Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, Oct. 4
11:35 am – 1:15 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address in the Grand Ballroom
Presenter: L. Hunter Lovins, President/Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions

L. Hunter Lovins is the president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS), a non‐profit formed in 2002 in Longmont, Colo. A renowned author and champion of sustainable development for more than 35 years, she has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. Within the U.S., she has consulted for the Presidential Cabinet, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy and numerous state and local agencies.

Lovins has co‐authored 15 books and hundreds of articles, and was featured in the award‐winning film, Lovins On the Soft Path. Her best‐known book, Natural Capitalism, has been translated into a more than three dozen languages and summarized in Harvard Business Review. Its sequel, Climate Capitalism, won the Atlas Award. Her latest, Creating a Lean and Green Business System won the Shingo Prize.

Lovins has taught at numerous universities around the world and was a founding professor of Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School. Currently she is a professor of Sustainable Management at Bard MBA . Named a Master at the Chinese De Tao Academy , Lovins helped launch the Institute for Green Investment in Shanghai, and she is a Fellow of the Fowler Center at Case Western University.

Lovins has worked in economic development from Afghanistan to New Zealand, and served the King of Bhutan on his International Expert Working Group, charged with reinventing the global economy. She has won dozens of awards from the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel), Leadership in Business, The Rachel Carson Award , and the European Sustainability Pioneer award. Time Magazine recognized her as a "Millennium Hero for the Planet," and Newsweek called her a "Green Business Icon."
Wednesday, Oct. 5
8:45 – 9:30 am
Morning Plenary Address in the Grand Ballroom
Presenter: Dr. Neal Phillip, chairperson, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Bronx Community College/CUNY

Dr. Neal Phillip is the current chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology at Bronx Community College/CUNY where he also served as interim associate dean of academic affairs. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Engineering and dual Bachelors in Chemistry and in Meteorology. He has published journal articles on atmospheric pollution, water and wastewater pollution and on pedagogical educational research. He was one of the 17 members of the CUNY Pathways Steering Committee selected by the CUNY Chancellor to develop the University's 30-credit Common Core.

Dr. Phillip established the Earth Systems and Environmental Science A.S. curriculum and the ESE courses in 2004 at BCC and has further developed the Environmental Technology curriculum and courses. He established the college’s weather station and more recently its greenhouse gas monitoring program through a $50,000 grant from the CUNY Office of Research. This is the only one of its kind in New York City. Recently, he participated in the U.S. Antarctic Program School of Ice Advanced Professional Development Workshop in Boulder, Colo., which focused on the drilling, collecting, and analyzing of ice core samples to determine climate change significance.

Dr. Phillip is also engaged in work on sustainability with the city of Townsville, Australia, the winner of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge award. He convened a one day Smarter Cities Workshop in October 2014 which brought the top world leaders in sustainability initiatives to the college.

Dr. Phillip formerly worked as a senior project engineer and engineering advisor for Savin Engineers in Pleasantville, N.Y., to develop design specifications for the retrofit of the four Westchester County water pollution control plants for nutrient removal/UV disinfection. He also spent several years on the field evaluation of various chemical and biological processes to remove ammonia from New York City dewatered sludge centrate.
Wednesday, Oct. 5
12:15 – 2:00 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address in the Grand Ballroom
Presenter: Dr. Manuel Pastor, professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). Dr. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

His research focuses on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities – and the social movements seeking to change those realities. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California’s Speaker of the State Assembly.

In 2012, Dr. Pastor was awarded the Wally Marks Changemaker of the Year by the Liberty Hill Foundation in recognition of his many research partnerships with social justice organizations. He speaks frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment and has contributed opinion pieces to such outlets as the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, the Huffington Post, and many others.

Dr. Pastor has co-authored many books, including his latest work with Chris Benner, Equity, Growth, and Community: What the Nation Can Learn from America's Metro Areas (UC Press 2015).