2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium Sessions

Scroll down to access the presentations from the 2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium.  Please note that some panelists either did not use presentations or did not give DVGBC permission to post their presentations. 

Track | Community
It's Good and Good for All?: Building a Sustainable Food System that Works
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will highlight the what, where, and how of the sustainable food economy. Hear from suppliers, restaurateurs, and fair food system experts on lessons learned and how to make it happen successfully.  

Moderator: Monica Hennessy, Corporate Attorney | Otsuka America Pharmaceutical | Sustainable Cherry Hill Board Member

Nicole Marquis, Owner | HipCityVeg
Ann Karlen, Founding/Executive Director | Fair Food

From Pre-K to Higher Ed: Healthy, Green Schools in the Delaware Valley
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will provide a primer to healthy, green schools using case studies from the Philadelphia region spanning pre-K through higher education.  Following a brief introduction about the rationale and framework for Green Schools, each panelist will provide an overview of their school’s green initiatives.  Attendees will also learn about the opportunities and obstacles faced by schools as they take steps towards sustainability. See the presentation here

Moderator: Lori Braunstein, Director for Green Schools | Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Kathleen Grady, Director of Sustainability | Temple University
Molly Devinney, Gardens Program Coordinator | South Philadelphia High School, Lower Moyamensing Civic Association
Judy Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator | Westtown School

It takes a Community: The Role of Partnerships in Creating a Sustainable Future
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight how local governments are taking the lead in solving the sustainability challenges of the future by partnering with local communities.  Panelists will provide a brief overview of each individual program, using real world examples of how municipalities and neighborhoods are working together in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Attendees will learn strategies for improving community awareness and engagement in solving environmental challenges. See the presentation here

Moderator: Scott Downie, Principal | Spiezle Architectural Group | Sustainable Cherry Hill Board Member

Randy Solomon, Co-Director | Sustainable Jersey and The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey
Katherine Gajewski, Director | Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Seth Budick, Policy and Research Manager | Sustainable University City District

Track | Communication
Social Media for Sustainability: Leveraging Tools for Interaction and Transparency
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will provide an overview to assist sustainability professionals/advocates in using social media to get their messages out to targeted audiences for maximum impact.  Each panelist will share real world stories of the synergy between sustainability and social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and blogging.  Attendees will learn how to get started with social media and how to understand and measure results. See the presentation here

Moderator: Nicholas Davis, Managing Director - Americas | Agrion

Julie Hancher, Co-Founder & Author | Green Philly Blog
Marissa Rosen, Director of Social Media | Triple Pundit
Evan Urbania, CEO & Co-Founder | Chatterblast Media

Authors Session: Sustainability Thought Leaders Tell Their Stories
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight regional sustainability leaders who have taken the bold step to publish their stories or work.  From raising eco-conscious children to design education, each author has something  unique to add to the growing list of sustainability literature by offering their work to the public.  Attendees will learn the “behind the scenes” process of becoming a sustainability author- choosing a theme, telling the story, getting published and selling books.

Moderator: Casey Laughman | Trade Press Media Group

Paige Wolf, Founder | Paige Wolf Media & Public Relations
Robert Fleming, Associate Professor | Philadelphia University
Kevin Hydes, President & CEO | Integral Group

Managing Risk: Climate Change, CSR, and Sustainability
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight the growing connection between risk assessment and sustainability through the lens of both the insurers and the insured. Panelists will explore the basic elements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and its impact on risk management.  Attendees will learn how large insurers are starting to pay attention to climate change when pricing and managing risk.

Moderator: Michael W. Anderson, US Construction Industry Practice Leader | Marsh

Andi Schoppa, Senior Risk Engineering Consultant | Zurich Services Corporation
Cope Willis, Director | PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chris Rose, Midwestern Regional Construction Manager | AIG


Track | Water
Urban Stormwater Management: Philly, Camden, and Beyond
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will showcase innovative urban stormwater management solutions using current research and case studies from major east coast cities in the region.  Panelists will highlight the key components of their respective programs and discuss how they address the unique challenges of the urban environment.  Attendees will learn about green stormwater infrastructure and how businesses and residents can get involved with and support stormwater management efforts in the region.

Moderator: Brenda Gotanda, Partner | Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox

Andy Kricun, Executive Director | Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority - See Andy's presentation here
Christine Knapp, Director of Strategic Partnerships | Philadelphia Water Department - See Christine's presentation here
Robert Traver, Director of Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership | Villanova University - See Robert's presentation here

Green Roofs & Living Walls: What's Innovative in the Region?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will showcase state of the art projects in the tri-state region and offer a primer of the benefits and challenges of green roofs and living walls. Local professionals will consider how larger economic and environmental trends impact the movement.  Attendees will also learn about project maintenance, life cycle ROI and cost per square foot. See the presentation here

Moderator: Jon Jensen, Technical Consultant | MaGrann Associates

Charlie Miller, President | Roofmeadow
Micah Shapiro, Co-Founder & Landscape Architect | Urban Ecoforms
Bill Foley, Sustainable Technology Specialist | Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

Reclaiming our Rivers: Schuylkill, Delaware and others
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight the ecological, economic, and societal roles that rivers in the Delaware Valley play through the lens of city residents, the general public, conservationists and developers.  Panelists will offer insights into the current usages and environmental state of the region’s rivers, as well as updates on exciting improvement projects that foster both economic growth and ecological improvement in the region. Attendees will learn about the opportunities and challenges of balancing the needs of everyone using the rivers.

Moderator: Dave Kitts, VP - Environment | Mannington

Joseph Syrnick, President & CEO | Schuylkill River Development Corporation
Lizzie Woods, Planner & Product Manager | Delaware River Waterfront Corporation
Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper | Delaware Riverkeeper Network


Track | Innovation
Let there be Light!: Latest Innovations in Residential & Commercial Lighting
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will offer the latest trends in residential and commercial lighting from the region’s top professional designers and contractors.  Panelists will highlight state of the art projects that illustrate challenge of balancing functionality, aesthetics, and economics when designing lighting upgrades. Attendees will also learn the financial implication of lighting, including life cycle payback and state/federal incentives. See the presentation here

Moderator: Tom Myers, Director, Commercial Real Estate Solutions | Lutron Electronics

Emily Schapira, Chief Operations Officer | Aelux
Marcelo Rouco, CEO | Ecosave
Andrea Hauber, Specification Sales Representative | Illuminations, Inc.
Shannon Kaplan | In Posse

Big Data: Implications for Sustainability and Green House Gases
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight the trend towards using big data to track sustainability metrics and green house gases.  Panelists will offer case studies of real world tools, such as U.S. Green Building Council’s GBIG and Greenprint to illustrate the power of big data to track and disseminate information. Attendees will also learn about the practical implications of having all that data.

Moderator: Susan Wachter, Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management, Professor of Real Estate and Finance | University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Chris Pyke, Vice President of Research | U.S. Green Building Council
Helen Gurfel, Executive Director, Greenprint | ULI
Russell Manson, Professor of Computational Science | The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

LEED Grows Up: Measuring Progress from 1993 to v4
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight how LEED has evolved since its inception twenty years ago from the perspective of its creators, LEED-accredited professionals, and end users.  Panelists will explore the LEED trends in the tri-state region, the new LEED V4 and the innovative Dynamic Plaque.  Attendees will learn how to connect with resources for LEED education, how to streamline the certification process and understand who is setting trends in the region. See the presentation here

Moderator: Nancy Cleveland, Co-Founder & Principal | Resonate

Doug Gatlin, Vice President, Market Development | U.S. Green Building Council
Max Zahniser, Owner, CEO | Praxis | Building Solutions
Ilana Judah, Director of Sustainability | FXFOWLE Architects
Michael Pavelsky, Associate, Sustainability Director | The Sheward Partnership, LLC


Track | Users
Supply Chain Management: The Untapped Potential of Buying Power
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will highlight the growing influence of environmental awareness on supply chain management.  Panelists will explore the challenges and opportunities presented as companies respond to consumer interest and awareness in sustainability and climate change.  Attendees will learn about the connection between improved environmental performance and financial gain and how this attention to supply chains can result in improved operational efficiencies overall. See the presentation here

Moderator: Tad Radzinski, President | Sustainable Solutions Corporation

Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental Strategy | Office Depot
Aaron Smith, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions | ASSA ABLOY
Kevin Lyons, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management & Marketing Sciences | Rutgers University

Commercial Interiors: Can Indoor Spaces Be Beautiful, Green and Healthy?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight the exciting trend towards creating beautiful, sustainable, and healthy commercial spaces in the U.S.  Panelists will offer the latest innovations in space planning, materials and indoor environmental quality.  Attendees will learn about the challenge of balancing functionality, comfort, aesthetics and health when designing commercial space. 

Moderator: Steve Kooy, Global Sustainability Manager | Haworth

George Wilson, Principal | Meyer Design, Inc. - See George's presentation here
Roby Isaac, Creative Manager, Commercial Hard Services | Mannington - See Roby's presentation here
Holly Williamson, Director of Design | NELSON

Tenant Sustainability Engagement: Strategies for Achieving Mutual Goals
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will explore the evolving and complex relationship of owners and tenants in reaching sustainability and financial goals in commercial buildings. Panelists will offer insights on measuring success, techniques for tenant education, and split incentives.  Attendees will learn about the opportunities of working together to achieve these mutual goals and also to be aware of obstacles such as unrealistic expectations and lack of control. See the presentation here

Moderator: Brad Molotsky, Executive VP & General Counsel | Brandywine Realty Trust

Megan Maltenfort, Sustainability Manager | VWR
Lisa Mize, Senior Vice President, Property Management and Construction Services | Shorenstein
Will Teichman, Director of Sustainability | Kimco Realty
Sara Neff, Vice President, Sustainability | Kilroy Realty Corporation


Track | Sites
Green Building & Historic Preservation: Tapping the Synergies of Shared Values
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will use Philadelphia as a lens through which to explore the complex relationship that exists between green building and historic preservation.  Panelists will offer case studies that reveal the synergies of sustainability and preservation, emphasizing which historic design concepts we should carry forward into a sustainable future.  Attendees will learn the latest innovations in green historic renovations and where this trend is headed. 

Moderator: Kristen Suzda, Sustainability Coordinator and Project Architect | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Bryan Hanes, Founding Principal | Studio|Bryan Hanes - See Bryan's presentation here
John Cluver, Director of Historic Preservation | Voith & Mactavish Architects
Brad Randall, Principal | Bruce E. Brooks & Associates

Sustainable Affordable Housing: The Changing Image of Green
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight the growing understanding that green building is not just for the privileged.  Panelists will explore how this trend towards sustainable, healthy affordable housing addresses issues of social justice, economics and job training.  Attendees will learn about the obstacles for large scale deployment, whether occupant behavior change is occurring and more. 

Moderator: Mark MaGrann, President & CEO | MaGrann Associates

David Hahn, Director of Construction | Mission First Housing Group - See Dave's presentation here
Howard Steinberg, CFO | Onion Flats - See Howard's presentation here
Rose Gray, Vice President of Community & Economic Development | Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha - See Rose's presentation here

Sustainable Parking: Groundbreaking or Greenwashing?
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will explore the questions raised around the new trend of sustainable parking structures.  Panelists will consider whether advances in technology to save consumers time, energy and CO2 emissions are enough to offset the fact that they are, indeed, parking lots.  Attendees will learn about these innovations and others and how these structures compare to public transportation in terms of environmental impact. See the presentation here

Moderator: Abby O'Brien, Sales Manager | County Line Nurseries, Chair | DVGBC Board of Directors

Mark Gander, Principal Planner and Director of Urban Mobility and Development | AECOM
Rachel Yoka, Vice President, Strategic Business Planning and Sustainability | Timothy Haahs & Associates, Inc.
Paul Wessel, Executive Director | Green Parking Council


Track | Behavior Change
Green Building and Energy Certification/ Reporting: Demystifying the Alphabet Soup
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will offer an overview on the major certifications for green building, energy and sustainability.  Panelists will offer insights in deciphering  the differences between LEED, BREEM, Green Globes, Energy Star, DOE Asset Rating, FSC, SRI and more.  Attendees will learn how policy can drive adoption of these types of rating systems and how to achieve greater buy in from the commercial market. 

Moderator: Duane Desiderio, Senior Vice President & Counsel | Real Estate Roundtable

Deborah Cloutier, Principal | JDM Associates - See Deborah's presentation here
Mychele Lord, Founder | LORD Green Real Estate Strategies - See Mychele's presentation here
Ari Frankel, Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate | Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management

Life After Energy Star: A Case Study on Energy Savings Post Certification
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will provide real world examples of buildings that have mastered additional resource savings beyond that required of U.S. EPA’s Energy Star Certification.  Panelists will offer an overview of the certification process and insights into whether these additional improvements are replicable.  Attendees will learn innovative strategies for maximizing further energy reduction.

Moderator: Jean Lupinacci, Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch | U.S. EPA

Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist | National Resources Defense Council
Andrea Hidalgo, Senior Manager Commercial Buildings Practice | AtSite
David Borchardt, Chief Sustainability Officer | The Tower Companies

Disclosure Mandates and Codes: Driving Behavior Change through Policy
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight the latest advancements across the country at the local, state and national levels regarding energy benchmarking and disclosure policy.  To date, nine cites and two states have adopted this legislation and the panelists will address its impact, whether this is a national trend and if smaller towns and suburbs will follow.  Attendees will also get an update on Philadelphia’s first reporting deadlines and learn what will happen next.

Moderator: Caroline Keicher, Program Manager, Building Energy Performance Policy | Institute for Market Transformation - See Caroline's presentation here

Alex Dews, Program and Policy Manager | Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability
Bill Fay, Consultant | Alliance to Save Energy - See Bill's presentation here
Shari Shapiro, Partner | Cozen O'Connor - See Shari's presentation here


Track | Energy
Energy 101: Understanding Our Power Mix in the Delaware Valley
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will provide a primer on electricity supply in deregulated markets of the tri-state region, including recent market events and trends in renewable energy and natural gas generation. Panelists will discuss the ways in which people are navigating competitive choices, procuring electricity from sustainable sources, and integrating renewable energy with energy efficiency.

Moderator: Ken Kulak, Partner | Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Sandy Barber, Principal | EPEX, Inc. - See Sandy's presentation here
Andrew Bakey, Regional Sales Manager | PPL EnergyPlus - See Andrew's presentation here
Elena Alschuler, Program Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | U.S. Department of Energy - See Elena's presentation here
Scott Layne, Regional Director | SourceOne Energy Solutions - See Scott's presentation here

Achieving 80% Renewable Energy by 2050: Possibility or Pipedream?
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This panel will explore the critical issues underlying this country’s transition to renewable energy in the near future.  Panelists will offer insights into topics such as grid infrastructure, battery storage, and financing.  Attendees will learn the factors that will help determine if this goal is realistic and achievable. 

Moderator: Laurie Actman, Deputy Director | Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

Bill Dornbos, ENE Connecticut Director | Environment Northeast
Anthony Pereira, President & CEO | altPOWER - See Anthony's presentation here
Jeremy Firestone, Director, Center for Carbon-free Power Integration | University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean & Environment - See Jeremy's presentation here

The Role of Fossil Fuels in the Clean Energy Economy: A Bridge to the Future or A Bridge Not Far Enough?
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will explore the role that fossil fuels can or should play as the U.S. moves towards a clean energy economy.  Panelists will offer insights into the question of whether natural gas, coal and other fossil fuels can serve as a mid-long term bridge to a renewable energy future.  Attendees will learn about environmental, economic and societal impacts of these fuels and extraction processes as well as the political influences and implications of a fossil fuel based economy in this region. 

Moderator: Jim Boyle, President & CEO | Sustainability Roundtable

Mark Alan Hughes, Professor of Practice, City & Regional Planning | University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Yolanda Pagano, Director of Sustainable Strategies and Solutions | O'Brien & Gere - See Yolanda's presentation here
Kevin Hydes, President & CEO | Integral Group - See Kevin's presentation here