Gregory Kats is Senior Director and Director of Climate Change Policy for Good Energies, a global private investment firm in renewable and clean energy technologies with $ 5 billion under management. Good Energies is a member of COFRA Holding AG, Zug/Switzerland and is represented through offices in London, New York, Toronto, Washington DC and Zug (http://www.goodenergies.com/). Mr. Kats leads the Good Energies investments in energy efficiency and green buildings. He is a founder of newresourcebank (http://www.newresourcebank.com/) - the first US green bank, and the American Council on Renewable Energy (http://www.acore.org/). Mr. Kats serves as Chair of the Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group for LEED (the US green building standard) and is a principal author of Green Office Buildings: a Practical Guide to Development, (Urban Land Institute, 2005) and the forthcoming book Costs and Benefits of Greening Our Built World (Island Press) is due out fall 2009. Mr. Kats served as the Director of Financing for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (1996-2001). With a billion dollar budget, it is the country's largest renewable and clean technology development and deployment program. He co-founded and, from 1995 to 2001 chaired the International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol, (http://www.ipmvp.org/) that has served as a technical basis for $ 10 billion in building upgrades, and is translated into 10 languages.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Kats served in senior management positions for Reuters in Paris, Geneva and then London. Mr. Kats earned an MBA from Stanford University and, concurrently, an MPA from Princeton University, serves on a half dozen boards, and regularly serves as keynote speaker at national clean energy and real estate conferences.