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.



8:00 AM

Registration Opens

Get Connected: Have Breakfast With Local Leaders From The Corporate, Nonprofit And Innovation Communities.

Welcome Remarks, BGE Shining A Light On Baltimore. BGE’s Vision For The Future, Reclaiming Our City With Light

Ft. Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO, BGE

Beyond Green: Rethinking Innovation, Health, Jobs And Economic Advancement In Low-Status Communities

Ft. Majora Carter, Urban Revitalization Strategist

GreenTech Panel: What’s Next In The Green Innovation Economy? 

Ft. Greg Cangialosi, Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels

Our Clean Energy Future: Climate Change, Poverty & Eliminating The Energy Divide

Ft. Lynn Heller, Vice President, Abell Foundation

Two Generations Of Alternative Energy Changemakers Reflect On Leading A Movement For The Future: The Wallace Family 

Ft. Robert Wallace, Bithenergy, Dan Wallace, Founder And A Principal Power52

Stretch Break

Ft. Reese Ashe, Reflex Fitness Baltimore

Creative Collaboration Lunch, Meet Fellow Attendees & Brainstorm Ideas For A Brighter Baltimore

New Thinking: Greening Baltimore At The Grassroots 

Ft. Evie Schwartz, Retrofit Baltimore, J.J. Reidy, Urban Pastoral, Lisa Schroeder, Parks & People, Chris Swan, Green Prison Initiative, Moderated By Lynn Heller.

How Does Your Garden Grow? Encouraging Conservation In Urban Communities

Ft. 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 Baltimore Wood Project

Ft. Jeff Carroll, VP of Humanim & Dr. Morgan Grove, Team Leader at US Forest Service for the Baltimore Wood Project

Innovating Established Institutions

Ft. Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE

Systems, Design And Making Change

Ft. Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, 2016 United Nations Champion of the Earth, founder of Disrupt Design and the UnSchool


Ft. Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE


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.

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.

Calvin G. Butler Jr. – CEO, BGE

Speaker Topic: The Green Innovation Imperative: How Big Companies Are Thinking Like Startups About The Future Of Energy

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.

Greg Cangialosi – Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels

Green Tech Panel Moderator: What’s Next in the Green Innovation Economy

Greg is an entrepreneur based in Baltimore, MD.  He serves as Chairman & Co-Founder of Betamore, Co-Chair of the Baltimore Angels, and is an active advisor and investor to several companies in the mid-atlantic region. In 2001, Greg started and scaled, with no outside capital, Blue Sky Factory, a leading email marketing service provider, that was acquired by the private equity firm, Riverside Company in July of 2011. Greg serves on the board of the Baltimore Development Corporation and recently completed a two year term on NACIE, (National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship), for the US Department of Commerce.

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.

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.

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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