Lee Stevens brings innovative approaches to sustainability.

Lee Stevens - President

Lee Stevens focuses on resource productivity as a strategy to enhance sustainability.

In energy planning and management, she combines the ENERGY STAR® For Buildings and Plants methodology with her finance and marketing background.

Since 2008, Lee develops programs for clients to enhance resource efficiency and maximize financial targets. In 2016, Lee added solutions to address water-energy- food nexus as defined by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.

Lee believes investments in energy, water and total resource efficiency can be evaluated in a similar manner to any capital projects using discounted cash flow analysis, risk/return analysis; the same due diligence, adjustments for risks and time value of money must be applied. In addition, performance, financial and other commercial risks must be assessed for any resource efficiency project in accordance with capital investment analysis.

Her interest in water productivity and water-energy nexus has led her to incorporate water efficiency strategies and solutions in her consulting work. Lee began in 2007 with combined water-energy-chemical efficiency solution using ozone-based technology. She recommends the US EPA WaterSense program to her clients needing water-saving devices inside and outside of buildings.

As a subcontractor to Emerging Technologies Associates, Inc. (ETA), Kingport was involved in the following projects:

  • Develop marketing plan and public outreach for resource efficient technologies,
  • Assessment of energy efficiency of several clients‘ real estate portfolios and sustainability.
  • In 2016, consult on an RFP for district-wide energy efficiency projects of the San Diego Unified School under for Proposition 39 energy efficiency projects.
  • Since 2015, consult on strategic energy and water management plan for VA San Diego Healthcare System while assisting with the System’s receipt of eight ENERGY STAR Awards since 2010 ( https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=labeled_buildings.showProfile&profile_id=1022452 )

The ENERGY STAR- labeled hospital is one of several hospitals that Lee has assisted with the ENERGY STAR approach to energy management and plan.

Lee’s work with Sharp Healthcare System contributed to ETA being recognized by US EPA on their website with the publication of a success story on the ENERGY STAR website at, https://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/downloads/Success_Story_ETA.pdf

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center received its first ENERGY STAR Award in 2009 with Lee’s help. In 2012, VA Loma Linda Medical Center also received an ENERGY STAR award after its energy performance was verified by ETA. As a result of the energy benchmarking projects though the joint effort of Kingport and ETA with several ENERGY STAR Partners, ETA was awarded Outstanding Achievement as an ENERGY STAR Service Provider.

Lee joined San Diego-based Emerging Technologies Associates in 2008 as a project coordinator on energy efficiency assessment projects for San Diego Gas & Electric & Company, the San Diego - based utility company. She participated in an assessment of a Direct Digital Occupancy-based Control of Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning systems for hotel guest rooms. Having performed a previous assessment for an international hotel chain and a developer of extended stay corporate housing, Lee was able to bring her knowledge of the technology and hotel management needs to ensure the completion of the project. More information on the results of the study by California Lighting Technology Center(CLTC) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are published in the California Energy Commission webpage, and CLTC ‘s website.

Lee began working with the ENERGY STAR® program in 2007. Using the energy performance benchmarking methodology, she has designed simple strategic plans allowing the roll out of energy and water management strategies and programs for her clients. Many of her clients have been successful at reducing their energy use with Lee's help in establishing quantifiable baselines in their buildings' consumption. Five buildings totaling three million square feet, excluding parking, received the ENERGY STAR labels since 2009. She adopted the "whole building" approach used by the program to help clients use energy more efficiently, to train two large hospital groups as well as a Fortune 100 client on the ENERGY STAR program and its benefits.

Lee assisted Emerging Technologies Associates, Inc. in energy performance benchmarking training of clients and San Diego Gas & Electric customers in seminars at the Energy Innovation Center. Lee and Daryl DeJean designed the curriculum and course materials and taught six seminars on the basics of a building energy performance; in addition, Lee created the curriculum for five other seminars on best practices, tools and resources to reduce energy use for small to medium size businesses, organizations, government agencies and service providers throughout San Diego County. Lee benchmarked 98 buildings for a total of 13.9 million square feet with attendees in hands on seminars.

The three investor-owned California utility companies and other stakeholders engaged Daryl DeJean, founder of Emerging Technologies Associates Inc. and Lee to develop and teach the Market Drivers and Project Financing curriculum for the statewide training and certification program, The California Advanced Lighting Control Training Program (CALCTP). The CALCTP program created for the electrical contracting industry has received national recognition as an innovative Green Workforce Development initiative and was awarded in January 2010 a Federal Grant to expand the program beyond the State of California. Lee developed and taught the " Financing Energy Efficiency Projects" module of the course statewide from 2009 until 2016.

In 2011, Daryl DeJean of Emerging Technologies Associates Inc. and Lee Stevens were retained by the Labor Management Cooperation Committee of IBEW-NECA California to create a training program for business sales executives to sell energy efficiency projects. The training project was followed by a statewide outreach to all members and public relations and marketing campaign to all stakeholders to build awareness of CALCTP with building owners and other stakeholders and increase adoption of advanced lighting technologies across CA.

Lee worked in 2010 with The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT in tracking its energy performance to determine the benefits of a total LED lighting retrofit with the first generation of the emerging lighting technology. The benchmarking verified the energy savings of multiple measures from changes in staff’s best practices to lighting and HVAC retrofits. The Museum was recognized by ENERGY STAR in a Success Story published on ENERGY STAR website.

In 2007, she assisted Hilton Hotels Corporation in evaluating and implementing a new ozone based technology that saves water, natural gas, electricity and supplies at the same time in a pilot test at Hilton Minneapolis: the technology was adopted by the chain as a potential energy efficiency technology.

Lee was interviewed for an article published in the Sacramento Business Journal entitled “Room (for greener) service” by Robert Celaschi June 20, 2008, at the request of University of California Davis - California Lighting Technology Center, to describe trends in the adoption of energy efficiency technologies in the hotel industry.

Lee was named the first New Product Development Manager for Bank of America World Banking Division in 1984 and led several successful new product introductions globally working with account managers on turning existing one off bank transactions into entire products.  In her capacity as Vice President in charge of New Product Development at Bank of America Strategic Planning & Development Department, she was instrumental in developing strategic new products and systems that gave the Bank a competitive advantage upon the deregulation of the financial services industry. Lee and her colleagues reviewed new product ideas from Bank of America's entire World Banking Division and selected products that fit strategically in the Bank's growth and profitability objectives. She coordinated teams of project managers from Management Information Systems, stock brokerage, operations departments and line managers. She managed market surveys, product training and presentation that are critical in product launches. Several of the financial systems that she helped bring to market are still in use. The Integrated Overdraft Credit Facilities and Customer Initiated Automated Remote Letter of Credit System that is used globally by banks, originated from the new product development projects that New Product Development Manager at Bank of America Strategic Planning Group in San Francisco. Due to the strategic nature of Product Management, her area was headed by one of the Executive Vice President reporting directly to the CEO of the Bank. This allowed Lee to look at the entire bank and its product portfolio strategically deriving key sub-strategies for entries into niche markets that heretofore were overlooked by the Bank.

The product strategies also required a realignment of marketing groups to common goals to ensure the successful launches of new products or re-positioning of existing products.

As a member of the team sent to Seattle to develop the Pacific Northwest market, Lee worked with the Bank's senior management during the acquisition of Seafirst Bank in migrating new banking products between parent and subsidiary while helping facilitate the merging of different corporate cultures: the acquisition was one of Bank of America's most profitable and successful acquisitions. While with First Interstate Bank's Merchant Banking Group, Lee developed creative relationship-enhancing strategies with key Fortune 500 companies.

Lee received her Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, Mass. and her Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York in 1976. As an undergraduate Biology major, she has a keen interest in the use of applied science to improve the standard of living for all and maximize resource productivity globally.

Lee was a voting member of Product Development Management Association (PDMA) and participate in PDMA Los Angeles conferences where she continued to develop strategies for launching emerging resource efficient technologies.

Lee joined as a voting member ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability, Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and Committee D18 on Soil and Rock from 2009 to 2017. She co-authored and presented a paper entitled “How ASTM E06.81 Standards Promote a Meeting of the Minds”. The paper was published in August 2014.

In April 2009, Lee Stevens participated in the Workshop Toward Product Standards for Sustainability organized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) with the support of the US EPA. The workshop brought together 340 stakeholders representing standard developing organizations, consortia, industry, government and consumer groups to focus on issues related to sustainability and environmental performance standards for products.

With today's consumers shopping with sustainability in mind, the concepts of green and socially responsible being subject to many interpretations. 'Government, industry and consumers are all looking for product standards and criteria to help establish uniform technical requirements, methods, processes, and practices that address sustainability' according to ANSI. The Workshop brought together stakeholders to share insight into the market drivers and identify key gaps and define the roles of product standards in sustainability.

The workshop offered a neutral venue where all interested stakeholders can engage in discussions that will support and facilitate the timely development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products. 240 individuals attended in person during the two-day workshop, and nearly 100 more participated by teleconference and webinar. ASTM International and ANSI collaborates on such global standards setting initiatives.

In 2008, Lee participated in the first Green Meetings Initiative led by the US Environmental Protection Agency and Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC). The Green Meeting Industry Council, the Convention Industry Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, and ASTM International joined forces in 2008 to develop universal environmental standards for the meetings and convention industry.