2015 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium Sessions


Track | Buildings - Room 31, Lower Level
Raising the Bar for High-Performance Green Buildings: What are Passive House, Net Zero, and Living Building Challenge?
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will provide attendees with a broader understanding and appreciation of the Passive House and Living Building Challenge standards and what Net Zero means. Panelists will describe how these performance-driven standards are affecting the current built environment, and how current projects will shape the future of the region. Attendees will find out how these standards differ from LEED, as well as basic strategies they can implement to “raise the bar” for green building. 

Moderator: Darlene Pope | President & CEO | CoR Advisors
Alex Dews, Executive Director | Delaware Valley Green Building Council - See Alex's Presentation
Scott Kelly, Principal | Re:Vision Architecture; Board of Directors, Delaware Valley Green Building Council 
Robert Watson, Chairman, CEO & Chief Scientist | EcoTech International

Disclosure Mandates and Codes: Cities, States and Municipalities 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will focus on mandatory energy benchmarking and disclosure at the city and state level. Panelists will highlight the possibility of multiple building codes (including IEGC, AIA, ASTM, among others) converging into one cohesive code. Attendees will learn about energy benchmarking in cities, particularly in Philadelphia, and how sustainability influences legislation.

Moderator: Joseph F. Kessler, Esq. |  Partner | Dilworth Paxson LLP
Jayson Antonoff, Technical/Policy Director, City Energy Project | Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) - See Jayson's Presentation
Rich Freeh, City Energy Project Manager | City of Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability - See Rich's Presentation
Shari Shapiro, President & Founder | Calliope Communications

By the Numbers: ENERGY STAR, LEED and Other Means to Measure Green Success
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Ever wondered what it really means to be green, by the numbers? This session will show you how to gauge sustainability in buildings by quantifying the reach of LEED and the upward trajectory of ENERGY STAR both in our region and on the national scale. Attendees will gain a broad understanding of ways to measure building performance and what different types of LEED and ENERGY STAR scores mean.

Moderator: Brenda H. Gotanda | Partner| Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP - See Presentation
Stuart Brodsky, Director, Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, Clinical Assistant Professor | The Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York University
Eric Duchon, Director, Sustainability Strategies | Cushman Wakefield
Jean Lupinacci, Chief, ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Branch | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Track | Materials & Products - Room 34, Lower Level
Sustainable and Efficient Lighting: Illuminating or Same Old, Same Old?
9:20 am - 10:20 am

In this session, attendees will gain basic knowledge of different types of lighting (paracube and parabolic) and the standard terminology used (lumens, foot-candles, LED, CFL, incandescent, etc.). Panelists will explain the types of lighting that typically get installed in an office and a home, and describe the best energy efficiency opportunities through new lighting equipment and controls technology.

Moderator: Rick Avery, Healthcare REIT - See Session Presentation
Jennifer Dolin, Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Affiars, OSRAM SYLVANIA
Jan Gromadzki, Technical Manager | UGE Outdoor Lighting Solutions
Ray Willer, Manager, Business Development | Orien Energy Systems - See Ray's Presentation

What’s New in Sustainable Materials and Product Disclosure: Carpet, Flooring, Ceiling Tile, Furniture
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this session, attendees will gain a basic understanding of common vocabulary used when discussing building materials and products. Panelists will describe carpet, flooring, ceiling tile and systems furniture that go into every office, home, and warehouse, and what to look for in sustainable building products. Attendees will learn about Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and how they fit into LEED v4, as well as the health impacts of conventional products.

Moderator: Lauren Hodges, Director of Communications, ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - See Part 1 and Part 2 of Presentation
David Kitts, Vice President, Environment | Mannington
Bob Marshall, Manager, Technical Services | CertainTeed Ceilings - See Bob's Presentation
Clinton Boyd, Principal, Green Chemistry and Sustainability | Steelcase

3a - What’s New in Sustainable Materials and Healthy Product Declarations: Wall Board, Doors , and Ceilings
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

In this session, attendees will gain a basic understanding of common vocabulary used when discussing building materials and products. Panelists will describe wall board, doors and ceilings that go into every office, home, and warehouse, and what to look for in sustainable building products. Attendees will learn about Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and how they fit into LEED v4, as well as the health impacts of conventional products.

Moderator: Mark MaGrann, President & CEO, MaGrann Associates
Tom Clelland, Northeast Regional Architectural Director | ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions
Maureen Cone, National Accounts Manager | Armstrong
Amy Lee, External Ventures Manager | Saint-Gobain/NOVA - See Amy's Presentation

3b - How Are We Measuring, Monitoring and Creating Successes? Software and Hardware to Help Us - Room 35, Lower Level
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will explore how software and dashboards evaluate sustainability claims on products and operations, and how different tools can be used to create KPIs and behavior change through reporting. Attendees will learn which tools are in the marketplace, and how and why people are using them to measure success.

Moderator: Andrea Hidalgo | Senior Manager, Commercial Building Practice Lead | AtSite
Steve Ashkin, Founder& CEO | Sustainability Dashboard Tools & The Ashkin Group
Annie Bevan, Certification and Operations Manager | GreenCircle Certified, LLC
Helee Lev, Executive Vice President | Goby LLC

Track | Energy - Room 32, Lower Level
Update on Achieving 80% Renewables by 2050: Can it be Done?
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will provide an update on the viability of 80% CO2 reduction by 2050. With governments in the US and around the world making 80 by 50 commitments, this session will explore the viability of reaching that goal and the role that renewables play in getting there. Attendees will learn how energy efficiency, solar, wind, biofuel, and diesel will contribute to the 80 by 50 goal and play into the EPA Clean Power Plan.

Moderator: Duane Desiderio, Senior Vice President and Counsel, The Real Estate Roundtable
Jim Boyle, CEO & Chairman | Sustainability Roundtable - See Jim's Presentation
Helen Gurfel, Director, GE Capital | Greenprint ULI - See Helen's Presentation
Kevin Hagen, Iron Mountain

HVAC, Energy Management Systems and Refrigerants: The Lowdown on Cooling the Built Environment
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session is a deep-dive on heating and ventilation systems and refrigerants. Panelists will describe the current mix of HVAC systems and installed techniques for the built environment and where efficiency gains are occurring. Panelists will also cover the current landscape for renewable energy financing, as well as the latest on district energy and CHP.

Moderator: Matt Dugan | President | EcoSave Automation
Mina Agarabi, Agarabi Engineering, PLLC - See Mina's Presentation
Ryan Geister, Applied Systems Leader, Trane - See Ryan's Presentation
John Machiafava, Concord Engineering - See John's Presentation

Our Sources of Energy – The Power Mix: Where Does Power Come From and What are Its Components?
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will highlight the supply and demand of our US power sources and uses, identifying the potential benefits of shifting our power mix towards cleaner energy. Panelists will enlighten and electrify the listeners on the benefits of cleaner energy and what new technology is on the horizon for wind, solar, and beyond, as well as the data base being updated and used to measure energy (CBEC). Attendees will learn how the power mix will shift under the US EPA’s Power Plan.

Moderator: Ken Kulak, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP - See Presentation
Andy Bakey, Regional Sales Manager, PPL Energy Plus - See Andy's Presentation
Nisha Desai, VP of Dgen | NRG Energy - See Nisha's Presentation
Mychele Lord, President | LORD Green Real Estate Strategies - See Mychele's Presentation

Track | Water - Room 33, Lower Level
Oceans, Rivers and Waterways: Is Water a Precious Commodity or Awash and Aplenty?
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will lay out how essential clean, safe water is to the region and to the world. Panelists will discuss efforts to prevent pollution and protect watersheds across the region, and describe the environmental impacts they are seeking to mitigate.  Attendees will learn how they can take action as individuals to protect their local watersheds.

Moderator: Julie Hancher | Founder | Green Philly Blog - See Session Presentation
Michael Chang, Director, Energy & Sustainability | Host Hotels and Resorts
Julie Slavet, Executive Director | Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
Fred Stine, Citizen Action Coordinator, Delaware River Keepers

Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management: Where Are We and Are We Investing Hundreds of Millions
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Philadelphia is a national leader on urban stormwater management. The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD)’s Green City, Clean Waters plan sets ambitious goals to use green infrastructure in order to manage stormwater in a dense urban environment. Panelists will explain the types of projects completed to date and how PWD will spend $300M in the next year to appropriately address storm water runoff issues – which ultimately is a cost saving measure.

Moderator: Jon Jensen | Technical Consultant | MaGrann Associates
Gary Emmanuel, Senior Managing Engineer | O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
Chris Crockett, Deputy Commissioner for Planning & Environmental Services | Philadelphia Water Department
Andy Kricun, Executive Director | Camden County Municipal Authority 

Water Conservation in the Built Environment: A Thirst for Knowledge
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Water is cheap and seemingly abundant, but also a precious recourse. This session explores the latest developments in water efficient technologies at home and at work.  Participants will learn about simple steps they can take to reduce the amount of water they currently use, and potentially save money while doing so.

Moderator: Dan Garofalo, Sustainability Director and Architect | University of Pennsylvania
Cavarly Garrett, Executive Director | J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Melissa Jacobs, Manager of Sustainability | Bentall Kennedy
Nick Stolatis, Senior Director, Global Sustainability & Enterprise, TIAA-CREF

Track | Chief Sustainability Officers - Room 35, Lower Level
Consumer Companies and Consultants: Big Ideas and Big Movement?
9:20 am - 10:20 am 

This session will explore Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR) from several perspectives. Panelists will discuss how to deal with the challenges of managing multiple divisions, time zones, and goals across a national/international portfolio. Participants will learn how to set and advance goals and how to approach internal management and engage external partners to ensure results.

Moderator: Brenna Walraven | President & CEO | Corporate Sustainability Strategies - See Presentation Here
Tom Carpenter, Executive Director of Sustainability Services | Waste Management
Beth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer | Skanska USA
Rachel Sowards, Practice Area Manager | Paladino and Company
Dave Stangis, Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility | Campbell Soup; President | Campbell Soup Foundation

Real Estate Owners: The Skinny on Office, Hotels, and Multi-Family
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will highlight what value major real estate corporations derives from engaging and executing a corporate sustainability plan. Panelists will discuss the successes and challenges of implementing their sustainability plans from different aspects including water, waste, and energy efficiency. Listeners will hear examples of success stories and what was done to achieve corporate sustainability, as well as key challenges faced. Panelists will also discuss their own view of how they analyzed the cost/benefit analysis on these programs and what they’re focused on for 2015.

Moderator: Brad A. Molotsky | Executive VP and General Counsel | Brandywine Realty Trust - See Presentation
Sukanya Paciorek, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sustainability | Vornado Realty Trust
Nada Sutic, Director, Property Management | Bentall Kennedy
Bennett Thomas, Vice President, Finance and Sustainability | Hersha Hospitality Trust

The Trials and Tribulations of Young, Cool Sustainability Leaders: The Now and the Future
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This panel will present the perspective of chief sustainability officers in a variety of organizations. Panelists will discuss the similarities and differences in developing and advancing organizational sustainability. This session will be valuable to emerging sustainability professionals and provide practical skills for advancing your career, from networking tips to strategic and reporting.

Moderator: Megan Maltenfort | Sustainability Manager | VWR - See Presentation
Avi Fox, Founder | Wild Mantle
Liesel Schwarz, Director of Sustainability | Villanova University
Ryan Spies, Manager of Sustainability Strategic Initiatives | Eastman Chemical Company

Track | Reporting - Room 606, 6th Floor
CDP, GRI and GRESB Reporting: Who is Doing It and Why?
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will provide attendees with a basic understanding of CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), and GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) and the role that they play in today’s sustainability reporting and finance landscape. Panelists will discuss the value in reporting and transparency for Fortune 500 and municipal entities. Attendees will learn about what reporting through the various standards entails and the value that each delivers.

Moderator: Nancy Cleveland, Principal | Sustrana - See Session Presentation
Daniele Horton, Founder and Princpal | Verdani Partners
Patricia Lee, Director | Code Green Solutions
David Pogue, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility | CBRE

Socially Responsible Investing: From Green Bonds to Green Burials
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will discuss what Socially Responsible Investing and Green Bonds are, how big of a market it is, and what the expectations for future financing are.  From high finance to end of life decisions, this panel will discuss new trends in more sustainable burials.

Moderator: Domnick Brook, Ernst & Young - See Session Presentation
Cliff David, Chairman, President & CEO | West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Nick Davis, Managing Director | AGRION Americas
Ari Frankel, Head of ESG Strategy, Real Estate | Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management 

Life with Tenants: Tools, Tactics, and Strategies for Engagement
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session will provide an overview to innovative tools and tactics being employed by commercial building owners to engage tenants to achieve sustainability objectives.  Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities of the tenant/landlord relationship for addressing energy efficiency and specific resources and strategies such as green leasing and the DOE Asset Rating Tool that can support tenant engagement and awareness building efforts. Attendees will hear real world examples from commercial landlords on how they are approaching tenant engagement, including topics that do not yet resonate with tenants.

Moderator: Deborah Cloutier, Principal and Co-Founder | JDM Associates - See Session Presentation
Elena Alschuler, Building Technologies Project Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | U.S. Department of Energy
Jay Black, Director of Sustainability | SL Green Realty Corp.
Marla Thalheimer, Director of Sustainability | Liberty Property Trust

Track | Community - Room 607, 6th Floor
Sustainable Food in the Delaware Valley: Better for the World, Better for You
9:20 am - 10:20 am

This session will highlight local sustainable food initiatives and programs and which organizations and restaurants are using and promoting fresh, local ingredients. Attendees will learn about both the environmental and economic benefits of supporting the sustainable food industry,  and the challenges that businesses face when going local. Panelists will describe what constitutes “local” and “sustainable” food, as well as how attendees can get involved and make changes at the individual level. 

Moderator: Jamie Gauthier | Executive Director | Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia
Katy Ament, Food Systems Intern | Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Environmental Studies Student | Temple University - See Katy's Presentation
George Bieber, President | Philadelphia Mobile Food Association (PMFA)
Yael Lehmann, Executive Director | The Food Trust
Wendy Turner, Teacher | Beandywine School District - See Wendy's Presentation

Painting a Greener Future: Art and Sustainability in Philadelphia
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This session will focus on Philadelphia’s robust art scene and the amazing artists and professionals that are incorporating sustainability into it. Hear from a range of panelists, from artists that use recycled construction materials to art teachers that incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. Attendees will learn about local programs that incorporate environmental and social responsibility into their media, as well as creative ways to reuse materials for projects.

Moderator: Fern Gookin, Director of Sustainability | Revolution Recovery; Co-Founder | Recycled Artists in Residency (RAIR)
Robert Blackson, Director of Temple Contemporary, Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs | Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Billy Dufala, Co-Founder | RAIR; Owner | The Dufala Brothers
Beth Miller, Executive Director | Community Design Collaborative
Kaitlin Pomerantz | Artist

Everybody's Doing It: Why Millennials Own Tech and Sustainability 
2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

This session, featuring millennials in the green building and sustainability industry, will show attendees how this generation is changing the game with fresh ideas and innovative programs. Emerging professionals will discuss the intersection of tech and sustainability and how it’s shaping the local market. Attendees will learn about organizations and start ups founded and led by local millennials, and how their fresh take on social and environmental justice can and is positively affecting the triple bottom line.

Moderator: Marissa Rosen | Triple Pundit - See Session Presentation
Morgan Berman, CEO | MilkCrate Philly
Drew Foulkes, Community Manager | City CoHo
Michelle Feldman, Director | Keep Philadelphia Beautiful; Outreach Chair | Young Involved Philadelphia

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