Bradley T. Gardner

Founder

A passionate advocate of environmental protection and a resident of Asia since 1974, British-born Bradley T. Gardner began his career as an entrepreneur by building up a successful fashion jewellery business headquartered in Hong Kong with 60 outlets throughout Asia. During the 1980s, he and his wife Debbie built a unique resort focusing on developing the skills of local village people, thus preserving both their culture and environment. A major focus was on using sustainable materials such as locally sourced stone, recycled wood from a buried forest, and as little concrete as possible. Over 2000 hardwood trees were planted. Green leases ensured that farmers would continue farming rather than sell their land. Key among Bradley’s beliefs is the innovative integration of a property into its surrounding environment in order to capture the ethos and culture of the location and surrounding communities. The result was Begawan Giri Estate and its Spa, ‘The Source’, which was voted No. 1 in the 2002 Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards Top 100 “Best of the Best”. The Gardners founded the non-profit Begawan Foundation in 1999, with the aims of catering for the educational, health and environmental needs of local villages. Conservation of the local culture, social systems and the environment were primary focuses. A kindergarten and an on-site clinic were set up to cater for the surrounding villages, and a project to breed the Bali Starling, a highly endangered endemic bird, was successfully undertaken. Although not schooled as an architect or a hotelier, Bradley has demonstrated the ability to assimilate interesting ideas in travel, hospitality and niche properties from around the globe and then imaginatively translate these into reality to offer fresh, new alternatives for the industry today. Another strength is his capacity to work with the architect, engineer, landscape architect, lighting specialist as a team, and draw upon their individual talents to produce a cogent sustainable whole. Having decided they had achieved many of their goals as hoteliers, and that it was time to pursue other interests, the Gardners sold Begawan Giri Estate in 2004. Bradley has now committed his energies to conserving the environment, especially in Asia, and he founded The GreenAsia Group to pursue this goal, not only in the hospitality industry but with any company prepared to commit to change and to demonstrating its sustainable practice with continuous energy management data that results in ongoing savings in energy, capital expenditure and operational costs. He is committed to mitigating the impact of irresponsible use of earth’s resources through increasing awareness and drawing synergies with commercial drivers. His approach to sustainability is to examine the interaction and integration of systems to identify opportunities for improving efficiency.

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Lee Eng Lock

Associate

Lee Eng Lock is renowned globally for his singular contributions to energy efficiency. For the past 30 years, he has been designing and building arguably the most energy efficient buildings and mechanical systems in the world. He is also the pioneer in very accurate long-term measurement and monitoring for mechanical plants. One of his favorite sayings is, “In God We Trust; All Others bring Data.” Lee has designed, built and retrofitted numerous high-performance chiller plants for typical buildings, including the Grand Hyatt Singapore, Singapore Post Centre, Galen Building, Republic Plaza, NewTechPark, Capricorn and Acer buildings for Ascendas. All of these systems are providing 20~ 35% ROI, and they all have long-term guaranteed performance contracts with measured performance at 0.57 kW/ton averages. (Compare this to average plant efficiency in Singapore of well over 1.5 kW/ton.) One important aspect of achieving this level of performance is high accuracy web based monitoring of the systems’ at one-minute intervals. The large mini-district cooling system that Lee designed and built for Mapletree Business City is perhaps the largest chiller plant in the world with a performance guaranty. The capacity of the plant is 10,700 RT; its performance is 0.65 kW/ton, operating far better than the guaranteed benchmark. In effect the plant achieves the AHRI-550 standards that are used for factory testing of chillers, but accomplishes this in real time operations for this chiller plant. Lee first came to international prominence when his 1985 redesign of the HVAC system for AT&T Consumer Products Pte Ltd in Kampong Ubi achieved what is believed to be the world record for combined air and water side performance, at better than 0.70 kW/ton for air handlers, fan coils, chillers, pumps, and cooling towers. Visiting scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) were extremely impressed with the plant’s performance, as well as the very precise monitoring and trending at one-minute intervals for all performance parameters, using software written in Singapore, with laboratory-grade instrumentation, and hand calibration of sensors using internationally recognized fundamental standards for thermometry. This led to involvement in further R&D projects in USA funded by the US Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.  Two of the projects were put on the Internet for professionals to study and analyze in real-time. For 3 years in the late 1990s, Lee was the only overseas engineer invited to sit on the US Department of Energy’s International Performance and Measurement Verification Protocol (IPMVP) technical committee. This Protocol has become the national measurement and verification standard in the United States and many other countries. While he has experience in almost every building type, Lee’s particular specialty is in high performance clean rooms and semiconductor wafer fabs. He has done numerous design-build projects in Asia and USA, and energy audits and design charrettes for major semiconductor manufacturers such as STMicro worldwide, Texas Instruments USA, Sony Semiconductor in Kokubu, Japan, Epson semiconductor in Sakata, Japan, Sanyo in Gifu, Japan, the Hsinchu Science Park wafer fabs for the Ministry of Energy in Taiwan, and also the Chiang Kai Shek Airport in Taipei. As a regular team member for Rocky Mountain Institute charrettes, other interesting workshops and audits were conducted for Shell Oil for their most efficient refinery in Kolding in Denmark, the LNG plant in Karratha in Western Australia, GTL plant in Qatar, deep mines in South Africa for coal, diamonds and gold for Anglo American mining corporation, and also the world’s first LEED-rated semiconductor factory in Richardson, Texas for Texas Instruments. Lee has also done a workshop for the next LEED-rated semiconductor factory for Texas Instruments in Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines, which will have the world’s most efficient chiller plant in the semiconductor industry and probably also test and burn-in rooms. In 1994, Lee was awarded the Association of Energy Engineers USA Energy Project of the year for the Western Digital factory in Kuala Lumpur, benchmarked as the most efficient of any disk drive factory in the world, including all services such as vacuum, compressed air, class 10 clean rooms, process cooling, and chiller plant. In January 2009, Lee was invited by LBNL to deliver a one-hour talk as distinguished lecturer on energy efficiency for buildings. His talk, entitled “Negawatts for Building: Observations from the Past 25 years”, is available on the Internet. In 2012, Lee received one of four Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in recognition of, “his world-leading HVAC design and engineering”.

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Huston Eubank

Associate

Huston Eubank is a registered architect and an independent consultant specializing in the sustainable design of buildings, communities and businesses. His long and interesting career in green development has given him a wide range of experience in many areas. He is currently serving as Director of Consulting and Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer for Regenerative Ventures. He is also focused on making quality education about green building and sustainability easily accessible to all through a global network of partners who share this mission. He served the World Green Building Council as founding corporate secretary from 2003 to 2005 before committing full time to its development from 2005 to 2007, when he served as its first Executive Director. From January 1999 to May 2005 Huston was a Principal with the Green Development Services team at Rocky Mountain Institute. In 1997 and 1998 he helped develop environmentally responsible solutions for commercial construction as Director of “BuildingFutures Services” for David Gottfried, the founder of the USGBC and WorldGBC. In 1996, as the commercial program manager for “Earth Smart” at Portland General Electric (PGE), he managed a comprehensive commercial green building program that was ahead of its time, but that unfortunately died when Enron took over PGE later that year. He first became active in environmental advocacy in 1991 while a senior project architect with Gensler, working in Los Angeles and London. Early career experience in a variety of architectural firm types and other situations included business and property development, and construction. Huston has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and a LEED Accredited Professional. His green consulting projects include the California Academy of Science, High Performance Internet Data Centers, Greening a Texas Instruments Chip FAB, the Boston Museum, environmental design for schools in Brazil, teaching Natural Capitalism at Beijing University, CARMAX Corporate Headquarters, University of Illinois Facilities Standards Review, Greening the California State Capitol, The Capitol East End project in Sacramento, the State of California EPA Building, the North Clackamas High School performance-based fee project, and greening Bulmers – the world’s largest maker of hard cider. Huston was a member of architectural teams for projects including the new San Diego airport terminal, the Inn at Middleton Plantation outside Charleston, SC, Sony Lincoln Theaters in New York City, a large office building in central London, refurbishment of the Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, and of the Babelsberg Studios in Pottsdam, Germany. He was a founding member of the Oregon Natural Step network, liaison to the NW Regional Council of the US President’s Council on Sustainability, served on the Board of Envirosense, advised the Portland AIA’s Architecture+Energy Award program, chaired the Los Angeles CSI Technical and Environmental Committees, and was Chair of the Oahu Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Coastal Zone Management in the mid 1970’s. Huston has also served as a certified construction specifier, a developer, a contractor, a US Navy officer, and the proprietor of his own firms.

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Dr Philip R Pollard FRAIA MPIA

Associate

Philip’s commitment to sustainability predates the coining of the term, but his passion for ecologically, economically and socially sustainable development has only increased over time. Broadly a strategist, he is a registered architect, urban designer and social planner who has had an ongoing role as an educator throughout his career.
Having joined with a colleague in his early career to win a limited design competition for a small but luxurious island resort in the Great Barrier Reef (Bedarra Island) Philip went on to work on the planning and design of a number of key tourist orientated developments in sensitive locations. In his capacity as a young elected local government councilor, he was one of a small group of leaders who devised the phenomenally successful Keeping Byron Unique tourism strategy, which put Byron Bay on the international map as a highly desirable and green destination.
From 1990 to 2005 Philip headed The University of Newcastle’s Physical Planning Estates area, and was responsible for planning and managing a rolling program of major capital development and refurbishment across multiple campuses, in addition to planning a completely new greenfield campus on the NSW Central Coast. This work drew international acclaim, and in 2002 received the major Australian environmental award, The National Banksia Award, which recognised “a decade of sustainable development”. His projects have received a total of more than 50 awards, including the prestigious AIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture for Birabahn Indigenous Centre.
In 2004 Philip founded AMENITY urban and natural environments Pty Ltd, an Australian-based collaborative small practice delivering a range of services to the government and private sectors. These services have centred around: strategic planning, design quality, sustainable urban design, heritage, and innovative project delivery with an emphasis on design quality. Philip continues to lecture in the University of Newcastle Australia’s Master of Property graduate program, and is currently delivering the Sustainable Development stream.

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Tames Rietdijk

Associate

During the initial 7 years of his career, Tames was active as an auditor with KPMG. Tames gained extensive knowledge of accounting, administrative procedures and what to include in financial statements. His clients included banks, insurance companies, pension funds and building societies. During the 7 years thereafter, Tames worked at Exact Software, a provider of standard accounting software. At Exact Software, Tames learned all about developing and delivering standard B2B software products, the relevant processes and how to generate financial statements. Exact Software followed an aggressive acquisition strategy, which Tames was involved with at senior management level. During his 3rd 7 year period, Tames worked as an Business Development and IT Director for Climex, As its founder, he launched an exchange in environmental and energy commodities which was later sold to Rabobank and TenneT. At CLimex, Tames learned to understand why financial performance statements are relevant, how they relate to corporate valuation and what the impact is of non-financial performance. For the past 4 years, Tames has been involved with several B2B software start-ups as a C-level executive as well as with complex IT implementation and migration projects for banks. He has focused mainly on increasing the (financial) autonomy of the organizations for which he was employed. This he achieved mostly by improving the dialogue with and between relevant stakeholders, implementing more relevant performance indicators and expanding the context for decision making by profiling information (big data).

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Shobana Kesava-Peers

Associate

Shobee specialises in environmental communications, following a career in journalism and climate change policy advocacy in Singapore. She was a news and current affairs reporter for a decade, with MediaCorp Radio and The Straits Times, mainstream media organisations closely followed by Singapore’s leaders and opinion-formers. Her desire to support development goals profiting both people and planet led to her career switch: Shobee was the British High Commission Singapore’s first Climate Change Director, and then Senior Assistant Director of the People, Private & Public Sector Network with the National Climate Change Secretariat in Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office.
In her three and a half years in policy advocacy, Shobee’s work centred on stakeholder engagement. She built and maintained networks as well as proposed, commissioned and managed projects that would gain traction in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. Shobee went on to achieve a Master of Environmental Management and Development (Merit Award) from the Australian National University in 2012. Courses such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Governance and Methods for Environmental Decision-Making have deepened her understanding of what should be done to practically address growth pathways. This additional knowledge base now grounds her communications skills to more effectively engage stakeholders in sustainable development.

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Swapan Mehra

Associate

Swapan is an environmental finance expert with extensive experience in developing carbon mitigation projects and policy across forestry and clean energy. Swapan has led IORA to pioneer the development of emerging forestry and biodiversity conservation markets in India. IORA is also at the forefront of community-based energy, developing one of India’s largest decentralized organic waste management programs. Prior to founding IORA, Swapan held top management positions with some of the largest carbon finance firms in the world including EcoSecurities, AES and Evolution Markets. In these roles, he led multi-disciplinary teams across South Asia and Middle East, identifying and implementing climate change mitigation projects that generated over 5 million Carbon Credits.
Swapan is deeply passionate about biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and works with unique environmental finance mechanisms to catalyze effective climate change solutions in India.
Swapan is a frequent guest speaker at industry events and has presented at the USAID, CleanTech Group, FICCI, CII Carbon Conclaves, IIT Delhi, British High Commission Singapore, INSEE, TERI, Council of Power Utilities among others. Most recently he delivered a keynote speech on Carbon Finance for REDD+ at the Wageningen University, Netherlands.
He was recently selected as a FICCI Young Business Leader for India, LEAD International Fellow and awarded the prestigious Donella Meadows Fellowship by the Balaton Group. Swapan has been nominated as a Global expert on Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+. Swapan is also member of the Biodiversity Offset Technical Working Group at IUCN and participated in The Blue Economy Planning Seminar in Bhutan, working closely with the team in identifying carbon reduction technologies and processes.  When not trekking in some of his favorite parts of India, Swapan spends his spare time, helping NGOs create sustainable development training programs.

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Carolyn Kenwrick

Research and Development

Carolyn Kenwrick has lived and worked in Indonesia since 1991, first in Sumatra, then in Jakarta prior to arriving in Bali in 1994. She has an Arts Degree in English, History and Maths from Adelaide University, and Post Graduate Diplomas in Teaching and Linguistics. She spent her first years in Indonesia training university lecturers who wished to reach a level of English sufficient to undertake further study overseas. In 2010 Carolyn undertook a course in Water Efficiency Management in Singapore. Since arriving in Bali, Carolyn has taught English, worked in both hospitality and retail industry, and used her teaching qualifications in a number of different areas, one of which was to assist in setting up the Begawan Foundation kindergarten at Begawan Giri Estate for the local community. Her interests in the area of local community development have been a major focus in her work with The GreenAsia Group, seeing sustainable development as a way to assist less privileged communities throughout Asia to become self sufficient. She is currently responsible for the Bali Starling Breeding Centre on mainland Bali, with the long-term focus for bird releases on mainland Bali. Carolyn is responsible for Charrette Logistics in SEA including client proposals, Charrette briefing documents and final Charrette reports.

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