10th Anniversary Reception
- Executive Director, Wild Resource Conservation Program
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Mr. Czarnecki joined DCNR’s Office of Conservation Science in 2006 as Director of the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program. He now manages a multi-disciplinary program focused on research, education, and conservation of Pennsylvania’s biodiversity. Much of his current focus is on implementing the recently published Pennsylvania Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which he helped write. Previously he served as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania Science Office, as the ombudsman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and currently is an adjunct faculty member at Lebanon Valley College.
- Chief Sustainability Officer & ecomagination Leader
- GE Power & Water
Mr Fulgham leads GE Power and Water’s ecomagination program, water reuse, and reduction initiatives as well as its Water for Humanity program. Having previously served as chief marketing officer, he now partners with customers, organizations and governments to drive awareness of the current water situation and the need to implement water reuse technologies. A 30-year veteran in the water industry, he joined the power division of Betz Laboratories, Inc. in 1989 and held positions of increasing responsibility until the company was acquired by GE Water & Process Technologies in 2002.
- Executive Director, Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
- Director, Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)
Dr Marqusee leads SERDP, a tri-agency environmental research and development program managed by the Department of Defense and formed by the Departments of Defense and Energy, and the U.S. EPA. SERDP supports research and development to solve environmental issues of relevance to DoD and leads its effort to understand and address the impacts of climate change. ESTCP is a DoD-wide program that demonstrates innovative environmental and energy technologies at DoD facilities, providing rigorous validation of the cost and performance of new environmental technologies in cooperation with the regulatory and end-user communities.
- Director, Sustainable Development
After joining DuPont in 1980 and gaining experience in different positions and business units, Ms. Rittenhouse began assisting DuPont business units in integrating sustainability strategies into their strategy and business management processes. She leads DuPont’s efforts at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the United Nations Global Compact and manages a corporate recognition program for Sustainable Growth Excellence. She assumed responsibility for DuPont’s efforts on climate change in 2007.
- Visiting Scholar, Resources for the Future
Ms. Scarlett has broad public- and private-sector experience as an environmental advisor working on climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, water, landscape-scale conservation, science, and decision-making. In 2009, she served as a distinguished visiting lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and is an adjunct professor of Environmental Policy at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Public Policy. From 2005 to January 2009, Ms. Scarlett served as Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior—having served as Acting Secretary of the Department for two months in 2006—after four years as DOI’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. Ms. Scarlett chaired the Department's Climate Change Task Force, served on the national Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests, and has authored numerous publications on incentive-based environmental policies.
- Director of Conservation & Sustainable Development
- John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Prior to joining MacArthur in 2009, Mr Thomsen spent 14 years with Conservation International as Senior Vice President of the organization’s Conservation Funding Division and as Executive Director of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, which included leading a $260 million grantmaking and partnership development facility for civil society organizations in the most biodiversity rich areas of the world. A trained zoologist and lawyer, he previously held positions at TRAFFIC, an organization that monitors trade in natural resources, WWF, IUCN, and the Danish ministry of environment.
Edward O. Wilson
- Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus, Entomology Department
- Harvard University
A pioneering biologist, naturalist, theorist, and author, Dr Wilson is professor emeritus and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard University. His groundbreaking scientific research, innovative thinking, and popular writings have transformed the way humans conceive of nature and our place in it. In addition to shaping biodiversity science and conservation along with numerous other scientific disciplines, Dr Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction for On Human Behavior (1979) and The Ants (1991, with Bert Hölldobler).