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Bren School Corporate Partners Summit

May 19-20, 2011


Guest Speakers

Timothy J. CohenFacilitator: Timothy J. Cohen
Vice President
URS Corporation

Tim Cohen is a Vice President of URS Corporation, a fully integrated engineering, environmental, construction and technical services firm with the capabilities to support every stage of a project life cycle for public sector clients and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.  Tim manages offices and major project locations in the Central Coast Region for URS.  In addition to his management responsibilities, Tim serves as a senior principal and program manager on a wide range of projects including CEQA and NEPA analysis, public and stakeholder involvement, energy facility siting and licensing, and environmental permitting.  Tim has a BA in Biological Sciences and an MA in Environmental Resource Management.  He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Moderator: Tom Umenhofer
Natural Resource Group, LLC

Tom Umenhofer is a principal of Natural Resource Group, LLC (NRG). NRG provides public-affairs support and environmental permitting and compliance services for natural-gas, crude-oil, and refined-products pipelines. NRG also provides environmental and public-affairs services for new and expanded gas storage facilities, including LNG terminals; the electric generation, transmission, and utilities sector; and all aspects of renewable energy. An environmental engineer and applied meteorologist for more than 30 years, Dr. Umenhofer has served as an air- and water-quality consultant to industry and government, with expertise in pollution control and local/federal environmental policy development. In 1993, he founded and served as President and CEO of Sierra-Pacific Environmental, Inc., which merged with another environmental consulting firm in 1999. Under Dr. Umenhofer's stewardship, these firms received two environmental leadership awards, including recognition for a project associated with the Bren School MESM Program in 1999.

Secretary Linda Adams

California Environmental Protection Agency


Linda Adams was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2006 as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency ??? making her the first woman to serve as head of the agency.

During her time as Secretary, Secretary Adams served as lead negotiator on AB 32 -- the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and is now working closely with states, provinces and countries to reduce the effects of global warming. She launched the Green Chemistry Initiative and the State???s biomonitoring program, and has also made air and water quality a top priority.

The secretary has dedicated more than 32 years of public service to California and earned an ???Environmental Hero Award??? from the California League of Conservation Voters.

She is Chair of the Climate Action Reserve and is an Ambassador for Oxfam America???s ???Sisters on the Planet??? initiative. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento Local Conservation Corps and is a long-time resident of Sacramento.

J. Ivor John, PhD
General Manager
LRQA Americas Sustainability

Ivor John was named General Manager of LRQA Americas Sustainability, Inc. (formerly RMA) in 2010, and has served as a principal and senior executive for the company for over 12 years.?? He is responsible for strategic visioning and corporate development, as well as managing the company???s operations.??

Ivor has more than 30 years experience in the areas of meteorology, climate change services and environmental studies.?? He currently serves as the Chair of the ANSI Greenhouse Gas Verification Accreditation Committee, and has provided technical advisory support to GHG voluntary and mandatory reporting schemes since the onset of these programs in the U.S.?? He is an accredited Lead Verifier for the California Air Resources Board AB 32 mandatory reporting program, and is also a Lead Verifier for The Climate Registry.?? Previously, Dr. John was a Senior Consultant at Arthur D. Little, where he was a safety and environmental consultant for over 8 years.?? He holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Wales and a B.S. in Physics and Meteorology from the University of Reading. He is also a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with the American Meteorological Society and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

David Parker
Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

David Parker is the Director of Career Development and Alumni Relations at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. In managing those two programs, David is responsible for job placement, internship development, career advisement and training, professional development, and alumni relations.

David joined the Bren School in 1998. He has more than 25 years of experience in the human resources and career development fields, including experience as an employment manager, career counselor, college recruiter, corporate trainer, and organizational development consultant. David has worked for small, medium, and large organizations (including Fortune 50 companies). His organizational-development work includes consulting projects with AT&T, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), Coast Savings and Loan, and the Huntington Beach Podiatry Group. David has a BA in economics, an MBA, and an MS in counseling.

Mark H. Wallenrod
Director of Programs and Operations, Customer Energy Efficiency and Solar
Southern California Edison

Mark Wallenrod is responsible for the management of Edison???s $1.5 billion dollar portfolio of energy efficiency, income-qualified, and customer owned-generation programs, including solar. Mark has more than 25 years of experience leading corporate strategic and regulatory initiatives and developing and implementing demand-side management programs. At Edison, Mark has held leadership positions in Customer Service as Manager of Business, Regulatory and Consumer Affairs, and Manager of Tariff Programs and Services. Mark also led Edison???s efforts in support of general rate case proceedings before state and federal agencies as Manager of Regulatory Filings in the Regulatory Policy and Affairs Department.

Prior to joining Edison, Mark was employed as an energy consultant for TRW Energy Engineering and as a consulting engineer for the power plant technical center of Davy McKee Corporation. He was also a University of Pennsylvania research fellow at the Department of Energy-Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Lab).

Mark holds a Master of Science degree in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently serving on the board of the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). Mark also represents the company on demand side management (DSM) program issues before regulatory authorities, state power agencies, and industry and trade groups.

William Sloan
Morrison & Foerster


William Sloan is a partner with Morrison & Foerster, serving on the firm's Cleantech Steering Committee and chairing the Environmental Group's carbon team. He represents domestic and international clients on matters involving natural resource and emission management, regulation, and litigation, with a particular focus on climate change, energy, and water resources. William has advised clients on carbon offset generation projects and emission reduction purchase agreements, both under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol and in the voluntary offset marketplace. With respect to water, he has counseled clients on water rights and water supply assessments, and has handled contested cases involving groundwater basin adjudications and water quality compliance. His work has spanned North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Craig Whan
Environmental Program Manager

Craig Whan, an Environmental Program Manager in the US Western Region of AECOM Environment, has 27 years’ experience in environmental and sustainability disciplines emphasizing renewable energy technology (solar, wind, biofuels), Greenhouse Gas assessment and compliance management, community-scale climate action strategy planning, energy efficiency, and recycling strategies. He has managed several diverse environmental and technology initiatives and programs for public and private sector clients. Craig Whan serves as Deputy Business Unit Leader, and has new business development responsibilities for federal, municipal and commercial clients. Craig Whan is currently also a faculty instructor at Bren, teaching a graduate course on Project Management for emerging environmental professionals.

Faculty Speakers

Steven D. Gaines

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Steven Gaines's 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, and as UCSB Acting Dean of Science and Acting Vice Chancellor for Research. Professor Gaines currently serves as a science advisor for the Joint Ocean Commission and is a principal investigator for PISCO (Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans), a long-term consortium was instrumental in establishing to further collaborative study of marine ecosystems throughout the Pacific.

Roland Geyer

Assistant Professor - Industrial Ecology, Production & Operations Management
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Born and educated in Germany, where he was trained in engineering and physics, Roland Geyer came to the Bren School in 2003 and now teaches courses in production and operations management, and in the emerging field of industrial ecology. Geyer is interested in the life cycle of manufactured goods – the processes in the form of energy and material flows that are related to transforming raw materials into products and, ultimately, waste – and in the environmental and economic potential of reuse and recycling activities. He also studies the evolution of green business plans, a model that relates corporate financial performance to corporate environmental performance. Geyer has worked extensively as an advisor to the steel industry as it evolves and creates better products that can be made with fewer resources.

Charles Kolstad

Professor - Environmental Economics
Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UCSB

Charles Kolstad is an internationally known economist who is interested in the role information plays in environmental decision-making and regulation. He does much of his applied work in the area of climate change and energy markets. He was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), was a member of the National Academy of Sciences committee charged with evaluating the U.S. Climate Change Research Program, and is an advisor to the California Air Resources Board. He is currently chair of the UCSB Department of Economics and co-director of the recently established UC Center for Energy & Environmental Economics, a joint undertaking of UC Berkeley and UCSB.?? He is a University Fellow at Resources for the Future and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.