The 2012 GreenGov Symposium is presented by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  This year's program will be held Sept. 24-26, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

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September 24-26, 2012
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Post-Symposium Activities -- September 26, 2012  (last updated September 18, 2012)

Post-Symposium activities are available to full conference pass registrants and attendees who register for a September 26 day pass.

All activities have been grouped together by subject matter. Select a track from the following list to read the full descriptions for each activity:

This page will be updated with additional program and speaker information over the next few weeks. Please note, all program information is subject to change.

Buying Green
DLA Buying Green Training Workshop (Registration Required)   Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)   8:00am   5:00pm
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) will present a training workshop covering Federal pollution prevention initiatives and how they relate to the acquisition cycle. The workshop’s presenters teach acquisition officials how to best include environmental considerations in the planning, solicitation, evaluation, award, and administration of government contracts. Workshop highlights include green purchasing directives, environmentally preferable products, and resources for identifying greener versions of products.  The Buying Green workshop integrates the environmental requirements for green purchasing with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) implementation procedures of these requirements.

Note: This workshop requires a separate online registration (no fee will be charged for GreenGov full conference pass registrants and individuals who registered for the September 26 day pass).


Session Lead:

  • Gerard Nelson -- Environmental Instructor, DLA Training Center, Defense Logistics Agency

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Climate Risk & Resilience
Assessing Critical Risks to Infrastructure Roundtable       10:30am   12:00pm
Panelists from the same titled session on September 24th will further discuss and examine best practices for incorporating climate risk management into planning for infrastructure projects, appropriate use of relevant science and data, and applicable methodologies. This post-Symposium session will also explore opportunities for exchanging data and practices among participants, and the integration of risk assessments with the National Climate Assessment. Session Leads:
  • Chris Baglin -- Principal, AEA-Project Performance Corporation
  • Brian Bidolli -- Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
  • Ann Kosmal -- Architect, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Barbara Thomson -- Senior Associate, First Environment
  • Emily Wasley -- Informed Decisions & Adaptation Science Program Associate, U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Adam Whelchel -- Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy

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Climate and Energy Roundtable: Future Demand, Supply, Disruption and Adaptation   National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)   1:00pm   5:00pm
Projected variations in future climate conditions have the potential to affect both building energy demand and supply. This session will explore estimated changes in energy consumption and energy demand resulting from future climate variability. Particular emphasis will be placed on potential supply disruptions from extreme weather events, risk management, adaptation and resiliency. Key questions to be discussed will include:
  • What does this mean today to agency professionals responsible for energy, sustainability, or critical facility infrastructures?
  • What are the long-term planning issues?
  • What are the regional variations?
  • What are the uncertainties and range of predicted energy effects?
Session Leads:
  • Lee DeBaillie -- Principal Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
  • Bill Goran - Director, Center for the Advancement of Sustainability Innovations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Sam Higuchi -- Staff Engineer for the Environmental Management Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy -- Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Sciences Building (ENS), The University of Texas at Austin
  • Drury Crawley -- Director, Building Performance Products, Bentley Systems, Inc
  • Chris Pyke -- Vice President of Research, U.S. Green Building Council

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Education & Engagement
Managing Meta Community Groups and Integrating with Federal Government Roundtable   Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)   8:30am   10:00am
This roundtable will explore challenges and successes experienced by multi-community collaborations formed to address environmental sustainability initiatives. The roundtable discussion will focus upon:
  • Common success attributes and best practices for overcoming barriers;
  • Opportunities for aggregating interests and collaboration across meta groups; and
  • Integrating community efforts with Federal Government stakeholders and interests.
Session Leads:
  • Brian Bidolli - Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
  • Maria Sanders - Energy & Climate Analyst, City of El Cerrito, Small Cities Climate Action Partnership
Sustainability Education Roundtable   Arizona State University (ASU)   10:30am   12:00pm
This roundtable will bring together participants to discuss sustainability education trends and future needs for executive education, graduate and undergraduate programs. The discussion will examine the needs of government professionals and society at large, and more specifically, identify the skills that successful sustainability practitioners need to develop.  The outcomes from this discussion will offer helpful insight aimed to inform development of sustainability education programs. Session Leads:
  • Candice Carr Kelman -- Assistant Director, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Vicki Arroyo -- Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Law Center

How to Empower and Engage Senior Leadership

  Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   1:30pm   3:00pm
The support of senior leaders is often pointed to as the basis for successful change efforts of all types. But how do you actually get Senior Leadership buy-in when they aren’t energy experts? Learn directly from senior government leaders how to use data to develop a strategy for getting senior leader support, as well as from someone who has successfully gained leadership support. You’ll learn what data matters to senior leaders and what data doesn’t, as well as how to craft a compelling case that blends data with other key factors that support the organization’s mission. Session Leads:
  • Timothy Cooke -- Director, Martinsburg VA Hospital, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Garry Hall -- Vice President and Senior Account Executive, Siemens Government Technologies
  • Jennifer MacDonald -- Director, DOE Sustainability Performance Office, U.S. Department of Energy

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Energy Procurement & Management
Role of the Federal Government in Energy Efficient Purchasing   Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   10:30am   12:00pm
This session will give an overview of the federal market for energy efficient products, the potential savings that exist, and specific actions that individuals can take to purchase energy efficient products. Session Leads:
  • Jeff Eagan -- Sustainable Acquisition and Electronics Stewardship Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Shabnam Fardanesh -- Sustainable Acquisition Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Christopher Payne -- Research Scientist and Leader, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Energy Analysis Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Energy Procurement Roundtable   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)   1:00pm   3:00pm
Government agencies, municipalities, schools, hospitals, and institutes of higher education continue to be interested in capturing the economic and environmental value of solar energy. Many challenges remain, but organizations are being to explore innovative solutions, such as collaborative procurement (CP), to effectively address these hurdles. CP can reduce solar electricity costs by 10-15 percent, and administrative and staff costs by 50-75 percent while increasing the number of an organization's sites under development.

This session will provide an overview of CP with real-world examples from Silicon Valley and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. Attendees will come away with an understanding of the opportunities, the strategic and financial considerations, and guidance for pursuing CP across their own portfolios.

Session Leads:
  • Blaine Collison -- Program Director, Green Power Partnership Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Green Facilities
The Federal Green Challenge (FGC): Benefits, Tools and Resources
Data Management System Training and Success Stories
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)   8:30am   10:30am
Facilities participating in the Federal Green Challenge (FGC) are actively working towards E.O. 13514 targets and developing new Environmental Management System efficiencies. This session will focus on how to use the resources, tools and the data management system offered by the FGC to achieve energy and sustainability targets and showcase current facilities’ successes across the country. This session will also serve as an opportunity for facilities interested in participating in the Challenge to talk with current participants.

The Federal Green Challenge uses EPA's Regional teams and resources to bring technical assistance to individual facilities in Federal field offices. Come hear how participation in the FGC can be leveraged to deliver your mission more effectively within your community.

The session will also include training on how to use the new FGC data management system which allows participants to measure, manage and document progress, conduct analyses of results, and formulate results reports.

Session Leads:
  • David Iacono -- Federal Green Challenge Manager, Region 3 (Philadelphia and National Capitol Area), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Viccy Salazar -- Sustainability Coordinator and National Federal Green Challenge Co-Lead, Region 10 (Pacific NorthWest), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ron Vance -- Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, National Federal Green Challenge Co-Lead and Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch Chief, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Towards Greener Bases: The DOD Unified Facilities Criteria for Installation Master Planning       11:00am   12:30pm
In this interactive session, participants will learn about the DOD's new planning criteria and how it drives more sustainable development patterns. Speakers who developed the criteria and have implemented the criteria at military bases will discuss how the UFC was created, where it has been applied, and what the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a more sustainable approach have been at installations. Session Leads:
  • Thadd Buzan - Facility Investment and Management Directorate Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment), U.S. Department of Defense
  • Mark Gillem - Principal, The Urban Collaborative, LLC
  • William (Bill) J. McQuaid - Senior Program Analyst, Investment Branch, National Security Division, Office of Management and Budget
  • Jerry Zekert - Master Planning Team Leader, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Guiding Principles Compliance Using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager   Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   1:30pm   3:00pm
This workshop will teach Federal energy and sustainability professionals how to use EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, to help ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Existing Buildings required by Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.  Students will learn about the purpose and scope of Portfolio Manager and the Guiding Principles Checklist; learn how to establish and share data within a Portfolio Manager account; and gain insight into available reporting tools and mechanisms. This workshop will also briefly cover information on using Portfolio Manager to meet energy benchmarking requirements required under 42 USC §8253(f). Session Leads:
  • Erin Zayko -- Sustainability Manager, Lockheed Martin Energy Services

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Information & Communications Technology

Leading by Example: The Federal Government’s Expanding Use of ICT to Advance Sustainability Goals

  Center for Climate & Energy Solutions (C2ES)   8:30am   10:30am
Faced with increasing demands to cut energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, enhance productivity, and promote sustainability, federal agencies are developing innovative approaches to meeting these challenges. As the largest property owner and manager, fleet operator and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has unique opportunities to truly transform markets toward producing more sustainable products. Federal agencies are experimenting with a range of approaches to achieving this goal including: supporting research and development; using federal facilities as a test bed to demonstrate technologies; structuring financial incentives to scale energy efficiency; revising and creating new product and design standards; and establishing new procurement policies.

This proposed roundtable discussion will focus on one important area -- the expanding use of information and communications technology (ICT) to achieve energy efficiency and productivity enhancements across a range of federal building, fleet, and technology applications. It will bring together a distinguished group of leaders from both the public and private sector to gain their perspectives on what types of innovative approaches used by the federal government are most successful and have the greatest potential for expanded use.

The goal of the session is to identify successful approaches to delivering real world benefits to agencies in reducing costs and meeting their sustainability goals. The session will also evaluate former barriers to these approaches and how agencies have overcome these obstacles.

The participants in the roundtable will include leaders from both federal agencies and private sector companies with hands-on experience managing and implementing programs using ICT applications to meet sustainability goals. Representatives from several key agencies (possibly GSA, DoD, and DOE) would represent federal government experiences. Private sector representatives would be drawn from members of the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign. Steve Seidel from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) will organize the speakers and chair the roundtable. In pulling together this session, he will draw from a major study he is conducting highlighting innovative ways the federal government is utilizing ICT applications to help in achieving its sustainability goals.

Session Leads:
  • Philip Klokis -- Chief Information Officer, Public Buildings Services, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Larry Melton -- Assistant Commissioner, Public Building Services for Facilities Management & Program Services, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Larry Plumb -- Executive Director, Verizon
  • Steve Seidel -- Senior Advisor, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
  • Joseph Sikes -- Director for Housing and Competitive Sourcing, Office of the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Installations & Environment, U.S. Department of Defense
  • John Sullivan -- Business Development Manager, Autodesk
Meeting Agency Environmental ICT Needs With FedCenter   FedCenter   11:00am   12:30pm
FedCenter has been serving the environmental information and communication technology (ICT) needs of the Federal community for over 9 years. Originally designed to provide environmental managers, facility managers, and practitioners with a single source for finding newly established regulatory information, FedCenter has become the definitive source for current environmental compliance and training information, interagency collaboration, and environmental reporting tools.

This session will feature a tour of FedCenter's vast information resources and web-based collaboration and reporting capabilities. A roundtable discussion will allow participants to share their experiences with FedCenter discuss new ways it can help agencies' sustainability efforts. Participants will be encouraged to share their current and future needs with FedCenter management.

Session Leads:
  • Steve Luzzi -- FedCenter Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Peter Wixted -- FedCenter Board Chair, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Donna Schell -- FedCenter Content Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Using IT to Engage and Educate Employees Workshop

  FMYI   1:00pm   3:00pm
During this interactive planning workshop participants will explore various education and engagement programs designed to ramp up employee participation in sustainability initiatives within their agencies. The workshop brings together leaders from the public and private sectors that will share tools and approaches that have been used to foster broad-based engagement. The goal of the workshop is to give participants 'hands on' practice working with various planning frameworks and tools to develop effective programs. The workshop will focus on four areas:
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of how employee surveys are used to capture feedback on sustainability issues and further engage employees;
  • Identify education and training needs across different job roles and functions that promote engagement and help overcome challenges;
  • Develop guidelines for organizing, building and supporting ‘green teams’ in ways that become integrated with operations and foster cross-functional support; and
  • Explore ways to quantify the multiple sources of ROI and value that come from increased employee engagement, including direct benefits and indirect value drivers.
Session Leads:
  • Jim French -- Sustainability Integration Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
  • Grant Ricketts -- CEO, Tripos Software, Inc.
  • Dianne Shoaf -- Sustainability Integration Specialist, U.S. Postal Service
  • Justin Yuen -- President, FMYI [for my innovation]

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Supply Chain & Lifecycle Management

Electronics Stewardship Roundtable

  Sponsored by Sprint   8:30am   10:00am
In July 2011, the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship was announced at an event featuring senior Federal leadership and industry representatives. The Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship launched the strategy to:
  • Build incentives for design of greener electronics, and enhance science, research and technology development in the U.S.;
  • Ensure that the Federal Government leads by example;
  • Increase safe and effective management and handling of used electronics in the United States; and
  • Reduce harm from U.S. exports of electronic waste and improve safe handling of used electronics in developing countries.

This roundtable will highlight solutions to help better address the full lifecycle of electronics products in operations. Panelists will share operational best practices on how standards for sustainable design can be used as an evaluation tool for purchasing greener electronics, discuss leading solutions for third-party certification, and end-to-end electronics recycling and reuse.

Session Leads:
  • Darren Beck -- Manager, Sprint Corporate Responsibility
  • Holly Elwood -- Senior Program Manager, EPEAT, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Bob Holcombe -- Director, Personal Property Policy Management, Office of Governmentwide Policy, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Elizabeth Resek -- Chief, Municipal Source Reduction Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Supply Chain Questionnaire Harmonization Roundtable   Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)   1:00pm   3:00pm
At the 2012 Climate Leadership Conference, a working group was convened to explore opportunities to harmonize/consolidate disclosures and supply chain questionnaires. The preliminary discussions of the group have led to the need for a work project aimed toward examining existing supply chain questionnaires being used by industry, academic institutions and government entities in an effort to determine whether the opportunity to harmonize and/or consolidate questionnaires is practical. This roundtable discussion will focus upon:
  • Anticipated research to identify disclosure requests and supply chain questionnaires that climate and sustainability professionals are responding to on behalf of their companies, government entities and academic institutions;
  • Process of analyzing questions from analyzed materials, and a report on commonalities between the various inquiries; and
  • Conducting interviews with supply chain managers to assess the core business values and missions driving key questions.
Session Leads:
  • Daniel Kreeger -- Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Nancy Gillis -  Director, Federal Supply Chain Emissions PMO, U.S. General Services Administration

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Third Party Financing
UESC Introduction   Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   10:30am   12:00pm
The Introduction to Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) workshop provides attendees with an overview of the contracting options and services available from their local utility companies to engineer, finance, and install cost-effective energy and water savings projects. Session Leads:
  • David McAndrew -- Project Lead, UESC & Renewables, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Karen Thomas -- Senior Program Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Federal On-Site Renewable PPA Projects   Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   1:00pm   2:30pm
Federal On-Site Renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) allow the Federal Government to lead by example while helping to meet statutory and executive order goals related to renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency. This workshop will feature representatives discussing different types of contracting approaches to facilitate renewable energy projects on Federal lands.  Representatives from the Navy, Army, Army Corps of Engineers and DLA-Energy will discuss their approaches to facilitating the purchase of electricity from third-party owned and operated renewable projects on Federal land. Session Leads:
  • Calvin Kawamura -- Project Manager, Renewable Program Office, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U.S. Navy
  • Andrea Kincaid -- Energy Renewables Chief, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Margaret Simmons -- Huntsville Center Chief of Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Chandra Shah -- Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Tracy Logan -- Program Analyst, Utility Acquisitions, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
ESPCs with a Power Purchase Agreement Energy Conservation Measure   Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   3:00pm   4:30pm
For agencies interested in hosting renewable resources on their Federal land, the ESPC with a PPA Energy Conservation Measure provides an opportunity for a long-term contract up to 25 years. This workshop will feature representatives discussing their agency’s successful ESPC projects with a PPA as an ECM.  An open discussion of best practices and lessons learned will follow the project overviews. Session Leads:
  • Andrea Kincaid -- Energy Renewables Chief, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Margaret Simmons -- Huntsville Center Chief of Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Tracy Logan -- Program Analyst, Utility Acquisitions, Federal Energy Management Program, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Cassandra Walbert -- Attorney Advisor, Procurement Law Division, U.S. Coast Guard

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