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UK Minister of State, panel to talk 'green' jobs

United Kingdom Minister of State Gregory Barker will join a panel of business leaders from the UK and South Carolina Friday, April 1, at the Darla Moore School of Business for a panel discussion on the green economy.

Barker, a leader in the green economy in the UK will make opening remarks. The panel, titled “The Green Economy: Insights from the United Kingdom and South Carolina,” will take place 9 – 10:15 a.m. in Lumpkin Auditorium, located on the eighth floor of the Moore School. The University of South Carolina event is free and open to the public.

USC faculty members Dr. Andrew Spicer, an expert on international business and sustainability, and Cinnamon Carlarne, an expert on environmental law, will moderate.

Other panelists from the UK will include Emma Howard Boyd, director of Jupiter Asset Management Limited, and Bill Rumble, group commercial director of the Mark Group. South Carolina panelists will be Ashlie Lancaster, director of the Energy Office for the Budget and Control Board; Dave Davidson, manager of strategic business development and technology for Eaton Energy Solutions Business; Michael N. Couick, president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina; and Chris Markert, vice president and general manager, Energy Solutions - Americas, Southeast Region Johnson Controls Inc.

The event will be streamed live on the USC website, accessible online at

For more information about Minister Barker’s visit and the Moore School panel on the green economy, call 803-777-7311, email or visit In 2008, the Darla Moore School of Business adopted a new strategic direction, Sustainable Enterprise and Development. The Moore School is tackling the complexity of sustainability, both economic and social, through its teaching, research, outreach and leadership. For more information on this initiative, visit, and click “about.”

Gregory Barker, Minister of State, UK Department of Energy & Climate Change
Barker was appointed Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change in May 2010, having served as minister of the Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change since 2008. He led the passage of the Climate Change Bill through the House of Commons in 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party’s “Low Carbon Economy” green paper, launched in January 2009. He has served as a member of Parliament since 2001. His early career was in the field of finance and investment, having worked as corporate finance director for International Pacific Securities, an associate partner with the financial public relations firm Brunswick Group Ltd. and head of international investor relations for Sibneft, a Russian oil company.

Emma Howard Boyd, Jupiter Asset Management Limited
Jupiter is a well-known fund-management firm in UK’s investment industry. The company has a history of socially responsible investing (SRI) and manages several funds of this type. Boyd directs and manages Jupiter’s SRI business. She is an independent non-executive member of the UK’s Environment Agency Board and is a senior associate of the University of Cambridge’s Programme for Sustainability Leadership.

Bill Rumble, Mark Group
The Mark Group is the leading installer of energy-saving and insulation products to the domestic market worldwide, with operations based in the UK, Australia and North America. As group commercial director, Rumple oversees all aspects of sales, marketing and product development and innovation.

Ashlie Lancaster, SC Energy Office
Lancaster, a USC alumna, directs the state Energy Office at the Budget and Control Board, which administers the state’s energy program and serves as the principal energy planning entity for South Carolina.

Dave Davidson, Eaton Energy Solutions Business
Davidson manages the strategic business development and technology of Eaton’s consulting business to help clients solve problems through the development of smarter building solutions that include electrical distribution, solar and wind, plug-in electrical vehicle (PEV), heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting control, power quality and enterprise wide metering.

Michael Couick, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
A graduate of USC’s South Carolina Honors College and School of Law, Couick is president and CEO of The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, which represents the 1.5 million South Carolinians served by the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Couick is credited with fostering dialogue and forging partnerships between environmental and conservation groups and the cooperatives that balance electricity demands with environmental stewardship.

Chris Markert, Energy Solutions - Americas, Southeast Region Johnson Controls Inc.
With 27 years of experience in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry (HVAC&R), Markert has a successful track record as an entrepreneur and corporate executive. He began his career with Honeywell Inc., serving in a variety of jobs focused on energy and energy efficiency. Since joining Johnson Controls, he has received the prestigious Chairman’s Award three times for his contributions in significant business innovations and transformations.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 03/22/11 @ 5:05 PM | Updated: 03/30/11 @ 2:25 PM | Permalink

'The Green Economy'

  • What: Panel discussion featuring business leaders from South Carolina and the UK.
  • Who: Featured speaker is United Kingdom Minister of State Gregory Barker
  • When: Friday, April 1
  • Where: Lumpkin Auditorium

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