Thursday, December 14, 4:00 PM ET // 1:00 PM PT
Join us for a webinar looking at energy efficiency trends, as well as specific programs and funding options to grow your company’s investment in and access to energy efficiency.
During the webinar representatives from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) will review energy efficiency project financing options from its recent publication, External Financing Guide, including Energy Service Agreements, Energy Performance Contracts, and tax increment financing. IMT and retailer REI will also discuss the retailer's successful Green Lease Leaders program--a proven tool that breaks the boundaries set by traditional leases, helping owners and tenants align financial and environmental benefits that lower operating costs and open the door to deeper saving on utilities.
We'll also hear from the Department of Energy (DOE), IMT’s partner in the Green Lease Leaders program. The DOE will review components of its extensive Better Buildings Initiative (BBI). The BBI seeks to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation across the nation. We will learn about the BBI’s Better Buildings Financing Navigator, the support provided via its Better Plants Program, and how participation in the Better Buildings Alliance qualifies companies for the support obtained through the Better Buildings Challenge- a commitment to improve efficiency by 20% or more over 10 years.
Holly Jamesen Carr is an Energy Technology Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), where she manages DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance, a voluntary energy efficiency partnership involving over 200 organizations and over 11 billion square feet of U.S. building space across commercial office, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, retail, food service and grocery sectors. Ms. Carr also leads DOE’s Market Solutions work addressing energy factors in appraisals, mortgage underwriting, and tenant energy efficiency. Previous to her work at DOE, Ms. Carr managed dozens of public, private and federal sustainability projects, assisting clients to implement environmentally preferable strategies for building design, construction, and occupancy. Ms. Carr has a Master’s degree from the University of Washington and Bachelor's degrees from Miami University. She is a LEED accredited professional.
Audi Banny is the Interim Director for Market Engagement. As such, she leads IMT's work with national tenants, developing new programs such as the Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership and continuing existing projects that help tenants, government agencies, property owners, and other real estate stakeholders establish the business case for more-efficient leased spaces. Before joining IMT in September 2016, she was Director of Corporate Sustainability Initiatives for Estee Lauder Companies. Her work included drafting and implementing tools to advance high performance building practices for all leased and owned retail, administrative office and supply chain sights globally. In addition she worked as Global Manager Store Design for a luxury beauty brand Aveda. During her four years there she drove quality design standards and built effective partnerships with external vendors and consultants in EMEA and APAC, advancing Aveda's sustainability efforts. Audi holds a bachelors degree in studio art from the University of South Florida, a bachelors degree in interior design from the School of Art and Design and a master's degree in sustainability management from Columbia University. She is also a LEED AP.
Kirk is the Senior Sustainability Manager for REI, a national retail co-op focused on getting people actively engaged in human-powered recreation and the outdoors. He works to develop and implement sustainable business strategies that drive efficiency, innovation, and environmental benefit across REI’s footprint, that enable the co-op to thrive in a resource-constrained world in ways that align with REI’s ethos. His main focuses are sustainability strategy, business model innovation, climate change, and core business practices. Kirk has worked with REI since 2002, after working in a variety of fields including social entrepreneurship, outdoor instruction, and environmental work. He received his MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot, and spends much of his time outdoors with his wife and two young sons.
Eli Levine leads the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants). With over 190 corporate partners, Better Plants is working with leading manufacturers to improve energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Eli also leads the Technologist in Residence (TIR) program, designed to strengthen long-term collaborative lab-industry relationships.
Prior to taking on the Better Plants responsibilities, Eli served as the Acting Director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). In this role, he spearheaded the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) effort to increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources and feedstocks. Previously he worked on energy issues at the White House, at the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Eli joined the Energy Department as a Presidential Management Fellow to help stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in 2010. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University.