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Meet the CEES Team

The Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) was launched in 2010. It allows Trane Technologies to enact best practices in sustainability, within the company and for our customers. Whether the focus is reducing emissions, energy use and costs, or material waste, CEES helps employees, customers, and stakeholders meet sustainability goals.

Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst

Holly Emerson focuses on defining and implementing metrics for innovation in the “green space”. Her efforts help guide product development and product stewardship. She also collaborates with the Global Procurement and Integrated Supply Chain group to integrate sustainability into supplier quality and compliance programs. Holly’s external reporting expertise and knowledge has helped the company improve on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Holly began her career with the company in 2002 as a marketing analyst, and later held marketing manager and market development positions in the company’s Energy Systems business (formerly of the Industrial Technologies sector). She has also been involved in enterprise marketing and corporate communications, where she started benchmarking sustainability best practices among peer companies.

Holly is a member of the GreenBiz Executive Network and Charlotte U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and is LEED accredited professional. She serves on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Council and the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center’s Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS) Industry Advisory Board, on which she was the inaugural chair. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nanette Lockwood, Global Director, Climate Policy

Nanette Lockwood focuses on developing strategies and coordinating product-related public policy, codes and standards advocacy, globally. She works closely with internal company teams as well as external government, non-government, academic and industry organizations in her efforts to expand and refine product markets.

Prior to joining the CEES in 2013, Nanette managed government affairs for Solutia Inc., a specialty chemical company with a heavy focus on energy efficiency and construction markets. Before that, she worked to strengthen building codes in her role as director of engineering and building codes for the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), an insurance trade organization.

Nanette is a licensed Professional Engineer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida; a Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School; and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Jenny Popis, Public Relations & Crisis Communications Manager

Jenny Popis is responsible for enhancing and protecting the Trane Technologies brand and reputation through external communications and issues management strategies. She works closely with the company’s strategic brands – Trane and Thermo King - and other key stakeholders to develop and launch public programs that elevate the company’s strong commitment to sustainability, innovative solutions, support of its communities and visionary workplace culture. These strategies include thought leadership programming, media outreach, storytelling, content creation, and more.

Ben Tacka, Sustainability Program Leader

Ben Tacka works across the enterprise to deliver leading sustainability programs and initiatives, including as a market intelligence provider and trainer in linking sustainability to product and service positioning to support the enhancement of value propositions for sales and marketing teams. In addition, he serves on the disclosure core team where his recent efforts led to the release of the company’s first integrated ESG Report.  He played a role in the establishment of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments, which include, among other leadership-level targets, a carbon neutral operations goal and the Gigaton Challenge which is the single largest industrial commitment ever to reduce scope 3 (product related) emissions by 1 gigaton. Ben was instrumental in establishing and program managing the company’s Social Sustainability Council to aid in governing social sustainability efforts and he also leads an internal ‘Design for Circularity’ council which works to determine the company’s role in the evolving Circular Economy.

Ben holds an undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University as well as a Sustainable Innovation MBA from the University of Vermont. Prior to working at the company, Ben provided sustainable business development consulting support to PepsiCo in Latin America and spent many years as an entrepreneur founding and managing sales and marketing training franchises in the gulf coast region of the southern US.

W. Scott Tew, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Executive Director

Scott Tew is the founder and leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies (CEES), which supports the company’s strategic brands, including Trane and Thermo King, and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives. Since the CEES was formed in 2010, the company has successfully met or exceeded its long-term goals in energy use and waste reduction, while embedding sustainability in all parts of the product development process. Key initiatives have also included launch of employee engagement and competency building programs and materiality assessments to ensure sustainability focus is in line with business drivers. The company has appeared as a top performer in both the U.S. and World Rankings for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

Emily Vesling, Manager of Supplier Sustainability

Emily focuses on incorporating sustainability into sourcing practices, identifying environmental, social and governance risk within the supply chain, as well as enabling sustainable supplier partnerships.  Emily works closely with our procurement leadership teams to build awareness and implement processes to drive sustainable and responsible sourcing.  Emily creates resources and training that she delivers to suppliers at events like our Annual Supplier Conference and online through our Preferred Supplier Sustainability Webinar Series.  Emily is also the co- founder of our Global Procurement Sustainability and Supplier Diversity Council.  

Emily earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Science degree in environmental sustainability from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Emily previously held sustainability management positions for Husqvarna Group, Time Warner Cable, and the U.S. Postal Service.

 

Meet the Advisory Council on Sustainability

Trane Technologies is guided by a global council of thought leaders specializing in sustainability, infrastructure development, energy policy, and technology. Their expertise ultimately helps us provide more innovative products and solutions, and create a less impactful operational footprint.

Roger Ballentine, Green Strategies Inc., President

Roger Ballentine is an internationally-recognized expert and thought leader on how private sector leaders can incorporate environmental and sustainability strategies into business practices in ways that enhance competitive advantage and deliver value to customers, shareholders and stakeholders. He has advised U.S. Presidents, corporate CEOs, and private equity investors on the intersection of policy drivers, energy market dynamics and best business practices. Roger has served on the board of directors for more than a half of dozen public and private corporations and is a Venture Partner with Arborview Capital LLC.

Roberta Bowman, Duke Energy, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer (retired)

Roberta Bowman recently retired after serving as senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy since 2008. She joined Duke Power in 1986 and held numerous leadership roles including serving as the company’s chief communications officer for 10 years, and was appointed senior vice president of public affairs in January 2001. In that role, she led the corporation’s communications, public affairs and community relations functions, including The Duke Energy Foundation. Following the merger with Cinergy in 2006, she was named the company’s first corporate officer in sustainability.

During her career, Roberta has also had responsibility for public policy; government and regulatory relations; and environment, health and safety. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Marian Chertow, Yale University, Industrial Environmental Management Program, Professor and Director

Marian Chertow is associate professor of industrial environmental management and has been director of the industrial environmental management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation.

Prior to Yale, Marian spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government. She is a frequent international lecturer and has testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She serves on the founding faculty of the Masters of Science in Environmental Management Program at the National University of Singapore where she teaches “Business and Environment” and is a visiting professor at Nankai University’s National Center for Innovation Research on Circular Economy in China.

Stuart Hart, The University of Vermont, Grossman Chair in Sustainable Business

Stu currently serves as the Grossman Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont. His immediate past post was as the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan) and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.

Before joining Cornell, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. Previously, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and was the founding director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), a joint initiative between Michigan’s Business School and School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the Erb Institute’s Dual Master’s Program).

Professor Hart has published over 70 papers and authored or edited seven books, with over 5,000 Google Scholar citations in all. He wrote the seminal article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World,” which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the 50 top books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.

Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank, Vice President (retired)

Bindu Lohani was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1948. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India) in 1970, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the North Carolina State University (USA) in 1973, and his doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering (Environmental Technology and Management) from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1977.

Dr Lohani began his career as a civil servant to the Government of Nepal. In this position he planned, designed, and oversaw the construction of roads, bridges, and highways in various parts of the country. He later joined the Asian Institute of Technology as a faculty member where he taught environmental engineering, environmental impact assessments, and other courses on environmental technology and management. He subsequently served as Chairman of the Environmental Engineering Division before he joined the Asian Development Bank in 1985.

From 1985 to 2005, Dr Lohani held several senior leadership positions at the Asian Development Bank including being named Secretary of ADB in 1999. After serving as Director-General of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (from January 2005), he was appointed Vice President of the Asian Development Bank in April 2007. As Vice President, Dr Lohani oversaw several key departments including Office of the Secretary; Office of the General Counsel; Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department; Office of Administrative Services; Controller’s Department; Treasury Department; and Office of Information Systems and Technology.

Much of Dr Lohani’s professional experience was in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development, including work in academia, and the public and private sectors. His pioneering work on environmental impact assessment and economic & environmental planning for project investments in Asian countries has had a significant impact on the development of the region. In recognition of this work, Dr Lohani was elected to the National Academy of Engineers of the U.S., the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer. He is also an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Environment Engineers (awarded for excellence in the practice of environmental engineering). Dr Lohani currently serves on the 18-member Blue Ribbon Committee for Grand Challenges for Engineering, an American National Science Foundation Project to identify the world's greatest challenges and opportunities in the next century.

Peter Madden, Future Cities Catapult, Chief Executive

Peter Madden is Chief Executive of the Future Cities Catapult. Previously, he worked as Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Adviser to the British Government, Director of Green Alliance and Head of Policy at Christian Aid.

Peter has previously been a member of the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development and the Board of the European Environment Bureau. He is currently Board Counsellor to the Crown Estate, an Advisory Board member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability and a member of the UK Government Smart Cities Forum.

Peter has written widely for the media and published numerous pamphlets and reports. He is currently a board member of the London Sustainability Exchange and of the South West Regional Development Agency.

Claus Stig Pedersen, Novozymes, Head of Corporate Sustainability

Claus Pedersen currently serves as Head of Corporate Sustainability for Novozymes A/S, a global firm known for its sustainability leadership. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial enzymes and microbe with solutions that enable optimization of manufacturing processes and products in several industries including bioenergy, food, textiles, and agriculture. Claus has extensive experience with practical integration of sustainability across a variety of business functions from Sourcing and R&D, to Sales, Marketing and Investor Relations and he has worked in many different geographies and cultures—from Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Southern Africa to South & North America. Under Claus’ leadership, sustainability is increasingly becoming a differentiator for Novozymes.

Claus holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Sustainability Management, and he is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg and the Copenhagen Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Claus has been focused on making sustainability a business driver and he has developed practical and value adding ways to integrate sustainability into the business. Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group. Prior to that he worked as a sustainability consultant at the Institute for Product Development, Denmark, where he was an early leader in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology development initiatives.

Katherine Sierra, Brookings Institute, Senior Fellow

Katherine Sierra is an expert in sustainable infrastructure and climate change in developing economies, and provides advisory services to public and private sector organizations on these topics. Katherine is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, focusing on climate change and energy. Until June 2010, she was vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank, where she served for more than thirty years. She oversaw the bank’s global environment, infrastructure (including energy, transportation and water sectors), urban development and agricultural activities. She also led the World Bank’s climate change strategy – including creation of the $6.5 billion Climate Investment Funds and management of $2.5 billion in Carbon Finance funds. She was the Bank’s spokesperson on climate change, and represented it at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change high level meetings and at the G-8 and G-20 on climate and environment issues.

Katherine is a frequent speaker on the issues surrounding development and climate change. She has considerable country experience in East Asia, including managing the urban and environment programs for China, and in Latin America. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California; a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Managers Program.

Daniel Vermeer, Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment, Professor & Executive Director

Daniel Vermeer directs Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), a dynamic initiative focused on accelerating progress toward a sustainable energy system that can meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. Through research, outreach, and education, EDGE identifies the most promising pathways toward this goal, works with leading firms to drive innovations across their value chains, and helps seed partnerships that can facilitate these transformations.

Daniel joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to formulate and implement a comprehensive approach to protecting the quality and availability of the company's primary ingredient. He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Andrew Winston, Author & Business Strategist

Andrew Winston is a globally recognized expert on how companies can navigate and profit from humanity’s biggest challenges. Andrew’s first book, Green to Gold, was the top-selling green business title of the last decade, selling over 100,000 copies in seven languages. Inc. Magazine included Green to Gold on its all-time list of 30 books that every manager should own.

As founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, Andrew’s views on strategy have been sought after by many of the world’s leading companies, including Boeing, HP, J&J, Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, PwC, and Unilever.

Andrew has written three business strategy books - Green to Gold, Green Recovery, and now The Big Pivot. He is a regular blogger and contributor to Harvard Business Review online, the Guardian, Huffington Post, and his own popular blog at www.andrewwinston.com. His latest book, The Big Pivot, has been selected among the "Best Business Books of 2014" by Strategy+Business magazine. The book provides a practical roadmap to help leaders build resilient, thriving companies and communities in a volatile world. He is also author of the Harvard Business Review Magazine cover story, “Resilience in a Hotter World.”

Andrew’s work is based on significant business experience and education. His earlier career included advising companies on corporate strategy while at Boston Consulting Group and management positions in strategy and marketing at Time Warner and MTV. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton, an MBA from Columbia, and a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale. He lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two sons.

Terry Yosie, World Environment Center, President and CEO

Terry F. Yosie joined the World Environment Center in October 2006 as the President & CEO. In this capacity, he develops and implements strategies to achieve this global non-profit organization’s mission to implement sustainable development through the business strategies and operations of global companies in partnership with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s principal areas of focus have included climate change and energy efficiency, enterprise development, greening the supply chain, innovation, and preparing future business leaders to implement sustainability.

Dr. Yosie has held senior-level management positions in government, corporate and consulting organizations. Dr. Yosie currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability to advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is the author of more than seventy professional publications and co-editor of a book entitled, Sustainable Environmental Management. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University and Técnologico de Monterrey. He received his Doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 and received its Alumni Achievement Award in 2013.

Marcia Avedon, Trane Technologies, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources, Marketing and Communications Officer

Marcia J. Avedon is executive vice president and chief human resources, marketing and communications officer of Trane Technologies plc. In her current role, she is responsible for global human resources strategies that enable the company’s business goals and support the needs of employees around the world. She also provides leadership to the communications, corporate social responsibility, strategic marketing and government affairs functions to enhance and protect the company’s overall brand and reputation. 

Since joining the company in 2007, Marcia has helped establish a distinguished, award-winning company culture. Most recently, Marcia served as senior vice president of human resources, communications and corporate affairs for Ingersoll Rand. Under her leadership, Ingersoll Rand delivered premier performance while maintaining world-class employee engagement and a stellar reputation among employees, customers and shareholders. 

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Marcia was chief human resources officer at Merck & Co., with global responsibility for human resource strategies, programs and policies. Marcia has more than 30 years of experience leading organizational transformation, talent and succession management, culture change, corporate social responsibility and communications.   She has held previous leadership roles at Honeywell, Anheuser-Busch Companies and Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Marcia serves on the Board of Directors for Generac Power Systems. She previously served on the corporate boards of GCP Applied Technologies, Lincoln Financial and the Center for Creative Leadership, including chairing several board committees.  In addition, she is active in community and professional associations including serving on the boards of the HR Policy Association, the Center for Executive Compensation and previously on the Cornell University Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies and the Belk School of Business at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She was the inaugural chair of the University of South Carolina’s Center for Executive Succession, where she continues to serve on the board. 

Marcia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from George Washington University.  She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and received several other prestigious awards and recognition for her professional contributions.   

Paul Camuti, Trane Technologies, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

Paul Camuti is executive vice president and chief technology and strategy officer of Trane Technologies plc. In this role, Paul oversees the company’s strategy and innovation practices, enterprise sustainability and investment strategies, and networks of excellence in areas such as modeling and simulation and digital development.

Paul joined the company in 2011 and most recently served as senior vice president of innovation and chief technology officer for Ingersoll Rand. In this role, he led the enterprise strategy organization and oversaw the full spectrum of innovation, technology and growth initiatives within the company. Paul also led Ingersoll Rand’s enterprise focus on sustainability, advocacy for smarter energy usage, and partnership with industry experts, academia and NGOs. 

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Paul was founder and president of Smart Grid Applications for Siemens Energy, Inc. and CEO of Siemens Corporate Research, one of several Siemens Corporate Technology innovative research centers worldwide. Additional experience includes leadership roles with Siemens Energy and Automation, where he founded the company's Industrial Software business, as well as work with Eaton Corporation and Westinghouse Electric. 

Paul serves on various boards and advisory councils, including the board of The Alliance to Save Energy and Charlotte’s Science and Technology Center – Discovery Place, where he is vice-chair of the board of trustees. Paul is also a member of the NREL Energy System Integration Technical Review Panel and serves on the external advisory council for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Lehigh in Bethlehem, Penn., and completed the Siemens Advanced Management Program at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Eric Rankin, Trane Technologies, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety

Eric Rankin is the vice president of environmental, health and safety (EHS) for Trane Technologies. He is a member of the Supply Chain and Operational Services leadership team. He also serves on the external advisory board for sustainability. Eric has overall responsibility for strategic leadership on global environmental, health and safety matters at Trane Technologies. Responsibilities include the development and deployment of policies and programs to reduce occupational injuries; ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws; minimize the company’s impact on the environment by reducing emissions, waste and water consumption; perform due diligence and assess long-term liabilities for potential acquisitions or divestitures; and deliver responsible care for long-term environmental liabilities.

Since joining the company in November 2013, Eric has been instrumental in the development of the EHS business operating system, has delivered year-over-year double-digit reductions of lost time incident rate, and was an integral part of developing the company’s 2020 Climate Commitment. With his leadership, the company exceeded its goals of a 35% reduction greenhouse gas emissions from operations.

Prior to joining the company, Eric was the manager of global EHS programs at General Electric (GE) for GE Appliances. Before that, he held a number of leadership roles across several GE businesses. Eric has a bachelor's of science degree in environmental health from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA.

Keith Sultana, Trane Technologies, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Operational Services

Keith Sultana is senior vice president of supply chain and operational services of Trane Technologies plc. In this role, Keith leads procurement, real estate, logistics, environmental health and safety, and other operational services.

Keith has held several leadership roles across our manufacturing operations and supply chain since joining the company in 2008. Before his current leadership role, Keith served as senior vice president of global operations and integrated supply chain from 2015-2020. As leader of the global integrated supply chain (GISC), Keith was responsible for operational excellence; manufacturing, inventory & operations planning (SIOP) & materials management; global procurement; advanced manufacturing engineering (AME) & quality; and environmental, health & safety.

Previously, Keith served as vice president of GISC for Industrial Technologies. He then oversaw GISC for several regions and functions including for the company’s climate solutions segment and later as the vice president of GISC for Trane North America and EMEA. He has also served as vice president for the global procurement team.

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Keith was with General Electric for 17 years where he held various operations and distribution leadership roles.

Keith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

W. Scott Tew, Trane Technologies, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Executive Director

Scott Tew is the founder and leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Trane Technologies (CEES), which supports the company’s strategic brands, including Trane and Thermo King, and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives. Since the CEES was formed in 2010, the company has successfully met or exceeded its long-term goals in energy use and waste reduction, while embedding sustainability in all parts of the product development process. Key initiatives have also included launch of employee engagement and competency building programs and materiality assessments to ensure sustainability focus is in line with business drivers. The company has appeared as a top performer in both the U.S. and World Rankings for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

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