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.”

Christina Macken, Expert on Global Sustainable Building and Product Evaluation Practices

For the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Christina served as the Director of Programs, leading the development of the Council’s Principles for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing and Guidance for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing. In this role, she led the consensus-based development process and served as the Sustainable Purchasing Council’s staff member to provide support for their Technical Advisory Council and their Technical Development Groups for eleven sectors. Prior to working for SPLC for three years, Christina was the LEED v4 Program Manager at the U.S. Green Building Council, which included the design and management of the LEED v4 Beta Program and leading a nationwide LEED v4 education tour with USGBC’s Chapter Network.

For the U. S. Green Building Council, Christina managed the comprehensive delivery of the LEED v4 program according to strict deadlines and in integrated, cross-departmental fashion. This work included acquiring staff resources, coordinating work of project managers, defining program objectives and ensuring quality control, integrating projects into one cohesive program. She managed a global education campaign for USGBC’s more than 100,000 chapter members to build consensus and develop broad community support for the LEED v4 program. She provided 150 in-person and virtual education trainings to over 15,000 professionals within the building construction industry, including a variety of audience types and skill levels.

Christina has contributed to the development of standards globally, including the International Advisory Panel for Socioeconomic Indicators for the Developing World, a voting member on the United Nations Environment Programme. It is a joint venture between the World Green Building Council and the Green Building Council of South Africa). Additionally, she has served on the  10YFP Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee, the NSF 391.1 Joint Committee on Sustainable Service Providers, and the U.S. EPA’s Services Sector Panel. She is a U.S. liaison to the ISO/PC 277 Committee on Sustainable Procurement, and is a participant on the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum.

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