The next two weeks we will be highlighting the inspired thought leaders who will be speaking at Ecocity World Summit 2009.
Today: Parris Glendening & Arnold J. Goldman
Parris Glendening, former Governor of Maryland, President, Smart Growth Leadership Institute, USA
Governor Glendening is President of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute, and two term past Governor of Maryland, United States of America, 1995 to 2003. As governor, one of his primary agenda items was the development strategy known as Smart Growth, which focuses development in higher density mixed use centers that work well with transit, save energy and address environmental issues at their foundation. He led the creation of a Smart Growth Initiative for the state of Maryland and another initiative working with Trust for Public Land, that helps States to align land use and water protection. Smart Growth Leadership Institute: http://www.sgli.org
Sunday, December 13, 11:30-12:30 Session 2: The City and the Shape of the Future
Arnold J. Goldman, Chairman & Founder, BrightSource Energy, Inc., ISRAEL – USA
Arnold J. Goldman is the Chairman and Founder of both BrightSource Energy Inc. and BrightSource Industries (Israel), Ltd. (BSII). He holds a B.S. in Engineering from UCLA and a MSEE from the University of Southern California. Mr. Goldman was the founder of Luz International, Ltd. and served as its CEO. Luz International, Ltd. designed, constructed, financed, and operated the world’s nine largest Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS) which, at the time, generated 90 percent of the world’s solar electricity. Mr. Goldman also co-founded Electric Fuel Ltd., an electric battery/fuel cell company listed today as Aerotech on the NASDAQ. He was the VP of Engineering and co-founder of Lexitron, the first word processing company in the US. Lexitron was bought by Raytheon in 1977. Mr. Goldman is the recipient of two international awards for his contribution to solar energy development. He holds numerous patents for his inventions and innovations. BrightSource Energy, Inc.: http://www.brightsourceenergy.com
Monday, December 14, 09:00-10:45 Session 1: Energy, Economy and Innovation