2017-07-20 National Governors Association

Pennsylvania Retreat on Enhancing Lead-by-Example Policy

July 20, 2017 | Aristes, PA

Ample opportunities exist to reduce energy consumption and expenditures in public buildings. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the state of Pennsylvania, will host a retreat with state stakeholders and experts to explore new policies and solutions to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings and reduce energy costs.

The purpose of this retreat is to engage Pennsylvania stakeholders – including state agencies – to:

  • Identify tools to benchmark facility energy consumption in a consistent, transparent, and automated manner.
  • Explore strategies to develop cost-effective and practical energy-savings goals for state facilities.
  • Develop a strategy to communicate the need for, and examples of, energy conservation in public buildings to state agencies and the public.

Agenda

Presentations

Welcome Remarks and Introductions

  • Sam Robinson, deputy secretary for policy and planning, Office of Governor Tom Wolf
  • Tim Ladner, manager, Weiser State Forest
  • Jessica Rackley, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Collecting and Benchmarking Building Energy Data

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Kurt Homan, ‎energy program manager, Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute
  • Amanda Warwood, energy analyst, City of Philadelphia
  • Jessica Burdette, state energy office manager, Minnesota Department of Commerce

Developing an Energy-Savings Target for State Buildings

Moderator:

  • Jessica Rackley, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Darren Port, manager, Buildings & Community Solutions, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • George Sfinarolakis, chief program development, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources
  • Bob Edwards, ‎energy program specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

Working Lunch

Moderator:

  • Dan Lauf, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Communicating State LBE Efforts

Moderator:

  • Jessica Rackley, senior policy analyst, Environment, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center

Speakers:

  • Amy Cortese, associate director, New Buildings Institute
  • Nick Brousse, advocacy & policy project manager, U.S. Green Building Council

Stakeholder Feedback: Applying Policy Solutions in Pennsylvania

Moderators:

  • Dan Lauf and Jessica Rackley, senior policy analysts, Energy & Transportation Division, NGA Center
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