How to Build Sustainable Societies

TUE, OCT 5, 2010 (1:28:45)

To explain what it will take to build sustainable societies, Sartaz Ahmed of Booz discusses building sustainable cities; Larry Burns (formerly of GM) discusses clean vehicles; and architect Joan Krevlin discusses green buildings.

+ BIO: Sartaz Ahmed

Sartaz Ahmed is a principal with Booz & Company and works with clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors on critical issues related to energy, carbon, and sustainability. Her projects focus on the fundamentals of hydrocarbon supply-and-demand, the development of alternative fuels and technology, and ways of reducing energy consumption. Ahmed’s recent engagements have included understanding the impact of electric vehicles on the demand for transportation fuels and understanding electricity generation investment decisions in light of impeding carbon charges. Prior to joining Booz & Company, she gained experience in the energy sector in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and North America while working for Deloitte Consulting, Global Business Network, Texaco, and Kuwait Oil Company. Ahmed has contributed to several Booz & Company articles and studies, most recently: “Beyond Green Hype: Getting Realistic About Energy Efficiency.”

+ BIO: Larry Burns

Larry Burns teaches engineering at the University of Michigan and directs the Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility at the Columbia University Earth Institute. Formerly he was vice president of R&D at General Motors. Burns has been a major voice for the “reinvention” of the automobile and the diversification of transportation energy. Within GM, he personally championed vehicle electrification, “connected” vehicles, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced batteries, autonomous driving, and a series of innovative concept vehicles. He has been a leading advocate for design and technology innovation focused on the total customer experience and the application of operations research. Burns is currently an engineering professor at University of Michigan and director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Mobility at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. In addition, Burns serves as senior advisor to the chairman at Hess Corporation, vice chairman at the Midwest Research Institute, and contractor at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Burns is a member of the CleanTech Advisory Council at VantagePoint Venture Partners and is on the advisory council for GreenTech Capital Advisors.

+ BIO: Joan Krevlin

Joan Krevlin, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and founding partner of BKSK Architects, has specialized in sustainable community design for decades. She designed the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center, which was the first public building in New York to earn a Platinum LEED certification. The Visitor Center also received an AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects award in 2008. Krevlin also oversaw the design of the Tribute World Trade Center 9/11 Visitor Center, the first space to open to visitors in the Ground Zero area. Krevlin has served on the NYC Green Codes Task Force since its creation in the 1990s. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences, and has authored articles on interactive learning environments and on architect/client collaboration.

+ BIO: Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart is the chief marketing and knowledge officer of Booz & Company, a global management consulting firm. In this position, Stewart leads Booz & Company’s marketing, intellectual capital, and knowledge management efforts. Prior to joining Booz & Company, he was the editor and managing director of Harvard Business Review from 2002–2008. He has also served as the editorial director of Business 2.0 and a member of the Board of Editors of Fortune magazine. In a series of Fortune articles, he pioneered the field of intellectual capital, which led to his 1997 book Intellectual Capital: The New Wealth of Organizations. His second book, Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization, reveals how today’s companies are applying the concept of intellectual capital in their operations to increase success in the marketplace. Stewart is a senior adviser to the Center for Work-Life Policy, a consortium of business leaders seeking new solutions to energy issues. He is also a fellow of the World Economic Forum. In 2005, the European Foundation for Management Development named him 17th on its “Thinkers 50” list of the 50 most influential management thinkers.

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