Carbon Smart Building Day Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Physicist Amory Lovins, 70, is cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute (; energy advisor to major firms and governments in 65+ countries for 45 years; author of 31 books and over 600 papers; and an integrative designer of superefficient buildings, factories, and vehicles. He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes, MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships, 12 honorary doctorates, the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood (“alternative Nobel”), National Design, and World Technology Awards, and Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. A Harvard and Oxford dropout, former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he’s taught at ten universities, most recently Stanford’s Engineering School and the Naval Postgraduate School (but only topics he’s never studied, to retain beginner’s mind). He was a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council 2011–18. Time has named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people; Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.


Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, is an internationally recognized architect, author, educator and visionary with a long and distinguished career. His award-winning architecture and planning projects span a thirty-five year period, each employing a cutting-edge environmental design approach. He is the author of numerous published works, including the ‘bible’ of solar design, The Passive Solar Energy Book. Mr. Mazria’s research has reshaped the international dialogue on climate change to incorporate the Building Sector. With his colleagues he developed the 2030 Challenge, Roadmap to Zero Emissions, China Accord, 2030 Palette, 2030 Districts, Zero Cities Project, and the recently released ZERO Code among many other groundbreaking initiatives.



Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), a leading organization that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings (November 2017), the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between people and nature on projects such as Islandwood on Bainbridge Island, Washington. In 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, for which she has been a visionary leader. She was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.


Andy Frank is the Founder and CEO of Sealed, an energy and financial technology company based that invests in home efficiency upgrades. Sealed runs the HomeAdvance program that pre-pays for energy-saving home upgrades, with customers re-paying based on the energy they waste. Prior to Sealed, Andy co-founded Efficiency 2.0, a software company that helped utilities better engage their residential customers. Andy received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College.


Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in May, 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. He is lead commissioner on energy efficiency. Andrew has worked for over 25 years in a variety of capacities across the electric utility, energy efficiency and renewable energy arenas. Prior to joining the CEC, he was managing director and policy director of a clean energy non-profit; a consulting project manager in California and in a variety of developing country settings; and an energy efficiency analyst at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He holds M.S. and PhD degrees from UC Berkeley. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.


Anthony Bernheim, FAIA, LEED Fellow is the Healthy and Resilient Buildings Program Manager, Planning Design and Construction at the San Francisco International Airport. On the forefront of sustainability, reimagining the built environment and its impact on human and planetary health, Anthony Bernheim is a visionary and respected leader in smart, energy efficient, high performance building. Beginning as early as the 1980’s he has devoted his career to pioneering the impact of buildings on global health, indoor environmental quality and human health. He has a record of designing and implementing a holistic approach and process to sustainability, contributing to improving human health, comfort, and wellness in the built environment. As the Healthy & Resilient Buildings Program Manager, Planning Design & Construction at San Francisco International Airport, he is responsible for the Net Zero Energy and the Activation Planning Services programs. A sought after speaker, author and advisor, Anthony has a history of public service, having served as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Board of Directors in diverse capacities and on key committees since 2003.


Brendan Owens oversees strategic development and integration of rating systems at USGBC. In this role Brendan collaborates with teams developing tools that transform the way we design, build and operate the built environment. He led the effort to establish the system goals for LEED v4 and is building on this work as the foundation to integrate other programs USGBC collaborates on. Brendan is a board member of the New Buildings Institute and is deputy director of the center for cycling technology at USGBC. Additionally, Brendan volunteers as a board member of the foundation USGBC is partnering with to build the William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port au Prince, Haiti. Brendan is proud to serve as an advisor to the Honor’s College at his alma mater Purdue University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Fellow.


Brenden Millstein is CEO & Co-founder of Carbon Lighthouse, where he is responsible for corporate growth, engineering, and long-term planning. Under Brenden’s leadership, Carbon Lighthouse became profitable and began reducing emissions within 6 months of operations. Brenden previously worked for NYSERDA, the State agency charged with addressing New York’s largest energy and environmental issues. Working with a small team comprised of leading energy experts, Brenden co-administered a budget of $87 million, executing energy efficiency and demand response projects at 250+ manufacturing plants and high-rise office buildings in New York City. Brenden’s clients included Citigroup, J.P. Morgan Chase, CBRE, and many other banks and property management companies. Additionally, he also worked as a research fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, investigating both Li-ion batteries and advanced building materials. Brenden obtained an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and an MS in Renewable Energy Engineering, also from Stanford. He holds a B.A. in Physics, cum laude, from Harvard University.


Dave Pogue is leading the development of socially responsible, market driven solutions to align corporate responsibility principals into CBRE business practices through a strategy called Shared Advantage.  In his prior role as Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Dave oversaw CBRE’s development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate social responsibility, including environmental stewardship, community engagement and corporate giving. His leadership has produced an award-winning sustainability platform leveraging thought leadership, service delivery and industry associations to raise worldwide green building standards. Program achievements include development of CBRE’s $1 million Real Green Research Challenge; delivery of co-branded BOMA BEEP training to more than 24,000 attendees; and recognition as the first manager of commercial property to certify more than 1000 buildings in the LEED® for Existing Buildings rating system. CBRE has been honored by the EPA as an eleven-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council® with the Leadership Award for Organizational Excellence.


Denise Fairchild is the inaugural President of Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC), a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., with affiliates in major urban centers across the United States. She is charged with advancing ECC’s “high-road” mission to green our cities, build resilient local economies and ensure equity inclusion in both the process and outcomes of a new green and healthy economy. Denise is nationally recognized and respected for her 40-year successful track record and innovative programs in sustainable and community economic development, domestically and internationally. In 1995 she founded and directed the Community and Economic Development (CED) Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, as well as an affiliated nonprofit community development research and technical assistance organization, CDTech. She founded the Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI), an initiative of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, to provide inner-city residents with career and technical education for high-growth/high-demand jobs in the L.A. region, with a focus on the green economy.


Elizabeth (Liz) Beardsley is Senior Policy Counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council. Her portfolio includes green building law and policy issues across the international, federal, state, and local spectrum. Recently her work has focused on connecting building policy to climate mitigation and she has represented USGBC at three COP climate change conferences. Liz has written about green building policy and building-climate issues for outlets such as Governing, USGBC+ magazine, and the blog. She came to USGBC from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where she was a Senior Attorney involved in evaluating government environment and energy programs. Prior to her legal career, she was an environmental engineer and Principal at Camp Dresser & McKee (now CDM Smith), where she focused on water issues and infrastructure planning. Liz has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is the Urban Efficiency & Climate Director at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where she is responsible for the Institute’s global work on urban building and vehicle efficiency, urban distributed renewables, and city climate strategy. Prior to WRI, she founded and directed design software giant Autodesk’s Sustainability Solutions department, where she led a product and go-to-market team to make sustainable design a “no-brainer” for millions of engineering and design customers.


Jeff Thiel, a Carbon Innovations consultant, is a business development and market transformation strategist. He is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education. Jeff worked at Microsoft for 10 years leading product management and development teams in the Windows and Consumer Products Divisions. Jeff started his career with global management consulting firm Bain & Co. He received his MBA with honors from Wharton.


Kate Simonen, AIA, SE is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry-academic collaboration highlighting the carbon impact of the built environment, and developing pathways for “carbon smart” buildings to be part of the global climate solution. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, a writer, and a researcher with significant professional experience in high performance building systems, seismic design and retrofitting, net-zero energy residential construction, prefabrication and collaborative practice. She authored the authoritative Life Cycle Assessment and the LCA Practice Guide.


Kelly Roberts, P.E., LEED AP BD+C is a Principal and Project Manager at Walter P Moore in Atlanta, Georgia with structural design experience ranging from educational and healthcare facilities to high-rise office towers. She leads WPM’s Sustainable Design Community of Practice for the structures group; specializing in whole building life cycle assessment and the use of sustainable and salvaged materials. She is a founding board member of a non-profit material reuse center, the Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, as well as a member of the Structural Engineering Institute Sustainability Committee and the Carbon Leadership Forum. Kelly was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women by Engineering Georgia Magazine. She is also a 2017 Design Futures Council Emerging Leader and an ENR Magazine Top Young Professional.


Mark Frankel is the Technical Director for the New Buildings Institute. NBI develops programs, codes and policy, training, and research on high performance buildings and energy efficiency for organizations all over the country. Currently Mark is involved in national coalitions to improve building performance feedback, market adoption strategies for net zero energy and deep energy retrofits, development of design strategies to improve building/grid integration, and in the development and implementation of innovative codes and policies focused on building performance outcome and benchmarking. Mark has been consulting on energy efficiency and sustainable design for over 25 years, and has consulted on hundreds of capital projects, ranging in scale from single and multi-family residential projects to large commercial buildings and portfolio strategies. Mark has served on the boards of USGBC, ILFI, and Seattle 2030 District. Mr. Frankel is a LEED Fellow, member of AIA and ASHRAE, and a licensed architect.


Mark Thompson Brandt is Principal Conservation Architect & Urbanist at MTBA Associates, with over 30 years’ experience. Former Director of Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and of Canada Green Building Council /Ottawa, Mark is a Director of APT, the Association for Preservation Technology International, Co-Chairing APT’s Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. He is the founding Co-Chair of ZNCC, the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing & Historic Buildings. Brandt is co-author of the national document “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada”. Parliament Hill projects include $70M East Block Rehabilitation and $100M Sir John A. Macdonald Building, which received 7 National/International awards and 5-Green Globes rating. 


Michelle Malanca Frey is the Executive Director of ULI San Francisco. She has two decades of built environment experience, from planning through construction, and has worked with organizations around the globe to drive the development of healthy, livable, and sustainable communities and buildings. She is a long-time member of ULI San Francisco and served as the Sustainability Committee Co-Chair for several years. Michelle’s work has included the development of green building rating systems in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Abu Dhabi. As part of her own consultancy, she advised developers and investors on the integration of sustainability initiatives and performance requirements into large-scale development projects and real estate portfolios. As Vice President of the World Green Building Council, Michelle led collaborative, global projects, including the Business Case for Green Building report and the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a partnership with C40 Cities.


Michelle Romero is a brilliant campaign strategist with a decade of experience, building and leading state and national initiatives that expand opportunities for people of color. As the National Director of Green For All, Michelle leads a national strategy to accelerate inclusive green economy solutions, that bring clean energy, good jobs, and better health to underserved communities. Her accomplishments include launching the Moms Mobilize campaign to fight the Trump Administration’s dirty budget, and successfully securing a FY 2018 budget that included no cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Under her leadership, Green For All has been a leading voice against efforts to dismantle climate and clean energy progress, and is working to shift billions of dollars from polluter pockets to polluted communities through carbon pricing and inclusive financing strategies. Michelle’s work has been featured in media outlets like CNN, The Los Angeles Times, NowThis, Bustle, ABC News, FastCompany, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Univision.


Rives Taylor directs Gensler’s Design Resilience teams and is a recognized global expert in resilient and sustainable design. Rives has contributed to several publications including WIRED and Fast Company and is a member of the prestigious AIA Fellowship. Rives has taught at the University of Houston and Rice University for the past 25+ years.


Ryan Zizzo MASc, PEng, LEED AP ND, is a professional engineer with a decade of green building project management experience across Canada and Europe. He creates and implements sustainability strategies that help clients understand, track and reduce their environmental impacts and exposure to climate change risk. Strategies including green building certifications, embodied carbon life cycle assessment, and resiliency strategies. He previously worked for one of Canada’s leading green engineering firms, was a lecturer at Finland’s largest Technical Universities and has provided green building education seminars throughout Europe. Ryan holds engineering degrees from Queen’s University (BScEng), the University of Toronto (MASc) and is a LEED AP ND.


Dr. Shamir Ghumra has an Engineering Doctorate from Loughborough University, UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and a Chartered Environmentalist. Dr. Ghumra is a unique individual who; has first-hand site experience with heavy plant; years of commercial acumen as a territory sales manager and was previously Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries (turnover in excess of £1bn and part of the Lafarge Holcim Group). As BREEAM Director at BRE Dr. Ghumra is well connected to both industry and academia and takes ultimate responsibility for all BREEAM related schemes and standards globally. Dr Ghumra has taken a personal interest in Responsible & Ethical Sourcing over the past ten years whilst in industry, consultancy and more recently at BRE. Another area of interest is Distributed Ledger Technologies and how this blossoming approach can enhance the digitisation of the built environment.


Victor Olgyay, AIA is a bioclimatic architect living in Boulder, Colorado. In 1978 he designed his first passive solar house, and has since worked as an architect, writer, professor, researcher, daylighting designer, and environmental consultant. Since 2005, he has been a principal with Rocky Mountain Institute leading the Institute’s Buildings Practice to encourage widespread adoption of net zero district developments and comprehensive building energy retrofits. From 1993 to 2000 Victor was an Associate Professor and Director of Research at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Solar Energy Society, and is currently on the University of Colorado Design Review Board, and the GSA Green Building Advisory Committee.


Victoria Burrows is Head of Advancing Net Zero, the pioneering World Green Building Council global project to ensure that all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050. In this role, Victoria oversees and supports Green Building Councils participating in the project, as well as a number of other partnerships which provide funding and support, marketing and communications, and the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment. The Commitment, which will be officially launched at the Global Climate Action Summit, serves to promote and inspire advanced climate action towards decarbonisation of the built environment from Business and Government. Victoria co-authored the book: A Whole System Approach to High-Performance Green Buildings.


Wil V. Srubar III, PhD, LEED AP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he leads the Living Materials Laboratory. Dr. Srubar received his PhD in structural engineering and materials science from Stanford University in 2013. He received his BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M and The University of Texas at Austin, respectively. His materials science research concerns the sustainability, durability and viability of low-impact and living materials for buildings and construction. His industry experience includes structural engineering design and analysis, retrofit and rehabilitation of materials and structures, facility asset management, and environmental sustainability consulting. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and the American Concrete Institute, and he is affiliated with the United States Green Building Council.


Event Emcee

Andrew Himes, a Carbon Innovations consultant, is a network orchestrator and communications strategist. He was founding editor of MacTech, the leading Apple technology journal, then co-founded the Microsoft Developer Network. He led Microsoft’s first web project, and then led Microsoft’s Platform Web Team. Since leaving Microsoft, Himes has worked to increase the effectiveness of social change organizations and networks. He was founding executive director of Charter for Compassion International, a global movement of cities practicing measurable compassion in every realm of community life. He is the coordinator of Carbon Smart Building Day.