More than one thousand people signed up, top U.S. Federal Government Officials, Scientists, Major Industry, Procurement Officers, Global representation, Minister of Environment and Energy all presented on critical sustainability issues and solutions
WASHINGTON, DC, May 01, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ — The World Green Energy Symposium (WGES) was a great success, according to the WGES Council more than 1000 people signed up to attend the event. This is the 11th year of the Symposium, which is renowned for its top echelon of presenters which did not disappoint in communicating the jam packed agenda. The presenters and attendees included top U.S. Federal Government officials, scientists, major industry, C-Level management, procurement officers, international representatives, professors, academia, and others. The speakers presented on a critical and powerful agenda, topics ranged from policies, research data in effects on health and environment, maximizing your cyber security, procurement, forecast and contract opportunities in the sustainability field and more were detailed by these experts, In addition the WGES NOVA Award was presented. This year the NOVA highlighted individuals and organizations who have shown exemplary leadership, innovation, and commitment to solving societal inequities through sustainable and educational solutions.
The WGES continues to follow in its tradition of having a cross section of the country’s and the world’s top experts and dynamic speakers. The presenters provided updates on actual case studies and opportunities, economic and sustainable opportunities for careers and contracting and discussions followed centering on issues and solutions. The agenda was tailored on post covid issues, topics from the subject matter experts and scientists included Safe Buildings, Health & Environment, Climate, Navigating Finance & Contracts in Clean Energy & Sustainability, Powering the Grid, Maximizing Cyber Security, Clean Water Solutions, Angel Investing, Transportation, US Government Agencies Forecasts for Clean Energy Programs. The prestigious list of speakers included executives from top global companies, top government officials from major government agencies, procurement and program officers, top subject matter experts in clean energy and sustainability, expert climate change scientist, health research scientists, deans and professors from academia, clean water experts, and minister of environment and energy. All attending left with invaluable information that they could immediately incorporate into their businesses or agencies. The firsthand knowledge exchanged by these experts on current and upcoming opportunities, provided resources most if not all would not been aware of if not attending.
The program was kicked off by Professor Robert J. Gallagher, Executive Chairman of the WGES Council, multi-faceted, highly respected visionary, educator, and senior advisor who has dedicated his entire career to education and public service. His expertise and commitment to the thread of health, sustainability and economic development has led to his engagement in collaborating with the top leaders, top government officials, scientists, Nobel laureates and researchers while overseeing the WGES. He currently serves as a guest lecturer and adjunct professor courses are centered on Health, Biological Sciences and Infectious Diseases while also serving as a senior advisor in education and promoting programs on clean energy and sustainability as an economic implicator while incorporating the importance it has on our health and that of our planet.
The esteemed list of presenters and the organizations they represent included:
Mr. Kevin Kampschroer, with 40 years as a U.S. Government Official and the overseer of the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings for all of the U.S. General Services Administration who owns and/or leases an inventory of more than 8,800 assets, maintains more than 370 million square feet of workspace for 1.1 million federal employees, and preserves more than five hundred historic properties. He spoke on new barriers that face building energy conservation and consumption.
Mr. Andrew Knox represents the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense, Pentagon Sustainability Officer for the U.S. Department of Defense. Andrew spoke to the United States Department of Defense’s 24-7 Free Electricity procurement initiative.
Mr. Stephen Ambrose, leading Climate Advisor, Chair of the Washington Exec Climate Change Council and Chief Climate Scientist for SAIC – a mission solutions driven company with $7.1 billion dollars in revenues and 24,000 employees.
The Honorable Bill Anderson, former United States Assistant Secretary of the United States Air Force for installation, environment, and logistics and the Air Force’s first Senior Energy Executive. He was appointed by Former President Bush Currently; he is a Private Investor and CEO of Generations Advisors.
Ms. Daisy Gallagher, Founder and CEO of GGW, Inc., Senior Advisor for Angel Investors Board, 25 year award winning strategist for sustainable and economic programs for local, state, and federal governments and private industry, and WGES Organizing Team Lead. She also represented the WGES Council in presenting the NOVA Awards to this year’s recipients.
Sabine O’Hara, Ph.D., Founding Dean, Program Director, University of the District of Columbia (UDC)College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES). UDC is the only urban land grant university in the United States.
Dr Reginald Swift, Scientist and Founder of Rubix Life Sciences LLC also presented. He and his company have worked on more than 150,000 infectious disease profiles, and deep analytics that have led to the development of 40+ successful clinical trial platforms for infectious diseases such as Covid 19, Ebola Zaire, Legionnaire’s Listeria, Norovirus, Q-Fever, MRSA, Zika and more. Dr. Swift talk focused on climate change and how it especially affects the health of children, the elderly, the poor and those underserved and those with underlying health conditions. He spoke about the need to include more diversity in clinical trials and in research.
Mr. Gary Lawrence, is a leading sustainable and resilient strategist and subject matter expert for WGI, Inc. He has consulted for and consults to the UN, OECD, US government agencies, and many national governments and global cities. Gary’s presentation was on how choosing to integrate better sustainability, resiliency, and adaptation (SRA) in infrastructure planning is a great way to reduce the carbon footprint. His talk explored why it is also important not to just seek an “either/or” solution, especially now when the current need is so severe it needs all/and solutions.
Mr. Aziz Ahmid, CEO & Founder UTC, Co-Founder CodersTrust, Inc., He is a technology subject matter expert, sharing his expertise around the world, including at the Vatican conference sponsored by Pope Francis, at the European Parliament in Belgium, and at the WGES, among others.
Mr. Ronald Uba, Acting Supervisor Business Development Specialist, Office of Business Development, U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA and Mr. Jean Robert Baguidy, MBA. Senior Advisor, Capital Access & Global Markets / Certified Blockchain Specialist / Export Trade Finance / Venture Capital, U.S. Department of Commerce, MBDA. Through its business center, the U. S. Department of Commerce MBDA Centers in fiscal year 2021 alone awarded thirty-five grants, totaling $13.9 million in federal funding, and expanding the program to nine new locations. MBDA Business Centers provide technical and business development services that help minority-owned firms grow and scale, secure capital, and penetrate new markets.
Mr. Michael Jones-Bey as Director for Corporate Social Responsibility for Con Edison and serving on its Sustainability Leadership Council he oversees the successful implementation of projects and sustainable contracts from Con Ed for minorities and women businesses. Con Ed is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the United States, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues, and over $62 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its subsidiaries,
Mr. Larry Wells, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ms. Mary Rogers, U. S. Department of Energy Brookhaven National Labs, both represented their U. S. government agencies and spoke about the procurement opportunities and forecasts available for government contractors, large and small businesses.
Michelle Picard and Natasha Vialva Haynes presented sustainable procurement opportunities in SIEMENS. In 2021, Siemens AG employed some 303,000 people worldwide. In fiscal 2021, Siemens Group USA generated revenue of $17 billion and employed approximately 40,000 people serving customers in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Michelle and Natasha reported that Siemens has more than 17,000 suppliers. Siemens has an array of holistic portfolio addressing sustainability across all parts of the infrastructure, innovative industrial, smart buildings, grid modernization, and transportation. $720 Million dollars were spent in 2021 with small and diverse business.
Ms. Virginia Gibson, a water subject matter expert and Co-Founder SUSTAP LLC, a sustainable technology and product- based company currently serving several government agencies and prime contractors presented alongside Ms. Celeste Wunder, President, IMMI on the Clean Water panel. Ms. Wunder presented the NanoBOT sustainable technology solution. It has been assessed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) The research conducted at NOAA over three (3) years has proven that NanoBOT completely eliminates algae, bacteria, toxins, and micro-organisms in water. “NanoBOT is a powerful, all-natural disinfectant, which has successfully eliminated 100% of bacteria and dangerous water toxins including algae cysts” – Dr. Peter Moeller, Director of NOAA, Harmful Algal Bloom Division at Hollings Marine Laboratory.
Mr. Dan Loague, President DC Archangels Investors Group and Mr. Randall Reade, Vice President DC Archangels Investors Group. An advisory board guides the Washington, DC Archangels. Board members are serial entrepreneurs (those with extensive experience in creating, building, and exiting a business) or represent venture capital firms or local groups of angel investors. All have a broad-based national business network of investment partners and business development experts, and several actively work with investors in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Members’ net worth ranges from SEC accreditation to several hundred million dollars.
The WGES Council has featured Ambassadors and Ministers from different countries over the years. They provide information on the sustainability efforts of their Country. Brazil, Canada, South Korea, among them. This year the WGES Council invited the Minister of Environment and Energy of Greece, Mr. Kostas Skrekas. He highlighted Greece’s strong commitment to sustainability, including expansion in energy efficiency of homes, and electric car market. Billions of dollars invested in modernizing and liberalizing the energy market. Greece has made the historic commitment to decarbonize the country by 2023. By protecting the environment, Greece can create conditions for the development of the segments such as industry, tourism, the primary sector.
The WGES NOVA Awards were presented at the Symposium. All past NOVA Awards with only one exception were presented to states, countries, federal agencies, universities, academia, and global corporations for their sustainable programs, plans, and policies. With the pandemic, the climate crisis at an all-time high, the war in Ukraine, and the societal injustices peaking at a global level, WGES felt it important to recognize individuals who stepped up to societal injustice providing opportunities to create a more equitable sustainable economy. WGES Council honored these three individuals with the prestigious 2022 WGES NOVA AWARD.
Mr. Aziz Ahmad Philanthropist, CEO of UTC Associates and Founder of Coders Trust was honored. Coders Trust is a sustainable educational platform serving more than 60,000 students to date who would not have had the access or the finances to obtain the education in a sustainable career in Tech if not for this program.
Mr. Michael Jones-Bey was recognized for tirelessly and effectively leading Con Edison’s (a multi-billion-dollar electric business practices while increasing contract opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned business enterprises in ways that strategically support the company’s commitments to environmental stewardship and promoting economic growth within the communities it serves as well as his personal commitment to the cause.
Elder George Alevras for impactful change through his initiation of sustainable employment for the underserved in a community in Greece, making positive change economically, environmentally, and spiritually.
“The WGES Council is pleased to present the 2022 WGES NOVA AWARD to these three individuals in recognition of their commitment to sustainable practices, education, and helping the underserved find sustainable employment, education, and opportunities.” said Professor Robert J. Gallagher, Executive Chairman of the WGES Council. “These individuals are in good company, other past WGES NOVA Award recipients include; the City of Philadelphia for its Greenworks sustainable program accepted by Mayor Nutter, the Country of Brazil presented for its Sustainable Program in Rio de Janeiro, Tishman, DOW, Johnson Controls for corporate leadership, innovative products & technologies, Drexel University for its Smart House Program accepted by the Dean and Students involved in the program, the District of Columbia for its Sustainable DC plan accepted by Mayor Vincent Gray, the University of the District of Columbia CAUSES for its Urban Food Hubs accepted by Dean Sabine O’Hara, for its concept as a model for Urban Agriculture, Mr. Ronald Uba, U.S. Department of Commerce MBDA for his dedication and tireless commitment of more than two decades to his role in public service, these are among other notable recipients.”
Mr. George Roberts moderated the 11th World Green Energy Symposium. Mr. Roberts is a celebrity News Anchor in Pennsylvania, USA and Host of the Emmy Nominated program, Computer Wise.
The next WGES will be held on April 12, 2023, there is a call for speakers, sponsors, and Nova Award nominees for entities following the WGES criteria. These spots are reviewed by the WGES Council, there is always much interest and they do close quickly. Anyone interested in knowing more on how to participate, email [email protected], or visit www.thewges.us
WGES works in collaboration with universities, government agencies, businesses, environmental organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development, and other nonprofit organizations.
About the World Green Energy Symposium (theWGES.us) The WGES takes place annually in the United States of America and has been doing for more than a decade. The WGES is well known for its exceptional quality driven programs and its ability for outcome based results for its participants. WGES brings together government agencies, global industry, academia, investors, innovators, delegates, together under one roof. Working in collaboration with universities, government agencies, businesses, environmental organizations, chambers of commerce, economic development and other for profit and nonprofit organizations, the WGES has earned its mark for providing a world stage as a platform for the education, information exchange and implementation of sustainability efforts through its master lectures, case studies, and audience interaction. Since its inception, WGES One Day Forums and 3 Day Conferences have been held at the invitation of – and hosted by – a City, State and/or Institution of Higher Learning, with partnerships with federal, state, local agencies, industry, academia and NGOs who have and share sustainable plans, technologies, contract opportunities, and/or programs as part of their framework supporting incentives, jobs and contracting opportunities as a vantage point for economic vitality and a healthier planet.
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