Greening the (Grocery) Food Chain – Industry Trends                                                                         (Earn 1.5 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C, O+M, PDHs)

This Plenary Session will outline trends within the Food Industry addressing Environmental, Social Responsibility and Governance issues.  Initiatives discussed will include: Environmental impacts such as Building and Systems energy use reduction and transportation efficiency improvements.  Responsible Sourcing such as how Corporate Partners are focused on Creating Eco-Friendly Supply Chains via reduced packaging and recycling.  As well as how Consumer Packaged Goods companies are facing the issue to take steps toward real change vs. just green-washing.  Environmental Stewardship, using Food-Centric Measurables from LEED and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to provide benchmarks and sustainability goals across the food production and distribution network.  And, critical Corporate Social Responsibility issues of Health, Food Access and Community Engagement.

Erin Rolfes, APR, Corporate Affairs Manager, Kroger Co.

Track A – A Sustainable Food System (Earn 1 GBCI CE, PDH))

Join our expert panel of speakers to learn how Institutionalizing local food supports local economy and small framers and provides and promotes a healthier diet

Kristin Gangwer, Project Development & Communications Manager, Produce Perks Midwest
Michaela Oldfield, JD, PhD., Director, Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council
Jessica Shelly, MBA, REHS, SNS, Director Student Dining Services, Cincinnati Public Schools

Track B – Grid Modernization and Building Resiliency                                                                        (Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW, GBCI LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M), PDH)

PART A: Dayton Power & Light’s Grid Modernization Plan

Today’s electric grid in the United States is more than 100 years old and is still considered one of the greatest machines ever invented.  However, the grid is still largely using technology developed decades ago.  As the forces of man and mother nature continue to challenge the reliability and the advanced use of the grid, utilities must begin planning for the advancement and digitization to the grid of the future.  Dayton Power & Light has developed and filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio its grid modernization plan that lays the groundwork for a grid that has a strong foundation, can accommodate distributed energy resources, and layers technology and smart devices to improve reliability and offer customers optionality.

PART B: How Building Operational Technology Contributes to Building Resiliency

Building Operational Technology incorporates the hardware and software that detects or causes changes through direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices. This technology includes Building Automation and Energy Management systems as well as Analytic and Fault Detection Software.  This presentation will discuss how Operational Technology contributes to building resiliency, discuss different aspects that owners can focus on with their contractors and IT staff, and talk about examples of the issues that can arise when Operational Technology is not aligned with building resiliency.

Kevin Hall, PE, Director of Transmission and Distribution Investments, AES (Dayton Power & Light)
Nathan Lammers, Energy Services Leader, Waibel Energy Systems

Track C – An argument for a more responsible consumption in a 1.5 C world                              (Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW, GBCI LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M), PDH)

Nearly 20 years ago, Jay Warmke and his wife Annie quit their corporate lifestyles to build a home made of tires in the hills of southeastern Ohio. Since that time, nearly 40,000 people have visited Blue Rock Station, their 40-acre sustainability center, to experience just a bit of what a net-zero lifestyle can be.   Join Jay Warmke, award winning speaker and writer in a humorous, enlightening, and – believe it or not – optimistic presentation on living sustainably in a world that is running out of everything.

Jay Warmke, Co-owner, Blue Rock Station

Resiliency in the Corporate Environment (Earn 1.5 AIA LUs, GBCI CEs, PDHs))

Climate Change is becoming front and center for all, especially considering the recent weather disaster affecting Dayton and the surrounding region where 21 Tornadoes touched down on Memorial Day.

Resiliency is about how a community can quickly and thoroughly respond to and recover from Climate Change related issues, man-made disasters and systems failures.

We have assembled a Panel of Industry Experts who will provide three different perspectives as to how decisions in their sphere of operations and influence are being affected by climate change and what they are planning to be more Resilient.

Bob Gavin, CPCU, AIC, ARM, Risk Manager, Oswald Companies
Scott Hassell, Director of Environmental Sustainability, Fifth Third Bank
McCall Vrydaghs, Chief Meteorologist, WHIO TV7 (moderator)
Fred Yoder, Chair, North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA)

Track A – Is Regenerative Farming the Future of Food? (Earn 1 AIA LU, GBCI CE, PDH)

Soil with high carbon content requires less fertilizer, produces healthier food and helps farms be more resilient to floods and droughts. Join our panel of speakers as they discuss the future of food in response of a hotter, wetter climate.

Chad Bitler, MS, Research Director, Greenacres Foundation
Susan Jennings, Executive Director, The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions (AMICS)
Track B – Resilience in Building Design to Support A Resilient Society                                         (Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW, GBCI LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M), PDH)

Major recent events (natural and human caused) have increased awareness of the need for our built environment to be designed and constructed for better resilience. For example the hurricane induced shutdown of the electrical grid in Puerto Rico in 2017 or the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern U.S in 2012. Buildings must also be able to adapt to human-caused issues such as terrorist attacks, etc. These events point out the vulnerability of buildings and the built environment. This talk will cover the potential areas for focus in upgrading our systems for resilience (both passive and active systems) as well as some of the recent trends and technology changes needed for increasing our ability to maintain resilience in the built environment. This topic also discusses the interrelationship between resiliency, sustainability, efficiency and “smart” aspects of the built environment.

Thomas Lawrence, PhD, PE, Professor, University of Georgia


The Nexus of Resiliency and Climate Change                                                                                            (Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW, GBCI LEED Specific (BD+C, O+M), PDH)

Our Community is dependent on the buildings, infrastructure and safety services that reside in them and use to provide necessary shelter, access, health and wellness in times of disaster.

Whether one believes Climate Change is man-made or simply nature having its way, it is real.  Communities must be prepared to address it safely, reliably and resiliently.  They also need to quickly and thoroughly have plans in place to address and resolve issues related to domestic terrorism and “normal” system failures.

Resiliency is about how a community can quickly and thoroughly respond to and recover from such events and impacts.  Communities need to plan for disaster recovery.  Communities also need to write a Climate Action Plan to address how to relieve the stress we placed on our environment as well as to prepare for future climate evolution.

Our Dayton Regional Community has seen the effects of all these in just this year, (water) system failures, multiple tornadoes, domestic terrorism.

  • This Closing Plenary Session will be the start of the Community conversation and planning for Climate Action and Resiliency.
  • It will advance our environmental commitment and bring together key stakeholders from the public and private sector to prioritize steps to reduce risk and enhance our climate resilience.
  • You are invited to learn about the outline of what these planning efforts involve as well as discover the delineation between Resiliency, Mitigation, and Climate Action.

Felix Fernando, Associate Professor, University of Dayton Hanley Sustainability Institute

Jeff Jordan, Director Office of Emergency Management, Montgomery County

Stacy Schweikhart, Director of Strategy & Engagement, MVRPC

Julie Sullivan, Executive Vice President Regional Development, Dayton Development Coalition

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