EES / IGEL Seminar Series


Wharton IGEL sponsors and organizes selected lectures as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Environmental Studies Seminar series, a weekly meeting that promotes interactions among faculty, students and business leaders. Speakers presenting at IGEL lectures offer insights and best practices in business sustainability in a wide range of sectors, from water and energy to packaging, impact investing and transport. IGEL lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Are you a student interested in covering one of our events for the Wharton IGEL Blog? Contact us!


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Molotsky_lr1Brad A. Molotsky

LEED Green Assoiciate,
Brandywine Realty Trust


Brad A. Molotsky is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Brandywine Realty Trust a NYSE listed, real estate investment trust. He is also the co-creator of Brandywine Environments, Brandywine’s portfolio-wide sustainability initiative. Brandywine specializes in the ownership, management, leasing and development of class-A commercial office properties in selected markets throughout the United States, owning and managing over 36 million square feet of office product. Mr. Molotsky joined Brandywine as General Counsel and Secretary in October 1997. Prior to joining Brandywine, Mr. Molotsky was a commercial transactions attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Molotsky is a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts and the Real Estate Roundtable (and serves as the Vice Chair of the Roundtable’s Sustainability Taskforce), the National Association of Office Properties (NAIOP)(and serves as the Co-Chair of the NJ – Energy Committee), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC – serving on their Board and Fundraising Committee), and the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Greater Philadelphia Energy Efficiency in Buildings Innovation Cluster and on the Keep America Beautiful. Mr. Molotsky has testified in front of the US Senate Energy Committee on energy efficiency issues in 2012 and 2013 and has been invited to testify in front of the US House Energy Committee on energy efficiency issues. He is a frequent lecturer for the American Law Institute, NAIOP, ULI, and the American Bar Association on various topics, including leasing, sustainability, REITs and mergers and acquisitions, has presented at Greenbuild 2012 and will be presenting at Greenbuild 2013 and he has co-founded and co-hosted an annual Sustainability Symposium in PA and NJ for the last three years which drew over 825 attendees in 2013. He also lectured on Sustainability at Villanova University to undergraduate and MBA students as well as participated in a Coursera lecture for the University of Pennsylvania on Sustainability. He is currently working with each of Cherry Hill Township, the Cherry Hill School District and Camden County to develop their own separate, but integrated, Sustainability Plans. Mr. Molotsky received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware graduating cum laude and an MBA/JD from Villanova University’s School of Law and the College of Business and Finance with cum laude distinction.

Michael-DunnMichael Dunn

Environmental Assessment and Innovation Division,
USEPA Mid-Atlantic Region 3


EPA’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan:
Partnerships to build a healthy and prosperous nation resilient to climate change
Abstract: The recent Executive Order on “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change” directs Federal Agencies to take steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of the climate change. This presentation will describe how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created its first ever Climate Change Adaptation Plan to integrate climate adaptation into its programs, policies, rules, and operations to ensure that the agency’s work continues to be effective even as the climate changes. Local partnerships serve as examples and highlight opportunities for states, cities, businesses, and the public to get involved.
Bio: Michael Dunn is Policy Advisor for Innovation at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. His work focuses on collaborative approaches to building sustainable and resilient communities. Michael is a member of the National EPA Climate Adaptation Workgroup and leads the implementation of EPA’s climate adaptation planning for the Mid-Atlantic region. Michael brings a diverse background in engineering, urban planning, and business development to work at the EPA. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University and a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture where he studied sustainable land-use and systems approaches to design. Michael is also an adjunct Professor for Philadelphia University’s sustainability program teaching courses in Lifecycle Assessment and Sustainable Land-Use Policy. Prior to joining EPA, Michael was an associate at the non-profit Green Blue Institute and helped to launch the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, an multi-stakeholder working group dedicated to the implementation of “cradle to cradle” packaging products and systems. He was a co-founder and Vice President of Research & Design at Christini Technologies, Inc. a start-up company that successfully designed, manufactured, and commercialized the world’s first fully functional all-wheel drive bicycles and motorcycles.

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Professor of Business AdministrationTuck School of Business
Director, Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network
Chair,Dartmouth Regional Technology Center


In an interesting post to the HBR Blog Network last October, “Making the Choice Between Money and Meaning,” Dr. Umair Haque urged readers to “stop trading meaning for money… the worst trade you’ll ever make.” Is there a trade-off between meaning and money? And if there is, how does one master — and perhaps — resolve it? Can it be resolved? There is indeed a stark, sharp, gigantic trade-off between meaning and money in our so-called brain-dead shell-game Ponzi-scheme of an “economy.” … the simple fact is: right here, right now, there’s a trade-off between meaning and money…But there shouldn’t be. The tradeoff worldview would have us choosing to do something meaningful in the world or transfer wealth to enrich ourselves and consume more conspicuously. But is the choice really a one-dimensional trade-off between darkness (success/money) and light (meaning/ social value)? Dr. Haque sees exactly this trade-off. The entrepreneur can see things differently. How do you resolve the dilemma? April 16 we’ll look at what entrepreneurial really means, and how it is an invaluable asset in the pursuit of social value.

SaraManzano-Diazphoto-1_smallSara Manzano-Diaz

Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator,
U.S. General Services Administration


Abstract: Regional Administrator Sara Manzano-Diaz will discuss how sustainability is a central component of the GSA mission and drives our efforts to support a government that more effectively meets the needs of the taxpayer by using resources more efficiently. Sustainability initiatives drive innovation at GSA and helps the agency identify new practices and technologies to better meet customer needs. The agency remains committed to leading the federal government towards a more sustainable future and recognizes the important role it plays in facilitating sustainability goal achievement for other federal agencies. Ms. Manzano-Diaz will highlight best practices and share how GSA is working to reduce energy and water use in federal buildings, responsibly dispose of electronic waste, and green federal vehicles.
Bio: Sara Manzano-Díaz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Mid-Atlantic Region, effective May 7, 2012. In March 2013, she assumed the added responsibility of serving as Acting Regional Administrator for GSA’s Southeast Sunbelt Region. As Regional Administrator, Ms. Manzano-Díaz oversees the federal government’s real estate portfolio, procurement of goods and services in fourteen states across two regions, as well as in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In this role, she leads over 2,000 employees, is responsible for a federal real estate inventory of over 2600 owned and leased buildings, and oversees a fleet of 60,000 vehicles.Prior to joining GSA, Ms. Manzano-Díaz was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 as the 16th Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor. Working with the White House, Congress, federal agencies and stakeholders, she focused on domestic and international policies affecting women in the workforce. In 2007, Ms. Manzano-Díaz was appointed by Governor Edward G. Rendell as Deputy Secretary of State for Regulatory Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of State. She was responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public by overseeing the licensure of approximately one million professionals. For seven years, Ms. Manzano-Díaz worked in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development including as Deputy General Counsel for Civil Rights and Litigation, where she enforced fair housing, civil rights, and anti-discrimination laws. Ms. Manzano-Díaz’s varied experiences also include serving as an Assistant Attorney General in New York where she conducted investigations and prosecuted allegations of consumer fraud, as well as other Judicial positions. Additionally, she has served as co-chair of The Forum of Executive Women’s Mentoring Committee, which mentors young professional women as they begin their careers. Ms. Manzano-Diaz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and Communications from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law.

Tucker-Twitmyer-90x90Tucker Twitmyer

Managing Director,
EnerTech Capital


Tucker will discuss his experience in environment business opportunities and innovation. He will talk about how entrepreneurs are leaders in ventures that are economically and environmentally sustainable. Tucker’s remarks will focus on energy efficiency and how it interfaces with technology and investing.
Bio: Tucker has been investing in energy technology and services companies for 13 years with an emphasis on technology enabled efficiency, development, services, and products companies across the electricity, oil, and gas industries. Tucker currently sits on the boards of SpaceTime Insight, OwnEnergy and Tangent Energy Solutions. He previously sat on the boards of Enerwise (acquired), FuelQuest (acquired), Advent Solar (acquired), Franklin Fuel Cells (acquired), Welldog (acquired) and was an observer to Comverge (COMV), Clean Air Power (CAP.L), 6th Dimension (acquired), Sagemaker (acquired) and Altela. He is a board member and former President of Wharton Private Equity Partners, an Investment Partner with InvestMaryland, Chairman of the IMPACT 2012 Cleantech Track, an advisor to the Skolkovo Foundation, a former member of the CleanTech Venture Network Advisory Board, and was recently honored as one of the Power Players in Cleantech and Who’s Who in Energy. Prior to EnerTech, Tucker was a co-founder and Managing Director of Katalyst LLC, a private equity services firm and a Senior Manager at Andersen Consulting, now Accenture. Tucker began his career in finance and IT operations with MultiServ, a provider of material handling and recycling services to the steel industry. Tucker received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda-head-shotLinda Froelich

Global Sustainability Director,
FMC Corporation


Stewardship and sustainability are core components to FMC businesses. At FMC we are committed to effectively stewarding our products throughout their lifecycle so we can maximize their benefits and minimize any risks from their use for human health, the environment and the business. Our commitment to sustainability addresses economic, social and environmental performance by fostering safety, growing innovation, empowering talent, minding our resources and cultivating community. This talk will describe some examples of FMC’s practices in both product stewardship and sustainability.
Bio: Linda Froelich has recently been appointed to be the Global Sustainability Director for FMC Corporation. After graduating from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, Linda immediately started working for FMC in 1977 and has held several positions since that time in research, development and the businesses.  Linda’s first position was as a technician screening compounds for fungicidal activity.  In the 1980’s, Linda worked in the Biotechnology group isolating natural product herbicides and insecticides from fungi.  In the 1990’s, Linda moved from research into development where she was responsible for doing studies to support product registrations around the world.  In 2003, Linda moved to FMC’s Philadelphia headquarters offices to manage the North America Registrations and Regulatory group and then took the position as the Product Stewardship Manager for FMC’s Agricultural Solutions business ensuring that FMC’s products are used safely and responsibly around the world. Linda lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, Rick.  Linda and Rick enjoy traveling, boating, skiing and cooking and recently became “empty nesters.” Their daughter, Jen, was married three years ago and lives in northern Vermont where she works as carpenter and has also started her own business making furniture and cabinets. Their son, Dan, lives in North Carolina and is currently working and enjoying being independent. Linda and Rick have been married for 36 years and are hoping to go on a safari in Kenya someday soon!

cfimg5023846442559375436-150x150Sanjay Patnaik

Visiting Research Scholar, The Wharton School
Assistant Professor in Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University


The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and the future of global carbon markets
Abstract: Prof. Sanjay Patnaik will describe the world’s largest cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases, the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and discuss the opportunities and challenges the program presents for managers and policy makers. As the first multinational cap-and-trade program in the world, the EU ETS has provided valuable lessons for future greenhouse gas regulations and serves as an ideal case study for similar policy initiatives. Dr. Patnaik will also speak about other active cap-and-trade programs (such as the one implemented in California) and discuss the development of international carbon markets as more countries are introducing climate change legislation. As one of the leading experts on the EU ETS, Mr. Patnaik will provide a comprehensive overview of greenhouse gas regulations from a business and policy perspective.
Bio: Sanjay Patnaik is an assistant professor in Strategic Management and Public Policy at the George Washington University as well as a visiting research scholar in the Management Department at the Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. Sanjay serves on the advisory board of the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and previously was a visiting lecturer and senior fellow in the Management Department at Wharton. He earned his Doctorate in Business Administration (Strategy) from Harvard Business School in 2012. His main research and teaching interests include among others non-market strategy, international business and global strategy, environmental regulation and political economy. Sanjay’s main research focus is on the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest active cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in the world. He specifically studies the interaction of firms and regulators within the EU ETS and examines the importance of institutional characteristics in the implementation of this multinational regulatory program. His teaching experience includes undergraduate and graduate classes at Harvard College and at the Wharton School as well as executive education programs at Harvard Business School. Prior to the completion of his doctoral studies at Harvard Business School (2007-2012), Sanjay worked in investment banking in Germany and academia in Austria. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Business Engineering and Computer Science, both from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. During his studies he spent time abroad at universities in Spain and the United States. In his spare time Sanjay enjoys traveling, reading and ballroom dancing. He speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

Eunice Heath, Global Director, Sustainability, Business Engagement and Education, The Dow Chemical Company
Sustainable Products and Business at The Dow Chemical Company

David Kiser, PhD., Vice President, EHS & Sustainability, International Paper
Sustainability at International Paper: Past, Present, and Future
Follow up article: “Peeking into Sustainable Paper and Packaging” by Silvia Schmid

Jami Leveen, Director of Marketing and Environmental Stewardship, ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment
Sustainable Practices at ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment
Follow up article: “A Business of Sports and Sustainability” by Silvia Schmid

Jon Freedman GE Water & Process Technologies,  Francesca McCann Global Water Strategies
The Future of Water. Liquid Gold: global Water Developments and Opportunities
Follow up article: “A market for the ‘Free’ Commodity” by Matthew Brodski

Noam Lior Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Sustainable Energy Development: The water nexus and possible paths to the future

Marilee McInnis Southwest Airlines
Southwest Introduces New Era of Cabin Sustainability

Eric Lowitt Corporate Sustainability and Competitive Strategy Consultant
Creating The Future of Value – How Companies are Creating Competitive Advantage Via Sustainability

Craig Isakow Global Energy and Sustainability, Johnson Controls
Why Smart Buildings Matter: Buildings’ Emergence as the Linchpin for Energy Security and Addressing Global Warming

Jeff Bladen Mark Group, Inc.
Bringing Energy Closer to Home: why energy efficiency and distributed resources are needed building blocks to really benefit from a smart grid

Gerald A. Furgione PhillyCarShare
The Philadelphiia Electric Vehicle Micro-Community Project: Build it and they will come

James Mitchell Pepperidge Farm, Inc.
Sustainable Packaging Development in a Consumer Products Goods Company

Jake Baker Climate Change Initiatives Deutsche Bank
Building Energy Efficiency Finance and the Significant Market Opportunity for Retrofits of Existing Buildings

Natalia Olson-Urtecho Ecolibrium Group
Commercialization and Market Positioning of Clean Technologies

Greg Caplan Lockheed Martin
National Security and Global Competitiveness: Lockheed Martin in the Clean Energy Sector

Jeffrey J. Fulgham GE Power and Water
Creating a Sustainable Water Future