Jack serves as co-chair of the Standards Working Group, Energy Practitioner Network, UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Climate Institute and as Senior Associate of the Stella Group, Ltd. The Stella Group is a strategic marketing and policy firm leveraging projects utilizing advanced batteries and controls, energy efficiency, fuel cells, heat engines, microgeneration, microhydropower, modular biomass, photovoltaics, solar thermal systems and small wind technologies. Mr. Werner served as Director of the District of Columbia Government Energy Office from 2007 to 2009 (and as deputy director 1979-89) managing a budget of over $75 million and a staff of more than 70. From 1996-2007 he was an Independent Consultant and a Senior Policy Associate at the Climate Institute (CI). During that period he was a project member on a number of CI international projects, including the Global Sustainable Energy Islands Initiative (GSEII) and an assessment of Pakistan’s utility structure. He was project director for the CI on contracts with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, LBL National Laboratory, EPA, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebuild America Program. Also, he was part-time Intergovernmental Affairs Director of the New Uses Council, an organization of the biomass technology community, serving as project director for a USDA project to analyze incentive models to accelerate commercialization and adoption of biobased products and biofuels.
From 1989-1996 he was Business Director/Director of Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development for Public Technology, Inc., a non-profit 175-city/county-membership organization created as the RD&D arm of U.S. cities and counties and their national associations. He worked with elected officials and their staff to develop public/private partnerships; and to design and implement energy, environment, transportation and economic growth projects and the Sustainable Communities program.
He has conducted a number of energy and climate assessments and technology transfer programs, designed sustainability indices, been an energy team leader for green design charrettes, and administered joint public/private funding projects.
Mr. Werner has a B.A. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Masters Degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. His publications include Local Government Sustainable Buildings Guidebook: Environmentally Responsible Building Design and Management (with USGBC); Cities and Counties: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally-Sustainability in Action; Financing Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Public and Private Financing Options for Energy Efficiency Measures and Renewable Energy in County-Owned Buildings; Economic Evaluation Guide for Alternative Transportation Fuels; and Greening the Fleet.
He served on the founding steering committees of the American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI); and was a principal founder and board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO). North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), and the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC). He is an ANSI and an IREC/ISPQ Registered Assessor.