GOVgreen 2011 Announces Conference Sessions and Speakers

Sep 15, 2011, 14:32 ET from Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL)

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The second annual GOVgreen Conference and Exposition brings government and business together to learn how to transform green government policies into actionable plans.  Through 25 conference sessions, four lunch-and-learn roundtables and exhibitor technical presentations, attendees get practical information on how to implement and manage green programs and identify and purchase sustainable products.   The conference program is available at and will also be available as an eBook on September 20.


The 2011 program is organized into four practical tracks:

  • Procurement, Contracting and Financing
  • Measuring, Tracking and Reporting
  • Policies, Planning and Implementation
  • Workplace and Workforce

Within these tracks, sessions focus on Energy/Climate; Water/Wastewater; Facilities/Infrastructure; Transportation/Fuels and Behavior/Culture.

"Our goal this year is to provide government stakeholders with the tools and techniques they need to comply with the mandates of Executive Order 13514," says Ann Seltz, president of the Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership, sponsor of GOVgreen.  "Based on attendee feedback from last year, we made some significant changes in the structure of our programming as well as the exhibit floor."

"Attendees told us they wanted more in-depth sessions, more information from private sector green projects and additional time to spend on the exhibit floor," says Seltz.  In response, GOVgreen 2011 will provide 25 educational sessions that can earn learning credits from AIA and USGBC, lunch-and-learn roundtable discussions on the exhibit floor, and offer additional exhibit hall hours.  CEIL's GOVgreen 2011 is free to government and military, and the exhibit floor is free to all.  

Confirmed federal and military speakers include the following:

Dr. Katharine Jacobs, Assistant Director, Climate Adaptation and Assessment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Ralph Connor, Director, Office of Real Property and Utilization, General Services Administration

Rear Admiral David W. Titley, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, Director, Maritime Domain Awareness and Space Lieutenant

Marguerite Downey, Manager of Administrative Policy, Department of Transportation

Olga M. Dominguez, Assistant Administrator for Infrastructure and Administration, NASA

Bill Griffiths, Transportation Branch Chief, Smithsonian Institute

Dr. Richard Moss, Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Lab/University of Maryland

Jerry Zekert, Chief of Master Planning Team, US Army Corps of Engineers

Mark A. Gilbertson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Real Property and Site Support, Department of Energy

Andrea Kuhn, Senior Planner, US Army Corps of Engineers

Jim Sullivan, Director of Office of Asset Enterprise Management, Department of Veterans Affairs

Michael Bryan, Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Keith Welch, Chief of Sustainable Installations, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

Mark Sanchez, US Air Force

Stacey Hirata, Installation Support COP, US Army Corps of Engineers

Stephen P. Anderson, US Marine Corps HQ

Brodi Fontenot, Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Transportation

Ryan Orndorff, Natural Resources Specialist, US Marine Corps HQ

Robert Goo, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Environmental Protection Agency

Andrew Essreg, Sustainability Integration Specialist, US Postal Service

Margaret Davidson, Director of Coastal Services Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Steven Hearne, Ecoservices Program Director, Army Environmental Policy Institute

Dr. Rose Grymes, Special Assistant to Associate Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Robert Westby, Laboratory Program Manager, Department of Energy

Dr. Steve Zornzeter, Associate Center Director, NASA Ames Research Center

Lindsey Pruitt, Architect, US Army Corps of Engineers

Michael J. Benik, Director of Center of Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, NASA Kennedy Space Center

Lance Davis, Office of High Performance Green Buildings, General Service Administration

Joel Walker, Director of Center of Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, NASA Johnson Space Center

Una Song, Energy Star Division, Environmental Protection Agency

George Finelli, Director of Center of Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, NASA Langley Research Center

The following is a sample of educational session at GOVgreen:

Procurement, Contracting and Financing

  • Tools and Resources for Greening the Federal Supply Chain
  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing and Labeling
  • The Small and Green Business

Measuring, Tracking and Reporting

  • The DOD-Doe Partnership
  • High Performance Net-Zero Buildings in the Military
  • Conserving Water, Energy and Money through Water Efficiency Programs

Policies, Planning and Implementation

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at Military Facilities
  • Clean Powering America's Fleets
  • Energy Efficiency and Air Quality

Workplace and Workforce

  • Climate Adaptation: Building Resilient Federal Agencies
  • Water Infrastructure Initiatives at Federal, State and Local Facilities
  • Lessons Learned from Space

About CEIL's GOVgreen
GOVgreen Conference and Exposition (November 30December 1, 2011, Washington Convention Center) is the one event where government stakeholders connect to learn how to transform green policies into actionable plans and programs in order to achieve the interrelated goals of sustainability in energy, water/wastewater, facilities and transportation.  Tracks for 2011 are Procurement, Contracting and Financing; Workplace and Workforce; Policies, Planning and Implementation and Measuring, Tracking and Reporting. GOVgreen's conference program is open to all and free to government and military professionals.   The exhibit floor is free to all.

About CEIL
The Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL) is an independent organization designed to facilitate information and education exchange among government stakeholders charged with identifying, specifying, and buying green goods and services and with the vendors, contractors, and consultants that provide green goods and services.  CEIL provides an interactive environment for government and industry professionals engaged in green activities that includes educational events, website, podcasts, webcasts, news and a social media.  CEIL is the sponsor of GOVgreen Conference and Exposition.  Learn more about CEIL at

Contact:  Ann Seltz, President
Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership

SOURCE Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL)