The Netherlands and California each look for the best opportunities to become more sustainable. The built environment is a major energy user yet opportunities for usage
reduction are abundant. Both the Netherlands and California have developed different
policies and instruments to stimulate energy efficiency. Within the EU the "Energy Label"
has been developed as a way to stimulate energy efficiency in buildings. The Netherlands has been on the forefront of these developments just like California is at the forefront of energy efficiency policy in the US.
During the roundtable we would like to share some of our experiences with energy labeling and discuss with you and local experts possibilities for California. It will give all of us the
opportunity to explore synergies and mutually beneficial collaborations while strengthening the ties between the Netherlands and California.
Raymond Beuken is a project consultant for NL Agency.
Barry Hooper is the Private Sector Green Building Assistant Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
Leslie Katz is one of the principals of Congegy Consulting. In addition to having held public office, Katz has been assisting businesses, public officials and nonprofits in formulating plans and strategies for regulatory and legislative activities, developing and drafting legislation and policies, devising campaign plans, government and public affairs, public speaking and advocacy. Her focus is on technology, energy, land-use, and "clean-tech." Ms. Katz previously served as the Regional Vice President of Sempra Energy and subsequently Sempra Energy Utilities where she represented the company before state regulatory and legislative bodies.
Nils Kok currently holds positions as visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and as assistant professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
Steven Ring is the northern California regional leader and director of client solutions at Cushman and Wakefield.
Bart van Bolhuis
Bart van Bolhuis began his career in the civil service with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986. In his first assignment with the Ministry of Economic Affairs in 1989 he was involved in the creation of the European Market and the Economic and Monetairian Union. With Senter, the executive agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, he established the "PSO Programme," which assisted new European Union members to adapt to EU requirements, and helped to position Dutch business in developing markets in Eastern Europe.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. van Bolhuis led the "Euroteam" at the Ministry of Finance, which was responsible for the successful introduction of the Euro currency in the Netherlands.
From 2003 to 2009, Mr. van Bolhuis was Director for Foreign Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. In this position, he coordinated government action aimed at the establishment of Dutch business in priority markets and the removal of barriers impeding bilateral trade and investment.
As Secretary of the Dutch Trade Board (DTB), Mr. van Bolhuis was at the forefront of a private-public cooperation designed to increase Dutch competitiveness in international and globalizing markets. In this regard he took the initiative for the creation of the Dutch Design Fashion and Architectual cooperation (DutchDFA) and other clustering of activities and instruments in international trade and investment relations. He also worked on the improvement of economic entrepreneurship in education and the enhancement of services offered by the Dutch diplomatic networks abroad.