Beyond Green: Making Sustainability Sustainable

April 21st, 2011 at 11 AM

In the midst of challenging economic circumstances, looming budget constraints, and compliance requirements with recent Executive Orders and policy directives, U.S. government agencies are under increased pressure to employ sustainability practices. Understanding the importance of sustainable efficiency in operations and the impact that the use of natural resources has on both our environment and our well-being as a society is paramount. Listen to “Beyond Green: Making Sustainability Sustainable” as part of the Booz Allen Hamilton Expert Voices panel series, featuring sustainability experts from across government to learn more.

Shannon Cunniff– Director, Chemical and Material Risk Management, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)
Nancy Gillis– Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office, General Services Administration
Bill Hagy– Special Assistant for Alternative Energy Policy, US Department of Agriculture
Alan Hecht– Director for Sustainable Development, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency


Moderator: Peter Trick – Senior Vice President Booz Allen Hamilton

About the Panel:

Peter Trick
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton’s Peter Trick is a Senior Vice President serving on the firm’s Civil Infrastructure team. He is an environmental attorney and senior policy analyst with over 30 years of consulting experience focused primarily on water pollution, natural resources management, and international environmental management.

Mr. Trick’s fields of expertise include environmental law, environmental policy, quantitative modeling, program implementation, and program evaluation. His technical work involves large-scale quantitative policy analyses and institutional strengthening.

Before joining Booz Allen in 2010, Mr. Trick served as an officer at Systems Research and Analysis International/Marasco Newton (SRA/MNG), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). Most recently, he led four business programs supporting environmental protection, natural resources management, emergency management, and international development. His group worked on critical national issues ranging from levee safety to international aid efforts that targeted the digital divide and diplomatic security.

Mr. Trick has made policy contributions to the design, implementation, and enforcement of environmental programs that include industrial and municipal wastewater control, air pollution abatement, environmental impact assessment, mining waste regulation, and more.

In addition, he held management roles at the Environment Protection Agency, Departments of State, Interior, and Agriculture, USAID, and Office of Personnel Management. He also oversaw program development and implementation, training, and systems development projects.

He holds a Juris Doctorate from the International School of Law, which was later conferred from George Mason University, and a B.A. degree in political science and German from Rice University.

Shannon Cunniff
Chemical and Material Risk Management
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment)

Ms. Cunniff is the Department of Defense’s Director of the Chemical and Material Risk Management Office. She addresses emerging contaminants and other proactive approaches to environmental, health, and safety risk management such as green procurement. In this position Ms. Cunniff draws on her experience in water resources, environmental science and technology, environmental policy, and planning to facilitate DoD’s efforts to address mission sustainment issues. Her emerging contaminants program was a finalist for the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award. Shannon directed the Bureau of Reclamation’s Research and Development program from 2000-2004 and has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ms. Cunniff also serves on the National Water Research Institute’s Research Advisory Board and is the Chair of the Arlington County Environment and Energy Conservation Commission.

Nancy Gillis
Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office
General Services Administration
Nancy Gillis directs the GSA Federal Supply Chain Emissions Program Management Office (PMO) which is tasked with implementing the recommendations outlined in the April, 2010 E.O. 13514: Recommendations for Vendor and Contractor Emissions report on the use of contractor GHG emissions in federal acquisitions. Ms. Gillis also chairs the Section 13 Interagency Working Group and provides subject matter expertise to GSA on sustainability and supply chain related issues. Prior to joining GSA, Ms. Gillis was a senior consultant with Paradigm Research International, directing sustainability, communications policy and economic development related projects. Ms. Gillis received her B.A. from George Mason University and her graduate degree from Georgetown University. She is a proud alumnus of the Santa Fe Institute Complexity program.

Bill Hagy
Special Assistant for Alternative Energy Policy
US Department of Agriculture
As the Special Assistant for Alternative Energy Policy since August 2009, Mr. Hagy provides support to the Under Secretary for Rural Development and Secretary on policy matter relating to alternative energy development and provides organizational leadership for various boards and committees including the Biomass Research and Development Board and Technical Advisory Committee.

Up until July 2009, Mr. Hagy served as the Rural Development Business Programs, Deputy Administrator since July 1996 and administered a combined business loan and grant portfolio of over $6.5 billion.

Mr. Hagy has received extensive financial management training and is a recipient of the Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review Hammer Award for his efforts in streamlining the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program regulation, which reduced the number of application forms and automated the application process. Mr. Hagy was the recipient of the Secretary of Agriculture Honor Award in fiscal years 2003 and 2007 for Superior Service to the Department in the delivery of Business Programs. In addition, Mr. Hagy is the recipient of the 2007 National Rural Economic Developers Association President’s Award for recognition of his dedication, time, talent and expertise in support of Rural Development.

Mr. Hagy has also served in the capacity of Acting Under Secretary for Rural Development from January 20 – April 17, 2009, and Acting RBS Administrator from April 17-May 16, 2009.

Alan Hecht
Director for Sustainable Development
Office of Research and Development
US Environmental Protection Agency

Mr Hecht has a long and distinguished career in the environmental field. He was Associate Director for Sustainable Development at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (2002-2003) and Director of International Environmental Affairs for the National Security Council (2001-2002). He served as the White House coordinator for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. He was the Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Activities at the EPA (1989-2001). Twice he received EPA’s highest award, the Gold Medal, for leading U.S. negotiations for the environmental side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement and for his innovative work on promoting nuclear waste management in Russia. He has recently published articles on sustainable development in Environmental Forum (2003) and Water Policy (2004).