Wednesday, December 9

response and resilience in the Public Sector

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ET/8:00 AM - 9:45 AM CT: Public Sector Leadership Panel

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss ways government leaders and public sector institutions are preparing and responding to environmental, social and public health shocks and stressors in their communities and the built environment. 

  • Explain how public sector leadership has addressed community health, social equity and sustainability in the face of threats, disaster and resilience planning.

  • Identify and describe how policies and commitments in place have advanced goals for energy, environmental or health performance.

  • Summarize the outcomes and advantages realized in the public sector through an investment in green, resilient buildings and communities. 

Session Description

2020 has shown us the need for resilience in local communities around the country. Leadership in the public sector have had to respond to long- and short-term impacts from environmental, social and health crisis in their communities. This panel highlights leadership from the region, and how they are responding to immediate shocks and preparing for long term stressors in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU|HSW.

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Chris Castro


Director of Sustainability and Resilience, City of Orlando

Dr. Dionne Wells-Hedrington

Chief Operations Officer, Virgin Islands Department of Education

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Sushma Masemore

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and State Energy Director, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

Deeksha Rastogi

Research Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marc Coudert

Environmental Conservation Program Manager, City of Austin, Office of Sustainability 

Hilari Varnadore


Vice President, LEED for Cities and Local Governments, USGBC

Melissa Deas 


Climate Program Analyst, Dept. of Energy & Environment’s  Urban Sustainability Administration

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM ET/9:45 AM - 10:15 AM CT: Break & Networking Salon - Arc Performance and Building Re-entry

Salon Description
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Dr. Chris Pyke will share how Arc has evolved to support your building performance and the health of your staff and tenants. The recent release of Arc Re-Entry was done to support the safe and confident return to the places we work, learn and play. Arc believes that performance is the future of green building and developed its performance platform to help create better buildings and places for both people and the environment. Arc empowers its users to measure and improve their sustainability performance, promote human health and well-being and contribute to a higher quality of life. Arc Skoru Inc. is a technology company affiliated with Green Business Certification Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Arc makes every building better


Arc helps any space or building manage performance across five areas:

energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience

Featuring Platinum Sponsor Arc Skoru, Inc.

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM ET/10:15AM - 11:30 AM CT: PUBLIC SECTOR LEED Project Showcase

Session Description

LEED project teams highlight the goals, strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned from six local projects that have achieved LEED v2009 BD+C, LEED v4 BD+C, and LEED v2009 BD+C Homes: Single Family, and LEED Zero Energy certification in this rapid-fire showcase. Featured projects include: Austin Central Library in Austin, TX; Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Westover Division Station in Charlotte, NC; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, GA; Greenlab in Dallas, TX; The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA; and Talley Student Union in Raleigh, NC. Representatives will discuss the goals and strategies of each project, and what approaches project team members would use to comply solely with LEED v4.1 BD+C,  LEED v4.1 O+M certification or recertification guidance.  


This course is approved for 1.5 LEED Specific GBCI (BD+C, O+M, Homes, and Green Assoc.) CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU|HSW.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the top, overarching goals and objectives of the project related to sustainability, health & wellness, resilience, and equity.

  • Compare and contrast the most notable strategies from the projects that contributed to achieving LEED v2009 BD+C, LEED v4 BD+C, LEED v2009 BD+C Homes, and LEED Zero Energy certification.

  • Link lessons learned from these projects with an emphasis on health and human experience, and how the project teams would approach things differently under LEED v4 BD+C alone. 

  • Discuss how the projects’ performance outcomes added value, and how ongoing performance is being measured against LEED v4.1 O+M recertification guidance.

Speakers and Featured Projects 
NCSU Tally Student Union
NCSU Tally Student Union

UVA Campus
UVA Campus


NCSU Tally Student Union
NCSU Tally Student Union


Adrienne Akin Faulkner

CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Faulkner Design Group, Inc. 

Gary Olp

Founder and Director, GGO Architects

Jeffrey Denno

Senior P&D Sustainability Manager, CBRE

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport- Atlanta, Georgia

Alex Gonzales

Director, Austin Operations


Austin Central Library - Austin, Texas

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Summer Minchew

Managing Partner, Ecoimpact Consulting, LLC


Travis Stratakes


Sustainability Design Leader and Project Architect, C DESIGN

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Westover Division Station - Charlotte, North Carolina

Liz Bowen

Founder and Director, Bowen Consulting

Talley Student Union- Raleigh, North Carolina

Ryan Snow


Director, Market Transformation +Development, USGBC

GREENLAB - Dallas, Texas

Andrea Trimble

Sustainability Director, University of Virginia

University of Virginia Campus - Charlottesville, Virginia

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