Neil C. Hawkins
The Dow Chemical Company
Dr. Neil Hawkins currently serves as Vice President of Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) for The Dow Chemical Company. In this global role, he leads Dow’s sustainability strategy and team, and drives implementation of Dow’s transformational 2015 Sustainability Goals. Dr. Hawkins also leads Dow’s global organizations for Product Safety, Regulatory Affairs, Health Services, EH&S Auditing, and Remediation. Dr. Hawkins joined Dow in 1988 and has served in a wide range of EH&S, Operations, and Public Policy roles across the company. Previously, Dr. Hawkins led EH&S and Security programs for a major Dow manufacturing and R&D site, and was global EH&S Director for the world’s largest commodity chemical business. Dr. Hawkins is also a widely recognized expert in sustainability and environmental policy. He serves on the Green Chemistry Science Advisory Panels of both California and Michigan. Dr. Hawkins is a member of the International Leadership Council for The Nature Conservancy, and Board member of The Keystone Center and Global Water Challenge. He holds masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, School of Public Health, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech. He and his family are very active in disability advocacy.
Michael C. Kavanaugh
Dr. Michael Kavanaugh is a Principal of Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., an engineering and consulting firm with offices throughout the United States and abroad. His research interests have included hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, process engineering, industrial waste treatment, technology evaluations, strategic environmental management, compliance and due diligence auditing, water quality, water and wastewater treatment, and water reuse. He has served as chair to the National Research Council's (NRC) Board on Radioactive Waste Management and the Water Science and Technology Board. Dr. Kavanaugh is a registered chemical engineer in California and Utah, a Diplomat (DEE) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Stanford University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Dr. Stephen Polasky (NAS) is the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, endangered species policy, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Dr. Kenneth Ruffing is an independent consultant and author specialising in sustainable development, environmental economics and development economics. Among other consultancy assignments, he has advised the United Nations Environment Programme on the Green Economy Project, advised the OECD on sustainable development and on environmental aspects of policy coherence for development, and served as Coordinator of the African Economic Outlook from 2006 to 2009. He was formerly Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the OECD Environment Directorate from 2000 to 2005 where he took a special interest in the issue of decoupling environmental pressure from economic growth. Prior to joining OECD he had a long career with the United Nations, beginning in 1971 while completing his Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University, entitled: The effects of inflation on the structure and yield of the fiscal system of Chile. He has worked as a development economist for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; provided technical assistance in external debt management to developing countries for the UN Conference on Trade and Development; represented the UN at numerous debt rescheduling exercises carried out by the "Paris Club" of official creditors; was Secretary to the UN Committee for Development Policy providing technical expert support for 10 years; prepared the UN macroeconomic forecasts for the world economy based on Project LINK from 1989 to 1993; and served as Deputy Director for the UN Division for Sustainable Development for 7 years. During his long career with international organisations he has conducted research, undertaken scholarly reviews, and published articles on a wide range of sustainable development and economic development issues; environmental and economic development policy integration; natural resource economics (oil, water); macroeconomics, external debt and finance; trade, aid and development; development planning and its integration with public sector budgeting; monetary and fiscal aspects of public policy in developing countries; economic reform processes and economic convergence.
Armistead G. Russell
Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Armistead Russell is the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Russell arrived at Georgia Tech in 1996, from Carnegie Mellon University, and has expertise in air quality engineering, with particular emphasis in air quality modeling, air quality monitoring and analysis. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1985, conducting his research at Caltech's Environmental Quality Laboratory. His B.S. is from Washington State University (1979). Dr. Russell has been a member of a number of the National Research Council's committees, including chairing the Committee to Review EPA's Mobile Model and chairing the committee on Carbon Monoxide Episodes in Meteorological and Topographical Problem Areas, and serving on the committee on Tropospheric Ozone Formation and Measurement, the committee on ozone forming potential of reformulated fuels and the committee on Risk Assessment of Hazardous Air Pollutants. Recently, he served on two EPA SAB subcommittees: the CASAC subcommittee on the National Ambient Air Monitoring Strategy and the subcommittee on Air Quality Modeling Subcommittee of the Advisory Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis. He was also a member of the EPA FACA Subcommittee on Ozone, Particulate Matter and Regional Haze, the North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone and California's Reactivity Science Advisory Committee. Previously he was on the Office of Science, Technology and Policy's Oxygenated Fuels Program Review and various National Research Council program reviews, and a committee to review a Canadian NRC program.
City of Knoxville
Ms. Susanna Sutherland has a degree from the University of Tennessee in Environmental Studies with Forestry minor, and an M.S. in Biosystems Engineering Technology with an emphasis on water quality. She has worked with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and in the Tennessee State Park system. She also worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority, first in Environmental Policy and Planning in both Alabama and Tennessee, and later in River Operations and Environment. In 2007, Susanna came to the City of Knoxville as the South Waterfront Development's Project Manager, and in 2009 became the City's Program Manager of Sustainability. Current responsibilities include implementing the City’s DOE grants, staffing the efforts of the Energy & Sustainability Task Force, and chairing Knoxville’s electric vehicle advisory board. Overarching goals include incorporating efficient and sustainable best practices into municipal operations, and promoting environmental responsibility in the Knoxville community as an economic driver.
California Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Lauren Zeise is Chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency. She oversees or is otherwise involved in a variety of California's risk assessment activities, including cancer and reproductive toxicant assessments; development of frameworks and methodologies for assessing cumulative impact, nanotechnology, green chemistry/safer alternatives, and susceptible populations; the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program; and health risk characterizations for environmental media, food, fuels and consumer products. Dr. Zeise's research focuses on human interindividual variability, dose response, uncertainty and risk. She was the 2008 recipient of the Society of Risk Analysis’s Outstanding Practitioners Award and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council (NRC). She has served on various advisory boards and committees of the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Technology Assessment, World Health Organization, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has also served on a numerous NRC and Institute of Medicine committees and boards, including the committees that produced Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and Strategy, Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment, and Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society. Dr. Zeise received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.