Program for 4/19

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. Morning Run/Walk

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Master Speaker Sessions

These Master Speaker Sessions will spotlight some of the critical conversations about what is driving momentum in zero energy buildings. Who are the changemakers building awareness and understanding that eases the way for zero energy policies to take root in an organization? What is the business case that will drive corporate owners and developers to invest in ZE buildings? How does zero energy help cut carbon emissions in order to curb impacts of climate change? Experts will share their perspectives and ask attendees to add their own.

Grand Ballroom 2 | Zero Energy Changemakers (1.5 AIA LU | HSW CEUs)
Organizational leadership on zero energy can start at the top, but it doesn’t have to. Champions, emerging at all levels of the org chart are creating the spark that is inspiring others’ interest in zero energy projects and the benefits they offer. Hear from these changemakers who are leading transformation internal with impacts well beyond a single organization.

Moderator: Richard Piacentini | Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Bakari Kennedy | Director of Facilities, SunCoast Credit Union
Nate Kinsey | Energy Manager, San Francisco Unified School District
Grant Ervin | Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director, Division of Sustainability, City of Pittsburgh (Invited)

Grand Ballroom 3 | The Business Case for Zero Energy (1.5 AIA LU | HSW CEUs)
With private ownership keeping pace with public buildings achieving zero energy, we want to know the business motivations behind investing in ultra-low energy buildings. Hear from several experts on why business are increasing investment in ultra-efficiency in their building portfolio and onsite renewables.

Moderator: Micah Brill | Vice President, Urban Land Institute

Michael Barnard | Project Director, Oxford Development Company

2030 Districts: Scaling Up High Performance
Angelica Ciranni | Pittsburgh 2030 District Director, Green Building Alliance
Alex Dews | Executive Director, Green Building United

Grand Ballroom 4 | Zero Energy and Carbon (1.5 AIA LU | HSW CEUs)
Carbon increasingly is becoming the driver of progressive energy policies and corporate strategies that range from developing more stringent energy codes to targeting operations and behavior in existing buildings. This panel of energy policy and building experts will delve into the dynamic relationship between Zero Energy and Carbon Emission reduction goals, highlighting efforts being led by various Green Building Councils as well as policies driving market adoption in Europe.

Moderator: Jim Edelson | Director of Codes and Policy, New Buildings Institute

Advancing Net Zero with Carbon as the New Metric
Fin MacDonald | Manager, Zero Carbon Building Program, Canada Green Building Council
Jonathan Laski | Director of Global Projects and Partnerships, World Green Building Council

Renilde Becque | Senior Sustainability Consultant

Pushing Market Leaders to Operational Net Zero Carbon
Elizabeth Beardsley | Senior Policy Council, U.S. Green Building Council
Brendan Owens | Chief of Engineering, U.S. Green Building Council

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.mLast Chance Exhibitor Showcase + Networking Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session + Keynote | Grand Ballroom 1

Moderator: Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute

Global Action on Climate Zeros in on Buildings
This session will explore the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) new initiative to reverse the climate impact of the built environment. The UNECE launched its work by adopting the 2017 Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Building Standards, which Penn State is supporting with its new Global Building Network (GBN) initiative. Together the UNECE and Penn State are working to drive deployment of truly high performance buildings and communities. Hear from our keynote speakers about the this new consortium seeking to develop a more comprehensive science of building systems integration, while establishing Centers of Excellence around the globe that will apply diverse expertise to challenges in their own regions; case studies and data collection; and training, advice and counsel to participating cities, provinces and UN member states.

Scott Foster | Director, Sustainable Energy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Tom Richard | Director, Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Building Community Power: Economic Empowerment & Equity for All
Kimberly Lewis brings to the fore a new perspective on the nexus of energy and humanity. Drawing connections between the future of energy science, policy and technology, and the fabric of society, Kimberly will illustrate the ways in which individuals and communities are impacted by energy systems, and will offer ideas to move the conversation around energy poverty, equity and community involvement forward. Embracing the important role ultra-low and zero energy buildings have to play in the holistic conversation around accessibility, affordability and prosperity for all, Kimberly will push attendees to rethink their view of energy as a resource.

Kimberly Lewis | Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, U.S. Green Building Council

Mainstreaming Zero Energy: Organizing for Collective Impact
How can we make zero energy common practice for all buildings? Market adoption of new ideas is most successful when proponents align behind a shared vision for change. In this session, we’ll hear from industry thought leaders who will set the stage for what a successful marketing effort looks like. We will also draw from and leverage the collective expertise of Forum participants and marketing experts to develop the foundation for a common brand and messaging platform to advance zero energy buildings nationally.

Kimberly Lewis | Senior Vice President, Market Transformation and Development, U.S. Green Building Council
Joey Marquart | Senior Vice President, Edelman
Sam Rashkin |  Chief Architect, Building Technologies Office, U.S. DOE

12:30 p.m. Adjourn

2:30 p.m.  Post-Forum Energy Innovation Center Tour
Sticking around in Pittsburgh after the close of the Forum? Join us at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) for an informal tour. The EIC is a leader in green adaptive reuse. Targeting LEED Platinum certification, the building is also on track to meet the stringent 2030 District energy, water and transportation emissions reduction targets. The design meets the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency while preserving the historical character of the building.

After the National Forum ends on April 19, grab some lunch and then join us at the EIC at
2:30 p.m. where our friends will be opening their space to us for the afternoon. So we can know to expect you, please email [email protected] that you will be joining us.