Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri) hosted a briefing with Swiss leaders in energy and environmental building design. "The Swiss were among the first to recognize what other countries have come to understand: that climate change is real and it threatens our economy, our environment, and our national security," said Congresswoman Baldwin a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Switzerland Caucus. "The Swiss model for reducing greenhouse gases and the MINERGIE Building Standard are examples we can all learn from and benefit from," Baldwin said.
Since 1998, the Swiss MINERGIE ™ standard has offered green building standards as a framework for architects and building designers to achieve greater popularity and profitability. Nick Beglinger, a managing board member of MINERGIE ™ said, "Switzerland is a sustainability leader - ranking, for example, as No. 1 in Yale University's 2008 Environmental Performance Index. The Swiss sustainable building standard, MINERGIE ™ makes an important contribution here. With over 14'000 certified buildings, MINERGIE focuses on the key success drivers: design, comfort and energy efficiency".
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Tammy Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012, winning a hard fought race against former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. She is Wisconsin’s first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and is the first openly gay member elected to the Senate.
Nick Beglinger is Co-Founder and CEO of Foundation for Global Sustainability. He supervises the activities of the foundation, sets activity priorities, and launches new projects. Beglinger is also a partner at the advisory firm Maxmakers (focused on sustainable real-estate and infrastructure development).
Beglinger has led Maxmakers' Masdar team (as strategic and financial advisor) since 2006 and was in charge of several other advisory engagements with public and private clients. His career started at McKinsey & Company in Germany and has taken him to China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. Beglinger holds Master degrees in Economics and Management from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS / HEC).
John Russell "Russ" Carnahan is currently serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Democrat, he represents Missouri's 3rd congressional district, which includes the southern third of the city of St. Louis (known as South City) and most of the southern St. Louis suburbs including most of Jefferson County and all of Ste. Genevieve County.
Some cities located in the district include: Webster Groves, Mehlville, Affton, and Oakville (as part of South St. Louis City), and the southern suburbs of Arnold, Herculaneum, Pevely, Crystal City, Barnhart, Imperial, and Festus, as well as Ste. Genevieve in the neighboring Ste. Genevieve County.
Zach Dobelbower is the Neighborhood Planning Coordinator for Ward 2. Before joining the Office of Planning (OP), Mr. Dobelbower served one year as a Capital City Fellow within the office working on revitalization and neighborhood planning efforts. Prior to that, Dobelbower worked for the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the US Department of Education.
His previous experience includes public policy, project management, economic development and revitalization, and environmental planning. Mr. Dobelbower has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Public Affairs from American University.
Ambassador Urs Ziswiler
Urs Ziswiler was appointed ambassador of Switzerland to the United States on March 25, 2006.
Ambassador Ziswiler most recently served as head of the Directorate of Political Affairs at the Federal De partment of Foreign Affairs and as senior diplomatic advisor to the minister of foreign affairs. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1979, Ambassador Ziswiler has held a number of postings both in Bern and abroad, including ambassador to Canada and the Bahamas (1999-2004), chargé d’affaires for Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993), as well as deputy chief of mission of the Swiss embassies in Buenos Aires (1994-95), Tel Aviv (1988-90), Kinshasa, Lagos and Oslo (1980-85). In Bern, Ambassador Ziswiler served as head of the Political Division for Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and coordinator for international refugee policy (1995-99), as well as spokesman and head of the Information Department in the European Integration Office (1990-92).