Breaking Down Silos to Accelerate Energy Efficiency

The global economy is set to double in size over the next 20 years. By taking the available opportunities to become more energy efficient, we could power all the extra cars, homes and factories this growth will bring with the same amount of energy we use today. The result would be a global economy with reduced emissions, lower pollution and enhanced energy security – we would live more comfortable lives and receive lower energy bills. Unfortunately, the reality is that the US is experiencing an alarming slowdown in energy efficiency progress. What can we do to change course? What are the implications to our economy if we do so – at an accelerated pace? And what if the answers are just a few keystrokes away?

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About The Speakers

Ruth Gratzke - Siemens

Ruth Gratzke | CEO, Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Ruth Gratzke is President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure in the United States. In this role, she leads operational and commercial activities for Siemens’ smart building, grid edge and energy infrastructure portfolio.

Comprised of five business units – Building Products, Digital Grid, Distribution Systems, Electrical Products and Regional Solutions and Services Americas – Siemens Smart Infrastructure delivers building IoT, automation, fire safety, security, energy, low and medium voltage, and smart grid solutions as well as control components to the U.S. commercial, industrial and utility markets. Ruth originally joined Siemens in 1995 and relocated to the US in 1999 to lead the US-based steelmaking business. Subsequently she held positions in Corporate Strategy and C-level sales, followed by general management roles in Building Technologies and Industrial Automation.

Richard Yancey - Siemens

Richard C. Yancey | Founding Director, Building Energy Exchange

Richard C. Yancey, AIA, LEED AP, is the founding Director of the Building Energy Exchange, Inc. (BEEx), an independent, nonprofit organization that connects the New York real estate and design communities to energy and lighting efficiency solutions through education, exhibitions, technology demonstrations, and research. BEEx identifies opportunities, navigates barriers to adoption, broker’s relationships, and showcases best practices at their resource center in downtown Manhattan. An early-adopter of sustainable design, Richard has led a diverse array of project types, including institutional, commercial, and both single and multi-family residential, campus planning, and transit-oriented developments, including a 1.2 million SF mixed-use development in Norwalk, CT.

Paula Glover - Siemens

Paula Glover | President, Alliance to Save Energy

Paula R. Glover has served as President of the Alliance to Save Energy since 2021. A dynamic leader with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, Ms. Glover is the seventh president in the Alliance’s 43-year history.

Ms. Glover previously served as President and CEO of the American Association of Blacks in Energy, a non-profit professional association whose focus is to ensure that African Americans and other minorities have input into the discussions and development of energy policy, regulations, and environmental issues. In this role, she was responsible for managing the national office, and providing strategic direction and leadership for the organization. Prior to this role, Ms. Glover served as AABE’s Vice President of Operations and as the organization’s Director of Communications.


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