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Can we turn the American dream green? A discussion on sustainability in the United States Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Washington, D.C.


Moderator Mr. Fenstermacher was appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Cultural Vistas in January 2011. He joined the organization (then as CDS) in 1996 where he served as the executive director for seven years prior to assuming his current role. In his 15-plus year tenure at CDS, he was responsible for the development and administration of a variety of exchange programs with a focus on vocational training and workforce development issues.

Robert Fenstermacher President & CEO Cultural Vistas

A graduate of Haverford College outside Philadelphia, Mr. Fenstermacher studied abroad at the University of Heidelberg, and completed his Master of Public Administration at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. As a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in 1999-2000, Robert examined workforce training issues in Germany and Europe at the German Ministry of Education in Bonn, and at DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart.

Panelists Mr. Horn is an Energy Policy Analyst at Energetics Incorporated and a consultant to the Department of Energy’s $3.4 billion Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. He works with Department of Energy Technical Project Officers and Subject Matter Experts to oversee the deployment of smart grid technologies, including advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, and customer systems.

David Horn Energy Policy Analyst Energetics Incorporated

Expertise: domestic and international technology and energy policy analysis with a focus on smart grid, energy efficiency, and public procurement in the United States and Russia. As an Alfa Fellow from 2009-2010, Mr. Horn worked in Public Procurement and Energy Efficiency in the IT sector at AMD in Moscow, Russia.


Dr. Kukk received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College and his B.A. in political science from Boston University. He was a Fulbright Scholar, an international security fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a counter-intelligence agent for the United States Army. Dr. Kukk was recently named the founding Director of the Dalai Lama Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University.

Dr. Christopher Kukk

Expertise: cooperation and conflict over fresh water resources, energy security, and the creation and sustainability of civil society.

Professor of Political Science Western Connecticut State University

As a Water Here & There International Fellow (WH&T IF) in 2010, Dr. Kukk was part of the U.S.-China team that researched and proposed policies to address water issues in both countries.

Ms. Wyman is a global expert and innovator on climate change strategy, energy policy and sustainable cities. She has worked with regional and local governments and their constituencies to develop strategic and tactical solutions to their sustainability, climate mitigation, and climate adaptation challenges. Most recently, Michelle served as Executive Director for six years of ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability, where she led its transformation to a nationally recognized organization.

Michelle Wyman Executive Director Applied Solutions: Local Governments Building a Clean Economy

Expertise: climate protection, sustainable development, environmental management systems and environmental policy and law. As a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow from 1995-1996, Ms. Wyman worked in the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Berlin, Germany.


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Cultural Vistas presents: Can we turn the American Dream green?