Tuesday, December 8

Sustainability Leadership in the Private Sector

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ET/8:00 AM - 9:45 AM CT: Sustainability Leadership in the Private Sector

Session Description

Tenants, investors, and clients are driving demand for healthy, high-performing buildings as the global green building sector continues to double every three years. Local business leaders from across the southern US join Headliner and illustrate why building green makes good business sense and how companies across the real estate, construction and design sectors are investing in building performance, health, and resilience.

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


Lisa Shpritz


SVP, Environmental Business & Engagement Executive, Bank of America

Aidan Hitt

CO|Lab Manager, HITT Contracting, Inc.

Erin Hatcher

Vice President, Sustainability, AMLI Residential

Marshall Gobuty

Founder and President,  Pearl Homes Florida

Ryan Schwabenbauer

Director of Sustainability, St. John Properties, Inc.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss how companies’ environmental, social, and corporate governance practices and health and safety commitments define their industry leadership.

  • Define the value of health and performance in buildings.

  • Explain why building tenants & employees benefit from an investment in green building by increased health, productivity and quality of life.

  • Illustrate how and why investors value green building assets.

Featuring Gold Sponsor Pearl Homes! and Skanska

Rhiannon Jacobsen


VP, Market Transformation & Development, USGBC

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM ET/9:45 AM - 10:15 AM CT: Break & Networking Salon - TRUE

This Salon is hosted by Susie Westrup, Director of Client Relations for TRUE in the US South. The TRUE certification program enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. We all know about the 3-R’s but Susie will share more about how this program goes beyond and can even reduce costs in your building operations.

Salon Description

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM ET/10:15 AM - 11:30 AM CT: Private Sector LEED Project Showcase

Session Description

LEED project teams highlight the goals, strategies, outcomes, and lessons learned from four local projects that have achieved LEED v2009 BD+C, LEED v4 BD+C, and LEED Zero Energy certification in this rapid-fire showcase. Featured projects include: Entegrity Headquarters in Little Rock, AR; Bank of America Tower in Houston, TX, Unisphere in Silver Spring, MD and Virginia Springs 1 and 2 in Nashville, TN. 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, and Green Assoc.) CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU|HSW.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the top, overarching goals and objectives of each project. 

  • Compare and contrast the most notable strategies from the projects that contributed to achieving LEED v2009 BD+C, LEED v4 BD+C, and LEED Zero 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 v4.1 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

Maria Perez

Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler

Bank of America Tower - Houston, Texas

April Ambrose

Business Development Manager, Entegrity

Entegrity - Little Rock, Arkansas

Erica Weeks

Associate Principal and Director of Sustainability, Hastings Architecture

Virginia Springs 1 and 2 - Nashville, Tennessee

Featuring Silver Sponsor Gensler and Green Sponsor Hastings Architecture!
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Jason Fierko

Principal, Ewing Cole

Jared Mechling

Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Unisphere - Silver Spring, Maryland

Brian Lantz

Senior Project Manager, HITT Contracting

Co|Lab, Fairfax, Virgiinia

Luke Dorna

Staff Engineer, Systems Engineering, Carrier

Carrier Center for Intelligent Buildings - Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Ryan Snow


Director, Market Transformation + Development​


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Better Buildings Better Lives: Big South is an event by the US Green Building Council. Our goal is green building for everyone. USGBC was established in 1993 with a mission to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building industry. Since the LEED rating system’s unveiling in 2000, it has become an international standard for environmentally sound buildings, certifying hundreds of thousands of square feet per day.

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