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Data and the Environmental Defense Fund

January 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The mission of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is quite simple: We work to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.  Climate, energy, oceans, human health, and the policy that impacts it all – all within the scope of the research and advocacy of the EDF.  EDF has a special take on environmental issues – they are interested in creating solutions that also carry economic benefits.

Of course, all of this requires data.  And ideally, it contributes new data and insights.  Come hear Ellen Bell discuss the work of the EDF.  Ellen manages the Redefining Energy Efficiency Project. 

Ellen works with commercial office buildings and other partners to develop new approaches that value efficiency, advanced energy management, and existing and emerging technologies as a source of savings and revenue. By harnessing the power of markets, choice, and incentives, she unlocks the economic, health, and environmental advantages of energy efficiency. Working for an organization like EDF, a non-profit environmental organization established in 1967 with a staff of 500 scientists, economists, engineers and business professionals, has allowed her to add to the unique 25-year track record of working with companies and other large organizations to develop and deploy innovations that improve environmental and business performance that EDF has built its reputation on.  Based on this foundation, she is able to create opportunities that drive market adoption of technologies, whether it’s through connecting the right property manager with the right developing technology or placing an EDF resource with an organization to make the business case for a system’s adoption, which allow them to support their Clean Energy advocacy with real world results and examples of success. 

And there will be pizza.


January 4, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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The Microsoft Technology Center Chicago
Aon Center - 200 E. Randolph Ste 200
chicago, IL us


Chicago City Data Users Group
Chicago City Data Users Group