About

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/Sessions


Schedule at a glance

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pre-conference Workshop*
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception*

Thursday, April 11, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Expo Hall Open
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. GBCI Certification Work Zone
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Talent FX
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

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

GBCI CE: 1

LEED Specific: Homes

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Business Case for LEED

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Future of Performance

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: Community Design

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: Rating System Crosswalks

Speakers:


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.


11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

GBCI CE: 1

LEED Specific: BD+C, ID+C

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Business Case for LEED

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

LEED Specific: Homes

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Future of Performance

Speakers:

  • 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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1 LU/HSW

Track: Community Design

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

Track: Rating System Crosswalks

Speakers:


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.


2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Business Case for LEED

Speakers:

  • 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

  • Emily McLaughlin, Director, Greenprint Center for Building 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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Future of Performance

Speakers:

  • 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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1 LE/HSW

Track: Community Design

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: Rating System Crosswalks

Speakers:

  • 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.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: The Business Case for LEED

Speakers:


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?


GBCI CE: 1

Track: The Future of Performance

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

AIA LU: 1

Track: Community Design

Speakers:


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.


GBCI CE: 1

LEED Specific: BD+C

Well AP

AIA LU: 1

Track: Rating System Crosswalks

Speakers:

  • 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

The Culture of Courage

In recent times, women leaders are re-affirming the call and standing for a Culture of Courage more powerful than ever before. Today, women aren’t begging to be heard, or even demanding it, but are simply expecting it. And this deliberate expectation overshadows fear; women are speaking up, women who are bringing attention to injustice, women are supporting each other and not taking “no” or “not right now” for an answer.

Join us for the Women in Green Power Breakfast: The Culture of Courage, to celebrate the crucially needed and deliberate voice that women bring to society and to the green building movement.


Workshops

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

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

WP00

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.

GBCI CE: 3
AIA LU: 3
LEED Specific: ND

Location:

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

WP01

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.

GBCI CE: 3
AIA LU: 3
LEED Specific: BD+C, ID+C

LEED Powered by Arc

WP02

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.

GBCI CE: 3
AIA LU: 3
LEED Specific: O+M


Offsite Tours

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

DC Project at The Alliance Center

TR01

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.

GBCI CE: 3
AIA LU: 3

Location:

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

 

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

TR02

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.

GBCI CE: 3
WELL AP

Location:

3513 Brighton Blvd,
Denver, CO 80216


Talent FX

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This year at Rocky Mountain Green, we will offer dedicated programming for students and Emerging Professionals via TalentFX. This program will focus on leadership and career development in an intimate, salon-style setting. Students and Emerging Professionals will have the opportunity to hear from USGBC leadership, will hear from a LinkedIn expert on the best ways to utilize the platform for career enhancement, have the chance to learn from some of their own peers about their personal journeys in the sustainability field, and more!

As an added bonus, we will be offering FREE professional headshots on a first-come-first-serve basis to our TalentFX attendees. Through TalentFX, USGBC strives to foster growth, inspiration, and build a strong pipeline of leadership to carry our work into the future.

The final Talent FX schedule and details will be announced soon.

 

Networking Activity: Green Building Bingo

TFX1

Facilitator: Melody Flores, Colorado Emerging Professional Co-Chair

Green Building Bingo is a fun way to break the ice and connect members. This activity will help attendees learn more about each other by finding connections through shared experience and new ideas.

 

Becoming a Regenerative Practitioner- Redefining Your Role as a Design Professional

TFX2

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

Regeneration is all the buzz, but what does it really mean? Join us for an interactive and thought provoking session on a journey toward understanding the five core capabilities for becoming a regenerative practitioner, starting with the ultimate aim of regenerative practice. Hint: it’s probably not what you think!

 

Finding Your Voice: Emerging Professionals Panel

TFX3

Moderator: Amanda Poindexter, LEED AP BD+C, Full Circle Construction Services, Owner

Panelists:

  • Kathryn Lovda, Inside Sales, The Lighting Agency
  • Kim Schlaepfer, Climate Action Collaborative, Project Manager (Past EP co-chair and current chair of the USGBC CO Eagle County community)
  • Domenic Martinelli, City Planner, City of Commerce City|Community Development -Co-Chair of the USGBC Colorado Emerging Professionals

The focus of this panel is to hear from three young professionals about how their passion for sustainability has influenced their career trajectory, and how they’ve taken steps to carve a niche for themselves in their current organizations.

 

Leveraging LinkedIn to Enhance Career Opportunities

TFX4

Presenter: Joyce Feustal, Boomer’s Social Media Tutor

Through this interactive, dynamic presentation Joyce will help attendees learn to:

  • Showcase themselves by improving key elements of a LinkedIn profile

  • Solicit strategic recommendations and endorsements

  • Effectively use notifications

  • Share information of value through posts and articles


GBCI Certification Work Zone

Do you have questions about a GBCI project or the certification process? Schedule a visit to GBCI Certification Work Zone at the USGBC booth to meet one on one with reviewers and assessors to discuss specific projects or rating system requirements. Reviewers will be on hand to discuss the LEED rating systems as well as GBCI’s TRUE and Parksmart rating systems. Walk-in questions are welcome and encouraged. Advance appointments can be made here. Book your appointment now!


Community

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

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
WOMEN IN GREEN POWER BREAKFAST* Early Bird Standard Onsite
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.

Travel

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!

Location


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