Core Team

Richard Sellers, Chair

A globally-recognized and accomplished leader in the fields of renewable and distributed energies, Rick Sellers brings strong strategy and business development experience to the Board and The Management Committee as Chair of Sphere-E Inc. He has served in executive positions in key for profit and not-for-profit enterprises engaged in advancing sustainability.For the International Energy Agency in Paris, Rick created a new renewable energy program designed to increase the rate of renewable, distributed and clean energy market growth. During his six years at IEA, he headed up a renewable energy market acceleration for the Secretariat for the G8 Renewable Energy Task Force in 2001.

As one of the Founders the Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco, a North American leader in energy efficiency programs, including the widely used Green-E Program, Rick served as Vice Chair for a period when he was also serving as Executive Director of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Training Institute in Washington, D. C.More recently Rick has focused on work in the private sector where he can apply his strategy and business development capabilities to support next generation energy and technology business opportunities to advance sustainability. He chairs Nova Power SA, a firm creating a pipeline of PV projects along with Sphere-E, Inc.
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H. Scott Matthews, PhD, Expert on Economics, Environmental Engineering

Scott is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Much of Scott’s career has been focused on providing data-driven solutions to problems of environmental systems modeling and life cycle assessment. He has served as chair of the Committee on Sustainable Systems and Technology with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and on the Executive Committee for the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment. He is a member of the National Research Council Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology and has participated on several their study committees.

Scott’s work intends to facilitate policy-relevant decision making under uncertainty via large datasets, computation, and visualization methods. He has contributed to development of tools for environmental and energy life-cycle assessment of products and processes such as the EIO-LCA (economic input-output) software whose development he led and which is used by 8.6 million professionals. Scott served on the team that conducted an annual spend analysis for the US Government Services Administration in a contract awarded to Facilities Solutions Group and Sphere-E for “Using LCA in Federal Procurement.”

Jeffrey Morris, PhD - Expert on Annual Spend & Economic Modelling

Jeff’s current research and consulting interests include: Economic cost/benefit valuation of pollutant emissions; Life cycle impact assessment, and Nonmarket services that often are bundled with traditional market-based services such as water supply, wastewater management, and trash collection. He has expertise is in modeling life cycle inventories, impacts and impact assessments. Jeff’s special interest is in modeling solid waste quantities and composition by generator type along with modeling environmental impacts of solid waste management systems- an area that has become very important.

Clients of Jeff Morris include: the US Department of Justice, WA Department of Ecology, WA Clean Washington Center, MA Department of Environmental Protection, MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, AL Ministry of the Environment, ON Ministry of the Environment, Portland (OR) Metro, King County (WA), San Luis Obispo County (CA), Seattle Public Utilities, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto (ON), Vancouver (BC), Halifax (NS), MA Public Interest Research Group, RI Clean Water Fund, NJ Environmental Federation, Pollution Probe (Toronto), and Belkorp. Jeff brings deep knowledge and broad experience in the use of science-based data to the work of the Sphere-E team for clients.

Jonathan Estes, Business Value Director

A national thought leader on using technology to achieve business value, Jonathan Estes has written white papers on the challenges and opportunities for Deloitte and IBM. His book SMART GREEN: HOW TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES IN ANY INDUSTRY provides “a great resource for small to mid-size enterprises ….to make measurable improvement in performance.”Jonathan brings a balanced perspective on economic and environmental issues coupled with a focus on using technology to drive behavioral change and deliver business value. His strategy is to use both science-based data and evidence-based analytic processes to support public and private sector enterprises in enhancing the sustainability performance of projects and portfolios.

In addition to his role as Project Director for a contract of the US Government Services Administration (GSA) for ‘Using LCA in Federal Procurement,” Jonathan has served in executive positions for several firms, including: Green Diamond Solutions (business intelligence for the US government); Facilities Solutions Group (energy efficiency consulting.Simultaneously with serving as our Business Value Director, Jonathan serves as CEO for the firm he founded Smart Games Systems – a partner of Sphere-E poised to provide training for companies licensing our software and seeking to support staff in using it efficiently and fully.
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Deborah Dunning, Technology Innovation Director

Deborah is focused on collaborating with people in diverse enterprises on use of science-based product data and data analytics to optimize the economic and environmental performance of procurement programs, and of building and construction projects. She has had the privilege of working with other leaders on a number of projects that moved the needle in this key area. In 2001-2005, Deborah served as a consultant to the US EPA and led development of a 3,000-square foot exhibit on the value of product life cycle data in selecting materials for building projects. In 2006 and 2007, Deborah served as a Guest Editor for THE GREEN GUIDE, a 56-page special publication on the value to manufacturers of developing Environmental Product Declarations and to purchasers of using them to select materials – winner of the top Edie award in 2007.

Between 2008 and 2010, Deborah served on the sustainable product certification stakeholder councils of leading manufacturing groups –The Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association and the Carpet & Rug Institute. In late 2010, she began developing software processes to support the use of science-based data by manufacturers to communicate their leadership achievements in product design and by purchasers to support their selection of the most sustainable materials and products in the relevant marketplace. Since 2013, Deborah has served as Sphere-E’s Chair and is now its Chief Innovation Officer. The latter is the position she finds most satisfying as it entails bringing people and ideas together to achieve goals we imagined would not be possible. We’ve developed some innovative solutions and are working on others. Linkedin

Steven Reiss, PhD – Software Designer and Programmer

Steve Reiss teaches in the computer science department at Brown University. His work focuses on making programming easier. He is particularly interested in software tools and environments and has developed a series of powerful programming environments and tools, including PECAN, GARDEN, FIELD, DESERT and CLIME. His earlier work demonstrated the power of workstations and multiple views in the early 1980s. More recent work demonstrates the utility of visual languages in a multilingual conceptual framework.

Software visualization has been a focus of many of Steve’s tools. For example, his work on FIELD offers interactive visualizations of data structures, call graphs, the class hierarchy, build dependencies, performance data, I/O behavior, and memory utilization. DESERT provides a tool that let the user quickly specify what data should be visualized and how it should be displayed, allowing three-dimensional (3D) visualizations to be created quickly. Steve’s other recent work has focused on the confluence of web services, grid computing, peer-to-peer computing, and open source.