Join Ever-Green Energy for a Virtual Panel on
Dec. 2, 2020 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM CST
Learn more about the organizations and companies committed to advancing corporate social responsibility in Minnesota and nationally.
The case for socially responsible business has never been stronger. The market is looking to companies to provide leadership in environmental stewardship, clean energy, community partnership, and developing a future workforce that is representative of our diverse nation.
Minnesota continues to prove itself as a national leader in sustainable business leadership, with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses stepping up to model sustainable and community-centered business choices. This is particularly evident in the growth of the clean energy economy in Minnesota, supported by strong state and local policy making and corporate commitments to decarbonization and renewable energy. We are also collectively learning that sustainability and resilience must support a triple bottom line that prioritizes our environment, economics, and equity.
- Peter Frosch, CEO, GREATER MSP
- Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy
- Holly Lahd, Lead Energy Program Manager, Target Corporation
- Ken Smith, CEO and President, Ever-Green Energy
- Joffrey Wilson, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Mortenson
Ever-Green Launching First Impact Report – 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Summary
Ever-Green is hosting this virtual event as part of our 2020 webinar series focused on transformation of the energy sector, and in support of our upcoming release of our first impact report. The 2019 Impact Report will be a summary of our 2019 activities in support of environmental stewardship, community partnership, valuing our people, and advancing decarbonization in our operations and projects.
Ever-Green Energy was established to fulfill a commitment to the public good and has remained committed to growing the company in a way that advances this mission and our company values. Our new efforts to track and share our commitment is intended to extend our promise to corporate social responsibility, increase transparency in our reporting, and invite our stakeholders to be part of our journey of continuous improvement.
About the Panelists
Peter Frosch became chief executive officer of GREATER MSP in March 2019. As CEO, Mr. Frosch is responsible for leading the global strategy for economic development and job creation for the greater Minneapolis- Saint Paul region. Mr. Frosch is responsible for creating the organization’s MSP Regional Indicators Dashboard, a regional performance measurement now being replicated across the US, and Make it. MSP., a widely-recognized talent retention and attraction initiative. Before joining GREATER MSP, Mr. Frosch served as legislative director for Congresswoman Betty McCollum in Washington, D.C. and also previously served as director of environmental policy at Environmental Initiative. Mr. Frosch earned a BA in history and American studies from Northwestern University and earned a MA in international relations from Dublin City University in Ireland.
Lisa Jacobson is the president of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), a 55-member trade association representing the energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy industries. In this role, Ms. Jacobson advises states and federal policymakers on energy, tax, air quality, and climate change policy. She is a member of the Department of Energy’s State Energy Efficiency Steering Committee, the United States Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, the Energy Efficiency Global Alliance Steering Committee, and the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. Ms. Jacobson has testified before Congress and has represented energy industries before the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to her position with the BCSE, Ms. Jacobson was a legislative aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has a MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in political science from the University of Vermont.
Holly Lahd is an Energy Program Manager at Target Corporation, where she analyzes utility rates, regulatory policy, and emerging energy trends to advance Target’s clean energy goals across the country. She gained experience in clean energy rate design and policy development through her previous work directing the energy markets program at the nonprofit Fresh Energy and as a utility rate analyst with the Minnesota Department of Commerce. She has a BS in corporate environmental management and a MS in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.
Ken Smith is the president and CEO of Ever-Green Energy and its parent company District Energy St. Paul. A recognized leader in community and campus scale energy systems, Mr. Smith is actively engaged in industry, policy, and academic forums addressing a low carbon energy future and has led Ever-Green Energy’s planning and design initiatives with numerous U.S. communities and organizations, with the goal of creating integrated energy infrastructures. Prior to joining Ever-Green Energy in 2006, he worked globally in the engineering and construction industry for over 20 years planning, designing and implementing mission critical projects, including central plants, microgrids, datacenters, and facilities for advanced tech industries, campuses, international airports, and U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Smith has a BS in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and a MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Joffrey Wilson is director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Mortenson, leading strategy and implementation efforts across the organization, including recruitment, talent development, and retention. He also leads the development of key external strategic partnerships and initiatives. Mr. Wilson previously served as strategy and business development director for Mortenson’s energy storage and solution business, which focuses on battery storage and electrification. This includes incorporating electrified transportation systems, microgrids, distributed energy resources and utility grid modernization. Prior to joining Mortenson, Mr. Wilson worked for Ford Motor Company in sales, marketing, and franchising. He also worked for General Mills in marketing and corporate strategy. He has experience in product innovation, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management with a BS in marketing and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA.