Matt is the Head of the Office of Environmental Affairs at JP Morgan Chase and leads the firm's efforts to be a leader among financial services companies in protecting the environment while enhancing business success. The team develops environmental policy and guidance for business, supports clients to identify and mitigate environmental risk, and enhances environmental outcomes throughout the firm's operations.
Prior to Joining JP Morgan Chase, Matt was Principal and lead of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC. PwC helps clients achieve business success from their sustainability strategies and investments. They focus on revenue growth, cost reduction and risk mitigation in industrial, financial, airline, food and consumer product companies.
Matt was co-founder of Sustainable Finance Ltd. which helps financial services companies to develop sustainability strategy, manage environmental and social risk and to identify environmentally superior investment opportunities. His clients include commercial and investment banks, insurers, real estate companies, industrial products and development banks. Sustainable Finance was acquired by PwC in December 2008.
Matt was COO at the World Resources Institute, a sustainable Think Tank. He held marketing positions with IBM, investment banking at Merrill Lynch, and in business development with Sante Fe trading, Hong Kong. Matt founded the Management Institute for Environment and Business which was a pioneer in presenting environmental challenges as business opportunities to companies and business schools.
Matt holds an AB degree in Psychobiology from College, an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
After twelve years managing investment portfolios, Ben Bingham assisted in the formation and founding of 3Sisters Sustainable Management LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) along with its research arm: www.wikipositive.org and its proprietary fund family: Scarab Funds. From 2000 to 2007, he had developed a unique portfolio management strategy for socially conscious investors at Legg Mason and Citigroup/Smith Barney.
Motivated to help a network of social entrepreneurs and philanthropists who were dissatisfied with the lack of direct positive impact found in mutual funds or screened portfolios, Mr. Bingham changed his emphasis to positive screening. Using traditional asset allocation and other risk management tools he has found it beneficial financially, socially and environmentally to look for companies, social enterprises and impact funds with positive stories that meet current problems with long-term solutions.
Mr. Bingham is a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). He is a member of the Investor’s Circle and the Social Venture Network, and, as a social entrepreneur/investor/money manager, draws on broad experience from hands-on management experience at two technology start-ups, one in biological healthcare, and the other a global workflow solution provider.
Mr. Bingham is a Series 7 and Series 66 licensed investment professional, with a background in philanthropy. In the seventies and early eighties he was a founder of a mixed use residential community with special needs students and apprentices, raising approximately $1M to fund a start up furniture production, farm and housing. His understanding for the ecology of how things work was also schooled by 10 years of work as a trained bio-dynamic farmer in the 70’s and 40 years of marriage, with five grown children and four granddaughters. His training in Gestalt psychology may also help in understanding the market! He recently joined the Board of the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation to support her therapeutic psychological work. He attended Groton School, Yale University and Emerson College in England. He is working on two books and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
Anric Blatt is the founder and chairman of The Global Fund Exchange Group, a multi-manager and white label fund management business focused on mega themes and vital assets such as water, food, energy and other scarce resources. He is the co-portfolio manager of the AquaTerra and Earth Wind & Fire funds.
Previously he held positions as CIO of the Infiniti Capital Group in Zurich and before that spent a decade in Asia with renowned firms like Kenmar, Forsyth Partners and Horwath Financial.
Over the past 22 years, Anric has developed an acute interest and expertise in a wide range of subject matters including history, geopolitics, commodities, technology and finance. He has held active roles on over 50 investment companies, has completed due diligence on thousands of hedge fund investments and has now dedicated his business interests to providing global investors with sustainable investment solutions that will enable them to leave a profitable legacy for future generations.
His non-business life is filled to the brim with family travel, reading, studying, technology, 3 teenage boys, Labradors and golden retrievers.
He serves on various non-profit boards, including the Federal Enforcement Homeland Security Foundation and the Terra Primus, Earth First ! Foundation. He is a vice chairman of the Toys for Tots Foundation.
He believes strongly that investors need to focus on integrating a compelling purpose and meaning behind their investments. We did, after all, not inherit this planet from our parents, we borrowed it from our children. What legacy are we going to leave them ?
Larry Chiavaro holds more than 25 years of experience in developing programs, strategic alliances and sales strategies that have resulted in exponential growth for the companies for which he served. As the Executive Vice President and Principal at First Associates Loan Servicing, he has been an integral part in the development of new and innovative approaches in the industry that have dramatically improved the value of serviced portfolios while increasing borrower satisfaction rates. As a result, the company has become the nation’s fastest growing loan servicer with a multi-billion dollar portfolio under management for various asset classes including solar leases and loans.
Prior to joining First Associates Loan Servicing, Mr. Chiavaro was the Regional Vice President with CSC, a global leader in providing technology enabled business solutions and services. In that role, he was the top performer working with banks, credit unions, finance companies and investment banks providing third-party loan and back-up servicing. Before that, Mr. Chiavaro was the Territory Vice President with NovaStar Mortgage, where he increased wholesale lending production from $50 million per month to $1 billion per month within 18 months. He has similar achievements earlier in his career as the Vice President/Sales Director for Household Auto Finance/HSBC and as Regional Vice President or GE Capital.
Mr. Chiavaro has strong historical ties to the rating agencies built over years of experience in the consumer finance industry. At First Associates, Chiavaro has built a rapidly growing back up service business to enable greater rating agency confidence in consumer debt transactions. He was instrumental in developing and executing First Associates new Integrated Solar Back Up servicing, the first back up service to integrate both financial and O&M backup, and has grown First Associates’ servicing portfolio from $30M to $3B in less than 3 years.
Mr. Chiavaro is a graduate of the GE Management School and is a former semi-pro ice hockey player and a current HS and youth hockey coach.
Brad Copithorne is Director of Clean Energy Financing Solutions at EDF. His work is primarily focused on removing market barriers and developing new strategies for investing in energy efficiency. This effort involves close coordination between individual and institutional investors, lenders, fund managers, environmental service companies, real estate owners, utilities, regulators, government officials and other private and public sector stakeholders. Brad is leading the effort to develop On-Bill Repayment programs in California, Texas, Ohio and other states.
Brad has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. He started his career at Salomon Brothers/Citi where he worked on fixed income origination and new product development. More recently, Brad worked for Morgan Stanley's Technology Investment Banking team in Silicon Valley where he covered the enterprise hardware, contract manufacturing and IT distribution industries. In 2008, Brad was a partner at a fixed income hedge fund.
In 2009 Brad re-enrolled at Stanford University to study energy policy and graduated in June, 2010.
Conrad Everhard is a seasoned corporate and transactional attorney with over twenty years of big law firm and general counsel experience. Conrad counsels his clients on business matters at every stage of their life cycles, including start-up formation, strategic planning, executive compensation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and all forms of venture capital and private equity transactions.
Conrad is also completely conversant with all transactions dealing with the commercialization and monetization of intellectual property and innovation, including negotiating license, joint venture, technology collaboration, research & development and industrial collaboration agreements.
Conrad represents clients across a broad range of industries, with a particular focus on entrepreneurial-driven companies and the venture capital and private equity funds that invest in them. He assists these clients in executing complex capital and intellectual property driven transactions. Conrad’s prior experience as general counsel of a start-up gives him a unique bond with founders and entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining VLP, Conrad served as general counsel and a key member of the management team of AE Polysilicon, a private equity backed solar start-up that raised more than $200 million via four preferred stock issuances and two convertible note financings from several strategic investors, including, principally, TOTAL Petrochemicals, the French based global energy conglomerate, and Motech Industries, a Taiwan based top ten solar cell manufacturer. During his tenure at AEP, Conrad oversaw all of AEP’s legal and financing activities. As a result of his experience at AEP, Conrad became intimately familiar with the market dynamics of the solar sector globally and the cleantech industry generally.
Prior to AEP, Conrad practiced for over two decades in the New York City offices of several global law firms, including Jones Day and K&L Gates. Conrad is a frequent speaker on M&A and technology themed subjects. He previously served on the board of advisors of Edison Innovation Fund, a venture capital fund created by the State of New Jersey (EDA) to assist high tech and life sciences businesses.
- J.D., Seton Hall Law School, 1987, cum laude
- B.S.F.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1982
Justin Felt is Associate Director, Advisory Services, Commodities and Energy at Thomson Reuters. Justin serves as a manager on the team that provides consulting services and develops new energy related information products for Thomson Reuters. Justin's focus is on US and global carbon markets, and wider environmental commodity markets such as RECs and RINs. Before joining the Advisory team, Justin served as Global Head of Renewable Market Strategy for Thomson Reuters. In that role, he coordinated initiatives within Thomson Reuters to create new tools and analytical products for the renewable power markets. From 2008-2010, Justin also led North American offsets analysis for Point Carbon and managed the creation of the "Carbon Project Manager North America" subscription product. Justin holds an MBA and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, and has four years of corporate finance experience with IBM prior to Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.
Christopher Fry is a Project Specialist in the New York Power Authority's Energy Resource Management department, where he manages NYPA's Green Power Program including procurement, contract negotiation, regulatory reporting, and Green-e Energy certification. In 2011, NYPA's Green Power program provided over 230 GWh of Renewable Energy Credits to its customers. In addition to managing the Green Power Program, Chris serves as NYPA's representative for renewable energy in the development of the 2013 New York State Energy Plan.
Before joining NYPA, Chris was a Research Associate in the Transfer Pricing division of NERA, where he supported principals in all aspects of consulting engagements from origination, through financial modeling and analysis, to issuance of advisory and compliance reports.
Chris is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tufts University where he received his BA in Quantitative Economics and International Relations. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as the New York Association for Energy Economists.
Peter C. Fusaro is Chairman of Global Change Associates in New York and is the best selling author of What Went Wrong at Enron. His three most recent books have been Cut Carbon, Grow Profits, Energy & Emissions: Collision or Convergence and Energy & Environmental Hedge Funds: The New Investment Paradigm. Peter is an energy industry thought leader noted for his keen insights in emerging energy and environmental financial markets. He has been on the forefront of energy and environmental change for over 30 years focusing on. oil, gas, power, coal, emissions, carbon trading and renewable energy markets. Peter is currently advising in the clean energy technology arena. Peter was recently selected for Who's Who in America. He coined the term "Green Trading" and holds the Wall Street Green Trading Summit with Reuters in New York each spring. He is also a well known expert on Asia Pacific energy and environmental markets. He co-founded the Energy Hedge Fund Center LLC (www.energyhedgefunds.com) in 2004. Peter graduated with an MA in international relations from Tufts University and a BA from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Tim Kemper is the National Co-leader for the firm's Renewable Energy Industry Practice. In his career, Mr. Kemper has been engaged in the underwriting for Wind, Solar, Biomass and other renewable energy and technology transactions. Specific to the renewable energy practice, Mr. Kemper is actively engaged in providing clients with financial counsel related to all aspects of typically complicated transactions including tax credits, financial structuring and modeling, underwriting, valuation, capital infusion, due diligence and grant advisory services. His client base includes investors, entrepreneurs, developers, manufacturers and installers and independent power producers utilizing technologies such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and energy efficiency. Mr. Kemper also is involved in associations and regulatory bodies that influence and affect policy in the renewable energy industry as well as speaking on the subject at numerous national and regional conferences.
In the course of structuring and underwriting, Mr. Kemper considers economic and quantitative factors as well as qualitative factors that impact programmatic issues and the reputational and community development considerations that can be so important in renewable energy transactions. He is extensively involved in the financial structuring and modeling of transactions and works closely with all parties to address various tax issues while mitigating the tax impacts upon liquidation. Mr. Kemper is involved in associations and regulatory bodies that influence policy in the renewable energy industry; he also speaks at national and regional conferences. His clients include: major publicly-held Fortune 500 companies, private equity funds, and experienced renewable energy across the United States. Mr. Kemper has participated as both instructor and public speaker at numerous professional seminars and presentations dealing with private equity investments and tax planning strategies.
Mr. Kemper is a licensed CPA in Maryland, Georgia & Missouri.
Charlotte Kim is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR). Her practice focuses on global corporate finance with particular expertise in the energy, healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors. Charlotte has structured, negotiated, and closed more than 140 transactions with a total value exceeding $20 billion.
Charlotte has extensive experience advising public and private companies, private equity funds, venture capital funds, financial institutions, institutional investors, developers and multilateral agencies on capital structures and financing needs throughout the life cycle of an enterprise or project, from start-up and construction through development, operations, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and investments.
Charlotte's transactional experience includes energy efficiency finance; renewable/clean energy development and financing; energy savings agreements (ESAs); PACE financing; project finance; securitizations; buyout and acquisition finance; private placements and debt securities offerings; lease financings; related derivative transactions; joint ventures and other equity investments; and restructuring transactions, both in and out of bankruptcy. In addition, she has completed numerous cross-border transactions and investments involving the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Charlotte's long-standing interest in clean energy began during her tenure as a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, Belgium in 1991. She was a consultant to the UN Climate Change Secretariat during the Kyoto Protocol negotiations and several other UN Climate Change Convention negotiations. Charlotte co-authored with Professor Abram Chayes an article on China's role in these negotiations, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, distributed by Harvard University Press. In May 2012, Charlotte co-authored and was the main architect of a WSGR white paper, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance".
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1995
A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 1991 Magna Cum Laude; Recipient, Harvard Scholarship for Academic Achievement; Senior Staff Writer, Harvard International Review; Recipient of a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize, given for outstanding theses
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
Chairperson and Board Director, Asia-America Chamber of Commerce
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Founding Director, New England Women in Energy & the Environment, 2009-2012
President, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts (2008-2010)
Member, International Law Committee (2000-2003) and Council on International Affairs (2004-2007), New York City Bar Association
Co-chair, National Committee on Sustainability and Climate Change, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
Recognized in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 editions of Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business in the Banking and Finance category
Named a "Best Lawyer under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association in 2009
Co-author, "Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance", Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati white paper, May 2012
Co-author, "The Changing Landscape for Credit Rating Agencies," Law360, February 3, 2010
Co-author with A. Chayes, "China and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," Energizing China, Harvard University Press, 1998
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
"Scaling Up and Crossing the Second Valley of Death as Your Company Commercializes," MIT Clean Energy Prize/WSGR Energy and Clean Tech Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 2012
Program Chair and Moderator, "Sustainability, Scalability, Profitability: Primer on Renewable Energy Transactions," National NAPABA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011
"Legal Issues in Biotech," presentation to Chinese American Biomedical Association, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2010
Moderator, "A Conversation with General Counsels - Best Practices on How to Attract and Retain Diverse Legal Talent," National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2009
Panelist, "Financing Energy and Brownfield Projects," New England Women in Energy and the Environment, Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 2009
State Bar of Massachusetts
State Bar of New York
William H. Page
Senior Vice President, Essex Investment Management, LLC
Bill is a Portfolio Manager on the Essex Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS). Bill directs environmental investment policy and research for Essex, and is on the Investment and Proxy Voting Committees. Prior to joining Essex in 2009, he spent eleven years at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), most recently as Lead Portfolio Manager for GEOS and Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment team. Bill developed GEOS over a four year period at SSgA, and was a member of the Global Fundamental Strategies group. Prior to SSgA, Bill worked in product management for Wellington Management Company, LLC. Before Wellington, he worked for Fidelity Investments in asset allocation. Bill has lectured extensively on environmental investing at global investment conferences and academic institutions. During business school, Bill worked on socially responsible investment research at KLD Research & Analytics. Bill is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Environmental Investment, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes original research at the intersection of the environment and investing. He earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Boston University and an MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College.
David L. Ross is Managing Director of Statera Capital, a global advisory and impact investment banking firm founded in 2004 in New York City focusing on investments in Sub-Saharan Africa and Managing Director-Frontier Markets at AlphaSource Capital Securities LLC, an institutional brokerage firm focused on ESG and socially responsible investments. Statera Capital has team members in 8 African nations and is active on projects in renewable energy, biofuels, housing, transportation, telecom infrastructure, health care, oil and gas, equipment leasing, and other sectors. David has 15 years private and public sector experience serving clients including HSBC, AIG, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Credit-Suisse, Morgan Stanley, USAID, World Bank, as well as SMEs and project developers. David has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA in Finance from NYU-Stern School of Business, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching topics of globalization and development.
Kyle Rudden has almost twenty years of experience in the energy industry with an emphasis on securities research, corporate finance, and capital markets.
Before co-founding R.J. Rudden Financial Kyle was President of R.J. Rudden Financial, LLC, an NASD registered broker-dealer and energy industry advisory firm. Prior to that he spent nearly a decade at J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. as Vice President and head of the firm's U.S. Energy and Utilities Equity Research team covering U.S. utilities, independent power, and alternative energy. While at J.P. Morgan he was named in both Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal annual lists of top analysts, and participated in a number of large domestic and international equity and equity derivative underwritings, including initial public offerings, public secondary offerings, and private placements. He began his career as a fixed income securities analyst at Fitch Investors Service (now Fitch Ratings), also covering the U.S. electric and natural gas utility industries.
Kyle is an Organization Sponsor representative of GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), and a member of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). He received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in Economics from Stony Brook University.
Joseph Salvatore is the Lead Capital Markets and Clean Energy Economics Analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance in New York. Joseph is responsible for BNEF's levelised cost of energy (LCOE) analysis, the company's proprietary LCOE model and for coverage of developments in clean energy project finance. He also covers the performance of publicly traded companies across the clean energy sector and the funds that invest them through regularly research notes with a focus on the NYSE BNEF co-branded family of clean energy indexes and the Wilderhill NEX Index.
Prior to this Joseph was on the team responsible for implementing product integration after Bloomberg's acquisition of New Energy Finance in 2010 and previously worked as a senior data analyst for energy and environmental markets with Bloomberg.
Joseph holds undergraduate degrees in French and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and is a CFA charterholder.
Dana Schneider leads JLL's Energy and Sustainability Services division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for new and existing clients. Additionally, she specializes in energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new and existing buildings and portfolios as well as commercial interiors. Ms. Schneider joined JLL in 2002.
Ms. Schneider leads teams currently implementing a whole-building energy retrofit of the Empire State Building and that recently achieved LEED EBOM Gold certification for the most famous office building in the world in 2011. This major initiative uses a groundbreaking analytical model for maximizing energy and environmental value per dollar spent, which she was instrumental in developing. Ms. Schneider is now replicating this energy optimization process in over 30 buildings across the U.S. In addition to her work at the Empire State Building, she manages energy and sustainability aspects of mission critical facilities across the country and has led energy and sustainability assignments at over 24 million square feet of properties in the Northeast.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Schneider has overseen projects for corporate, investor and institutional clients such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Diageo, Barclays Capital, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Malkin Holdings, Grand Central Terminal and BBC. Prior to joining JLL, she worked as a mechanical engineer at Flack + Kurtz Consulting Engineers, where she managed engineering analysis, design and project management aspects of sustainable design and architectural engineering projects.
Education and Affiliations
Ms. Schneider serves as JLL's national Data Center Energy and Sustainability Services Committee Lead and as a member of the national Sustainability Leadership Team. She serves as a technical resource expert for the Clinton Climate Initiative's Climate Positive Development Initiative and is a member of the USGBC's Technical Advisory Group. Ms. Schneider serves on the Programs and Education Committee of the New York City Chapter of the USGBC and is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee and Real Estate Board of New York Sustainability Committee. Ms. Schneider is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia.
Ms. Schneider was named to Engineering News Record's "20 under 40" in 2011, New Jersey Real Estate's "30 Under 30" in March 2007, and Engineering Design and Construction's "40 under 40" in 2009. She has spoken at national conferences for the Urban Land Institute, USGBC, BOMA, AIA and ASHRAE; published articles in High Performance Buildings, Area Development, and Sustainable Facility; and has been quoted in the Financial Times, Preservation Magazine, New York Construction, and Forbes.
Michael Sidgmore is the Director of Institutional Investments at Mosaic, the world's premier financing platform for clean energy infrastructure projects that was recently named one of the world's 10 most innovative companies in energy by Fast Company. Mosaic's mission is to fundamentally change the way energy is financed and open up the historic opportunity of clean energy investing through a crowdsourced model to all types of investors so that they can participate in building the clean energy economy from the ground up.
Prior to Mosaic, Michael worked as an Analyst on the Goldman Sachs Principal Strategic Investments (PSI) team in London, a direct investing team that focuses on market structure strategy and invests the Firm's capital into market structure and financial technology-related private companies. Michael is also the Founder of NextGenEngage, an organization that connects the next generation of investors with other like-minded young investors and entrepreneurs and educates them about the impact investing continuum. Michael is a Founder and Managing Member of the M4Fund, an investment vehicle that aims to "Make Money Mean More" (M4) by investing in mission-driven companies that generate outsized returns and create demonstrable social or environmental impacts. Michael is a Special Advisor to Panorama Point Partners, an innovative investment firm that is creating smart models for private investing, which was founded by Stephen George, the former CIO of Capricorn Investment Group.
Michael is a frequent speaker on impact investing, next generation wealth topics, and crowdsourced investing. He has spoken at conferences that include: the Bloomberg Alternative Investment Conference, le club f, Summit Outside, the Unreasonable Institute, Nexus Global Youth Summit, Wealth & Giving Forum: Seeking Impact Symposium, High Water Women: Investing for Impact Conference, amongst others.
Michael graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a BSc in International Relations and was the Chairman and President of the LSE Alternative Investments Conference, the world's largest student conference on hedge funds and private equity. In 2012, Michael was selected to be part of the WEF Community as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Michael holds his FINRA Series 7 license.
Daniel A. Spitzer:
Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice on a variety of issues involving environmental law, renewable energy, power generation, sustainable development, land use law, and municipal law. His practice involves numerous renewable energy projects, including representing municipalities, developers, land owners, and financing entities. His work, from project inception through successful litigation, includes some of the largest wind farms in the United States, and he has also worked on fossil fuel, landfill, gas-to-energy, biomass, and solar projects. He successfully represented a municipality in a case of first impression on a municipality's right to regulate power generating facilities based on greenhouse gas emissions. A primary part of Mr. Spitzer's work focuses on NEPA and SEQRA review and compliance with federal environmental statutes. His work includes environmental assessments for large-scale industrial, commercial, telecommunications and energy projects. He counsels agencies and private clients on compliance with historic preservation laws, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other federal and state environmental statutes and regulations. Mr. Spitzer is a frequent speaker and author on renewable energy, land use and zoning, and municipal law. He drafted the inaugural chapters on Green Buildings and Sustainable Design, and on Municipal Annexation for the fourth edition of New York Zoning Law and Practice, published by West in 2009; authored "State Tax Laws Give Certainty," North American Windpower, May 2010, and "Examining NYPA's Project Rules," North American Windpower, June 2009; and co-authored "Debate Over Federal vs. State Regulation of Fracing Heats Up," The Pipeline, Fall 2013; and "A Guide to Regulating Big Box Stores, Franchise Architecture, and Formula Businesses," New York Zoning Law and Practice Report, 2007. He is listed in Buffalo Business First's Who's Who in Law (Energy) and 2012 and 2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyers. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where he served as editor-in chief of the Buffalo Law Review.
Wayne Van Dyck is CEO of RePowerCapital, a private exchange that matches institutional investors with the best clean energy projects.
He began his career on Wall Street with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ), first as an investment banker and then as a venture capitalist with the formation of Sprout Fund. As Vice President of DLJ Alliance he did leveraged buyouts and turn-arounds for seven years.
As the founder and CEO of Windfarms Ltd., he raised $30 million of venture capital from Chevron; built a staff of 65 professionals; secured contracts for over $2 billion of large scale wind energy projects with Hawaiian Electric, PG&E, Southern California Edison and Bonneville Power Administration; partnered with Bechtel Engineering; contracted with United Technologies, Boeing and GE as equipment vendors; and secured a billion in financing through First Boston and Merrill Lynch.
Over the last 25 years he started companies in international telecommunications, Internet services, corporate training and ecommerce.
Barry K. Worthington serves as the Executive Director of the United States Energy Association (USEA)
where he directs the Association's domestic and international activities. He has served in this capacity
since September 1988. Previously, he served as a Vice President of the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation
and prior to that served in several capacities with Houston Lighting & Power Company, now known as
Worthington has also written extensively on energy and environmental matters, and addresses many
conferences on national and international energy issues.