Tuesday, July 27, 8:30AM—10AM
Join us for an inspiring conversation about the path of local leaders and organizations to achieve their carbon goals with carbon neutral operations and net-zero buildings. Hear about the successes and challenges they encountered while working toward their vision. Take away case studies and innovation you can apply to your own carbon neutrality and building energy reduction projects.
Deputy Mayor for the City of Madison Christie Baumel will moderate the conversation. Christie Baumel assists the Mayor with sustainability, planning, and climate resilience, including stormwater management. She brings a wealth of experience in urban sustainability and planning through both local government and non-profit roles.
Andy Weiland from Oregon School District will talk about the first net-zero school in Wisconsin, the Forest Edge Elementary School. A net-zero building creates renewable energy on site that is equal to the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis.
Francisco Sayu will share his insight on carbon goals and net-zero buildings from the perspective of his consulting firm Sustainable Community Partners LLC that helps design professionals and building owners meet their sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and community engagement goals for new buildings and infrastructure projects.
Scott Andersen will share Artisan Dental‘s experience as the first general dentistry practice in the United States whose operations have become carbon neutral. This means all of the carbon or greenhouse gas emissions associated with all aspects of patient care at Artisan Dental are 100% offset through the purchase of verified and validated carbon credits.
Christie Baumel assists the Mayor with sustainability, planning, and climate resilience, including stormwater management. She brings a wealth of experience in urban sustainability and planning through both local government and non-profit roles. Most recently, Christie directed Building Energy programs for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), where she advised and supported local government sustainability leaders on critical climate, energy, and equity issues. Prior to joining USDN, Christie served as Climate & Energy Advisor for the City of Seattle, developing programs and policies to reduce carbon pollution from the building sector. Christie has also worked as a local government land use planner, and she has worked on numerous community development and environmental protection programs. She has a Master’s degree from the University of Washington in Urban Planning and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Natural Resources.
Francisco Sayu is the President and Founder of Sustainable Community Partners LLC, a sustainability consulting firm that helps design professionals and building owners meet their sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and community engagement goals for new buildings and infrastructure projects. Before devoting his work to Sustainable Community Partners, Francisco served as the Program Manager for the Focus on Energy® New Construction Solution, a statewide energy efficiency program that provides technical assistance and financial incentives to help design professionals and building owners in Wisconsin installing cost-effective energy solutions that save energy and money. In addition to being the President of Sustainable Community Partners LLC, Francisco is the Executive Director of BikEquity Inc, a non-profit organization working to support the health and wellbeing of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities by removing barriers to cycling.
Andy Weiland is the Business Manager at Oregon School District. Oregon School District’s Forest Edge Elementary School is recognized as the first net-zero school in Wisconsin. The new building will produce at least as much energy as it uses in a year. He has been with the district since 1999. Andy has a Master’s Degree in Education and Business Management and Bachelor’s Degree in Management, all from UW-Whitewater.
Scott Andersen is the Director of Stakeholder Stewardship at Artisan Dental. Artisan Dental is the first general dentistry practice in the United States whose operations have become carbon neutral. He works collaboratively with Dr. Andersen and the entire Artisan team to ensure they are providing patients with compassionate care that is of the highest quality. His responsibilities range from cultivating relationships with our various community and industry partners to research and development of new services we can offer at Artisan Dental. His previous professional experiences include founding and directing several businesses and roles with two global healthcare organizations. He graduated with honors from Mount Mercy University in 1995 with an Interdisciplinary B.A. in the Social Sciences and a Business Administration minor.
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