Former Assistant Secretary of Energy
Christine Ervin has led innovative private-public collaborations for nearly twenty years to accelerate sustainable market transformation.
As first President and CEO of the U.S. Green Buildings Council, she led its growth from a start-up organization to become a highly influential coalition of nearly 5,000 companies and organizational members, 50 staff and 70 chapters. Over her five year tenure, the Council launched the LEED green building rating system and the Greenbuild conference and expo which drew 22,000 attendees in 2007.
From 1993 to 1997, Ervin served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy where she directed nearly $1 billion in annual investments for clean technologies in transportation, buildings, manufacturing and distributed generation. Key initiatives included the ENERGY STAR partnership with EPA, Million Solar Roofs, high performance buildings, accelerated appliance standards, the nation's first center on sustainable communities and collaborations with the finance industry. Previously, she directed the Oregon Department of Energy; oversaw Missouri's executive budget policy; and conducted research at The Conservation Foundation/ World Wildlife Fund.
Christine's speaking and consulting firm is based in Portland, Oregon. She is an Editor-at-Large with GreenerWorld Media and serves on various advisory boards including the American Council on Renewable Energy, Green Building Services, Green Electronics Council, several venture capital firms, and Portland's Sustainable Development Commission. Her upcoming book, Certified Green, explores the fast-evolving influence of private-public partnerships in transforming markets.