Emma Berndt, Executive Director, Urban Energy and Sustainability Lab, University of Chicago
Katherine Gajewski, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Philadelphia
Amy Francetic, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Energy Trust
Gabriel Pacyniak, Climate Change Mitigation Program Manger, Georgetown Climate Center
Moderator: Jeffrey Ball, Scholar-in-Residence, Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, and Contributor, The New Republic
Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ball writes a column on energy and the environment, called Resources, published biweekly online by the New Republic.
Emma Berndt is the executive director of the Energy & Environment Lab. Previously she served as director of regulatory affairs at Opower, a software company leveraging data management, analytics, and behavioral science to transform the way utilities relate to their customers. Prior to Opower, she held a variety of roles at the Clinton Climate Initiative, a part of the William J. Clinton Foundation, where she worked with some of the world's largest cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. She started her career working for the New York City government as an urban fellow.
Amy Francetic is Chief Executive Officer of Clean Energy Trust. She has over 18 years of operational and executive management experience in the high technology sector with specialties in cleantech and information technology. She helped found Clean Energy Trust with Mr. Pritzker and Mr. Polsky.
Katherine Gajewski is the Director of Sustainability in the City of Philadelphia where she is responsible for the implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia, the city’s sustainability framework unveiled by Mayor Nutter in April 2009. The framework sets goals in five areas — energy, environment, equity, economy and engagement — and encompasses more than 150 achievable, measurable initiatives. Implementation of these initiatives will reduce the city’s vulnerability to rising energy prices, limit its environmental footprint, and reposition its workforce and job development strategies to build upon Philadelphia’s competitive advantages in the emerging green economy.