Sol Salinas

Managing Director, Accenture Digital and Global Lead, Accenture Smart Cities

Sol Salinas is the Global Leader of Accenture’s Smart Cities practice and a North America Sustainability Practice Leader. He is a globally recognized Smart Cities and Sustainability expert with over 25 years of experience. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of a global Smart Cities offering and alliances with global Internet of Things (IoT) providers. He is involved with and often directly oversees the work of multi-disciplinary teams supporting Accenture’s work with public sector clients across North America and throughout the world. As part of this effort, he leads Accenture’s digital work representing the company in various Public Private Partnerships with the cities and various other public and private entities that intend to rapidly advance smart city development.

In addition, Sol’s responsibilities extend to helping expand Accenture’s sustainability presence across the US federal government, Health and Public Service (H&PS), Retail, Consumer Goods, Light Industrial, and Energy sectors globally. He has had overall program direction for various sustainability clients in North America and globally, with annual revenues exceeding $100 million, including the US Department of Energy (DOE), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US General Services Administration (GSA), the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the World Bank- International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and various global commercial strategy and sustainability clients. 

Prior to joining the Accenture, Mr. Salinas was Founder and CEO of Blue Dot Environmental Consulting, a minority-owned small business specializing in strategic sustainability consulting.  Mr. Salinas is a corporate sustainability subject-matter specialist with 25 years of experience in his field, 15 of which were spent in executive positions with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  He was one of the founders of US EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and managed its growth from 1991 to 2005. He also served as Assistant Office Director of the US EPA Office of International Affairs where he managed international environmental programs in the areas of air, toxics, and water, including establishment of long-term program direction and financial operations. Specifically, Mr. Salinas developed and implemented a number of multilateral and bilateral public-private collaborations that served to advance US government international environmental priorities in the areas of climate change, mercury, and safe drinking water and sanitation. In the area of climate change, one notable success included leading a team of international program managers, policy experts, and communications professionals who helped support the US government’s launch of  the Methane to Markets Partnership, a highly successful international public-private partnership to help reduce methane emissions that contribute to climate change. Similarly, in the area of toxics, he designed The Global Partnership for Mercury Management in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining, an international public-private partnership to reduce exposure to mercury from small scale mining activities. In the area of water, Mr. Salinas oversaw the US EPA’s global water and sanitation portfolio. As part of that, he helped launch the Water Safety Action Network, a multilateral private-public partnership designed to promote the use of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Water Safety Plan concept in an effort to align resources of developed countries and donor institutions with the needs of developing countries.

Mr. Salinas holds a joint MA/MBA (minor) from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School of Journalism and Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business as well as a BS and a BA from George Mason University. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three remaining school-aged children.

 

Tuesday, October 1
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm • Smart City Project Financing: Choosing the P3 Structure that is Right for Youstage
Sit in on this engaging fireside chat as project developers and financiers take a deep dive into the bringing a smart city deal to fruition. Topics to be addressed in include how to anticipate technology changes, the legal and tax mechanisms available and how to determine which ones are appropriate as well as the pros and cons of various P3 structures.
Wednesday, October 2
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm • Workshop: Financing 3.0—Making Your Smart City Project a Reality with Federal, State, Local, Private and Crowd-Sourced Resources
In this interactive workshop, join legal and financing experts who will walk through use cases of various financing structures and funding programs such as those offered by the Small Business Administration, the Department of Agriculture, State grants as well as PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing. Other topics will include private sector financing options including Opportunity Zone Funds, Impact Funds, EB-5 and Crowd Funding.