2017 Opening Plenary Panels

Boston and Cambridge Climate Leadership and the Role of Public/Private Partnerships

The panel will be a discussion on the leadership role of cities in setting and achieving ambitious climate goals and how city-business-university partnerships can help drive action and innovation. The panel will include leading business, university, and city representatives from two innovative public-private partnerships: the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, where one of the focus areas is laboratory buildings. Considering that the Boston area is one of the nation's top biotech hubs, lab buildings are a major focus area for climate goal planning in both cities.


  • John Cleveland, Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission


  • Susanne Rasmussen, Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning, City of Cambridge
  • Jaclyn Olsen, Associate Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
  • Scott Smith, Associate Director, Environmental, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Paul Lipke, Senior Advisor, Energy, Green Buildings & Environmental Health Community Benefits
  • Hayes Jones, Agency Engagements and Operations Supervisor, U.S. Department of Energy


Jaclyn Olsen headshotJaclyn Olsen
Associate Director, Office for Sustainability
Harvard University

Jaclyn Olsen is the Associate Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability where she has been working on Harvardís climate goal and Sustainability through partnerships with faculty and other key University partners. She is a long-time sustainability employee at Harvard, helping create the Longwood sustainability program and then managing the expansion of university-wide employee and student engagement programs. Jaclyn previously worked at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Leading by Example Program and has a Bachelores degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Scott Smith headshotScott Smith
Associate Director, Environment
Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research

Scott Smith is the Associate Director of Environment, at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As the environmental lead for the NIBR site, Scott oversees environmental and sustainability programs including areas of energy efficiency, waste minimization and water reduction. He has over 25 years of environmental management experience in the Energy and Pharmaceutical industry sectors including projects involving co-generation and tri-generation systems. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont's School of Natural Resources and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale Universityís School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Paul Lipke headshot Paul Lipke
Senior Advisor
Energy, Green Buildings & Environmental Health Community Benefits

Paul Lipke is Senior Advisor, Energy & Buildings for Health Care Without Harm, and Co-Coordinator of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Health Care Working Group. With his support the region's 22 hospitals track and analyze energy use and emissions for 22 million sq. ft of owned space, implement energy efficiency & renewable energy projects, advance climate-smart public policies, and deliver significant health benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation, and are on track to reduce GHG emissions by 33% by 2020.  Paul enabled MA Dept. of Public Health to be first in the nation in requiring green building evaluation in Determination of Need new construction and gut renovation applications. He created the Healthcare Energy Impact Calculator, a free web tool enabling users to input kWh usage and grid region to estimate the health impacts and medical costs of the resulting premature deaths, respiratory incidents, and other health impacts from power generation. He has been a recognized leader in sustainable strategies for more than 20 years.


Hayes Jones headshotHayes Jones
Agency Engagements and Operations Supervisor
U.S. Department of Energy

Hayes Jones is the Agency Engagements and Operations Supervisor for the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. In this role, she leads a team focused on working with organizations to leverage expertise and best practices to create replicable solutions and implement energy management projects, developing an energy and water resiliency program, and coordinating FEMP operations. She has been with FEMP for nine years and has previously served as the budget and communications lead. Hayes has bachelor and master degrees from Duke University.

Navigating the Pathway to Efficient, Cost-Effective Laboratory Research

Special Plenary Session with Academic and Senior Executives

With growing concern over rising competition for research funding and the large, costly footprint of laboratory research, a moderated panel discussion has been created to discuss ways to overcome obstacles, improve efficiency, and optimize research funding and resources while benefiting laboratory performance and research success. Senior executives and leadership from top research institutions, industry, and federal granting agencies will discuss the following:

  • The difficult and increasingly competitive financial climate for federal research funding.
  • Overcoming cultural issues that lead to inefficiencies and less than optimal research conditions.
  • Collaborative efforts between federal agencies and universities that can stretch and maximize the effective use of federal research dollars.
  • Initiatives from the federal government that promote energy efficiency and cost efficiency with direct and indirect research costs.
  • "Less is more"— the benefits of collaborative spaces and equipment sharing.
  • Ensuring effective laboratory space utilization—getting the most from existing space before building more and raising overhead costs
  • Campus continuous improvement programs to benefit laboratory efficiency, performance and safety.
  • Engaging with scientists about overhead costs and how to optimize research success with efficiency.


Academic Research Panelists

  • David Kang, PE, CEM, Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety and Chief Facilities Officer, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of California, Irvine
  • John Bollier, Associate Vice President for Facilities, Yale University
  • Anthony P. Sharon, Deputy Executive Vice President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sarah Elwell, Director of Research Operations for Science and Engineering, Harvard University
  • Jan Nisbet, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Research, University of New Hampshire


Christopher Incarvito headshotChristopher Incarvito, Ph.D.
Director of Research Operations and Technology
Yale University

Dr. Incarvito leads development of research, faculty recruitment, campus expansion, sustainability, and has oversight for communications. He is responsible for the quality and creation of new research programming and facilities through collaborative work with faculty, directors, deans, department chairs, and other university leadership. He spearheads an ambitious program of laboratory modernization, delivering a significant expansion of Yale's science and engineering capacity. He manages strategic capital investments, deployment of high-value shared research instrumentation laboratories, and has built successful collaborations with global scientific research organizations.

David Kang headshotDavid Kang, PE, CEM
Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety and Chief Facilities Officer
University of Colorado Boulder

David is responsible for all facilities operations, utilities, maintenance and services; real estate; planning, design and construction; Sustainability; Public Safety and Emergency Management; Environmental, Health, and Safety programs; and campus logistics.

Wendell Brase headshotWendell Brase
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability
University of California, Irvine

Wendell Brase is the University of California, Irvine's first Associate Chancellor for Sustainability. In this role, he leads efforts by UCI and other campuses throughout the UC system to implement UC's comprehensive Sustainable Practices Policy. Brase also co-chairs the University of California's Global Climate Leadership Council and chairs UC's Energy Services Governing Board.

John Bollier headshotJohn Bollier
Associate Vice President for Facilities
Yale University

John Bollier is Associate Vice President for Facilities, a role he has held for over a decade. Prior to his appointment, Bollier was executive director of facilities development and operations at the School of Medicine. Bollier joined Yale in 1992 as a project manager for the School of Medicine and was promoted to director of project management in 1995. A registered architect, Bollier has worked with several local architectural firms during his career, including Gregg & Wies Architects, Ireland Architects, and Kevin Roche-John Dinkeloo and Associates.

Anthony Sharon headshotAnthony P. Sharon
Deputy Executive Vice President
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anthony P. Sharon supports the Institute's Executive Vice President and Treasurer in leading the Senior Management Team in conducting the internal operations of MITís administrative areas and enhancing organizational processes and systems. Areas he oversees include MIT Medical, Human Resources, Environmental Health and Safety, Sustainability, Engineering and Construction, Campus Planning, Facilities Operations and Security, Information Services and Technology, Finance, Major Agreements, and Audit. Mr. Sharon also collaborates with key administrative functions across MIT, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of General Counsel, and Resource Development.

Sarah Elwell headshotSarah Elwell
Director of Research Operations for Science and Engineering
Harvard University

Sarah Elwell is responsible for the research operations functions in the FAS Division of Science and the John. A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. Sarah is responsible for the development and management of core resources and infrastructure that support research and teaching in the sciences and engineering and directly oversees the sequencing, flow cytometry, small molecule mass spectrometry, proteomics, confocal imaging, and helium recovery core facilities and works closely with the other divisional cores including Office of Animal Resources and the Center for Nanoscale Systems. She is responsible for the environmental health and safety operations for the Division, including controlled substances and select agents, as well as international affairs associated with research programs abroad.

Jan Nisbet headshotJan Nisbet, Ph.D.
Senior Vice Provost for Research
University of New Hampshire

The UNH research office, led by Dr. Nisbet, provides leadership and services to support UNH faculty, students, and staff in their research, scholarship, and creative activities; facilitates cooperation between UNH and the business community; and communicates and promotes the breadth and depth of UNH research and discovery, and resulting impacts within and beyond the University.



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