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Innovations in Building Sustainability
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Kelly de La Torre, an energy attorney and creator of the Rocky Mountain Energy blog returns this week as co-host to continue our Energy 101 segment. Our topic is innovations in building sustainability, or using conservation and new architectural techniques and technologies to cut energy use and cut energy costs.
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Today’s guests are Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth day, and currently President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation. Also Dr. Dorothy Robyn the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Denis Hayes
A seasoned veteran of many legislative, cultural, and courtroom battles over the years, and the author of numerous books and articles, Denis Hayes is probably still best known for having been National Coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25. In addition to serving as President of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis is the immediate past chair of the boards of trustees of the Energy Foundation and of the American Solar Energy Society. During the Carter Administration, Denis directed the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has been a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at the Bellagio Center in Italy. He has been a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, an adjunct professor of engineering at Stanford University, and a Silicon Valley lawyer. Internationally, Denis is recognized for having expanded Earth Day to more than 180 nations. It is now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday. Hayes remains the honorary chair of the Earth Day Network. Denis has received the national Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Public Service as well as the highest awards bestowed by the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Council of America, the Global Environmental Facility, the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility, the American Solar Energy Society, and the Commonwealth Club. He has served on dozens of governing boards, including those of Stanford University, the World Resources Institute, the Federation of American Scientists, the Energy Foundation, Children Now, the National Programming Council for Public Television, the American Solar Energy Society, Greenpeace, CERES, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Time magazine selected Hayes as one of its "Heroes of the Planet". He has been profiled as "Newsmaker of the week" by ABC News and as "Today’s Person in the News" by the New York Times. At the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the American Pacific Northwest into a global model of sustainability. Focusing mostly on the region’s largest cities (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and its dominant industries, the foundation applies principles of the science of ecology to the design of 'human ecosystems'. To "walk its talk", the foundation is currently designing and intends to construct and own the world’s greenest office building.

Bullitt Foundation

Dorothy Robyn
As the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations & Environment, Robyn provides Department-wide oversight of U.S. military bases worldwide. Department of Defense installations cover 28 million acres of land and include 300,000 buildings and other structures valued at more than $800 billion. Her responsibilities include policy, programs and budgets related to the management of the physical infrastructure as well as environmental cleanup, conservation and stewardship. Dr. Robyn also leads the Department’s effort to improve the energy security of its bases, through reduced demand for traditional energy, development of renewable sources on-base, and use of the installations as a test bed for next-generation energy technologies. Prior to joining DoD in 2009, she was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm. From 1993-2001, she was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. From 1983-1987, she was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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