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May 12th

Open Keynote 1

10:00 am-10:40 am PST
Fireside Chat with Jigar Shah


Jigar Shah
Director of Loan Programs Office, U.S. Department of Energy

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Peter Templeton
President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

In this keynote discussion, Jigar Shah will explore scaling up the deployment of innovative energy technologies for buildings. How do we make buildings smarter, scale impact, and achieve decarbonization faster? Jigar will be joined in conversation by Peter Templeton, CEO & President of U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI.


Jigar Shah is Director of the Loan Programs Office with the U.S. Department of Energy. Shah was most recently co-founder and President at Generate Capital, where he focused on helping entrepreneurs accelerate decarbonization solutions through the use of low-cost infrastructure-as-a-service financing. Prior to Generate Capital, Shah founded SunEdison, a company that pioneered “pay as you save” solar financing. After SunEdison, Shah served as the founding CEO of the Carbon War Room, a global non-profit founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Originally from Illinois, Shah holds a B.S. from the University of Illinois-UC and an MBA from the University of Maryland College Park.


Peter Templeton has worked for over 25 years to accelerate global adoption of practices that enhance human health, environmental wellbeing and quality of life for all. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, GBCI and Arc Skoru, he directs organization-wide efforts to increase the reach and impact of green building and green business market transformation activities around the world.

This course is approved for .5 General GBCI CE hour and .5 AIA LU/HSW.

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Melanie Colburn
Director, U.S. Market Transformation & Development, USGBC

10:40 am-11:55 am PST
Optimizing Smart Buildings and the Grid 

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Alice Havenar-Daughton
Director, MCE (Marin Clean Energy)

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Rob Hymes

Chief Development Officer, Mynt Systems

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Tim McDuffie

Senior Business Development Engineer, Smarter Grid Solutions

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Alexandra “Sascha” von Meier
Director, Electric Grid Research, CIEE - CITRIS, UC Berkeley

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Hugh Lindsay
Strategy Director and Global Segment Architect, Real Estate at Schneider Electric

In the future, smart buildings will not only manage their performance but also serve as flexible, clean energy resources to the electric grid. This panel discusses the technologies enabling that transformation as well as the challenges in integrating to legacy energy infrastructure.

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW.

Breakout session d2 s1

11:55 am-12:25 pm PST
Breakout Session

This will be an engaging continuation of the conversation about the Optimizing Smart Buildings and the Grid. This will be part of the continuing education credit and will need to be attended for credit.


Dr. Xiaohui “Joe” Zhou
Director of Research and Innovation, Slipstream

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Vatsal Bhatt
Vice President for Communities, USGBC

Well Day 2
AI - s4

12:25 pm-12:35 pm PST:  Break

Hear USGBC announcements and updates, or just refill your coffee and tea!

12:35 pm-1:50 pm PST
State of the Art AI & Machine Learning in Buildings

AI and machine learning will become critical must-haves for all buildings in the future. This session will examine what will be necessary for best-in-class buildings and their operation. We will hear from early adopters and academic researchers expanding possibilities for buildings of today and tomorrow.

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW.

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Jessica Granderson

Deputy for Research: Building Technology & Urban Systems Division, Mechanical Staff Scientist/Engineer, Berkeley Lab


Sonu Panda

CEO, Prescriptive Data

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Adhishesh Sood
WELL Air Advisor, Global Strategic Partnerships Leader - Healthy Buildings, Honeywell Building Technologies

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Chris Pyke
Senior Vice President for Product for ArcSkoru, Inc.

Breakout session d2 s2

1:50 pm-2:20 pm PST
Breakout Session 

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Wanda Lau
Editorial Director, Endeavor Business Media

This will be an engaging continuation of the conversation about the AI and Machine Learning in Buildings. This will be part of the continuing education credit and will need to be attended for credit.

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Patti Mason
Chief of People, Culture, and Impact, Switch Automation

Closing Keynote 2
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Saul Griffith
Inventor, Author, Founder and Scientist

Saul Griffith is an inventor, author, and founder of multiple companies and nonprofits. He has led projects for agencies including NASA, DARPA, National Science Foundation and more. He has founded and co-founded multiple successful companies, including one acquired by Google, another by Autodesk, and another by a consortium of vehicle manufacturers including Toyota. In 2007 he was awarded a Macarthur Fellowship, the so-called ‘Genius Grant’, for inventions in the service of humanity. In the closing keynote, Saul will explore why electrification is the chief strategy for climate mitigation and the urgency of transforming our physical environment. He will focus on “the machines inside buildings and the vehicles that park near or in buildings”. 

Saul Griffith: Q&A with a sustainability futurist

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW.

2:20 pm-2:45 pm PST
Saul Griffith Keynote

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Brandon Tinianov
Head of Strategy, Mynt Systems

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