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Randy Udall is the former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and one of the nation’s leading activists in promoting energy sustainability. CORE's partnerships with electric utilities and local governments have led to remarkable accomplishments, including Colorado’s first solar energy incentive program, the world's first Renewable Energy Mitigation Program which has raised $7 million, and  some of the most progressive green power purchasing programs in the country.

Udall is co-founder of the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA and has keynoted annual conferences for the Rocky Mountain Electric League and American Wind Energy Association. In recent months he has addressed the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities, Utah Association of Municipal Utilities, and the Northern California Power Association. Udall was recently featured in a CNBC documentary The Hunt for Black Gold.

Debra Rowe has been professor of energy management and renewable energy for 29 years at Oakland Community College.  Oakland Community College offers customized degrees in environmental systems technologies and certificates in renewable energies and sustainable living. Dr. Rowe helped create a model energy services technician degree design for community and technical colleges, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. She also created and teaches energy management and renewable energies courses and professional development for faculty in an on-line format with National Science Foundation support offered by the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (, has hosted over one hundred conferences and customized trainings on energy and sustainable design practices, and has helped numerous colleges develop their energy curricula. 

Dr. Rowe is president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, and government sectors of the U.S. and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. Dr. Rowe is also national co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, founder of the Disciplinary Associations' Network for Sustainability and senior advisor to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She is a U.S. Designee to the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics' for their international sustainability group; and helps higher education associations and institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. 

Martha Kanter was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009, to be the under secretary of education and was confirmed by the Senate on June 19, 2009. In this position, she reports to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and oversees policies, programs, and activities related to postsecondary education, vocational and adult education, and federal student aid.

From 2003 to 2009, Kanter served as chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the nation, serving more than 45,000 students with a total budget of approximately $400 million. She is the first community college leader to serve in the under secretary position. In 1977, after serving as an alternative high school teacher at Lexington High School in Massachusetts, the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns (N.Y.) and later at the Searing School in New York City, she established the first program for students with learning disabilities at San Jose City College (Calif.). She then served as a director, dean and subsequently as vice chancellor for policy and research for the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office in Sacramento, returning to San Jose City College as vice president of instruction and student services in 1990. In 1993, she was named president of De Anza College and served in this position until becoming chancellor.

Kanter has served as a board member or officer in a wide variety of national, state, and local organizations, including the League for Innovation in the Community College, the Community College League of California, Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network, Inc., Peninsula Open Space Trust, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Mexican Heritage Corporation, the Rotary Club of Palo Alto, and the California Association of Postsecondary Educators of the Disabled



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