Dear Friend,
We have a lot of great news to share in this newsletter.

Our Sixth Annual Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza (with the Association of Energy Engineers -National Capital Chapter) is coming up next week on Friday, Feb. 28th, from 11 am to 6 pm at the University of Maryland-College Park. Our theme is "Innovative Trends on University Campuses in Clean Energy & Sustainability."

Topics include energy planning for carbon neutrality and smart city applications, renewable energy and energy efficiency, local food-to cafeteria and composting/reducing food waste, water efficiency, and sustainable transportation. This event will showcase new ideas, technologies, policies, products, and services. We will also be examining "Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry."
We look forward to seeing you at our Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza! We are offering both early bird and student/job seeker discounts. Our early bird ends 2/21.

NOTE: If you are interested in volunteering, contact Linda Mansdorf, LE Volunteer Coordinator, at . Volunteers will receive a complimentary admission. We can use assistance with the registration desk, photography, social media, reporting on the sessions, assisting with exhibitor arrivals, etc.

Learn more about green job postings, our green career workshops coming up in March, a number of our Circular Economy Working Group events, and new blog articles further below.
6th Annual Clean Energy &
Sustainability Extravaganza
February 28, 2020
Our Extravaganza Agenda in a Nutshell!
See the full program and speaker bios here -
Additional speakers have been added!

  • 11 am – 1:45 pm: Luncheon Panel, Council on Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL): Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equity in the Energy Industry
  • 2:00 – 6:00 pm University and Business Showcase Panels 
  • 11 am - 6 pm (Exhibitor Booths) 

Ticket includes ALL EVENTS including the CWEEL Luncheon, University and Business Showcase,and refreshments. Early bird and student/job seeker discounts available thru Friday, Feb. 21st.

Job seekers, students, and everyone concerned about our future are welcome. Participants can connect with members of AEE NCC and Leaders in Energy, university departments, clean/greentech businesses, and other Extravaganza attendees.

Council on Women in Energy and Environmental Leadership Luncheon Program
(11:00 am - 1:45 pm)

(Thanks to Edison Energy for Sponsoring Our CWEEL Luncheon)

Our Master of Ceremonies is: Solome Girma . Director of the Program Management Office at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU)

Welcoming remarks: The AEE NCC Board & UMD-College Park Student Chapter and Doug Millar , Regional Director – Midwest, Edison Energy.
MODERATOR:  Ida Namur , Associate Vice President and Operations Manager for AECOM’s Southeast Energy Services Group and AEE NCC Vice President
Janine Finnell
Janine Finnell is the Executive Director of Leaders in Energy (LE), a global action network, which is advancing clean energy and sustainable solutions for a more sustainable energy system, economy, and world. In founding LE, Janine draws upon an extensive domestic and international career in policy and research, program management, communications, outreach, and management consulting in the energy and sustainability fields.  Janine serves as the Chair of the Career Advancement Committee for the Association of Energy Engineers’ (AEE) Council on Women in Energy and the Environmental Leadership (CWEEL) National Board and Chapter Liaison for the AEE National Capital Chapter.  
Janine Helwig
Janine Helwig is the Director of Utilities and Engineering in Facilities Planning, Construction, and Management at The George Washington University (GW). She oversees GW’s Central Utility Plant, which consists of a 7.4 MW combined heat and power plant, and is responsible for all campus utilities, environmental programs, and engineering. Janine leads her team in developing and executing energy and environmental initiatives, and closely collaborates with the Office of Sustainability on campus-wide sustainability initiatives.
Ben Rupert
Ben Rupert is an independent commercial and industrial energy management consultant with more than 15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and refining energy management programs in a variety of contexts and locations. Ben was Vice President of Operations for the Benningfield Group, an energy and software consulting firm based in Folsom, CA. His focus was primarily on strategic business development and facilitating close collaboration with the State of California, regional utilities, and the Independent System Operator (ISO).
He has served on the board of directors for the Association of Energy Engineer’s National Capital Chapter since 2016 and is a past president of the organizations Pacific Northwest Chapter. 
Laurie Weigand-Jackson
Laurie Wiegand-Jackson is the President and Owner of Utility Advantage, providing technical and strategic consulting in the US and global energy and utility sectors. With over thirty years of experience and expertise in the energy sector, Laurie is focused on advancing innovative solutions to meet the energy issues of today and tomorrow. Laurie is one of only three women to serve as President of the international Association of Energy Engineers. She was inducted into the AEE Energy Manager Hall of Fame in 2016. As the current Chair of the Board of Directors and founder of the Council for Women in Energy & Environmental Leadership (CWEEL), Laurie has spent more than a decade personally promoting the development and advancement of women in the energy sector. 
(2:00 - 6:00 pm)
Keynote Address by Dr. Reinhard Radermacher,
Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, 
University of Maryland-College Park
Reinhard Radermacher, Ph.D., is Minta Martin Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Energy Engineering.

Dr. Radermacher is an internationally recognized expert in energy conversion systems; in particular integrated Cooling, Heating and Power (CHP) Systems, heat pumps, air-conditioners and refrigeration systems. His work has resulted in over 400 publications, including 3 books, numerous invention records and 12 patents. He was a visiting scientist and NATO scholar at the National Institute of Standards and Technology before joining the University of Maryland.

Learn about initiatives taking place at the University of Maryland and other universities on clean energy and sustainability.

MODERATOR:  Elvin Yuzugullu, Ph.D . , Project Manager, General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department, Leaders in Energy Zero Waste Coordinator

Thanks to Boland for being our Showcase Break Sponsor.
Greg Farley
Greg Farley is Director of University Sustainability for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He has held similar positions at Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and at Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD), where he was also an award-winning instructor and director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education. His career in sustainability began as a visiting scholar at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, where he also co-edited a book, “Thinking Like an Island,” with SLIM Director Jennifer Chirico. A biologist by training, he holds degrees from Duke University and Florida State University.
Tanvi Gadhia
Tanvi Gadhia serves as a resource to empower and inspire faculty, staff, and students with resources, tools, information, and connections to integrate sustainability into the campus culture. She develops, implements and maintains programs designed to encourage sustainable behaviors, further UMD’s leadership in sustainability, and expand sustainability literacy on and off campus. She earned an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at UMD, Tanvi launched and ran the sustainability office at UMBC for 7 years. She will discuss a range of sustainability initiatives taking place at UMD-College Park.
Guy Kilpatric
Guy Kilpatric is the Manager of the University of Maryland Terp Farm. He grew up in rural Maryland and has gathered many years of experience working on organic fruit and vegetable farms, in addition to earning a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California – Santa Cruz. Agricultural sustainability has become a great passion of his, and so is growing beautiful produce. He will discuss the role of the Terp Farm in providing food to the U of Maryland cafeteria and their related composting and food waste reduction program. The University of Maryland has become the first university in the world to join the Cool Food Pledge, a growing movement of workplaces, hotels, hospitals and restaurants reducing the climate impact of food they serve. Cool Food commits signatories to slash food-related greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2030. 

Learn about businesses who are working to implement clean energy and sustainability projects.

MODERATOR:  Cara Martin , COO, Optimized Thermal Systems (Optimized Thermal Systems is a small business that was birthed from a University of Maryland start-up!)
Sean Casey
Sean Casey is an energy engineer with AECOM who has provided comprehensive energy and sustainability support to federal, public, and private sector clients. His group offers energy services including building and campus energy audits, development and measurement and verification (M&V) of energy and water conservation measures, renewable energy project development and feasibility studies, and energy master planning. Sean will discuss his work including Smart City applications, to deliver an energy master plan (EMP) to the University of Colorado-Boulder campus to define CU-Boulder’s existing energy baseline and pathway to carbon neutrality through conservation and efficiency, and resilience.
Tom Horner
Tom Horner, Co-Founder and Vice President, Water Management, Inc. has designed and implemented water efficiency programs for government and private sector facilities in 46 states and four countries. He has conducted programs at approximately 20 universities including a number in the greater Washington DC region including George Mason University and the George Washington University. Tom believes that water is by far our most precious resource and he will address the the water / energy nexus and the need for good quality water in our lives. 
Michael Makofsky
Mike Makofsky, Northeast Regional Manager of Shannon Global Energy Solutions, Inc. brings more than 30 years of experience in achieving energy savings through insulation solutions for energy conservation, thermal efficiency, noise reduction, and safety. He specializes in Higher Education, Healthcare, Pharma/Life Sciences, Food/Beverage, and Commercial and Industrial markets and has helped to save billions of BTUs. He will highlight his work in energy savings projects at universities including U of Maryland-College Park and George Mason University. 
          $40 General Admission (early bird $35); Student/Jobseeker $20 (early bird $15)
Early bird (thru 2/21)
At the door:  $50
(Includes lunch and afternoon refreshments)
EXHIBITORS (11 am - 6:00 pm)

Advanced Biofuels USA

Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter- UMD Chapter and ASHRAE Student Chapter



Leaders in Energy

Our Business Our World

Refrigeration Technologies


The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Leave No One Behind

Water Management Inc.

(Available when panels are not in session)
Other Events
NCAC Annual Dinner co-hosted by the Embassy of Canada, with special guest Karen Harbert, CEO, American Gas Association
26 Feb 2020 6:00 PM (EST)
Embassy of Canada, 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Register here .

March CE Happy Hour  -  Monday, March 9th and 10th from 6-8 pm  at PLNT Burger in Silver Spring. This drop-in event is a fundraiser for our big, collaborative public event that is being held later in the month. So come, have a tasty burger and help support our work. Note that the fundraiser itself runs for two days, so if you can't make it on Monday for our get-together, you can head up on your own on Tuesday evening and support the event.

Green Career 1.0 Workshop
Date:  Saturday, March 14 th
Host:  Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy
Location:  On-line
Time:  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Learn more  here .

Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation - Saturday, March 14, 2020 Hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center from 1 - 5 pm. Learn more  here .

Peace Engineering  How Technology Can Prevent Conflict and Spur Peacebuilding - Tuesday, March 17th  This event will be hosted by George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is part of our ongoing “Arlington Forward 2020 Series” focusing on innovation and technology’s impact on our lives. The tangible power of fresh water or a rebuilt bridge following a conflict and help build peace. Should be an exceptionally interesting event!  Learn more here.

Working Circular Event - Save The Date Thursday, March 26th  from 6-8 pm. Instead of holding our regularly scheduled March group meeting, join us for a sector-wide discussion and workshop on  circular economy in the workplace . Held in collaboration with DC EcoWomen and the Aspen Institute Green Team, Working Circular will be the first of its kind event in DC - a real landmark moment for circular economy activity in the DMV region. So mark your calendars, and keep tuned for event registration when it begins in March. 

Green Career Workshop 2.0
Date:  Saturday, March 28th, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Host:  Waterford, Inc and Leaders in Energy
Location:  On-line
Time:  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Learn more  here .
Green Jobs
Business Operations Manager   - Montgomery County Green Bank,
Postdoc Position Molecular Biology Researcher  - Gembloux Agro BioTech, University of Liège
Performance and Quality Manager  - DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Marketing Coordinator  - DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Development Director  - The Public Interest Network Group
Special Projects Associate   - The Climate Reality Project

New Blogs
By: Laura Newcomer
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