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Finance & Sustainability Colloquium: Mick Gilbert (BS ’87, MS ’90), Director of Energy & Sustainability at Fairstead Event Logo

Finance & Sustainability Colloquium: Mick Gilbert (BS '87, MS '90), Director of Energy & Sustainability at Fairstead

by Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (CSGE)


Tue, Mar 2, 2021

6:00 PM – 7:15 PM EST (GMT-5)

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NBA 6380: Finance & Sustainability Colloquium was launched 10 years ago to provide students the opportunity to hear in-depth presentations and engage with leaders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors who are on the cutting edge of the finance-sustainability domain. As sustainability (the simultaneous consideration and management of economic, social, and environmental outcomes) has become a dominant theme in the business community over the past 30 years, the course offers students the chance to develop deeper understanding of its impact on the finance profession and the impact the profession is having on companies to address sustainability goals. Cornell Tech MBA students interested in registering for the course should directly email the instructor, Mark Milstein, at with their name, program, student ID number, and NetID. Sessions are held Tuesdays, 6-7:15p. The class is a 1 credit hour, S/U course. This term’s speakers include:

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Michael Gilbert

Director of Energy & Sustainability


(Mick) Gilbert is Director of Energy & Sustainability at Fairstead where he leads the company’s initiatives around energy, water, waste, and connectivity across the entire portfolio of properties. He oversees a growing portfolio of approximately 140 buildings, where he is developing scores of solar, energy and water efficiency projects at most locations. He has spent his career working in cleantech, sustainability and energy for government, industry, startups, management consulting and utilities. Prior to joining Fairstead, was previously Manger of Business Development for Con Edison, one of the county’s largest investor owned utilities, serving over 10 million customers in New York City and Westchester with electricity, gas and steam. In this role, Michael developed project opportunities for energy efficiency, demand response, demand management, energy storage, distributed generation, customer resiliency, microgrids and electric vehicles. He was in a unique position from which to interact with building and business owners, technology developers, solution providers, financiers, and regulators.


Earlier in his career, he worked for the United States Environmental Protection Agency on both hazardous waste remediation and international development. He had work in and early-stage company commercializing a high-yield algae production system for biofuel and animal feed, and had spent several years as the energy and environmental manager for Pitney Bowes.


Michael holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, and is a frequent speaker on energy, sustainability and business topics.

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