All Workshops are Tuesday, May 15, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. All workshops require separate fee and pre-registration.

Driving Solar, Storage and Smart Grids—An Owner-Tenant Summit
Moderator: Billy Grayson, Executive Director, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute
Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
Sara Neff, Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Kilroy Realty Corporation
Mark Peternell, Vice President, Regency Centers
Cara Carmichael, Manager, Buildings, Rocky Mountain Institute

Sponsored by Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance
Cosponsored by Rocky Mountain Institute

As renewable energy, energy storage and new energy efficiency technologies become more cost-effective, there has been tremendous growth in their deployment. However, in the case of leased space, it is still often difficult to align owner and tenant interests to get these projects done. This interactive workshop will provide insight into emerging financing tools and strategies to help make solar, energy storage, energy efficiency and microgrid investments. The workshop will also provide a forum for owners and tenants to discuss strategies to overcome challenges in pursuing these projects.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Evaluate new and evolving strategies to fund renewable energy, including synthetic PPAs, Community solar, net operating leases and PACE
  • Discover new financing tools for energy storage and microgrid projects
  • Learn alternative strategies to finance energy efficiency, including the “efficiency-as-a-service” model
  • Connect with national building owners and major tenants to discuss opportunities to overcome the split incentives around on-site renewable energy


Billy Grayson heads the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance at the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit education and research organization that focuses on land use, real estate and urban development. He manages a team leading programs on climate risk and resilience, health and wellness, and building energy and environmental performance. ULI works with members, community leaders, coalition partners and other key stakeholders to build awareness around sustainability issues in the built environment, and to provide members with the tools and resources they need to cost-effectively drive sustainability into their projects and operations.


Eric Duchon serves as Global Head of Sustainability for LaSalle Investment Management.  As Chair of the firm’s Global Sustainability Committee, he is responsible for partnering with the regional sustainability officers and advising senior leadership on sustainability initiatives across the firm’s operations. He oversees global and regional ESG reporting through various firm-wide, fund, and client reporting initiatives, including GRESB, Greenprint, and UNPRI. In North America, Eric collaborates with the asset management team to create and execute sustainability plans and initiatives for each asset with the goal of maximizing return on investment and long-term value. Eric was previously Director of Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield for 10 years.


Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. In her first four years, Sara took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 office real estate company on sustainability in North America by GRESB, an honor they have now won for four straight years, and Kilroy is now only the third American real estate company to be listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At Kilroy, she oversees all sustainability initiatives such as solar and battery dealmaking, the implementation of energy and water efficiency initiatives throughout the existing and development portfolios, the integration of sustainability standards into annual financial reports, the launch of the Kilroy Innovation Lab, and the award-winning green leasing program.

Under Mark Peternell’s leadership, Regency Centers has implemented sustainability initiatives that measurably reduce the environmental impact, reduce operating expenses and add value to the company’s real estate portfolio. Previously, Mark worked for Forest City Enterprises, where he managed development of the company’s retail portfolio in Denver, including the first open-air lifestyle center to achieve LEED certification.

Cara Carmichael is a Manager in Rocky Mountain Institute’s buildings practice. She focuses on net zero buildings and deep energy retrofits in the federal and commercial building sectors. Highlights of her work include leading the creation and negotiation of one of the first net zero energy commercial leases, leading the design and construction of the Innovation Center, RMI’s net zero office building, and guiding the GSA to double their historic energy savings using performance contracting. She is scaling energy savings by working with other federal agencies to help them get to deeper levels of energy and cost savings in their portfolios.


Employee Engagement and Leadership
Moderator: Dennis Hu, Director, EHS&S, Ball Aerospace

Managers and executives charged with their companies’ environmental, sustainability and energy management initiatives and programs play an important role in accomplishing their organizations’ business goals. As a result, how they interact and collaborate with C-level executives is important and vital.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What is required of environmental, sustainability and energy management managers as they take a seat at the table with those who shape a company’s overall strategy and initiatives.
  • How to communicate your department’s needs and goals with your company’s most senior executives and board members.
  • What you must do to assure that sound environmental, sustainability and energy management is an integral part of your company’s corporate culture.

Dennis Hu has more than 24 years of EHS, sustainability and business experience in chemicals, oil and gas, and aerospace and defense. He has a proven track-record of leading diverse and collaborative multi-functional teams.




The Competitive Advantage That Builds a Culture of Sustainability
Angela Casler, CEO/President, Sustainability Management Association; College of Business, California State University, Chico
Mary Jo Press, Senior EHS Manager, Tesla
Cyril Toussaint, Director, Energy Management and Sustainability, NYC Health + Hospitals

Sustainability management in business is both a core competency and a competitive advantage. Being a leader in the circular economy takes a concerted effort from the C-suite to the frontline. Building a culture of sustainability is a journey that takes time, and corporate staff need to understand why social responsibility and environmental conservation are strategic priorities.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Which best practices create a strategy that optimizes human, environmental and financial resources
  • How to build a culture by implementing a functional strategy that engages all employees in actively achieving the corporation’s strategic sustainability goals
  • What capital investment is required for sustainability projects and how to track outcomes and performance
  • Why Key Performance Indicators must be manageable, reportable, and motivational
  • Which metrics matter to external stakeholders
  • What sustainability reporting methods are most effective
  • Which motivating tactics celebrate outcomes of sustainability programs

Join us to learn practical ways to effectively manage sustainability, both internally and externally. The workshop is suited for all levels of management, from the C-Suite to the frontline team, and will prepare you to earn the accreditation of Sustainability Management Certified Professional. The Sustainability Management Association is the accrediting body of the certification.

Angela Casler, SMCP, is the CEO/President of the Sustainability Management Association, a nonprofit that certifies professionals on how to achieve success through efficiently managing environmental conservation, social responsibility, and economic performance. The Sustainability Management Association is the leading international certification body of the Sustainability Management Certified Professional and the Sustainability Management Certified Associate credentials. Angela is a full-time lecturer at California State University, Chico’s Department of Management. She also serves as the principal partner of Sustainability Management Consulting, a strategic planning consulting company. From Corporate America’s financial services industries and international banking, to small business ownership in transportation and consulting, her journey has enabled her to design solutions for many diverse industries.

Mary Jo Press is a proven leader in global Environment Health, Safety and Sustainability.  She has a history of driving performance in large food, beverage, tobacco, packaging and automotive industries. She has taught environmental management for the community college system as an adjunct professor, served on professional national leadership committees and mentored other safety professionals through the American Society of Safety Engineers.  Mary Jo is a Sustainability Management Certified Professional (SMCP) and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).

Cyril Toussaint currently heads energy management and sustainability dor the largest integrated municipal healthcare system in the US. He is spearheading the implementation and improvement of many energy efficiency and operational processes aimed at ensuring the public health care system achieves its mayoral mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. In September 2017, at the World Energy Engineering Congress he was awarded the Association of Energy Engineer’s Region I Energy Manager of the Year for 2017. Under Cyril’s leadership, NYC Health + Hospitals reported a reduction in energy consumption of more than 10 percent system-wide in FY 2016. Price reductions in the cost of fuel and decreased usage combined to produce $21 million in savings for the organization.



Energy and Water: The Conundrum of Sourcing Both Simultaneously
Reagan Waskom, Director, Administration–VPE, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University
Charles Marshall, Asset Management Leader, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The water conservation and stewardship programs at many companies are focused more all the time on mitigating the impacts within their watersheds – all while they are looking for ways to take advantage of renewable energies – in an effort to deal with climate change, shifts in water availability and increasing scarcity of resources.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What steps your company can take to develop and improve its water strategy
  • How to align water and energy strategies to a company’s overall business goals
  • Which technologies may be available to meet the challenges of water and energy scarcity
  • Why tools, processes and practices are being used to take action on water and energy initiatives

Reagan Waskom is a member of the soil and crop sciences department at Colorado State University, where he has worked on water-related research and outreach programs for the past 32 years. Dr. Waskom has conducted statewide educational and applied research programs on water quality, water quantity, water policy and natural resource issues related to water use. In addition, he provides oversight for the CSU Extension water outreach program and personnel. Dr. Waskom’s current research emphasis is on the integrated use of surface and groundwater, the impacts of shale gas development on water resources, and agricultural water conservation in the Colorado River basin and Ogallala Aquifer.



Charles Marshall leads the asset management function for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), the world’s most traveled airport with more than 100 million passengers annually. Marshall led ATL to be the first U.S. airport to have its energy management system be certified to the ISO 50001 standard. Nationally, he served with the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) with the Transportation Research Board as a panel member and chair. His efforts with ACRP led to the creation of the first guidebook for water efficiency management at U.S. airports, ACRP Report 154, released in 2016.