Keynote Plenary Session  "Environmental Challenges for Transportation" 

This session will be live-streamed to conference registrants on Tuesday, June 30

This spectacular event features high level environmental leaders who will share their perspective and solutions during presentations and an interactive panel discussion.  

Severin Borenstein 
Professor of Business Admin., and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas

Delphine Hou 
Dir. of California Regulatory Affairs, California Independent System Operator 

Laurie Shelby
Vice President – Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Tesla, Inc.

Shane Stephens
Founder and Chief Development Officer, FirstElement Fuel, Inc.

Greg Dalton (Moderator) 
Founder and Host, Climate One


Speaker and Moderator Bios

Severin Borenstein
, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas

In addition to his positions at Haas, Severin Borenstein is also Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute (1994-2014).   He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T.  His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation.  He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets.  His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, alternative models of retail electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry.  

Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force.  In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood's Future of Aviation Advisory Committee.  In 2012-13, he served on the Emissions Market Assessment Committee, which advised the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases.  In 2014, he was appointed to the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, which he chaired from 2015 until 2017.  Since 2015, he has served on the Advisory Council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In 2019, he was appointed to the Governing Board of the California Independent System Operator.


Delphine Hou, Director of California Regulatory Affairs at the California Independent System Operator (CAISO)  

At the CAISO, Ms. Hou develops regulatory strategy for and represents the CAISO before regulatory, governmental, and local jurisdictional agencies such as the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, and the California Air Resources Board.     

Prior to the CAISO she was an Associate with The Brattle Group focused on electric transmission.  She received her M.S. in Energy and Electricity Regulatory Policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.  She received her B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Laurie Shelby, Vice President – Environment, Health and Safety (EHS), Tesla, Inc. 

Laurie Shelby joined Tesla Inc. as their EHS Vice President in October 2017. She leads worldwide EHS for approximately 45,000 employees in the automotive, energy, and sales, service, delivery operations. Previously, she was the EHS Vice President for Alcoa Inc. where she led the global EHS process for approximately 15,000 employees in the mining, refining, smelting, and rolling operations. Prior roles at Alcoa included EHS Director for United States primary aluminum operations and EHS global audit Manager.
Laurie is active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and is a sub-committee led for the Health and Safety Management System (Z10) fatal and serious injury reduction team.Laurie is a human and organizational performance expert known for her new view thinking to improve safety.

Laurie completed her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Radford University.  She earned her master’s in Industrial Hygiene/Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia.  Laurie is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Prior to joining Alcoa and Tesla, Laurie worked as an EHS consultant in the Washington DC area where she led numerous federal environmental projects and Superfund site cleanups. She also worked for Dominion Energy as an industrial hygienist. 

Shane Stephens, Founder and Chief Development Officer, FirstElement Fuel, Inc.

Dr. Shane Stephens is a Founder of FirstElement Fuel Inc. and serves as the company’s Chief Development Officer.  FirstElement Fuel operates the world’s largest Network of retail hydrogen stations under its True Zero brand. Shane has helped create and grow the company’s hydrogen station network by overseeing the company’s government relations program, including local permitting for more than 39 retail hydrogen stations, business development activities, and raising private and public capital totaling more than $100 Million.  Shane is deeply committed to the advancement of clean energy, particularly the electrification of the automobile and the successful launch of fuel cell electric vehicles as a way to combat climate change, air pollution, and the world’s overall addiction to petroleum.  Shane brings vast experience as a scientist and thought leader in the clean energy space from his time spent previously at UC Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program, the National Fuel Cell Research Center and The White House.

Moderator:  Greg Dalton, Founder and Host, Climate One 

Greg Dalton founded Climate One at The Commonwealth Club in 2007 after traveling to the Russian Arctic on a global warming symposium with climate scientists and journalists. Today Climate One produces a weekly radio show broadcast on public stations in California and across the country in addition to a podcast that is heard around the world. Greg also hosts a monthly TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.

Climate One is the only regular talk show that engages high-level leaders from business, policy, advocacy and academic circles in a conversation about building sustainable economies, resilient communities and a healthier future. Past guests include science icon Jane Goodall, music legend Graham Nash, former Vice President Al Gore, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, Tea Party co-founder Debbie Dooley, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly, GM Chairman Dan Akerson, Ford Motor Co. Chairman Bill Ford, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and many other leaders.

Greg previously was a journalist for 12 years covering news in Beijing, Vancouver, New York and San Francisco for the Associated Press, South China Morning Post, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and Industry Standard magazine.