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How Do Organizations Enable Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings?
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This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event.

When: Wed, Apr 6, 2016
noon to 1:30 pm
Where: The Horinko Group Offices
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
Contact: Cecilia Maggi

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

How do Organizations Enable Energy Efficiency in

Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants? 

~ featuring ~

Smita Chandra Thomas

Principal, Energy Shrink: consultancy for high-performance buildings

Julie Hughes

Director of Policy for the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)

and Co-Director of the City Energy Project

Alena Hutchison

Communications Manager for ENERGY STAR - Commercial

Buildings & Industrial Plants, EPA

Corinne Figueredo, Senior Investment Officer, EDGE Program, IFC

New environmental policies, efficiency programs, climate change mitigation, and building codes have been crucial to the design of sustainable infrastructure and development of energy efficient products, services and practices for commercial buildings and industrial plants. The market offers a wide assortment of programs, services and products but…which are the most suitable for commercial buildings or industrial plants?

Please join us as our panelists share their experience on energy efficiency programs implemented in different facilities.

Smita Chandra Thomas will discuss how energy efficiency in commercial buildings can contribute to climate change mitigation and the eco-system that makes it possible.  Julie Hughes from IMT will present on building energy performance policies--discussing how local, state, and federal government are crucial for making the built environmental more energy efficient.  Alana Hutchinson will give an overview of ENERGY STAR best practices for establishing a comprehensive energy management program for buildings and plants. Corrine Figueredo will explain EDGE, an innovative tool developed by the IFC to help build a business case for Green buildings in more than a 100 countries.  

Please register early; space is limited up to 20 attendees.

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Venue: The Horinko Group Offices, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC 20004, please check in at security desk in the main lobby.
Closest Metro: Federal Triangle and Metro Center
Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $15 (non-WCEE members)

This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

About our speakers: 

Smita Chandra Thomas

Smita Chandra Thomas is the Principal at Energy Shrink, her consulting practice for high-performance buildings in the DC metro area.  Smita is a LEED AP with an undergraduate degree in Architecture, and a Master’s in Building Science from the University of California (LA and Berkeley).  For nearly two decades, Smita has been focused on enabling energy efficiency in buildings through building science for lesser waste, greater economy, better health, and a sustainable environment for future generations.

Julie Hughes

As Director of Policy for the Institute for Market Transformation and Co-Director of the City Energy Project, Julie  Hughes works to develop public policy solutions that address market failures. Prior to IMT, Julie worked as policy advisor in DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy as well as served as Chief of Staff for Energy Policy in Mayor Bloomberg’s administration in NYC. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Science in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado.

Alena Hutchison

Alena Hutchison is Communications Manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program for Commercial Buildings & Industrial Plants. In her role as Communications Manager, Alena promotes the benefits of saving energy with ENERGY STAR to businesses, building owners and managers, and consumers through creative outreach campaigns. Prior to joining EPA, she worked as a consultant at The Cadmus Group on environmental issues and at a start-up consulting firm on behavior change strategies. 

Corinne Figueredo

Corinne Figueredo has been a development banker at the IFC for over 20 years.  She has been working in climate finance for developing countries since 2003.  She has worked at a transaction level with renewable energy and resource efficiency projects, from infrastructure, to industry, to ESCOs, to hi-tech start-ups.  Corinne is a member of the EDGE Green Buildings Market Transformation team which deals with governments on green building codes and has launched a disruptive new offering in green building certification for developing countries.


WCEE is grateful to

The Horinko Group

for use of its conference facilities.



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