Conference & Induction Ceremony 2015

The Water-Energy Nexus

Thank you for another very successful Induction Ceremony and Conference. Our class of 2014-15 was yet another example of excellence in the Green Industry. This year’s event was another fantastic representation of the talent, heart, and work ethic people have representing green industry. Not only was the view and weather wonderful, the reception by UC Santa Barbara, staff, and volunteers was on point.

Many thanks to our hosts The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, Green2Gold, and UCSB. Also, many thanks to our fantastic speakers Jim Kor, Steve Glenn, Steve Ashkin, Persephene St. Charles, Kirsten James, Bob Wilkinson, Russ McGlothlin, Shahram Javey, and Olivier Jephagnon.  And much gratitude towards our sponsors for focusing on supporting green industry and making this event happen. Congratulations to our 2014 finalists and inductees.

Thank You to our Event Sponsors

Arthur J. Gallagher
BCT Consulting
Sunnyland Mills
CEC logo
Janet Ontko
Geil Enterprises
AMAZ Cleaning Products
U.S. Department of Commerce
Amory Lovins – Individual Contributions
Aquion Energy – Energy
Bio Bag Group – Consumer Products
California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance – Agriculture
Charity Water – Natural Resources
Coldspring – Building
Compass Group – Food Service
CREE – Technology
Dasault Systemes – Technology
David Gottfried – Indivdual Contributions (The Nina & Marc Merson Award)
DynGlobal – Technology
Gary Downing – Individual Contributions
Go Green Flooring – Consumer Products
Honda Motor Company – Transportation & Manufacturing
Inhabitat Internet Brands Inc. – Media
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – Natural Resources
Ellen Strickland – Consumer Products
Make It Right Foundation – Building
Meryl Streep – Individual Contributions
Mirimichi Golf Course – Entertainment
NanoStruck Technologies Inc. – Technology
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (Japan) – Technology
Novo Nordisk – Health Care
Patagonia – Retail
Pomar Junction Winery – Agriculture
Rodale Institute – Agriculture
Rodrigo Alonso – Art
San Joaquin Restoration Program – Natural Resources
Steve Ashkin – Individual Contributions
Tom Bowman – Indivdual Contributions
Ucan Products – Consumer Products
UCSB Bren School of Environmental Sciences and Management – Education
Umicore Group – Technology
Vivendi – Media
Voltaic Systems – Energy
WAUSAU Window – Manufacturing
Steve Ashkin

Steve Ashkin

CEO, Ashkin Group

Steve is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and a leader of the Green Cleaning Movement where he is often thought of as the “Father of Green Cleaning.” Currently he serves as President of The Ashkin Group, Executive Director of the Green leaning Network, co-founder of Green Cleaning University and CEO of Sustainable Dashboard Tools, LLC., all of which play important roles in his efforts to move the global cleaning industry from green to sustainable. Steve has been working in the cleaning industry since 1981, holding key technical and management positions, and has been working on the issue of “green” cleaning since 1990. He has extensive experience working throughout the entire supply chain from leading product manufactures to product distributors, to service providers to building owners and facility managers. In additions, Steve also works extensively with market influencers to drive environmental improvements. Awards that Steve has received include recognition from the National Performance Review for helping to launch the President’s Green Chemistry Challenge Awards Program, an Excellence Award from the US EPA for his work to protect children from environmental threats, and the Green Building Advocate of the Year from the Leonardo Academy for bringing Green Cleaning to LEED_EB.

Jim Kor

Jim Kor

CEO, Kor EcoLogic

Jim graduated as a mechanical engineer from the University of Manitoba in 1974. After a decade of designing farm machinery for Winnipeg manufacturers, Kor started his own design firm. KOR Product Design is now an international design consultancy with clients in Canada, the USA, and Europe. KOR has worked within various industries, including agricultural machinery, city and inter-city buses, commercial swimming pools, automotive, and aerospace. KOR’s designed products are mass-produced and reach world markets. KOR’s projects have been presented at conferences, schools, and universities in North America and Europe. KOR’s third vehicle project, an environmental car called Urbee, initiated the formation of a new company called KOR Ecologic, aimed at developing and commercializing this unique roadworthy vehicle worldwide. Kor was born in Amsterdam, lived in Indonesia, and moved to Canada when he was seven.

Steve Glenn

Steve Glenn

CEO, LivingHomes

Steve Glenn is an entrepreneur committed to positive social change through both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He is the founder and CEO of LivingHomes, LLC- a developer of modern, prefabricated homes designed by world-class architects that feature healthy/green materials and energy systems, all at a great price value. A fan of architecture and an avid Lego enthusiast from a very young age, Glenn tried his hand at design in college only to find that he lacked both the talent and temperament to be an architect. Instead, Glenn concluded that the world could use more real estate developers who focus on projects that reflect a deep appreciation for the environment and community. From Lego to prefab, LivingHomes represents the fulfillment of a life-long ambition to create a company that aspires to “wed profit and purpose” by developing homes that make great design, functionality, and sustainable design practical and affordable. Among many other positions, Glenn is also a founding partner of the business incubator idealab!, was the Co-director of the Virtual Reality Studio for Walt Disney Imagineering, co-founded Clearview Software, and worked with William Jefferson Clinton Foundation to develop a $330 million program that will provide care for more than 350,000 HIV positive individuals in Mozambique. Glenn was named the Clean Tech CEO of the Year in 2008 by Clean Tech Week, and Environmental Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by LA City Council/ Faith2Green. And he still plays with Legos, a lot.

Bob Wilkinson

Bob Wilkinson, Panel Moderator

UC Santa Barbara

Wilkinson’s research and teaching is focused on water and energy policy, climate change, and issues of environmental policy. He advises government agencies, businesses, NGO’s, and foundations on water policy and environmental issues. He currently serves on the Public Advisory Committee for California’s State Water Plan, and he has represented the University of California on the Governor’s Task Force on Desalination. He has advised the California Energy Commission and the US EPA on climate research, and has served as coordinator for the climate impacts assessment of the California Region for the US Global Change Research Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The water policy course he teaches at Bren focuses on how science, economics, law, and social and political factors affect the water policy-making process.

Russ McGlothlin

Russ McGlothlin

Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck

McGlothlin is a shareholder in Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck’s Santa Barbara office and a member of the firm’s Natural Resources Department. McGlothlin possesses extensive experience concerning water use and management in California and the western United States, including water right permitting and adjudication, water transfers, conjunctive water use, water quality, and reclamation. In addition to his water practice, he has significant experience concerning regulated utilities, energy, land use, real estate, local governments, and environmental matters, including CEQA and ESA compliance. He represents private companies, municipalities, special districts, and individual landowners with transactional negotiations, litigation, and administrative agency proceedings. He has been involved in historic groundwater legislation reform, and publishes and speaks on water law topics.

Kirsten James

Kirsten James


James is the Senior Manager for California Policy and Partnerships at Ceres. She helps develop strategy and policy objectives for CERE”s California-focused work. James also works to establish and maintain business and investor partnerships within California to mobilize them in support of public policies that call for sustainable water management, clean energy, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in California. Prior to Ceres, Kirsten worked for over 9 years at the Santa Monica based environmental group Heal the Bay. She served as their Science and Policy Directory, leading the organization’s efforts related to statewide and regional water quality and water supply policy and regulations. She graduated with a Masters of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School in Santa Barbara.

Shahram Javey

Shahram Javey

Badger Meter

Javey is the GM for Badger Meter’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center. As an entrepreneur, he was the founder and CEO of Aquacue, Inc. where they designed and implemented industry leading water information delivering system as a service for utilities, commercial facilities, and residential customers. Aquacue was acquired by Badger Meter in 2013. Javey is now responsible for Badger Meter’s BEACON product line. Javey is passionate about mastering and incorporating new ideas and technologies to create products and services that make life easier both on and offline. Aquacue received the IGIHOF Innovation Award in 2011.

Olivier Jephagnon

Olivier Jephagnon

PowWow Energy

Jephagnon is a serial entrepreneur with a talent to bring new technology to market. He is the co-founder and CEO of PowWow Energy, a SaaS company addressing the energy-water nexus in the agricultural sector. PowWow Energy was the recipient of the Grand National Prize at the Cleantech Open in 2013. Jerphagnon was previously CEO of Monitoring Division Inc., which sold professional services to telecom carriers worldwide using patented data sensing and machine learning technologies from Melbourne University in Australia. Jerphagnon started his career at Calient where he held positions of increasing responsibilities in R&D, marketing, and sales. Jerphagnon holds a M.S. from UCSB and an engineering degree from the Grenoble Institute of Technology. He is a senior IEEE member, holds four granted or pending patents, and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. He is a frequent conference speaker and posts his thoughts on technology innovation, energy policy, and venture capital at

Persephene St. Charles

Persephene St. Charles

RMC Water and Environment

Persephene is a senior water resources planner and principal adept at managing large projects and as-needed contracts that provide a wide range of planning, design, and services during construction. She has managed integrated and strategic water resources planning, water supply alternatives, source water quality protection, multiple benefit program scoping, stakeholder coordination and public involvement, and regional/agency collaboration. Persephene specializes in providing tailored solutions that meet a variety of client objectives including increasing water supply reliability, attaining multiple project benefits, protecting source water quality, engaging stakeholder and public participation, developing project partnerships and obtaining regulatory support. She recently managed an update to the Greater Los Angeles Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and related grant applications, led development of a Strategic Water Resources Plan for the Palmdale Water District, and managed a Regional Water Supply Reliability Program for the Puente Basin Water Agency.

Steve Gaines

Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Marine Science, Sustainable Fisheries PhD, Ecology, Oregon State University; BS Biology, University of California, Irvine. Steven Gaines’ research focuses on marine ecology and conservation, sustainable fisheries, the design of marine reserves, and the impact of climate change on ocean ecosystems. He has served as Director of the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, as UCSB Acting Dean of Science, and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Gaines currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Sustainable Fisheries group, which seeks scalable solutions for the world’s fisheries through partnerships among UCSB researchers, industry leaders, NGO’s, and governments.

Sigrid Wright

Community Environmental Council

Sigrid Wright has 25 years of experience in non-profit environmental management and is currently with the Community Environmental Council (CEC). She oversees CEC’s public outreach and fundraising teams and leads the annual Earth Day Festival production team. On energy and climate related issues, she is co-author of CEC’s Regional Energy Blueprint and editor of more than a dozen CEC policy documents, including those that address liquefied natural gas, solar energy, and waste-to-energy technologies. She is also program facilitator for the South County Energy Efficiency Partnership (SCEEP). On food system issues, she is on the executive teams or advisory boards of the countywide Food Action Plan, the Santa Barbara Food Alliance, and the Sustainable Seafood Coalition. Sigrid holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Communications Design from the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts at the University of Baltimore. Prior to coming to CEC, she worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation. She is an alum of the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Katherine Harvey Fellows program and the Courage to Lead program for non-profit leaders, and sits on the board of Leading From Within. She is also a commissioner for the Santa Barbara Country Commission for Women.

Alan Tratner
Lielle Arad
Charlie Harris
Devin Kurtz
Eric Rawn
Glen Roberts
Mark Goodman
Tom Cotter
Chuck Jager
Eric Zimmerman
Ally Gaarder
Mo Lovegreen
Savannah Swartz
Bob Wilkinson

Hall of Fame Inductees

Amory Lovins
Bren School of Environmental Science and Management
California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
David Gottfried
Ellen Strickland
Honda Motor Company
Make It Right Foundation
Meryl Street
Pomar Junction Winery
Rodale Institute
Steve Ashkin
Voltaic Systems(innovation award)