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NYS Green Building Conference

February 29 & March 1, 2024

Marriott Syracuse, Downtown, Syracuse, NY (no virtual option)

*Please note the following agenda is tentative and presentations and times may shift

Thursday | February 29, 2024

Time Activity Location

8:00 - 9:30 am

Check-in Continental Breakfast & Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Finger Lakes, Ballroom Foyer

8:30 - 9:00 am

Welcome and Introduction
Katherina B. Searing, Assistant Dean, ESF 

Finger Lakes Ballroom  

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote
Introduced by Kevin Stack, LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty, PHIUS, Building in Nature's Image

Managing Indoor Air Quality to Support Occupant Health and Energy Conservation 
Dr. Stephanie Taylor, CEO Building4Health
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

Finger Lakes Ballroom

10:00 - 10:30 am

Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Finger Lakes Ballroom Foyer



Concurrent Session I


Track A: Decarbonization & Embodied Carbon

Track B: Building Science & High Performance Building

Track C: Green Materials and Health & Well Being

10:30 - 11:30 am

NetZero Carbon Roadmap for College Campus

Joe DiSanto, Ramboll
Mary Ellen Mallia, University at Albany
(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

Simplifying Energy Efficiency: A Holistic Approach

Nicole Schuster, Positive Trace

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

How WELL is pushing markets towards using healthier building materials

Rodolfo Perez, Senior Director, Standard Development

11:35 am - 12:35 pm

The Catskill Project: The Future of Living

Greg Hale, Regen Development Company
Remy Moorhead, Buck Moorhead Architect

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)
(Approved for 1.0 CEC HSW)

Changes to expect in the 2024 IECC

Gayathri Vijayakumar, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

St. Elizabeth's Shelter: A Beacon of Hope

Rachel Nicely, Sustainable Building Partners
Mike Babcock, Sustainable Building Partners

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

12:35 - 1:35 pm

Lunch & Networking Opportunities in Finger Lakes Ballroom & Foyer

1:35 - 2:00 pm

Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions in Finger Lakes Ballroom Foyer


Concurrent Session II


Track D: Decarbonization & Embodied Carbon

Track E: Sustainable Development Goals; Environmental, Social and Governance Criteria; Inner Development Goals

Track F: Building Science & High Performance Building

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Sustainable Design Strategies: A Comparison Between Two Dormitories

Ben Larsen, Holmes King Kallquist Architects

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH

Activating the Inner Development Goals to Accelerate Systems Change

Kevin Stack, Building in Nature's Image LLC
Melissa O'Mara, The Leaders Co-Lab

(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

Path to Net Zero is goes beyond Handing over the Keys

Mike Babcock & Justin Aruck, Sustainable Building Partners
Adam Ugliuzza, ABBA Board Member

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

3:05 - 4:05 PM

Building Tomorrow's Sustainable Campuses: The College of the Atlantic's Innovative Mass Timber Student Housing Design

Timothy Lock, OPAL Architecture
Annavitte Rand, Thornton Tomasetti, 
Dominick DeLucia, Taitem Engineering

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

Empowering Practitioners: Channeling Passion and Research into Transformative Architectural Solutions

Shefali H. Sanghvi & Jen Switala, Dattner Architects 

What We Wish Everyone Knew: Using Commissioning Discoveries to Make Designs Better

Nate Goodell, Taitem Engineering

(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

4:05 - 4:35 pm

Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions in Finger Lakes Ballroom Foyer 

BEAM Training by Jacob Deva Racusin, Embodied Carbon Analyst, BEAM Trainer in Canadaigua Room

4:35 - 5:35 pm

Panel: Reducing embodied carbon in NYS
Introduced by Ian Shapiro, Associate Director for Building Science and Community Programs, SyracuseCoE, and Professor of Practice, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse University
Mariane Jang
, Senior Policy Advisor, NYS OGS, panel lead

  • Mikhail Haramati, State Industrial Decarbonization Lead, NRDC
  • Kate Aglitsky, EMS and Sustainability Director, MTA Construction & Development
  • Sadie Ross, Sustainability Policy Analyst, SUNY
  • Julia Casagrande, Deputy Director for Clean Energy, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice (MOCEJ)

5:35 - 7:35 pm

Reception, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions, & Student Poster Competition
Finger Lakes Ballroom & Foyer & Cavalier Lounge


5:30 - 7:00 pm

Clean Energy Career Fair
Persian Terrace






7:45 - 8:10 am

Check-in, Continental Breakfast, & Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions


8:10 - 8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction 


8:30 - 9:30 am

Keynote Presentation II
Carbon Drawdown Now: Climate Justice and the Built Environment
Jacob Deva Racusin, Embodied Carbon Analyst, BEAM Trainer


9:30 - 10:00 am

Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions


10:00 - 11:05 am

Panel Presentation
Performance at Scale: Achieving Sustainability Goals Across Building Portfolios

  • Jeff Benavides, Director of Performance at Scale, USGBC (Moderator)
    • Mike Nguyen, Director, Global Facilities Engineering, Micron 
    • Rebecca Filbey, Team Lead, New Construction,  NYSERDA
    • Christopher Trevisani, Vice President, Business Development, Housing Visions

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)



Concurrent Session III


Track G: Decarbonization & Embodied Carbon


Track H: State and Federal Legislation and Incentive Programs

Track I: Energy

11:05 am - 12:05 pm

Buy Clean Policy Implementation: Best Practices, Tools, and Case Studies
Katie Poss, Building Transparency 

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 CEC HSW)

Community Decarbonization Fund: Building Community-Based Lending Capacity for Green Investment in Underserved Communities

David Davenport, New York Green Bank

Electrification of Existing Building HVAC Systems

Charles Bertuch, Bergmann Associates

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

12:10 - 1:10 pm

The Fab Four: Talkin’ ‘bout a Revolution in Embodied Carbon!

Jodi Smits Anderson, 2bGreener, LLC
Jim D'Aloisio, Klepper Hahn and Hyatt

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

New guidelines on reducing embodied carbon in construction materials for New York State projects

Mariane Jang, NYS OGS
Mikhail Haramati, NYSERDA

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)

SUNY Clean Energy Master Plan Outcomes

Michael Kingsley, Ramboll
Matthew Brubaker, SUNY Cortland

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

1:10 - 2:30 pm


Lunch including
Recognition of the Student Poster Winners & David C. Ashley Green Building Advocate of the Year Awardee Recognition



Concurrent Session IV


Track J: Energy

Track K: Passive House

Track L: Urban Design, Planning, & Community Development

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Team Work Makes the "Therm" Work: Scaling District Geothermal Through Coalitions

Lauren Hildebrand & Jonathan Hernandez, Brightcore Energy;
Audrey Schulman, HEET
Jared Rodriquez, Emergent Concepts; 
Greg Koumoullos, Con Edison

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)

Diverse Voices – Global Adaptation of Passive House: Culture, Climate and Challenges

Christina Aßmann, Passive to Positive
Ilka Cassidy, Holzraum System

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 PDH)

Complete Streets - What We Can Learn from Europe and What They Can Learn from Us

Erik Backus, Clarkson University
Nicholas Leggett, Clarkson C3G

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 CEC HSW)

3:35 - 4:35 pm

Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Demonstration at Solara Apartments

Mark Bremer, National Grid US
David Bruns, Solara EcoLuxury Apartments

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU/HSW)
(Approved for 1.0 CEC HSW)

Engaging Passive House Verification Early: Get it done right the first time!

Rylee Noonan, Joe Bodine, Kellie Murphy, Sustainable Comfort

Getting Wild with GBRSs - Designing for Biodiversity

Nicolette Havrish, Nourish Architecture, DPC

(Approved for 1.0 AIA CES LU)
(Approved for 1.0 CEC HSW)

4:35 pm

Closing and Conference Giveaway in Finger Lakes Ballroom


4:45 pm

Conference Concludes







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