Coalesce​’s team vets a broad and diverse set of sustainability solutions​​, ​identifies experts​, ​and forges meaningful connections to expedite the adoption of sustainability and resilience practices.

These experts have committed to providing schools with guidance and insight as well as supporting Coalesce in delivering customized services that meet unique campus needs.

MEET OUR EXPERTS


JOE INDVIK

Expertise: Investment


Joe Indvik is an entrepreneur and consultant focused on clean energy finance. He is Founder & Principal of Rock Creek Consulting LLC, where he works with the Department of Energy, colleges and universities, start-ups, non-profits, and other clients to unlock the energy efficiency and renewable energy financing market. His areas of expertise include navigating the various third-party financing models, designing and implementing green revolving funds and other internal funding structures, financial modeling and Excel tools, and business operations and strategy. He has experience with financing products including loans, leases, energy services agreements, energy performance contracting, efficiency-as-a-service, PACE, on-bill financing, program-related investments, and more.

Joe has been spearheading innovation in clean energy finance for a decade. In 2013, Joe co-founded SparkFund, a financial technology startup that provides streamlined “as-a-service” financing for energy efficiency projects, and served as its President and COO for two years. Prior to that, he was a consultant in the Climate Change and Sustainability practice at ICF International, where he worked with clients including Fortune 500s, federal agencies, universities, cities, non-profits, and the UN on challenges including energy policy, sustainability, and finance. He holds a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, where he co-founded a $1M green revolving fund as a student. Joe is the lead author on a variety of financing resources, including Green Revolving Funds: A Guide to Implementation and Management and the Better Buildings Financing Navigator, which helps organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency projects.

JENNA NICHOLAS

Expertise: Investment


Jenna is the Managing Partner of Impact Experience which facilitates convenings that build lasting relationships between investors, philanthropists, innovators, and leaders of marginalized communities — linking vision with action and directing investment to the most vulnerable communities. Some of these issues include generating employment in marginalized communities such as retraining former coal miners in Appalachia; attracting greater pools of capital to minority and women run businesses and addressing health disparities. Jenna is also President of Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her firm, she has project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions. Jenna spoke at TedX Portland about the Divest-Invest work.

Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community.  She works closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Ethic, an online impact investing platform. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International

AARON TANAKA

Expertise: Investment


Aaron Tanaka is a Boston-based community organizer, grant-maker, and impact investor. As the director of the Center for Economic Democracy, Aaron stewards funding and technical assistance to transformative “new economy” strategies led by grassroots organizations and small businesses rooted in working class communities of color. As the startup manager for the Boston Impact Initiative (BII), Aaron helped create Boston’s first local impact fund, directing loans and private equity investments to underrepresented business owners, cooperatives and social enterprises.

Until 2012, Aaron was co-founder and executive director of the Boston Workers Alliance (BWA), where he helped organize under- and unemployed workers of color to win policy reforms and start new cooperative businesses. From 2010 to 2012, Aaron served as a special Commissioner appointed by Governor Patrick to advise on job creation strategies for the state. He is an Echoing Green Global Fellow, and a former Fellow with Green For All and BALLE. He serves on the boards of the Asian American Resource Workshop and the New Economy Coalition. Aaron holds a BA from Harvard University and an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.

MAX ROME

Expertise: Water


Max Rome is a co-founder and co-owner of Nu Ecological Engineering and Design. Prior to Nu, Max worked at John Todd Ecological Design from 2010- 2015 as a project manager and engineer. He works closely with clients and collaborators to take projects from inquiry through final engineering. At Nu he is responsible for wastewater design calculations, permitting, engineered drawings, construction supervision and project management. Max combines his engineering and technological knowledge with a childhood love for ponds and streams and a broad interest and curiosity in ecology. At Nu he is focused on delivering infrastructure solutions that are not only effective but also biodiverse and beautiful.

JAY THRASHER

Expertise: Water


Jay Thrasher is a co-founder and co-owner of Nu Ecological Engineering and Design. Prior to founding Nu, Jay worked at John Todd Ecological Design in 2015 as a project manager and engineer. At Nu Jay is involved with all aspects of design, engineering and data analysis as well as total quality management. Jay brings a wealth of experience to the company, having worked on a number of engineering initiatives in both the U.S. and abroad. Given his diverse background, Jay has had the ability to work through the completion of a number of projects gaining valuable insight into all phases of a project such as community engagement, design development, material procurement, system commissioning and operator training. Throughout Jay’s professional experience, he has collaborated in highly diverse team environments with professionals including: architects, engineers, regulatory agencies, master planners and urban design specialists.

BLAKE JACKSON

Expertise: Building & Design


Blake Jackson is a licensed architect, is an Associate, and is the Sustainable Design Director with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates in Cambridge, MA. Since 2001, he has gained national and international experience in retail, hospitality, higher education, healthcare, labs, and commercial structures. Blake plays a critical role in bringing measurable environmental stewardship to TK&A’s award winning projects and office management. He earned his B-Arch from Kennesaw State University in Marietta, GA and his M-Arch in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association Graduate School in London, UK. Additionally, he is an active BSA member (VP of Advocacy), is a prolific writer and presenter, and he is an adjunct faculty at both the Boston Architectural College and Mount Ida College.

JIM NEWMAN

Expertise: Building & Design


Jim Newman is a founder and principal of Linnean Solutions, which measures environmental performance, manages certification processes, and guides organizations to create stronger, more resilient communities. Newman has led Linnean for 6 years, before which he served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC. At Linnean, Mr. Newman’s project experience includes managing the collaborative Kendall Square EcoDistrict, consulting on the Living Building Challenge for the Hitchcock Center, designing the stormwater monitoring system and dashboard for a green alley in Boston, and developing the “Building Resilience in Boston” report and the Enterprise Community Partners-funded “Strategies for Multifamily Building Resilience” manual. Newman has lead progressive charrettes on adapting to climate change, building community resilience, and strengthening vulnerable communities, as well as stakeholder engagement initiatives and learning collaboratives.

TANI COLBERT-SANGREE

Expertise: Climate


Founder of Tomorrow’s Climate Solutions, has 5+ years’ experience developing carbon offset projects, establishing carbon offset programs and building carbon offset protocols. A graduate of Oberlin College who majored in Environmental Studies, Tani went on to receive a certificate in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Accounting from the GHG Management Institute. Tomorrow’s Climate Solutions increases accessibility to carbon offsetting activities and expands project options to mitigate climate change.

As institutions strive to achieve sustainability, a typical and achievable goal is to set a carbon neutrality date: pledging your institution to have a neutral or positive impact on the climate by year X in the future. Tomorrow’s Climate Solutions is here to make this goal a reality by helping you maximize educational and community benefits as you progress towards this objective. Internally developed carbon offset projects make the path to carbon neutrality more flexible while reinforcing educational missions, providing opportunities for student research and engagement, and delivering project co-benefits to local communities. Carbon offsetting project options are rapidly expanding to reduce cost and showcase the ingenuity of the academic community. Tani Colbert-Sangree can help locate the best-fit projects for your region, provide training to develop internal capacity and generate carbon credits in-house at low cost, and structure novel solutions to reduce emissions through quantifiable and reproducible methodology.

Through Tomorrow’s Climate Solutions you can tap into a network of schools developing internal carbon offset projects, providing peer-review verification for each other’s projects and expanding the realm of possibilities to achieve greenhouse gas reductions and carbon neutrality!

Learn more at www.tomorrowsclimatesolutions.com or email Tani directly at tani@tomorrowsclimatesolutions.org.

TED FLANIGAN

Expertise: Climate & Energy


Ted Flanigan is the president of Ecomotion and has been on the forefront of energy efficiency and renewable program design for local, regional, state, national, and international partners for more than three decades. From his time at the New York Power Authority in the mid-1980s, Flanigan was instrumental in major relighting programs for MTA and the Port Authority. In the late 1990s, he directed the Energy Program at the prestigious Rocky Mountain Institute, later he was granted funds by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to track best practices across the country and in Europe and Asia. Ted Flanigan came to California to serve as Director of Energy Efficiency for the City of Los Angeles; later he managed major programs for the State’s largest utilities. Flanigan publishes and lectures on a broad range of energy and environmental issues and policies, and has an extensive consulting background working with utilities, cities, and non-government organizations around the world.

NOAH WILSON-RICH

Expertise: Biodiversity


Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D. is a biologist / professor / NYTimes & LATimes op-ed contributor / two-time TEDx speaker / TV personality / beekeeper / uncle.  He has 20 academic publications to date through affiliations with Harvard, Tufts, MIT, and Northeastern Universities. His book, The Bee: A Natural History was released in 2014 through Princeton University Press (US) and Ivy Press Ltd. (UK). Noah partnered his national book tour with the expansion of The Best Bees Company across 8 cities, meeting with and hiring local beekeepers along the way. Noah earned his Ph.D. in biology from Tufts University in 2011. His research focuses on ways to improve bee health. Noah is a Founding Partner and current Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service that delivers, installs, and manages beehives for residential and commercial properties, nationwide. Proceeds from The Best Bees Company go toward research conducted at the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory and Bee Sanctuary, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in Boston’s South End. For more information, visit www.bestbees.com and www.beesanctuary.org.

KATIE GINSBERG

Expertise: Curriculum & Culture


Katie Ginsberg launched CELF in 2003 after she saw the need to educate young people about the links between human health, poverty, consumption, conflict and the environment. With twenty years of experience in program design and management, marketing and business development, Ginsberg works with leading experts from around the world to bring best practices in sustainability education to K-12 educators and schools. Under Ms. Ginsberg’s directorship, CELF’s client base has grown from a start-up organization to over 2,500 schools nationwide. Today CELF programs have reached more than 8,000 teachers and 800,000 students.

Katie Ginsberg presents at a broad range of seminars, conferences and courses on sustainability and on re-orienting education through place-based and project-based education. She was a featured presenter at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. She served as Chair of the County Executive’s Westchester Climate Change Task Force for the education sector, which developed a blueprint to integrate sustainability across the campuses, curriculum and communities of Westchester, NY schools.  Ginsberg has a BA in Psychology from Northwestern University.

CALEB DEAN

Expertise: Curriculum & Culture


Caleb is Founder and Managing Director of Owl, Fox & Dean. He and his team work at the intersection of organizational design, change management, and leadership development to help bold companies and individuals increase their capacity to evolve and generate value for people and place. His work blends the disciplines of systems thinking, design, business strategy, organizational development, sustainability, and storytelling.

He has a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Presidio. He’s also a co-owner, alongside his wife, Emily, of her family’s 43 year-old natural products retail business, Cambridge Naturals in Cambridge, MA. Caleb has been a member of the faculty at Boston Architectural College and has guest lectured at Rhode Island School of Design, The University of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He’s also a member of the Design Museum Boston’s Advisory Council.

WYNN CALDER

Expertise: Curriculum & Culture


Wynn Calder has been involved in education for sustainability work since the 1990s. He directs Sustainable Schools, LLC, which works primarily with K-12 independent and private schools to build sustainability into strategic planning, teaching and institutional practice. He has been consultant on environmental sustainability to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) since 2003, and designed and chaired the NAIS summer Institute for Leadership in Sustainability from 2005 to 2009. Wynn also consults with Green Schools Alliance (GSA), recently chairing their sustainability metrics committee and leading a professional development colloquium on sustainability leadership (Ec3) in July 2016. He conducts campus sustainability assessments, consults on topics such as energy management, and assists schools with long-term sustainability planning. Wynn is also co-director of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF), which is secretariat to signatories of the Talloires Declaration (1990).

SUSAN ISRAEL

Expertise: Climate Art and Leadership


Susan Israel is an architect, artist, climate communicator, and social entrepreneur. She founded Climate Creatives & Energy Necklace Project to empower and engage people to live and work sustainably – using art. Susan’s public art installations make climate data salient and invite people to connect to climate issues as a first step towards behavioral and cultural change. Susan’s work addresses the underlying emotions that drive behavioral change as she empowers people to act. Susan has curated group exhibitions, and her own artwork has appeared in many group shows. Her participatory Distributed Public Art, installed across time and distance, make climate issues visible and salient. Previously, Susan practiced architecture for 20 years in her own firms. Susan is a licensed Architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and Connective Leadership Institute Certified Trainer. Susan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association, the advisories of ArtWeek Boston and City of Newton Vocational Drafting Program. She earned an A.B. from Harvard College, a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and attended the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.

RILEY NEUGEBAUER

Expertise: Food


Riley is a food systems consultant working on projects focused on local and regional food systems. She serves as the Farm & Sea to Campus Coordinator for Farm to Institution New England (FINE), and is based in Maine.  In her work with FINE, she supports the Farm & Sea to Campus Network in the region, helping provide connections, peer-learning, resources, and communication platforms for colleges, universities, and private high schools to improve their campus local and sustainable food programs.  She previously served as a Sustainability Coordinator at American University in Washington D.C. and at Skidmore College in upstate New York.  At both locations, she supported efforts to procure and support local and sustainable food systems.  She has also recently started a small farm business.

MAYA GAUL

Expertise: Composting


Maya Gaul is a native Bostonian and creative entrepreneur who is pioneering food waste solutions as a team member of CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling, and Organics). CERO is built on the mission of improving our communities while doing right by the environment. Maya is intimate with the logistics of food waste pickup and diversion efforts and working with a wide range of commercial clients in the metro Boston area to transport compostables to local farms where they are returned to the soil and used to support the local agricultural economy.

CHRISTOPHER BODKIN

Expertise: Metrics & Circular Economy


Christopher is an entrepreneur and consultant focused on sustainability metrics and the circular economy. He is the founder and CEO of Circular Blu which is a consulting and action firm that helps the healthcare and corporate sector find circular economic solutions for linear waste streams. Circular Blu currently works to upcycle sterile medical plastics into sustainable tote bags. The sustainable tote bag program works to create community based repurposing programs where success is measured by the amount of plastics kept from landfills, GHG emissions reduction, and jobs created. Circular Blu also works with large companies on circular economic programs that take waste streams that would normally go into landfill and create new products and jobs that redefine the value of the waste.
Christopher is also the Data Coordinator for Sector Performance for Practice Greenhealth and Healthcare Without Harm the leading healthcare sustainability measuring, reporting, and advocacy organizations. He works to create metrics and measure the progress of the healthcare sector to drive change. The sustainability areas Christopher works in are; Engaged leadership, Less Waste, Safer Chemicals,Greening the OR, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Climate, Water, and Green Buildings. Christopher’s expertise lends to creating and maintaining sustainability metrics that can be used to quantify cost savings and environmental sustainability. Christopher has created a data tool for the Gates Foundation that compares the energy burden of backyard burning, and multiple types of autoclaves in Nepal for syringes used for immunizations as well as contributed in the Practice Greenhealth Benchmark Report for the last two years. Christopher also helped launch and maintain the Healthier Hospitals program which gathers aggregate sustainability data for the healthcare sector beginning in 2012.

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