2014 Tri-State Sustainability Symposium

Anyone interested in learning more about sustainable practices in the tri-state area, while simultaneously earning a full-days' worth of GBCI & AIA continuing education credits!
Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fri, 03/07/2014 - 3:00am - 10:45am


Now in its fourth year, this event brings together industry, university and community leaders to share best practices, ask challenging questions, and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Tri-State region. This event, to be held at Temple University, will draw over 800 attendees and will feature sessions covering diverse topics such as green technology, business and sustainability, commercial real estate owners and tenants, renewable energy, LEED v4, and more.

Breakfast Keynote Speaker: Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director, Environmental Strategy at Office Depot. Stay tuned for exciting news about our second Breakfast Keynote Speaker!

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Gary Oppenheimer, Founder and Executive Director of AmpleHarvest.org; "The AmpleHarvest.org Campaign, founded by CNN Hero Gary Oppenheimer, is a nationwide effort that uses the Internet to diminish hunger, improve nutrition and help the environment in America by educating, encouraging and empowering millions of backyard gardeners to easily find a local food pantry eager for their excess garden bounty."

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9:20 AM – 10:20 AM

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

2:10 PM – 3:10 PM


It's Good and Good For All?: Building a Sustainable Food System that Works

From Pre-K to Higher Ed: Healthy, Green Schools in the Delaware Valley

It takes a Community: The Role of Partnerships in Creating a Sustainable Future


Social Media for Sustainability:  Leveraging Tools for Interaction and Transparency 

Authors Session:  Sustainability  Thought Leaders Tell Their Stories

Managing Risk: Climate Change, CSR & Sustainability


Urban Storm Water Management: Philly, Camden and Beyond

Green Roofs & Living Walls:  What’s Innovative in the Region?

Reclaiming our Rivers:  Schuylkill, Delaware and others


Let there be Light!: Latest Innovations in Residential & Commercial Lighting

Big Data:  Implications for Sustainability and Green House Gases

LEED Grows Up – Measuring Progress from 1993 to V4



Supply Chain Management – The Untapped Potential of Buying Power

Commercial Interiors:  Can Indoor Spaces Be Beautiful, Green and Healthy?

Tenant Sustainability Engagement:  Strategies for Achieving Mutual Goals


Green Building & Historic Preservation: Tapping the Synergies of Shared Values 

Sustainable Affordable Housing:  The Changing Image of Green

Sustainable Parking Structures: Groundbreaking or Greenwashing?

Behavior Change

Green Building and Energy Certification/ Reporting: Demystifying the Alphabet Soup

Life After Energy Star: A Case Study on Energy Savings Post Certification

Disclosure Mandates and Codes:  Driving Behavior Change through Policy


Energy 101 – Understanding Our Power Mix in the Delaware Valley

Achieving 80% Renewable Energy by 2050: Possibility or Pipedream?

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


*Please note: times subject to change

** The PA Gubernatorial Candidates Forum scheduled for March 7th from 3:45-5:30pm has been postponed. 


Thank You to Our Parliament Sponsors:






Thank You to our Refreshment Sponsors:

       Merit Service Solutions                    



Thank You to Our Great Horned Owl Sponsors:




        Warfel Construction        


Thank You to Our Talon Sponsors:

Langan Engineering
Totally Green


Thank You to Our Host and Event Partner