Brian Dunbar, M.Arch, LEED Fellow
Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment
Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University
Brian Dunbar is Executive Director of the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) and Professor Emeritus at Colorado State University. Professor Dunbar holds two degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Professor Dunbar has taught Interior Design, Construction Management, and Sustainability courses at Colorado State and created the graduate emphasis in sustainable building, professional certification courses in green building, and sustainable design and construction courses offered in Costa Rica and on the island of St. John, USVI.
Through IBE, Brian has guided project work and facilitated design charrettes for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, American Institute of Architects, cities, numerous school districts, and the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office. Since 2004, Brian has annually been selected as a LEED faculty member by the U.S. Green Building Council. Brian is co-author of “147 Tips on Teaching Sustainability” and his sustainable building teaching and research has been honored and recognized by the AIA, the USGBC-Colorado Chapter, the Colorado Governor, the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, communities, businesses and universities.
Assistant Director of Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing
Katie Wallace is the Assistant Director of Sustainability and “Purveyor of The Good Life” at one of America’s Best Places to Work, 100% employee-owned New Belgium Brewing Co.. For 10 years, Katie has been developing integrated systems and communication to drive innovation, efficiency, and commitment to values as the company scales towards a national brand. She architects and implements the strategic direction of NBB’s sustainability efforts, facilitates collaborative problem-solving, and drives progress toward established goals. Corporate alignment, high-involvement culture, and coworker well-being are imperative ingredients to building a thriving and enduring mission-driven business and this is the area of Katie’s expertise. She shares this wisdom as an experienced presenter and by partnering with and consulting for company leaders and government officials across the globe.
Katie is ecstatic to work in a field that perfectly matches her passion for cultural innovation, human happiness, and ecological stability. In her free time, she travels the world with an endless curiosity for foreign perspectives, studies the relevant nexus between ancient wisdom and modern society, rides her bicycle around town, and laughs a lot with friends and family.
Jennifer E. Cross, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Institute for the Built Environment
Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University
Jeni Cross is the Director of Research for the Institute for the Built Environment and Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Davis. Her areas of expertise include conservation, community development, professional social networks, social norms, and behavior change. Jeni’s passion is applying the tools of social science (theory and research methods) to help communities and organizations create meaningful change. For example, she has created social marketing projects to improve radon mitigation, reduce substance use, and increase energy conservation. Her current research projects focus on how social norms influence energy conservation and how inter-organizational social networks contribute to innovation and sustainability.
Jeni is a talented and sought after lecturer and facilitator. She regularly gives keynote addresses and develops workshops for businesses, non-profits, local government and educational groups. Recently she has spoken about using social network analysis for informing the integrated design process, making organizational transformation for sustainability, and creating social marketing campaigns for conservation. Jeni is dedicated to the land grant mission for service and outreach and is known for her skill at translating social science into practice. She is an engaging speaker, making even highly technical knowledge interesting and useful to a variety of audiences.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University
Dr. Patricia Aloise-Young is an Associate Professor in the Psychology department at CSU. She received her PhD from the University of Florida in 1990 and was a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. She has been PI or co-PI on grants totaling over 1 million dollars. Her work focuses on psychosocial predictors of behavior change in the fields of health and sustainable behavior. Within the sustainability arena, Dr. Aloise-Young’s research has included studies on the effectiveness of social norms campaigns for reducing energy usage, predictors of acceptance of smart meters among residential electricity customers and strategies for developing a comprehensive systems approach to high efficiency building design. Dr. Aloise-Young is co-founder of Caros Consulting, which helps organizations in both the public and private sector meet their sustainability goals.
Lisa Rephlo, PMP, ENV SP
Executive Director at Colorado Clean Energy Cluster
Ms. Rephlo is the Executive Director at Colorado Clean Energy Cluster, an economic development organization aimed at growing primary jobs in Colorado in the area of clean energy, through formal partnerships between clean energy companies, the public sector and higher education, also known as the triple-helix. Lisa is an energy, water, and sustainability consultant with over 20 years of experience. She has 13 years of experience with MWH, a global water and environmental services consulting firm, and 10 years of experience prior to that in the power generation industry with ComEd/Exelon. She has also held various senior operational leadership positions, which included project management, project portfolio prioritization, budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning, and operations management, and is an Adjunct Instructor at the Colorado State University College of Business, teaching “Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise.” She has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Lisa’s recent projects include acting as Project Manager for the Aurora Water Energy Master Planning Study, which identified and prioritized energy savings and renewable energy projects totaling up to a 20% reduction in energy purchased from the utility. Lisa also performed a Net Zero planning project for the US Army’s Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. This project included a comprehensive evaluation of the energy use at the installation, a practical analysis of the renewable energy opportunities previously identified at the installation, and established a path forward to Net Zero Energy by 2015. Lisa also worked with the City of Baltimore to prioritize their capital improvement plans based on a quadruple bottom line approach, and to find opportunities to replace traditional “gray” infrastructure with green infrastructure solutions. Lisa was on the team to develop the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision™ Rating System, a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects.
April Brown, M.S., LEED AP BD+C
Projects Manager, Institute for the Built Environment
April is the Projects Manager at the Institute for the Built Environment with expertise in integrated design, green building strategies, sustainable operations and maintenance, occupant behavior engagement, corporate sustainability, facilitation & trainings, and LEED certification. Often referred to as the in-house “LEED Therapist,” she assists clients and development projects with successful implementation of sustainable design and operations and has managed project certifications across multiple LEED rating systems (BD+C, CI, EB:O&M) with a range of building types including labs and higher education facilities, corporate office buildings, K-12 schools, dormitories, and a variety public buildings. Additionally, she provides professional mentorship and guidance to the graduate student interns at IBE. April has a Bachelor’s of Science from Ohio University and a Master’s of Science in Construction Management and Sustainable Building from Colorado State University. Her masters’ thesis identified effective techniques for facilitating paradigm shifts. April volunteered as a content expert for the USGBC LEED regionalization task force for LEED 2012 and is currently involved with the Center for Green Schools’ EBOM Higher Education Focus Group.