Better Buildings Events Calendar

Better Buildings partners participate in webinars, peer-exchange calls, meetings, and industry workshops and conferences. Browse upcoming events and opportunities to participate by month.

Monday, May 17, 2021

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Better Buildings Events: 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit

2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit

Better Buildings Events
Monday, May 17, 2021 11:00 am to Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:00 pm
EST

This annual event is an opportunity for partners and key stakeholders to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency. The 2021 Summit is a virtual event.

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Webinar: Planning for Power: Tools and Resources for Energy Resilience

Planning for Power: Tools and Resources for Energy Resilience

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 11:00 am EST

Building managers, community planners, and policymakers are turning to distributed generation and storage technologies to help critical facilities remain operational when they are needed most. In this “hands-on” workshop, experts guided participants through publicly available online tools for energy resilience planning, such as REopt Lite and DER-CAM, that can assist in site-specific optimization of onsite generation and backup power. Attendees also learned about available funding resources to help resilience projects come to fruition. Watch to learn how to apply these resources to your own projects, engage with experts in real-time, and hear about opportunities to stay connected.

Speakers: Nicholas DeForest, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Emma Elgqvist, National Renewable Energy Lab

 
 
Webinar: Accelerating Technological Innovation in the Water Space

Accelerating Technological Innovation in the Water Space

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 11:00 am EST
Partners: ArcelorMittal USA; General Motors
Sectors: Industrial, Water Initiative

Industrial wastewater treatment facilities can be a proving ground for new technologies later adopted by municipal facilities. This session discussed the intersection between industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, specifically highlighting some industrial facilities that are providing municipal water/wastewater treatment services to help identify technology development and deployment needs for enabling synergistic operations.

Speakers: Rishabh Bahel, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.; Christobel Ferguson, The Water Research Foundation; Al Hildreth, General Motors; Erin Partlan, The Water Research Foundation; Prakash Rao, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Kiran Thirumaran, Oak Ridge National Lab

 
 
Webinar: Collecting and Managing your Building Energy Data

Collecting and Managing your Building Energy Data

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 11:00 am EST
Partners: District of Columbia; El Paso, TX; Miami-Dade County, FL

Learn how to save time while getting more from your data using DOE’s building energy tools. Whether you’re an expert or just getting started, this hands-on walkthrough of the Asset Score, Audit Template (starts at 2:04:39), SEED Platform (starts at 1:12:40), and Unique Building ID (starts at 0:18:33) applications has something for everyone. Interested participants test drove the tools during an expert-led “BYOData!” session, and shared their thoughts with other attendees as the group worked through each tool. Finally, we discussed an exciting new policy tool for state and local governments – the building performance standard – and how the tools featured in this workshop can help implement one in your jurisdiction (starts at 2:53:05).

Speakers: Fernando Berjano, El Paso, TX; Andrew Held, Washington, D.C.; Kevin Keene, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Nicholas Long, National Renewable Energy Lab; Marta Marello, Miami-Dade County, FL; Robin Mitchell, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Sarah Newman, Pacific Northwest National Lab; Chris Sanchez, Miami-Dade County, FL

 
 
Webinar: Workforce Accelerator Meet-up

Workforce Accelerator Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Partners: NAIOP; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) ; Roxbury Community College; The Corps Network

Better Buildings Workforce Accelerator partners shared best practices for developing the energy efficiency workforce through three key areas: Building Interest, Streamlining Career Pathways, and Improving Skills.

Speakers: Adele Ferranti, NYSERDA; Frank Mruk, Roxbury Community College; Mary Ellen Sprenkel, The Corps Network

 
 
Webinar: Commercial Sector Meet-up

Commercial Sector Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Partners: American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE); International Facility Management Association (IFMA); U.S. Green Building Council; UW Health; Welltower
Sector: Commercial

Watch DOE and partners in the commercial building sector, including commercial real estate, hospitality, healthcare, higher education, retail, food service, and grocery have a panel discussion. We addressed key trends in the sectors, new resources and best practices from Better Buildings, and a closer look at the impacts of the pandemic, such as evolving building needs and space types.

Speakers: Alysson Vogt Blackwelder, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); Kirby Brendsel, Welltower; Kara Brooks, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE); Dean Stanberry, International Facility Management Association (IFMA); Mary Evers Statz, UW Health

 
 
Webinar: Multifamily Sector Meet-up

Multifamily Sector Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Partners: BRIDGE Housing Corporation; Mercy Housing; Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future
Sector: Multifamily

Multifamily housing peers connected at the Multifamily Meet-up and shared challenges and successes in reaching energy efficiency goals. We heard from HUD’s new leadership on implementing the Biden Administration’s climate and clean energy agenda in affordable housing. An interactive discussion explored how partners can build upon successes in energy efficiency to set and achieve low-carbon goals.

Speakers: Caitlin Rood, Mercy Housing; Rebecca Schaaf, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

 
 
Webinar: Local Government Sector Meet-up

Local Government Sector Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Partners: District of Columbia; El Paso, TX; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA
Sectors: Local Government, State Government

The Local Government sector meet-up was an opportunity for attendees to connect and exchange best practices with peers, as well as share accomplishments and challenges in a candid, interactive format.

Speakers: Katie Bergfeld, Washington, D.C.; Fernando Berjano, City of El Paso, TX; Adam Guzzo, U.S. Department of Energy; Brendan Hall, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Dominic McGraw, City of Philadelphia, PA; Amy Royden-Bloom, U.S. Department of Energy

 
 
Webinar: Industrial Sector Meet-up

Industrial Sector Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Sector: Industrial

The industrial sector meet-up was an opportunity for Better Plants partners and stakeholders to come together virtually and discuss challenges and solutions. Program manager Eli Levine provided an update on new tools and resources and highlighted partner achievements, followed by a fireside chat on the industrial decarbonization challenge.

Speakers: Diane Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy; Jane Flegal, White House Council on Environmental Quality

 
 
Webinar: K-12 Schools Sector Meet-up

K-12 Schools Sector Meet-up

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Sector: Education

The K-12 Schools meet-up was an opportunity for attendees to connect and exchange best practices with peers and share accomplishments and challenges in a candid, interactive format.

Speakers: Katy Hatcher, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Anisa Heming, USGBC Center for Green Schools; John Lord, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

 
 
Webinar: 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit: Opening Plenary

2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit: Opening Plenary

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 3:00 pm EST

The Secretary of Energy delivered the opening keynote. DOE leadership recognized the 2021 Goal Achievers and recent partner accomplishments.

 
 
Webinar: Accelerating Building Decarbonization: A White House Roundtable with Government & Industry

Accelerating Building Decarbonization: A White House Roundtable with Government & Industry

Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021 4:15 pm EST

Core members of the Biden Administration convened industry stakeholders in dialogue on equitable decarbonization of America's buildings, associated opportunities for jobs, and new programs for efficient electrified buildings. This session was moderated by Mark Chambers of the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy.

Panelists:

  • Jennifer Granholm, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Gina McCarthy, National Climate Advisor, White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Brenda Mallory, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Michael Regan, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Katy Kale, Acting Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration
 

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