Jamie is also a leading member of the team that developed the Cook County Clean Energy Plan, which lays out the process that will enable the County to meet its plan for 100% renewable energy for electricity by 2030, a 45% carbon emissions reduction for buildings from a 2010 baseline by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Prior to Cook County, Jamie was Vice President of Sustainability for VOA and Associates in Chicago and manager of sustainability for Walgreens.

Kate Nelson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

In 2008 the Office of Sustainability at UW-Milwaukee was established as one of the first in the UW System, and has been under Ms. Nelson’s direction since.  She is responsible for planning and managing a variety of sustainability initiatives, including, but not limited to energy conservation strategies, stormwater management, expansive recycling programs, sustainable purchasing, alternative transportation options, urban gardening, as well as engaging the campus students, faculty, and staff through multiple sustainability outreach and educational programs.

Previously, Ms. Nelson was a GIS specialist and project assistant for The Conservation Fund and worked to preserve and restore critical land areas for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District's Greenseams program that addressed flood management.  Her previous research in the sustainable development of Costa Rica, Romania, and Cuba has influenced and aligned her strategies for environmental policy and planning here at home in Wisconsin.

Ms. Nelson holds an M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies of UW Madison, as well as a B.A. in Conservation and Environmental Science from UW-Milwaukee and a previous B.A. in Theatre and Writing from Cardinal Stritch University.

Chris Rogan

Associate Director, University of Illinois Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services

Chris Rogan has over 30 years of experience in construction design, engineering, operation, maintenance and administration activities at nuclear power and university facilities.   He currently is the associate director of the University Office of Capital Programs and Real Estate Services (UOCP&RES) for the University of Illinois System.

Part of Chris’ current roles is coordinating energy performance contracting efforts with the 3 main universities within the University of Illinois System.  Over the past 10 years, the University of Illinois System has implemented multiple types of energy conservation measures totaling to approximately $180MM that has reduced energy consumption and deferred maintenance backlog.

Sandrine Schultz

Director of Energy and Sustainability, Chicago Public Schools

As the Director of Energy and Sustainability for the Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest district in the country, Sandrine provides the vision, leadership, development, and coordination of strategies, policies and initiatives to meet CPS energy and sustainable goals.  In her first year with CPS, May 2019, Sandrine has saved CPS Post COVID19 more than $5M and $4.5M Pre COVID19 as the team continues to  identify potential savings from incentives programs, virtual commissioning projects, lighting retrofit and larger energy efficiency projects in the schools.  Other initiatives include renewable projects, utility management, facilities operation efficiency, waste management, recycling, and composting, transportation and health and wellness. 

Prior to CPS, Sandrine worked for Department of Defense for 15 years as the Navy Energy Program Manager and Department of Energy as the National Laboratory Policy Director in Washington DC.

Mike Taylor

Vice President of Marketing & Sales Operations, SitelogIQ

Mike Taylor is the Vice President of Marketing & Sales for SitelogIQ. He is an energy executive with expertise and more than 40 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and operations.

As the Vice President of Marketing & Sales at SitelogIQ, Mike is responsible for overseeing the marketing and sales operations functions of the company, including strategy, leadership, direction, and execution of all activities internally and in high visibility growth markets.

Prior to SitelogIQ, Mike held a variety of management positions at Honeywell. He has also served in many state and local government positions, as well as in industry trade organizations.

He has been a frequent global speaker on such topics as energy efficiency and smart grid and has been published in many national and international industry publications. Mike earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University.

Anthony Tindall

Policy & Sustainability Manager, Forest Preserves District of Cook County

Anthony D. Tindall is the Policy & Sustainability Manager for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, a 70,000-acre public land management agency. In this role, he manages the implementation of the Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan and manages various other institutional and policy related projects for the Office of the General Superintendent. Prior to joining the Forest Preserves, Anthony served as an associate director at the Francis W. Parker School. He also previously held positions at the University of Chicago and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

Anthony received his Master of Public Administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and on the Advisory Board for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Will Toor

Executive Director, Colorado Energy Office

In January 2019, Will Toor joined the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) as its Executive Director appointed by Governor Jared Polis. Mr. Toor’s background spans transportation electrification, sustainable transportation, smart growth, electric vehicle policy, clean energy finance, green building policy, local government policy and regional planning.

Prior to CEO, Mr. Toor was Transportation Program Director at the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP). Before SWEEP, he served as Boulder County Commissioner for eight years where he led the effort to create and adopt a countywide Sustainable Energy Plan, the BuildSmart green building code, the EnergySmart program, and the ClimateSmart Loan Program. Prior to being elected Boulder County Commissioner, Mr. Toor served as Mayor of Boulder for six years where he developed Boulder's community transit network, EcoPass unlimited access transit pass programs, and policies for denser, mixed-use urban infill development as an alternative to sprawl.

Mr. Toor previously served on and chaired the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He was appointed by Governor Ritter to the state Transportation Funding and Implementation blue ribbon panel, the Governor's Climate Action Panel, and the Regional Air Quality Council. He was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Air Quality Control Commission and the state oil and gas taskforce. Mr. Toor spent 12 years as Director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center, where he developed campus sustainability programs in the areas of solid waste, building energy use, and transportation planning. He holds a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago.