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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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PowerPoint presentations from the COVES 2008 conference have been made available as PDF files courtesy of the presenters. Presentations from each day may be viewed by selecting the appropriate link. Please note: while many of the PowerPoint presentations given at the conference were collected and are posted here, there were several speakers who did not use PowerPoint as part of their presentation.

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September 19: Lunch Keynote Speaker Don Juhasz, P.E. CEM, Chief of Energy and Utility Programs, U.S. Army
View Juhasz presentation (19 pages/1.1mb)

Track One: Policies That Address Climate Change

Track Two: High Performance/Low Emissions Commercial Buildings

Track Three: Saving Energy to Sustain Virginia's Natural Resources

Track Four: Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Options

Track Five: Sustainable Land Use and Residential Construction

Track Six: Transportation Options to Manage Carbon

Track Seven: Business and Industry Strategies for the Climate Challenge

Track Eight: Financing a Low-Carbon Future

Track One: Policies That Address Climate Change
Session 1: National and Regional Climate Policy Initiatives
Federal legislation, as well as regional initiatives to track carbon emissions and innovative state approaches, will be highlighted in this session

James Warner, Senior Fellow, Pew Center for Global Climate Change
View Warner presentation (19 pages/1.1mb)
Joan Rohlfs, Chief, Air Quality Planning, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Eric Oliver, PE, LEED AP, President, EMO Energy Solutions, LLC

Session 9: Virginia Government Takes on Climate: Status Report
This session will feature a report from the Virginia Climate Change Commission, and state work on development of demand side management programs for utilities.

Nikki Rovner, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia
View Rovner presentation (20 pages/0.3mb)
Tom Ballou, Director, Air Quality Program, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Hugh E. Montgomery, Jr., Executive Director, Institute for Defense and Homeland Security

Robert Somers, II, PE, LEED AP, President, 2rw Consultants Inc.

Session 17: Programs that Track Energy and Reduce Carbon
Local and state governments and other institutions have the option of adopting a variety of carbon footprint tracking programs and tools that help them to document carbon output and develop solutions. This session explores several of these programs.

Stephanie Cutts, Policy Analyst, Cool Cities Campaign, Global Warming and Energy Program, Sierra Club
Jay Fisette, President, Virginia Municipal League
Chris Wise, Environmental Management Coordinator, Facilities Management Department, Washington and Lee University

Kambiz Agazi, Environmental Coordinator, Fairfax County, Virginia

Session 25: Virginia Local Governments Step Up to the Challenge
Virginia local governments are taking the lead in acknowledging and addressing Climate Change, as exemplified by the case studies in this session.

John Morrill, CEM, Energy Manager, Arlington County, Virginia
Ken Cronin, Director of General Services/Sustainability, City of Roanoke, Virginia
View Cronin presentation (37 pages/0.8mb)
Dave Norris, Mayor, City of Charlottesville, Virginia

Scott Kyle, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Full Scale Architecture

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Track Two: High Performance/Low Emissions Commercial Buildings
Session 2: Linking High Performance Buildings with Carbon Reductions
This session provides a broad perspective on the connection between buildings and carbon emissions and high performance options to reduce energy and lighten carbon footprints.

Doug Gehley, AIA, LEED AP, Mid-Atlantic Business Unit Leader for Sustainable Design, SmithGroup Inc.
Chris Pyke, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Services, CTG Energetics

Doug Payne, National Account Manager-Residential and Commercial Development, GE Consumer and Industrial

Session 10: Regional Building Designs that Test the Limits
Commercial and institutional buildings in the Mid-Atlantic are beginning to show up on the "cutting edge" of high performance design, as illustrated in this session's presentations.

Iris Amdur, LEED® AP, Principal, GreenShape LLC
Richard Bratcher, Vice President, Facilities Management & Real Property, Longwood University, and Jeff Hyder, AIA, Vice President, Moseley Architects
View Bratcher/Hyder presentation (26 pages/0.9mb)
David Pryor, LEED AP, Director, Sustainable Buildings Group, AtSite

Georgiana Ball, Recycling and Surplus Specialist, Virginia Department of General Services

Session 18: Energy Reductions in Existing Buildings
The extensive square footage of existing building space means that building owners and managers must address energy use to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions. Learn about successful Virginia examples.

Charlie Barksdale, CEM, CEP, CMVP, CSDP, BEP, Utilities and Performance Contracting Manager, Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy
View Barksdale presentation (18 pages/0.4mb)
Mark Tschirhart, Supervisor of Resource and Security Control, York County Public Schools, York County, Virginia
Jerry Walker, LEED® AP, Energy Manager, Henrico County, Virginia
View Walker presentation (31 pages/0.6mb)

Alleyn Harned, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Office of the Governor

Session 26: Virginia Public and Private Case Studies
Owners of small commercial to public buildings and large campuses are turning to Green design to reduce energy costs, add to the quality of life of building occupants, and reduce environmental impact.

George Nasis, AIA, Vice President, Higher Education Studio, Moseley Architects
Donald Guthrie, LEED® AP, Architect, KOP Architects PC
Antonio Fiol-Silva, AIA, AICP, LEED® AP, Principal, Wallace Robert & Todd, LLC

Michael Bass, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Science and Biology, University of Washington

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Track Three: Saving Energy to Sustain Virginia's Natural Resources
Session 3: Virginia Forests Resources' Role in Bioenergy
This session will examine the role that sustainably managed forest resources can play in creating profitable and sustainable bioenergy for Virginia.

Craig Highfield, Forestry for the Bay Program
John Munsell, Forest Management Extension Specialist, Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech
James Melonas, Cooperative Forestry, Washington Office, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
View Melonas presentation (17 pages/0.3mb)

Kristen Hughes, Virginia Staff Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Session 11: Today's Food: Energy and Sustainability
This session will focus on energy's role in the expanding local food movement, bio-energy research in Virginia universities, and how energy costs are challenging farmers' viability.

Charlie Jackson, Executive Director, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program
John Ignosh, Agricultural Byproduct Utilization Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Virginia Tech
Stephen Ellis, Virginia Grower/Producer
Charles R. Green, Director of Marketing, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Todd P. Haymore, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Session 19: Water Supply Planning for the Future: Providing More Water While Using Less Energy
This session will give an overview of various alternatives to meet our future water needs such as improving efficiency, water re-use, and desalinization, while considering the often hidden energy costs of supplying and treating water.

Jackie Rickards, Center for Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
Vijay Satyal, Ph.D., Policy Economist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Beate M. Wright, P.E., Senior Project Engineer, Loudoun Water
View Wright presentation (20 pages/2.7mb)
Benjamin Sojka, Vice President of Design, Rainwater Management Solutions

Scott Kudlas, Director, Office of Surface and Groundwater Supply Planning, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Session 27: Ecosystem Services -- Tools for Better Decision Making and Sustainable Land Use Development
The emergence of markets for "eco-system services" such as nutrient control, biodiversity and carbon sequestration will impact the decisions landowners make regarding the current and future management of their land. This session will focus on emerging tools to assess these values which may help land owners and managers achieve sustainable returns on water, land, wildlife and energy resources.

Buck Kline, Director of Forestland Conservation, Virginia Department of Forestry
View Kline presentation (19 pages/0.8mb)
Jason Bulluck, Information Manager, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Chris Burkett, Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Russ Baxter, Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

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Track Four: Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Options
Session 4: Generating Energy through Efficiency
This session will focus on strategies for harvesting energy efficiency and conservation resources to meet Virginia's resource needs.

Brian T. Castelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alliance to Save Energy
David Terry, Acting Executive Director, National Association of State Energy Officials
Ben Taube, LEED AP, Executive Director, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

MODERATOR: Ken J. Schrad, Director, Division of Information Resources, Virginia State Corporation Commission

Session 12: How Do We Produce Cleaner Electricity?
Representatives from companies producing electricity and natural gas energy resources will discuss their companies' initiatives to bring cleaner energy sources into their supply mix.

Robert Hare, Project Manager, Dominion Resources
View Hare presentation (30 pages/0.7mb)
David Heacock, President of Dominion Virginia Power
View Heacock presentation (9 pages/0.3mb)
Anne Hampson, Energy and Environmental Analysis, Inc.
View Hampson presentation (26 pages/0.4mb)
Carlos LaPorta, President, Capital Sun Group
View LaPorta presentation (32 pages/1.1mb)

Mitch King, President and General Manager, Old Mill Power Company

Session 20: Market-Ready Renewable Energy Technologies
This session will speak to the advantages of having an alternative energy arsenal for meeting our carbon-neutral energy needs. The session will open with an overview followed by discussions that focus on key issues for increased development of renewable energy resources in Virginia.

Jeff Waldon, Executive Director, Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech
View Waldon presentation (35 pages/2.3mb)
Jason Fisher, Technical Trainer, SunPower Corporation
View Fisher presentation (31 pages/2.4mb)
Don Giecek, Director, Virginia Wind Energy Collaborative
View Giecek presentation (23 pages/1.2mb)

Ken Jurman, Renewable Programs Manager, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy

Session 28: Discovering Emerging Energy and Technologies for Virginia
Research organizations in Virginia and the national level are developing energy technologies from biofuels and other resources that promise to reduce fossil fuel use or provide reduced carbon emissions from conventional fuels.

George Hagerman, Senior Research Associate, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech
View Hagerman presentation (38 pages/2.8mb)
Michael Hammond, Senior Consultant, New Generation, American Electric Power
View Hammond presentation (24 pages/1.6mb)
Paul H. Genoa, Director of Policy Development, Nuclear Energy Institute
View Genoa presentation (32 pages/2.0mb)

Rodney Sobin, Office of Remediation Programs, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Track Five: Sustainable Land Use and Residential Construction
Session 5: Sustainable Community Design: National Perspective
This session provides a look at national trends in the relation between urban development and the recognition of Climate Change implications. Information will also be presented on the opportunity to redevelop in more sustainable ways in natural disaster areas.

Reid Ewing, Ph.D., Research Professor, National Center for Smart Growth
Daniel K. Slone, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP

Shep Moon, Coastal Planner, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Session 13: Virginia Developers Take on Smart Design
Some Virginia developers have adopted New Urbanism design approaches and sustainable building in community scale projects. This session looks at examples from around the state.

Veronica Van Deventer, Principal, Icon Development, LLC
David Anderson, PE, Partner, Roseland
Chris Schooley, Director of Development, Stonehaus Development

Jeff Rezin, LEED AP, President, Rezin, Inc.

Session 21: Zero Energy and Low-Water Designs for Homes
National programs are moving home design toward designs that result in net zero energy and low water use. National and Virginia examples will be provided in this session.

Lew Pratsch, Zero Energy Homes, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Terry Hill, Owner, T.J. Hill & Associates,
Bette Gruben, Project Consultant, Sustainable Design Consulting

Lou Verner, Ph.D., Coordinator, Wildlife Mapping Program, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Session 29: Green Design for New and Existing Homes
Single family, as well as multi-family homes, can be built economically to very high standards of energy efficiency and environmental sensitivity. EarthCraft House® Virginia projects and urban townhouse retrofits will be presented.

KC McGurren, Executive Director, EarthCraft House™ Virginia
Blue Crump, Owner, Cityspace Construction
View Crump presentation (13 pages/1.2mb)
Joshua Galloway, CLA, LEED® AP, Community Design Studio
View Galloway presentation (38 pages/2.1mb)

Karl Bren, LEED AP, Principal, Green Visions Consulting

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Track Six: Transportation Options to Manage Carbon
Session 6: National Perspective on Transportation and Land Use
This session is focused on a national outlook of transportation policy and climate change, including how land use decisions affect energy use, and how energy costs affect travel and the economy.

Trip Pollard, Director, Land and Community Project, Southern Environmental Law Center
Margaret E. McKeough, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

MODERATOR: Cooper Walmsley, Assistant Division Administrator, Environmental Division, Virginia Department of Transportation

Session 14: Virginia Programs for People Transit
This session is focused on efficient ways to move people. Speakers will address mass transit options and the projected development of new systems in Virginia's urban areas.

James Toscano, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communication, Hampton Roads Transit
Stewart Swartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Linda McMinimy, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Virginia Transit Association

Session 22: Smart Moves: Faster, Cheaper and Climate-friendly Ways to Ship Goods
Virginia's Mid-Atlantic location, deep water access and superior rail and road assets provide a strategic advantage as a hub for distribution of goods. To remain competitive, Virginia must offer shippers faster and cheaper ways to move goods to customers while reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Heather Mantz, Director, Environmental Affairs, Virginia Port Authority
Glen Kedzie, Vice President and Environmental Counsel, American Trucking Associations, Inc.

Richard Wood, President, SOLUS-Solutions and Technologies LLC

Session 30: Cellulosic Biofuels, Hydrogen, and Plug-In Hybrids: Advantages, Issues, and an Outlook on the Future
This session will focus on alternatives to imported fossil fuels. It will look at the advantages, current issues, barriers to deployment, and next steps for cellulosic biofuels, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Suzan Bulbulkaya, Virginia Director, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Ken Dulaney, P.E., Director, Industrial, Commercial and Transportation Team, Advanced Energy
View Dulaney presentation (40 pages/1.3mb)
Monica Murphy, Driver Relationship Manager, General Motors Fuel Cell Activities

Robert Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Hampton Roads Hydrogen

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Track Seven: Business and Industry Strategies for the Climate Challenge
Session 7: Global and Virginia Policy Alignment
This session will focus on laying the groundwork to understand how major sustainability policy initiatives and business and industry goals intersect and how the private sector can improve these interconnections in developing global markets for Virginia companies

Kevin Baird, Plant Manager, Roanoke Cement, Titan America
Jean Peters, Senior Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Analysis, Genworth Financial
Jayson Scadden, Senior Regional Compliance Manager-Virginia, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
View Scadden presentation (29 pages/0.5mb)

Matt Gregori, Managing Consultant, RW Biofuels Consulting

Session 15: How Businesses Go Green
To remain competitive, businesses of all types are paying attention to methods of incorporating energy-saving practices, Green job-skill training, and Green marketing into their corporate practices.

Steven Ryan, ENERGY STAR® Green Information Technology Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Carla Maxwell, Affordable Comfort, Inc.
Karen Grimm, Chief Strategy Officer, Siddall, Inc.

Tena Krouse, Management Consultant, Y NOT NOW
View Krouse presentation (24 pages/0.5mb)

Session 23: Waste Minimization and By-Product Utilization: Business Opportunities
This session will focus on recycling and the beneficial use of waste by-products, including agricultural, forestry and urban wood by-products, to add additional energy sources that reduce pollution and emissions to the supply mix.

Brenda Robinson, President, The Sustainability Park
Victoria Ludwig, Program Manager, Landfill Methane Outreach Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Donald Spieth, Renewables Growth Leader, GE Energy Power Generation Team

Blasé Keegel, P.E., Associate Staff Engineer, Philip Morris

Session 31: Virginia Companies Take on Energy and Carbon Reductions
Business and industry examples will be presented that highlight strategies that have resulted in more energy-efficient manufacturing processes and sustainable corporate policy adoption.

Steve Pierett, Environmental Manager, Volvo Trucks North America
View Pierett presentation (25 pages/0.8mb)
John Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environment and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy
View Waffenschmidt presentation (42 pages/1.1mb)
William F. Bailey, Leader of the Energy Center of Competency, DuPont
View Bailey presentation (18 pages/0.2mb)

Sam Manning, Professional Development Specialist, Old Dominion University

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Track Eight: Financing a Low-Carbon Future
Session 8: Financial Incentives through Carbon Trading
Presenters will review the benefits and drawbacks of voluntary versus mandatory cap and trade practices, how carbon trading is working internationally, and will present regional examples.

Cameron Prell, Associate, Williams Mullen
View Prell presentation (23 pages/0.2mb)
Stephen Kenney, Manager, Strategic Planning, CNX GAS

MODERATOR: Vijay Satyal, Ph.D, Policy Economist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Session 16: Utility Rate Structures and Programs that Promote Clean Energy
Approaches such as decoupling of energy rates, and programs that promote lower energy use, by supporting conservation and renewable energy adoption, will be presented in this session.

Rosalie Day, Policy Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Jodi Gidley, Senior Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Operations, AGL Resources, and President, Virginia Natural Gas
Jack Werner, Director, Energy Office, Department of Environment, District of Columbia

Rodney Sobin, Office of Remediation Programs, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Session 24: Large Scale Renewable Financing Approaches
This session will present a look at federal incentives and financing approaches to large scale renewable projects, and provide regional examples of projects.

Patrick Sweeney, P.E., Vice President of Business Development, Pepco Energy Services
Cameron Prell, Associate, Williams Mullen
John Keppler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Intrinergy, LLC

Elizabeth Bowling, Energy Engineer, Facilities Management Department, University of Virginia

Session 32: Incentives that Promote Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, and Economic Development
Public and private financing mechanisms for renewable energy, as well as for energy efficiency retrofits of existing buildings, not only reduce carbon footprints, but also stimulate the economy. These concepts will be examined through case studies from the region.

Fred Widicus, Vice President of Business Development, Sun Net Zero, LLC
View Widicus presentation (37 pages/0.6mb)
John Christmas, Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
John Spears, CEM, LEED AP, President, Sustainable Design Group

Billy Weitzenfeld, Executive Director, Association of Energy Conservation Professionals

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