By Philadelphia Business Journal

Laurie Actman has been chosen by Pennsylvania State University to head the center for researching and applying technology to improve the energy efficiency of buildings that it runs at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

Actmanâ¿¿s title is deputy director for management and administration for the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, which is a consortium of academic institutions, federal laboratories, businesses, regional economic-development agencies and other organizations that Penn State received a $122 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to set up. The cluster has gotten nearly $160 million in federal and state grants.

Actman had been the director of strategic partnerships and public policy for Viridity Energy, an energy-management technology company that recently moved to Philadelphia from Conshohocken. Prior to that, she worked as a policy consultant for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, helping the city launch its first sustainability office and create the Metropolitan Caucus, whose members are elected officials from Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

Actman has a masterâ¿¿s degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina and a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University.

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Clusterâ¿¿s press release on her appointment is here.

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