Sascha von Meier
Program Director – Electric Grid Research, California Institute for Energy and Environment
Adjunct Professor, UC Berkeley
EcoBlock Project Principal Investigator; co-lead Energy team
Team(s): Energy, Project Management
Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier directs electric grid research at CIEE; she is also an adjunct professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and a faculty scientist at LBNL. Her research focuses on the effective integration of renewable resources in the electric grid, specifically through the use of advanced sensing and control technologies. Sascha holds a BA in physics and a PhD in energy and resources from UC Berkeley. From 1999-2011 she was a professor of energy management and design at Sonoma State University, where she directed the Environmental Technology Center and the Green Building Certificate Program.
Professor, UC Berkeley
EcoBlock Project co-Principal Investigator (PI of Phase 1)
Team(s): Energy, Project Management
Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL; rael.berkeley.edu), and was Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 – 2015.
Professor, UC Berkeley
EcoBlock Project Senior Advisor (co-PI of Phase 1)
Harrison Fraker, Jr., F.A.I.A., was educated as an architect and urban designer at Princeton and Cambridge Universities and is recognized as a pioneer in passive solar, daylighting and sustainable design research and teaching. He has pursued a career bridging innovative architecture and urban design education with an award-winning practice. He has published seminal articles on the design potential of sustainable systems and urban design principles for transit oriented neighborhoods.
Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment
Team: Project management
Carl has 35 years of experience in energy research and R&D management, and served for 10 years as the Associate Director of CIEE before becoming the Director in 2002. His research interests center on energy efficiency and energy policy. Carl’s recent work has included publications concerning evaluation and incentives for energy efficiency programs, the administration of energy efficiency programs, restructuring in the electric power supply industry, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and the role of market transformation in energy efficiency programs. Carl is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a member of the Board of Trustees of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, and a member of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee.
Program Director – Enabling Technologies, Energy Use in Buildings, California Institute for Energy and Environment
EcoBlock Co-lead Design/Construction Team, Interim Project Manager
Team(s): Design/Construction; Project Management
Therese manages and conducts energy-in-buildings and behavior research at UC Berkeley, ranging from new sensors, thermostat control and design, user interfaces and feedback, building controls, and innovative software to enable the energy, comfort and convenience benefits of the Internet of Things. She co-chairs the Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference. Therese earned a MArch at UOregon, a PhD in Building Science/Architecture at UC Berkeley, and is a licensed Architect. She lived on a solar and wind-powered homestead while writing and editing for Home Power magazine, and is currently trying to achieve a zero carbon lifestyle in her own home.
Research Administrator, California Institute for Energy and Environment
EcoBlock Team Administrator, Assistant Project Manager
Team: Project Lead
Eric Lee is responsible for pre- and post-award contracting duties including proposal preparation, award administration, subcontracting, and budget compliance. He prioritizes customer service and teamwork in his communications with Principal Investigators, Research Coordinators, Sponsored Projects Offices, and Contracts and Grants Accounting, as well as sponsor agencies and research institutions at the State, Federal, and private industry levels. Eric holds an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, East Bay, and a B.A. in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.
Senior Research Engineer, Stanford University
Ecoblock Water Team co-lead
Research Fellow, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment
Principal, Siegel and Strain
Ecoblock co-lead Design/Construction Team
Team(s): Design/Construction; community Engagement
Larry has 40+year background in sustainable design, studied ecological systems at the Evergreen State College and the Farallones Institute in the 1970’s, and the early 1990’s, wrote a Guideline Specification for Green Materials, which became part of Building Green’s GreenSpec Directory. He has spoken on materials and sustainability at conferences throughout the country, is a past board member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, and currently serves on the boards of the Ecological Building Network and the Carbon Leadership Forum. For the past 7 years Larry has focused on reducing the total carbon footprint of our buildings.
Christine Scott Thomson
Senior Associate / Urban Planner, Page Southerland Page
Team(s): Urban Planning
Christine is an urban planner and designer with a focus on urban development, housing, and community revitalization projects that integrate sustainability at the urban and campus scale. With over twenty years of environmental planning and design experience, she specializes in using green site design and building strategies in her planning projects. Christine has been recognized as a member of the 2011 team of finalists in the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital, Big Idea Design Competition and the 2004 winning team of the USGBC International Design Competition. She is a Certified Planner, LEED accredited professional, and a member of the American Planning Association.
Executive Director, Oakland Neighborhoods for Equity
EcoBlock Phase 1 Project Manager