A unique opportunity for collaboration & networking

When: April 10-12, 2019

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown

Hosted by USGBC Mountain Region, Rocky Mountain Green annually convenes hundreds of building professionals, sustainability leaders and change-makers from across the Rocky Mountain region for discussions about today’s most critical sustainability and green building issues.


Schedule at a glance

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Pre-conference Workshop*
5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Welcome Reception*

Thursday, April 11, 2019

8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration Open
8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Expo Hall Open
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Opening Plenary
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Education Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Networking Luncheon
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Education Breakout Sessions
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour in the Expo Hall

Friday, April 12, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Women in Green Breakfast*
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshops*
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Offsite Tours*

*Requires additional registration

*Agenda is subject to change without notice.

Education sessions

Rocky Mountain Green offers engaging educational sessions that inspire attendees into action while focusing on USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

This year's education program offers four education tracks:

  • The Business Case for LEED: The sessions within this track will reveal the value and business opportunities that LEED can contribute to a project. From energy smart leasing to enhanced commissioning, learn how LEED is helping building owners and operators save time and money while moving toward a more sustainable future.

  • The Future of Performance: One of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” The sessions within this education track will speak to the importance of continually raising the bar to work toward our mission of creating buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation.

  • Community Design: Implementing sustainability, equity, and carbon reduction goals are key facets of community development. This track will dive into the many aspects of community design and the people and projects that are working toward making our communities more resilient, safe, and environmentally responsible.

  • Rating System Crosswalks: The sessions within this track will bring to light the many synergies that exist between LEED and other GBCI rating systems, helping building owners, operators, and occupants realize the true value of these collaborative systems.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Track: The Business Case for LEED


Tom Flanagan, LEED Services Manager, EnergyLogic, Inc

Explore the changing landscape of energy codes and green building certification programs. This session will focus specifically on residential programs and codes designers and builders can use as stepping stones to achieve LEED for Homes v4 certification.

Track: The Future of Performance


Helene Lefkowitz, Sustainability Consultant, Ambient Energy

Josie Plaut, Executive Director, CLEAR (Center for Living Environments and Regeneration)

Elizabeth Walsh, University of Colorado Denver

Regenerative Development is becoming a buzz word in the Green Building industry. Join this interactive session to learn the definition and key concepts of Regenerative Development, apply tangible activities to your work, see case studies, and leave with tools to expand the impact and long term success of your projects.

Track: Community Design


Dee Dee DeVuyst, LEED Green Associate, Program Manager of Community Spaces, Radian

Ken Snyder, Radian

Transit-oriented development is booming in Colorado and leading to economic growth; however, it is also fostering unprecedented rates of displacement and loss of critical community services. New policy mechanisms, guided by Denver’s first Equitable Development Plan, are preserving equity, affordability, and access by incentivizing inclusive development and strengthening community resilience.

Track: Rating System Crosswalks


Brian Calhoun, Principal, RTA Architects

Miles Dake, Mechanical Engineer, BranchPattern

Simon Farrell, Associate & Project Manager, JVA Engineering

How one design team looked at water resources in a Colorado location that has no water utility. From water collection, delivery, use reduction and finally water treatment and reclaimed water reuse, we will tell the story of this unique project that touches on every aspect of the water cycle.

Track: The Business Case for LEED


Sarah Parsons, Technical Services Account Executive, McKinstry

Carol Dollard, P.E., CWP, LEED AP , Energy Engineer, Facilities Management

Stacey Baumgarn, Campus Energy Coordinator, Colorado State University

This learning session profiles the Enhanced Commissioning program for three new LEED-certified construction projects on the Colorado State University campus, including renovation of the Corbett-Parmelee Dining Hall, and new construction of the Health Education Outreach Center and the Global Food Innovation Center. Aligned with LEED V4 Option 1, Path 2 Enhanced and Monitoring-Based Commissioning, CSU’s commissioning authority (CxA), McKinstry, incorporated MBCx in the Cx Plans to verify that building operators have the proper tools to manage their equipment efficiently and effectively. Through Active Energy Management (AEM), CSU’s building operators and the CxA leverage equipment monitoring and analytics of continuous stream building automation trend data and metering data to identify operational issues as they occur. With CxA oversight of monitoring procedures and energy analysis, CSU can effectively identify faults as well as the appropriate corrective action, thereby saving time, money, and energy consumption over the lifetime of the building.

Track: The Future of Performance


Scott Rodwin, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Founding Principal, Rodwin Architecture/Skycastle Construction

Learn how to create extreme green, Net-Zero Energy, LEED Platinum custom homes. See three in-depth case studies and find out how cutting-edge sustainability, beauty and functionality can optimally come together in a custom home. Learn how to approach your next custom home project so that sustainability is incorporated from the outset and carried through to occupancy.

Track: Community Design


Adam Meltzer, Sustainability Consultant, Ambient Energy

Piep van Heuven

John Yeast, Tour de Fat Nonprofit Relations Manager, New Belgium Brewing

Dr. Eric France, Chief of Prevention, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Biking to work is shown to reduce employee stress, improve morale, lower the cost of transportation and keeps people physically active. In Los Angeles, the city with the worst traffic in the US, drivers spend 104 hours a year in traffic at a cost of $2,400. Find out how bike commuting ties into a company's quadruple bottom line and LEED.

Track: Rating System Crosswalks


Carlie Bullock-Jones, Founder and Managing Principal, Ecoworks Studio

Rami Vagal, Senior Manager Sustainability, Mohawk Industries

As health awareness persists through society, it is up to manufacturers and builders to answer consumer questions about how products and buildings effect not only nature, but people. Learning the ropes of transparency and green certification systems puts businesses on the forefront of satisfying consumers and global challenges on health.

Track: The Business Case for LEED


Cara Carmichael, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Katrina Managan, Energy Efficient Buildings Lead, Dept. of Public Health and Environment, City and County of Denver

Andy Bush, Founder and Managing Partner, Morgan Creek Ventures

Billy Grayson, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute, Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance

Energy efficient leased space is critical to achieve the carbon targets set forth in the Paris Accord. And the good news is that there are many opportunities in leased spaces to save both owner and tenant money. This interactive session will explore market context, the business case and industry solutions.

Track: The Future of Performance


Barnabas Kane, Senior Landscape Architect, Sustainability and Water Strategy Specialist, Consilium Design

Craig Karn PLA, Principal, Co-Founder Consilium Design Craig Karn - PLA, Principal, Co-Founder Consilium Design

Don Hijar, Pawnee Buttes Seed Company

What if new community developments acted as a positive change agent and created a more resilient habitat and equitable human experience than existed before? We will explore the effects of designing with mindfulness, diversity and ecological and human resiliency tactics during the planning phase of community development.

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Track: Community Design


Tim Gallegos, GAF

Sustainable streets and creating better opportunities for pedestrian traffic is the focus of this course. We will discuss how walking paths and pavement design can bring communities together to create a more livable neighborhood and community environment. Additionally, applications concerning traffic calming and environmental benefits of pavement design will be reviewed.  All design professionals and everyone interested in living and working in healthier, community-centric neighborhoods will benefit from participation in this course. Through this course, we strive to expand the scope of sustainability from individual projects to include neighborhoods and the connectivity that is vital to every community.

Track: Rating System Crosswalks


Stacey Baumgarn, Campus Energy Coordinator, Colorado State University

Mark Norris, Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University

Brian Dunbar, Executive Director, Institute for the Built Environment

Need a better tool to manage your existing buildings? Learn results of a recent study comparing Arc and BREEAM In-Use in supporting CSU’s energy and sustainability goals. Learn whether Arc or BREEAM In-Use could be a useful benchmarking tool for monitoring energy, water, waste, transportation, and occupant health and comfort.

Track: The Business Case for LEED


Penny Cole, Building Performance Analyst, DLR Group

Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) has a campus in Pasadena with 100+ buildings, and as federal contractors to NASA they are required to have a minimum of 15% of their campus comply with the ‘Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance Sustainable Buildings’. One of the ways this can be achieved is with LEED rating. We started with one building, a LEED O&M goal, and a 5 week submittal timeline to see what can be achieved. Many of us hear LEED and think of paperwork, even for existing buildings. The project team will discuss the challenges and advantages found with the new LEEDv4.1 O&M format, including the focus on ongoing measured performance instead of paperwork. The Client experience will be addressed, what were the pain points, what went well, and how the process allowed JPL to learn things about their building and campus that they can take forward from the project. 46 billion square feet of buildings in the US are more than 20 years old, and addressing these existing buildings will play a critical role in how we address energy and water use in buildings. Can LEED O&Mv4.1 help the industry with this seemingly mammoth task? Is this taking green building in the direction needed to address the reputation that has developed in recent years?

Track: The Future of Performance


Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Denver

Brett KenCairn, Senior Climate and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Boulder

Imogen Ainsworth, City of Durango

Aaron Lande, Market Development Manager - LEED for Cities, U.S. Green Building Council

While local governments play a leading role in advancing resiliency initiatives in their communities, the success of local initiatives often depends on whether there is support from other stakeholders. This session examines strategies used by three Colorado local governments to encourage buy-in for proposed policies and program initiatives.

Track: Community Design


Michele Crane, City of Boulder

Carolyn Elam, City of Boulder

Jacob Goodman, PCD Engineering

Learn about the implementation of the City of Boulder’s 2016 Climate Commitment, which calls for an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions for city operations by 2030. This session reviews pathways to achieving deep emissions reductions in buildings and a fundamental shift to a new model of facilities operational management.

Track: Rating System Crosswalks


Julie Edwards, LEED AP BD+C, EcoDistricts AP, WELL AP, Associate, Director of Sustainability, Oz Architecture

Tarah Schroeder, FCSI, LEED AP, Senior Principal, Ricca Design Studios

Restaurants are complicated and misunderstood building types that can cause teams to lose essential points in LEED v4 or WELL. This session will focus on strategies that design teams can use to achieve these challenging credits as well as restaurant design that encourages behavior change, supports sustainable operations, and promotes health and wellness programs.

Women in Green Power Breakfast

Friday, April 12, 2019, 8:30am - 10:30am

Women in Green 2019 will explore the ways women can lead with purpose to inspire others and drive continued creativity and progress. This morning event will celebrate the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing world.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

An In-Depth Review of LEED for Cities and Communities*

This workshop will provide participants with a deep look into LEED for Cities and Communities and the information needed to pursue certification. The focus will be on understanding certification options, best practices for improving urban sustainability and quality of life, and the new options available through LEED for Cities and Communities. With its new LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities framework, USGBC encourages innovation in sustainability on a broader scale than ever before. Attendees will leave equipped with information on how to successfully mobilize and pursue LEED for Cities and Communities projects.

*Note: This pre-conference workshop takes place offsite at Panasonic.


6144 N. Panasonic Way,
Denver, CO 80249

Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Best Practices for LEED BD+C & ID+C v4.1

This workshop will cover both the LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Interiors Design and Construction (ID+C) rating systems for the upcoming 4.1 beta! In addition to covering the system goals and credit requirements the session will bring to light the value of the Submittal Tips that have been collaged by the GBCI reviewer team. Understanding these tips supports best practices for high quality LEED submissions. Participants will gain a solid understanding of new and cutting edge green building topics including environmental and health product declarations, building enclosure commissioning and life cycle assessment.

LEED Powered by Arc

Data is driving progress. Companies and cities are using performance data to better understand successes, reflect on where they missed the mark, and identify the next opportunity for improvement. This workshop will explore the performance based approach to LEED O&M certification.

Offsite Tours

Friday, April 12, 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

DC Project at The Alliance Center

The Alliance Center has endeavored to be the first existing building known to complete a direct current (DC) microgrid within its walls on a global level. This innovative project has tackled hurdles including zoning, policy, engineering, property insurance, real estate investment tax credits, UL rating and many others in hopes of sharing data and results for building efficiency improvements. With the desire of showing efficiencies by powering equipment solely on DC power, the DC Project is hoping to be a catalyst for a major change in electrical distribution. Participants in this session will learn about the DC Project itself, some of the pitfalls, the many successes and the outcomes from the installation. Also, as part of the session, the speakers will take participants into the depths of The Alliance Center to complete a hands on tour of the battery system and brains of the microgrid, the solar panels on the roof and the DC equipment located within Suite 100.


The Alliance Center,
1536 Wynkoop St,
Denver, CO 80202


Biophilic Design & Catalyst: Health and WELLness in the Built Environment

Join the Catalyst HTI design team in a tour of Denver's next WELL building. This session will include panel discussions and presentations on the core and shell certification of the building, the interior fit out, and input from the building's tenants. Learn how considerations for health and wellness are transforming the built environment and shaping the perspectives of the AEC community. Following the tour, an interactive exploration into biophilic design principals and correlated health impacts will inspire your next project.


3513 Brighton Blvd,
Denver, CO 80216


Volunteer at RMG

RMG wouldn't be successful without the efforts of the USGBC volunteers who give their time and energy toward organizing and staffing the event.

As a conference volunteer, you can receive free admission to the conference. Volunteer opportunities will be announced soon.


Scholarships will be available for RMG 2019. Stay tuned for details.

2019 Registration

Plan ahead and save by registering before the early bird deadline! Register by Wednesday, February 27, 2019 and save up to $50 on your conference pass. Check out registration package options below.

Register now

FULL CONFERENCE Early Bird: (Register by February 27) Standard Onsite
Nonmember $250 $300 $315
Member $200 $250 $315
Emerging Professional $125 $175 $315
OPENING RECEPTION* Early Bird Standard Onsite
Nonmember $50 $60 $60
Member $40 $50 $60
Emerging Professional $25 $35 $60
Nonmember $55 $65 $65
Member $45 $55 $65
Emerging Professional $30 $40 $65
WORKSHOPS & TOURS* (half-day) Early Bird Standard Onsite
Nonmember $55 $75 $75
Member $35 $55 $75
Emerging Professional $20 $40 $75

RMG offers discounts for bulk registrations of 4 or more people. Register to receive 10 percent off standard rates for a full conference pass with the special bulk discount. For more information, contact mountain@usgbc.org.

Past Sponsors & Exhibitors

Silver sponsors

captain planet foundation
dlr group
excel dryer
sustainable forestry initiative
the weidt group

Contributor sponsors

action floor systems
beyond green

Supporter sponsors

mep engineering
moa architecture
rbb architects

Past exhibitors

  • 1-800-Got-Junk?
  • 2B Technologies, Inc. / AQTreks
  • Action Floor Systems
  • Airthinx, Inc.
  • Apollo Solutions Group
  • Awair
  • Belling-Wood Depot
  • Beyond Green Partners
  • BoardDocs
  • Bowman Construction Supply
  • Buddy Platform
  • Building Commissioning Association - Southwest
  • Carton Council
  • Casio America
  • Center for Green Schools
  • Colorado Construction & Design
  • Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association
  • Dow Building Solutions
  • Excel Dryer
  • Foodservice Sustainability Solutions (FSS)
  • Generation 180
  • Graybar
  • Green Schools National Network
  • Group14 Engineering, PBC
  • HydroPoint Data Systems
  • IES
  • Illumination Systems
  • Interface
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Johnson Controls
  • JVA, Inc.
  • KG Clean
  • MEP Engineering
  • Mohawk Group
  • Nichiha
  • NV5, Inc. 
  • PD Collaborative
  • Prihoda Recycled Fabric Duct and Diffusers
  • Sika Sarnafil
  • Solargreen Technologies
  • Steel Recycling Institute
  • Sustainability Institute for Educators
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • Tandus Centiva
  • TerraCycle
  • Unify Energy Solutions
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Region 8
  • US Green Building Council
  • VELUX - Commercial
  • VMDO Architects
  • VS America
  • Z Bioscience Inc.

Past local partners

Media partner

green building news


Stay in the Rocky Mountain Green hotel room block and save! Rocky Mountain Green has secured a room block at the Embassy Suites Denver Downtown with discounted rates. The special room rate of $229 per night will be available until March 13th or until the block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Reserve your room today!


Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown
1420 Stout St
Denver, CO 80202