Friday, May 4th AT 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Getting To Net-Zero By Unleashing the People Factor

Oregon Convention Center: Room B116
Track: Equity

Without buy-in from the people that interact with buildings, net zero projects fall short of their design performance goals. If we want lots of net zero buildings and we want them to succeed, we need to unleash the “people factor”.

In this lightly-structured public conversation between industry professionals, three panelists are going to explore the disconnect between design vs. actual building performance and showcase real-world examples of how inclusive community engagement has been used to close the performance gap while simultaneously growing the green building community. The session touches on how diversity and inclusion can become a vehicle for increasing community benefit and fostering broader acceptance of green building principles. This conversation intends to broaden the audiences’ perspective on what sustainability work is today and make the case that diversity and inclusion are essential ingredients for projects (and the building industry as a whole,) to have deeper level impacts on society.


Shilpa Surana
Energy Analyst
Brightworks Sustainability
Ozzie Gonzalez
Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Howard S Wright
Stacy Smedley
Director of Sustainability
Skanska USA Building