Global Engineering Conference Announces Keynote Speakers: Rick Fedrizzi and Valentine Lehr

Dec 19, 2007


Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Valentine Lehr, senior partner, Lehr Consultants International, will be keynote speakers at the opening plenary for the 10th Global Engineering Conference sponsored by Carrier Corp., a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) and HPAC Engineering magazine. The conference will take place April 9-11, 2008, at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

"Carrier is thrilled to have Rick and Val as keynote speakers at the 10th Global Engineering Conference," noted Kelly Romano, president of Carrier Building Systems and Services. "Carrier and United Technologies have long been supporters of the U.S Green Building Council and we are excited to extend the synergy through this event."

Attended by global consulting and design engineers, the conference will focus on new technology and engineering topics in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry. The theme of the 10th Global Engineering Conference is designing and building for sustainability, with the goals of reducing environmental impact through reducing the consumption of non-renewable natural resources and by minimizing waste, and creating healthy, productive environments.

Speakers will discuss finding solutions that provide environmental, societal, and human benefits while reducing construction and operating costs. The solutions consider all project aspects including planning, design, construction, operation and decommissioning.

Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of USGBC since April 2004, has spearheaded a number of critical initiatives, including a major refinement of the LEED Rating System, and its extension into homes, schools and healthcare. The USGBC has grown to 70+ local chapters and more than 12,000 organizations representing millions of employees, stakeholders and communities.

In 2007, the Council advanced its agenda of outreach and education by working with the Clinton Global Initiative, the International Codes Council, and other national and international NGOs and trade associations.

Prior to his appointment, Fedrizzi was the founder and president of Green-Think, an environmentally focused marketing and communications consulting firm. He founded Green-Think after a distinguished 25-year career at United Technologies Corp. where he served as an in-house environmental marketing consultant.

Valentine Lehr is a recognized industry leader, educator, lecturer, and a published engineer. Licensed in 28 U.S. states and territories, Lehr is a chartered engineer in the United Kingdom and a licensed professional engineer in Australia. He is a senior partner of Lehr Consultants International and founding partner of its precursor formed in 1969.

Lehr is former president of the New York Association of Consulting Engineers, a fellow of ASHRAE and ASCE, and member of NSPE, AWWA, ASPE, and ASSE. He also serves on the board of trustees of Manhattan College, LaSalle Academy and the newly formed East New York Academy Charter School. In addition to lecturing at numerous colleges and universities, Lehr is an adjunct professor at New York University and has been on its faculty since 1968.

Lehr’s experience covers projects on six continents. Noted for innovation in high-rise construction, hotel design and master planning of complex projects, he is also dedicated to environmentally responsive sustainable design and has led the design efforts in numerous award winning environmental projects.

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About Carrier Corp.
Carrier Corp., headquartered in Farmington, Conn., is the world’s largest provider of heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. With 2006 revenues of $13.5 billion, Carrier has approximately 41,000 employees worldwide and operations in more than 170 countries. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp., a Hartford, Connecticut-based provider of products and services to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. Visit for more information.

About HPAC Engineering
HPAC Engineering is part of Penton Media Inc., the largest independent business-to-business media company in the U.S., serving more than six million business professionals every month. HPAC Engineering is a family of in-print, on-line and in-person media devoted to helping buildings professionals, including engineers, architects, mechanical contractors and building managers and owners, design and specify mechanical systems for new and existing commercial, industrial, institutional and government buildings. For additional information on HPAC Engineering, visit For more information on Penton, headquartered in New York City, visit

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