2011 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo
Tuesday April 19
8:00 am – Noon
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo. Those attendees wishing to seek continuing education credits, you can download a certificate of attendance at the link below. We have also provided a post-conference supplement, featuring slides and information from our esteemed speakers. Thanks again to all of our attendees, sponsors and everyone who took part in this successful event. We hope to see you all again in 2012.
Building Green Chicago Faculty
Building Green Chicago Agenda
8:00 am Keynote address: Susan Hedman, EPA Region 5 Administrator.
Susan Hedman was appointed by President Barack Obama to be EPA Region 5 Administrator on Earth Day 2010. She directs EPA’s operations in the six-state Great Lakes region. Prior to accepting the President’s appointment, Dr. Hedman was environmental counsel and senior assistant attorney general in the Illinois Attorney General’s office, where she focused on litigation and legislation relating to environmental protection, energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture technology and associated consumer issues.
8:45 am Deconstructed: Minimizing the C&D Waste Stream
Deconstruction is to demolition what landing a plane is to crashing it. Construction and demolition debris make up a significant portion of the total waste stream–as high as 12% in Chicago. This means that we are throwing away tons of usable, and valuable, building materials every year. This panel will discuss the strategies behind deconstruction: how to do it, where to put the materials and most importantly, how to reuse them in future projects.
9:45 am Energy Consumption: Track It, Manage It, Save It
It’s every building owner’s goal to reduce energy consumption. But how? This panel will show you how to establish an energy baseline and then how to shrink it. Measurement and verification aren’t just an academic exercise or a rote step towards recertification, but an essential part of a portfolio energy management program that will save owners and occupants millions of dollars over time.
11:00 am Staying Above Water: Non-Potable Water Sources
A bill currently before the House in Springfield would change the game for residential water use across the state. More than 20% of the water we use in our homes every day is flushed away. But why use potable water in toilets and similar systems when a dependable, free option is available: rainwater. This panel will discuss this legislation and the opportunities it will open up for you in the residential market.