Michael Blasnik is a national expert in residential energy efficiency. With 30 years in the field, he has specialized in analyzing the performance of buildings and appliances though both intensive research projects and large-scale analysis of utility billing data. He has performed many studies of real world retrofit energy savings for utilities, government agencies, and others. Michael invented zonal pressure diagnostics and developed the SIMPLE building energy model. He was a member of the RESNET technical committee, on the editorial advisory board of Home Energy Magazine, and on several BPI subcommittees. Michael is Nest Labs’ Senior Building Scientist.
Anthony D. Cortese, ScD is a Senior Fellow of Second Nature, the Boston-based advocacy organization committed to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable society through higher education. He was its co-founder along with Secretary of State John Kerry and Teresa Heinz. He formerly worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency and was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University, he is also a trustee of both Tufts and Green Mountain College as well as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering, a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from both Allegheny College and the University of Maine Presque Isle, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from State University of New York Oswego.
Professor Nathan Phillips is one of the country’s leading researchers in methane emissions from natural gas leaks under urban streets as well as an expert in a surprising variety of other areas. He has researched and published groundbreaking reports on gas leaks in cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and New York City. He is Director of Boston University’s Earth House Living Learning Community and a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment. His areas of research include global change biology, tree physiology, and the structure and function of resilient resource distribution systems, human or natural.