Plenaries & Special Events

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit brings together some of the best minds working to further energy efficiency opportunities and technologies in the built environment. The 2020 Summit, now a virtual leadership symposium, will be held June 8-11. Don’t miss a moment of the conversation! Learn more about some of our 2020 plenary speakers below. We will announce additional keynote and plenary events as they are confirmed.

DOE Fireside Chat with the National Labs: Trends and Emerging Technologies


Join DOE for a fireside chat to explore the newest trends in emerging technologies. Leadership from DOE's National Labs will share what's next for energy efficiency and answer your questions about preparing for the future.

ALEX FITZSIMMONS, U.S. Department of Energy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Alex leads a diverse energy efficiency program and R&D portfolio that includes advanced manufacturing, building technologies, federal energy management, low-income weatherization, and intergovernmental partnerships. As part of senior leadership, Alex advances initiatives to improve the energy efficiency of America's homes and businesses and to strengthen the energy competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector. In his capacity as DAS-EE, Alex is advancing key initiatives on energy storage, plastics recycling, critical minerals, water security, and field validation. He is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


DR. JOHNEY GREEN, JR., National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
Associate Laboratory Director, Mechanical and Thermal Engineering Sciences (MTES) Directorate

Johney Green, Jr. oversees NREL's transportation, buildings, wind, water, geothermal, advanced manufacturing, and concentrating solar power research programs, which encompass a portfolio of approximately $100 million and more than 400 employees. The MTES Directorate conducts research and development to enable technology innovations in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power. He previously held several leadership roles at Oak Ridge National Lab, serving as director of the Energy and Transportation Science Division and group leader for fuels, engines, and emissions research. He is a fellow of SAE International and serves on the Faraday Institution and National GEM Consortium boards. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Memphis and a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

DR. SURESH SUNDERRAJAN, Argonne National Lab 
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Global Security Directorate

Suresh Sunderrajan leads a multidisciplinary team that applies expertise in science, engineering, and technology to develop solutions to challenging problems related to energy, manufacturing, and global security. Suresh worked in industry for 20 years prior to joining Argonne in 2015, most recently at United Technologies Corporation, where he served as Director of Innovation Business Development, and prior to that, as a serial entrepreneur, part of the founding team for four different start-ups. Suresh earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and an S.M. in Management and Engineering from MIT. He holds over 30 U.S. patents.


DR. JUD VIRDEN, Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) 
Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment Directorate

Jud Virden joined PNNL in 1991, where he leads 1,000 scientists, engineers, and staff who are delivering science and technology solutions for the nation's complex energy and environmental challenges – including modernizing the power grid, advancing energy storage technologies, increasing the energy efficiency of buildings and lighting, developing biofuels, and resolving complex issues in nuclear science and environmental management. He earned his Ph.D. and B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Washington.

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