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Speakers13th Annual New York State Green Building Conference

Keynote Speakers

Rick Fedrizzi

Rick Fedrizzi

Rick Fedrizzi, is the co-founder of USGBC and currently CEO of USGBC and Green Business Certification Institute. Through his leadership of the U.S. Green Building Council, Rick Fedrizzi has transformed real estate practice, created new markets and sparked innovation that has led to fundamental shifts in the built environment in resources saved, toxins eliminated, greenhouse gases avoided, and human health enhanced.


Scot Horst

Scot Horst

Scot Horst, USGBC’s Chief Product Officer, is responsible for all product research, development, implementation and execution. He led the development of LEED v4 and is chief inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque.


Chris Pyke

Chris Pyke

Dr. Chris Pyke is the Chief Operating Officer for GRESB, leading its global business strategy. Previously he headed USGBC’s research program, which included the development of gbig.com.


Oren Lyons

Oren Lyons

Oren is a faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Council of Chiefs, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). He has been active in international Indigenous rights and sovereignty issues for over four decades at the United Nations and other international forums. He is a State University of New York (SUNY) distinguished services professor emeritus of the University at Buffalo. He co-founded the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth with the American Indian Institute at Bozemon, Montana, and continues to serve on their board. Oren co-founded the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse program in 1983 and is chairman of their board of directors. He is chairman of the board of directors of Honoring Nation, the Harvard program for Native American economic development. He serves on the board of Bioneers an environmental champion of the earth. Oren is chairman of the board of directors of Plantagon International AB, the leader in urban agriculture, Plantagon is designed to meet challenges of compounding human population, finite resources and global warming.


Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin

As Chief Architect for the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Sam’s primary role is leading deployment of proven innovations for new and existing high-performance homes. This includes helping lead DOE’s world-class research program, Building America, developing a new resource tool that will make latest innovations and best practices fully accessible to housing industry stakeholders, and overseeing a completely revamped DOE Challenge Home voluntary labeling program for leading edge zero energy ready home builders. In his prior position, he managed Energy Star for Homes since its start in 1996.  Under his leadership, Energy Star for Homes grew exponentially to more than 8,500 builder partners, over one million labeled homes, and over 25 percent market penetration nationwide. Mr. Rashkin was most recently recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York.  During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects.  He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has authored a new book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for accelerating innovation in the housing industry. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.


Concurrent Session Speakers

Anthony Aebi

Anthony has been a builder since 1990, In 2007, he built the first DOE-Rated Net-Zero Energy Home in NY. Since then, he has built 25 additional Net-Zero Energy homes that have been designed and constructed for a life cycle of at least seven generations.

Co-Presenting with Pasquale Strocchia


Rick Alfandre

Rick Alfandre

Rick Alfandre, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a New Paltz based architect whose work includes countless projects ranging from high performance residences, religious buildings, retail spaces, and multi-million dollar hotels. With his involvement in many non-profit organizations throughout New York State, Alfandre is a leader of the green building movement in upstate New York and was recently re-elected Chair of the Upstate New York Chapter of the US Green Buildings Council. As president of Alfandre Architecture and his construction company EcoBuilders, Inc., Alfandre continues to design and build state of the art buildings that are durable and energy efficient.


Erik Backus

Erik Backus

Erik C. Backus, PE, LEED AP, FMP, recently the Engineering Planner for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, is now the Director of the Construction program at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.  In his recent role he was responsible for the planning of the infrastructure at all campuses and sites of the University.  Erik previously served as the Engineering Division Chief at JBM-HH and he was the Lead Design Engineer for MNC-I during 2007-2008 Iraq war surge.  Erik is Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve serving at the Pentagon, and works on the Faith Based Community Action Team for the USGBC.


Steve Beck

Steve Beck

Stephen Beck, LEED AP BD&C is an 18-year veteran of LeChase, as Chief Sustainability Officer, and Director – Science and Technology, Steve and his team are responsible for the turnkey delivery of cleanrooms and contamination controlled facilities, internal and outsourced commissioning services and support for all sustainable and/or LEED certified projects, and for all sustainable construction and operations.

Co-Presenting with Joe Berman


Joe Berman

Joseph Berman, LEED AP, GGP, is the Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for Price Chopper Supermarkets. He joined the chain in 2009 as the company’s Environmental Certification Specialist, and in house LEED AP BD&C. In 2012, Mr. Berman was promoted to Manager of Sustainability en route to settling into his current position, which encompasses all areas of environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Co-Presenting with Steve Beck


Catherine Bobenhausen

Catherine Bobenhausen

Catherine Bobenhausen is a certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional, LEED AP BD+C. The presenters are experienced practitioners from the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s Indoor Environmental Quality Committee and Green Building Working Group and so share an ongoing commitment to professional advancement of indoor air/high performance buildings, which will be evident in their joint presentation. They will draw on White Papers and other technical work products of their committee and working group to support the collaborative fabric of the session.

Co-Presenting with LanChi Nguyen Weekes & James Trainer


Terry Brennan

Terry Brennan

Terry Brennan became interested in how buildings work during the oil embargoes of the 1970s.  One thing lead to another and now he's an old guy who has worked on buildings in all 50 states.  He has worked solving or preventing indoor air quality, corrosion, paint failure, flooring failure, paper curl, stain and fluorescence, thermal comfort, excessive energy use, pest species colonization and moisture related problems in residential, commercial, institutional, laboratory, museum, school, medical and industrial buildings.


 Eugenia Brieva

Eugenia Brieva

Eugenia joined QPK Design in 1996 and became a partner in 2001. She received her combination Masters and Bachelor of Architecture from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and worked as design architect in Chile before moving to the United States. Eugenia is committed to environmentally responsible development, the revitalization of deteriorated urban areas and adaptive reuse projects. Her philosophy of design is to provide quality sustainable design to respond to the clients needs, capitalizing on the financial incentives available to implement sustainable strategies regardless of the size or type of project. She has been involved in sustainable design projects for 28 years, in Chile and USA, being one of the first LEED register architects in the region.


Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C is a Principal at Ashley McGraw Architects. In his 20 years at the firm Matt has worked on a variety of building types with a particular emphasis on sustainable design. Recent projects include the LEED Gold Science Building at Syracuse University, LEED Gold Townhouses at SUNY Oswego, the Southern Tier High Technology Incubator and the addition and renovation to Sadler Dining Hall at SU. He strives for a holistic, forward looking vision of architecture that is in harmony with nature.

Co-Presenting with Andrew Schuster


Matthew Brubaker

Matthew Brubaker

Matthew Brubaker has over 15 years of experience in sustainable design, community building, and place making.  Matt is the Campus Energy Manager for SUNY Cortland currently engaged in a number of initiatives from student engagement to energy master planning and measurement and verification programs of various energy efficiency measures.  Matt along with many others, is overseeing the implementation of compliance strategies for Executive Order 88, which requires all state agencies to reduce Energy Use Intensity by 20% by 2020 when compared to 2010 baseline year. 


Michael Burnetter

Michael P. Burnetter, PE. is the Senior Engineer with the for Energy Services for the New York State Department of State Division of Code Enforcement & Administration. He is a primary administrator of the Energy Code in New York State. Michael has three decades of experience in design and design review in the fields of Design, Codes, and Engineering Consulting in both the public and private sector. He has a wide diversity of professional design and design review experience in engineering, electrical, energy, and HVAC systems. Mike has been with the Department of State Codes Division from 1997, through early 2014, where he has been been recognized as taking the lead on many technical initiatives. Mike has served on the Technical Subcommittee for the Energy Code of New York State (2007). Joe was appointed to lead the Green Building Code initiative in 2013, and also as the Chair for the Green Construction Code of New York State consideration and is very active in the ICC code change process at the national level. Mike is a licensed engineer and a certified code enforcement official.


Lisa Carey-Moore

Lisa has been engaged on a variety of LEED projects providing support for design teams across LEED credit categories. Recently she's been delving into product descriptions, MSDS, and working with manufacturers to help them understand transparency requirements. Previously she worked in the public policy realm for environmental advocacy organizations.

Co-Presenting with Don Mulhern


Chris Carrick

Chris Carrick

Chris Carrick directs the Energy Management Program for the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, a public agency that serves Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties. In that capacity, Chris coordinates several NYSERDA programs, including Climate Smart Communities, which assists local municipalities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through the preparation of climate protection plans, and the implementation of clean energy demonstration projects.


Christopher Cimino

Besides being a sweetheart, Chris' biggest project has been learning, designing, and constructing his and Michelle's tiny house: framing, roofing, exterior siding, electrical, plumbing, and custom interior cabinetry. His Permaculture design course and teaching background have guided him to live off of renewables and adamantly pursue a resilient homesteading lifestyle that he documents about on his website oneidatrail.com.

Co-Presenting with Michelle Tinner


James D'Aloisio

James D'Aloisio

Jim D'Aloisio is a Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in Syracuse, NY. He has over 30 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer, responsible for the design and assessment of new buildings, additions, and structural renovations. He has an interest in designing buildings with minimal thermal bridging, as well as reduced carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions. He has experience in alternative structural systems, including Insulated Concrete Forms, Structural Insulated Panels, and Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations.


Karla Donnelly

Karla Donnelly

Karla Donnelly is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at SWA, working with residential buildings. Her expertise is in sustainable consulting services, program certification support and implementation of high performance and sustainable building technologies. With architects, developers, builders, and homeowners, she develops specific sustainability strategies for both new construction and renovations. Ms. Donnelly is an integral part of the initial strategic planning sessions and workshops with stakeholders based on program criteria; she verifies in the LEED® for Homes, Passive House, Energy Star, and National Green Building Standard programs.


Gregory Duncan

Gregory Duncan

Gregory Duncan began his architectural career with an internship in Germany, the birthplace of the Passive House movement. Since 2000 he has primarily designed midrise multifamily and mixed-use buildings in New York City and surrounding areas. In 2009 he became a founding member of New York Passive House and is currently a Vice President. His Passive House consulting work includes the first certified Passive House retrofit in Connecticut.


Rebecca Flora

Rebecca Flora

The session will utilize panel discussion and exercise formats moderated by Rebecca L. Flora. Prior to joining E&E Rebecca served as the SVP of Education and Research at the U.S. Green Building Council. As the first executive director of the Green Building Alliance, Rebecca was credited with establishing Western Pennsylvania region as an early national leader in green building. Rebecca served as USGBC Board Chair in 2008 and was a founding member of the LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and a USGBC LEED Faculty member.

Co-Presenting with Jessica Waldorf


Emilio GenzanoEmilio Genzano

Albany Medical Center is an academic medical center in the capital region of New York committed to providing the highest level of patient care, education and biomedical research to the people of our community and beyond. Emilio Genzano is AVP of Engineering, Construction and Facilities Maintenance for Albany Medical Center Main Campus and regional offsite facilities.  Mr. Genzano’s possesses a wealth of construction management and facility operations experience that he has utilized to manage continued operation of the Hospital's existing facilities and construction and redevelopment of new care and support facilities.


David Green

David Green

David Green is an architect and LEED AP who has had the opportunity to be involved with LEED projects from both the design team perspective and certification reviewer perspective. As an architect with King + King Architects, he was involved as the sustainability manager on most of the firms LEED registered projects and was the LEED AP for several, including the LEED Platinum certified King + King Architects Office and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center at Syracuse University. As a consultant to 7group, who is part of the USGBC/GBCI’s group of contracted certification reviewers, he has conducted certification reviews for more than 80 LEED projects. David is also an Assistant Professor in the Architecture and Interior Design Department at Onondaga Community College, and is an active member of the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter Advocacy Committee.

Co-Presenting with Richard Kimball


Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill, RA, is the Assistant Director for Energy Services for the New York State Department of State Division of Code Enforcement & Administration. He is the chief administrator of the Energy Code in New York State. Joe has three decades of experience in design and design review in the fields of Architecture and Engineering in both the public and private sector. He has a wide diversity of professional design and design review experience in architectural, structural, energy, and HVAC systems. Joe has been with the Department of State Codes Division Technical Services Unit from 1999, through early 2007, where he has been been recognized as taking the lead on many technical services initiatives. Joe has served on the Technical Subcommittee for the Residential Code of New York State (2007). Joe was appointed to lead the Energy Services unit in February of 2007, and also as the Chair for the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State 2010 and 2012 and is also very active in the ICC code change process at the national level. Joe is a registered architect and a certified code enforcement official.


Yasmeen Hossain

Yasmeen Hossain is a PhD candidate in the Resilience and Adaptation Program (RAP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Her interdisciplinary research explores the viability of highly energy efficient homes in Alaska. Her analysis includes the environmental life-cycle of the building materials, a cost-benefit analysis and the social/cultural implications of building these types of homes in Alaska. Yasmeen has a professional and academic background in environmental economics, renewable energy, sustainable disaster recovery and permaculture design.


Andrew Jarvis

Andrew leads EwingCole’s New York office and specializes in the planning and design of cancer care facilities. With 40 years of experience in all aspects of architecture and construction, he is skilled at conceiving architectural design options that depart from traditional solutions for the benefit of patient comfort and convenience, efficient delivery of care, construction cost containment, regulatory approval and engineering systems integration. Andrew has authored many articles on healthcare design and is a frequent speaker at healthcare seminars. He joined EwingCole in 1983 and served as President and CEO from 1991 to 2005.

Co-Presenting with Thomas Pelis


Richard Kimball

Richard Kimball

Richard Kimball is a LEED Certification Reviewer with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). During his time at GBCI, Richard has been involved in the certification review of nearly 300 projects pursuing LEED Certification, including nearly all types of projects in locations throughout the world. As a member of GBCI’s in-house review team, Richard is responsible for performing quality evaluations of contract reviewers, developing CIR responses, and addressing LEED customer service inquiries. Prior to joining USGBC, Richard worked as a Mechanical Engineer for Bergmann Associates in Syracuse, NY. In that role, he developed energy models for over 100 projects pursuing LEED Certification and provided support to various utility incentive programs. Richard is a Professional Engineer (NY), LEED AP, and President-Elect of the ASHRAE Central New York Chapter.

Presenter: LEED Certification Work Zone, &

Co-Presenting with David Green


Michael LeydeckerMichael Leydecker

With over 35 years of experience in the transportation field, Mr. Leydecker is well versed in a range of multi-faceted projects including context sensitive transportation design, traffic engineering, community participation and environmental assessments. His expertise includes planning and design of complete streets providing more transportation choices, supporting existing communities through transit-oriented, mixed use development and land recycling, and creating healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods. He has a strong working knowledge of AASHTO Geometric Design Standards, ADA design guidelines, DOT Specifications, FHWA MUTCD and DOT Traffic Signal Design Requirements. Mr. Leydecker also has prepared Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements on major highway and land development projects and has an intimate knowledge of State Environmental Quality Review and Federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Regulations.


Don Mulhern

Don has extensive experience with the LBC certification framework, guiding clients from schematic design to completion. He has worked with countless manufacturers to specify products that meet the stringent requirements of LBC’s "Red List," as well as LBC sourcing requirements. As a civil engineer, he has over 20 years of infrastructure project experience in the public and private sectors.

Co-Presenting with Lisa Carey-Moore


Thomas PelisThomas Pelis

Over 37 years of design, construction and real estate development experience across several business sectors. Over his career, he has worked in the role of design professional, contractor and owner/developer prior to his current role at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Mr. Pelis currently holds the position of Assistant Vice President for Facilities and Planning at Upstate.  His duties include the financial and technical management of all capital projects across the two campus university. In addition, Mr. Pelis is responsible for managing the university’s facility master plan which entails forecasting potential capital investments 5-10 years or more into the future. Mr. Pelis is also Chair of the University’s Sustainability Task Force. In this capacity, he leads the sustainability program at Upstate and sets direction on sustainability goals for Upstate. Pelis is also responsible for the university’s parking operation which includes two campuses, three garages and about 4000 surface parking spaces. Mr. Pelis holds the position of corporate secretary for SUNY Upstate’s affiliate, Upstate Properties Development, Inc. and functions as the development and operations manager for the corporation. Mr. Pelis is also deeply engaged with the university’s minority and women owned supplier diversity program.

Co-Presenting with Andrew Jarvis


Susan Powers

Susan Powers

Susan E. Powers is the Spence Professor of Sustainable Environmental Systems and the Associate Director of Sustainability in the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992 and has had a variety of academic appointments at Clarkson University ever since. Her research includes technical and environmental assessment of sustainability efforts and energy and climate education initiatives at middle, high school and collegiate levels.


John Pumilio

John Pumilio

A native of Central New York, John Pumilio received his bachelor's degree in environmental and forest biology from ESF at Syracuse University and graduate degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. In April 2009, John became Colgate University's first Director of Sustainability. Since coming to Colgate, the university has been able to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent and shave over $500,000 off its annual operating budget through energy and water conservation and efficiency programs. In 2011, John led the university’s climate action planning effort that committed Colgate to climate neutrality by 2019. These efforts have resulted in Colgate receiving the 2011 National Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature.


Priscilla Richards

Priscilla Richards

Priscilla Richards is a Program Manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. She is responsible for leading market development initiatives across the residential and commercial sectors targeting zero net energy for new construction and major renovations, and advancement and increased compliance for energy codes. Her educational background is in electrical engineering and public policy. Ms. Richards has worked for over 25 years promoting energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial sectors, primarily developing, implementing, and managing information and incentive programs, and influencing policy.


Andrew Schuster

Andrew is a project architect at Ashley McGraw Architects.   He received his B. Arch from Cornell University in 2007 and has practiced in the US, France, and Ireland.  He has a professional background in sustainable materials and is a firm believer in the fact that great design backed up by the right science can make better environments that improve lives.  He currently serves as the Director of Outreach for the AIA-CNY. Andrew is a registered Architect and LEED accredited.

Co-Presenting with Matthew Broderick


Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro founded Taitem Engineering (Ithaca, NY) in 1989. He has led several energy conservation research projects, as well as design and energy projects. He has also led the development of several computer programs which are used in the HVAC, energy, and indoor air quality fields. Prior to starting Taitem Engineering, he worked at Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, in research and development, and holds eight patents from this work. He is the co-author of the book Green Building Illustrated (Wiley, 2014).


Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Patrick M. Smith is a credentialed Master Appraiser of used building materials. He performs appraisals for used building materials donated to charities (such as Habitat for Humanity) from deconstructed homes and buildings in all 50 states. Mr. Smith is one of the very few appraisers in the USA admitted to practice before the IRS for this specific type of donation appraisal. He is committed to helping increase awareness of the benefits of deconstrution.


Peter Spafford

Peter Spafford

Mr. Peter Spafford has been involved in the energy conservation and building performance industry for 24 years. Peter has been an instructor in building science and building envelope performance for the past 23 years and has taught hundreds of installers, building officials and contractors across the country. Peter became the national training manager for Building Professionals and oversaw the delivery and facilitation of upwards of 50 training programs a year and coordinated upward of 50 – 70 project managers and instructors in delivering 6 week to 6 month term training programs in energy efficiency and building envelope performance. Peter has also spent a tremendous amount of time in the field performing 3rd party inspections on behalf of government, quality assurance providers, utilities and warranty programs. Peter currently is the Director of the Quality Assurance Program for Building Professionals and the Air Barrier Association of America. He has been involved in both the development and compliance aspects of the program for a number of initiatives in both the residential and commercial building markets.


Josh Stack

Educated first on a construction site, then in biology and law at NYU, Cornell, and UB, Josh is basically a recovering attorney, advising clients in how to profitably deliberate for our children’s adaptive fitness. Recent projects include creating a practitioner's process based on ecosystem scale biomimicry, resilience science and traditional ecological knowledge. Josh co-founded Biomimicry Northern Forest, a regional biomimicry network devoted to enhancing the living world for the adaptive health of our children. He is also an alum of the Peruvian rainforest.


Pasquale Strocchia

Pasquale Strocchia

With over twenty years of professional experience in the housing sector, Pasquale has been dedicated to High Performance Building since 2004. As a building performance consultant and Energy Rater he has worked on over 1,000 homes including multi-family projects. A growing portion of his work is performing forensic investigations to help resolve building failures related to energy efficiency retrofits.

Co-Presenting with Anthony Aebi


Michelle Tinner

Michelle Tinner

Michelle, business owner of BPI accredited MBT Design, kicked-off her building science career as a home performance contractor in 2009. One year later, embracing a whole system's approach, she became a HERS Rater. She is currently seeking her MS in Sustainable Construction Management at SUNY ESF while living in her recently built tiny home with her sweetheart, Chris.

Co-Presenting with Christopher Cimino


James Trainer

Jim is currently a Client Service Representative at SGS-Galson Laboratories.  Utilizing his 17 years of laboratory and 6 years of consulting experience to assist clients in all aspects of sampling and analysis. As a Senior Industrial Hygienist at HSE Consulting Services, LLC he provided health and safety support services during construction and environmental remediation projects.  He achieved a high level of expertise and experience in microbial assessments and mitigation support services. He is also highly qualified and experienced in all aspects of health and safety support for industrial manufacturing environments including sampling strategies and data interpretation. While previously employed by Galson Laboratories Jim was the organic manager/section supervisor-GC,LC,IC. Here he was responsible for all aspects of the GC/MS, GC, LC, and IC laboratories including overseeing and reviewing performance. In addition responsible for all GC method development and vapor chamber method development. Manages the intermediate responsibilities as well as the long-term planning of all the Organic groups. Emphasis placed on meeting client needs and achieving high levels of quality. Review supervisors and group performance to insure on-time completion of results.

Co-Presenting with Catherine Bobenhausen


Jordana Viuker

Jordana Viuker

Jordana Viuker works for Steven Winter Associates' Multifamily Group on new construction projects in New York. Before joining SWA, Jordana worked on program design, implementation, and evaluation for Energy Upgrade California in Los Angeles County. She has also been a project manager at a photovoltaic firm serving residential customers in the New York Metro Area, exploring different facets of the sustainability industry. Jordana holds a master's degree in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University as well as bachelor's degree in Biological Anthropology from Pomona College. Jordana is chair of the Board for the Urban Academy School for Green Careers where she supports the structuring of curriculum to help high school students learn how buildings can be "greener" from design through to operations and maintenance. As a volunteer with GreenHomeNYC, Jordana assists in organizing monthly forums and helps job-seekers transition into the sustainability field. She is accredited by the Green Building Certification Institute as a LEED AP BD+C and the Building Performance Insistute as a Building Analyst Professional.


Dragana Vlatkovic

Dragana Vlatkovic

Dragana Vlatkovic studied structural engineering in Europe and design in USA. She worked as a lead designer for few big national firms before opening up her own design company. Since the company funding her work has been exclusively focused on design and construction of smaller size homes on tight budget for owners wishing to grow-in-place with flexible living arrangements. Her expertise is in advanced building methods that include use of prefabrication.


Jessica Waldorf

Jessica F. Waldorf, is a Project Manager in the Energy Efficiency Services department at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Ms. Waldorf co-manages Phase II of New York State’s Cleaner Greener Communities Program.

Co-Presenting with Rebecca Flora


LanChi Nguyen Weekes

Ms. Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, P.Eng., ing., LEED AP BD+C, is a partner at InAIR Environmental Ltd., an indoor environmental consultancy firm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Over the years, she has been involved in indoor environmental quality assessment and management, low emission building construction processes as well as IAQ management and testing for LEED credits. She has served on various ASHRAE and AIHA technical committees such as the AIHA IEQ Committee and the Green Building Working Group. She also served on a number of local boards and she is a Past President of both the ASHRAE and CaGBC local chapters. She has been actively involved with the preparation of Position Statements and publications including the AIHA publication ‘Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mould’ and the ASHRAE position document on ‘Limiting Indoor Mould and Dampness in Buildings’. She is currently a member of the ASHRAE Environmental Health Standing Committee and The Technical Committee 1.12 - Humidity Control. In the past few years, Ms. Nguyen Weekes has consulted on numerous LEED projects for builders and owners of office buildings, schools, health service centres, residential towers and recreational facilities. As part of her consultant role, she has helped the client understand the complex process involved in obtaining LEED 2009 EQ credits 3.1 and 3.2. Her detailed approach and control procedures has enabled her clients to successful understand the process and to obtain the credits.

Co-Presenting with Catherine Bobenhausen


Marguerite Wells

Marguerite Wells is the Project Manager of Black Oak Wind Farm, a 7-turbine community-owned wind farm under construction outside of Ithaca, and co-owner of Motherplants, a green roof plant nursery. She also taught in the Horticulture Department at Cornell for 11 years.


Katelyn Wright

Katelyn Wright

Katelyn Wright is the founding Executive Director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, which was incorporated in 2012 and is acting in partnership with the City and County to address a backlog of tax-delinquent, seizable properties, planning to acquire and facilitate the redevelopment of approximately 2,000 properties over its first several years.  The Land Bank’s mission is to return vacant and abandoned properties to productive use in a coordinated and planned manner. 

Prior to her role with the Land Bank, as a planner for the City of Syracuse, Katelyn conducted data and policy analysis related to vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent property and led the team which developed the land bank's business model and the City’s revised tax collection policy—a phased approach to addressing these challenges which, combined, affect nearly one in five properties within the City of Syracuse.  During this time she also served as the land bank’s acting executive director, building its capacity to begin operations.  As a Land Use Planner for the City of Syracuse she was the primary author of the Land Use & Development component of the City’s recently adopted Comprehensive Plan 2040. 

Katelyn earned her MRP from Cornell University in 2010 and has a professional background in land use planning and historic preservation.  She grew up in California’s Central Valley and earned her bachelors at the University of Washington in Seattle.