Keynote Speakers

Debra Rowe, PhD

Debra Rowe, PhD

Dr. Debra Rowe has been professor of energy management, renewable energy technology and psychology for over 29 years at Oakland Community College. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, she created a model energy services technician degree design for community and technical colleges. She also created and teaches energy management and renewable energies in an online format with the National Science Foundation support as part of the renewable energies certificate offered by the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology, has hosted over 100 hundred conferences and customized trainings on energy and sustainable design practices, and has helped numerous colleges develop their energy curricula.

Rowe is the president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, which convenes members of the business, education, communities, government, and faith sectors and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. She is also national co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, and senior advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Rowe is also a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics’ for their international sustainability group.

Her work with higher education associations and institutions enables them to integrate sustainability into areas such as mission, curricula, student life, operations, and community partnerships. She is often a keynote speaker at national and international education conferences and is the author or editor of numerous publications on the integration of sustainability into education.

Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and her Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in psychology, and doctorate in business degrees from the University of Michigan.

Mitchell Thomashow, PhD

Mitchell Thomashow

Dr. Mitchell Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking, and organizational excellence. In August 2011 Thomashow became director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, assisting the executive leadership of college and universities in promoting a comprehensive sustainability agenda on their campuses through consultation on climate action planning, organizational leadership, curricular implementation, and financial planning.

Thomashow is the founder of Whole Terrain, an environmental literary publication originating at Antioch University New England, and “Hawk and Handsaw,” a journal of creative sustainability that is published at Unity College. He also serves as acting chair of the board for the Coalition on Environmental and Jewish Life, on the board of Orion Magazine, is a founding member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, and provides ongoing consultation to the Sustainable Endowments Institute and their new Billion Dollar Green Challenge program.

During his time as president of Unity College in Maine from 2006-2011, Thomashow and his management team integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. Prior to that, during his time as chair of the environmental studies program at Antioch University New England, Thomashow founded an interdisciplinary environmental studies doctoral program and worked collaboratively to grow and nourish a suite of engaging Masters programs, geared to working adults.

His two books, Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist and Bringing the Biosphere Home, have significantly influenced environmental studies education. A recent essay titled “The Gaian Generation: A New Approach to Environmental Learning” provides radical new concepts for teaching about global environmental change. He is currently engaged in work on four writing, networking, and teaching projects: “The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture,” “Sixty Over Sixty,” “Improvisational Excellence,” and “Wilson’s Library.”

Session Presenters

Archie Beaton

Archie Beaton

Archie Beaton is executive director and founder of the Chlorine Free Products Association (CFPA). The CFPA is the leading authority on issues dealing with the impacts of chlorine chemistry in many sectors. In 2004 Mr. Beaton, along with Dr. Allan Springer, a TAPPI Fellow, created the Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative (SMI), appointing a panel of experts from across North America to oversee, review, and update CFPA’s Totally Chlorine Free (TCF), Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) and Sustainable Index (SI) labeling standards.

Beaton has more than 25 years of industry experience in sales, marketing and product development in various pulp, paper, and packaging companies. His professional portfolio includes consulting with the United Nations; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the White House; U.S. House of Representatives; U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Environment Canada; British Columbia Ministry of Environment; several international governments; various state, provincial, regional and city agencies; and numerous universities, not-for-profits and corporations.

Craig Clark

Craig Clark

Craig Clark has served as dean of the Alfred State School of Applied Technology in Wellsville since 1996. He provides leadership for the automotive, building, computerized design and manufacturing, culinary, and electrical trades programs. Clark holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, and an associate degree in engineering science from Jamestown Community College. He has completed coursework at the School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and is a doctoral candidate in civil engineering at North Carolina State University.

He is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Concrete Institute, the Association for Career and Technical Education, and SkillsUSA. Clark also serves as New York State director for Postsecondary Skills USA and is a licensed professional engineer in the state.

Todd Cohen

Todd Cohen directs the American Association of Community College’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) initiative designed to support the community college sector in ramping-up their programs to educate America’s 21st century green workforce.

Todd has over 12 years experience leading large-scale strategic planning initiatives around the country aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of regions through postsecondary, workforce and economic development collaboration. Through his leadership, SEED has become, in less than two years, a 460-member formal community of colleges sharing and implementing promising sustainability and green workforce practices.

Vicki Colello

Vicki Colello is a project manager with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA), where she works in the residential efficiency services program on energy efficiency and renewable energy workforce development, along with other areas. Prior to working with NYSERDA, Colello was an independent consultant working with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) for 10 years, and formerly a policy analyst with the NYS Energy Office, working in energy efficiency and solar energy. She is presently a member of the board of the IREC, and a past member of the board of the American Solar Energy Society.

Mark Courtney

Mark CourtneyMark Courtney is a professional engineer and associate professor and chair of the engineering science transfer program at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In addition to engineering curriculum, he also teaches photovoltaic systems and sustainability concepts and applications courses, and has been the lead faculty member responsible for implementation of renewable energy technology and sustainability course initiatives at Dutchess. Prior to joining the world of academia in 2006, Courtney was the chief engineer at Atlantis Energy Systems, a designer and manufacturer of building integrated photovoltaic systems.

Paul Crovella

Paul CrovellaPaul Crovella is an instructor at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in sustainable construction management and engineering. Before coming to ESF, he taught at Morrisville State College and the University of Puerto Rico. At ESF Crovella has developed coursework to help the department ‘green’ the curriculum. Much of his career has been focused on training to help move the construction industry toward more sustainable materials and approaches, including ISO 14000 training in Central and South America, and consulting for the wood products industry in Brazil. Crovella earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees at Cornell University, and is a professional engineer (NY), a LEED accredited professional (BD+C), and a doctoral candidate at ESF.

William C. Dean

William C. Dean

William C. Dean holds both a Master of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in architecture from the University at Buffalo and an Associate in Applied Science degree in architectural technology from Alfred State. He is a registered architect and a long-standing member of the American Institute of Architects.

Additionally Dean is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Construction Specifications Institute as a construction document technologist, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mike Fisher

Michael FisherMike Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Syracuse University and a master’s in media studies from the New School for Social Research. Following a career in local radio and cable television in the Hudson Valley and Central New York, he was chair of the radio/television/journalism program at Centenary College for Women for seven years and has been at Sullivan County Community College (SUNY Sullivan) for 31 years. At SUNY Sullivan he has been lead instructor in communications/media arts, director of the media center, chair of the Division of Information Sciences and Technology, director of institutional computing, Title III grant program director, and is currently chair of the Division of Professional Studies. He is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Jack Gilbert

Jack Gilbert attended Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics to become a licensed aircraft A & P mechanic. His first job was with Cessna Aircraft as an experimental flight line mechanic. During this time Gilbert became very intrigued with aeronautical engineering. After Cessna he worked as a mechanic on corporate aircraft. He then taught for 15 years at an aviation high school, where he received a grant to develop a wind tunnel. He then formed his own company to manufacture equipment. He is the president of MechNet, Inc.

Robert R. Jones

Robert R. Jones

Robert R. Jones is an assistant professor of environmental science at Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) in Richlands, VA, and the owner of Sustainable Development Consulting International. He is also an associate consultant with Conservation Support Services and Coastal and Environmental Services located in Grahamstown, South Africa. He has over 25 years of experience, both in the U.S. and internationally, and his international work has involved environmental assessments of projects in Angola, South Africa, and Kenya.

Jones is a registered environmental manager through the National Registry of Environmental Professionals and is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental planning from Towson University, a master’s degree in environmental sciences from The Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in environmental science from Rhodes University in South Africa.

Dave Kostick

Dave KostickDave Kostick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked in the industrial control and automation field for nearly 30 years for the Square D Company, Texas Instruments, and Great Lakes Controls before entering the renewable energy field. Kostick has been with IMT Solar since June 2009, selling and supporting quality control, test, and measurement equipment for renewable energy platforms.

Eric J. Larson

Eric J. LarsonAfter graduating from Purdue University in 1992with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering, Eric J. Larson joined Amoco Oil Company, which later merged into the new BP. During his 20-year career, he has served in a number of positions with BP: environmental engineer at their Whiting (IN) Refinery; terminal manager in the distribution organization; environmental, health & safety manager in the retail and lubricants business units; and on their U.S. Commercial Business Unit's Strategy team. Larson moved to their remediation management group in 2006 and has managed remedial projects at more than 50 current and former service stations in New York City, NY; a former chemical plant in historic New Castle, DE; the former Anaconda Wire & Cable manufacturing facility in Westchester County, NY; and the former Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville, NY.

Adam Maurer

Adam M. MaurerAdam M. Maurer joined the Finger Lakes Institute staff in September 2011 to oversee the Sustainable Community Development program implementation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from St. John Fisher College and began his professional career as a production supervisor in Syracuse, NY, for a national homebuilder. He then pursued a Master of Professional Studies degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, focusing on the implementation of local sustainable infrastructure and processes. He has also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in sustainable enterprise from Syracuse University and is a LEED green associate.

Calista A. McBride

Calista A. McBride is an associate professor in the Alfred State English and Humanities Department. She has served in various capacities on sustainability committees during the 10 years that she has been a faculty member at the college, and her most recent involvement in sustainability has been as the co-chair of the college’s Green Team. She was also one of the original founders of the community garden at Alfred State, and her students did the initial design for the garden through her Technical Writing II class.

Ben D. Radhakrishnan

Ben D. Radhakrishnan

Ben D. Radhakrishnan is a full-time faculty member in the School of Engineering, Technology and Media at National University in San Diego, CA, and the lead faculty member for the Master of Science in sustainability management program there.

Radhakrishnan is an active affiliate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA, and is also a member of the San Diego Gas and Electric’s Public Advisory Group for ‘Workforce Education & Training.’ His previous corporate careers include positions at Qualcomm and Lucent Technologies. He has a master’s degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, a master’s from University of Phoenix, and Sustainable Business Practices Certification from University of California, San Diego. Radhakrishnan is also the president and founder of Radiant Green Consulting in San Diego, CA.

J. Scott Ryan

J. Scott RyanScott is responsible for engaging with divisions and plants worldwide in the rollout and implementation of their energy reduction and reliability programs. Scott has been with Corning for 19 years and has held various management positions in Corporate Engineering and Procurement before becoming the global operations manager for the Global Energy Group. Scott is a member of AEE and is a certified procurement manager. He holds a BS in business administration from Elmira College.

Jeffrey Stevens

Jeffrey StevensJeffrey Stevens, associate professor in electrical trades at Alfred State, joined the faculty in 2002 and is a licensed master electrician and contractor. He has spearheaded Alfred State’s work at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, for the past three years, earning national recognition for his leadership of students in designing and installing the first solar-powered irrigation system at the Arboretum. Stevens has obtained his precertification as a certified photovoltaic installer and continues studies with associated National Electrical Codes and Photovoltaic installations, and is also certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as an installer of solar electric systems.

Stevens holds two Associate of Occupational Studies degrees from Alfred State: one in construction and maintenance electrician and another in plumbing, heating, and air conditioning.

Andrea Webster

Andrea M. WebsterAndrea M. Webster is a current master's degree student at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Before coming to Syracuse, Andrea worked at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as the publications coordinator and editor of the AASHE Bulletin. Webster will serve as SUNY ESF's sustainability coordinator from July 2012 through May 2013, at which point she will graduate from there with a master’s degree in environmental studies and from Syracuse University with a master's in public administration.