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Wednesday, October 7
 

8:30am PDT

Keynote - Tom Steyer
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This keynote has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Jason F. McLennan

Jason F. McLennan

Founder, ILFI
Jason is one of the world’s most influential individuals in the field of architecture and the green building movement.  He is the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Prize, the National Award of Excellence Winner from Engineering News Record, a senior fellow of the Design Futures... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer

Founder, NextGen
Tom Steyer left his successful investing business seven years ago to give his own money, time, and energy to fighting for progressive causes. He soon became one of the country’s leading forces in registering more young voters and voters of color, fighting climate change, working... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am PDT
Online

10:00am PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Online

10:30am PDT

Plenary - Investments in Our Future: Scaling a Zero Carbon World
As the world’s most influential organizations are taking a deeper look at the carbon impacts within their control, and a transformation shift is occurring in their investments. Industry leaders are now uncovering carbon leverage points that can result in major, rapid, and equitable impacts to carbon that go well beyond the indirect incrementalism of recent decades. This panel explores that shift in influence and investment from top sustainability and financial leaders.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This plenary has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Andrew Lee

Andrew Lee

Director, Standards + Policy, International Living Future Institute
Andrew Lee directs the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certification programs for the International Living Future Institute. In this role, he provides key thought leadership on how buildings will catalyze a shift towards a clean and regenerative energy future and serve as the most effective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kara Hurst

Kara Hurst

Head of Worldwide Sustainability, Amazon
Kara Hurst leads Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. Utilizing Amazon's scale, speed and innovation, the Sustainability organization includes teams executing the work of The Climate Pledge; Sustainable Operations (renewable energy and energy efficiency, buildings); Sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Marcene Dianne Mitchell

Marcene Dianne Mitchell

Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development, IFC/World Bank Group
As Global Head, Climate Strategy and Business Development Marcene joined the Climate Dept. to help mainstream IFC’s climate business. During her tenure, climate volume has grown from 12% of annual investments to the current 30%.  She currently manages a group of Industry Specialists... Read More →



Wednesday October 7, 2020 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Online

12:00pm PDT

Lunch Break
Wednesday October 7, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Zero Carbon Accelerator
ILFI's Shawn Hesse answers all of your Zero Carbon and ILFI program questions!

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Hesse

Shawn Hesse

Director, Business Development, International Living Future Institute
Shawn is a licensed architect, and prior to joining ILFI, led the Boston office of emersion DESIGN, an architecture and sustainability consulting firm. Shawn has over 13 years of project experience with LEED, the Living Building Challenge, and net zero energy projects, and has consulted... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

1:00pm PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking
A dedicated hour set aside specifically for you to meet with your fellow Zero Carbon Conference attendees.  Come join for one : one conversations and one : many conversations in our Zero Lounge.

Wednesday October 7, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Online

2:00pm PDT

Responsible Materials Hub
Wednesday October 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Online

3:00pm PDT

LBC Building Tours
Experts will lead us through three short virtual tours of some of the world's greenest (Living) buildings: the recently-opened Catalyst Building in Spokane, Washington, and Sonoma Academy in Sonoma, California.  

Speakers
avatar for Andie Philip

Andie Philip

General Manager, Overcast Innovations
Andie is the General Manager of Overcast Innovations, a company that engineers and manufacturesproducts to disrupt the construction industry; on a mission to provide more cost effective, andsustainable building solutions. The Overcast product line solves hurdles for architects, engineers... Read More →
avatar for Brad Liljequist

Brad Liljequist

Zero Energy Senior Program Manager, McKinstry
Brad Liljequist is the Zero Energy Senior Program Manager for McKinstry, where he leads the company’s zero energy and carbon efforts nationally.  He is managing the zero energy and carbon elements for the Catalyst project and many other zero energy/carbon projects for McKinstry... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Online
 
Thursday, October 8
 

9:00am PDT

Keynote - Georges C. Benjamin, MD
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This keynote has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Georges C. Benjamin, MD

Executive Director, American Public Health Association
Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Online

10:00am PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking / Break
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Thursday October 8, 2020 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Online

10:30am PDT

Decarbonizing and Scaling Permanent Supportive and Affordable Housing
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Laurie Olson

Laurie Olson

Capital Investments Manager, City of Seattle
Laurie is the Capital Investment Manager at the City of Seattle's Office of Housing, where she leads investment of an average annual budget of $60 million for affordable rental and ownership housing.  Laurie leads the department's financing and development innovations and partnership... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Funaro

Nick Funaro

Vice President, Sustainable Living Innovations
Nick Funaro is the VP of Preconstruction Services at Sustainable Living Innovations. Nick manages the Design & Engineering teams across all projects at SLI. Current projects include 303 Battery, a Zero Net Energy 112 unit, 15 story Seattle High-Rise; 249 units of Permanent Supportive... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Echohawk

Colleen Echohawk

Executive Director, Chief Seattle Club
Colleen Echohawk is an enrolled member of the Kithehaki Band of the Pawnee Nation and a member of the Upper Athabascan people of Mentasta Lake.As the founder of the Coalition to End Urban Indigenous Homelessness, Echohawk is committed to homeless advocacy and changing the trajectory... Read More →
avatar for Greg Elkerton

Greg Elkerton

Principal, Elkerton Consulting
Greg Elkerton is a Seattle-based real estate and community development consultant who specializes in helping non-profits build affordable and homeless housing. Greg provides expertise in project feasibility, deal structuring, financing, design, entitlements, neighborhood outreach... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Online

10:30am PDT

Financing Corporate Commitments to Decarbonization
Climate Group and RE100 participants discuss the RE100 pledge, what it entails, why the organizations have committed, and how these organizations are financing this work.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Douglas P. Lawrence

Douglas P. Lawrence

Managing Principal and founder, 5 Stone Green Capital LLC

Speakers
avatar for Brent Trenga

Brent Trenga

Sustainability Director, Kingspan North America
Brent has truly run the construction industry gamut serving in various roles including Architect, Developer and even project owner, allowing him to fully understand the sustainability ecosystem.  As Sustainability Director for Kingspan North America, Brent is committed to reducing... Read More →
avatar for Tyson Woeste

Tyson Woeste

Partner, Fifth Wall
Tyson Woeste is a Partner at Fifth Wall, where he leads the firm’s Carbon Impact Fund.Tyson trained as an engineer with a focus on thermodynamics and energy systems. He spent his early career working on a range of core sustainability technologies, such as li-ion batteries, fuel... Read More →
avatar for Erik Hansen

Erik Hansen

Sustainability Director, Workday, Inc.
Erik leads the company's global sustainability efforts. He is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainability strategies across Workday's operations, products, and workplace. His responsibilities range from renewable energy procurement, to external sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Teear

Natalie Teear

VP, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties
Natalie Teear is Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE: HPP), a Los Angeles-based real estate investment trust focused on owning, operating and developing office and studio properties along the West Coast. Teear is responsible for advancing... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Online

10:30am PDT

Scaling International Decarbonization
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for Katerina Kimmorley

Katerina Kimmorley

Consultant, QIC
Katerina Kimmorley is a Renewable Energy and Clean Tech Investment Director focused on investing to solve climate change. At the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, she joined the founding team of the worlds largest Venture Capital fund for clean Tech, the $1bn Innovation Fund. As Founder... Read More →
avatar for Simon Sturgis

Simon Sturgis

Author + Advisor, Targeting Zero
Simon Sturgis AADip RIBA is widely recognised as an expert, an innovator and a lateral thinker in delivering a zero carbon, circular economic built environment.He has authored official UK policy on Embodied and Whole Life Carbon for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Zhang Shicong

Dr. Zhang Shicong

Professor, China Academy of Building Research
Dr. Zhang Sichong is the Secretary General of the Zero Energy Building Committee at the Architecture Society of China. He additionally is active in a variety of international organizations and collaborations, helps to develop codes and standards, and has published numerous papers... Read More →
avatar for Giel Linthorst

Giel Linthorst

Director, Guidehouse
Giel Linthorst is Director Sustainable Finance at Guidehouse Consulting Inc. and Executive Director of PCAF Secretariat. Over 20 years in consulting, he has supported policy makers and local authorities to improve the energy performance of their building stock and to secure a healthy... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Online

10:30am PDT

Zero Energy and Carbon Investments
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for David Stephens

David Stephens

Head of Real Estate Finance, HSBC
David was appointed as Head of Real Estate Finance – London in August 2018 having previously been Head of the Hotels team since June 2016. Prior to this David was in HSBC’s Corporate Capital Origination team for eight years where he worked across both the CRE and Large Corporate... Read More →
avatar for Monika Henn

Monika Henn

Manager, Greenprint Center for Building Performance, Urban Land Institute
Monika Henn is a manager at the Greenprint Center for Building Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and strategic partners committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry. Monika... Read More →
avatar for John Davies

John Davies

Derwent London plc, Head of Sustainability
John Davies is the Head of Sustainability at Derwent London plc, and is responsible for leading the company wide sustainability and responsibility agendas.He is a recognised sustainability expert in the commercial property sector and has been instrumental in creating several industry... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Online

11:30am PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking / Break
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Thursday October 8, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT

12:30pm PDT

Capturing the Footprint - Microsoft, Salesforce & Google - Zero Embodied Carbon
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Shawn Hesse

Shawn Hesse

Director, Business Development, International Living Future Institute
Shawn is a licensed architect, and prior to joining ILFI, led the Boston office of emersion DESIGN, an architecture and sustainability consulting firm. Shawn has over 13 years of project experience with LEED, the Living Building Challenge, and net zero energy projects, and has consulted... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erin Linney

Erin Linney

Sustainable Built Environment, Salesforce
Erin Linney is on the Sustainability Team at Salesforce, where she helps manage the green building certification of Salesforce’s global offices, engages building management in sustainable operations, and explores new opportunities in green building innovation. She is passionate... Read More →
avatar for Katie Ross

Katie Ross

Global Real Estate & Facilities Sustainability Lead, Microsoft
Katie leads Sustainability for Microsoft's Real Estate portfolio and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their offices around the world. Katie's career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She... Read More →
avatar for Andreas Gyr

Andreas Gyr

REWS Sustainability Partner, EMEA, Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google
Andreas Gyr has been with Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services Sustainability Team for over 9 years, and has played a key role for Google development and interiors projects in North America and Europe. He collaborates with project and facilities teams to implement proven... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Online

12:30pm PDT

Decarbonization and Renewables: Community Solar and Power Purchase Agreements and Financing
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Jack Newman

Jack Newman

Director of Clean Energy Solutions, Säzän Environmental Services
Jack Newman is the Director of Clean Energy Solutions at Säzän Environmental Services and currently serves as Board President for Solar Washington, a non-profit organization committed to advancing Washington’s growing solar industry. With a focus on zero net energy design, solar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Moore

Michelle Moore

CEO, Groundswell
Michelle Moore is CEO of Groundswell, a nonprofit that builds community power byconnecting clean energy with economic development, affordability, and quality oflife. A social entrepreneur and former White House official with roots in ruralGeorgia, Michelle is a relentless agent for... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Faust

Jeremy Faust

Environmental Sustainability Leader, Fifth Third Bank
Jeremy Faust is the Environmental Sustainability Leader at Fifth Third Bank. He leads Fifth Third’s efforts to implement a series of environmental sustainability goals and works to infuse sustainability into the Bank’s internal culture. Prior to joining the Bank, Jeremy worked... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Online

12:30pm PDT

Decarbonization in Under-Resourced Communities
We are experiencing a challenging time in the United States. While under quarantine due to the ravages of Covid-19 with wildfires burning and icebergs melting, the tragic murders of George Floyd and so many other people of color have ignited a movement and woken many up to the urgent need to end our country’s history or racism and inequity. While the focus of this conference is on Zero Carbon, we cannot focus on that in isolation of all of these other events. They are all connected and, in this country, low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by all of them – bearing many of the burdens and few, if any, of the rewards. As we work toward decarbonization across industries and geographies, we need to ensure that low-income communities are not left behind or further harmed. We need to focus on rebuilding our communities to be healthy, resilient, and sustainable beginning with a focus on community and economic development with and for marginalized low-income communities and communities of color.
We know the why, this session focuses on the HOW. How do we rebuild our communities to be healthy, resilient, and sustainable with a focus on community and economic development with and for marginalized low-income communities and communities of color? You will hear from:
  • A design leader focusing on helping architects, planners, and clients connect carbon goals with social impact.
  • An energy commissioner developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs overtime that are focused on decarbonization, health, and equity.
  • A manufacturing professional leveraging a commitment to corporate sustainability to partner with low-income communities on decarbonization projects. 
Come learn about design, policy, and partnering strategies and how you can be bigger part of the solution moving forward.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Director, Technical Support Services, ILFI
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ramie Vagal

Ramie Vagal

Senior Sustainability Manager, Mohawk Group
Ramie Vagal  is a multi-disciplinary professional with a strong background in sustainability and architecture. At Mohawk, Ramie leads strategic sustainability initiatives that create positive impacts on a social, cultural, economic and environmental level. She has the ability to... Read More →
avatar for Sheryl Owen

Sheryl Owen

Senior Sustainability Manager, HLW
Sheryl Owen is a Senior Sustainability Analyst.  Sheryl is passionate about creating a sustainable environment where everyone can thrive. She not only helps clients meet their contractual sustainability goals but also serves as a resource to understand carbon reduction techniques... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McAllister

Andrew McAllister

Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in May, 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. He is lead commissioner on energy efficiency and forecasting.    Andrew has worked for 3 decades in a variety of capacities across... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Online

12:30pm PDT

Embodied Carbon in Structural Products
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Gunnar Hubbard

Gunnar Hubbard

Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader, Thornton Tomasetti
Gunnar Hubbard is a recognized leader in high performance, low energy, and healthy buildings across the United States and in Asia, and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and advocate. His works spans from airports, to office buildings... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hans-Erik Blomgren

Hans-Erik Blomgren

Director of Testing and Certification, Structural Products, Katerra
Hans-Erik Blomgren, PE, SE, has been with Katerra since the early days, joining in 2016 as technical director of mass timber. Since then he has led a team in developing and testing Katerra’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) product and building assemblies, spearheading efforts to provide... Read More →
avatar for Lionel Lemay

Lionel Lemay

Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA)
Mr. Lemay is Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). He leads a team of professionals to offer building owners and designers cost effective, durable and sustainable concrete building solutions though communications... Read More →
avatar for Brandie Sebastian

Brandie Sebastian

Sustainability Practice Co-Lead, John Beath Environmental, LLC
Ms. Sebastian co-leads the sustainability practice at John Beath Environmental, LLC, a next gen sustainability and environmental consulting firm specializing in life cycle assessment (LCA), circularity, and sustainability strategy. Prior to joining JBE in 2019, she served as the Director... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Online

1:30pm PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking / Break
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Thursday October 8, 2020 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Online

2:00pm PDT

Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector
In this session, the NAACP brings you an overview of the Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) Initiative and the stories of two members at the intersection of energy, equity, and housing. Lonnie Feemster, President of the Reno-Sparks Branch of the NAACP and former energy inspector, is known around town as “Solar Man.” With immense care, he built his own passive house that provides a 100% electric, low-consumption, and comfortable place for work and play for three generations. Daphany Rose Sanchez, founder of Kinetic Communities Consulting (KC3) and proud New York native, leverages partnerships and resources to help close the gap between the affordable housing and energy efficiency industry for diverse New York communities. Lonnie and Daphany share a passion for supporting Black and brown communities to understand the human cost of energy, save money, feel safe, and live in a cleaner environment. They will share a call to action through stories and lessons for building professionals to design projects, policies, and programs first and foremost for people and for justice.

 EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for Mandy Lee

Mandy Lee

Manager, Centering Equity in the Sustainable Buildings Sector Environmental & Climate Justice, NAACP | Empowerment Programs
Mandy is deeply passionate about community-driven climate, food, and environmental justice initiatives and the infrastructure and policy that allows them to thrive. In her prior role at the U.S. Green Building Council, she supported the improvement of the LEED rating system for sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Daphany Rose Sanchez

Daphany Rose Sanchez

Executive Director, Kinetic Communities
Daphany Rose Sanchez is a New York native, who has been passionately working as an energy equity advocate. Daphany founded Kinetic Communities in 2017. Daphany founded her organization when she saw the representation gap in the energy sector and knew something had to be done. Kinetic... Read More →
avatar for President Lonnie Feemster

President Lonnie Feemster

President, Reno-Sparks NAACP
Lonnie L. Feemster was born and raised in Reno, NV, the oldest male of ten brothers and sisters.He and his wife, Dr. Debra A Feemster raised three children in Northern Nevada.A life commitment to community service, civil rights and equality have been expressed by his fiveterms as... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Online

2:00pm PDT

Embodied Carbon in Interior Products
How product manufacturers are addressing embodied carbon in their process, and the financial impacts of low embodied carbon strategies for product sales and success.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:


Speakers
avatar for Anita Snader

Anita Snader

Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries
Anita Snader is the Environmental Sustainability Manager of Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA. She manages the sustainability strategy for Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, and serves as an internal environmental advocate, and environmental spokesperson. She is a LEED... Read More →
avatar for Jon Strassner

Jon Strassner

Director of Industry Partnerships, American Society of Interior Designers
Jon Strassner, LEED AP, serves as director, Industry Partnerships, ASID. Before joining the Society, Jon worked with Humanscale for 22 years, serving as vice president of Workplace Strategy and Industry Relations, Canadian sales director, and North American director of A&D. A LEED... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Conway

Lisa Conway

VP of Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway serves as VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. She is passionate about bringing... Read More →
avatar for Annie Bevan

Annie Bevan

Global Sustainability Lead, Superior Essex
Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She represents... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Online

2:00pm PDT

Expanding the Mass Timber Market: Revitalizing Rural Economies and Trending Toward Carbon Positive
Hear from leaders expanding the mass timber movement throughout the US. Increasingly cost competitive, mass timber structures are proving their value-added benefits to developers, owners and institutions. Creating demand for this renewable material is helping to revitalize rural economies and opening the doors for carbon positive building sites.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Melissa Kroskey

Melissa Kroskey

Technical Director, WoodWorks – Wood Products Council

Speakers
avatar for Dan Whalen

Dan Whalen

Vice President, Design & Development, Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors
Dan leads all aspects of Development for Harbor Bay, including acquisitions, leasing and design. Prior tojoining Harbor Bay, he was a Director of Development at Starwood Retail, where he led over $200,000,000 inredevelopment projects across the United States. He also spent time as... Read More →
avatar for Peter MacKeith

Peter MacKeith

Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas
Peter MacKeith is dean and professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Appointed in July, 2014, and reappointed for a second five year term in 2019, he is the fifth dean of the school and a nationally recognized design... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Evans

Christopher Evans

Mass Timber Director, Swinerton
Chris is an experienced construction professional with a demonstrated history of completing difficult projects, including numerous mass timber buildings. Chris has been with Swinerton Builders since 2008 spending his first 7 years in Hawaii and his last 5 years in the Pacific Northwest... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Online

2:00pm PDT

Value Propositions for Investors in Decarbonized Projects and Sourcing Capital and Financing for Decarbonized Projects
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for Robert Doherty

Robert Doherty

Chief Financial Officer, Sustainable Living Innovations
Robert (Bob) Doherty is the Chief Financial Officer of Sustainable Living Innovations (www.sli.co), a mission driven company committed to helping close the affordable housing gap of all income levels, while setting a new standard of sustainable living. As a building technology company, SLI designs and manufactures the world’s most sustainable buildings. Prior to his work a... Read More →
avatar for David Maxwell

David Maxwell

Managing Director, SDCL US
David heads up SDCL’s investment activities in the United States, and takes the lead on originating, developing and structuring SDCL’s investments in waste to energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency projects in the region.Prior to moving to the US 4 years ago, David... Read More →
avatar for Michael Lohr

Michael Lohr

Vice President, Urban Investment Group (“UIG”)
Michael Lohr is a Vice President in the Urban Investment Group (“UIG”), a domestic, multi-asset class investing and lending business that provides equity and debt to real estate projects and social enterprises. UIG commits over $1 billion annually to community and economic development... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Online

3:00pm PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking / Break
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Thursday October 8, 2020 3:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Online

3:30pm PDT

Creating Carbon Footprint Baselines
Understanding the tools and methods of embodied carbon

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Anthony Pak, P.Eng., MSc.

Anthony Pak, P.Eng., MSc.

Principal, LCA Consultant, Priopta
Anthony is the Principal at Priopta, a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consulting firm that is one of the first in North America to offer a custom Parametric LCA service for new construction projects. He is also the founder of CLF Vancouver—the first local hub of the Carbon Leadership... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Efrie Escott

Efrie Escott

Environmental Researcher, Associate, KieranTimberlake
avatar for Kate Simonen

Kate Simonen

Executive Director, Carbon Leadership Forum
Kate Simonen, AIA, SE is the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Connecting significant professional experience in high performance building design and technical expertise in environmental... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Online

3:30pm PDT

Engaging the Financial Sector to be Climate Aligned
Rocky Mountain Institute’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance was launched in early July as an “engine room” to help financial institutions -- and the industries they serve -- to understand and overcome the practical barriers to climate-aligned lending and investment. The Center is part of a global partnership to accelerate the decarbonization of global economic sectors and also focuses on the development of global frameworks that connect financial sector initiatives with financial regulation. The Center’s Founding Partners include Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase. Radhika Lalit, Director, Center for Climate-Aligned Finance and James Mitchell, Director, Center for Climate-Aligned Finance, will be presenting about the Center and speaking about their latest report, Breaking the Code, which provides an overview of the climate action efforts and policy trends within the financial sector.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Speakers
avatar for James Mitchell

James Mitchell

Director, Center for Climate -Aligned Finance
James is a Director at the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. A leading practitioner and thought leader, he works to align capital with climate targets through innovative research and ambitious cross-sector collaborations. James led the development of the Poseidon Principles, the... Read More →
avatar for Radhika Lalit

Radhika Lalit

Director, Center for Climate-Aligned Finance
Radhika Lalit is a Director of the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance—a global center of expertise on climate alignment dedicated to leveraging finance to catalyze decarbonization in the real economy. Radhika is also managing a global coalition of over 30 leading organizations to... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Online

3:30pm PDT

Financing Decarbonized Affordable Housing
Energy costs are an unpredictable and unequal burden on household budgets. Fluctuating energy costs can compound environmental and economic disasters and lead to exposures to dangerous conditions and increasing rates of homelessness. Zero energy housing builds resiliency into low-income communities by providing a clean, long-term source of renewable energy. Though residents living in housing solely reliant on renewables for energy benefit from not having energy bills, how do developers manage the upfront costs of installation? Affordable housing is often built by cash-strapped non-profit or mission-oriented for-profit organizations with competing priorities. This session will provide two solutions for financing zero energy affordable housing and one case study of an affordable housing developer building their first zero energy multi-family building, while also fulfilling other goals around public health and poverty alleviation.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
avatar for Susan Puri

Susan Puri

Manger, Affordable Housing, International Living Future Institute
As Affordable Housing Manager, Susan helps affordable housing projects achieve Living Building Certification through the Institute’s pilot program. She also helps develop resources and educational materials. Originally from the Atlanta area, Susan attended Georgia Tech where she... Read More →

Speakers
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Molly Simpson

Manager, Fannie Mae Multifamily Green and Healthy Housing Financing Business, Fannie Mae
Molly Simpson is a Manager for the Fannie Mae Multifamily Green and Healthy Housing FinancingBusiness for Fannie Mae. In this capacity, she focuses on developing and implementing financingproducts that increase the sustainability of the country's multifamily housing stock.Prior to... Read More →
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Alison Toffic

Project Coordinator, UPholdings
Alison Toffic is a project coordinator for UPholdings, a comprehensive realestate firm that is dedicated to creating, operating, and sustaining quality affordablehousing in communities throughout the United States.Alison oversees the property design and construction phases that bring... Read More →
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Sierra Latham

Director, Moving Forward, Energy Systems Network
Sierra Latham is the director of the Moving Forward program with Energy Systems Network in Indianapolis. Moving Forward challenges participating affordable housing developers throughout Indiana to incorporate energy efficient design and transportation solutions into their properties... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Online

3:30pm PDT

Replicable Financial Models for Living Buildings
In order to scale net zero energy, water, and Living Buildings, there must be a more replicable path with less risk for early investors and greater reward for those who take the plunge. Seed funding is often the most difficult to come by – so how do we get the projects off the ground before there is collateral against which to lend? The discussion brings a developer, architect, and high-performance engineer with this expertise to examine the barriers, strategies, and innovations that have helped bring some recent projects to life.

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
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Lisa Petterson

Principal, SRG Partnership, Inc

Speakers
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Paul Schwer, PE

President, PAE
As the president of PAE, Paul leads a talented group of over 350 engineering, design, and business professionals creating the most energy and water efficient buildings in the world. His work on high-performance buildings is multifaceted and ranges from corporate high-rises and museums... Read More →
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Jill Sherman

Partner, Gerding Edlen
Jill Sherman joined Gerding Edlen in 2003 and was name a partner in 2014. Jill leads Gerding Edlen's public-private partnerships and build-to-suit projects for non-profit and for-profit organizations, facilitating the important work of nonprofits and public agencies in our communities... Read More →
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Margaret Sprug

AIA, Principal, Miller Hull
With a passion for design and sustainability, Margaret has been responsible for helping Miller Hull break new ground with highly sustainable projects, including Living Buildings. Her ability to facilitate complex projects has led her to advance Living Buildings to a new benchmark... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Online

4:30pm PDT

Zero Lounge - Networking / Break
Strike up a conversation and hop on a video call with other attendees or join in Birds of a Feather group chats.

Thursday October 8, 2020 4:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Online

4:45pm PDT

Plenary - Call To Action: Pathway to Scaling Zero Carbon in the Built Environment
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

Moderator
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Beth Heider

Founder & CEO, Heider Sustainability Advisors LLC
After 18 great years advancing sustainability through Skanska’s exceptional development and construction platform, Beth Heider has returned to the work that she began in 1995 which is advancing the business case for sustainable buildings. Heider Sustainability Advisors was founded... Read More →

Speakers
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Elaine Hsieh

Head of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, Third Derivative
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Katherine Collins

Head of Sustainable Investing, Putnam Investments
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Gregory H Kats

President, Capital E
Greg has played a substantial role in developing the clean energy and green building industries as a long-time thought leader and impact investor in the transition to a low carbon economy. He founded the Smart Surface Coalition in 2019 to accelerate city investment in low carbon... Read More →



Thursday October 8, 2020 4:45pm - 5:45pm PDT
Online