- Donald Albinger
- Spencer Black
- Steve Born
- Eric Callisto
- Charles Cicchetti
- Brian Driscoll
- George Edgar
- Kathleen Falk
- Alan Fish
- Flora Flygt
- Wesley Foell
- Jessica Guo
- Mark Hanson
- Steve Hiniker
- Tracey Holloway
- David Jenkins
- Stephen Johannsen
- Kris Krause
- Mark Kresowik
- Chris Kucharik
- Bernard Lesieutre
- Michael Li
- Charles McGinnis
- Paul Meier
- Gregg Mitman
- John Nelson
- Greg Nemet
- Pete Nowak
- Andy Olsen
- Mike Powers
- Gary Radloff
- Keith Reopelle
- Satya Rhodes-Conway
- Troy Runge
- Mary Schlaefer
- David Siebert
- Susan Stratton
- Barbara Swan
- Peter Taglia
- Faramarz Vakili-Zadeh
- Francis Vogel
- Don Wichert
- Mary Willoughby Blanchard
- Paul Wilson
- Dan York
- Kim Zuhlke
Donald Albinger is the Vice President of Renewable Energy at Johnson Controls, Inc. As vice president, he heads up a team of energy experts who are responsible for developing and deploying the technologies and expertise surrounding a variety of renewable sources -- wind, solar, landfill gas, biomass, and photovoltaic. A major focus of the team is the development of customized deal structures and project implementation of customer renewable energy opportunities. Albinger's team also support projects with customer education programs and grant writing support, taking advantage of funding opportunities for emerging technologies.
Since joining the company in 1984, Albinger's experience includes the technical development of building automation systems and the advancement of environmental control methods for buildings and programming technologies. Within Johnson Controls he has held management positions focused on global distribution of security and fire systems, as well as the development of strategic alliances that advanced the technical ability of Johnson Controls' building systems to perform critical building functions around safety and security. Albinger is a member of the American Council of Renewable Energy and the Product Development Management Association. He enjoys coaching youth football programs in his community.
Albinger obtained his bachelor's of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as well as a master's degree in engineering management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Representative Spencer Black (D-Madison, WI) has represented the 77th Assembly District since 1984. He is the Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. He previously served as Assembly Minority Leader and Assistant Minority Leader.
Representative Black is generally considered to be the Legislature's leading environmental advocate. He is a leader in a number of other policy areas including consumer protection, health care, education, transportation and senior citizen issues.
Rep. Black is author of numerous environmental laws including the Stewardship Fund, the largest conservation effort in Wisconsin's history, the Mining Moratorium Bill, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, the statewide recycling program, and the endangered species match grant.
Recognition of his environmental efforts include being named Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Environmentalist of the Year by the Audubon Society as well as receiving the Environmental Excellence Award from the Midwest Renewable Energy. Black is the first person from Wisconsin to win the Nature Conservancy's Public Service Award. Black has also received honors from Wisconsin citizen's organizations for his work on legislation on hunger prevention and science education and for his support for veterans and farmers.
Representative Black attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has two graduate degrees - Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy and Administration. Representative Black previously worked as a high school teacher and coach, as Curator of Education of the State Historical Society and as a conservation representative for the Sierra Club. Black is married to Pam Fornell, a physical therapist at University Hospital. Their son, Tim, is in his second year of college.
Steve Born is an emeritus professor of urban and regional planning and environmental studies.
Professor Born's current research program involves: innovative approaches to watershed planning and management, conceptualization and operationalization of integrated natural resources management and planning, institutional analysis, evolution and innovation regarding national/subnational water policy, and land use planning and management, with a focus on state and local governmental roles and options.
Extension education activities have closely paralleled research interests, with the greatest emphasis on establishing new directions and building capacity for extension programming in water and related resources; growth management and land-water interrelationships.
Eric Callisto was appointed Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin in May of 2008. Prior to his appointment, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chairperson of the PSC. His previous Wisconsin state government positions include Administrator of the Division of Enforcement at the Department of Regulation and Licensing and Assistant Legal Counsel to Governor Jim Doyle. From 1997 through 2003, he was an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in both the Environmental Protection and Civil Litigation units. He has worked as a public defender in New York City and Philadelphia, and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He has a law degree, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.
Charles J. Cicchetti is a co-founding member of Pacific Economics Group . He formerly held the Jeffrey J. Miller Professor of Government, Business, and the Economy at the University of Southern California. He is the former Managing Director of Arthur Andersen Economic Consulting and former Co-Chairman of Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc., and Deputy Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was co-founder of Madison Consulting Group, which merged with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA), where he served as Senior Vice President. Dr. Cicchetti chaired the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and directed the Wisconsin Energy Office.
Dr. Cicchetti has worked in developing nations throughout the world and designed the World Bank's Build, Own, Operate, and Turnover (BOOT) public/private investment program for infrastructure development.
He has testified before regulatory agencies in the U.S. and abroad on tariff design, rate of return, and organizational structure in the natural gas, electricity, water and telecommunications industries. He has prepared expert testimony for various federal proceedings on a variety of diverse topics. His work in environmental litigation includes experience in natural resource damage assessment and cost allocation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Oil Pollution Act.
Dr. Cicchetti received a B.A. from Colorado College and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, both in economics. He did post-doctoral research at Resources for the Future, served as first economist of the Environmental Defense Fund and was a professor of economics and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He taught Environmental and Energy Economics and Government, Business and the Economy at the University of Southern California.
Brian Driscoll is the Community Relations Director for the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence. He previously served as Governor Doyle's policy advisor on the environment and agriculture, and has also been agency liaison to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; and State Fair Park. In that role, he worked with each agency/organization's respective boards.
Driscoll also worked with the Governor's Global Warming Task Force co-chairs and members. His interest in public policy began as a public school teacher studying educational administration and educational policy.
George Edgar, a 30-year energy veteran, served as executive director of Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) from 1991 to 1999. Today, he is responsible for developing policy and new initiatives for the company. In addition, George provides consulting services on energy/regulatory policy issues as well as on energy efficiency policy and program design, administration, and implementation to state regulatory commissions; investor-owned, municipal and cooperative utilities; consumer and environmental groups; and local governmental entities across North America. He has presented at numerous conferences and published articles on a wide variety of energy issues.
Prior to joining WECC, George served as commissioner for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, an attorney for the Citizens' Utility Board of Wisconsin and a partner in a private law firm that provided energy and environmental legal services primarily to municipal utilities. George holds a bachelor's degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Kathleen Falk, was elected in 1997 as the Dane County Executive and has served as the chief elected official for Dane County, whose county seat is Madison. With a population of over 475,000, Dane is Wisconsin's second largest county. Known for her leadership and ability in bringing people together over important and often contentious issues, County Executive Falk has focused on initiatives to reduce sprawl and improve water quality; to serve the needs of kids, families and the elderly so they can succeed; and to be "smart on crime" by using effective drug treatment strategies with repeat, non-violent offenders. She says she loves balancing budgets and crafting innovative ways to make government more efficient for taxpayers. She has consistently earned Dane County the top AAA bond rating for management of the county's $460 million annual budget.
Falk is the first women County Executive in Dane County and the longest serving. Ms. Falk, an attorney, was a candidate for Governor in the Democratic primary in 2002, the first major party woman candidate for Governor in Wisconsin history. Prior to serving as County Executive, Falk served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Wisconsin Department of Justice for 14 years as the state's Public Intervenor in the Attorney General's office. Prior to that Falk served as co-director and counsel to Wisconsin's Environmental Decade where she won nationally significant cases. Ms. Falk is married to Peter Bock and is the proud mother of a 27-year old son, Eric.
Alan Fish, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning & Management, has 30 years of experience with the State and UW-Madison
At Facilities Planning and Management, Alan provides leadership in evaluating and meeting the campus' facilities needs, including long range planning, budgeting, construction, physical plant maintenance, environmental health and safety, parking and transportation, space management, and utilities. He represents the university on all facilities and construction matters before the public, UW System administration, and local, state and federal governments.
Alan has had extensive experience in budgeting, planning, financing and managing facilities for both the university and the state.
Over $1.4 billion in campus construction projects are currently in design or construction. An updated campus master plan for new development, transportation, open space and utilities was completed in 2005. Also master plans have been developed for Housing, the Unions, Recreational Sports and Athletics.
Alan, a 1973 graduate of Luther College, has a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from UW-Madison.
Flora Flygt, has been Director of Planning for the American Transmission Co. since December 2006. She has been in the utility business for more than 25 years and has spent most of that time in the planning arena, with experience in business development, strategic planning, market and competitive analysis, environmental planning, integrated resource planning, demand-side planning and long-term load forecasting. Prior to joining ATC, Flora was with Alliant Energy Company, Madison Gas & Electric Company and worked as an independent consultant. She holds an M.S. degree in Land Resources with a certificate in Energy Analysis & Policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Wesley Foell, joined the UW-Madison faculty in 1967. He taught and conducted interdisciplinary research in energy technology, systems, and policy analysis in the College of Engineering and the Nelson Institute. Wes founded and directed the UW campus-wide Energy Systems and Policy Research Program from 1972-87. In the early 1970s this program developed the "Wisconsin Energy Model", one of the first statewide energy policy analysis models in the U.S. This system created the first Wisconsin energy/environment scenarios for electricity and other fuels, and the current statewide database, "Wisconsin Energy Statistics", first published at the UW in 1972.
In 1980 he founded Resource Management Associates (RMA), a Madison-based international energy/environmental consulting firm. RMA carried out a large number of research, consulting and training projects for a wide range of institutions, including USAID, the Asian Development Bank, OECD, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, several foreign governments. Many UW-Madison faculty and students participated in these projects.
His present activities include analysis, policy development and outreach on problems in providing clean and affordable traditional and modern cooking fuels and technologies in developing countries, working with an international group of research institutes. Closer to home he is developing a history of energy management and policy in the state of Wisconsin.
Jessica Guo, is currently an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison teaching transportation engineering, travel behavior analysis, and a practicum in transportation management. She is affiliated with Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Spatial Information and Analysis Consortium, Transportation Engineering and City Planning Program, and the Transportation Management and Policy Program on campus.
Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Melbourne, Master of Science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Her major fields of interest include travel behavior analysis and demand modeling, land use and transportation interaction, urban systems planning, spatial analysis and GIScience, and artificial intelligence and software engineering. She also has received numerous awards including most recently being a recipient for the Technology-Enhanced Collaborative Group Work Award in 2009 and the Pyke Johnson Award for outstanding paper published in the field of transportation systems planning and administration in 2008.
Jessica's has many current projects including Consumer Adoption and Grid Impact Models for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Wisconsin, Understanding and Modeling Freight Stakeholder Behavior, Assessment of Multimodal Freight Bottlenecks and Alleviation Strategies for the Upper Midwest Region, Planning for Freight Transportation: Current Status and Best Practices, and Data Integration and Partnership for Statewide Transportation Planning.
Mark Hanson, PhD LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Services for Hoffman LLC, is a graduate of Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and earned his Masters in Water Resources and Doctorate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his current position, Mark works in concert with fellow Hoffman design and construction experts to provide sustainable project delivery services, focusing on integrated daylighting design, energy modeling, HVAC system review, and construction waste management. Prior to joining Hoffman, Mark served as the Executive Director of the Energy Center of Wisconsin from 1994-2001. A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, Mark is a founding board member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and a member of Wisconsin Green Schools Committee.
The recipient of numerous honors and grants, including the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Environmental Affairs, Mark's work has been published in academic journals such as Environmental Management and the Journal of the American Planning Association. An accomplished speaker, Mark's list of presentations on sustainability include "On Making Green Buildings the Rule" at the 2002 U.S. Green Building Council's GreenBuild International Conference; "Do They or Don?t They: A Cost Premium for Green Schools" at the 2008 Wisconsin Sustainability Energy Efficiency (SE2) Leadership Conference; "Delivering Green Schools at Less than Conventional Costs" at the 2008 California Green Schools Summit; and "Does it Take More Green to Go Green -- An Education in Sustainable Schools" at the 2009 Wisconsin State Education Convention.
Steve Hiniker became executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin in October 2003, but he has been involved with the organization since its inception as one of the organization's founding board members. Prior to joining the 1000 Friends staff, he was executive director of the Wisconsin Citizens Utility Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to representing the interests of residential utility customers. He has also served as the environmental policy coordinator for the city of Milwaukee, where he developed and successfully lobbied for environmental liability reform legislation ("brownfields legislation"), developed pro-transit transportation funding plans and developed the innovative "blue cart" recycling program. His legislative experience includes working with State Senator Joe Strohl, during which time he developed policy for recycling, transportation, air emissions trading and education, and was responsible for all media relations in the office.
Tracey Holloway is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin--Madison in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. She works with the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Holloway earned her Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from Princeton University, working at the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) and her post-doctoral work was done at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Prof. Holloway's research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the mechanisms underlying transport across international borders. East Asia and the Great Lakes Region of North America are two active study regions, for which she employs the EPA Community Multi-scale Air Quality Model (CMAQ) to assess regional air pollution, and the Model of Ozone and Related Tracers (MOZART) to analyze pollution on global scales. She is also interested in the role of models in the policy process, particularly atmospheric chemistry models and their application to energy use strategies, public health assessments, and international environmental treaties. Her work has been supported by grants from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the EPA.
David Jenkins is the Director of Commercialization and Market Development for the Wisconsin Office of Energy Independence, an office created by Governor Jim Doyle in April 2007 to advance renewable energy and bio-products development in Wisconsin.
From 1995-2007 he was the manager of the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association , the trade association for Wisconsin's 26 consumer-owned electric utilities.
Prior to that, he worked in the petroleum marketing business for ten years, managing the state's second-largest chain of independently owned fuel outlets and convenience stores. He served as a Congressional staff member to U.S. Rep. Al Baldus from 1975-1978.
His current responsibilities include expanding markets for renewable energy in Wisconsin, assisting entrepreneurs and businesses in commercializing new fuel and power technologies, helping to direct federal and state funding to increasing Wisconsin's renewable resources, and serving as a part of a team to advance the goal of obtaining 25% of Wisconsin's transportation fuels and electric power from renewable sources by 2025.
Stephen Johannsen joined RMT in 1979. RMT is a company that provides custom solutions to complex environmental and energy issues facing industrial, commercial and governmental clients. Johannsen assumed his current role as President in 1997. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota and two Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Kris Krause is vice president - Environmental, a Wisconsin Energy group formed October 2000. Krause is responsible for compliance strategy and planning, mitigation and risk management, environmental permitting of new projects, compliance assurance and identification of new and/or enhanced means of benefiting the environment through the business practices of Wisconsin Energy and its subsidiaries.
Krause joined the company in 1978 as design engineer - Power Plant Betterment. She has held various positions in power plant engineering, construction, maintenance and operations. In 1992 she was named manager - Valley Power Plant and Steam Services. Krause was named vice president - Fossil Operations in May 1994. Prior to joining the company, Krause was a design engineer in the transmission group of Allegheny Power Service Corporation in Pennsylvania.
Krause graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. She earned a master's of science in civil engineering from Marquette University in 1983 and a master's of business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1990.
Chris Kucharik is an Assistant Professor in Agronomy and at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his graduate studies, Chris participated in the BOReal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), an international field experiment that took place in the Canadian boreal forest. He helped design a high-resolution, two-band, ground-based remote-sensing instrument, called a Multiband Vegetation Imager - which allowed for advanced studies of forest canopy architecture and enabled for more accurate predictions of carbon cycling in high latitude ecosystems.
Currently, his research focuses on integrating field observations and numerical models of natural and managed ecosystems to better understand the influence of changing climate and land management on ecosystem services. Chris' interests include carbon cycling and sequestration in wetlands, prairie ecosystems, and agricultural landscapes, water quality, biofuels, and how crop yields are affected by climate change and farmer management. This work has been supported by a NASA Interdisciplinary Science (IDS) grant, through the DOE National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR), Madison Gas and Electric, S. C. Johnson, and a Wisconsin Focus on Energy grant.
Chris works closely with both undergraduate and graduate students on a variety of field research projects, with the goal of exposing students to field-based ecological research while integrating policy, land management, and natural sciences.
Bernard Lesieutre is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a member of the Energy Sources, Systems, and Policy Cluster, and a Senior Fellow of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy. He is also affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and he teaches and advises students in the Energy Analysis and Policy program. Professor Lesieutre holds a research appointment at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.
Professor Lesieutre received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as Assistant Professor and then Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has had visiting appointments at Cornell and Caltech. His research and professional interests involve electric energy systems and energy policy. He has published numerous reports in support of activities at the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and he was a member of a team that helped investigate the August 14th, 2003 Northeast blackout. He has served as a commissioner on a municipal electric board, and presently advises the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin on issues related to electric energy markets.
Michael Li is a senior policy advisor on climate change at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. He is working towards a successful negotiation to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen in December of 2009.
Prior to joining the British Embassy, Michael served as the chief of staff of the Maryland Energy Administration under two governors. In addition to being one of the leads in Maryland's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Michael is the architect of numerous energy policies and programs in Maryland, including the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and the Green Building Tax Credit Program.
Michael has also worked at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland State Highway Administration and Governor Glendening's Office of Smart Growth. Michael has degrees from both Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University
Charles McGinnis is the National Director of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Program at Johnson Controls Inc. Appointed to his new role in February of 2009 Charles McGinnis leads a national, cross functional program office, for the Building Efficiency Division of Johnson Controls Inc. In this role he will oversee the administration of projects funded through the Recovery Act to deliver accountability, transparency and results for Johnson Controls.
In his previous role as Regional Solutions Manager for the Building Efficiency Division of Johnson Controls Inc., Charles McGinnis had general management responsibility for the Energy Services and Solutions Business in the Midwest. He managed vertical market teams, strategic account management and project development engineering. He supervised, in staff capacity, operations and measurement and verification services. This team was comprised of over 60 energy professionals. The business produced revenue of over $165 million dollars over a two year time period.
Mr. McGinnis has an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree, School of Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He also has an Associate of Science Degree from Madison Area Technical College.
He previously taught in the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering and Professional Development.
Paul Meier has been working with industry, government, and public interest groups on energy and environmental issues since 1995. As the Director of the Energy Institute at UW-Madison, he coordinates interdisciplinary research, educational, and outreach activities across several campus centers and departments. As part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Paul is researching cellulosic biofuel production pathways with the goal of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions. Paul received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2002 from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Gregg Mitman is interim director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the William Coleman Professor of History of Science and a professor of medical history, science and technology studies, and environmental studies.
Mitman spearheaded the recent establishment of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History, and Environment and a corresponding graduate-level certificate program. He also organized "Tales from Planet Earth," a highly successful environmental film festival in downtown Madison last November.
His teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are informed by a commitment and hope to help build a more equitable and just environment.
John Nelson is a consultant to the design and construction industry, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His consultancy focuses on organizational strategy and critical analysis, marketplace strategy, senior personnel mentoring and intervention, and specific project participation. Examples of recent assignments include:
- Advising a Major Healthcare System on Capital Strategies
- Supporting WARF on the Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery
- Advising a National A/E on Engineering Strategies
- Advising an Environmental Consultancy on Business Strategies
Academic interests center on Sustainability and Lean Design. Recent conference presentations include:
- Rethinking Sustainable Construction - University of Florida - October 2006
- Lean Management Models for FM and Capital Projects - Tradeline Inc, April 2007
During his tenure in industry, he served as Project Engineer, Department Head, Project Manager, Vice President and Chief Executive Officer at Affiliated Engineers. His background includes design, applications and research experience with dynamic building systems, along with business and project management.
Greg Nemet is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and in the La Follette School of Public Affairs. He is also a member of the university's Energy Sources and Policy Cluster. His research and teaching focus on improving understanding of the environmental, social, economic, and technical dynamics of the global energy system. He teaches courses in international environmental policy and energy systems analysis. A central focus of his research involves empirical analysis of the process of innovation and technological change. He is particularly interested in how the outcomes of this line of research can inform public policy related to improvements in low-carbon energy technologies. His work is motivated by a more general interest in issues related to energy and the environment, including how government actions can expand access to energy services while reducing their environmental impacts.
He holds a master's degree and doctorate in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College is in geography and economics.
Pete Nowak received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture in 1977. He served as both an assistant and associate professor at Iowa State University before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1985. At UW-Madison he holds multiple appointments as a Soil and Water Conservation Specialist in the Environmental Resources Center and Research Professor and Chair of Outreach in the Nelson Institute. He also served as Chair of the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative for the last three years. Pete's career has focused on measuring and explaining the adoption and diffusion of agricultural technologies, especially those with natural resource management implications. More recently he has focused on examining the application of spatial analytical techniques and statistics to critical issues in resource management.
His work has been published in a variety of journals and books. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Editorial Board of the Journal of Precision Agriculture and on the Foundation for Environmental Agricultural Education. In the recent past he has worked with the National Academy of Science's Board on Agriculture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service and a National Blue Ribbon Panel examining the USDA Conservation Effectiveness Assessment Project. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Andy Olsen is a Policy Advocate responsible for field organizing and constituency building for ELPC's Farm Bill - Clean Energy Development program. Mr. Olsen managed the Governor's Alternative Fuels Task Force and led several collaborative renewable energy efforts in Wisconsin. He has served as a Dane County Supervisor, Dane County Lakes & Watershed Commission member, and as the Board President of RENEW Wisconsin. M.S., Energy Analysis & Policy, University of Wisconsin, 1996; B.A., Economics, Northwestern University, 1983.
Mike Powers is a Manager at EcoEnergy LLC, working in wind development from the Madison Wisconsin Office.
Prior to working for EcoEnergy, Mike served as President of Local Productions LLC and the owner of Powers Enterprises. His company provided services to engineers, land surveyors, and real estate developers to meet their regulatory, permitting and government relations needs. He actively bought and sold vacant land and rural residential property.
He has served both as a member of the Green County Board of Supervisors and a Wisconsin State Representative in the Capitol at Madison. Mike served as the Chairman of the Wisconsin Land Use Committee, Vice Chairman of the Energy Utilities Committee and Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee during the passage of Statewide Zoning changes; Comprehensive Planning, the creation of the American Transmission Company, Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and investment tax policy.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Reclamation from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville with undergraduate studies at Ealing Polytechnic, England and coursework at Project Management at Pittsburg State University, Kansas.
Gary Radloff is the Director of Policy and Strategic Communications at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as a lead staff policy and communication advisor for two major Wisconsin policy projects; Governor Jim Doyle's Consortium on the Biobased Industry and the Working Lands Initiative. The Governor's Consortium is a roadmap for positioning Wisconsin to play a key role in promoting the use of renewable energy and growing the state's bioeconomy. The Working Lands Initiative is a report of detailed policy steps and strategies to protect the source of biomass -- the Wisconsin working lands in agriculture and forestry. Radloff has previously served as the legislative liaison for the Department of Health and Family Services as well as having professional experience as a lobbyist and a journalist. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's Universal Service Fund Council, the Advisory Board of the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, the Steering Committee of the Midwest Agriculture Energy Network, and the Biomass Working Group policy team for the Great Plains Institute. He is also staff to the North Central BioEconomy Consortium, a 12-state partnership of Agriculture departments, University Extension offices and Agriculture Research Stations located in the North Central Region of the United States. He has a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Public Policy.
Keith Reopelle is the Program Director for Clean Wisconsin. He has held positions with Clean Wisconsin ranging from Field Canvasser to Executive Director, but spent most of his time as Program Director. Keith currently serves on the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming where he is the co-chair of the Cap & Trade working group and the chair of the waste recovery working group. Keith also serves on the stakeholder committee to the Midwestern Governor's Association that is developing the model cap & trade program for he six-state region that has signed on to the MGA Greenhouse Gas Accord. Keith has twenty years experience lobbying on a wide range of issues including polluted runoff, wetlands, metallic mining, recycling, incineration, air toxins, pesticide reduction, forest management, land preservation and sustainable energy policies. For three years Keith was the Campaign Coordinator at the State Environment Leadership Program where he led multi-state campaign consulting efforts with member groups from across the counrty. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife ecology and a Masters of Science degree in environmental communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Satya Rhodes-Conway is a senior associate at the Center on Wisconsin Strategy, where she works on high-road state and local policy and organizes the Mayors' Innovation Project and the Wisconsin Apollo Alliance. Before coming to COWS, she analyzed state endangered species programs for Defenders of Wildlife, researched and wrote about progressive environmental policy as a policy associate at the State Environmental Resource Center, and taught undergraduate biology and ecology. She is one of the authors of the Apollo Alliance's "New Energy" series, and has researched and written extensively about energy policy at the state and local level. Satya also represents Madison's 12th district on the City Council.
Troy Runge was recently appointed Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative starting in April of 2009. The Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative is a public-private partnership formed to make the state a leader in developing clean, renewable energy. He also holds a faculty position as an Assistant Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department, with a research emphasis on biomass processing. Prior to this appointment, Troy was a Research and Engineering Director at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a Fortune 200 company, where he helped commercialize material technologies for pulp, tissue, wipes, and diapers. His education is in pulp and paper science with a bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point and master's and doctoral degrees from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at the Georgia Institute of technology.
Mary Schlaefer, Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporations's executive director, serves as general manager for the mid-sized nonprofit, which has general oversight of more than 35 regional, state and national contracts for consulting and energy services in more than 10 states.
Mary brings to WECC 17 years of experience in policy, planning and management. Mary previously served as deputy secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), where she oversaw the Department's work on energy and climate change. Mary has been a key advisor to the Governor's Office on energy issues. She served as the Governor's designee on the Climate Registry board and as a lead staff to the Governor's Task Force on Global Warming.
Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and a law degree, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1989.
Dave Siebert is the Director of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Office of Energy and Environmental Analysis in Madison.
Dave serves as an energy policy advisor to the WDNR Secretary and works closely with the Public Service Commission of WI on the environmental impact review of transmission line, pipeline, power plant and wind project cases. His program employs a central office team that is charged with the regulatory review of all utility and energy projects statewide, including the wetland and waterway, erosion control/stormwater, and endangered resources permitting activities associated with these projects.
In addition to working with the energy sector, the Office is also charged with developing and implementing policy related to transportation projects and coordinating multi-disciplinary environmental impact assessment review of complex projects.
A wetland ecologist by training, Dave has worked for DNR for 17 years on energy policy, wetland protection policy, and transportation policy. He was responsible for creating the new Office of Energy in 2003 to lead the DNR review of complex energy projects.
Susan Stratton is the Energy Center's Executive Director and oversees the Center's overall management and operation. Most importantly, though, she shares our message of energy efficiency as the resource of first choice at local, regional and national forums. Susan has more than 20 years of leadership experience in energy policy, education and regulation. She serves on numerous boards and committees influencing energy policy at the state and national level.
Susan's work includes:
- ASERTTI: Susan is chair of this organization that promotes and facilitates energy RDD&D communication, cooperation, coordination and collaboration among its members and with other public and private organizations.
- Governor's Task Force on Global Warming: Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle convened a diverse group of key Wisconsin business, industry, government, energy and environmental leaders to create a state plan of action to reduce Wisconsin's greenhouse gas emissions. Susan served on this task force and participated in the conservation and energy efficiency work group.
- Governor's Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewables: Susan served on this task force to advise Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle on creative, consensus policy options and practical business initiatives to restore Wisconsin as a leader in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
- Midwestern Governors Association: Susan works with this group to identify policies and strategies that support the Energy Security and Climate Stewardship Platform for the Midwest.
Barbara Swan began her career as an attorney for Axley Brynelson Law Firm until 1987 when she took a position on the General Counsel for Wisconsin Power & Light Company and eventually became Vice-President. She followed WP&L with a job as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Alliant Energy until 2008. Barbara now is the President of WP&L Responsible for Legal, Regulatory Affairs, Shared Services, Environmental, Strategy and Communications, Public Affairs, Community Affairs, Corporate Secretary and Insurance and Risk as well as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer.
Barbara also currently sits on Madison Symphony Orchestra Board; American Players Theatre Board; Alliant Energy Foundation; EEI General Counsel Committee; Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce; River land Conservancy; Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.
Barbara received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Macalester College in 1973 followed by a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law both located in St. Paul, MN. She also in 1990 completed the Public Executive Utility Program at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Peter Taglia is the Staff Scientist at Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization located in Madison, Wisconsin. Peter is a professional geologist who is currently working in numerous aspects of climate change mitigation with an emphasis on electrical generation, terrestrial and geological carbon sequestration and biofuels analysis. In May of 2007, Peter was appointed to two working groups of Governor Doyle's Task Force on Global Warming, the electrical generation work group (which he was also co-chair) and the technical advisory group. Peter has continued to work on climate issues as a member of the renewable electricity, advanced coal and carbon capture advisory group of the Midwest Governors Association and on the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on Domestic Biofuels. Prior to Clean Wisconsin, Peter worked in environmental consulting and is experienced in conducting environmental investigations, preparing environmental remediation plans and developing environmental impact statements at superfund sites, energy facilities and power plants. Peter holds a BA in environmental geology from the University of Montana and a MS in hydrogeology from the UW-Madison. Peter is a skilled speaker who has given presentations on energy topics at state and national conferences and has been a guest lecturer at the UW-Madison and other schools and at technical conferences he has organized.
Faramarz Vakili-Zadeh is the Associate Director of the Physical Plant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His responsibilities include overseeing facilities maintenance, in-house remodeling, utilities, fleet management, and energy conservation on a campus of 300 buildings and over 20 million gross square feet of instructional and research space.
Faramarz serves as a faculty member for the APPA Institute for Facilities Management and is a frequent speaker in national conferences and seminars. During his career, he has developed and implemented a number of progressive and innovative facilities management and energy conservation programs and solutions. In recognition of his efforts, he received the United States Energy Association's 2004 Energy Leadership Public Award. Currently, Faramarz also directs UW-Madison's "WE CONSERVE" environmental stewardship campaign with the goal of reducing the University's energy consumption by 20% per square foot by year 2010. He began his career at the University of Iowa in 1981, where he developed one of the nation's first computerized preventive maintenance programs. Mr. Vakili holds a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Iowa and an Executive M.B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Francis X. Vogel is the Executive Director of Wisconsin Clean Cities -- Southeast Area, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization that promotes cleaner air and energy security through alternative fuel development and related strategies. In this capacity, Mr. Vogel serves on the Wisconsin Clean Diesel Coalition, the Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air and is the former North Central Region representative to the Clean Cities Coordinator Council. He is the Vice-Chair of a related national organization, Transportation Energy Partnership, and was a member of the Wisconsin Governor's Global Warming Task Force Transportation Work Group. Formed in 1994, Wisconsin Clean Cities is one of 86 such coalitions nationwide designated through the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Vogel is also a nonprofit management consultant with 19 years professional experience as a consultant or staff person. His broad range of technical assistance to nonprofit groups includes Board of Directors training, strategic planning and fund development. He is a 2006 graduate of the Nonprofit Management Fund's Diagnostic Clinic Consultant Institute and a 2007 graduate of the Fund Development Institute.
Mr. Vogel's volunteer involvement includes Chairing the Governance Council for his daughters' elementary school, La Escuela Fratney. He was also the Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee -- Holton Youth Center's Board of Managers, where he received the 2000 Volunteer of the Year -- Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Vogel earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin (UW) - Madison in 1981, where he also took substantial Master of Arts coursework in Public Policy and Administration.
Don Wichert directs the administration of Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Public Benefits Program , which encourages customer applications of renewable energy by providing information, education, training, assessments, project facilitation, feasibility and business development grants, project financing and barrier-reduction services.
Don brings to WECC more than 25 years of experience in the environmental and energy fields, most of it with the Wisconsin Division of Energy as chief of the Energy Resources Section. Don earned a bachelor's degree in geography, a bachelor's in thermal and environmental engineering, and a master's degree in energy policy and analysis. He serves on the boards of the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation, Biomass Energy Resource Center and Wisconsin's Citizens' Utility Board. He is also a licensed professional engineer in Wisconsin.
Paul Wilson is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Engineering Physics and Chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) Program of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests bring together technical and policy issues: analysis methods of isotopic inventories in nuclear systems and the implications on nuclear non-proliferation policy, and the development of next generation nuclear power systems to fulfill a role in future energy policy and needs. Paul joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor in August 2001 as part of the Energy Systems and Policy Hiring Initiative.
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, Paul specialized in the Nuclear Power option of the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto. After receiving his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science, he began his graduate schooling in nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After three years, he moved to Karlsruhe, Germany, where he studied in the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Engineering, earning his Dr.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1998. Returning to Madison, Paul completed his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering in 1999.
Paul was the founding President of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear [NA-YGN], an organization created to provide unique opportunities to young professionals in all fields of nuclear science & technology. Paul has been active in the American Nuclear Society for over nine years, including membership in various committees and chairing the Student Sections Committee and the Special Committee on Electronic Communications and Publications. Paul also represented the ANS and NA-YGN at the international climate change negotiations in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998), and Bonn, Germany (1999). He is a member of the American and Canadian Nuclear Societies, the American Society for Engineering Education and the NA-YGN.
Mary Willoughby Blanchard is Director of Marketing at Virent Energy Systems in Madison, Wisconsin where she is responsible for marketing, public relations, and government relations initiatives. Mary currently serves on the Midwestern Governor's Association Bioeconomy and Transportation Advisory Group. Prior to Virent, Mary worked in international and domestic marketing and product management at Tellabs, Inc., a global telecommunications equipment manufacturer. She earned a BS, Electrical Engineering, and a BA, English, from the University of Notre Dame, a MSc from the London School of Economics, and a MBA from Northwestern University.
Dan York is a Senior Research Associate for the Utilities Program of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). In this role York researches and analyzes policies, regulations and programs designed to achieve greater energy efficiency by utility customers. York joined ACEEE in 2001 with over 15 years of experience in the energy efficiency field, including 5 years as a senior project manager with the Energy Center of Wisconsin. York has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are both in "land resources" from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in "energy analysis and policy." From 1989-90 York was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Oslo's Centre for Development and the Environment, where he researched energy planning and policy issues associated with Norway's restructured utility industry. In 1990 York also worked as a consultant for the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Administration (NVE).
Kim Zuhlke has held a wide range of executive positions at Alliant Energy and its predecessor companies over the past 29 years, including energy delivery operations, sales, marketing and engineering.
In his current position as vice president of new energy resources, Zuhlke is responsible for driving the overall process of developing and implementing a future supply portfolio of domestic utility generation. He educates and works with key stakeholder groups to create an atmosphere that will allow continued successful operation of the company's new and existing domestic utility generation assets.