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Follow Up: Post Your Questions & Responses From "How To Save The Planet On A Budget"

Thank you so much for a terrific webinar! In a few days, we'll have an audio recording of this amazing presentiation up in this post's slot. We kept a fast pace to get to all the speakers in the 3 hour time slot, and we know we didn't get a chance to get to everyone's questions. Please post your unanswered or unasked questions in the comments- we'll forward them to our panelists for follow-up answers. Also, please feel free to leave comments, thoughts or responses to the webinar. This was the first time staging an event of this length and we would love feedback. Below is the agenda and bios of panelists as a reminder of what was discussed.

Thank you for participating! This kind of dialogue is what makes TEC great.  

9:00am - Introductory Remarks

9:15am - Paying the Cost of Carbon: A Conversation About Carbon Pricing
- Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund (moderating)
- Janet Peace, VP of Business and Markets Strategies, C2ES
- Lee Thiessen, Executive Director for Climate Change Policy and British Columbia's Climate Action Secretariat

9:45am - Can Carbon Markets Drive Green Innovation and Infrastructure?
- Gernot Wagner, Environmental Defense Fund (moderating)
- Lucas Merrill Brown, Rhodes Scholar, Oxford

10:15am - Stimulus That Works: Public-Private Cooperation for a Greener Economy
- Marc Gunther, FORTUNE (moderating)
- Andrew Carman, Head of Americas for Project & Structured Finance Infrastructure, Cities and Industry team at Siemens Financial Services.
- Jo Danko, Global Director for Sustainable Solutions, CH2M HILL

10:45am - Renewable ROI: The Economic Case for Renewable Infrastructure
- Marc Gunther, FORTUNE (moderating)
- Kirk Edelman, President and CEO, Siemens Financial Services U.S
- Lane Burt, Technical Policy Director, USGBC
- Thiemo Gropp, co-founder, DESERTEC Foundation

11:15am - Green Seeds: Venture Capital and Cleantech Startups
- Jesse Jenkins, Breakthrough Institute (moderating)
- Will Coleman, Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

11:45am - Dynamic Regulation: Government Policy and Cleantech
- Jesse Jenkins, Breakthrough Institute (moderating)
- Dan Shugar, CEO, Solaria
- Scott Edward Anderson, founder, VerdeStrategy

12:15pm - Wrap-up Discussion with Moderators and Closing Remarks


About Our Guests

Presenting (in alpabetical order):


Scott Edward Anderson is founder of VerdeStrategy, a consulting and advisory firm focused on the cleantech, energy, and environment sectors, and the popular blog, as well as a frequent commentator on FOX Business Network. He has over 20 years experience in management, marketing, fund raising and business development. He has held management positions for large institutions, such as The Nature Conservancy, the world's most successful global conservation organization, and Ashoka, a social venture capital organization with operations in 72 countries worldwide, and has consulted with dozens of businesses and social entrepreneurs around the globe.


Lucas BrownLucas Merrill Brown is a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford who researches consumer behavior around cleantech adoption. He has worked as a research intern for climate change economics for Environmental Defense Fund, as Regional Field Director for Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello, as a budget aide for D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, and as a programmer for While at Oberlin College, Lucas helped establish a renown emission reduction outreach program. He also founded Oberlin's $300,000 revolving loan fund that invests in on-campus energy efficiency projects.


Lane BurtLane Burt is Director, Technical Policy at the U.S. Green Building Council. He is amechanical engineer by training and began his work as Technical Policy Director at the U.S. Green Building Council in August 2010, coming from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Lane helped draft legislation related to building and appliance energy efficiency, including provisions of the Recovery Act, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and the Home Star Act. Additionally, Lane has worked on building energy labeling, incentives, codes and standards at the federal level and in China, and has testified as an expert witness in congressional hearings on these topics. Lane has also worked on the design and modeling of high-performance commercial buildings, including LEED buildings, in Charlotte, N.C.


Andrew CarmanAndrew Carman is Head of Americas for the Project & Structured Finance Infrastructure,
Cities and Industry team at Siemens Financial Services
. Prior to this role, Mr. Carman
was Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible for SFS Inc.'s Equipment
Finance group, specializing in equipment finance and energy savings performance
contracting solutions for all commercial and municipal customers. Mr. Carman has more
than 18 years experience in equipment financing. Prior to joining SFS Inc., he spent 10 years with GE Capital in a variety of leadership roles, including international mergers and acquisitions, commercial equipment financing and health care equipment financing.


Will ColemanWill Coleman is a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures. He graduated magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, where he earned an MBA and an MS in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, Will founded the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) and the Center for Energy & Environmental Innovation (now the Energy Institute). He has logged ten years in cleantech and has worked with startups, cleantech funds, and on project finance structures for new energy technologies. He previously worked as the Legislative Director for the New Fuels Alliance (Formerly REAP), for GE Wind in the commercial operations group, for Xseed Capital, and on a variety of renewable energy projects abroad. He serves on numerous advisory boards and committees including those of the Clean Economy Network, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative and has served on the advisory committee for the Western Governors' Association.


Jo DankoJo Danko is CH2M HILL's Global Director for Sustainable Solutions. Jo helps the firm develop goals, strategies, key performance indicators, and targets for sustainability and measures our performance against those goals. Jo actively engages in educating employees and raising awareness of sustainability issues. In 2011, Jo and his team will be responsible for training more than 500 CH2M HILL employees on how to engage clients in discussing sustainability from a business perspective and integrating sustainability into their projects. He also volunteers annually to educate students about environmental issues and sustainability.


Kirk EdelmanKirk H. Edelman is the president and CEO of Siemens Financial Services. He is responsible for leading Siemens' commercial finance and leasing business across North America. Mr. Edelman previously served as Senior Vice President and the General Manager of the company's Energy Finance business. Mr. Edelman has more than 20 years of finance experience focusing on energy natural resources and infrastructure finance. Prior to Siemens, he was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director and managed the Project Finance Group at GMAC, the CFO of Translink Transmission Company, a Managing Director in TD Securities' Energy Group, a First Vice President & Manager in Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstien's Energy and Utilities Department and the Department Manager for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's New York Project Finance Department. In addition, Mr. Edelman has held finance positions with Catalyst Energy Corporation, Ocwen Financial Corporation, and Westvaco Corporation. Mr. Edelman was an engineer with Exxon Corporation before attending graduate school. Mr. Edelman received a B.S. degree with distinction in civil engineering from Bucknell University and a M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Thiemo GroppDr. Thiemo Gropp is a co-founder of the DESERTEC Foundation. He has been following the development of renewable energies for many years. As an entrepreneur he has built and led several nationally as well as internationally successful technology companies. Dr. Thiemo Gropp studied physics in Germany and the USA and has a PhD in biochemistry.

ImageJanet Peace is the Vice President of Markets and Business Strategy at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. In this role, she manages the Center's engagement with corporate community, its economics program and its analysis of market-based policy options. Previously, Dr. Peace held the same role at the Pew Center on Global Climate, C2ES's predecessor organization. Dr. Peace holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Geology.


ImageLee Thiessen works for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment as the Executive Director of Climate Policy in the Climate Action Secretariat.  This Secretariat is responsible for developing and coordinating policy, and its implementation, across the BC provincial government.  The policy is aimed at helping the province progress towards its greenhouse gas targets and adapting to the impacts of climate change.   Lee has previously worked as an energy analyst, an economist at the Bank of Canada and has taught environmental economics at Royal  Roads University in Victoria, BC, as well as high school math and English in Zimbabwe in the mid-1980s.

Daniel Shugar is CEO of Solaria, and has spent over twenty years advancing the renewable energy industry, most recently as president of SunPower Corporation, Systems. Prior, during his tenure as president of PowerLight, Mr. Shugar oversaw revenue growth from less than $1 million to over $800 million and was responsible for the completion of approximately 500 projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide. Mr. Shugar has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. Mr. Shugar holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Golden Gate University.



Gernot WagnerGernot Wagner is an economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, where he works on market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems. He also teaches energy economics as adjunct faculty at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and wrote But will the planet notice?. Gernot served on the editorial board of the Financial Times as a Peter Martin Fellow covering economics, energy, and the environment, and worked for the Boston Consulting Group advising clients on clean technology and carbon markets. He holds a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's and Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard, as well as a master's in economics from Stanford.


Marc Gunther is a veteran journalist, speaker, writer and consultant whose focus is business and sustainability. Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at, and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective. He's also a husband and father, a lover of the outdoors and a marathon runner. Marc is the author or co-author of four books, including Faith and Fortune: How Compassionate Capitalism is Transforming American Business. He's a graduate of Yale who lives in Bethesda, MD.


Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and is one of the country's leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates. Jesse's work and analysis has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. He is founder and chief editor of WattHead - Energy News and Commentary and a featured writer at the Energy Collective.