healthy, resilient, affordable
June 15-17, 2020
Our buildings need to be safe and resilient. Our energy must be affordable. Our workforce must be responsive. People should have greater opportunity and access to healthy homes, schools, workplaces, and transportation.
Our two-day conference will partner with public health, affordable housing, and community and economic development leaders to tap into new resources and advance policy and program solutions. Building decarbonization and electrified transportation can respond to our need for climate stabilization to create opportunities and solutions for everyone.
Join NEEP and over 300 leaders from government, industry, community, and advocacy as we explore the opportunities, trends, and challenges of minimizing the carbon footprint of homes, buildings, and transportation in the Northeast U.S. Take part in inspiring regional dialogue including interactive sessions with industry experts and market leaders, multiple networking opportunities with peers, and powerful keynotes.
We have a limited number of sponsorship packages available. If you would like to join us as an event sponsor and want to learn more about options, take a look at these details. For questions or more information, please contact Industry Relations & Event Manager Jessica Augat.
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Registration scheduled to open mid-March.
|Government, Non-profit, Speaker||$195|
Registration fees include:
- Access to NEEP Preconference EM&V and Smart Homes & Buildings Workshops
- Access to all Plenary and Breakout Sessions
- Conference materials, including speaker presentations from the Plenary and Breakout sessions
- All catering activities, including continental breakfasts (2), lunches (2), and receptions (2)
June 15, 2020
|12:00 pm to 7:30 pm||Registration||Open|
|1:00 pm to 5:00 pm||Preconference||
NEEP Smart Homes & Buildings Workshop
|5:00 pm to 7:30 pm||Networking||Opening Reception|
June 16, 2020
|6:00 am to 7:00 am||Networking||
Early Bird Walk & Talk
Start the day with NEEPer Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite & fellow attendees walking about New Haven.
|7:00 am to 4:30 pm||Registration||Open|
|7:00 am to 8:30 am||Networking||Breakfast|
|8:30 am to 9:30 am||Plenary||
Transforming Communities: Healthy, Affordable, Resilient
Community leadership for building and transportation decarbonization policies and programs is key to creating efficient, affordable, low-carbon, resilient places to live, work, and play. A holistic approach using energy efficiency, clean energy, and low-carbon transportation solutions must address health, resiliency, affordability, and energy justice. This session will discuss how decarbonization can address improved occupant comfort and safety, reduced risk to extreme weather, lower energy bills and building maintenance, all with an eye towards those most vulnerable and under-served.
|9:30 am to 10:00 am||Networking||Break|
|10:00 am to 11:15 am||Leadership 1||
A Tale of Three Communities
Northeast communities have long been a leader in addressing building and transportation carbon emissions. With ambitious state carbon reduction goals, these communities are now faced with scaling things up quickly to achieve deeper savings. This interactive session will provide perspectives from three communities that have implemented projects to achieve their goals. They’ll share their goals, successes, challenges, and what’s left to do.
Building the Clean Energy Workforce
Creating solutions to decarbonize our communities builds new business opportunities as well as new jobs. This session will examine the latest thinking around the types and number of jobs being created, looming workforce shortages to advance low-carbon and resilient buildings and transportation, and leading efforts to address this need from several perspectives including government, education, and industry.
|11:30 am to 12:30 pm||Networking||Lunch|
|12:30 pm to 1:45 pm||Plenary||
Achieving State Goals Through Community Partnerships
Northeast state leaders will discuss the importance of working with and supporting community leadership to achieve climate stabilization goals through building and transportation decarbonization. Panelists will explore the relationship between decarbonization policies and programs and the public policy goals for improved public health, increased resilience, affordable housing, workforce development, and new business opportunities.
|2:00 pm to 3:15 pm||Leadership 2||
Policy to Practice: Communities in Action
Our communities are increasingly focused on the intersection of energy efficiency and decarbonization to cut emissions in the building and transportation sectors. This session will highlight leading-edge and proven policies from urban, suburban, and rural settings that have sparked real change at the local level. Inspiring stories and lessons learned about stakeholder engagement activities and strategic partnerships that helped make these policies possible will be shared.
Got Heat Pumps? Warming up to Transformation
Advanced heat pumps that displace fossil fuel heating are the most efficient way to heat homes and buildings, while also providing efficient air conditioning. This session will discuss the large role of advanced heat pumps to reduce building carbon emissions and how Northeast communities – large and small – are building consumer demand via special promotions, building energy codes, development ordinances and permitting, and partnerships with state agencies, utilities, and the HVAC industry.
|3:30 pm to 4:45 pm||Leadership 3||
Model Partnership: States and Communities
Leadership from states and utilities are strong drivers for communities to pursue and achieve energy efficiency or decarbonization initiatives. Programs are adding structure and delivering solutions to communities ranging from zero energy schools, LED street lighting, EV fleet conversion, electric school bus adoption, increased transit options, and more. This session will cover how states are building strategic partnerships with utilities and communities to build a market for efficiency and decarbonization efforts.
Keeping the Lights On: Resilient Infrastructure
Rising sea levels along the coast and more frequent extreme weather challenge the public safety of residents and businesses as well as the reliability of the electric grid and transportation systems. This session will address leading examples of community solutions and partnerships with utilities to enable efficient buildings with demand response, energy storage, and distributed energy resources to keep the lights on and critical infrastructure powered during grid outages.
|4:45 pm to 5:45 pm||Networking||Reception|
Depart for Dinner Clubs
An optional opportunity to dine at local restaurants with NEEP staff and small groups of conference attendees.
June 17, 2020
|6:00 am to 7:00 am||Networking||
Early Bird Walk & Talk
Start the day right with NEEPer Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite & fellow attendees walking about New Haven.
|7:00 am to noon||Registration||Open|
|7:00 am to 8:30 am||Networking||Breakfast|
|8:30 am to 9:15 am||Plenary||
Regional Snapshot: Progress in Action
Large and small states and communities from Maine to West Virginia are responding to the climate crisis with policies and programs to reduce carbon emissions. This session will provide a picture of progress across the region, including prominent examples of community leadership, state policies and programs, utility programs, private sector initiatives, and the challenges of these community efforts. A campfire style session where audience participation around pathways forward is encouraged.
|9:30 am to 10:45 am||Leadership 4||
Paving the Path Forward: Efficiency and Resiliency
Improving the efficiency and resilience of homes, buildings, and transportation to meet climate stabilization goals will require a significant public and private investment. This session examines the overlap of efficiency and resiliency and looks at what some communities (coastal & inland) are doing to improve both. Panelists will discuss the myriad of components of building resilient communities, including energy codes, small businesses, the clean energy workforce, and The Alliance for National and Community Resilience (ANCR).
Optimizing Building Performance
Existing and newly constructed buildings will have a considerable impact on our region’s energy use 50 to 100 years from now. Therefore, the performance of buildings is critical in decarbonizing our economy. Buildings must be seen not as a problem, but rather part of the solution. This session will look at policy pathways to decarbonize buildings and optimize building performance through codes, benchmarking, labeling, and whole-building management approaches.
|11:00 am to 12:15 pm||Leadership 5||
Mapping Decarbonization to Affordable Housing
How can communities reduce their carbon footprints while also helping solve the housing affordability crisis with efficient, resilient housing? This session will explore zoning for affordable, efficient, and transit-oriented development and alternative funding and development strategies for building affordable, urban housing. We'll take a look at communities creating zoning ordinances to emphasize investment in more energy-efficient buildings, curb GHG emissions on the local level, and promote quality of life benefits.
Show Me the Money: Funding Pathways
Decarbonizing and improving the resiliency of existing buildings and transportation systems requires significant investments. With an eye to natural cycles of investment to improve, repurpose, or expand facilities to meet evolving needs, this panel will present leading solutions, including state policies and programs, for municipalities and home and business owners to reduce carbon emissions.
|12:15 pm to 1:00 pm||Networking||Lunch|
|1:00 pm to 1:50 pm||Plenary||
Three TED Talk style dialogues on the intersection of public policy goals to improve public health, increase resilience, and address our affordable housing crisis.
|1:50 pm to 3:00 pm||Plenary||
Money & More
Public-private partnerships are crucial for the success of decarbonizing our communities, but how do we work together to move things forward? We will close the Summit with a focus on opportunities for public-private partnerships to provide near and long-term resources to decarbonize communities while also advancing public health, resilience, and affordable housing. We will explore the needs of communities and the ability of corporations to provide assistance.