2014 EcoHour Speakers [ARCHIVE]

Danielle Vogel; February 2014

Founder,  Glen’s Garden Market

Danielle Vogel, the creator of Glen’s Garden Market, comes from a long line of grocers, stretching back four generations. Her father, Glen Rosengarten (after whom her store is named), founded The Food Emporium, an upscale chain of supermarkets in the New York area with his brother Jay, who serves as a senior adviser to Glen’s Garden Market. The Food Emporium concept was an evolution of their father’s supermarket chain, Shopwell, Inc. Danielle’s great grandfather, Sigmund Rosengarten, owned the Garden Market in Manhattan, another bit of family history alluded to in the name Glen’s Garden Market. On her mother’s side, Danielle’s maternal grandfather, Herb Brody, created the Pathmark chain of supermarkets, also in the New York area. The combined Rosengarten/Brody family history in food also includes her uncle Gordon Keil, who founded Gordon’s Deep Discount in New Jersey and her uncle Andrew, who worked his way up through The Food Emporium’s ranks and opened two upscale food stores of his own in New York.

Before founding Glen’s Garden Market, Danielle worked in government for ten years. She was the domestic policy adviser to Christopher Shays, her hometown Congressman, serving in both his Washington and Connecticut offices before attending law school at American University. From there, she was accepted into the Department of Justice’s Attorney General’s Honors Program, where she was an environmental litigator enforcing the Clean Air Act and other environmental laws. Following her time at DOJ, Danielle returned to Congress, this time on the Senate side, working as Environmental Counsel to Senator Joseph Lieberman, advising him primarily on issues related to climate change. In her time in the Lieberman office, Danielle helped draft what was, at the time, the principle Senate climate change bill: The American Power Act.

When the climate effort failed, she dedicated herself to finding a new (more incremental) way to address global warming. And thus evolved the idea for Glen’s Garden Market. Following in her family’s long tradition of food innovation, she decided to open a store of her own where everything would be sourced locally. As a result of supporting small, sustainability minded producers from close by, she would continue working to address her environmental priorities, while improving access to the best food our region has to offer. Toward that end, she strove to ensure that the store itself was designed with the same purpose in mind, which is why she selected reclaimed materials, sustainable building materials and high efficiency equipment.

At Glen’s Garden market, neighbors select from the Chesapeake Bay watershed’s finest produce, meats, poultry, dairy products and specialty foods in a space designed to celebrate seasonality and offer unprecedented access to environmentally sustainable, locally grown foods. Danielle strove to source exclusively from farms and purveyors in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia. In addition to the products we have all come to expect at farmers’ markets (produce, dairy, meat and some specialty foods), her store offers regionally made beer and wine, an assortment of house made, locally sourced prepared foods and locally roasted coffees.

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Anne Kelly; March 2014

Director of Public Policy,  Ceres

Anne L. Kelly is Director of Public Policy at Ceres, a non-profit coalition of investors and companies, which seeks to promote leadership and best practices in sustainability.   Anne also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) a coalition of thirty leading consumer-facing companies including Nike, Starbucks and eBay seeking to advocate for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal level.  She is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capital Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In addition to her JD, Anne holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
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Irene Lane; April 2014

Founder & President,  Greenloons

Irene Lane is a green travel expert who has written and spoken extensively about eco-certifications in the travel industry and how travelers can choose vacations that support communities socially, economically and environmentally. She is a regular, featured writer for the Huffington Post and her blog articles and short pieces have also been published in Living Green Magazine and World Nomads among other media outlets. In addition, Irene is the only person in the United States who can certify a green travel destination under the internationally-accredited Biosphere certification. She is the founder of Greenloons, which provides sustainable travel tips as well as a carefully curated collection of green travel experiences. Besides holding a Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management from George Washington University, Irene is a graduate of Boston University with a BA in Political Science, and The American University with an MBA in International Finance.
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Kate Hunter; May 2014

Director of Strategic Sales, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Kate Hunter is Director of Strategic Sales for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an energy services company based in Burlington, Vermont that administers the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) contract for the District Department of the Environment. Ms. Hunter designed and implemented a collaborative account management and engineering approach that is now used in energy efficiency utilities in Ohio, DC, and Vermont that helps businesses invest in energy efficiency as a means to achieving their business goals. She was part of a team that launched the DC SEU.

Before joining VEIC, Ms. Hunter served in various leadership roles with one of the nations’ largest providers of software and consulting services to the healthcare industry. Back to Top

Brigitte Griswold; June 2014

Director of Urban Youth, The Nature Conservancy

Since 2003, Brigitte Griswold has worked to create The Nature Conservancy’s first national urban youth initiative, The Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) Program. During her 10 year tenure at The Nature Conservancy, she has impacted the lives of thousands of young people, raised more than $10 million in support of youth programming, and launched promotional efforts which reach over 200 million viewers, readers and listeners annually.

Brigitte is a 2009 Fellow of Green for All, a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy, and a 2010 Fellow of the Center for Whole Communities, which promotes stronger connections between people, land and community. She led the Education Advisory Panel of The National Forum on Children & Nature and is a Regional Leader of the Children and Nature Network. Brigitte has appeared on many national TV, print and online programs, including US News & World Report, NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning Show and Fox News discussing topics such as exposing youth to careers in the green economy.

As Director of Youth Programs for The Nature Conservancy, Brigitte leads the overall strategy for Youth Engagement, which includes increasing opportunities for young people to work, learn, and serve in the conservation field as well as developing strategic partnerships with youth-serving organizations to empower the next generation of conservationists. She oversees the Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere Program managed by Angela Brisson, in addition to providing ongoing leadership to the LEAF Program, managed by Rachel Vasquez. Brigitte graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Communications and English literature, and lives in Brooklyn, New York with her Chihuahua Sunday and her cat Herschel Junior Walker.
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Lisa Heinzerling; July 2014

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Lisa Heinzerling is the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. She specializes in environmental law, food law, administrative law, and regulatory policy. She has published several books, including a critique of the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy, and many articles and book chapters. Peer environmental law professors have four times voted her work among the top ten articles of the year. Professor Heinzerling has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Vermont Law School, and Yale Law School. From January 2009 to July 2009, Heinzerling served as Senior Climate Policy Counsel to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and then, from July 2009 to December 2010, she served as Associate Administrator of EPA’s Office of Policy. Professor Heinzerling served as lead author of the winning briefs in Massachusetts v. EPA, in which the Supreme Court held that the Clean Air Act gives EPA the authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
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Janet Redman; September 2014

Director, Climate Policy Program, Institute for Policy Studies

Janet Redman is director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, where she provides analysis of the international financial institutions’ energy investment and carbon finance activities. She appears regularly on radio, TV and in print sharing positive visions for fair and equitable climate action in the United States and overseas. As a founding participant in the global Climate Justice Now! network, Janet is committed to bringing hard-hitting policy analysis into grassroots and grasstops organizing. She is currently working with grassroots coalitions and global campaigns like the Climate Justice Alliance and Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice to develop innovative policies to reinvest in the new economy. Janet serves on the board of directors of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.Before joining IPS, Janet was a visiting faculty member at the College of the Atlantic and directed the Watershed Initiative of the Center for Applied Human Ecology at the College. Her involvement in youth and women’s empowerment through community farming and sustainability has allowed Janet to work with local activists from coastal Maine to Bangladesh.

Janet holds a Master’s Degree from Clark University in International Development and Social Change, where she focused her graduate research on regional trade integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont.
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Ellen Vaughan; October 2014

Policy Director, Environmental and Energy Study Institute

Ellen leads EESI’s High Performance Green Building Initiative, which she originally launched. She develops and promotes policies that maximize the use of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainable materials in buildings. Ellen has more than 25 years of experience on building-related policy issues, having previously worked for Steven Winter Associates, a research, design and consulting firm for high-performance buildings, and for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America. She has participated on National Academy panels, testified before the U.S. Congress, and authored or coauthored a number of significant articles on buildings and energy, including “Beyond Green: High Performance Buildings,” and “Advancing a Blueprint for High-Performance Homes.”
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Nancy Hersh; November 2014

Vice President of Analytics, Opower

Nancy leads the OPOWER Analytics team, which utilizes quantitative techniques to measure and enhance the effectiveness of Opower programs. Responsibilities include evaluation of results across products and programs, customer segmentation and advanced analytics on smart meter data.

At Opower, Nancy has led the Analytics team to apply a variety of analytic techniques to bring value to clients and prospects. Since the founding of Opower in 2007, the team created econometric models to evaluate energy savings at Opower deployments; these results are in use at all 90 Opower clients and have been externally verified at over 20 utilities. As Opower’s products have expanded, so has the footprint of the Analytics team. In addition to measuring energy efficiency, the team evaluates peak reduction, marketing effectiveness and helps clients to translate customer energy data into behavior change. Furthermore, the analytic team employs data mining, machine learning and predictive modeling to unearth insights from smart meter data.

Nancy has nearly 15 years of Analytics experience. Prior to Opower, Nancy was the Managing Director of Business Intelligence at the Corporate Executive Board (EXBD), where she applied analytics to solve the company’s most pressing challenges across Sales, Marketing and Finance. Earlier in her career, Nancy ran the Analytics group at Digital Impact, an online direct marketing company, worked in private equity investing at Seaver Kent & Company, and was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Nancy received her M.S. and B.S. from Stanford University in Engineering-Economic Systems and Industrial Engineering, respectively.
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