Speakers at HCED Sessions on Friday, July 12, 2013


Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day: Keynote Speaker

Todd Litman

Todd Litman is the Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. He authored the Online TDM Encyclopedia, a comprehensive Internet resource for identifying and evaluating mobility management strategies; Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis: Techniques, Estimates and Implications, a comprehensive study which provides cost and benefit information in an easy-toapply format; and Parking Management Best Practices, the most comprehensive book available on management solutions to parking problems.

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Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day: Convener

Jay Fidell

Jay Fidell, HCED's convener, came to the islands in 1965 as a Coast Guard lawyer. He was a founder of Bendet Fidell in 1974 and has practiced business law there since then. He has an abiding interest in technology, and founded ThinkTech Hawai'i in 2000. He has served as a director of HTDC, NELHA, HSDC, HSTC, HVCA and the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum. Jay produced a weekly ThinkTech radio show on HPR until 2008. He writes a tech blog and column, organizes tech and business educational programs, and produces daily radio and video shows for broadcast on KGU, OLELO and OC16. He is an ardent advocate for economic diversification and a clean energy future for Hawai'i.

Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day: Update Report

Governor Neil Abercrombie

Governor Neil Abercrombie grew up in Williamsville, New York. He came to Hawaii in September 1959, the month after statehood, to be a teaching assistant at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa, where he earned a Master's degree in Sociology and later a Ph.D. in American Studies. For 30 years, Governor Abercrombie served the people of Hawaii on all levels of government as a state representative, state senator, Honolulu City Council member, and Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives. In November 2010, he was elected as the State of Hawaii's seventh Governor. He was inaugurated into office on December 4, 2010.

Senator Mike Gabbard

Update Reports- Legislative Report

Senator Mike Gabbard is a State Senator representing District 20 (West Oahu). He previously served as a Honolulu City Councilman for District 1 (West Oahu) from 2003-2005. He has been the Chair of the Energy and Environment Committee since 2009. Senator Gabbard is committed to Hawai'i kicking its addiction to imported fossil fuel by exploring every avenue for energy efficiency and utilization of indigenous renewable energy resources. He's a life-long educator, small businessman, and proud owner of an all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Representative Chris Lee

Update Reports- Legislative Report

Representative Chris Lee has represented Kailua and Waimanalo in the Hawaii State House of Representatives since 2008. Recently elected to a third term, he currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection and also serves on the Committees on Consumer Protection and Commerce, Judiciary, Ocean and Marine Resources, Hawaiian Affairs, and Water and Land. He is a graduate of Oregon State University and Iolani School.

Mark Glick

Update Reports- State Energy Report

Mark Glick has served as Administrator of the Hawai'i State Energy Office, Department of Business, Economic Development since October of 2011. In addition to his leadership role in managing Hawaii's nationally recognized clean energy agenda, Mr. Glick has been involved in community service as a three-term statewide chair of the state's largest grassroots environment organization, and is helping a small nonprofit with restoration efforts on the Waianae mountain range where he lives. His involvement in HEPF dates back to 2005 when he led economic development at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Hermina Morita

Update Reports- On Regulatory Initiatives

Hermina Morita was appointed to the Public Utilities Commission and named Chair of the Commission by Governor Neil Abercrombie for a term to expire on June 30, 2014. Upon her confirmation on March 14, 2011, Chair Morita resigned from her position in the State of Hawaii House of Representatives, where she served as a Legislator for fifteen years, thirteen of which she served as the Chair of the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee. Prior to her experience as a Legislator, Chair Morita worked as a business manager in the retail, construction and visitor industries. She also served on the Kauai Planning Commission and Kauai Police Commission.

Jeffrey Ono

Update Reports- Clean Energy for the Consumer

Jeffrey Ono is the Executive Director of the Division of Consumer Advocacy in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. He was appointed to this position in January 2011. Previous to that he was a civil litigation attorney in private practice for 30 years. Mr. Ono is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and the University of Hawai'i at M?noa.

Ray Starling

Update Reports- On Energy Efficiency

Ray Starling is the Program Director for Hawaii Energy, the Public Benefits Fee program which administers Hawaii's energy efficiency program under contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. His team designs and implements various education, incentive and financing programs that promote clean energy in Hawaii. Prior to this position, he managed an energy consulting firm which developed renewable energy projects in Hawaii. Additionally, Mr. Starling served in legal and executive positions at two electric utilities, including Hawaiian Electric Company. In 2009, he retired as a Major General in the Air Force Reserve after 37 years of service. He holds a BSME from N.C. State University and a JD from Wake Forest Law School. He also owns a NET-ZERO home and a Nissan Leaf EV.

Ben Sullivan

Update Reports- Clean Energy Report from the Neighbor Islands

Ben Sullivan is the Energy Coordinator for County of Kauai where he is responsible for guiding energy projects and policy. Previously, he was Strategic Planning Chair on Kauai Island Utility Cooperative's Board of Directors, helping KIUC to move aggressively towards their goal of 50% renewable energy by 2023. Mr. Sullivan came into the energy sector as a community advocate for clean energy when he helped found Apollo Kauai in 2005. Prior to working in the energy sector, Mr. Sullivan spent fifteen years in architecture with a focus on green building. He has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado in Environmental Design.

Rick Rocheleau

Update Reports- Research & Development

Rick Rocheleau is the Director of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI). Dr. Rocheleau works with federal and state agencies, industry, and our Congressional delegation to develop programs that support HNEI's mission to reduce Hawaii's dependence on fossil fuels while also contribute to the technology base. The importance of HNEI's activities was recognized by the Hawaii State Legislature, which, in 2007, established HNEI in statute. HNEI is also leading several significant public-private partnerships focused on the development, testing, and evaluation of emerging energy technologies. Dr. Rocheleau received his BS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the University of Hawai'i.

Lauren Tonokawa

Update Reports- Technologies to the Marketplace

Lauren Tonokawa is an analyst for the Energy Excelerator, part of the Energy Programs at the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR). Before joining PICHTR, she attended the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai'i at M?noa, graduating as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. Ms. Tonokawa is also a former R.I.S.E. (Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment) intern at PICHTR.

Robbie Alm

Update Reports- Utilities Report

Robbie Alm is Executive Vice President for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. He is also the President of the Collaborative Leaders Network (CLN). Mr. Alm is active in the community and is Chair of PBS Hawaii and of Enterprise Honolulu; and serves on the Boards of Helping Hands Hawaii, and Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, among others. He teaches a graduate course on leadership in the Public Administration Program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Prior to joining Hawaiian Electric, he was an Executive Vice President at First Hawaiian Bank, Director of State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; and worked for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Mr. Alm is a graduate of University High School, University of Hawai'i (B.A.) and the University of Iowa School of Law (J.D.).

Jim Kelly

Update Reports- Utilities Report

Jim Kelly is the Communications Manager of Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC), Hawaii's only member-owned electric cooperative. He joined the KIUC in 2012 after a 30-year career as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Hawaii, California, Massachusetts and Minnesota. He was a managing editor of The Honolulu Advertiser and served as the newspaper's last editorial page editor before it closed in 2010. He also worked for five years as editor of Pacific Business News.

Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day:
Panel 1 System Structure

Jeff Mikulina

Panel 1 Moderator, Blue Planet Foundation

Jeff Mikulina is the Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the use of fossil fuels on Earth, starting in Hawai'i. Prior to working with Blue Planet, Mr. Mikulina served as director of the Sierra Club, Hawai'i Chapter for a decade. His accomplishments in policy advocacy include working to pass legislation that sets a binding cap on Hawaii's greenhouse gas emissions, requires that all new homes use solar water heaters, requires returnable deposits on all beverage containers, provides incentives for renewable energy use, establishes curbside recycling on O'ahu and increases the funding of natural resources through tourism taxes. He received a Master's of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying decision theory.

Murray Clay

Panel 1- Transportation Modality Choices: Impact on Hawai'i's Energy Use

Murray Clay is Managing Partner of Ulupono Initiative. He joined Ulupono after serving as deputy chief investment officer of SDS Management in Connecticut. He has more than a decade of experience in managing hedge fund and private equity portfolios, including leading due diligence, negotiating and structuring direct investments in many industries including energy, natural resources and biotechnology. He also served as an intelligence officer for the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Clay earned his Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, with a minor in Japanese, from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and his MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Robert (Bob) King

Panel 1- Alternative Fuels

Robert (Bob) King is the principal founder and Chairman of the Board for Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, and previous owner/operator of King Diesel, the Maui licensed dealer for Cummins/Onan Generators until selling it in 2006 to focus on the biodiesel business. Mr. King resides on Maui, where he founded what is now the oldest biodiesel business in the U.S., an operation that also boasts the first retail biodiesel pump in America. The story and mission of Pacific Biodiesel has been recorded in a feature-length documentary, Revolution Green, by an independent filmmaker and is shown periodically on the Documentary Channel. Aaron Cates is the Data Engine Architect and Analyst at Autowatts

Aaron Cates

Panel 1- Energy Efficient Vehicles

Aaron Cates is the Data Engine Architect and Analyst at Autowatts and also holds the position of Analyst at Sunetric. His studies, publications, and presentations cover a wide range of topics including a 2012 market analysis for the University of Hawaii SOEST Sea Grant on Water Catchment Feasibility. He has worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Forecasting and Modeling Group developing market adoption models and with the Hawaii Automotive Dealers Association (HADA) cultivating EV market development strategies. Autowatts is a startup company from Colorado that has developed a software application to run calculations allowing consumers and dealers to see what it would cost to buy and power an EV and understand its value.

Michael Formby

Panel 1- Public Transportation: Buses and Rail

Michael Formby is the Director of Transportation Services for the City and County of Honolulu. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Hawaii with over 20 years of litigation experience. His focus has been maritime law, transportation law and commercial contracts. He has served on the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission, the Hawaii Community Development Authority and the Aloha Tower Development Corporation. He served as the Deputy Director of the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation between 2007 and 2010, overseeing the State's 10 commercial harbors and the Harbors Modernization Plan. He also served as Interim Director of the State Department of Transportation in 2010. He has been an adjunct instructor at the William S. Richardson School of Law since 1998.

Chad Taniguchi

Panel 1- Non-motorized Mobility

Chad Taniguchi is Executive Director of the Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL). HBL's mission is to get more people to ride bicycles for health, recreation and transportation by making Hawaii's streets safer through advocacy, education and events. Visit http://www.hbl.org for free group rides, keiki and adult bike education, and advocacy updates. Join HBL to make Hawaii bike and pedestrian friendly.

Cheryl Soon

Panel 1- What State Policies and Programs Are Doing or Not and Should Be Doing To Advance Clean Transportation

Cheryl Soon is a senior planner with extensive national and Hawaii experience in both public and private sectors. She currently serves as the Director of SSFM's Planning Group and is responsible for all planning projects. Recent assignments include successfully managing Masterplan and Development projects for harbors in Hawaii Island and Maui island; Alternative Analysis studies and environmental compliance documentation for road improvements in Paia, Maui and Keaau-Pahoa, Hawaii and Kahekili Highway on Oahu; and infrastructure reviews for environmental compliance and permit applications on a range of public and private sector projects. Her recent policy level projects include the update of the Statewide Transportation Plan and the evaluation and update of the Hawaii Ocean Resource Management Plan.

Hawai‘i Clean Energy Day:
Panel 2 System Use/Integration

Asia Yeary

Panel 2 Moderator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Asia Yeary is the Hawaii Sustainability Coordinator and Grants Project Officer of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 as the Hawaii Sustainability Coordinator and Grants Project Officer. She works with federal, state, and local organizations to promote clean energy and multi-modal transportation options. Ms. Yeary co-founded the RISE sustainability internship program and continues to support program growth and development (www.riseHI.org). She is a founding member of the West Coast Collaborative (www.westcoastcollaborative.org) to reduce diesel emissions and a board member of Women in Renewable Energy (www.HawaiiWiRE.org). She is hopeful that through creative solutions, Hawaii will become more sustainable and less dependent on imported fossil fuels.

Bonnie Arakawa

Panel 2- Transit-Oriented Development

Bonnie Arakawa is the branch chief of the Community Planning Branch, Department of Planning & Permitting, City & County of Honolulu, which is responsible for developing the City's neighborhood transit-oriented development plans for the areas surrounding the rail stations, and other community-based special area plans for Oahu. Prior to joining the DPP Planning Branch, Ms. Arakawa worked as an architect with the department's Urban Design Branch, focusing on cluster housing developments and enhancing the character of our island's Special Districts, and in the private sector as a licensed architect. She is currently serving as a committee member for the Art in Public Places Program with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for the Aiea Public Library. She earned her architectural degree from UH M?noa.

Mark Garrity

Panel 2- Complete Streets

Mark Garrity is the Deputy Director of Transportation Services for the City and County of Honolulu. He is a certified urban planner with more than 20 years of experience in rail transit planning, bus transit planning and operations, roadway and multimodal transportation planning, transportation demand management, transit-oriented development, land use planning, and station design. He has degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning, and has worked for several different engineering firms, a State DOT, a transit district and other public agencies. The focus of his career has been creating transportation systems that foster livable and sustainable communities.

Crysttal (Atkins) Steiner

Panel 2- Community Networking

Crysttal (Atkins) Steiner is the TDM Coordinator for the University of Hawai'i at M?noa. A transplant from Portland, Oregon eight years ago, she brings extensive transportation demand management experience and a passion for promoting, using, and developing alternative transportation mode systems. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Lewis & Clark College and is a perpetual student with a wide variety of interests.

Elizabeth Fischer

Panel 2- Land Use and Transportation: Implications for Energy Demand Reduction

Elizabeth Fischer is a registered landscape architect who has worked in the area of community planning throughout her career on issues specific to rural areas, small communities, tribal governments, and in special topic areas for communities including place-making, livability, smart growth, active-living through design, context sensitive design, historic preservation, climate adaptation, and disaster recovery and resilience planning. She currently heads transportation planning and emergency management and implementation for the USDOT-Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the State of Hawaii, the US Territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (a geophysical area twice the size of the lower 48 States).

Brian Gibson

Panel 2- Energy Efficient Transportation: Does the Public Buy It?

Brian Gibson is the Executive Director of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO), an independent transportation planning agency that is charged with developing and helping to implement a long-range vision for transportation on Oahu. Prior to joining OahuMPO in 2010, Mr. Gibson worked for nine years as a transportation analyst and planner with the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments in Fargo, North Dakota.

Bev Brody

Panel 2- Implementing Multimodal Transportation Through Championing Partnerships

Bev Brody is the Director of Get Fit Kaua'i (GFK), Kaua?i County?s Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, a contract with the University of Hawaii funded by Hawai?i Department of Health Healthy Hawaii Initiative. She oversees task forces charged with increasing physical activity and access to healthy foods through policy, system and environmental change. GFK?s built environment task force led to Kaua?i?s adoption of a complete streets resolution in 2009; and, in January 2013, a multimodal transportation plan, and, most recently, a complete streets ordinance to implement the plan. Awarded the 2012 "Employee of the Year" from the University of Hawai'i and a finalist in "Women Who Mean Business" in Hawai'i, Ms. Brody is a visionary leader, bridge builder and public health educator.