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Join this leadership panel to discuss how Georgia can move beyond HB255 2015.

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Since the passage of HB 255 in 2015 in Georgia, the LEED rating system has incorporated several paths or credits that recognize SFI (Sustainable Forest Industry) and ATFS (American Tree Farm System) certified forest products. HB 255 was introduced in Georgia in 2015 and requires that green building standards used in the construction of state buildings give equal consideration to all credible forest certification systems. Representatives from state higher education facilities and the USGBC Advocacy team will review the past, present, and future of how HB 255 impacts Georgia and the future of LEED for state buildings.

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Lauren M. Wallace is a Principal and the Director of Certifications and Consulting at Epsten Group, Inc. (EGI), where she has helped facilitate sustainability and wellness measures for thousands of projects around the globe. Ms. Wallace is a LEED Fellow, Living Future Accredited, and a WELL Accredited Professional. She is also a WELL Performance Testing Agent, LEED Project Reviewer, LBC Auditor, BREEAM Assessor, Fitwel Ambassador, Parksmart Advisor, and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor. At EGI, she leads a team of experts in multiple rating systems who flexed their skills by taking their headquarter office in downtown Atlanta through six different certifications: Fitwel v2.1, Living Building Challenge v4.0 Petal Certification, LEED ID+C v4.1, WELL v2.0 Pilot, WELL Health-Safety Rating, and RESET Air. More recently, Ms. Wallace has published articles and spoken to audiences about health and wellness in the built environment with a focus on indoor air quality, COVID-19, and methods for assessing viral load risk.


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María del Mar Ceballos is an Architect and the BIM Manager for the Design and Construction group at Georgia Tech. She is currently serving as the co-chair of the Facilities Sustainability Committee which advocates for and supports sustainability initiatives and programs. For the past several years, she has been working with department leadership and the Office of Campus Sustainability to incorporate sustainability design and material selection criteria into the campus’ design and construction standards.


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Andres Villegas is President and CEO of the Georgia Forestry Association and Georgia Forestry Foundation. In this capacity, he is responsible for advocating for Georgia’s $36.5 billion forest products industry and connecting 10 million Georgians to the states 22 million acres of working forests. The Georgia Forestry Association is focused on ensuring that Georgia remains the #1 forestry state in the nation. The work of the Forestry Association and Foundation focuses on creating value for the entire forestry supply chain and ensuring that Georgia’s working forests continue to contribute jobs, clean air, drinking water, and wildlife habitat to the residents of the state and nation. Andres has extensive private, public and NGO sector experience in forestry and natural resources having held domestic and international positions with Weyerhaeuser, Chevron, The Langdale Company, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Andres received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from The University of Georgia and an Executive Certificate of Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.


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Alfred Vick is the Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics at the University of Georgia and Director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program. He is a licensed landscape architect and a LEED Fellow. His work focuses on preserving and enhancing the functioning of natural systems while effectively and attractively integrating human use. At the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design he teaches landscape ecology and sustainable design, collaborates with other researchers in the Sustainability and Landscape Performance Lab and serves on the Faculty of the Institute of Native American Studies. His academic research focuses on green infrastructure and sustainable site design, native plant communities, and American Indian ethnobotany. He earned a BS in Engineering Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Georgia. He continues to practice professionally and his work has included several LEED-certified buildings such as the LEED Platinum headquarters of the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Alfred is past-Chair of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group for the US Green Building Council, Founding Chair of the Athens Branch of the US Green Building Council and has served on the board of several environmental organizations.


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Elizabeth (Liz) Beardsley brings more than 20 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer. In her current role, Liz serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council, a global environmental nonprofit best known for LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. She provides strategic green building law and policy guidance and direction across the international, federal, state and local spectrum, and her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation.

Liz is a sought-after expert and spokesperson for USGBC who has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets such as Yale Climate Connection, BBC News: Business Matters, The Aaron Harber Show, ENR, Building Green, and Commercial Property Executive. She’s also an accomplished writer whose work has been published in Governing Magazine, Green Operations, USGBC+, and others. Since joining USGBC in 2014, Liz has represented the organization at four United Nations COP climate change conferences. Liz serves on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO) and Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), and participates on committees of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BSCE) and the Alliance to Save Energy.

She has authored or co-authored policy papers such as Perspectives on State Legislation Concerning Lead Testing in School Drinking Water (2018) and Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws (2015).

Liz came to USGBC from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she was a Senior Attorney involved in evaluating government environment and energy programs. Prior to her legal career, she was an environmental engineer and Principal at Camp Dresser & McKee (now CDM Smith), where she focused on water issues and infrastructure planning.

Liz has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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The USGBC-GA is a diverse group of people interested in green building and sustainable design. The Georgia Community has five regional branches in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Central Georgia and Savannah. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings and training seminars. 

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