Advisory Council

 

Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum currently serves as Vice President of Public Policy in Time Warner Inc.’s Washington, D.C. office. In this role, Ms. Bloss-Baum is responsible for advancing the interests of Time Warner and its divisions on a variety of public policy issues that affect the digital distribution of content in the revolutionized media marketplace.

In the six years prior to joining Time Warner Inc., Ms. Bloss-Baum was the Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Warner Music Group. In this role, she oversaw the operation of Warner Music Group’s domestic and international policy agenda, also serving as the company’s chief policy advocate.

Prior to joining Warner Music Group, Ms. Bloss-Baum served as Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations at NBC Universal. She has also worked as Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee where she drafted legislation on issues relating to high technology, copyright, media and telecommunications.

Ms. Bloss-Baum has a J.D. from the Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and a specialized certificate from the law school’s Institute for Communications Law Studies. She holds a B.A. in Communications from American University.

In addition to her work in Washington, D.C. Ms. Bloss-Baum is, as of August 1st, 2011, an Officer on the Executive Committee of Leadership Music’s Board of Directors in Nashville, TN.

 

Jeff Gowdy

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Jeff founded J. Gowdy Consulting in 2006 and helps clients large and small develop profitable solutions around sustainability and social responsibility. Jeff has consulted for Bridgestone Americas on energy/carbon, green building, waste recycling, office recycling and water strategy projects for six years. Jeff also led the value chain analysis and sustainability strategy during the launch of Ingram Barge’s sustainability initiative. He has worked with other organizations including Gaylord Entertainment, Vanderbilt University, World Wildlife Fund, Conservation Services Group, Orchard Advisors, and the Cumberland River Compact.

Outside of Nashville Jeff has worked on a variety of key sustainability initiatives including the rollout of Walmart’s Sustainable Value Network with a large distributor in Knoxville. He created a green consumer segmentation analysis for Lexmark Printers in Louisville, KY, which was key in targeting new consumer segments and R&D of new products. While earning his MBA, Jeff created a supply chain scorecard for Home Depot that incorporated both environmental and labor metrics into sourcing decisions to reduce overall purchasing risk. As an intern for Greenorder, Jeff authored a communications strategy plan for ecomagination, GE’s multi-billion dollar growth strategy focused on environmentally leading products, and co-led the creation and deployment of an internal training program for GE leaders.

In 2011 Jeff was named Affiliate with Viridis Strategy Group, one of the world’s leading sustainability consulting firms originally founded by Dan Esty, author of the award-winning book Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage. Viridis recently merged with PwC.

Jeff teaches Sustainability and Social Responsibility at the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management, where he is adjunct assistant professor.

An active community volunteer and leader, Jeff co-founded the Nashville Net Impact chapter and is the current chapter leader. He is board chair of the Middle Tennessee Clean Air Partnership and serves on the boards of Greenloop Nashville and Yum Butter, a social enterprise based in Wisconsin. He is the resident expert on sustainability for the Greener Nashville website, where he writes the blog “Gowdy’s Corner.” He is a long-standing member of the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, Pollution Prevention Planning Team. In 2010 and 2011, his company was recognized by NashvillePost Magazine as one of 50 “Green Heroes in Business.” Jeff was named to the Nashville Business Journal’s 2011 40 Under 40 Class, and he received a 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award (NELA), presented annually by the Nashville Area Chamber and YP Nashville.
While earning his MBA, Jeff received the Owen Service Award for his leadership in bringing to Owen the global Net Impact conference, the largest conference ever held on Vanderbilt’s campus, drawing well over 2,000 students and professionals from around the world.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

 

Jennifer Hagan-Dier

Jennifer Hagan-Dier was appointed in September 2007 by Governor Bredesen to the position of Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Revenue as the Liaison to the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). In this role, Jennifer works with Revenue, ECD, local communities, businesses and economic development professionals on issues of tax policy and economic development incentives for both new and existing businesses locating or expanding in the state. Prior to joining the administration, Jennifer practiced law at Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw in Chicago, Illinois and most recently served as a Federal Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr. in the Middle District of Tennessee.

Winner of the 2010 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award for Government and Public Affairs, Jennifer is also a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council and the Nashville Emerging Leaders (NEL) Class of 2010. Jennifer has served on the Executive Committee of the Nashville Earth Day Festival since 2007 and served on Mayor Dean’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability as the Co-Chair of the Mobility Subcommittee in 2009. Jennifer is co-founder and President of the Friends of the Nashville Farmers’ Market, a founding Partner and Board Member for Community Food Advocates and the Field of Greens Fund, and currently serves as a Board member for the Historic Edgefield Neighborhood Association.

 

RIch hayes

For more than 20 years, Rich has helped thousands of experts- from postdocs to Nobel laureates- become more effective communicators. He is a senior manager and strategist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, lead author of "A Scientist's Guide to Talking with the Media" (Rutgers University Press, 2006), and editor of "Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming" (Penguin Classics and UCS, 2009). Before joining the Union of Concerned Scientists in 1993, Rich covered energy and environmental issues as a reporter for a bicameral caucus in the U.S. Congress. He also coordinated a task force on climate science chaired by Senator John McCain and then-Senator Al Gore. He is a founding board member of Urban Green Lab, and also serves on the board of Southern Word, a youth literacy organization in Nashville. Rich received a B.A. in Communications from American University in Washington, DC.

 

Dan Heller

Co-Founder 

As Co-Founder, Dan Heller devoted four years to Urban Green Lab as the organization’s first President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, raising the initial seed capital and providing the leadership required to launch. A Nashville native, Dan attended business school at the University of Colorado—Boulder, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. As a commercial real-estate broker in the Denver office of Cushman & Wakefield, Dan represented businesses tenants in lease negotiations with landlords and won C&W’s prestigious Rookie of the Year Award in 1989 for brokerage sales and excellence.

After moving back to middle Tennessee in 1995, Dan took the position of Vice President of Marketing at a small children’s outwear company where he secured license agreements and developed merchandising programs with top NASCAR driving teams and sponsorsKodak, Chevrolet, Mattel, McDonalds, M&M Mars, Turner Entertainment and Warner Brothers. Over a three year period, Dan managed a nationwide sales force consisting of twelve offices and helped build Winning Moves Racing Apparel into the #1 selling brand of American-made children’s racing jackets in the U.S.

In 2005, Dan moved to the Inglewood neighborhood of east Nashville and began making visible improvements to the dingy commercial buildings at Riverside and McGavock. With enthusiastic community support, the once run-down corner blossomed into Riverside Village—a popular destination of 100% locally-owned restaurants and shops. The City Paper described the dramatic transformation as a “textbook example of a small-scale project making a large impact” and, in 2009, Dan was awarded Business Person of the Year by the Historic East Nashville Merchants’ Association. Today, in addition to developing other adaptive re-use projects in east Nashville, Dan is known as a strong advocate for small business, neighborhood beautification and Metro’s recent successful push for comprehensive water rate reform.

 

Heather Langford

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Co-Founder

As a member of the leadership team of Energy Innovation at USGBC, Heather focuses on the interconnection between buildings and the power systems that they rely upon. She oversees the Demand Response Partnership Program and helps drive strategic advancement of the newly released PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) rating system. Heather also engages in green building codes and standards, building materials and health, and technical development of the LEED rating system for green building certification. Prior to joining USGBC, Heather worked as a LEED consultant.

In addition to her green building qualifications. Heather brings 15 years' experience in collaborative building, strategic planning, and organizational development. She is Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program, served as co-chair of the Generation Conservation Steering Committee of the Nature Conservancy in Tennessee, and is past president of the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council. She has held previous positions at SSRCx in Nashville, Casey Trees in Washington, DC, the Urban Ecology Institute in Boston, and Urban Resources Initiative in New Haven.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell and a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale.

 

Professor David A. Padgett

David A. Padgett is an Associate Professor of Geography, and Director of the Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) Laboratory at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee. He has developed a Geography/ Environmental Justice curriculum with a strong emphasis upon service learning. He has previously developed and taught geography and geographic information systems (GIS)-related courses at Austin Peay State University (Tennessee) and Oberlin College (Ohio). He has conducted faculty GIS workshops at the annual HBCU Faculty Development Conference, the National Service Learning Conference and several colleges and universities including Howard University, Virginia State University, and the Charles R. Drew University of Science and Medicine. Since establishing the GISc Lab in the summer of 2000, Padgett has supervised several undergraduate research assistants on a variety of service learning projects the topics of which include: community-based global positioning systems (GPS) mapping to improve public transit accessibility, GIS-supported homeless population mapping, and GIS mapping of Nashville’s Red Cross emergency shelters. The GISc Lab has developed working relationships with a variety of grassroots groups, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Many of the students Padgett has taught over the past 16 years have graduated and are now gainfully employed in GIS-related occupations.

Since 1992 Padgett has been the Owner and Chief Consultant of GEO-Mental, a multi-faceted environmental consulting firm.

He is the Project Manager and Co-Author of “The Best Cities for African Americans” cover feature series for Black Enterprise Magazine – May 2007, July 2004, and July 2001, the author of “Nashville: An Experience in Metropolitan Governance” in Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity, Robert D. Bullard and the co-author (with Heather O’Hara, M.D.) of “Urban Food Deserts and their Potentially Negative Impacts upon Low-Income and Black Communities in Nashville, Tennessee” in The State of Blacks in Middle Tennessee – December 2010.

Padgett is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Florida at Gainesville. He currently resides near downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

 

ryan stanton

Ryan Stanton is an energy efficiency and sustainability professional focused on results. He serves as Schneider Electric's Smart Cities leader in Tennessee. Ryan is a resident of East Nashville where he lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and dog, Clara.

 

Pam Tillis

Country music star Pam Tillis joins the Urban Green Lab Advisory Council as a legendary recording artist and performer, but also as a Nashville neighbor with a life-long passion for the environment and a deep knowledge of sustainable living. Often described as an “innovator,” Pam has achieved international success and critical acclaim not only as a performer, but also as a songwriter and producer, carving a path in music history that is uniquely her own.Pam’s incredible music career boasts six Number One and seventeen Top Ten hits, in addition to a Grammy Award and two CMA Awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. The first artist inducted into the Grand ‘Ole Opry in the new millennium, Pam also starred on Broadway to rave reviews in the musical “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”A child of Music City royalty and a former rebel, she was determined to find her own way as a singer and songwriter – and she succeeded. Pam has written songs for some of the top singers in and beyond Nashville, but never lost her connection to country music – even when country began to lose touch with itself.

With regard to sustainability, Pam feels that Urban Green Lab’s innovative programming model engages citizens in a highly compelling fashion, and offers effective tools for people to integrate greener living practices into their daily lives.

 

Tiffany Wilmot

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Tiffany is a pioneer in the green building and waste prevention industry. Throughout her career, she has maintained the belief that the route to environmentally responsible building practices is fundamentally tied to green business decisions that fortify productivity and amplify profitability. Since 1994, she has served as president of Wilmot Inc., a sustainability and green building consulting firm providing clients with innovative, high performance approaches to improve health, protect the environment and save money. Under her leadership, Wilmot has managed a wide variety of large-scale public and private-sector projects for clients such as GM, the US Army, Metro Nashville, Vice President Al Gore, and the Coors Co. Wilmot Inc. just completed work with Nashville’s new $595M convention center, Music City Center, which attained Gold LEED certification. As an adjunct professor at both Vanderbilt and Lipscomb, Ms. Wilmot teaches Green Building in the undergraduate and in the MBA programs. Ms. Wilmot is 1 of 6 national experts selected to write the U.S. HUD Development study entitled, “Feasibility Study of Deconstruction as an Economic Development Strategy.” She served on the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee as co-chair of the Energy and Building Subcommittee; additionally she is a founding member of Tennessee Women in Green (TWIG). She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a licensed building contractor. She holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BA from Duke University