Workshops & Tours

Check out our 2021 Forum workshops and tours.

The Getting to Zero Forum has collaborated with partners to curate a set of workshops and tours that will provide an in-depth view of the developments in the zero energy, zero carbon market. Separate registration is required for these high-value educational experiences. All workshops on 10/27 have both in-person and virtual attendance options available. 

Oct 27 Workshops

Getting to Zero with Passive House Workshop (3 AIA LU|HSW CEUs )

Passive building highlights the efficiency-first path to a net-zero energy building. The PHIUS+ standard provides cost-optimized efficiency targets, guiding the designer to the sweet spot between energy conservation versus generation, on the path to zero. Attendees will learn the key performance criteria for PHIUS+ 2021 Certification, understand the development of these targets, and take away the design methodology to achieve this. The session will also cover the capabilities of WUFI Passive, the energy modeling tool used to guide the design and verify compliance with PHIUS+ performance targets.

Facilitator: Lisa White, PHIUS
: 1:30-4:30 pm
In-Person Cost: $195
Virtual Cost: $65

Taking Buildings to the Next Level with LEED Zero (3 AIA LU|HSW CEUs )

As calls for carbon neutral buildings grow, owners and design teams are turning to certification programs to validate zero carbon performance. In this workshop, attendees will learn about what it takes to achieve carbon neutrality and specifically USGBC’s LEED Zero Energy and Carbon Certifications. Workshop facilitators will break down definitions, key concepts, equations, and other Certification requirements. Special emphasis will be placed on electrification strategies.

Facilitator: Corey Enck, USGBC
: 1:30-4:30 pm
In-Person Cost: $195
Virtual Cost: $65

The “E” in ESG – Moving from Planning to Action in Multinational Enterprises & Large-Scale Organizations

Sustainability planning is only the first step on a long journey of transformation. After your organization has inventoried its carbon footprint, conducted a materiality assessment, or simply hired a sustainability director, what opportunities and challenges will you face as you move into action – especially within complex, large-scale organizations with numerous stakeholders?

For large businesses new to the ESG process, this workshop is designed to orient you to lessons learned at Brookfield Properties, Harvard University, LinkedIn, MasterCard, and Salesforce as they implemented corporate environmental programs to address the E in ESG.

Facilitated by Brightworks Sustainability, a consulting partner to each of the businesses featured in this workshop and a leading practitioner in corporate sustainability since its founding in 2001, this workshop will leave you with insights and ideas to move measuring and understanding your environmental impacts to make strategic change.

Expert Panelists
Jill Ziegler, Director of Sustainability, Brookfield Properties
Sia Xeros, Director of Environmental Sustainability, MasterCard
Heather Henriksen, Managing Director, Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
Peggy Brannigan, Director, Global Environmental Sustainability Workplace, LinkedIn
Boris Gamazaychikov, Manager, Sustainability, Salesforce

Brightworks Sustainability
Brandon G. Sprague, Principal
Josh Hatch, Principal
Chris Forney, Principal
Heath Blount, Principal
Karin Miller, Senior Project Manager
Kirsten Menezes, Project Manager
Jack Dinning, Project Manager
Sunni Wissmer, Communication + Stakeholder Engagement Manager

Time: 1:30-5:00 pm
In-Person Cost: $195
Virtual Cost: $65

Oct 27 Tours

FullStack Modular Tour  (3 AIA LU|HSW CEUs )

Manufacturers and developers are working to optimize cost-effective integration of energy efficiency strategies and control systems by leveraging innovations in modular construction. This tour will take attendees to Brooklyn to visit FullStack Modular, which designs, manufactures and constructs mid- and high-rise modular projects. Participants will learn about FullStack’s processes and engage participants in a discussion about the value and opportunities for modular construction.

Time: 10:45 am-2:30 pm
Cost: $125
Logistics: Attendees will meet at a designated space at the Marriott Marquis and take a bus to FullStack Modular. After the tour, the bus will return attendees to the hotel. There is also the option to meet at the tour location if you would prefer to organize your own transportation.

Hudson Yards Tour (2 AIA LU|HSW CEUs )

From the infrastructure to the buildings themselves, Hudson Yards is building a model for a more sustainable neighborhood development that features both the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere and a first-of-its-kind microgrid. Learn more about Hudson Yards’ mission to achieve sustainability on a big scale from one of the Co-Generation Plant’s resident engineers and experience New York City from a truly unique perspective on the Edge.

Time: 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $85
Logistics: Attendees will meet at a designated spot at the Marriott Marquis and walk over to Hudson Yards (approximately one mile). We are happy to provide alternate transportation for anyone who needs it.


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