Net-Zero Advisors


Improving operational effectiveness and resiliency

with more efficient energy, water and waste solutions





Net-Zero Advisors (NZA) is a not-for-profit working group advancing disaster-relief, humanitarian, peacekeeping and stability operational efficiency in austere and remote environments. NZA contributes by facilitating collaborative government-industry partnerships to solve technology and deployment challenges. By improving communications, aiding in the development of strategic plans, promoting new technology adoption, and developing and managing programs that have enduring and positive impact, NZA is helping shape a more responsive NetZero community.

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Michelle Klassen - Net-Zero Advisors Program Director

Michelle Klassen is President of LkM Solutions, which facilitates the progress and adoption of key products, while bridging the gaps between what the end-users need and what the product designers manufacture, as well as identifying & opening new market opportunities for clients, as well as driving policy to enable the adoption of smart, affordable and readily available technologies.

Klassen began her career in humanitarian aid and non-profit management, working in the developing world. Since 2008, Klassen has worked to expand the adoption of clean energy technologies, with specialities in turnkey beyond-the-grid projects, energy storage and power management technologies. Most recently, Klassen led ZeroBase Energy’s customer and solutions teams in the Pacific Rim, Defense & Security, Sub-saharan Africa and Emergency & Disaster response. Business development experience ranges from foreign and domestic defense organizations, to utilities and ministries of energy in the developing world.

Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr.

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr. is Chairman of the non-partisan Stimson Center in Washington, DC. He was U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs from 2001-2005. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89), among other policy positions in the Departments of State and Defense beginning in 1981. Author or editor of two books and many articles, a graduate of Harvard College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he is also President of Palmer Coates LLC and non-Attorney Senior Advisor to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Having promoted renewable energy innovation for military, government, commercial and development users for seven years, Mr. Bloomfield supports sustainable solutions as Strategic Advisor to Seatrec, Inc. ( among other affiliations, and as a Director and National Executive Committee Member of the U.S. Water Partnership (

William Garland

William Garland is CEO of Connect9 Solutions, a match maker between organizations with challenging requirements and with people and technologies which can address those problems timely and efficiently.  In 2011, C9S developed the Army’s Energy to the Edge strategy and executed the program for the US Army Rapid Equipping Force (REF) from 2011 - 2014. Prior to founding C9S, Garland served in the US Army for 22 years as an Infantry Officer and then as an Acquisition Officer. He has served in a number of innovative DoD programs within the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), US Army RDECOM and the US Army Rapid Equipping Force.

Anthony Ripley

Anthony Ripley served at the leading edge of energy technology innovation in the Department of Defense. Having served three years on a special staff to the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps in the Expeditionary Energy Office as the Science and Technology Lead, Ripley drove innovation in power and water technology development for the Marine Corps. He routinely collaborated with industry and many government organizations to include: DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the Office of Naval Research, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Navy Research Laboratory, Department of Energy, ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy), Naval Surface Warfare Centers, Army, Navy, and congressional staffs, in developing, capturing funding for, and managing innovative technologies. Ripley is recognized for technologies such as the award winning Joint Infantry Company Prototype program. He earned numerous awards for his small office, to include: Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Technology of the Year, Fast Company- World’s Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Energy, Edison Award, Business Intelligence Group (BIG) Innovation Award and the Secretary of the Navy Innovation Award. Ripley excels in connecting industry with government and providing targets of opportunity for funding. He holds a MS in management and a certificate in Energy.

Jaron Rothkop

Mr. Rothkop is President of The Last Kilometer, a not-for-profit focused on clean energy policy and technology, and CTO of ZeroBase Energy, a leading designer and manufacturer of solar hybrid power systems and clean energy microgrids for governments and commercial / industrial customers. Prior to ZeroBase he was a technology consultant and director of a consulting practice at J.D. Power and Associates. From 1995 - 2007, he held management positions with a supplier to the global automotive industry and was responsible for building and operating new R&D, product development, marketing, cost reduction, quality and manufacturing divisions. He began his career developing software applications to speed up design and manufacturing lead times. He has served as an adjunct professor at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University.

Harold Sanborn

Harold Sanborn is an Energy Program manager at the US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) located in Champaign, IL. He leads initiatives in joint service installation energy projects, technology demonstrations, and micro-grid design and sustainment projects. His focus includes enabling renewable generation resources to contribute to energy security on military installations. His signature program recently completed was the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) The SPIDERS JCTD leveraged his ability and willingness to handle multifaceted novel contracting, joint service fiscal management, and excellence in cyber secure energy controls for mission assurance. Sanborn holds a bachelors of science degree in public administration from Central Michigan University. He is also an honor graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course and the Army Management Staff College. For much of his 33 years in civil service, Harold also served as a Commissioned Officer trained in infantry and military intelligence. He currently is performing as a (JUN-DEC 1016) liaison to the Army Research Lab to increase the effectiveness of mutually sponsored research programs and outreach to academic institutions.

David Wilde

David Wilde is a Quality Assurance Professional working as a federal civilian for Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and President of DJWilde Consulting which is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business focusing on energy sustainability project development and operational energy training. In this role, Wilde manages and coordinates resources to execute all aspects of energy sustainability project development; including site assessments, project scope, quality assurance planning, execution and surveillance. Wilde served more than 28 years in the U. S. Air Force.  He worked in the aerospace jet fighter career field and engineering operations which he had recently retired in 2014.  Wilde is no stranger to quality assurance, having spent 9 years as the Chief Inspector of Quality Assurance developing metrics, policies and standards to ensure safety of flight for the F-15 aircraft.  Later transitioned to the Civil Engineering specialty, whereas he assumed responsibilities as an Operations Superintendent, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and later spent nearly 3 years performing duties at the U.S. Southern Command as the Operations Chief conducting program management for construction projects in Central America associated with humanitarian assistance, counter narcotics and exercise related construction. Prior to starting his energy consulting business, Wilde successfully developed an Operational Energy Program for SOUTHCOM, managing energy security programs requiring energy conservation and resiliency by authoring regulations and policies, engagements with foreign partners, future planning and  executed small renewable energy projects servicing  counter narcotics operations centers and fixed installations.  Concurrently, he is a federal civilian working for DCMA as a quality assurance auditor ensuring government contracts are executed according to defense federal acquisition regulations. Wilde is a qualified Production, Quality and Manufacturing auditor and holds a Level II certification from Defense Acquisition University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business from Excelsior College.

Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams retired from the US Navy in 2008, his final assignment was as Executive Officer Special Boat Team TWELVE preceded by assignments to serve as lead planner and representative to the National Counter Terrorism Center supporting interagency integration and the development of the National Implementation Plan for the War on Terror. In addition, Williams served the United States Special Operations Command, where he directed an Operations and Intelligence Fusion Cell supporting Central Command and led planning for global unattended sensors and technical tracking operations. He has numerous deployments in the Middle East, Europe and maintains a TS/SCI clearance. Williams specializes in and focuses on the identification of technologies and providing the mentorship, guidance and direction in developing solutions to respond to critical mission needs of the US Government its strategic partners and other industry prime integrator companies. He understands the federal procurement process and is expert in articulating capabilities, matching them to requirements and introducing ideas and deployable solutions to the customer and end user.  Williams has a vast network throughout the US Government, industry, and academia to ensure technologies and capabilities are recognized by the customer community as available resources and solutions to current requirements and future challenges.

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