Sustainability is something that’s of interest to more than just environmentalists in the 21st Century. The economic advantages of renewable energy, green building, sustainable means of travel, etc., could put Pennsylvania on the cutting edge of a new frontier.
What steps can we take to promote sustainable business initiatives across sectors? What regulations are barring the way forward? Industry experts will review the rewards the state could reap by investing in this area and the challenges that lie ahead.
November 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Bodek Hall
An accomplished executive and former government leader, Mark Schweiker brings deep experience in guiding fast growing organizations and helping customers integrate new technology into their existing operations. Mark joined Renmatix to drive key initiatives with public and private sector stakeholders across several business areas including: site selection for production facilities, financial partnerships, feedstock procurement, commercial programs, and public affairs. He plays a critical cross-functional role in accelerating corporate development in the United States and abroad.
Lauded as a strong voice and proponent for the re-birth of American manufacturing, especially in the energy and advanced materials industry sector, Mark is a member of the influential U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Mr.Schweiker has held top management positions in both commercial and large government organizations, and concluded his distinguished public service career in 2003, as the 44th Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Subsequently, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and later as President of PRWT Business Process Solutions. He also served as a member of the BioAdvance Board of Directors for eight years, and is currently a member of the Penn State University Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors. Mark is a graduate of Bloomsburg University (BS) and received his MA in management from Rider University.
Director of Sustainability
City of Philadelphia
Katherine Gajewski is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. She leads the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Energy Office and is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia. She is active in the field nationally as the co-chair of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.
Professor of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. William W. Braham FAIA is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chair from 2008-11, and is currently Director of the Master of Environmental Building Design and Director of the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. He received an engineering degree from Princeton University and an M. Arch and Ph.D. Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn he teaches graduate courses on ecology, technology, and design. At the Chan Center, his most recent projects have been the Sustainability Plan, Carbon Footprint, and Carbon Reduction Action Plan for the University of Pennsylvania.
As a contribution to the DOE Energy-Efficient Building HUB, he organized a series of symposiums on Architecture and Energy (www.architectureandenergy.com). The first on Performance and Style is now available as a book and the second and third will be combined in a book called Energy Accounts: Architectural Representations of Energy, Climate, and the Future (2016). In 2006 he published a book called Rethinking Technology: A Reader in Architectural Theory, and has just completed Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles for Environmental Building Design, in three parts (2015).
Video of this event will be available after the conference.