GREENLAB@LIGHTCITY PRESENTED BY BGE
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
IMET Columbus Center, 701 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Join the conversation about how we think about energy, ecology and economics while providing a glimpse into innovations that provide a more sustainable path to the future.
EMCEE: Alexander G. Núñez, Sr. VP of Regulatory and External Affairs, BGE. Alexander G. Núñez is senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE). Núñez oversees strategy and regulatory affairs, governmental and external relations, communications and marketing, BGE’s economic development work, community relationships, and relationships with the company’s large customers.
Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit And Innovation Communities
Welcome & Introduction
Featuring Jamie McDonald, Founder, Generosity, Inc. & Co-Chair, Light City
Welcome To GreenLab@LightCity: BGE Shining A Light On Baltimore. BGE’s Vision For The Future, Reclaiming Our City With Light
Featuring Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO, BGE
Featuring Alexander G. Núñez, Sr. VP of Regulatory and External Affairs, BGE
Beyond Green: Rethinking Innovation, Health, Jobs & Economic Advancement In Low-Status Communities
Featuring Majora Carter, MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant recipient, and a leading Urban Revitalization strategy consultant, Real Estate Developer & Peabody Award-Winning Broadcaster
Our Clean Energy Future: Climate Change, Poverty & Eliminating The Energy Divide
Featuring Lynn Heller, Vice President, Abell Foundation
Featuring Resse Ashe, Owner, Reflex Fitness Baltimore
Two Generations Of Alternative Energy Changemakers Reflect On Leading A Movement For The Future: The Wallace Family
Featuring Robert Wallace, CEO, BITHenergy; Dan Wallace, Founder And A Principal Power52
Creative Collaboration Lunch, Meet Fellow Attendees & Brainstorm Ideas For A Brighter Baltimore
Afternoon Session Kick-Off
New Thinking: Greening Baltimore At The Grassroots
Featuring J.J. Reidy, CEO, Urban Pastoral; Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder, President & CEO, Parks & People Foundation; Evie Schwartz, Associate Director of Outreach and Production at Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers, RetroFit Baltimore; Chris Swan, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Moderated By Lynn Heller, Vice President, Abell Foundation
How Does Your Garden Grow? Encouraging Conservation In Urban Communities
Curated by the National Aquarium. Featuring Curtis Bennett, Conservation Project Manager at the National Aquarium; Genevieve Larouche Chesapeake Bay Field Office for U.S. Fish & Wildlife; Holly Shields of the National Wildlife Federation
The Challenges Of Green Entrepreneurship
Featuring Susan Aplin, Co-founder & CEO, bambeco
Featuring Changa Bell, Executive Director, The Black Male Yoga Initiative
A Special Talk On Climate Activism
Featuring Carmera Thomas, Program Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
A Special Performance
Systems, Design And Making Change
Featuring Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, founder of Disrupt Design and the UnSchool
TOP TAKEAWAYS & REFELCTION
Closing Remarks & Thank You
GreenLab Twilight Event: Startup Soiree
Startup Soiree, a meetup focused on creating meaningful conversations among leaders within the local Baltimore startup community. Food provided by Terra’s Kitchen, Drinks, & Entertainment featuring OhYesYo! Finding Your Community Through Creativity by Coffin Nachtmahr, Founder OhYesYo! Note: This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu – 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, founder of Disrupt Design and the UnSchool
Speaker Topic: Systems, Design and Making Change
Dr. Leyla Acaroglu has been pioneering and challenging how we understand, communicate, and participate in solving the complex social and environmental issues in the world today. Often referred to as ‘The Doctor of Change,’ Leyla’s approach runs counter to the mainstream when it comes to making positive change. On a mission to disrupt the status quo and make our world work better for all, she uses a systems and sustainability sciences approach, combined with creative skills, to successfully advance the role of sustainability as a critical part of any decision-making framework. In 2016 Leyla was named by the UNEP a Champion of the Earth, awarded the highest accolade offered by the United Nations for her work in advancing science and innovation for sustainability.
Susan Aplin – Co-founder & CEO, bambeco
Speaker Topic: The Challenges of Green Entrepreneurship
Susan’s career spans 25 years and has included some of the best-known and respected premium retail brands in the industry, such as Williams Sonoma, Inc., The Gap, The Sports Authority, and Staples. Her experience encompasses key executive roles in Merchandising, E-Commerce and Catalog, Supply Chain, Operations, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Affirming her vision and leadership, Susan (and bambeco) have received numerous accolades, including being named as top CEO in 2012 by SmartCEO Brava Awards, bambeco named to Internet Retailer’s HOT 100, and nominated for top Luxury Sustainability Brand. In 2012, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recognized Susan and bambeco in his State of the State for her great work in Maryland. Susan and bambeco continue to be recognized for measurable contributions to sustainability, innovation, leadership, and philanthropy.
Reese Ashe – Owner, Reflex Functional Fitness
Reflex Functional Fitness is owned and operated by Reese Ashe, NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt. Reese, a familiar figure in Baltimore, has over 15 years experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader and martial arts instructor. He has won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Personal Trainer” 2010. Baltimore Sun Magazine’s “Top Trainer” 2011, Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Fitness Class” 2012 and was again nominated in 2014.
Baltimore Wood Project featuring (pictured left to right):
Jeff Carroll, VP of Humanim
Morgan Grove, Team Leader at US Forest Service for the Baltimore Wood Project
Baltimore, like dozens of post-industrial U.S. cities, faces a suite of challenges, including lack of economic opportunity, high rates of unemployment, and thousands of vacant and abandoned homes that contribute to blight and crime. Instead of simply planting trees in the city, the U.S. Forest Service, together with Humanim, Inc., the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and other partners saw a much larger opportunity to improve environmental, economic, and social outcomes. Instead of being demolished and sent to the landfill, abandoned homes are being carefully deconstructed – brick by brick and board by board; reducing waste, creating jobs for people with barriers to employment, making beautiful centuries-old materials available for re-use, and transforming blight into community green space. In addition, the BWP is working to ensure fallen street trees are made available as wood, not as waste. Come hear their story, and become part of the ecosystem of scientists, entrepreneurs, artisans, and residents making this business model sustainable. This session will feature the debut of a short film showcasing this work.
Changa Bell – Executive Director, The Black Male Yoga Initiative
As a Georgetown University Certified Health Coach and Founder of both Sunlight & Yoga Holistic Wellness Center, Executive Director of the Black Male Yoga Initiative, Changa Bell has dedicated his life to educate, engage and encourage people to connect with their purpose and increase attention to self-care via holistic health practices. He provides workshops, informational videos, retreats, books, private and group consulting to individuals and organizations that seek transformational change.
Calvin G. Butler Jr. – CEO, BGE
Speaker Topic: The Innovation Imperative – How Established Organizations Are Increasingly Thinking Like Startups In Conversation With Michael D. Smith & Darryl Wiggins; Moderated By Jamie McDonald
Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Butler is responsible for BGE’s successful execution of the company’s six key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation and technology, and diversity and inclusion. Butler also is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and a member of the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon.
Majora Carter – Urban Revitalization Strategist
Speaker Topic: Beyond Green – Rethinking Innovation, Health, Jobs and Economic Advancement in Low-Status Communities
Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems. At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx – where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today.
Lynn Heller – Vice President, Abell Foundation
Speaker Topic: Our Clean Energy Future: Climate Change, Poverty, and Eliminating the Energy Divide
As Vice President of the Abell Foundation, a private foundation focused on improving the quality of life in Baltimore, Maryland, Lynn Heller oversees the foundation’s operations. She also manages the Foundation’s environmental grants portfolio, through which the Foundation supports public and private efforts to enhance climate mitigation and resilience, improve local air and water quality, and promote environmental justice.
Paul LaPorte – CEO & Entrepreneur, MF Fire, Inc.
Speaker Topic: Green Tech Panel – What’s Next In The Green Innovation Economy In Conversation With Jason Schwartzberg & Mary Beth Tung
Paul LaPorte is Chief Executive Officer of MF Fire, Inc. and brings 28 years of high growth technology leadership. Paul excels at establishing new firms as thought and market leaders. Paul founded and led several venture and angel backed startups, including Fusion Smartband, LoyaltyWorks, and RegistrationSite. Previously, he was COO at ClearPath Immigration, VP of Marketing at Evergreen Assurance and Global Manager for SaaS Solutions at Proofpoint.
Lisa Millspaugh Schroeder – President & CEO, Parks & People Foundation
Speaker Topic: New Thinking: Greening Baltimore at the Grassroots In Conversation With J.J. Reidy, Evie Schwartz & Chris Swan; Moderated by Lynn Heller
Lisa Schroeder is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parks & People Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, established over 30 years ago to revitalize Baltimore’s neighborhoods and unite the city through parks. Parks & People envisions a Baltimore where everyone is connected to nature, their community and each other, through vibrant parks and green spaces. Lisa has been featured as a speaker at sustainability and waterfront development conferences in Lisbon, Naples, Toronto and Genoa and at national organizations, including the AIA, the US Green Building Council and the International Downtown Association. She was recognized as an outstanding woman in business by the Pittsburgh Business Times (2011) and received the AIA Gold Medal Award in 2012.
Alexander Núñez – Senior Vice President Of Regulatory & External Affairs, BGE
Alexander G. Núñez oversees strategy and regulatory affairs, governmental and external relations, communications and marketing, BGE’s economic development work, community relationships, and relationships with the company’s large customers. Núñez is the Executive Sponsor of BGE’s Innovation and Strategy Collaborative. He serves currently on the boards of directors for Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and Audubon Maryland-DC. Núñez also serves as an appointee on the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.
J.J. Reidy – CEO, Urban Pastoral
Speaker Topic: New Thinking: Greening Baltimore at the Grassroots In Conversation With Evie Schwartz, Lisa Schroeder & Chris Swan; Moderated by Lynn Heller
J.J. Reidy founded development firm, Urban Pastoral in 2014, and serves as its CEO. He is an entrepreneur, global food activist and urban developer, who has helped guide social enterprises in Baltimore, Milan, Ethiopia, and Peru focusing on socioeconomic development and sustainability. His work on developing urban food ecosystems has been recognized at the World Expo, Bon Appétech, and Food Tech Stockholm. J.J. also serves on the Real Food Hopkins Committee, and volunteers as a mentor / coach for Baltimore youth. J.J. received an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in History & East Asian Studies from Denison University.
Evie Schwartz – Associate Director of Outreach and Production at Civic Works’ Baltimore Center for Green Careers, RetroFit Baltimore
Speaker Topic: New Thinking: Greening Baltimore at the Grassroots In Conversation With J.J. Reidy, Lisa Schroeder & Chris Swan; Moderated by Lynn Heller
Evie joined the Civic Works team in 2011. Evie is responsible for day-to-day management of the Retrofit Baltimore and EnergyReady programs. Evie oversees the building of strong recruitment, financing, and service partnerships; the case coordination and assistance provided to households by Retrofit Baltimore staff; the quality of services provided by contractors; and the quality and accessibility of green career opportunities created with partner contractors.
Jason Schwartzberg – President, MD Energy Advisors
Panel Topic: GreenTech Panel – What’s Next In The Green Innovation Economy In Conversation With Paul LaPorte & Mary Beth Tung
Jason founded Point.Click.Switch and MD Energy Advisors in 2010 in an effort to provide turn key, holistic energy solutions that reduce the impact on both the balance sheet and the environment. The companies have remained nimble and provide solutions for both homeowners and businesses include onsite and offsite solar, energy efficiency and energy procurement. Jason serves as the Vice President of the McDonogh School Alumni Association and serves on the Real Estate Committee for the Associated. Jason received an MBA from Loyola College and a B.A. in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.
Michael D. Smith – Vice President of Exelon Generation Innovation and Strategy Development, Constellation
Speaker Topic: The Innovation Imperative – How Established Organizations are Increasingly Thinking Like Startups In Conversation With Calvin G. Butler Jr.
Michael D. Smith is vice president of Exelon Generation Innovation and Strategy Development. A 20-year veteran of the energy industry, Smith is responsible for the development of key strategic initiatives for Exelon Generation and the company’s overall innovation strategy, strategic transaction management and venture investing.
Chris Swan – Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Speaker Topic: New Thinking: Greening Baltimore at the Grassroots In Conversation With J.J. Reidy, Lisa Schroeder & Evie Schwartz; Moderated by Lynn Heller
Swan is leading the Maryland Green Prisons Initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Baltimore Office of Sustainability and other local collaborators. As part of the program, Swan works with inmates at the Metropolitan Transition Center in Baltimore to spruce up and test wildflowers and grasses in eight vacant West Baltimore lots.
Carmera Thomas – Project Manager, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore
Speaker Topic: A Special Talk On Climate Activism
Carmera Thomas joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore as a shared employee in April 2016. As program manager of the Healthy Harbor Initiative, she connects Baltimore residents and students to the waterfront through hands on experiences. She manages the Baltimore Oyster Partnership, growing over 20,000 juvenile oysters in the Inner Harbor and leads educational workshops about pollution issues. Carmera began her career as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member in its inaugural year in 2010, later joining CBF as a full-time employee. Carmera has a passion for inspiring and educating others to become advocates of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Mary Beth Tung – Director, Maryland Energy Administration
Speaker Topic: Green Tech Panel – What’s Next In The Green Innovation Economy In Conversation With Paul LaPorte & Mary Beth Tung
As deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, Dr. Tung helped develop innovative solutions for the department to work more efficiently while providing guidance and support to its science-based efforts. Previously, Dr. Tung had worked extensively in the legal and scientific communities. As an attorney, she specialized in business law, intellectual property, and biotechnology patent law. She has also taught at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and studied and performed biomedical research in immunology, pharmacology, and virology. In addition, Dr. Tung earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Wright State University, a postdoctoral associate in pharmacology and virology from the Yale University School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Cincinnati.
Robert Wallace – CEO, BITHenergy
Speaker Topic: Two Generations Of Alternative Energy Changemakers Reflect On Leading A Movement For The Future: The Wallace Family
Robert L. Wallace is an accomplished engineer, entrepreneur, author, business consultant and internationally-known keynote speaker. He has founded three companies – BITHGROUP Technologies, BITHENERGY, and EntreTeach Learning Systems. Robert graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B. S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Robert is an Affiliate Professor at Loyola University and serves on numerous boards and commissions.
Panel curated by the National Aquarium featuring (pictured left to right):
Curtis Bennett, Conservation Project Manager, National Aquarium
Genevieve LaRouche, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Holly Shields, National Wildlife Federation
Panel Topic: How Does Your Garden Grow? Encouraging Conservation In Urban Communities
Curtis Bennett is a Conservation Project Manager at the National Aquarium. He organizes habitat restoration projects and conservation efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. He also coordinates the educational aspect of the projects, engaging local students and community members, empowering them to become environmental stewards.
Genevieve LaRouche is the Field Office Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chesapeake Bay Field Office in Annapolis, Maryland. Genevieve has worked for USFWS for 17 years. She started as an Economist calculating the value of wildlife-related recreation and has worked on various projects including the launching of the State Wildlife Grant program.
Holly joined the National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in September 2016. In her role as Regional Education Manager, she is responsible for developing strategies and partnerships to advance conservation education and habitat programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region, including NWF’s Garden for Wildlife Programs and Eco-Schools USA.
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