2019 Getting to Zero Forum Program

Announcing our 2019 Forum Program

We are excited to share our phenomenal slate of speakers and programming. Experts from a wide range of backgrounds and industries will offer their perspectives on zero energy and zero carbon buildings and contribute to impactful, solutions-focused dialogue.

Wednesday, October 9 Thursday, October 10 Friday, October 11

We are proud to offer AIA CEUs at the 2019 Getting to Zero Forum.

2019 Forum Program Advisors

Matt Adams, World Green Building Council
Panama Bartholemy, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Tracey Beckstrom, National Grid
Webly Bowles, New Buildings Institute
Matthew Brown, National Energy Improvement Fund
Ed Carley, National Association of State Energy Officials
Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute
Rory Cox, California Public Utilities Commission
Josh Dean, USGBC San Diego Chapter
Sean Denniston, New Buildings Institute
Angie Fyfe, ICLEI
Dian Grueneich, Stanford Energy Scholar and former CPUC Commissioner
Andrew Himes, Carbon Innovations
Barry Hooper, City of San Francisco

Greg Hopkins, Rocky Mountain Institute
Julie Hughes, Institute for Market Transformation
John Jennings,
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
Peter Krajsa, National Energy Improvement Fund
Dirk Larson, Carbon Neutral Northwest
Andrew Lee, Living Future Insitute
Mark Lyles, New Buildings Institute
Michael McAteer, NBI Fellow
Bridgett Neely, Firefly Energy Consulting
Victor Olgyay, Rocky Mountain Institute
Brendan Owens, U.S. Green Building Council
Shanti Pless, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
RK Stewart, NBI Fellow
Jay Wilson, District of Columbia

2019 Forum Key Topics

The ecosystem around getting to zero energy and carbon is rich and dynamic. There are many different audiences and roles that professionals working in this market occupy and we know it’s difficult to fully define all the important topics. We have put together the following categories that represent the broad aspects of this work and will be reflected in the 2019 program:

Design, Build, Operate, Renovate. This topic hones in on best practices for repeatable zero energy and zero carbon building solutions in both new and existing buildings for the commercial and residential sectors. Also covers how to communicate, contract, and capture the value-add of zero energy/carbon, and strategies for educating an advanced technologies workforce.

Policies for Getting to Zero Energy & Carbon. This category focuses on how state and local governments are leading in zero energy and zero carbon buildings by implementing smart zero energy and carbon codes, policies, and ordinances. Also covers the creation of non-financial incentives, and how to unlock the value of off-site solar options.

Grid-Integrated Buildings. This topic examines the rewards–both in terms of financial gain and resiliency benefits–and challenges of grid-integrated buildings across portfolios, campuses, and districts.  Taps into the value of demand flexibility, distributed energy resources, on-site storage, electric vehicle integration, and peak energy shifting.

Building Decarbonization & Electrification. A deep dive into the carbon mitigation impacts of zero energy and zero carbon buildings (both commercial and residential), this category addresses embodied carbon, electrification, and how to incorporate decarbonization strategies into deep energy retrofits.

Development & Finance. This topic area explores new and creative financing mechanisms that make projects happen ranging from public-private partnerships to energy savings performance contracts, utility-financing models, options beyond PACE, and how policymakers can develop clean energy funds and green banks.


To view the programs and presentation links from previous Forums, view our past forums section

Past Forums