AEP State Conference
Opening Keynote Speaker
Monday, March 24, 2014
Aaron Klemm, CEM, LEED AP

Aaron Klemm has over 15 years experience in energy management and sustainability.  He is a graduate of Prescott College with a Bachelors degree in Sustainable Community Development and an MBA from CSU Long Beach.  He currently serves as the Energy Project Manager for the City of Huntington Beach where he has saved over $750,000 in utility costs, installed 2.13 Megawatts of solar capacity and led the first Orange County city to reach Gold partner status with SCE.  
Aaron is So Cal Gas Company’s 2010 energy efficiency champion (the only other winners are Ed Begley Jr. and Art Rosenfeld) and the Huntington Beach June 2011 Mayor’s award.
Keynote Luncheon Speaker
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Charles Lester, Executive Director, California Coastal Commission

Charles Lester is the fourth Executive Director to lead the California Coastal Commission since its creation in 1972. Prior to his appointment in September, 2011, Charles served as the Senior Deputy Director of the Commission, holding that position since 2006. He has been working at the Commission since 1997. Previously, Dr. Lester was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, teaching environmental law and policy, and focusing on public lands governance and coastal zone management.

Dr. Lester received his Ph.D in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he earned his J.D. at Boalt Hall School of Law and a B.A. in Geochemistry from Columbia University.