Inaugural Conference & Induction Ceremony
March 25, 2011
The Inaugural Induction Ceremony and Conference did not disappoint. Held on the campus of UC Merced located in Merced, CA. The event highlight was Ray C. Anderson’s very passionate video encouraging attendees to continue to seek solutions to the global warming crisis and reminding us to maintain high standards as we recognize people and organizations for their contributions to the Green Industry. Our very first list of inductees included American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), City of Fresno, CA-Recycling Program, DripTech, Duke Smart Home Program, and Grundfos Pumps Corp. (Denmark).
Along with Ray C. Anderson, Josh Dorfman, the Lazy Environmentalist was named Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Our keynote speakers featured Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute on the topic of High Speed Rail. Tom Lollini, UC Merced introduced the participants to the UC Merced Campus, which featured tours later in the day.
The evening was capped off with a fantastic dinner, live music and keynote speaker Donald Simon, Attorney with Wendel Rosen Black & Dean based in Oakland, CA. Donald shared his wisdom and experience and future possibilities for the Green Industry.
Special recognition and thanks to Mark Maxwell and the UC Merced Team.
Chairman, Board of Directors
ACORE is an organization of member companies and institutions that are dedicated to moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy, ensuring the success of the renewable energy industry while helping to build a sustainable and independent energy future for the nation.
City of Fresno Recycling Program
The mission of the Solid Waste division for the City of Fresno is to ensure the preservation of the community’s environment. In doing so, the City of Fresno has annually increased their diversion rate, and spearheaded the effort to meet existing and future goals.
ClearSky Climate Solutions
Clearsky Climate Solutions, designs and develops projects that work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This includes significant work in Central and South America, that involve working with local populations and native tree species. Clearsky brokers carbon credits for a cleaner brighter future.
Coto Consulting, Inc. began in 2009 as a woman-owned, small business enterprise to provide environmental consulting services to private and public sector clients throughout the United States.
Driptech’s mission is to alleviate poverty by creating extremely affordable; water efficient irrigation solutions for small plot farmers in developing nations. Driptech is getting ready to tackle one of the world’s biggest resource management problems by helping one poor farmer at a time.
Duke Smart Home Program
The Duke Smart Home Program is a residential dorm and research laboratory that acts as a living laboratory for both undergraduates and graduates, who are focused on sustainable research. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, the Home allows for students to design, create, and implement sustainable answers to our current world.
Eco Promotional Products, Inc. (EPP) is dedicated to supplying a breadth of environmentally responsible merchandise to businesses and individuals interested in sustainability and respecting our natural resources.
Glen Roberts is the U.S. Commercial Service Export Assistance Center Director in Bakersfield, California. The Bakersfield Export Assistance Center is part of a global network of 157 offices worldwide and operates under the umbrella of the International Trade Administration; U. S. Department of Commerce. He provides all aspects of export assistance to any company wishing to expand their products and services globally. He is a former Team Leader of the Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels for the U.S. Commercial Service National Energy Team. His current projects in the Renewable energy / alternative fuel sectors include Biodiesel into India, Pakistan, China, Philippines, Thailand and Turkey.
Green Apple Horse Network
The Green Apple Horse Network has dedicated itself to bringing cutting edge news and information and how to transform the current equine practices into a more sustainable, environmentally friendly, industry.
Green2Gold’s mission is to develop, protect, mentor and rapidly commercialize new energy and environmental technologies, sustainable enterprises, products and services for the consumer, government and business market places. This environmental incubator is continually searching for new ideas and methods to transform the current and future needs of the world.
Grundfos, an industrial water pump supplier, has made taken it a priority to combat the Climate challenge and become a solution rather than a hindrance. Grundfos’ strategy includes a strong focus towards innovation and product development.
Interface Global – Ray Anderson
Interface’s vision is be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: People, process, product, place and profits – by 2020 – and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.
Featured TED Talk – Ray Anderson: The business logic of sustainability
Josh Dorfman (aka The Lazy Environmentalist)
A noted blogger and multimedia guru, Josh Dorfman’s blog provides green solutions to businesses, organizations, and individuals through the utilization of various forms of media all while using a witty and often hilarious speaking method.
Leafware provides a sustainable natural product by preserving nature and life on earth through the creation of dinnerware manufactured from fallen leaves. A unique eco-friendly and sustainable approach to single use dinnerware.
Net Impact, a membership organization that brings together MBA, graduate students and a select group of undergraduates and young professionals together to network, learn and take action on socially-responsible business issues.
NiLA Environmental Lighting
NiLA provides TV and film lighting in a environmentally sustainable way. By using LED lights, that require less electricity and are 100% sustainable, NiLA provides a solution to a problem that is often overlooked by others.
Philanthropy by Design
Philanthropy By Design (PBD) is an award-winning 501(c)3 organization of design industry professionals who volunteer their talents to renovate the interior environments of community service organizations. PBD’s pro bono work benefits thousands of underserved Bay Area residents; at-risk youth, abused women, seniors, AIDS patients and the homeless, bringing them hope, inspiration and comfort.
Resources for Community Development (RCD)
Resources for Community Development (RCD), creates or preserves affordable housing for low-income families through the use of green building techniques and energy efficiency modifications.
The Thimmakka Certified Green Business (TCGB) program enables businesses to implement easy, cost-efficient practices that reduce their environmental impact, save them money, integrate them into city services, and expand their businesses by generating community and government goodwill.
Roz Savage – Ocean Rower
Roz Savage is a world-renowned rower and environmental activist. Savage become the first solo women ever to compete in the 3,000 mile Atlantic race, and the sixth solo women to row across an ocean. Roz is also a United Nations Climate Hero.
Video – Roz Savage: Thank You
Runka’s goal is to provide one stop shopping for all environmentally friendly products. Runka is doing their best to become a source for anything that promotes a healthier environment and a better way of life.
Tom & Carol Braford
Tom and Carol have been advocates for ‘Cohousing,’ a style of living that involves private home ownership centered around a shared space where children and families. Their housing project increased relationships between others while also lessening dependence on resources.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. Their nomination is based on their continued efforts to educate, train and transform the building community through sustainable practices.
Rod Diridon, Sr.
Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
Since 1995, Rod Diridon, Sr., has been executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI), a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress. He is known as the “father” of modern transit service in Silicon Valley and has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainable transportation issues.
Mr. Diridon was appointed in 2001 and 2006 by Governors Davis and Schwarzenegger, respectively, to the California High Speed Rail Authority Board of which he is chair emeritus. He helped found and is chair emeritus of the American Public Transportation Association’s ( APTA) High Speed and Intercity Rail Committee and National High Speed Rail Corridors’ Coalition. He served as president of the national Council of University Transportation Centers.
In 1992, he served as the chair of APTA in Washington DC and for a decade as North American vice chair of the International Transit Association (UITP) in Brussels. In 1976, he chaired the state’s first successful half-cent sales tax for transit and subsequently chaired a state-wide and five successful regional transportation financing and bond elections.
In 1996 he founded and chaired the Transportation Research Board’s study panel, “Combating Global Warming through Sustainable Transportation Policy”. He advised the Federal Transit Administration and in 1995 chaired the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board’s Transit Oversight and Project Selection Committee. He has provided keynotes, especially for high speed rail and sustainability, in more than 50 US cities and for a dozen international conferences, and he has published numerous related articles. He has driven electric cars since 1996 and his home’s photovoltaic array is a net contributor to the grid.
His political career began in 1971 as the youngest person ever elected to the Saratoga City Council. He retired in 1995 because of the adoption of term limits after completing six terms as chair of both the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Transit Board. He is the only person to have chaired the San Francisco Bay Area’s (119 cities, 27 transit agencies, and 9 counties) three regional governments: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Association of Bay Area Governments. He chaired nine successful rail system development project boards. The main train station was renamed the “San Jose Diridon Station” upon his retirement from public office.
After receiving a BS in accounting and MSBA in 1963 in statistics from San Jose State University, he served as a naval officer during two Vietnam combat tours. In 1968 he founded the Decision Research Institute which was sold in 1977 after his election.
Mr. Diridon has two successful children, Rod Jr. and Mary Margaret, and two grandchildren. He is married to Dr. Gloria Duffy, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and now president and CEO of the Commonwealth Club of California.
Thomas E. Lollini, FAIA, LEED AP
Associate Vice Chancellor Physical Planning, Design & Construction
University of California, Merced
B. S. Architecture, University of Michigan, 1972
Master of Architecture, University of Michigan, 1975
Topic: Building the 21st Century Campus
Tom is responsible for the planning, design and development of all campus facilities at the University of California’s first new campus in 40 years. Sustainable design and operations have been a hallmark of UC Merced from the initial stages of planning, when LEED Silver Minimum certification for all buildings was set as a policy. The 2009 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) has received the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Comprehensive Land Use Planning, the Association of Environmental Professionals 2010 Award for an Outstanding Planning Document, and the American Institute of Architects California Council Merit Award for Urban Design.
UC Merced’s LRDP establishes LEED Gold certification as a minimum for all buildings, and a Triple Zero Commitment to achieving Zero Net Energy, Zero Waste to Landfill, and Zero Carbon Emissions by 2020, when the campus is expected to reach 10,000 students. Campus facilities are using 50% less energy than comparable benchmarks, and the campus presently meets 60% of its peak power loads, and 20% of its overall energy needs through a 1MW on-site solar array. The campus is using 40% less water than comparable facilities.
Prior to UC Merced, Tom led physical and environmental planning at UC Berkeley for ten years. His work at UC Berkeley has been honored with local and national awards from the AIA, ALSA, the California Preservation Foundation, The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, and the Governor of California. While at UC Berkeley Tom served as visiting faculty for planning and design studios at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, including the Tianjin Studio, which developed transit-oriented development guidelines and sustainable planning principles for China’s third largest city.
Prior to UC Berkeley, Tom led new town planning efforts in North Africa and Southeast Asia, and played a major role in downtown revitalization plans for several major California cities.
Tom has been a leader in the area of sustainable development within his profession for 25 years, and has served on numerous award juries, including the National AIA Urban Design Honor Awards and the California Local Government Commission Ahwanee Awards for sustainable design.
Attorney, Partner – Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP
Topic: California: America’s Competitive Edge in the New Energy Economy
Donald is a national leader and speaker for the green economy and has devoted himself to creating the framework necessary for incenting business to become the engine of environmental sustainability. He co-founded the two organizations that have made California the global green building leader, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter and Build It Green. He is general counsel to both organizations, as well as the California Solar Energy Industry Association and Efficiency First. Donald also hosts the West Coast Green, the leading conference and trade show for green innovation. On the international level, he teamed with the City of San Francisco in 2005 to organize and host the United Nations’ largest international conference of local government leaders to address urban environmental sustainability issues.
Active in environmental issues for many years, Donald previously worked for Environmental Defense Fund to develop the first international framework for cross-border air pollution offsets. He has also represented various organizations on issues related to old-growth forest protection and logging concerns, including Sierra Club, Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters, the California Heritage Tree Initiative and Buckeye Forest Council. In law school, he served as president of the Ohio State University Environmental Law Association.
Master of Ceremony
Master of Ceremony, Bob Hilton, is no stranger to the concept of “Going Green”. Although recognized for his body of work in the broadcasting industry as a television news anchor, talk show host, commercial spokesman and the voice or host of many nationally televised game shows (Let’s Make a Deal, Pyramid, Win-Lose-or-Draw, Newlywed Game,The Price is Right, Truth or Consequences and many others), Bob and his wife Joni were thinking green more than 12 years ago. That’s when they developed an environmentally safe cleaner, Holy Cow, which they took to market to rave reviews and achieved nationwide distribution. They sold the company two years ago and are now in development on more green based ideas. Bob is also involved in that “other” green field, financials, associating himself with New York Life.
Charity Auction Fundraising, LLC
With over thirteen years of experience as the principal of Charity Auction Fundraising, LLC, Steve Haworth has been successfully helping nonprofits, endowments and schools raise money to maintain their current levels of service or to expand their reach to those in need. Steve is not only the consummate professional auctioneer, able to conduct high energy ( and high revenue) live auctions, but he also provides a unique service in his role as a consultant, understanding and assisting charitable organizations in all business aspects of their “gala” events. In the past twelve months Mr. Haworth has conducted live auctions for over sixty organizations, attended by over 20,000 high net worth donors at events held at major venues throughout the Bay Area and beyond. In the process he helped these groups raise over $14 million. Notable events at which Mr. Haworth displayed his unique talents include the 2010 GRAMMY MusiCares Person of the Year Awards honoring Neil Young, the 2010 Tug MrGraw Foundation “Tim McGraw and Friends” gala-concert and the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
Charity Auction Fundraising, LLC provides the following services to charitable organizations:
- Professional auctioneering services
- Revenue stream development consulting
- Auction lot development consulting
Susan joined The Better World Group – a firm recognized for its background and expertise in policy and communications strategy – in January 2008 as Executive Vice President and is based in the company’s Silicon Valley office in Mountain View, California. She is known statewide for her expertise in public policy development, coalition management, and nonprofit lobbying/advocacy having served as CEO and in several senior-level roles in nonprofit organizations over the last 20 years. From 1999 to 2007, Susan served in a variety of roles for the Bay Area-based Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation including as President & CEO and Vice President, Public Policy. Prior to joining the Kirsch Foundation, Susan served eight years as President & CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce.
Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors for the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) since November 2005. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research and Coalition for Clean Air, as well as serving on a variety of other local, nonprofit boards of directors. In 2009, Susan was recognized by Breathe California for her management of a statewide coalition of environmental, public health and environmental justice advocates that successfully campaigned for a strong diesel truck and bus pollution regulation. She was also the recipient of the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s TWIN (Tribute to Women) Award in 2010. Susan is a graduate of Stanford University.
Valley Sanitary Supply for sponsoring the lanyards and tote bags.
Clearsky Climate Solutions for the Carbon Footprint Calculator.
DERCO Foods for sponsoring the Breakfast.
Heroes and Volunteers
Abbie Louise Beane
Chelsea Ann Haines
Bonnie B. Holman