Learn more about how we can work towards an energy resilient future for Los Angeles County at the virtual Energy Resiliency Summit on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Over the past few months, Metro has hosted a series of events to explore and discuss cutting edge energy resiliency concepts and solutions. These events are intended to explore whether Metro can “be up while the grid is down” and help shape a long-range energy resiliency strategy for Metro and the region.
This summit will feature presentations from GDS Associates, Indian Energy, and Gannett Fleming on proposed energy resiliency solutions selected through Metro’s Request for White Papers, several keynote speakers, and a facilitated panel featuring experts across a range of sectors to discuss the future of energy resiliency in the region.
The expert panel will be co-moderated by Heather Repenning, Metro’s Executive Officer of Sustainability Policy, and Thomas Small, current Chair of Metro’s Sustainability Council. Panelists include:
Lauren Faber O’Connor – Chief Sustainability Officer, City of LA
Gary Gero – Chief Sustainability Officer, LA County
Nancy Pfeffer – Executive Director, Gateway Cities Council of Governments
Dr. Cris Liban – Chief Sustainability Officer, Metro
Dr. Cris Liban has more than 25 years of experience in environmental and sustainability policy, urban planning, environmental science, civil and environmental engineering and geology. He oversees Metro’s internationally recognized environmental and sustainability initiatives.
Heather Repenning is Metro’s Executive Officer in Sustainability. She is a former Vice President of the City of LA Board of Public Works, overseeing the Department of Public Works’ management of wastewater, stormwater, urban canopy, streets and design and construction of public facilities.
Nancy Sutley is LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager of External and Regulatory Affairs, and the Chief Sustainability Officer. Ms. Sutley oversees the Department’s customer service operations, energy efficiency and water conservation programs, environmental regulation, public affairs and legislative teams.
Gary Gero is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the County of Los Angeles. He previously served as the President of the Climate Action Reserve and has also served on the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Committee, the board of California Invasive Plant Council, and the Glendale City Planning Commission.
Nancy Pfeffer is Executive Director of the Gateway Cities Council of Governments. In this role, she leads the staff of the agency, which is a Joint Powers Authority consisting of twenty-seven member cities and additional unincorporated communities in Southeast Los Angeles County.
Lauren Faber O’Connor is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. In her role she is driving the implementation of LA’s Green New Deal, a global model for local action to confront the climate crisis.
Thomas Aujero Small is the Chair of the LA Metro Sustainability Council. Small is the former Mayor of Culver City and also served on the City Council. His initiatives in office focused on excellence in urban planning, sustainable design, and mobility.