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Juan J. Alonso

A.R. Ann Kosmal, FAIA (INVITED)
U.S. General Services Administration
Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings
U.S. General Services Administration
Washington, DC

Biography: Ann Kosmal serves in the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings of the U.S. General Services Administration. She safeguards assets from the observed and expected changes in climate for prudent investment, risk management, and augments life safety, public safety, health and security. She prompts design innovation and bolsters our Nation’s global competitiveness in the emerging sector of climate security which cannot be off-shored or outsourced. Ann is a co-author of the Fourth National Climate Assessment’s Built Environment chapter. She is a graduate of Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellows, a Passive House Consultant and Permaculturist.

Charles F. Kutscher

Dr. Charles F. (Chuck) Kutscher is a Fellow and Senior Research Associate of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, a joint institute between the University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He spent a 40-year career at NREL, leading research in a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and served as the Director of the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center from 2013 until his retirement in July 2018. He is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), served as the Society’s chair in 2000 and 2001, and chaired the Society’s national solar conference in 2006 and 2012. He led the 2007 ASES study, Tackling Climate Change in the U.S., a 200-page report detailing how energy efficiency and six renewable energy technologies can greatly reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 2030 and has given presentations around the world on climate change solutions. He is the lead author of the recently published third edition of the college textbook, Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Colorado and California.