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ANN ERHARDT

CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER AND DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Ann has over twelve years of experience in sustainability including her most recent role as Chief Sustainability Officer for campus facilities and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Michigan State University.

After serving 4 years as Director of Campus Sustainability at Michigan State University, her focused changed to a more strategic role that concentrated on core business integration of sustainability into all infrastructure systems.

Formerly the Director of Energy Programs for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Ann received her sustainable business/environmental science degree and masters of management and organizational leadership from Aquinas College. She also achieved an advanced study certificate in design and innovation from Ferris State University. Ann‘s extensive experience in the sustainability field and her contagious passion for sustainability make her an invaluable resource and natural leader.


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Mike Nicholus

GALACTIC OPERATIONS ENVIRONMENT DIRECTOR FOR ACCENTURE

Mike is responsible for promoting programs to measure and manage Accenture’s environmental impact across operations on all planets in the cosmos on which Accenture conducts business (currently, only Earth). Collaborating with talented and passionate individuals around the world, he drives Accenture’s ISO 14001 program and broad strategy to decarbonize Accenture's 400,000+ employee footprint, focusing on buildings and business travel. 

Mike graduated from the University of Illinois with a dual focus in Finance and Marketing and currently lives in Chicago. He has served on the Corporate Advisory Boards for the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project Business Working Group. He is a semi-retired stand-up comedian.


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Craig Schiller

MANAGER FOR ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE

Craig is a Manager for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) who has worked on diverse number of projects focused on decarbonizing the aviation industry including the scalable implementation of sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsets. In addition, Mr. Schiller has over 6 years of experience in energy efficiency, project management, energy efficiency, and net zero energy buildings.

Since joining RMI in 2012, Mr. Schiller has had a unique cross-sectorial experience in managing and delivering innovative projects and the net-zero-energy buildings, higher education, transportation electrification, and aviation sectors. Mr. Schiller is currently working with sub-national actors on developing impactful and scalable programs that accelerate the decarbonization of the transportation industry. He has managed a Superefficient Affordable Housing Design Challenge for university students, cohosted deep energy retrofit conferences with the General Service Administration, and helped formulate a new sustainable campus initiative. Mr. Schiller has also been a core design team member for RMI’s new net-zero-energy headquarters where he managed the implementation of an industry-leading renewable energy and energy storage system, including developing an innovative funding solution for the system.

Since joining the RMI’s Sustainable Aviation program in 2016, Mr. Schiller has helped support the advancement of sustainable energy solutions for both domestic and international airports. In 2017, Mr. Schiller has been the Chief Operating Officer of the start-up and airport-based carbon offset program, The Good Traveler, which RMI manages. Lastly, Mr. Schiller is a Manager for America’s Pledge where he manages the creation of philanthropic campaigns to accelerate non-federal actors to take climate action within the U.S.


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DAVID SOUTH

SENIOR PRINCIPAL IN THE ENERGY AND UTILITIES PRACTICE, AND SUSTAINABILITY LEAD AT WEST MONROE PARTNERS

David is a Senior Principal in the Energy & Utilities Practice at West Monroe Partners and leads its Sustainability practice. He has more than 40 years of power generation, distributed energy resource and emissions control technology and related market, strategic, policy and regulatory assessment experience.   At West Monroe David works on market, regulatory and business operation/transformation issues at utility and private companies.  David joined West Monroe Partners from Technology & Market Solutions, LLC. He was founder and president of this consultancy, which provided analytic, strategic, economic, and regulatory advisory services on technology, market, operation and environmental mitigation issues encountered by electric, water, and gas utilities, and industrial and transportation companies.