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USGBC Wisconsin 2020 Annual Meeting & Luncheon

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Epic - Intergalactic Headquarters

1979 Milky Way

Verona, WI 53593

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Join USGBC Wisconsin for an event not to be missed!

The Annual Meeting brings together the most informed and influential green building leaders in or community! Join us as we celebrate accomplishments, recognize leaders, thank our volunteers, and discuss hot topics. We invite you to connect with colleagues, while enjoying food and lively discussions about hot topics tied to the future of green building in Wisconsin. Whether a longtime member or new to our community, our event is open to all who are driven through action to create a healthier and more sustainable future for all!

What's on the agenda this year?

In 2020, USGBC will be focused on four tenets: Sustainability, Health & Wellness, Resilience, and Equity. Our Wisconsin community leaders spent a great deal of time speaking with and listening to you. We heard you loud and clear. At this year's Annual Meeting we will dive head first into discussions that address the questions, concerns and opportunities that came up most often. They include:

  • Why are third-party certifications (LEED, TRUE, PEER, etc.) important? Isn't following the guidelines enough?

  • How do current Wisconsin building codes stack up against our midwestern neighbors? Do they help or hinder project teams desiring to pursue certifications? What does Governor Ever's recent Executive Order #38 Relating to Clean Energy in Wisconsin mean for our industry?

  • Why is building performance tracking important, and how can I cut through the market "noise" to find the best benchmarking tool for me? Does it have to be overwhelming and costly?

  • How do I effectively communicate sustainability [FILL IN BLANK - goals, accomplishments, urgency, etc.] to my [FILL IN BLANK - client, colleague, neighbor, elected official, facility manager, landlord, tenant, etc.]?

We've pulled together a panel of individuals who can represent the unique perspectives of practitioners, code experts, and owners who will help to shed light on these questions. Once they've set the stage, YOU will have a chance to speak with peers in one of our 4 table discussion groups. Our moderators will be listening to your contributions and taking notes, and our USGBC Wisconsin leaders will be sure to work hard to address key themes in this year's programming.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your perspectives, expand your professional network, and meet USGBC Wisconsin Market Leadership Advisory Board members and USGBC regional leadership.

We look forward to seeing you!

USGBC Wisconsin is made possible by you! Proceeds from this fundraising event will directly support USGBC's work to improve the quality of life by transforming the design, composition, and operations of the places where we live, work, learn, and play. USGBC provides opportunities to join together, move the building industry forward, improve the quality of life for communities all over the world and work towards our collective vision: to ensure that buildings, communities and cities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. Learn more about USGBC's various programs and initiatives that advance our global mission. (www.usgbc.org)


11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Arrival

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Luncheon - Welcome & Community Updates

12:00 PM to 12:15 PM Break

12:15 PM to 1:00 PM Panel Discussion

Moderated by Kayla Buszka, Project Coordinator, Sustainability & Innovation for Good, Kohler, and featuring:

  • "The Practitioner" Dorothy Schwarz, Chief Operating Officer with Rivion

  • "The Code Expert" Henry Kosarzycki AIA, Director of the Office of Plan Review and Inspection with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

  • "The Owner" Mary Evers Statz, MS, Director Energy Management & Sustainability at UW Health

1:00 PM to 1:45 PM Table Discussions - Topics include:

  • What's the big deal? Let's have a candid talk about third party certification. This group will discuss the opportunities and obstacles to achieve LEED Certification in Wisconsin as well as the potential pitfalls associated with a "LEED equivalent" or "LEED Certifiable" approach. Related USGBC programs and initiatives: LEEDv4; LEEDv4.1

  • Building codes, regulations and executive orders - oh my! This discussion group will focus on the green building opportunities and obstacles tied to building codes, regulations, and executive orders. Related USGBC programs and initiatives: Wisconsin State Market Brief; Center for Resilience at USGBC; USGBC Public Policy Library

  • The art of performance. If you are working on new construction projects or operating an existing building, tracking building performance is a key strategy to reduce costs and achieve desired efficiencies. This group will discuss industry best practices and how Arc can be leveraged by ALL to measure, compare and improve building performance across five areas: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Related USGBC programs and initiatives: Arc; LEEDv4.1

  • Did I say that? When speaking to clients, colleagues or friends about sustainability, your approach and word selection can open doors or shut the conversation down. This group will discuss communication and the power of storytelling. Related USGBC programs and initiatives: Living Standard; Standard Issue 001 & 002 Research Reports

1:45 PM to 2:00 PM Closing Remarks & Adjourn

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM Networking & Departure

**BONUS** For those interested after the event, Epic welcomes you to partake in a self-guided tour of the campus. Guide books will be on hand for your use.

Meet our Panelists!

Meet our 2020 Panelists!

"The Practitioner"

Dorothy Schwarz, Chief Operating Officer with Rivion

Dorothy is responsible for all aspects of Rivion operations, including strategic planning, new business development, financial management and reporting, project execution and client relationship management. She transitions new assignments from contract to the sustainability services team for project execution. Prior to working in sustainability, Dorothy spent 18 years in property management managing portfolios ranging from 250,000 SF to 1,000,000 SF of suburban and downtown office, retail and industrial properties. She also worked for a developer on the conversion of a manufacturing plant into a mixed-use property that included office, retail and condominiums, managing the various condominium associations and final construction details. Dorothy’s engagement with sustainability began in property management, incorporating sustainable practices at her properties and benchmarking them in EPA ENERGY STAR®. Recognizing the increasing importance of sustainability in daily property operations, she welcomed the opportunity to join this team and make sustainability a full-time endeavor. Over the years working in the sustainability industry, she has also learned how those principles can be applied more broadly companywide.

"The Code Expert"

Henry Kosarzycki AIA, Director of the Office of Plan Review and Inspection with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Henry Kosarzycki AIA, Architect, is the Director of the Office of Plan Review and Inspection with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Prior to joining the team at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Henry served as a Program Manager for the Division of Safety and Buildings, Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Serving with the Division of Safety and Buildings Henry provided code training throughout the State of Wisconsin. For over twelve years the code training audiences covered all stakeholders from Architects to owners to builders to building and fire officials. The core of the training focused on regulatory models, process, code training and certification of building and fire officials. Before joining the State, he worked for a major construction company in the design-build industry, practiced in a traditional architectural firm and served as a plan reviewer for the City of Milwaukee. Henry has served on various national committees and councils including the International Green Construction Code workgroup, the American Institute of Architects Codes and Standards committee as the chair and the National Institute of Building Sciences as chair of the National Council on Building Codes and Standards.

"The Owner"

Mary Evers Statz, MS, Director Energy Management & Sustainability at UW Health

Mary Evers Statz leads energy management and sustainability at the UW Health system which includes 7 hospitals in addition to over 80 clinics in south central Wisconsin and northern Illinois and serves more than 600,000 patients each year. In her position Mary is responsible for the corporate vision and strategy to make UW Health a more environmentally friendly enterprise. She drives strategies to create more efficient processes, measures and tracks energy and waste data, works to implement energy sourcing and saving measures, and enables a more environmentally sustainable operation by working with key staff and stakeholders across UW Health’s 1,750 physicians and 21,000 staff.

Under her leadership, UW Health received awards from Practice Greenhealth, an Excellence in Energy Efficiency award from Focus on Energy, and Green Masters Awards from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. In addition, at the close of 2018, UW Health was recognized by the US Department of Energy for achieving a 25% improvement in energy performance over their 2013 baseline in their Better Buildings Challenge, which includes 4.7M square feet of UW Health space.

Mary holds her Master’s in Sustainable Management and has over 25 years design, construction and facility management experience with extensive experience in medical and research buildings. She is a professional member of ASHE, WHEA, AEE, USGBC, and ACHE.

The Panel Moderator

Kayla Buszka, Project Coordinator, Sustainability & Innovation for Good, Kohler

Kayla graduated with a BS in Conservation and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. She volunteers with Women in Sustainability, a part of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council in addition to her role on the Board of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) – Wisconsin Chapter and as the Co-Chair of the USGBC’s Emerging Professionals Committee. Kayla has given a Tedx talk at UW-Milwaukee about our universal responsibility to water and has spoken at international tradeshows on the topics of green infrastructure for stormwater management, development of women and young professionals in the workforce, and sustainability in action.

Thank you Sponsors!

We'd like to extend a very special thank you to our venue hosts, Epic!


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Sponsorships for this event are available. Please contact USGBC Wisconsin Director, Korinne Haeffel, about these opportunities: khaeffel@usgbc.org or 202-705-6662.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

To reach USGBC Director, Korinne Haeffel, email khaeffel@usgbc.org or call 202-705-6662.

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