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EL Technology Review – The Judges

Daniel W. Bena, Senior Director, Sustainable Development, PepsiCo

Dan Bena is a guy who believes in using the resources and reach of the private sector to make the world a better place, through genuine, strategic, and impactful partnerships.  He is currently the Senior Director of Sustainable Development for PepsiCo, a company that serves consumers in more countries and territories than the United Nations has members.  Dan is a liaison between Government Affairs, Public Policy, Communications and Operations to “connect the dots” for impact and develop advocacy and messaging to key stakeholder groups. He serves on the Public Health Committee of the Safe Water Network, dedicated to market-based, sustainable community-level solutions to provide safe drinking water in developing economies; the Leaders Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Steering Board of the International Finance Corporation’s Water Resources Group 2030 Initiative.  He formerly served on the Steering Committee of the United Nations CEO Mandate, and, most recently, was elected to the Board of the Washington-based US Water Alliance.

He represented PepsiCo as one of only three invitees by the Federal Ministries of Germany to speak about the Food:Water:Energy Nexus in preparation for Bonn 2011.  In July, 2012, he was one of four witnesses invited to provide testimony to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water and Power.  He was invited by the mayor of his city to serve on a new Sustainability Advisory Board to develop a forward-looking sustainability plan for the city, one of only three nationwide selected to pilot a new sustainability planning tool kit based on the successful PlaNYC for the City of New York.  In 2012, he accepted an invitation from the President of the University of Alberta to serve on her inaugural Expert Water Advisory Board.  He recently published his first book, Sustain-Ability: How a Corporate Conscience Sustains a Company’s Ability to Win, specifically to help other companies along their sustainability journeys. He lives in New York with his wife, Diane.

Mark Buckley, VP, Environmental Affairs, Staples

Mark Buckley directs Staples’ global environmental commitment and sustainable business practices. He is responsible for driving the company’s environmental leadership in four major areas: the development, purchase and promotion of environmentally preferable products; waste reduction and recycling initiatives; the development of global carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies; as well as environmental education initiatives for customers and associates focused on sustainablity.1

A 20-year Staples veteran, Buckley was previously vice president of facilities management and purchasing at Staples where he directed company-wide recycling and energy conservation programs.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Anselm’s College and is an active member of several environmental organizations in the State of Massachusetts and a member of the Board of Earth Force a national environmental education organization.


David Dornfeld, Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley

Dornfeld received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Madison in 1976 and is Will C. Hall Family Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at University of California Berkeley. He leads the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) and directs the Sustainable Manufacturing Partnership at Berkeley (smp.berkeley.edu) studying green/sustainable manufacturing; analysis of manufacturing processes; precision manufacturing; machine interoperability for process monitoring and optimization.

Dornfeld has published over 400 papers, authored two research monographs, contributed chapters to several books and has seven patents. He is Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), recipient of ASME Ennor Award, 2010 and Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award,1986, Fellow of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), recipient of 2004 SME Fredrick W. Taylor Research Medal, member Japan Society of Precision Engineering (JSPE) and recipient of 2005 JSPE Takagi Prize, Fellow of University of Tokyo Engineering and Fellow of CIRP (Int’l Academy for Production Engineering). He consults on design and manufacturing and associated IP issues.


Dan Gilbert, North American Solid Waste & Recycling Program Manager, ISS Facility Services

As North American Program Manager for Solid Waste & Recycling, Daniel Gilbert has over 20 years of experience in managing material recovery, processing, disposal, recycling and reuse programs for all types of commodities and waste streams. His primary responsibility is supporting ISS Integrated Facilities Services Team in developing programs to minimize solid waste streams by developing and implementing recycling and reuse best practices throughout North America.

Gilbert recently led the ISS team that helped Hewlett-Packard achieve 90 percent landfill diversion in FY 12, surpassing its 87.1 percent goal. He also established US collection and processing network for PepsiCo Dream Machine beverage container recycling initiative (PET & aluminum), and he served on Waste Management’s Organic Waste Team that developed a “go-to-market” strategy to maximize the value of food and green waste streams.


Justin Grau, Member of the Technical Committee, The Green Grid

Justin Grau currently works for Google, Inc.’s Council Bluffs, Iowa, Data Center, as the Lead Water Treatment Specialist. Outside of work, he volunteers as a consultant for the non-profit organization The Green Grid Association. The Green Grid is an open industry consortium that works to improve the resource efficiency of information technology and data centers throughout the world.

Justin has a background in nuclear power both as a Nuclear Reactor Operator and Reactor Operator Instructor. While in the US Navy, Justin served on the USS Enterprise as a Reactor Operator and Reactor Operations Division Training Program Manager, where he managed a complex training program for over 100 personnel. From the USS Enterprise, he went on to the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, SC, to train new sailors how to be Reactor Operators.

Following the Navy, Justin was recruited to work as a Nuclear Operator at a commercial power plant in SC, where he subsequently earned his BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology. Justin is now completing his MBA in Finance, and is always learning more about industrial water treatment, water conservation, and energy efficiency.

He currently resides in Omaha with his loving wife of 6 years, and takes tremendous joy in fathering his 3 year old son, while expecting a second son any day now.

Matthew Littlefield, President & Principal Analyst, LNSResearch

Matthew Littlefield is President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research. Littlefield’s personal coverage areas include the topics of Quality Management, Manufacturing Operations, and Sustainability. As President and Principal Analyst for LNS Research, Matthew is a recognized industry expert and contributes to the LNS Research blog as well as many other industry publications. Matthew is also a sought after public speaker and continually advises manufacturing executives on how to best leverage technology in their operations.

Before founding LNS Research, Littlefield spent the previous five years as a Senior Analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Group, Littlefield spent the previous five years working for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.


Frank O’Brien Bernini, VP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Owens Corning

Frank O’Brien-Bernini is vice president, chief sustainability officer of Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite solutions.  His role encompasses global accountability for Owens Corning’s sustainability strategy development and implementation, including Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S).  In 30 years with Owens Corning, he has held various leadership positions, including most recently, vice president, chief R&D officer.

Among the first pioneering executives to be appointed CSO of a public company, Mr. O’Brien-Bernini is a frequent speaker at conferences, is routinely quoted in industry reports/publications and currently serves on several boards.

Mr. O’Brien-Bernini earned a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, where his research focus was solar energy.


Christina Page, Global Director, Energy & Sustainability Strategy, Yahoo! Inc.

As Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy for Yahoo!, Christina Page is responsible for shaping the company’s corporate environmental activities. Her recent work includes Yahoo!’s commitment to reducing the carbon intensity of data centers, and managing a $10 million green IT from the Department of Energy for innovative data center design.

Prior to joining Yahoo!, Chris was at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” led by energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins. While at RMI, Chris advised clients such as Shell, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart and PG&E on corporate sustainability strategy and energy efficiency opportunities.  Chris has taught sustainable business at National Taiwan University, Peking University, and the University of Colorado. She has also been a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School and a writer/editor for the public radio environmental program “Living on Earth.”

Mark Rhodes, VP Sustainability, GlaxoSmithKline

Mark Rhodes joined GSK in 1990 and has had a range of roles and responsibilities as part of the corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) team, including public EHS reporting, auditing and strategy development. He currently leads the sustainability strategy and policy development/implementation within GSK’s global sales and marketing organizations. These include Pharmaceuticals, Biologicals (Vaccines), Consumer Healthcare (brands like Sensodyne, Aquafresh and Panadol) and Nutritional (Ribena, Lucozade and Horlicks).

His tasks are working with GSK’s sales and marketing companies and brands to adopt sound environmental approaches e.g. product environmental footprinting (particularly carbon and water), product and packaging design, waste minimization/management, energy conservation, environmental marketing/claims and sustainable procurement. In addition, he works with key customers like the NHS and major retailers to align GSK’s environmental sustainability strategy with theirs.

Before joining GSK, Rhodes worked in environmental consultancy (Cremer and Warner, now Entec). Major projects included environmental planning for a lead and zinc smelter in Rajhastan, India, contaminated land clean up at the Channel Tunnel, and disaster investigations such as Piper Alpha, Abbeystead and Kings Cross.

 Susan Rochford, Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy, Legrand NA

Susan Rochford is the Vice President, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Public Policy for Legrand North America. Rochford is responsible for advancing Legrand’s progress in setting and achieving sustainability goals and commitments, as an organization, and in the marketplace. She also spearheads the company’s government affairs and policy initiatives.

Prior to joining Legrand, Rochford was the Senior Vice President at the Council on Competitiveness, where she launched and led the organization’s flagship project: the Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Initiative. Rochford has operated at the nexus of business and government for over twenty years. She served as Vice President, Government, Regulatory & Industry Affairs for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Before joining UL in 2002, Rochford was the Director of International Affairs for Honeywell Inc., where she also served as the company’s expert on global corporate social responsibility. Rochford has served as Senior Advisor on Trade Policy to the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Executive Director, Treasurer and Secretary of the U.S.-Japan Business Council. Her career began on Capitol Hill as Assistant Director of the New England Congressional Institute. Rochford holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Kristin Rock, Energy Manager, Petco

Kristin Rock is the Corporate Energy Manager for Petco Animal Supplies, headquartered in San Diego. She is charged with identifying and implementing energy and carbon management measures, including demand-side reductions and renewable generation opportunities, for Petco’s 1,200+ locations.

Kristin Rock has been with Petco for more than three years, and is most proud of the company’s recent recognition as an ENERGY STAR Leader. Prior to joining Petco, Kristin was an Energy Manager at Summit Energy Services Inc, in Louisville, KY. In this capacity she provided energy management strategy development and execution for a number of national, multi-site, Fortune 1000 commercial/retail organizations.



Jenn Vervier, Director, Strategic Development & Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing

Jenn Vervier started on the bottling line at New Belgium Brewing Company over 19 years ago.  She became NBB’s first Chief Financial Officer and later the Chief Operating Officer.  As the Director of Sustainability her responsibilities include the sustainability management system, corporate responsibility reporting, greenhouse gas accounting, natural resource management, legislative advocacy, and philanthropy.  As Director of Strategic Development, Jenn oversees New Belgium’s strategic planning process, public/private partnerships, and property development—including finding and securing the home of NBB’s first site outside of Colorado in Asheville, NC.  Jenn’s a collaborator and a connector, creating opportunities to expand New Belgium’s business role model practices both within and without the brewery. She’s active on the Boards of the Colorado Conservation Voters, Colorado State University’s Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Enterprise and the Steering Committee for the American Sustainable Business Council.


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