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UNC Clean Tech Summit 2019

Summit Day 1

Thursday, February 28 
8:00-9:00Networking +
Continental Breakfast
Atrium
9:00-9:05Welcome
Michael Piehler, Director, Institute for the Environment

Grumman Auditorium
9:05-9:10Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable EnterpriseTracy Triggs Matthews, Associate Director, UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable EnterpriseGrumman Auditorium
9:10-9:15Introduction of Keynote SpeakerMaster of Ceremonies
Mark Laabs, Managing Director, Modern Energy

Grumman Auditorium
9:15-10:00Keynote Address
Julie Borlaug, Vice President Communications and Public Relations, Inari Grumman Auditorium
10:00-10:30Keynote Address
Sharon Allan, Chief Innovation Officer, Smart Electric Power Alliance Grumman Auditorium
10:45-12:00Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMINGClean Tech and Sustainable Farming

Marianela Rodriguez, Innovation Scout Lead, BASF

Mick Messman, Chief Commercial Officer, GreenLight Biosciences

Emily Glenn , Business Development Director, Arbiom

Ryan Rapp, Head of Product Discovery, Pairwise Plants

Rad Page , Chief Commercial Officer, PlantResponse

Redbud
COASTAL RESILIENCY
Urban Resiliency

Todd BenDor, Professor and Director, PhD Program, Carolina Planning

Aubrey Germ, Climate and Resilience Planner, City of Baltimore

Brian Boutin, Director, Albemarle-Pamlico Program, The Nature Conservancy

Will McDow, Director, Resilient Landscapes, Environmental Defense Fund
Mountain Laurel
SMART AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIESElectric Buses

Dale Hill, Founder, Proterra

Adam Fischer, Transportation Director, City of Greensboro

Lang Reynolds, Manager of Electric Transportation, Duke Energy

Ward Lenz, Managing Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Melanie Henderson, Environmental Engineer, Mobile Source Compliance Branch, NCDEQ
Azalea
THE NEXUS BETWEEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTManaging Environmental Financial Risk

Greg Characklis, Director, Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems
Jordan Kern, Assistant Professor, Forestry and Environmental Resources, NC State University

Tony Smith, Senior Director of Finance and Warranty Operations, Strata Solar

Adam Hise, Origination Associate, Scout Clean Energy
Windflower
ENERGY STORAGE AND GRID MODERNIZATIONSolar 2.0: Moving Towards Dispatchable Power

Steve Ihnot, Chief Financial Officer, juwi

Joel Olsen, CEO, O2 emc

Jochen Bard, Division Director, Energy Process Technology, Fraunhofer IEE

Brian O’Hara, Senior Vice President Strategy and Government Affairs, Strata Solar

Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Kenneth Jennings, Director, Renewable Strategy and Policy, Duke Energy
Dogwood
IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS IN ENERGYEnergy Innovation to Support the Department of Defense and the Military Mission

Michael McGhee, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives

Tim Tetreault, Energy and Water Program Manager, Department of Defense (ESTCP)

Jim Sides, Regional Energy Program Manager, Marine Corps Installations East

Susan Cohen, Associate Director, Institute for the Environment
Bellflower
CLEAN TECHNOLOGY AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLBioenergy as a Rural Economic Development Tool

Jochen Tilger, Managing Director, Tilger Biofuels

Gus Simmons, Vice President, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh Associates

Paul Ulanch, Executive Director, Crop Commercialization Program, NC Biotechnology Center

John Lemire, Director of Transmission Resources, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

Kraig Westerbeek, Senior Director, Smithfield Renewables
Sunflower
12:00-1:15

Luncheon

Trillium
12:25-12:30WelcomeKevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
12:30-12:35Introduction of Keynote SpeakerMaster of Ceremonies
Mark Laabs, Managing Director, Modern Energy

12:35-1:15Keynote AddressMichael S. Regan, Secretary, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
1:00-4:30Resume RoundupUNC Environmental Resource Program (ERP) staff will provide walk-up, on-the-spot resume feedback for students to help prepare for the career fair on Friday.Atrium
1:30-2:45Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMINGAlternative Proteins

Soren Lund, Head of Strategic Growth F+B, Novozymes

Angel Turner, Senior Data Scientist, Growers

Michael Fotinatos, Strategic Implementation Specialist, The Good Food Institute

David Swintosky, Interim CFO, Improved Nature

Aaron Dossey, President, Founder, All Things Bugs/GrioPro Cricket Powder

Bellflower
COASTAL RESILIENCY
Ecologically Valuable and Delicious: The Oyster Paradox

John Preyer, Co-founder, President and COO, Restoration Systems

Michael Piehler, Director, UNC Institute for the Environment

Jeff Warren, Research Director, North Carolina Policy Collaboratory

Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor, Biogeochemistry, University of Florida
Windflower
SMART AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIESThink Global, Act Local: The Cutting Edge Role of Local Governments in Promoting Clean Tech

Jeff Hughes, Director, Environmental Finance Center, UNC

Scott Morrissey, Senior Director, Sustainability, Denver International Airport

Mary Tiger, Sustainability Manager, OWASA
Dogwood
THE NEXUS BETWEEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTFinancial Institutions Driving Sustainability

Lisa Shpritz, SVP, Environmental Business Operations, Bank of America

Tracy Triggs Matthews, Associate Director, UNC Kenan-Flagler Center for Sustainable Enterprise

Melissa Malkin-Weber, Sustainability Director, Self-Help Credit Union and Ventures Fund
Sunflower
ENERGY STORAGE AND GRID MODERNIZATIONEnergy Storage: a Utility Perspective

Jonathan Landy, Business Development Manager, Duke Energy

Kevin Hernandez, Director, ScottMadden

Penn Markham, Engineer, Distribution Planning and DG Integration, Dominion Energy

Charlie Bayless , VP Senior Regulatory Counsel, NC Electric Membership Corporation
Mountain Laurel
IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS IN ENERGYState of Small Modular and Next Gen Nuclear Power Production

Jeffrey Merrifield, Energy Section Leader and Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Cheryl Collins, Director of Sales, NuScale Power

Jeff Whitt, Director of Advanced Reactors and Government Services, Framatome

Jon Ball, Executive Vice President, Nuclear Power Plants, GE Hitachi

Nicholas Smith, Principal Engineer, Southern Company
Azalea
CLEAN TECHNOLOGY AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLClean Technology Innovation Between Raleigh and Charlotte

Susan Sanford, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Bob Irvin, Executive Director, Joules Accelerator

Andrea Eilers, Program Manager, Energy and Environment, Triangle J Council of Governments

Matt Zapp, Town Manager, Town of Benson

Devin Nieusma, Business Development Associate, State of Place
Redbud
2:45-3:00Break
3:00-4:15Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMINGTransparency in Ag Value Chain from Farmer to Consumer

Courtney Bell, President and Founder, Ungraded Produce

Andy Kennedy, Interim Director, IFT Global Food Traceability Center

Katy Jones, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, FoodLogiQ

Matthew Campbell, Research Associate, PhD Candidate, Marine Aquaculture Research Center, NC State University
Bellflower
COASTAL RESILIENCY
Coastal Resilience, Marshes, and Nature-Based Solutions

Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Carolyn Currin, Research Ecologist, NOAA, National Ocean Service

Sam Whitin, New England Operations Manager, EA Engineering, Science and Technology

Susan Cohen, Associate Director, UNC Institute for the Environment
Windflower
SMART AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIESSmart Water

Mike Myers, President, Envirolink

Travis Smith, Director of Smart Water Strategy, Sensus

Greg Koch, Technical Director, Environmental Resources Management (ERM)

Matt Zapp, Town Manager, Town of Benson
Azalea
THE NEXUS BETWEEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTInnovations in Corporate Social Responsibility

Zane Lichtneger, Principal Sustainability Analyst, Global Environmental Program, SAS

Nathan Daigle, Global Director, Environment, Health and Safety, Cree

Erin McElligott, Business Consultant, Three Zeros

Cindy Shea, Director, Sustainability @UNC

Katherine Lane, Environmental Engineer, Unilever
Sunflower
ENERGY STORAGE AND GRID MODERNIZATIONGrid Congestion

Jinxiang Zhu, Senior Principal Consultant, ABB

Brian Bednar, President and Founder, Birdseye Renewable Energy

Kevin Meagher, President, Power Analytics

Charlie Askey, Group Leader Energy and Renewables, Timmons Group
Mountain Laurel
IMPORTANT INNOVATIONS IN ENERGYCarbon Capture and Utilization

Justin Ong, Program Director, ClearPath

Brian Murray, Director, Duke University Energy Initiative, Duke University

Bill Throndset, Senior Manager, BioAg Fermentation, Novozymes

Damian Beauchamp, Principal 8 Rivers
Dogwood
CLEAN TECHNOLOGY AS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLLeveraging Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in the Agtech Space

Doug Cameron, Senior Managing Director, US-China Green Fund

Doug Calaway, CEO, Your Local Greens

Jai Templeton, Former Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture, AgLaunch

Stephen Ross, Representative, Deputy Majority Leader, North Carolina General Assembly

Scott Johnson, Vice President, Agriculture Sector Development, NC Biotechnology Center

Karen Levert, CEO Ag TechInventures
Redbud
3:00-3:30Fraunhofer: Lessons from GermanyJochen Bard, Division Director Energy Process Technology, Fraunhofer Institute
Boardroom
*Limited seating (video recording)
4:15-4:30


Break
4:30-5:00Coastal Wrap Up and Synthesis from the DayMichael Piehler, Director, Institute for the Environment

Susan Cohen, Associate Director, Institute for the Environment


Windflower
4:30 - 4:50
Industry Perspective:
Solar

Keynote Introduction
Markus Wilhelm, Co-founder and CEO of Strata SolarGrumman Auditorium
4:50 - 5:30Keynote AddressAlfred Griffin, President, NY Green Bank
5:30-6:30Student WorkshopsSam Polino, Clean Energy + the Young Professional


Jordan Meer, Clean Energy Investing 101
Mountain Laurel

Azalea
5:30-7:30ReceptionAtrium
6:45-7:15Keynote Address, "TED Talk" style in the AtriumLloyd Yates, EVP Customer and Delivery Operations and President, Carolina RegionAtrium
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Summit Day 2

Friday, March 1 
8:00-9:00Networking +
Continental Breakfast
Atrium
9:00-9:15Welcome

Molchanov Scholars
Michael Piehler, Director, Institute for the Environment

Terry Magnuson, Vice Chancellor, UNC Research
Grumman Auditorium
9:15-9:20Introduction of Keynote SpeakerMaster of Ceremonies
Brian Bryce, Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of F. Brian Bryce, Jr.
Grumman Auditorium
9:20-9:50Keynote AddressJim Haskins, Smart and Connected Communities, CiscoGrumman Auditorium
9:50-9:55Introduction of Keynote SpeakerMaster of Ceremonies
Brian Bryce, Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of F. Brian Bryce, Jr.
Grumman Auditorium
9:55-10:25Keynote AddressPhilip Mezey, Chief Executive Officer, Itron Grumman Auditorium
10:30-11:00Mentor Meet-and-Greet with Philip MezeyAn up close and personal opportunity to ask questions and learn about this CEO's non-traditional career pathGrumman Auditorium
10:30-11:00Mentor Meet UpAtrium or Willow Lounge
11:00-12:15Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMINGInnovations to Stem Food Waste

Lucyna Kurtyka, Senior Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Charlotte Sedlock, Sustainability Team, Apeel Sciences

Amy Cooke, Teaching Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, UNC Environment, Ecology and Energy Program

Leila Costa, Sustainability Architect, Universities, Sodexo

Travis Frey, Vice President, Science and Innovation, WISErg Corporation
Windflower
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND RURAL COMMUNITIESCommunity Considerations in the Clean Energy Transition

Jacquie Ayala, Energy Campaign and Outreach Coordinator, NC Justice Center

DeAndrea Salvador, Founder and CEO, Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI)

Carolyn Fryberger, Economic Development Manager, NCGrowth at Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Curtis Wynn, President and CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Jonas Monast, Assistant Professor, Director, Center on Climate, Energy, Environment, & Economics (CE3)
Azalea
SMART AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIESElectrification of the Transportation Economy: The Final Frontiers

Lang Reynolds, Manager of Electric Transportation, Duke Energy

Joe Milazzo, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance

Joe Forbes, Chairman, Causam eXchange

Dale Hill, Founder, Proterra

Matthew Coleman, Key Account Manager, Georgia Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company
Bellflower
THE NEXUS BETWEEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTImpact Investing

Pavel Molchanov, Senior Vice President and Equity Research Analyst, Raymond James & Associates

Chris Wedding, Managing Partner, IronOak Energy Capital

Tom Darden, Founder and CEO, Cherokee

Joshua Humphreys, President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute

David Kirkpatrick, Managing Director and Co-Founder, SJF Ventures
Dogwood
INNOVATIONS IN WATER AND ENERGYWhat Will Define the Next Generation of Green Buildings

John Nichols, Director of Energy Analytics and Informed Design, Moseley Architects

Brian Vaughn, Business Analyst, STRATIS IoT

Ryan Snow, Director, Market Transformation + Development, U.S. Green Building Council

Traci Rose Rider, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Doctor of Design Faculty, NC State University College of Design

Keith Pehl, President and CEO, Optima Engineering
Mountain Laurel
WIND ENERGY: THE FUTURE OF WIND IN THE SOUTHEASTWind Supply Chain

Katharine Kollins, President, Southeastern Wind Coalition

Ulrich Tombuelt, Chief Operations Officer, SAERTEX USA

Emmanuel Martin-Lauzer, Business Development Director, Nexans High Voltage USA

Tom Flaherty, Operations Leader, Global Supply Chain, GE Onshore Renewables

Jennifer Mundt, Senior Policy Advisor, NCDEQ
Redbud
CHANGING ENERGY LANDSCAPETrends in Clean Energy Media Coverage

Kate Sheppard, Senior Enterprise Editor, Huffington Post

Lyndsey Gilpin, Editor and Publisher, Southerly

Elizabeth Ouzts, Freelance Journalist, Southeast Energy News

Kristi Swartz, Reporter, Energywire

Julian Spector, Staff Writer, Greentech Media
Sunflower
12:15-1:30LuncheonTrillium
12:40Introduction of Clean Tech + Innovation Program Social Media Interns

Keynote Introduction
Reginald Holley, Principal and Founder, The Longmire GroupTrillium
12:45-1:30Luncheon Keynote AddressDeAndrea Salvador, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Transition Initiative (RETI) Trillium
12:45-1:30Luncheon WorkshopThe Art of the Possible, Women Helping Women Pursuing STEM Careers

Leah Brown, CEO, CORDS - Community-Centric Opioid Research and Data Services

Johnna Frierson, Director of Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

Jyotika Sharma, Manager Business Analysis, Biogen

Marisa Scavo, Project Developer, Cypress Creek Renewables

Patricia Parker, Department Chair, Associate Professor, UNC Department of Communication
Dogwood
1:45-3:00Panel and Roundtable Discussions
ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMINGHealthy Soils

Susanne Kjemtrup, Independent Consultant, Phyta Biotech Consulting

Lakisha Odom, Scientific Program Director, The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Julianne Bielski, Chief Technology Officer, RX Maker

Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability, VF Jeanswear

Gabriele Oronato, Principal and Chief Agronomist, International Farming Corporation
Windflower
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND RURAL COMMUNITIESRenewable Energy + Agriculture

Brooks Mixon, Grounds Maintenance Manager, Sun Raised Farms

Olivia Eskew, Sustainability Coordinator, Cypress Creek Renewables

Tom Butler, Owner, Manager, Butler Farms

Alex Cerwin, Global Strategy and Insights Manager, Novozymes North America

Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Bellflower
SMART AND CONNECTED COMMUNITIESCities Leading the Way on Carbon Reduction

Angie Fyfe, Executive Director, ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability

Amol Naik, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta

Tobin Freid, Sustainability Manager, Durham City and County

Dionne Delli-Gatti, Director, Southeast Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund
Dogwood
THE NEXUS BETWEEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE ENVIRONMENTLooking Ahead to 2030: How to Make NC a Leading Center for Agriculture and Food Technology

Adam Bergman, Senior Vice President, Clean Tech Banking and Head of AgTech Practice, Wells Fargo

Charlie McNairy, Chief Executive Office, Chief Information Officer, International Farming Corporation

William Aimutis, Director, NC Food Innovation Food Lab

Sunflower
INNOVATIONS IN WATER AND ENERGYWomen Innovating the Water Industry

Francine Durso, Senior Project Manager, NCDEQ

Nicola Hill, Water Planning Analyst, HDR

Carol Folt, Chancellor from 2013-2019, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Stacey Berahzer, CEO and Founder, IB Environmental

Carol Rosenfeld, Senior Project Director, Environmental Finance Center, UNC School of Government

Dawn Nall, Program Manager, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Redbud
WIND ENERGY: THE FUTURE OF WIND IN THE SOUTHEASTWind Energy in the Southeast

Katherine Ross, Partner, Parker Poe

Don Giecek, Senior Development Manager, Apex Clean Energy

Amber Hewett, Offshore Wind Energy Campaign Manager, National Wildlife Federation

Craig Poff, Director of Development, Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind, Avangrid Renewables
Mountain Laurel
CHANGING ENERGY LANDSCAPEEnergy Storage in N.C.: Future Considerations

John Szoka, Conference Leader, N.C House of Representatives

Diane Cherry, Director of Engagement, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Joseph DeCarolis, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, NC State University

Kenneth Jennings, Director, Renewable Strategy and Policy, Duke Energy

Brad Ives, Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Enterprises, UNC Chapel Hill
Azalea
TECHNOLOGY TRENDSUtility of the Future: Emerging Trends in Technology

Carl Wilkins, Executive Advisor, Vice President, Distribution and Asset Operation, Quanta Technology

Ken Dulaney, Director of Industry and Innovation, FREEDM Systems Center

Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids, ABB

Wintergreen
3:00-5:00Career FairAtrium
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