San Diego entrepreneur and environmental advocate to head clean energy nonprofit
The board of directors for the nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) announce the appointment of Lawrence (Larry) E. Goldenhersh as the organization’s president. Goldenhersh, a San Diego software entrepreneur, environmental advocate and former CSE board member, succeeds current CSE President Len Hering, RADM, USN (ret.) who has resigned after five years of service to the organization. Goldenhersh brings to CSE 35 years of experience in the sustainability and environmental sectors in both for- and non-profit roles. Goldenhersh will serve as president through the completion of a national search for a successor president, which will be initiated by March 2018 and is expected to conclude by the end of 2018.
“I am extremely proud of CSE, its team and the positive change CSE creates for those we serve every day,” said Hering. “I look forward to leveraging the knowledge I have gained at CSE and applying my military experience toward solving the complex problems related to those challenges that future generations must address.”
In announcing the transition, CSE Board Chairman Nick Leibham said, “Len has played an essential role in the growth, development and success of the organization during the past five years. During that time, the organization has seen tremendous growth. Len has been responsible for growing the organization from a 62-person staff to one of over 150, opening 3 new offices, expanding business to 5 states and increasing annual revenues of $5.9 million to over $15 million today. CSE started as a regional organization and has grown into a nationally recognized leader for sustainable energy. Larry brings the experience, vision and passion to lead CSE into the future.”
“With more than 20 years’ experience delivering creative, market-transformation programs that accelerate the adoption of renewable energy solutions, CSE has been at the forefront of the clean energy revolution and the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Goldenhersh. “CSE brings the entrepreneurial spirit necessary to tackle the tough energy problems we face and I am delighted to be on board.”
In 1999, Goldenhersh founded Enviance, Inc., an environmental technology company, and served as its president and CEO until the company’s sale in 2015. Under his leadership, Enviance pioneered the use of the internet to provide environmental management software to industry and government. Enviance delivered a number of innovations including the first cloud-based system for greenhouse gas management and the first carbon “boot print” for the U.S. Army. Prior to founding Enviance, Goldenhersh was a partner at Irell & Manella, a Los Angeles law firm, where he specialized in commercial litigation, including environmental resource disputes.