COVES 2008
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 Commonwealth of Virginia Energy & Sustainability Conference
 Meeting the Climate Change Challenge
 September 17-19, 2008     Greater Richmond Convention Center
  

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Conference Topics Include

  • Policy options at the national, state and local levels to reduce carbon emissions;
  • High performance in building design and operations;
  • Academic and government sustainability initiatives;
  • Investment and economic development opportunities in a low-carbon future;
  • Renewable and other low-carbon energy resources;
  • How manufacturing, service, and agriculture sectors are addressing the carbon challenge;
  • Climate Change's effect on Virginia's ecosystems;
  • Finding alternatives to traditional transportation fuels and systems;
  • Smart urban planning's role in reducing energy expenditures;
  • Technological innovation in the U.S. and international marketplace.


COVES 2008 Agenda

September 17, 2008 (Pre-Conference Events)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Full-Day Events
  • Biosolids Renewable Energy Technology Forum
  • Four Points Sustainability Bus Tour EVENT FULL
    The bus for the tour will pick up all of the participants at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the corner of 5th and Marshall in front of the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Events
  • The Perfect Storm: How Tight Budgets, Increasing Energy Costs and Old Buildings are Impacting our Ability to Maintain Public Facilities -- A Workshop on Financing Building Upgrades
  • Hydrogen: Promising Energy Security
  • Alternative Energy Tour at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • VCERC: Virginia Offshore Wind and Marine Biofuel Potential
  • Energy Management in Motor Driven Systems Seminar
  • 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Registration Begins
    5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Evening Reception in Exhibit Hall (Open to the General Public)
    September 18, 2008
    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
    7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration
    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session: Welcome, City of Richmond Official

    Steve Walz, Senior Energy Policy Advisor to the Governor

    Plenary Speaker: Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute
    10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
    10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Conference Track Sessions
    11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
    12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker: Ken Ostrowski, Director, McKinsey and Co. Inc.
    2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Conference Track Sessions
    3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break with exhibitors
    4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Conference Track Sessions
    5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Reception in Exhibit Hall
    September 19, 2008
    7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
    7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration
    8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session Welcome

    Plenary Speaker: The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Neal Elliott, Ph.D., Associate Director for Research, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

    Virginia Panel: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge in Virginia

    Panelists: State Delegate Joe Bouchard, District 83
    Bryna Dunn, AICP, LEED AP, Vice President, Moseley Architects
    David Heacock, President, Dominion Virginia Power
    State Senator Frank Wagner, District 7

    Moderator: Robert Powell, Editor, Virginia Business Magazine
    10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
    11:00 – 12:30 p.m. Conference Track Sessions
    12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker

    Don Juhasz, P.E. CEM, Chief of Energy and Utility Programs, U.S. Army
    2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops and Tours
  • Green Building Tour #1: Chesterfield County Community Development Building
  • Green Building Tour #2: Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Sciences Building #2 -- Downtown Walking Tour
  • V-REMS Green Building Workshop: Real-Life Examples and Easily Achievable Solutions
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    Track Breakout Sessions: September 18-19

    The following groupings indicate track sessions based on topic.

    TRACK ONE POLICIES THAT ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 1 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. National and Regional Climate Policy Initiatives
    Session 9 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Virginia Government Takes on Climate: Status Report
    Session 17 4 – 5:30 p.m. Programs that Track Energy and Reduce Carbon
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 25 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Virginia Local Governments Step Up to the Challenge
    TRACK TWO HIGH PERFORMANCE/LOW EMISSIONS COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 2 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Linking High Performance Buildings with Carbon Reduction
    Session 10 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Regional Building Designs that Test the Limits
    Session 18 4 – 5:30 p.m. Energy Reductions in Existing Buildings
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 26 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Virginia Public and Private Case Studies
    TRACK THREE SAVING ENERGY TO SUSTAIN VIRGINIA'S NATURAL RESOURCES
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 3 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Virginia Forests Resources' Role in Bioenergy
    Session 11 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Today's Food: Energy and Sustainability
    Session 19 4 – 5:30 p.m. Water Supply Planning for the Future: Providing More Water While Using Less Energy
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 27 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tools for the Management of EcoSystem Services
    TRACK FOUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 4 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Generating Energy Through Efficiency
    Session 12 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. How Do We Produce Cleaner Electricity?
    Session 20 4 – 5:30 p.m. Market-Ready Renewable Energy Technologies
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 28 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Discovering Emerging Energy and Technologies for Virginia
    TRACK FIVE SUSTAINABLE LAND USE AND RESIDENTAL CONSTRUCTION
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 5 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Sustainable Community Design: National Perspective
    Session 13 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Virginia Developers Take on Smart Design
    Session 21 4 – 5:30 p.m. Zero Energy and Low-Water Designs for Homes
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 29 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Green Design for New and Existing Homes
    TRACK SIX TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS TO MANAGE CARBON
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 6 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. National Perspective on Transportation and Land Use
    Session 14 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Virginia Programs for People Transit
    Session 22 4 – 5:30 p.m. Smart Moves: Faster, Cheaper and Climate-friendly Ways to Ship Goods
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 30 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Alternative Fuels: Hydrogen, Plug-in Hybrids, Ethanol and Biodiesel
    TRACK SEVEN BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY STRATEGIES FOR THE
    TRACK SEVEN CLIMATE CHALLENGE
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 7 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Global and Virginia Policy Alignment
    Session 15 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. How Businesses Go Green
    Session 23 4 – 5:30 p.m. Waste Minimization and By-Product Utilization: Business Opportunities
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 31 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Virginia Companies Take on Energy and Carbon Reductions
    TRACK EIGHT FINANCING A LOW-CARBON FUTURE
    Thursday, Sept. 18
    Session 8 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Financial Incentives through Carbon Trading
    Session 16 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Utility Rate Structures and Programs that Promote Clean Energy
    Session 24 4 – 5:30 p.m. Large Scale Renewable Financing Approaches
    Friday, Sept. 19
    Session 32 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Incentives that Promote Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

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    Sponsors
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    Thinking Globally

    American Petroleum Industry

    Dominion

    Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy

    Climate Protector

    Covanta Energy

    Honeywell

    Moseley Architects

    Energy Saver

    DPR Construction, Inc.

    Dupont

    Johnson Controls

    Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

    Pepco Energy Services

    Trane

    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

     

    Acting Locally

    Fresh AIRE  Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions

    Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

    Engineered Services Inc.

    U.S. Green Building Council
    Hampton Roads Chapter
    National Capital Region
    SouthWest Virginia
    James River

    Herman Miller, Inc.

    Osage BioEnergy LLC

    Siddall, Inc.

    Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

    Virginia Housing Development Authority

    General Motors

    Hampton Roads Hydrogen

    GE

    Marion Construction

    GE

     

    Green Steward

    Christian & Barton LLP

    Alten LLC

    Spectrum Design

    American Trucking Associations

     

    September 17 Reception Sponsors

    SAIC

    Skanska

    Steel America

    Weeks Marine

     

    Conference Bag Sponsor

    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market

     

    Exhibit Hall Lounge Sponsor

    Chasen's Business Interiors

     


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