Moderated by Anu Ramaswami, Sanjay Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Director, Chadha Center for Global India
- Mark D. Levine ’66, Emeritus Director, Energy Division and the China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
- Thomas P. Lyon ’81, Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
- Melissa Waage ’01, National Campaign Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Lauren Bush Lauren ’06, CEO and Founder, FEED
About the Moderator
Sanjay Swani ’87 Professor of India Studies; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute; Director, Chadha Center for Global India
Anu Ramaswami is a professor at Princeton University in the departments of India studies, civil and environmental engineering, and at the High Meadows Environmental Institute. She is an interdisciplinary environmental engineer recognized as a pioneer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Her work explores how eight key sectors – that provide water, energy, food, buildings, mobility, connectivity, waste management and green/public spaces – shape human and environmental wellbeing, from local to global scales. Anu’s work integrates environmental science and engineering, industrial ecology, public health and public affairs, with a human-centered and systems focus. She is the inaugural director of the M.S. Chadha Center for Global India at Princeton University, the lead principal investigator and director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported Sustainable Healthy Cities Network, and serves on the United Nations Environment’s International Resource Panel and the US NSF’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education. She received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai and her PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
About the Panelists
Mark D. Levine ’66
Emeritus Director, Energy Division and the China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Mark Levine ’66 is presently serving as senior advisor to the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The division he led for 10 years was a world leader in building energy efficiency technology, indoor air quality, advanced battery R&D and energy efficiency analysis. He founded the China Energy Group in 1988, a group still active in collaborations with Chinese counterparts on energy efficiency, clean energy and climate change policy. He led two major analyses of energy efficiency regulatory programs for the U.S. government (building energy performance standards and appliance efficiency standards). He led three major long-term scenario analyses: for the United States, China and the world. He led an overall assessment of energy efficiency and developing countries. Mark founded or co-founded two nonprofits and a foundation program, all thriving two to three decades after they were established. He has been a board member of eight leading nonprofits: in the United States, China,and Japan, a venture capital firm, and a university program. He was also on the energy advisory board of a large multinational corporation. He has been on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He was a coordinating or convening lead author in two International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports, including the report that won the 2007 the Nobel Peace Prize. He has won five major national and international awards for his work on energy efficiency and climate change and is also the recipient of the Princeton Class of 1966 Locomotive award. In addition to Princeton (graduating summa cum laude), he attended the Free University of Berlin (Fulbright scholar), Harvard University (chemistry graduate school) and UC Berkeley (PhD in chemistry).
Thomas P. Lyon ’81
Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Thomas P. Lyon ’81 holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, with appointments in both the Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability. He is president of the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS), and Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. He earned his BSE from Princeton, and M.S. and PhD degrees from Stanford University. He is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy, especially in the energy industry, and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands. His book, “Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy,” published by Cambridge University Press, was the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topic. Thomas is a senior editor at Organization & Environment, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. His current research focuses on the impacts of information disclosure, the role of private governance mechanisms (especially ecolabeling) in solving environmental problems, the factors motivating regulatory compliance, and the role of corporations in shaping government policy.
Melissa Waage ’01
National Campaign Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
Melissa Waage ’01 is the national campaign director for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the NRDC Action Fund. She directs organizing strategies across the local, state and national levels to fight climate change, build healthy communities, defend nature and build long-term political power for the environment. In her 14 years at NRDC, Melissa has worked on everything from organizing country music acts to oppose mountaintop removal mining, to managing multi-year national efforts to secure historic clean water protections, to securing communities’ rights to limit fossil fuel extraction within their borders. Before joining NRDC, Melissa served as legislative director for the Center for Biological Diversity, opening the organization’s first Washington, D.C. office, and as a regional field organizer for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Melissa holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Green Corps training program in environmental organizing.
Lauren Bush Lauren ’06
CEO and Founder of FEED
Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED, a social business and impact-driven lifestyle brand whose mission is to “create good products that help FEED the world.” In 2004, Lauren had the opportunity to travel with the UN World Food Programme as a Student Spokesperson. While visiting communities in Central America, Asia and Africa, Lauren witnessed firsthand the realities of poverty and hunger that so many face all over the world. Using this experience as an inspiration, Lauren conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year. She founded FEED in 2007 and since then FEED has helped provide over 118 million meals globally through nonprofit giving partners globally and in the U.S.