EPA Guest Speaker

Paul Simon is a senior official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2, which encompasses New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In his current position, he leads EPA Region 2’s climate change efforts. He guides Region 2’s development of strategies for promoting climate change mitigation and climate adaptation, and serves as a liaison on climate change issues with other EPA offices as well as other federal and state government agencies, municipalities and other stakeholders.

Mr. Simon has been with EPA since 1985 and for many years, served there as a managing attorney. As the Deputy Regional Counsel from 2005 to 2010, he worked closely with the Regional Counsel in the management and direction of an office of eighty lawyers providing legal support for the Agency’s implementation and enforcement of many federal environmental laws. He also directly managed the office’s legal efforts relating to the Hudson River PCBs Superfund Site. In addition, in 2009, Mr. Simon served on a 4-month detail in EPA Headquarters as Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

Mr. Simon earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.


Actasys, Inc.—Using Synthetic Air Jets to Improve Aerodynamics for Trucks, Cars, Wind Turbines and More

On February 12, 2016 the management of Actasys Inc. will have a telephone conference with potential investors and their advisors about the firm’s prospects. I have arranged for Alfred University to have access to this call.

Truck Aerodynamics

Actasys, Inc. Actasys is developing active aerodynamic systems by leveraging a technology developed for aerospace applications. It is a platform technology that can significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce costs in a wide variety of markets, including transportation, automotive, wind turbines, and buildings. Actasys is currently focusing on the transportation market with a product that increases the fuel efficiency of Class 8 trucks by up to 18%. The technology is based on synthetic jets, actuators that with a minimal amount of power can create very powerful jets of air, redirecting the main airflow in the desired directions.

FTC Guest Speaker

Carol Kando-Pineda has been an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission since 1990.  She has served in a number of positions at the Commission.  She began as a staff attorney bringing cases about deceptive advertising.  She then became Legislative Counsel in the Commission’s Office of Congressional Relations.  She now manages outreach partnerships with community organizations and other institutions.  She also leads creative teams to create print publications, websites, and videos to give people practical tips and tools to be more savvy consumers.
She earned her A.B. from Harvard and J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law.

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EcoHub™ Uses One Bin/Truck One Route and their Multi-Patented System To Process Up To 95% of Municipal Solid Waste

On December 11, 2015 the management of EcoHub will have a telephone conference with potential investors and their advisors about the firm’s prospects. I have arranged for Alfred University to have access to this call.

Municipalities across the U.S. are implementing regulations that require substantial increases in waste recycling/diversion rates to be achieved in the near future. This provides an opportunity to derive substantial value from that waste—but for one thing. The main barrier to realizing the full economic and environmental value of recovering material from the municipal waste stream is our current inability to properly separate the wide variety of materials that are thrown away. EcoHub LLC’s patented separation technology solves this problem and will allow municipalities to meet their diversion requirements without requiring residents or businesses to separate waste. Moreover, the entire operation will generate tax revenues and create up to 800 jobs for every 2,000 tons per day (tpd) of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) processed.

EcoHub is in an advanced stage of negotiations for a 20-year solid waste management contracts with three major US Cities.

IRS Guest Speaker

Garrett Gluth Esq., Chief of the Legal Analysis Branch of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and staff spoke Alfred students to explain what professional responsibilities are required of those who give tax advice, or represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service. This is one of many topics covered by current CPA licensing exam.

OPR’s mission and objectives are to support effective tax administration by ensuring that all tax practitioners, tax preparers, and other third parties in the tax system adhere to professional standards and follow the law.

Greensulate: Taking Green Roofs to Scale

On November 13, 2015 the management of Greensulate will have a telephone conference with potential investors and their advisors about the firm’s prospects. I have arranged for Alfred University to have access to this call.

The greenroof industry looks like a flower garden gone to weed. Vibrant, fecund, fast growing and productive. But also wild, shapeless and chaotic. Greensulate is transforming all that into an English garden.

Greenroofs’ benefits are well known. Green roofs protect the original roof from damage from UV rays, cycles of freezing and heating and whatever humans do to them, so they can last up to three or four times as long as typical roofs. One big benefit they provide is natural insulation, which saves on heating and cooling costs. Those savings can reach 73 percent in the summer on a one-story building. So investments can be recouped in about 20 years.

As impressive as that is, those benefits don’t count the environmental benefits (the “externalities”, if you will). For the climate, greenroofs absorb CO2, produce oxygen and establish roof-top eco-systems with a surprising amount of biodiversity. (“We even saw bees!” exclaimed one employee.) For the local government, greenroofs aid in storm water management, by slowing the flow of water down the drains during and immediately after a rain storm. Employees and residents in the green-roofed buildings feel better and work more productively.

Super Storm Sandy drove home the benefit of slowing storm water runoff and sewage overflows that occur when a storm overburdens the city’s water management system. Green roofs capture water at lower cost than trying to control it through end-of-pipe storage tanks and the other engineered systems, like pumps and raised ventilation grates that the NYC transit authority is considering.