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On  March 12, 2013 — Business leaders, public officials, students and community activists will once again gather at Temple University in Philadelphia to share best practices, ask challenging questions and provide cutting edge information about sustainability in the Philadelphia/Southern NJ region. Now in its third year, the PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium will focus on the latest in business processes, local planning, funding opportunities, and education, while highlighting regional cutting edge technological advances in sustainability.

The half-day event will open with

  • Mark Alan Hughes, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Architecture at PennDesign
  • James C. Fish, Jr., EVP & CFO, Waste Management
  • Rob Powelson,Chairman of The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission 

A variety of informative panel discussions will cover eight main themes: Commercial Real Estate, Energy, Technology, Community, Local Cultural Institutions, LEED, Energy Star, Green Building, Building the Business Case for Sustainability, Community Involvement and Resource Management. Topics to be discussed include energy management systems, green schools, building retrofits, sustainable business, electric cars, LEED/Energy Star issues and more.

·  Panelists include:

  • Jaimie Cloud: President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
  • Doug Gatlin: VP for Market Development, USGBC
  • Jean Lupinacci: Director, ENERGYSTAR Commercial/Industrial Branch, USEPA
  • Bill Sisson: Director of Sustainability, United Technologies
  • Brenna Walraven: Managing Director, USAA Real Estate Company
  • Rob Watson: Founder, LEED and EcoTech International Group
  • Jeff Bartos:  President and CEO of The Mark Group
  • Bennett Thomas:  VP of Sustainability and Finance, Hersha Hospitality
  • Nicholas Stolatsis: Senior Director of Global Sustainability, TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate
  • Dean Musser: President and CEO, Tangent Energy Solutions, Inc.

The Symposium will end with a “Food Inspired” lunch session discussing sustainable food sourcing featuring  innovative restaurateurs Jeff Benjamin, Founder, Vetri Foundation and Neal McCarthy, Owner & General Manager, Miller Union Farm to Chef Restaurant in AtlantaandDoug Lawrence, Managing Principal, NYC's 5 Stone Capital, Innovator of re-tasking commercial real estate for urban farmingin a panel moderated by Nic Esposito, food activist, writer and founder of Head & the Hand Press.

The PA/NJ Sustainability Symposium is sponsored by Brandywine Realty Trust, DVL Group, Inc., Waste Management, XPEDX and others. Event co-chairs include Brad A. Molotsky, Brandywine Realty Trust and Lori Braunstein, Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

For more information including a complete list of events and featured panelists, visit

03/02/2013 - 13:21


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