Wednesday 10 March 2021
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM ET
Presenters

ESPC in Civilian Agencies

sponsored by Energy Systems Group

Presenters
  • Leslie Nicholls, Strategic Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy
  • Kevin Kampschroer, Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, General Services Administration
  • Catherine Johnson, Performance Contracting Team Lead, Energy Management Program Service, Department of Veterans Affairs

Catherine Johnson

Performance Contracting Team Lead, Energy Management Program Service, Department of Veterans Affairs

Catherine Johnson has over 30 years of experience with government environmental, fleet, and energy programs. She is currently the acting Performance Contracting Team Lead for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Energy Management Program, overseeing development and implementation of VA’s alternatively financed energy projects.  Ms. Johnson is also the primary liaison for performance contracting in Veterans Integrated Service Networks 7, 8, 9, 12, and 16.  Ms. Johnson earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland.

Kevin Kampschroer

Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, General Services Administration

Kevin Kampschroer is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the US General Services Administration, and the Director of its Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). In 2010 and 2018, Mr. Kampschroer co-authored medical studies showing the links between building characteristics and office worker stress, heart function, physical activity, and sleep quality. It showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light, IEQ, and open plan office environments. Current work is showing more specific links between the building functions and kinds of office layout on stress, physical activity and health. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Mr. Kampschroer leads GSA's effort to safeguard assets from the observed and expected changes in climate for prudent federal investment and promotion of public safety, health and security. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of integrated design and related training,

Mr. Kampschroer led the design of a program to improve building performance and directed the compilation of metrics which are still used to measure building performance. He led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2). Mr. Kampschroer has worked for GSA for more than 46 years and is a graduate of Yale University.

Leslie Nicholls

Strategic Director, Federal Energy Management Program, Department of Energy

Leslie Nicholls is the Program Director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) focusing on assisting with strategic energy management activities. Most recently, Leslie served as FEMP’s Strategic Director with responsibility for leading cross-cutting strategic initiatives to increase FEMP’s program integration and impact. Leslie’s efforts have resulted in increased visibility of FEMP’s work; including strengthening stakeholder relationships and supporting the program’s expansion in technology innovation and validation to address federal sector energy, water, and resilience needs.

Leslie is the driving force behind the Energy Exchange; a widely recognized training and trade show focusing on efficient, resilient, and secure federal site operations to support mission assurance. The Energy Exchange provides workforce development to those who help maintain the 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles owned and operated by the federal government.

Leslie served as FEMP's Acting Director January 2017 – September 2018. Under her leadership, FEMP launched its Resilience and Security Program in response to federal agency needs. Prior to that role, she was FEMP’s Strategic Communications and Training Manager, in charge of overseeing processes and tools that were used to facilitate program communications and training.

Leslie brings nearly three decades of energy sector and executive leadership experience to her role. Prior to joining DOE, Leslie served as the Vice President of the Building Energy Solutions Division at Energetics Incorporated, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of public and private sector clients and helped improve their operational health. Before joining Energetics, she was a Senior Contracting Officer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, managing lighting and building systems technology development procurements, GovEnergy, and inventor innovation competitions.

Leslie is a certified project management professional, and has Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration from Washington State University.