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Advisory Council

Green Depot's Advisory Council is comprised of experts from a broad range of disciplines, including health, education, energy, real estate development, and architecture. This consultative group helps to ensure that our offerings are always in line with the latest in sustainability and green business practices.

Advisory Council

Click a name below to view bios of each Green Depot Advisory Council member.

ANTHONY ALTMANN
Co-Founder & CEO, Intl Renewables Group, LLC

MONICA M. BECKER
Green Product Development and Green Manufacturing Expert
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Fellow

ROBERT B. CATELL
Chairman, National Grid, U.S.

KATHERINE GILPIN
Retail Advisor

DAVID JOHNSTON
Author and Green Building Expert


ANTHONY ALTMANN
Co-Founder & CEO, Intl Renewables Group, LLC

Anthony F. Altmann is the Co-Founder and CEO of International Renewables Group, LLC, a company focused on service and support for builders, owners and operators of renewable energy and bio-fuel installations using various technologies. He has been in the forefront of energy industry change and evolution since the 1980s.

Before starting IRG with former FPL Group colleagues, Mr. Altmann was Division President of FPL Group’s wholesale energy operation and a top level FPL executive. At FPL he spearheaded key initiatives for expansion of FPL into independent power in multiple markets. His groups managed all physical and financial aspects of power, gas and oil from supply, transportation to all sales contracts covering 22,000 MW of power generation. His area of responsibility included numerous renewable energy projects (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro) both inside and outside of Florida. He oversaw the development and operation of one of the most active physical wholesale power operating groups in North America and provided strategic direction and support to the company on all aspects of fuels supply, storage and transportation as well as power markets that helped FPL’s rapid expansion in the independent power business.

Mr. Altmann helped launch his division and was brought in to operationally re-engineer and re-shape strategy for both regulated and un-regulated business units. Mr. Altmann grew his division from $600 Mil to over $3Bil achieving top industry results. At FPl he created one of the most active USA physical power and logistics business that included power transmission contracts, gas pipeline investments and supply contracts and liquid fuel terminals and supply agreements in 14 states. His teams were instrumental in helping FPL Group grow a significant portfolio (acquisitions, new development etc) of renewable energy projects with critical tactical and operating support.

Before joining FPL in the mid-1990s, Mr. Altmann spent time as an energy entrepreneur working closely with KeySpan Energy. Mr. Altmann and KeySpan formed a joint venture in the early 1990s to create one of the first on-line power trading businesses, catering to independent power producers (PowerNet).

During the 1980s, Mr. Altmann rose from Vice President-Finance to President, CEO and Director of Allegheny & Western, a highly successful integrated natural gas company that he joined upon its IPO. At A& W he oversaw the financing, acquisition and restructuring of a major gas distribution operation. He was the principal negotiator with Columbia Gas System and the State of West Virginia PSC leading the effort to complete this complex acquisition which included restructuring numerous high-priced gas supply and transportation contracts. He led the firm’s efforts to expand its drilling operations, field services business and international joint ventures. He was a key architect of efforts that led A&W to be recognized as a Top 15 Fastest Growing Company by INC Magazine.

In addition to being an investor and partner in his own renewable energy company, Mr. Altmann has been an active participant (investor, partner etc) in several private South Florida businesses where he actively performs turn-arounds or start-ups (chemicals, medical services, corrosion monitoring devices); he currently sits on several private company boards. Due in large part to his successfully building high-performance organizations/teams in fast changing markets, Mr. Altmann has been called on to provide investment and advisory advice to major energy companies and private equity firms, often focused on providing tactical ‘next level’ planning and tactical support. Mr. Altmann sits on the Advisory Board for the ‘Monterey Climate Exchange’ a new California based carbon trading marketplace.

A native of NYC, Mr. Altmann is a graduate of Boston College, where he earned a degree with honors in Economics. He holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University in NYC. He is active in charitable efforts in South Florida and is also a long-standing member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).

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MONICA M. BECKER
Green Product Development and Green Manufacturing Expert
Lowell Center for Sustainable Production Fellow

Monica M. Becker has spent the last 20 years guiding companies through green transformation of their products and manufacturing processes and advising government agencies on policies to promote green product design and manufacturing. Ms. Becker is currently an affiliate of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and is based in New Haven, Connecticut.

For the last eleven years, Ms. Becker has held several positions at the Rochester Institute Technology (RIT), most recently as the Business Manager for the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. While at RIT, Ms. Becker had significant responsibility for program development of major new initiatives including the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Ms. Becker developed and managed numerous green product development and green manufacturing projects for manufacturing companies. Her research work at RIT included the development of sustainable product design tools for industry and analysis of life cycle environmental impacts of products.

Prior to joining RIT, Ms. Becker held positions at the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Center for Technology Policy and Industrial Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Tellus Institute in Boston where she was engaged in a variety of projects, all aimed at greening products and manufacturing operations. She began her career as an engineer for EKA Nobel, a chemical supplier to the paper industry.

Ms. Becker has published and spoken widely on a range of topics related to green product development and green manufacturing.

Ms. Becker has a Bachelors Degree from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York in Paper Science Engineering with a minor in Environmental Law and Masters Degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Technology and Policy, and Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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ROBERT B. CATELL
Chairman, National Grid, U.S.

Robert B. Catell became the Chairman of Nationa Grid, U.S. following the acquisition by National Grid of KeySpan Corporation, where he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Deliverty, the former Brooklyn Union. His career with Brooklyn Union started in 1958. Mr. Catell is a committed advocate of sustainability, and was instrumental in the development of Keyspan’s Green Cinderella program, which encourages environmentally sound rehabilitation or new construction of commercial and residential buildings in the company's New York City and Long Island service areas.

Mr. Catell serves on the boards of Alberta Northeast Gas, Ltd., Edison Electric Institute, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Business Council of New York State, Inc. and The Partnership for New York City, and as co-chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Chairman of the Long Island Association; and he serves on the board and as a member of many other industry and business organizations.

Mr. Catell is an ex officio Director and Chairman Emeritus of The Partnership for New York City, Inc. He is a past Chairman of the American Gas Association, the U.S. Energy Association (USEA), and the Advisory Board of the City College of New York’s School of Engineering. He is a Vice-Chairman of the National Petroleum Council’s Natural Gas Committee and also a member of its Finance Committee. Additionally, he serves on JPMorgan/Chase’s Metropolitan Advisory Board, the advisory board of HeartShare for Human Services and the advisory board for SUNY Farmingdale. His further contributions to the community include serving as a Trustee of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He serves as a Member Emeritus of the Brooklyn Law School. He is a former Chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Catell received both is Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has attended Columbia University’s Executive Development Program, and the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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KATHERINE GILPIN
Retail Advisor

Katherine Gilpin has 17 years experience in retail merchandising and management for major global and multi-unit brands. She joined Green Depot in March 2008, and advises the organization on how to apply the product selection, procurement, visual merchandising and operational requirements of running a multi-store and multi-channel business to Green Depot. She works closely with the Founder and senior management on longer-range company initiatives.

Prior to joining Green Depot, she was Senior Vice President of Retail for Giorgio Armani Corp., where she oversaw the operations and purchasing for all US stores. Prior to Giorgio Armani, she worked for Polo Ralph Lauren in their largest retail division and second largest business division. Early in her career, she worked for Gap Inc. and I. Magnin. She is based on the West Coast.

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DAVID JOHNSTON
Author and Green Building Expert

Author, trainer and consultant, green building expert David Johnston, is a leading thinker behind the green building movement. Over the last 30 years he has transformed the way we build homes in the US. His approach to green building has been embraced by states, municipalities, building professionals, homeowners, and sustainability advocates nation-wide. Johnston’s award-winning book, Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time has been hailed as the definitive guide to green remodeling techniques. His previous book, Building Green in a Black and White World was published by the National Association of Home Builders Press. He just completed a new book, Green From the Ground Up, to be published by Taunton Press early 2008.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious SAM International Sustainability Pioneer Award in Zurich Switzerland for 2007, “Corporate Excellence Award for Sustainable Development” from the University of Colorado, and the “Environmental Hero for 2004” by Interiors and Sources Magazine. Johnston was also named “Builder of the Year” by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and has been inducted into the Remodeling Magazine Hall of Fame.

Johnston is a much sought after lecturer and keynote speaker internationally. He has addressed most of the major building industry trade associations and global organizations such as the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He represented the United States at International Energy Agency meetings to develop international research agreements in the area of sustainable construction.

As founder of What’s Working, Inc., a green building consultancy that provides socially and ecologically responsible guidance to businesses, agencies and communities around the world, Johnston is committed to radically transforming the way America builds to meet the climate challenges ahead. Johnston is also the founding designer and consultant to the California Build It Green program that stimulated market transformation programs in California and is at work to implement similar programs nationwide. He was the co-designer the Denver Metro Home Builders Association’s Built Green Program and the Boulder Green Points Program, which encourages the use of cost-effective and sustainable building practices.

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