Call for Speakers

The 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum Presenter Process

The information below summarizes the process, deadlines and requirements. The submission process required creating an account. Once you log in, you can access “Your Current Submissions.”

Call for speakers is now closed.

Important Dates

November 22, 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline Passed
January 10, 2018: Disposition Notifications Sent
January 31, 2018: Presenter Registration Deadline

Submission Instructions

All proposals must be submitted electronically via the online submission site by the deadline, November 22. We strongly recommend that you examine the Submission Template prior to beginning your submission. All fields must be completed prior to submission. You may enter “TBD” as placeholder text for any fields you are unable to complete during the initial submission process and are able to edit your submission until the November 22 deadline.

All required fields, indicated with an asterisk, must be completed before you can save your submission.

You may submit as many proposals as you like and are able to edit your submission until the deadline of November 22, 2017.  If selected for presentation, select information from your proposal will be posted on the conference website.

Need help coordinating with co-speakers? The Forum is pleased to provide you with an email template to assist with outreach to your co-presenters to request the necessary information to submit.

By submitting a proposal, you agree to the Forum  speaker release agreement.

Session Types

This year’s program will feature several different presentation types and submitters should choose the style of presentation. This year, we are looking to maximize audience engagement and therefore will be  limiting the number of sessions that offer a panel of speakers without a determined plan for attendee participation.  Session styles include:

Case Study/Speakers (for inclusion as a part of a session or panel). Getting to Zero National Forum seeks new and original case studies to share stories of entrepreneurship, disrupting the status quo, or developing inventive breakthroughs in ZNE.  Submitters should provide information for themselves only for this type of presentation.

Town Hall-Style Sessions (90 minutes)Interview-style sessions featuring a Moderator (also a speaker/case study, leads the discussion) and up to three short case studies/speakers to share/demonstrate best practices with the audience. Opening remarks/presentation (optional) followed by moderator-driver question and answers (determined in advance) with ongoing  audience participation.

Solutions Lab (90 min). These labs are experiential learning environments on specialized topics. Built to explore issues in greater depth, these information-intensive sessions are aimed to provide tactical knowledge of how-to’s and actionable next steps. Attendees should leave with a list of tools and resources and action plans in hand.

Mini-Charrette (90 min). Moderators will introduce the theme and set up problem statements for discussion. Each roundtable will be assigned one problem statement with group-led conversations and thought provoking discussions to drive solutions for the problem statements. To summarize, participants will come together and share their solutions to the problems and moderators will recap discussions. A Charrette Report will be distributed to recap actionable steps for post-event implementation.

Innovation Accelerator Roundtable Presentations (10 min presentation + 20 mins of discussion)
This presentation should be designed to be given to a table of 10 participants about an innovative project, initiative, big idea, or next/best practice, and be followed up by discussion. Each round of the Accelerator will be 30 minutes. The presenter can present for a maximum of 10 minutes before opening the floor to discussion. The presenter should be prepared to give their talk to two separate groups, as participants will switch tables after 30 minutes.

ZEDx (7 min). This session begins with a few Zero Energy Direction (ZED)x talks. These ZEDx speakers will deliver lively and quick pecha kucha-style (~ 7 min each) topics on the direction of zero energy. Then add your perspective from your work, experience and the day’s sessions with your own voice through a group dialog and polling on key solutions, policy and market subjects that will be published as part of the proceedings.

Suggested Proposal Topics

These are suggested topics based on feedback we have heard from prior attendees or those interested in zero energy. Topic options listed below are not restricted or exhaustive. Please see the 2016 National Forum program for further reference.

  •  Innovative financing solutions (case studies and resources)
  •  Measuring and monitoring building performance outcomes
  •  Operating to ZE goals/Occupant engagement
  •  Dashboards and feedback strategies
  •  Grid-friendly buildings—emphasis on integrating with the grid, renewables, storage with focus on building-grid interaction
  •  Portfolios, Campuses and Districts
  •  Deep energy retrofits to zero energy
  •  Construction practices
  •  Design Best Practices
  •  Energy Codes
  •  Residential/Multifamily—need more detail on this topic
  •  ZE Schools
  •  ZE Business Case and Value Proposition for Owners and Developers
  •  Advanced Jurisdictions—How are cities and states leading in ZE
  •  Net zero in unexpected ways—building type, location, design, etc.
  •  Controls on building systems
  •  Carbon impacts of ZE buildings
  •  Communicating the value-add of net zero (to tenants and the industry at large)
  •  How do you get ZE to scale?
  •  Debunking myths about ZE
  •  Emerging Technologies
  •  Resiliency and climate adaptation and the relationship to ZE buildings