Chris O'Brien , MS

Director, Higher Education Programs and Faculty;, Edison Energy , Washington, District of Columbia

Chris came to Altenex from American University where he was Director of Sustainability, responsible for all sustainability functions, including the university's commitment to achieving climate-neutrality by the year 2020. While heading AU's sustainability office, Chris executed three power purchase agreements (PPAs), including a megawatt of onsite solar PV and solar thermal, and a 52 megawatt offsite solar PV project, which was the largest non-utility PPA in higher education at the time.

At Altenex, Chris is the Director of Higher Education Programs, sharing what he learned at AU with other colleges and universities across North America, helping the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. He is also a founding board director of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and serves on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS Steering Committee.

Chris also teaches about energy, climate, carbon markets, and sustainable purchasing in the Sustainability Management program at American University's Kogod School of Business.