2019 Getting to Zero National Forum Program Details

Call for Speakers Is Open!

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Development of the 2019 National Forum program is underway!

Our solutions-focused program is carefully curated to maximize opportunities for connecting and knowledge building and we want to hear from you! We are now seeking submissions for our Call for Speakers for the 2019 National Forum program. Below are further details and a schedule of key dates on program development and registration.


Share your knowledge through our Call for Speakers

The upcoming National Forum is an opportunity for those working in the growing zero energy and zero carbon market to share their expertise and knowledge. We are currently seeking speaker submissions for review and consideration for placement in our 2019 program. Please understand that due to the high number of submissions and limited number of sessions, we cannot accept full panels for a 90-minute breakout session. Please limit your submission to no more than two speakers for any topic.

To submit, provide the requested information to https://www.softconf.com/j/gtz2019 by March 22, 2019. You must set up a user account to submit.

Learn more about what is required for submittal

Questions? Contact Webly Bowles at [email protected]


Details about key areas of interest

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, which can be found below. However, if there are other areas of interest that are not included, please submit under the “other category.”

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.


Key Dates for the 2019 National Forum

Call for Speakers Opens                       February 14

Early Bird Registration Opens          March 4

Call for Speakers Closes                     March 22

Speaker Notification                               April 27