Plenary 4: The Built Environment - Building Climate Solutions


Andrew Revkin has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, books, documentaries and his New York Times blog, Dot Earth, winning the country's top science journalism awards multiple times. He was a staff reporter at The Times from 1995 to 2009. Since 2010, he has been the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, where he teaches courses on blogging, environmental-science communication and documentary video with a focus on sustainable development. He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the fight to save the Amazon rain forest. Revkin has also written three book chapters on communication and the environment and speaks to varied audiences around the world about the power of the Web to foster progress on a finite planet. Two films have been based on his writing – “The Burning Season” (HBO, 1994) and “Rock Star” (WB, 2001). He’s a performing songwriter and accompanist for Pete Seeger in spare moments and has released his first album of original songs this year.


Bob Dixon is experienced in local, national, and international business practices, with contacts spanning the globe, a recognized industry leader and expert in performance contracting, energy services,  and building controls, serves on industry-based board of directors, and as a subject-matter-expert and motivational keynote speaker at venues around the world.

He currently serves as the Vice President of Industry Affairs, Building Performance & Sustainability for the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Infrastructure and Cities.  In this position, is responsible for strategy development, market positioning, and Industry Leadership to businesses, industry, and governments on efficiency and sustainability in buildings in North America.

He currently serves as Industry First-Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy, and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO). He served as the Global Head of Efficiency & Sustainability, Vice President, and Senior Advisor to the Management Board for the International Headquarters of the Building Technologies Division of Siemens.  In this position, he was responsible for advising government and business leaders around the world on global initiatives for building efficiency and sustainability that reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, and conserve natural resources.

In addition, he was responsible to the Management Board to identify, and assess the strategic implications of energy efficiency and sustainability global trends and opportunities, plus identify and provide strategic fit evaluation of partnership opportunities including sourced technologies that would support the efficiency and sustainability strategies.He was the first designated Senior Principle Expert for the 39,000 employee Building Technologies division.

Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions, with worldwide P&L responsibilities.  In this capacity, the business expanded from USA in five offices, to 24 nations throughout Europe and Asia Pacific.

He served as the Industry Member on the Buildings and Appliances Task Force under the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.

He spent the first 19 years of his professional career with Johnson Controls in a variety of leadership positions and served as an officer in the California National Guard.


David Hales has been President and CEO of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education since August, 2012.

Prior to assuming this post, Hales was President of College of the Atlantic. Under his leadership, College of the Atlantic received recognition for innovative academic excellence, and became the first institution of higher education in the United States to be a “NetZero” emitter of greenhouse gases.

President Hales has held numerous positions promoting sustainability nationally and internationally, including directing environmental policy and sustainability programs of the United States Agency for International Development throughout the Clinton administration.


Jennifer Jurado has served as the Director of the Natural Resources Planning and Management Division of Broward County, Florida since March, 2008. She is responsible for the county-wide coordination of water resources policy, planning and management activities; advancement of the County’s regional climate initiatives; administration of beach and marine resources programs; implementation of the County's land stewardship program; and environmental monitoring activities. Significant initiatives have included development and implementation of Broward’s county-wide integrated water resources plan, the convening of regional water and climate change task forces, and coordination of multi-jurisdictional initiatives focused on water conservation, alternative water supply planning, environmental sustainability and climate adaptation. Previously, she worked as Broward County’s Water Resources Manager and as Director of the Water Resources Division.



Anthony Michaels is co-founder and managing director of Proteus Environmental Technologies and chief scientist at Pegasus Capital Advisors. Dr. Michaels also advises large and small companies on corporate sustainability and access to new environmental markets. Proteus creates and manages a portfolio of companies with environmental technologies in renewable energy, sustainable seafood, and clean water. Before entering the business in 2008, Dr. Michaels had an academic career in environmental and ocean sciences. In 1996, he was the Founding Director of the University of Southern California Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Among his many board positions, Dr. Michaels was the first President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, Chair of the Catalina Island Conservancy, and the NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education. He chairs the board at the National Council for Science and the Environment.



Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest and Professor at CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. She has conducted her Ph.D. studies at the University of California (Berkeley and Los Angeles), and has been a Fulbright Scholar.

After 4 years of dissertation writing and research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the USA, Diana Ürge-Vorsatz returned to Europe and has been devoting her research and teaching activities to the promotion of sustainable energy policy for the Central and Eastern European region. She has worked on and directed several international research projects for organisations including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Global Environment Facility, United Nation’s Environment Programme, the World Energy Council, Climate Strategies and the World Bank. She has been regularly advising the Hungarian government on environmental, climate change and energy issues.

Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz has authored over 80 publications, and has been serving on several advisory and governing bodies of organisations including UK Energy Research Centre, REEEP (the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership), the Hungarian Energy Efficiency Cofinancing Program (HEECP), the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), and the Collaborative Appliance Labelling and Standards Programme (CLASP), among others. She acted as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the chapter “Climate Change Mitigation in Buildings”, served on the United Nation’s Special Expert Group on Climate Change, and is member of the United Nations Foundation’s expert group on energy efficiency advising the German G8+5 process. She is an Associate Editor for the journal “Energy Efficiency”, and is leading the buildings-related work in the new Global Energy Assessmentto be published by 2010.

Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz has been acknowledged for her contribution to the work of theIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the Nobel Peace Prize of 2007. She has received the Hungarian Republic’s Presidential Award “Medium Cross” in March 2008 and has been distinguished with the Role Model Award of Pannon Példakép Foundation as one of Hungary’s role models in March 2009.