2012 UN Sustainable Energy Conference

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Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development Conference Agenda

Monday, October 22

MSU Union Gold A & B

Session Theme: Sustainable Energy, Food Security and the Environment

Moderator: John F. Whims, Economist and External Relations Director, Office of International Research Collaboration, MSU

9:00 – 9:40 am

The UN’s Sustainable Energy Initiative: Opportunities for Universities and Businesses (01-UNConf2012KimbleSustainableEnergyOpportunities.pdf)

Melinda Kimble, Sr. Vice President UN Foundation

Melinda Kimble is a senior vice president, and oversees the United Nations Foundation’s International Bioenergy Initiative. She joined the UN Foundation in May 2000. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Ms. Kimble served as a state department foreign service officer, attaining the rank of minister-counselor. She served in policy-level positions in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, overseeing multilateral development issues and debt policy; in the Bureau of Oceans, International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES), leading environmental negotiations (e.g, Climate Change Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 1997). Her assignments abroad include Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Tunisia. She speaks French and Arabic and holds two master’s degrees: Economics from the University of Denver and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

9:40 – 10:20 am

Woodfuels, Livelihoods, and Food Security: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (02-UNConf2012RichardsonWoodfuels.pdf)

Robert B. Richardson, Assistant Professor, Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, MSU

Robert B. Richardson is an applied economist in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural and resource economics. His teaching, research and outreach program focuses mainly on sustainability and development. His research has included assessments of the role of natural resources in poverty alleviation and food security, vulnerability to climate change and tradeoffs in decision making about natural resource management. He has conducted research in Zambia, Kenya, Costa Rica and Belize.

10:30 – 11:10 am

Canadian Sustainable Energy Initiatives (03-UNConf2012Dennis-DudleyCanada.pdf)

Bruce Dudley, Sr. VP Delphi Group and

David Dennis, Executive VP Business Development, Fleet Advantage, Inc.

Bruce Dudley is a senior consultant with Delphi's Sustainability Services where he leads activity in the mining and pharmaceutical sectors. Mr. Dudley focuses on the environmental policies of government and the application of smart regulation and other regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to effect change in corporate and public behavior. Mr. Dudley joined the Delphi Group with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector. He volunteers for local childhood cancer fundraising events and has been actively working on enhancing research capacity globally for Neuroblastoma. Mr. Dudley is also the vice chair of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association.

David Dennis is the vice president of business development at Fleet Advantage. He has spent most of his career in senior leadership roles with consumer package goods companies including Coca-Cola and Bacardi-Martini. Mr. Dennis was recognized by global retail leadership for his ability to collaborate for mutual value. He is also one of the original founders of Fleet Advantage, which works to reduce harmful transportation emissions. As part of that commitment he is leading a collaborative initiative to bring a higher blend ethanol to Canadian retail so both fleets and consumers alike can take advantage of the emission reduction benefits from this renewable resource.

11:10 – 11:45 am

Sustainable Energy, Environment and Biodiversity (04-UNConf2012SittenfeldBiodiversity.pdf)

Ana Sittenfeld, Director, International Affairs, University of Costa Rica

Professor Ana Sittenfeld, a Costa Rica native, has worked at the Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica) since 1978. She is currently an associate professor and senior staff scientist at the university and has a professional doctorate degree in microbiology. Prof. Sittenfeld is an expert in agricultural biodiversity, biotechnology, bioprospecting, education, and engineering. Fluent in Spanish and English, Prof. Sittenfeld, a distinguished professor, was the Costa Rica-USA Foundation vice chair for the National Biodiversity Institute (INBIO) from 1991-1996.

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Reducing Energy Poverty to Promote Food Security (05-UNConf2012OstheimerGBEP.pdf)

Gerard Ostheimer, US Dept. of Agriculture and Global BioEnergy Partnership (GBEP)

Dr. Gerard Ostheimer is the USDA FAS Science Advisor, a post he has held since Sept. 2010. Dr. Ostheimer’s job is to promote the sustainable production and use of bioenergy for sustainable development. He is working to connect the latest and best science and technology to the diplomacy driving sustainable development. From 1997-2003, Ostheimer studied biochemistry and the structural biology of proteins at the University of Oregon. He completed post-doctoral work for Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Ostheimer is the United States government technical lead to the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP).

Session Theme: Promising Approaches and Technology for Developing Economies

Moderator: Douglas Gage, Director of Interdisciplinary Research, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

1:45 – 2:20 pm

Energy, Wealth and Human Development: Why We Must Have Renewable Fuels (06-UNConf2012DaleEnergyWealthHumanDevelopment.pdf)

Bruce Dale, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, MSU, and Department of Energy (DOE) Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Bruce Dale is an international expert in biofuels, specifically ethanol. He can discuss alternatives to fossil fuels, and the conversion of plant biomass – like corn and fast-growing switchgrass – into energy. He has specific expertise on questions of net energy of biofuels, environmental sustainability of biofuels and integration of biofuels with food and animal feed systems. Dr. Dale earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1979, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Arizona in 1976.

2:20 – 2:55 pm

Biological Processes for Biomass Conversion to Bioenergy

Wei Liao, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU

Dr. Wei Liao, a registered professional engineer and an assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering at MSU, has been working on bioenergy/bioproducts area for more than a decade. Dr. Liao is leading an active research program on biological conversion of agricultural residues into bioenergy/chemical products at MSU. Dr. Liao earned both his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in fermentation engineering from Jiangnan University, China. He earned a doctorate in biosystems engineering from Washington State University, where he served as a research associate at Washington State University, before moving to MSU.

3:10 – 3:45 pm

Thermochemical Processes for Biomass Conversion to Bioenergy (08-UNConf2012SaffronThermochemical.pdf)

Chris Saffron, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, MSU

Chris Saffron is an assistant professor in the departments of Forestry and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at MSU. His research interests include thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals. Dr. Saffron’s active research projects include bio-oil tan reduction by selection amongst native warm-season grasses to promote biomass densification by pyrolysis; woody biomass conversion to value-added chemicals using fast pyrolysis and catalysis; transforming and densifying biomass in the Regional Biomass Processing Center (RBPC).

3:45 – 4:30 pm

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center – Meeting the Challenges of Sustainable Energy (09-UNConf2012GageGLBRCReview.pdf)

Douglas Gage, Director of Interdisciplinary Research, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Doug Gage is currently the Director of Interdisciplinary Research in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at MSU. He served as Director of the MSU BioEconomy Network from 2010-2012, where he was primarily responsible for bioenergy and bioeconomy issues related to research and was the primary administrative point of contact for the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, MSU’s $142-million, DOE-funded grant with the University of Wisconsin to develop next generation biofuels. Previously, Dr. Gage served on the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 1990-2002. His research focused on metabolic engineering of plant biochemical pathways related to water stress adaptation, as well as analytical biochemistry. In 2002, he joined Pfizer Global Research and Development in Ann Arbor, where he was senior director and department head leading the discovery and early clinical development biomarker effort. Dr. Gage earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Florida State University and his doctorate in botany from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his post-doctoral training at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MSU Union Gold A & B

Session Theme: Economics, Value Chain and Impacts of Sustainable Energy Systems

Moderator: Steven Hanson, Chair, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU

9:00 – 9:40 am

The Prospects for Biofuels under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (10-UnConf2012FerrisProspects.pdf)

John Ferris, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU

Dr. John “Jake” Ferris is professor emeritus in the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Economics. Since retiring from MSU in 1997, Dr. Ferris has continued to conduct active research and outreach programs focused on biofuels and other agricultural and natural resource issues. For analytical purposes, he continues to maintain an econometric model of U.S. agriculture which generates year by year projections for a 10 year outlook. Since 2005, he has consulted on biodiesel with Jacobsen Publishing, a Chicago based private market news firm specializing in by-products of agribusiness.

9:40 – 10:15 am

Sustainable Bioenergy: Lessons from Great Lakes Research (11-UNConf2012SwintonSustainableBioenergy.pdf)

Scott Swinton, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU

Scott M. Swinton is a professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He teaches ecological economics and agricultural production economics. His economic research on agricultural production and environmental management focuses on technology evaluation and policy analysis. He concentrates on problems involving ecosystem services, bioenergy, crop pest and nutrient management, precision agriculture, resource conservation, and management of risks to human health and incomes.

10:30 – 11:10 am

Economics of Wind Energy and Its Impacts on Economic Development (12-UNConf2012HarshWindEnergyEconomics.pdf)

Stephen Harsh, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, MSU

Dr. Steve Harsh is professor emeritus in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Dr. Harsh joined the faculty in 1968 and served a teaching, research and extension appointment until 2011. Dr. Harsh conducts research and outreach programs related to the role of information systems for supporting management, economics of cooperative and livestock production, strategic planning, tactical and operational decision-making, and human resource management. His master’s and doctoral degrees are from Cornell.

11:10 – 11:45 am Europe’s Greenest City: Where Could it be Replicated? (13-UNConf2012GullikssonEuropesGreenestCity.pdf)

Hans Gulliksson, City of Växjö, Sweden

Hans Gullikson is a project manager for the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden. He is responsible for the agency and works with European contacts as vice president for FEDARENE, working concrete in the region and internationally with biomass R&D and business development. He is a specialist in biomass and biofuels, Energy and business, energy in industries, and has a wealth of knowledge in energy for transport, as well as for regional planning in the energy sector. He has a MS in Civil Engineering with a special area of water treatment and energy from the University of Lund, Sweden.

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Exporting Sustainable Energy Products To The World (14-UNConf2012RichesonExporting Sustainable Energy Products to the World.pdf)

Deanna Richeson, Director, State Trade Export Promotion (STEP) Program, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Deanna Richeson is the Managing Director of the Export Program for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Since joining the State of Michigan's economic development arm in 1993, Deanna has served as International Trade Specialist, National Account Manager, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program Manager, Defense Center Deputy Director and Director of Centers of Energy Excellence. She managed the start-up investment attraction organization, Michigan First, Inc., which was a predecessor to MEDC. For eighteen years, Deanna has served as a strong advocate for Michigan's business community. Prior to working for the state, Deanna spent 10 years managing a small private company in the Lansing area. Deanna serves on the West Michigan District Export Council. She served on the West Michigan World Affairs Council board of directors for four years, assisting in coordination of key events featuring world leaders on foreign policy. She earned a B.A. in International Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.


Session Theme: Sustainable Energy, Business Development and Entrepreneurship

Moderator: Douglas Jester, 5 Lakes Energy Consultants

1:45 – 2:15 pm

The Potential Impact of Michigan’s 25X25 Proposal on Jobs and Investments (15-UNConf2012CalninImpact25x25.pdf)

Charles McKeown, Department of Agricultural, Food & Resource Economics, MSU (Given by Benjamin Calnin)

Charles McKeown is the Renewable Energy Policy Program Manager and Data and Informatics Coordinator for LPI. He facilitates the establishment of a permanent campus-based land use modeling and outreach initiative, and with a multi-disciplinary team, develops predictive tools for land use planning and education. Mr. McKeown holds two degrees from MSU – a bachelor’s and master’s degree in entomology, specializing in Ecology. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

2:15 – 2:45 pm

Overview of the Federal Program to Export Energy Technologies

Troy Brownrigg, Brownrigg Companies

Troy Brownrigg is the International Vice President at Brownrigg Companies LTD. He previously worked at Raymond James and Merrill Lynch. He has a BA from Michigan State University. He is a Michigan-based broker of Export Import Bank and Department of Commerce export assistance programs.

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Sustainable Energy as a Job Creating Initiative (17-UNConf2012Markell UAW.pdf)

Brad Markell, Energy Research Specialist, United Auto Workers

Brad Markell is an International Representative in the UAW Research Department. His assignments include helping develop and advance the union’s position on energy and environmental policy. Mr. Markell began his career as an assembler at General Motor’s Willow Run Assembly plant and was appointed to the staff of the UAW in 1998. Mr. Markell was appointed by Governor Granholm to the Michigan Climate Action Council in 2007. He participates on behalf of the UAW at the Cornell Labor Leader’s Climate Forum and in support of the Apollo Alliance’s work to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector. A lifelong Michigan resident, Mr. Markell has degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Wayne State. He joined the UAW in 1976 and is a member of UAW Local 14 in Toledo, Ohio.

3:30 – 4:30

Products and Experiences Exporting to Developing Countries: Panel discussion

Richard Harmon – Tellurex Corporation (18-UNConf2012Harmon-Tellurex tpod.pdf)

Richard G. Harmon is Director of Product and Process Development. His responsibilities include oversight and analysis of engineering, design and prototyping of all Tellurex projects and product developments. His activities extend to significant interface with customers in collaborative activities and in the company’s objectives in product development for the developing world. He is responsible for interfacing engineering with Quality, Sales, Purchasing, Accounting and general management. Mr. Harmon is registered as inventor in several patents. He has been in the employ of Tellurex for nine years.

Christina Keller – Cascade Engineering Corporation (19-UNConf2012KellerHydraid BioSand Filter presentation.pdf)

Christina Keller is Business Unit Leader of Triple Quest, a joint venture between Cascade Engineering and The Windquest Group. Previously, Keller developed new strategy practices and served as a project leader at Polaris Management Partners, a New York-based management consulting firm. Earlier in her career, she provided consulting services in risk management and financial analysis at Accenture and served as project manager at the Environmental Resources Trust in Washington, D.C., where her focus included renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction projects. Keller’s professional experience includes an array of hands-on international development work. She has served in Uganda with Solar Light for Africa, installing solar panels on schools and hospitals with Uganda’s first lady; in Peru, she has developed micro-enterprises in rural communities and taught micro-business classes in a number of high-poverty areas. Keller holds an MBA in Sustainable Global Enterprise from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in International Development and Environmental Studies from Boston College.

Adam Stratton – Power Panel

Adam Stratton is the Vice President of Business Development of Power Panel, Inc. His area of expertise is Renewable Energy and Cleantech Business Development. He holds a Master of Renewable Energy Management from the Universidad de Málaga (Spain).

 David Dennis – Fleet Advantage, Inc.