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GBI's Bethesda Sustainable Buildings & ESG Seminar
Net Zero, Health & Wellness, Resilience, Embodied Carbon, and Certification Strategies


Seminar (1:00 - 4:30 PM)
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

Networking Reception (4:30-6:30 PM)
Sports & Social Bethesda
11800 Grand Park Avenue Space 1116
North Bethesda, MD 20852


Approved for 3 AIA LUs

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Reach building owners, portfolio managers, the A/E/C community
and real estate key decision-makers as they goal set and implement sustainability plans.

“This was one of the most informative and inspiring workshops that I have attended in some time. The speakers offered guidance for a streamlined certification process and methods to improve the sustainability of all types of commercial real estate.”

- Deonté Smith, M.Arch, GGP, Corporate Buildings & Systems Engineering (BaSE), UPS

“The Green Globes Dallas Workshop was insightful and brought to light all the nuisances of the path to zero carbon by 2030. I was impressed with the diversity at the workshop and it is specifically through the diversity of thought that a true 360 view of “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” was presented. Thank you for all you did, for Green Building Initiative, to put on such a great event!”

- Evangeline Klingbeil, Danfoss



1:00 PM   Welcome / GBI Introduction

Vicki Worden, President & CEOGreen Building Initiative 

1:10 PM   Community Solar Leasing in Maryland: A Primer for Building Owners

Shazim Chhapra,  Director, Origination, UGE Internationa

Through Maryland's community solar program, property owners have the opportunity to lease out rooftop, land, and parking lot space for the development of CDG (community distributed generation) solar projects. Property owners who host community solar projects on their commercial buildings take significant steps towards meeting sustainability goals without needing to expend any capital or take on any risk. In this session, Shazim Chhapra, Director of Origination at UGE International will provide an overview of Maryland's community solar program, outline the process of becoming a community solar project host for commercial buildings in Maryland, and answer any questions. 

1:40 PM   An Overlooked Renewable Energy Source - Geothermal

Buddy Humphries, GGA, PE, Efficient Green LLC 

This presentation will discuss an often overlooked renewable energy source, namely geothermal cooling/heating systems, covering the basic science and world-wide adoption. A recent Green Globes project Pierce Arrow Lofts in New York will be highlighted.

2:00 PM   Passive Demand Reduction: Steps to Simplify the Calculations and Earn Maximum Credit

Mark Russell, PhD, PE, GGF, GGA, Wise Built, LLC, University of Florida 

Passive Demand Reduction can be one of the more challenging credits to earn. The session will simplify the process and explain how to use the resources to maximize the Green Globes credit. 

2:15 PM   Dual Certification Opportunities with Green Globes, Fitwel, and WELL

Charlie Saville,  Principal & Director of Sustainability, FitzGerald Associates  

“Sustainability” as a general term can be looked at in two major groupings: green building certifications that verify the building’s performance and health & wellness certifications that verify that a building supports a healthy environment and lifestyle. Paired, the two types of certifications reinforce commitment to reducing environmental impact and occupant health and wellness. This presentation will describe the evolution of green building and sustainability in private sector development and how dual certification can satisfy market demand and support ESG goals.

2:35 PM   BREAK

2:45 PM   Building Energy Performance Standards: Ready or Not, Here they Come!

Moderator: Theresa Backhus, Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement, Building Innovation Hub, Institute for Market Transformation

Emily Curley,  Building Energy Performance Programs Manager, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

Christopher Pendley,  Senior Building Systems Engineer, Steven Winter Associates 

Luke Lanciano, Manager of Sustainability and Energy Management, Bernstein Management Corporation

Washington, DC and Montgomery County, Maryland are leaders in green building policy, both for new and existing buildings. Requirements such as the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS), which regulate energy use in existing buildings, will ultimately help the District and Maryland achieve their carbon-neutrality goals. But what else is happening in the DMV? Are BEPS here to stay? How can you prepare, and what do you need to do now? This session explores how BEPS will affect the region's building industry professionals, including designers, owners, contractors, and operators. It will clarify the opportunities, as well as the challenges, associated with this new approach to building sustainability. Learn how to navigate these regulatory requirements, improve performance, and balance financial and social priorities throughout the building lifecycle.

3:25 PM   Learning to be Green: Sustainability for Montgomery County K-12 Schools

Gary Mosesman, MCPS Director of Construction

Lynne Zarate, MCPS Director of Sustainability and Compliance

Montgomery County Public Schools is on a fast learning track to improve and implement sustainability in all aspects of its operations. The Board of Education approved a Sustainability Policy in July 2022 and the school system is also supporting Montgomery County's climate plan which calls for 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2030. 

In buildings, MCPS is meeting a recently passed International Green Construction Code 2018 and has registered all major school projects for Green Globes certification. A new grant from Maryland Energy Administration will result in incorporating net zero energy design principals into the Capital Projects Planning Process.

Roughly based on the Deming quality model "plan-do-check", MCPS's sustainability plan is an ongoing cyclical process aimed at both continuous improvement and long-term thinking surrounding sustainability goals. The sustainability indicators track progress toward carbon reduction goals (an interest recently expressed by our Board of Education), but the plan goes well beyond new construction and operations to include transportation, food services, and environmental stewardship integrated into the curriculum.

Learning to be green means learning from everyone: student engagement, faculty and building service, maintenance professionals and design architects and engineers.

3:55 PM   Aligning Green Globes with Local Codes

Coral Pais, Mechanical Engineer, DLR Group

Justin McAdam, Senior Mechanical Engineer, DLR Group

Attendees will learn how the Green Globes certification was used to also comply with Montgomery County's green code requirements using South Lake Elementary School as a Case Study

4:25 PM  Closing Remarks

Megan Baker, Associate VP, Engagement, Green Building Initiative