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

Seminar (1:00 - 4:30 PM)
The Lofts at Atlantic Wharf
530 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Networking Reception (4:30-6:30 PM)
Society on High
99 High Street, Boston, MA 02110| 

Cost
$49

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Agenda

1:00 PM   Welcome& Opening Remarks  

Kathy Loftus, VP, SCP, Energy & Facility Services, Building Retail Services 


1:10 PM   Living Roofs: Green Roofs and Beehives

Kira Botelho, Account Manager, Best Bees Company
Paige Mulhern, Creative Director, Best Bees Company

The benefits of green roofs are well established. They reduce the urban heat island effect, reduce stormwater runoff and aid in energy conservation. When you add beehives to pollinate a green roof installation, these living roofs do even more. Together they boost biodiversity, promote wellness, and build community for tenants, cities, and the environment.


1:25 PM    Keeping PACE with rising Construction Costs

Angela Ledding, Managing Director, PACE Loan Group

Angela will describe the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing program, which allows commercial property owners to upgrade existing buildings (and in certain states, build new buildings in excess of code) using long-term, low-interest, fixed-rate financing. There have been over 2,750 PACE projects nationwide, providing over $3 billion in financing for these projects.


 1:50 PM    Community Solar Trends: Enhancing your ESG Commitments

Felix Aguayo, VP Strategic Development, Solar Landscape

Community solar programs are evolving. Property owners should capitalize on the dual opportunity to (1) lease unused rooftop, land, and parking lot space for the development of community distributed generation and (2) advance sustainability KPI's.  The future of community solar, however, is trending towards the democratization of solar access and may create unique opportunities to further decarbonize communities.  In this session, Felix Aguayo, Vice President of Strategic Development at Solar Landscape will provide an overview of emerging policy trends in community solar, current and future ESG opportunities, and answer any questions.


2:15 PM    The Journey Toward Net Zero Schools

Prajakta Thipsay, LEED GA, Sustainability Consultant, DRAW architecture + urban design

The Holmes County School District received Federal funds for district-wide school improvements and reached out to Iris Energy Analytics for HVAC refinements. Iris then hired DRAW to create sustainability simulations showing the ROI of school facility performance improvements. We will walk you through DRAW's sustainability process and the three scenarios presented, culminating in Net Zero energy efficiency, water efficiency analysis, and additional building performance advancements.


2:40 PM    BREAK


2:50 PM    The Rapidly Changing EV Charging Landscape

Blink Charging

According to a recent report by Deloitte, the total global EV sales are growing from 2.5 million in 2020 to 11.2 million in 2025, then reaching 31.1 million by 2030. This forecast presents a challenge for EV charging infrastructure since the deployment of charging ports must keep up with the growth in residential, commercial, and fleet applications. This panel discussion will address how communities, private businesses, and EV infrastructure companies are working to answer the call and make EV charging more accessible through widespread deployment of EV charging station. This session will highlight the these key topics through an interactive panel discussion and robust audience Q&A.  


3:20 PM    Fidelity Applies Its "Investor Mindset" to More than Your Retirement Savings!

Liz Brown, Senior Manager, Business Partnership and Strategy, Fidelity Investments
Laura Keenan, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability and Resilience, Fidelity Investments

Fidelity is committed to driving environmental value, engaging our stakeholders on sustainability issues, and delivering business results for our customers and clients. Members of Fidelity’s Real Estate team will share how they leverage Green Globes certification as one of many elements contributing to its broader sustainability strategy which is focused on reducing the environmental impact of its daily business operations.


 3:45 PM    Resilience, Ecology, and Access at the Water’s Edge

Joseph Sutkowi, Chief Waterfront Design Officer, Waterfront Alliance

WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) is the gold standard for resilient, ecologically-sound, and accessible projects that touch the water's edge. WEDG is a national rating system that has verified projects that include everything from industrial facilities in the Bronx to public park space in North Carolina. Waterfront design is complex for even the most seasoned design teams and becoming more so with the risk of coastal flooding due to sea level rise. With help from hundreds of experts in design, science, community development, engineering, and insurance, the Waterfront Alliance developed WEDG, a science-based voluntary rating system and set of guidelines to address these challenges at the project scale.


4:10 PM    Leveraging Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors Projects

Blake Jackson, AIA, LEED Fellow, US Northeast Sustainability Design Leader - Stantec (Boston)

This session presents a case study on the completed VA Boston headquarters - a 53,000 square feet workplace project that achieved 4 Green Globes certification in 2021. The presenter will explain the genesis of this project, and how the team came to select Green Globes as a pathway for demonstration of sustainability outcomes desired by the client. Key emphasis will be given to illustrate how the team, which were all new to the Green Globes rating system, created a unique integrative design approach that met the client's rigorous design and construction guidelines, while conveying the desired strategies, discipline by discipline, to help the team overcome the learning gap on this fast-moving project - achieving the highest level of certification, on the same timeline and budget as was given to achieve 1 Green Globe certification. The presentation will show finished images of various different components of the design and will be supplemented by metrics on energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality - to name a few. The processes illustrated in this presentation are simple, practical, and replicable, as they are ideal for workplace and interiors projects with rapid schedules, modest budgets, and/or which have not historically been well-served by leading third-party rating systems. Join this session learn about this exciting project, how these processes contributed to it being awarded "2022 Green Globes Project of the Year" by the GBI, and most importantly, how Green Globes can become a go-to tool to help bring measurable sustainability to your workplace/interiors projects!


4:30 PM    Closing Remarks


 

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