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This conference will be reviewed for PDHs (for engineers), LUs (for landscape architects) and CEUs (for registered architects). The number of credits/hours to be awarded may not be determined prior to March 29. As always, participants will be required to sign-in at each session attended.

The conference has been successfully reviewed and approved by GBCI for 21 CE Hours. The USGBC NY Upstate Chapter will email certificates to LEED professionals who sign in and out of each specific session.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time Activity

7:15 a.m.

Check-in and Continental Breakfast


Welcome and Introduction


Keynote Presentation

Dr. Paul Anastas, Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, and Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University; former Assistant Administrator for the Office of Research and Development, and Science Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Higher Education Case Studies

Track 2: Green Building for Commercial Construction

Track 3: Green Building for Residential Construction


Case Study – LEED Gold Certified University Research Facility

Glen Conley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate and Project Manager, Francis Cauffman Architects

Gregory Meyer, AIA, Project Manager, University of Rochester Campus Planning, Design, & Construction

The 3 C’s of Net Zero

Peter Larson, Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects, P.C.

Edward McGraw, Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects, P.C.

Zero Energy Home Built by Students

Craig Clark, PE, Dean Applied Technology, Alfred State College


Visit Exhibitors


Case Study of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology

Mark Maddalina, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Architect and Manager of Sustainable Design, SWBR Architects

Brian Danker, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, M/E Engineering, P.C.

Josh Reinhard, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Manager, LeChase Construction Services, LLC 

University at Albany’s High Performance Building Guidelines: the What, Why, and How

Indumathi Lnu, University Energy Officer, University at Albany

Set Yourself Apart: Get Your Project Green Certified to the National Green Building Standard

Michelle Desiderio, Director of Green Building Programs, NAHB Research Center

12:00 p.m.


Brief remarks by Sherburne Abbott, Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives and Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, Syracuse University; former Associate Director for Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

  Local LEED Presentations
1:30 Visit Exhibitors

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Higher Education Case Studies

Track 2: Green Building for Commercial Construction

Track 3: Green Building for Residential Construction


Green Infrastructure on Campus: New Approaches to Stormwater Management Challenges

Michael Gridley, Senior Landscape Architect, C&S Companies

Green Building Restoration Demonstration Project

Brian Macrae, Managing Partner, Synapse Risk Management

Matching Performance to Predictions in Green Multifamily

Maureen Mahle, Director of Sustainable Housing Services, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.


Visit Exhibitors


SUNY-ESF Gateway Building: Design & Construction for an “Energy Plus” LEED Platinum Building

Ellen Watts, Principal, Architerra Inc.

Wood: The World’s Sustainable Structural Material

Dr. Robert Meyer, Professor, SUNY-ESF

The Power of the Built Environment in the Context of Sustainability

Esther Greenhouse, Environmental Gerontologist, Esther Greenhouse Enabling Environments

5:00 - 7:00

Networking Reception in Exhibitor Area

Friday, March 30, 2012

7:30 a.m.

Check-in and Continental Breakfast - Atrium/Exhibitor Area


Plenary Session

Dan Phillips, Founder, Phoenix Commotion

Concurrent Sessions

Track 1: Deconstruction

Track 2: Green Building for Commercial Construction

Track 3: Biomimicry


Alternative Markets and Marketing for Deconstruction Materials

Erich Kruger, Construction Program Coordinator, Finger Lakes ReUse

Infrared Building Thermography: Visualizing Building Energy Efficiency Performance

James D'Aloisio, Principal, Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt

Building in Nature’s Image Using Ecological Performance Standards

Kevin Stack, Biologist at the Design Table, Ecological Builder, LEED Faculty, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC


Visit Exhibitors


D-Build.org: Connecting the Deconstruction Industry Through Technology and Storytelling

Robert Englert, Co-Founder,

Grant Meacham, Co-Founder,

Air Barriers – Building Science Equals Energy Efficiency

Laverne Dalgleish, Executive Director, Air Barrier Association of America, Inc.

Resilience Science & Preserving Life as a Basis for “Green” Buildings

Josh Stack, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Advisor in Resilience, Biomimicry and Sustainable Science, Northeast Green Building Consulting, LLC


ReUse in Action: Strategies for Building ReUse

Michael Gainer, ReUse Action

Teaching LEED: Green Buildings as Teaching Tools

John Pumilio, Sustainability Director, Colgate University

Biomimicry in Buildings: Can Nature Inspire Green Building Solutions?

Siobhan Watson, Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

1:00 p.m.


Brief remarks by Deborah Howard, Director of Sustainability, State University of New York


Green Building Advocate of the Year Award Ceremony and 10th Anniversary Celebration

3:00 Conference Concludes