|SUSAN FREEDMAN – Chairperson
Senior Regional Energy Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)
Ms. Freeman manages SANDAG’s energy and climate planning program that encompasses long-term regional energy planning to reduce petroleum use, inefficient electricity use, and greenhouse gas emissions in the region. Ms. Freedman is a member of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Project Stakeholder Advisory Group and provides staff support to the SANDAG Regional Energy Working Group. Ms. Freedman oversaw the update to SANDAG’s Regional Energy Strategy and Regional Alternative Fuels, Vehicles and Infrastructure Report. This alternative fuels report identifies actions that regional and local government could take to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuels in the San Diego region. That report served as a foundation for the alternative fuels goal and policy measures identified in the Regional Energy Strategy. Through 2012, Ms. Freedman heads a three-year utility partnership to develop energy management plans, or “Energy Roadmaps,” for local governments. Prior to joining SANDAG, Ms. Freedman led policy and planning activities for the San Diego Regional Energy Office (now the California Center for Sustainable Energy). Before moving to San Diego, she spent six years in Washington DC addressing federal and multi-state energy and clean air policies at the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Alliance to Save Energy. She holds a BA in Political Science/Ecology from Emory University and an MA in Energy/Environmental Policy from the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware.
||GREGORY NEWHOUSE – Treasurer
Director, Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Center at San Diego Miramar College
As Director for one of eight California Community College Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Centers, Mr. Newhouse works directly with private, government, educational and labor organizations to foster the use of alternative fuels, renewable energy technologies and advanced transportation technologies. Prior to San Diego Miramar College, Mr. Newhouse worked on a variety of energy programs and projects while with the California Energy Commission.
Program Manager, Center for Sustainable Energy
Colin Santulli directs alternative fuel programs including the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (for the California Air Resources Board) and similar statewide incentive projects in Massachusetts and Connecticut. These statewide, multi-faceted market transformation projects include broad consumer outreach components, consumer and dealer surveys and data analysis, as well as the processing and distribution of thousands of incentives per month. He also oversees the development and implementation of regional plug-in electric and alternative-fuel vehicle readiness plans as well as various vehicle adoption programs and consumer awareness initiatives, most notably, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Commission’s Experience Electric campaign that provided PEV test drives for more than 4,250 drivers during a six-month promotion.
President and CEO, New Leaf Biofuel
New Leaf’s mission is to transform the way businesses and governments fuel their fleets. New Leaf collects used cooking oil from restaurants and converts the oil to a high quality biodiesel fuel that is used by the US Navy, the City of Chula Vista, Allied Waste, and dozens of other commercial and municipal fleets in Southern California. Jennifer and her four partners founded the Company in 2006 and now have 24 employees. Prior to joining New Leaf, Jennifer was a litigation attorney at Alston and Bird in Los Angeles.
Program Manager, Clean Tech Initiative at City of San Diego
Jacques Chirazi is responsible for promoting, fostering and coordinating strategic alliance and collaboration among local, regional, state and federal institutions to develop and execute a clean technology business attraction strategy. His focus is the creation of economic growth and environmental sustainability by developing a clean technology cluster in San Diego. Prior to this position, Jacques was Senior Program Manager at Bainbridge Inc., a strategic management consulting firm which provides consulting services to Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Yahoo, HP, NCR, DuPont de Nemours, United Technologies ). Finally, Jacques received a Master degree from University of California San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies with an emphasis in International Environmental Polices and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from San Diego State University’s School of Business Administration.
Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority
Brendan Reed is responsible for the development of environmental programs and policies dealing with sustainable energy, water stewardship, clean transportation, and climate resilience. Brendan Reed also represents the Airport Authority on numerous committees including the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, California Airports Council Environmental Working Group, and Airports Council International – North America Sustainability Working Group. Mr. Reed received a Master of Science in Ecology from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Richmond. His professional certifications include being a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council) and a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers).
President, EXPO Propane, Inc.
Since 1978, Steve Moore has been in the propane business and president of a family-owned propane company which has grown to become the 35th largest in the United States. Expo designs, installs and maintains propane fueling stations in California. Expo Propane specializes in propane deliveries to commercial and industrial users of propane-powered forklifts and propane-powered fleet vehicles. Steve is a member of the National Propane Gas and the Western Propane Gas Associations, and has served on a number of committees. Steve is a past president of the Western Propane Gas Association. As Chairman of the Clean Fuel Committee of the Western Propane Gas Association, Steve was awarded the association’s highest award, which has only been given 13 times since 1964. Steve is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor of science degree in Marketing.
Fleet Manager, UC San Diego
Jim Ruby has over 30 years of automotive, truck, and transit industry experience, including more than ten years directing UCSD’s Fleet Services. As Fleet Manager, he is responsible for managing an annual operating budget of $5 million and a vehicle inventory of $20 million, as well as directing the operations and maintenance for 900 vehicles, ranging from electric vehicles to transit buses and heavy equipment. Jim’s responsibilities also include the acquisition and disposition of all campus vehicles, as well as operating the campus Fuel Station. Over the past three years, he has been instrumental in converting UCSD’s fleet into one of the most sustainable in the region. Under his guidance, UCSD has procured over 40 hybrid electric cars and is converting much of the campus fleet to Zero Emission Vehicles, with approximately 300 electric vehicles in the campus inventory. He also led the conversion of the campus diesel fleet to using Ultra-Low Sulfur (ULSD) B20 Bio-diesel fuel. He has developed and is implementing plans for an Alternative Fueling Station that will include Compressed Natural Gas, as well as future capability to provide Hydrogen and Hydrogen-CNG blended fueling. Jim has written specifications for over 40 campus buses as well as a demonstration B100 Bio-diesel shuttle. Additionally, he has brought numerous demonstration electric and other alternative energy vehicles to campus for test and evaluation.Under Jim’s leadership, UC San Diego’s Fleet program has received regional and statewide recognition, including a 2005 UC/CSU Best Practices award for the campus’ Electric Vehicle program and a 2007 San Diego Excellence in Energy Efficiency for the campus’ “Sustainable Transportation program.” Also, in 2005 the California Environmental Protection Agency commended Jim for leading one of the first university efforts to achieve “Model Pollution Prevention Vehicle Service and Repair Facility”. Jim was recently elected to the Board of the San Diego Regional Clean Cities Coalition, is actively serving as a member of the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership Clean Transportation Committee and was a key member of the San Diego Area Government’s (SANDAG) Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Study Team. Jim continues to be at the forefront of sustainability efforts at UCSD, being personally recognized for his work as a recipient of UCSD “Earth Week Sustainability Awards for Outstanding Staff Contribution” in both 2007 and 2008. In 2009 Jim was recognized by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability for ongoing contributions to UCSD’s sustainability goals. Other milestones achieved in 2009 were Fleet Services facilities being awarded the LEED EB Silver rating, and recognition for participation in the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities.
| PHILIP GIBBONS
Senior Environmental Specialist, Port of San DiegoPhilip Gibbons is focused on implementing the Port’s Climate Action Plan, which includes needed greenhouse gas reductions from the transportation and land use sector. He has overseen the development of annual greenhouse gas reduction monitoring reports including the 2012 Maritime Air Emissions Inventory. Philip also leads the Port’s Climate Adaptation efforts working closely with internal and external stakeholders to plan for climate-related effects such as sea level rise. Prior to working on climate planning initiatives, Philip spent a decade at the Port on storm water management and overseeing large-scale water and sediment quality monitoring projects. He also has a technical background in data management and has worked extensively with GIS. Philip is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Masters degree in Geography.
Tom Bartley has over 30 years experience in general business, marketing, project and product management, intellectual property, and engineering R&D. For the last 10 years His primary professional interests have been in transportation and energy efficiency and the policies needed to support them. He writes articles for John Addison’s Clean Fleet Report. In the past he developed strategies for energy storage and fuel savings, and power models for ultracapacitor packs.
Judy Bishop currently works with major auto manufacturers creating and implementing in classroom environmental lessons, Nissan, with its new all electric Leaf vehicle was the first to sign up. These programs are similar to the EcoCenter for Alternative Fuel Education, created in 2003. This successful educational program reached over 30,000 San Diego County students, preparing them for the environmental and energy challenges of the future. The EcoCenter field trips focused on alternative fuel education as it relates to clean air, clean energy, and energy independence. Previously Bishop was founder and Executive Director of The Reuse people, dedicated to preserving landfills and natural resources by deconstructing houses and providing the usable building materials to low-income families. In 1992 Judy was Global Energy Network International’s ambassador to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. She continued her efforts with the Reuse People, serving as a founding member of the Board of Directors. She went on to work for the United States Postal Service, creating a comprehensive, national recycling program.