Travels from Oregon, USA
Christine Ervin's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000
Christine Ervin is one of the nation’s top authorities on green energy, building, and consumer markets. Over the past 20 years, she has been one of the most effective leaders in the environmental movement, responsible for sweeping innovations such as the LEED green building rating system and policies designed to promote clean energy systems. She cofounded the annual Green Building Conference and Expo, the world’s largest event dedicated to the showcase and development of efficient environmental-friendly construction.
Christine’s resume encompasses both the private and public center. As first President and CEO of the U.S. Green Buildings Council, she led its evolution from a start-up organization to a highly influential coalition of industry leaders transforming the way buildings are designed, built, and operated in the U.S. and abroad. As Assistant Secretary for Energy for President Bill Clinton, she directed $ 1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies. Initiatives ranged from partnerships to leveraging private sector investments and a high new performance building roadmap to streamlining appliance standards and the EPA-DOE STAR partnership. Prior to that, she directed the Department of Energy in Oregon, one of the country’s leading states when it comes to innovation in environmental policy.
Currently Christine serves as an advisor for a number of companies serious about making a difference, including EPEAT, which benchmarks green electronic products in over 40 countries. Her knowledge and accomplishments make her an unrivaled speaker within the ecological and green market movement.
As first President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, Ervin led its growth from 200
members and three staff in 1999 to become a highly influential coalition of nearly 5,000
companies and organizations, 50 staff and 70 local chapters. During her five-year tenure, the
Council’s LEED® green building rating system became the defacto national standard for
certified green buildings and professional accreditation. In all, LEED products were initiated for
new commercial markets, existing buildings, retail, real estate core and shell, homes,
neighborhood development, schools, healthcare, laboratories and homes. She played the lead
role in launching the Greenbuild™ International Conference and Expo in 2002 which quickly
grew into the industry “go to” event of the year drawing more than 30,000 attendees in 2009.
Christine also launched several initiatives to bring greater transparency, inclusion and
international standards to Council practices.
In 1993, Christine was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary of Energy
for the nation’s $1 billion portfolio of clean energy technologies for transportation, buildings,
major industries and power systems. Initiatives during her tenure included: EPA-DOE
ENERGY STAR™ partnership; national center on sustainable communities; a streamlined
appliance standards program; high performance buildings; and voluntary market-based
programs ranging from Million Solar Roofs and insurance partnerships to large-scale private
sector financing for federal energy retrofits. Her office played a key role in the President’s
Climate Change Action Partnership.
In 1991, Christine was appointed by Governor Barbara Roberts to direct the Oregon Department
of Energy and to lead a state task force on livable communities. Her portfolio included state
programs to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, oversight of the Trojan nuclear
power plant, Hanford Waste Reservation policy and siting of new energy facilities.
Christine’s interest in market-based programs took root at the World Wildlife Fund/
Conservation Foundation in 1989-91 where she focused on eco-labeling, life cycle assessments
and consensus recommendations for pollution prevention. Previously, she directed budget
policy for the State of Missouri, advising Governors and the legislature on statewide program
and policy issues.
From her Portland-based firm, Christine continues to advocate for strategies that will accelerate
clean technologies and a sustainable economy. She serves on numerous public and private
advisory boards including the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE), Green
Building Services and Green Electronics Council to several venture capital and start-up firms.
She also serves as Editor-at-Large for GreenerWorld Media based in Oakland.
Christine Ervin discusses the key factors that are successfully driving positive transformation in an industry that historically is known for its resistance to change. She cites two forces that are resetting the bar in construction and building: the LEED evaluation and rewards system for structures that meet environmental objectives and the business owners who have championed the movement.
Christine, who was vital in launching LEED, indicates that it would never have taken off so quickly without the support of personal and private sector leaders. “The administrator for the GSA stood up, world’s largest property manager…he said all GSA building over a certain square footage are going to be LEED, not just certified, but the next level up: silver.” Reflecting on his promise, Christine states, “You can imagine almost the ripple of confidence that sent through the marketplace and the almost instant credibility that we had.”
Christine Ervin illuminates green market trends and the larger picture of sustainability for a wide variety of audiences—business, nonprofit organizations and colleges and universities. Her leadership record and content bring credibility. Her engaging style and passion for making a difference bring inspiration.
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“Christine Ervin’s Game Changer Keynote for stakeholders and policy makers in the IT industry was far from being just another presentation by another expert. Her ability to communicate and her knowledge of the technical and environmental issues surrounding green buildings and sustainability made her talk a source of change, comment , and ongoing thought for all who attended.”
David Rosenburg, Program Director, Uptime Institute′s 2009 Symposium
“We could not have made a better choice in asking Christine Ervin to serve as our inaugural speaker for Wofford College′s Santee-Cooper Lecture Series on Energy & Sustainability. Her convocation address to our student body, faculty, and honored guests was scintillating. …(T)hrough specific examples of innovation, she gave us hope that we will find a way through to sustainability.”
John Lane, Associate Professor
“Christine Ervin was fantastic as our keynote speaker on sustainability for AH&LA′s 2008 Fall Conference and the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York City…”
Kimberly Miles, Senior Vice President, American Hotel & Lodging Association
” …thank you again for your outstanding presentation to our conference attendees. I have heard nothing but kudos.”
Andy Sirmon, Strategic Marketing Manager, The Linc Network
“As our keynote speaker for Focus the Nation, Christine spoke with grace and enthusiasm on the possibilities for addressing climate change. It was incredibly uplifting to have a female environmental leader, with her experience and knowledge, share perspectives on how we already are beginning to make the changes we need to see in society.”
Katie King, Campus Climate Challenge Campaign, Whitman College
Partial Client List:
American Solar Energy Society
Arizona State University
American Hotel & Lodging Assoc
American Council on Renewable Energy
Ball State University
American Public Power Assoc
Hawaii Clean Energy Festival
Int′l Consumer Trends Forum
Los Angeles Community Colleges
Johnson Controls American Public Works Association
Nat’l Assoc of Business Officers
National Energy Efficiency Summit
University of Illinois
Oregon League of Cons. Voters
University of Nevada
State of Idaho
University of Oregon
U.S. Dept. of Energy
University of Pennsylvania
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
University of South Carolina
West Coast Energy Congress
Whitman College Uptime Institute (IT)
Engineering Energy Congress
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