Douglas Crawford-Brown, PhD
Douglas Crawford-Brown is Executive Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research; Director of Sustainability at the consulting engineering firm of Pell Frischmann; Director of the E3 Foundation, an energy-economy-environment policy think tank; and Principal in EnviroTech, a business-for-business venture supporting the growth of cleantech small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Dr. Crawford-Brown received his degrees in physics and nuclear science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His activities focus on sustainability of the built environment, climate change policy, human health risks, and assessing the quality of scientific information used in, and developing tools for risk assessment. He is the author of 140+ scientific articles and 5 books on these subjects, and currently advises the governments of the US, UK and Abu Dhabi, and businesses world-wide, on a range of issues related to sustainability and climate change.
Jay Hall, PhD, LEED-AP
Jay Hall has approximately 30 years experience in market transformation, sustainable design of buildings, and energy efficiency. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. In 1989, he began with ICF International as a consultant working on EPA’s ENERGY STAR market transformation programs. For ten years, he led ICF’s consulting team for ENERGY STAR for Homes. Since 2004, Jay has provided independent consulting services to the US Green Building Council in facilitating the development of the LEED for Homes program. Dr. Hall was Acting Director for LEED for Homes for two years. His company now provides Certification approval services for all LEED for Homes projects nationally, under contract to USGBC. He also provides program development, technical services, verification consulting and training to a variety of other clients in the sustainability and green home building industry, including Canada’s Green Building Council, Enterprise Green Communities (including their Offset Fund), and Habitat for Humanity’s Partnership for Sustainable Building. As a LEED-AP (Homes) and an active LEED Faculty member, he delivers several green home related courses and has co-developed several trainings, including the USGBC’s Green Home Design and Construction course, and the RESNET Certified Green Rater training. He also serves on the Home Depot Foundation Awards of Excellence Selection Committee and The Healthy House Institute Advisory Board.
Suzanne Shelton is the president and CEO of Shelton Group, the country's leading ad agency focused solely on motivating mainstream consumers to make sustainable choices. She founded the agency at age 23 as a one-woman freelance copywriting shop and has built it into one of our country’s thought-leading firms on engaging consumers to buy green and energy efficient products and services. Suzanne is responsible for the vision and successful management of the company, she speaks at about 20 conferences each year, blogs regularly on the firm’s Web site and works directly with the firm’s research team on its proprietary studies (Energy Pulse™, Eco Pulse™, Utility Pulse and Green Living Pulse). She also helps lead the development of strategic solutions that engage consumers across the sustainability spectrum. Suzanne holds a B.S. in Communications, with honors, from the University of Tennessee. In addition, she has a number of professional and volunteer affiliations as Committee member, Alliance to Save Energy International Committee; Committee member, Alliance to Save Energy Evening with the Stars Dinner Committee; AESP Member; Board member, Knoxville Museum of Art; Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002.
Daniel Vermeer, PhD
Daniel Vermeer is Executive Director of the Center for Energy, Development, and Global Environment (EDGE) at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where he directs the center's strategy and operations, research initiatives, and corporate partnerships while teaching teaching students and executives about sustainable business strategy. Prior to Duke, Dr. Vermeer was with The Coca-Cola Company, where he was Director of Sustainable Value Chain, an enterprise-wide initiative to integrate sustainability into Coca-Cola's core business practices, including business planning, procurement, employee engagement, customer relationships, communications, and brand positioning. He also founded and led Coca-Cola’s Community Water Partnerships program, resulting in 125 public-private water sustainability projects in 50 countries, and designed an industry “gold standard” Environmental Assessment Methodology, identifying risks and priorities across over 800 manufacturing facilities in 200 countries. He has directed research projects and consulted with organizations including Bank of America, UN Global Compact, and the Sustainability Consortium. Beyond his corporate work, he has played a leading public role in advocating for water sustainability through speaking, research, and the developing new organizations. He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by several Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He serves on the board of Blue Legacy, an initiative started in 2008 by Alexandra Cousteau to engage individuals around the world through telling the story of our water planet. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and PhD from Northwestern University.