For two decades Douglas L. Faulkner has been a leader in expanding the global use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. His latest venture, Jacob’s Ladder Energy Group, is helping houses of worship cut their energy and water bills. The company’s approach reflects actual volunteer experiences at his own United Methodist church in Arlington, VA:

  • Mr. Faulkner formed and is now leading, with the company’s co-founder advising, a new “Cut Utilities Expenses” task force, after consulting with his pastor and lay leaders.
  • The task force first assessed the state of the facility and its history of energy and water use then set reasonable project priorities. Its first year of operation saw budget savings, using special memorial funds to start replacing the several hundred light bulbs as well as to add pipe insulation and thermostat timers; some long-standing energy practices were changed, too.
  • To inform the congregation and build support for the effort, he has: written for the church bulletin; provided regular updates to church committees; and, spoken to the annual Charge Conference.
  • As a long-time member of the Finance Committee, he successfully advocated for a small new budget line-item in the second year and begun exploring possible outside sources of funding.
He is also President and Founder of Leatherstocking LLC, a clean-technology advisory firm that draws inspiration and its name from the classic early-American frontier novels by James Fenimore Cooper. The firm provides strategic guidance on sustainable partnerships where politics, diplomacy, trade, technology, finance and science overlap.

  • He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ag Innovation Development Group and Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Washington, D.C. chapter.
  • The e-publication, “Biofuels Digest”, carries his column, “The Cleantech Conservative” and “Marine Renewable Energy” e-daily has published his commentary, “Looking at America’s Waterfront from the Inside Out”. He regularly speaks on green energy issues.
  • He is affiliated with DSI Global View to find financing and strategic partners for clients.
  • Governor McDonnell appointed Mr. Faulkner to the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority.
His federal government career spanned almost thirty years, both as a career civil servant and finally, in several senior political assignments for President George W. Bush:

  • At the Department of Energy, he was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and, at the Department of Agriculture, served as both Deputy Under Secretary and Acting Under Secretary for the Office of Rural Development.
  • His stewardship atop both organizations resulted in significant cost savings and better management practices.
  • He fixed a broken system for setting appliance standards to save energy in new consumer and industrial equipment; oversaw the “Energy Star” program; directed new voluntary energy efficiency standards with industry; and, started a new national public education campaign to save energy in the wake of devastating Gulf hurricanes.
  • He led the negotiating team for the landmark Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill; co-led the development of the first comprehensive National Biofuels Action Plan; represented Agriculture on the U.S.-Brazil Presidential biofuels initiative, the Global BioEnergy Partnership and the interagency hydrogen fuel cell task force; and, shepherded new Presidential initiatives in bioenergy, hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy.
  • He testified before Congress and spoke to green energy audiences at home and abroad.
  • The Secretary of Energy honored Mr. Faulkner with his own award for excellence. He also served as a senior policy advisor to two previous Secretaries of Energy.

Mr. Faulkner earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. As a Rotary Foundation scholar, he attended the University of Singapore. Mr. Faulkner now lives in Arlington, Virginia, where he volunteers in his community. Both he and his son are Eagle Scouts.