On Wednesday, April 5th, 240 attendees convened for the fourth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit. The Energy Summit is an annual, must-attend event for County building owners, property managers, energy contractors working in the County, and young professionals in the energy field or anyone interested in sustainable commercial buildings.
Hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Green Building Council – National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR), this event featured in-depth workshops on commercial building energy-efficiency and renewable energy topics, keynote speakers, an exhibitor hall, and networking opportunities.
For the second year in a row, USGBC-NCR and DEP were pleased to host the event at the County’s Silver Spring Civic Building, a green, centrally located community center in Downtown Silver Spring that installed 128 solar panels in early 2016 that produces more than 49,0000 kWh of clean electricity annually.
To kick off the Summit, USGBC-NCR Director Mark Bryan made opening remarks and introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Fulya Kocak, Vice President, Environmental, Social, Governance Issues at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). During her keynote remarks, Ms. Kocak emphasized the importance of sustainable buildings in our nation’s short- and long-term climate mitigation strategy.
Next, DEP Director Lisa Feldt introduced Council President Roger Berliner, who highlighted the many initiatives that make Montgomery County a sustainable leader in the nation.
The Summit featured nine breakout sessions on innovative energy projects, net-zero building strategies, renewable energy technologies, new energy financing opportunities, and County and other regional commercial energy efficiency programs. The full program is available here. Many courses were approved for continuing education units through both GCBI and AIA.
Thanks to the many organizations that participated in and moderated these interesting and informative breakout sessions, including: the Montgomery County Green Bank Board members, Boland, Lerner Development, the Appraisal Institute (DC Chapter), IMT, NIST, Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Therrien Waddell, the Tower Companies, SemaConnect, MDEV, MWCOG, Re:Vision Architecture, MD SUN, CleanGrid Advisors, Neighborhood Sun, ProMark Real Estate, Recurrent, the JBG Companies, Greenworks Lending, PFS, and USGBC.
To wrap up the Energy Summit, County Executive Isiah Leggett provided closing remarks, reflecting on the major events of the day and the significance of the Energy Summit. The closing plenary panel featured programs and case studies from the state and county level to create a building community more resilient against the impacts of climate change. Thanks to the Maryland Public Service Commission, MedImmune, and the Montgomery County Department of General Services for participating in the closing plenary.
“The Energy Summit represents the important partnerships that drive both energy efficiency and economic progress in the County,” describes Director Lisa Feldt, Department of Environmental Protection. “This annual event is a launching point for another year of collaboration with our commercial building community, and a celebration of our shared success thus far – we look forward to it each year.”
The Energy Summit would not be possible without the Montgomery County Committee of USGBC-NCR and the volunteers who helped organize the event. Thank you to the 2017 Energy Summit sponsors Pepco, Greenworks Lending, Pace Financial Services, Boland, Schneider Electric, Clinton Electric, CQI Associates, The Electrical Alliance and MDEV. Catering was provided by Green Plate Catering, a Montgomery County certified green business.
To receive updates about the 2018 Montgomery County Energy Summit and other commercial energy topics in the County, sign up for DEP’s monthly Commercial Energy News email list. See more photos from the Summit on DEP’s Flickr album. See you next year!