Upcoming events

    • 11-Jun-2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Join us for the USGBC Virtual Technical Workshop: LEED V4.1 and Climate Change


    How well does LEED address the causes and appropriate responses to climate change? The answer to this question is a critical consideration as organizations and governments decide how to implement programs to achieve their intended goals of reducing their climate related impact. A rating system could easily fall into the trap of overemphasizing elements that don’t have as big of an impact, or they might ignore other elements that are emerging critical areas to address.

    This presentation will review the areas where buildings and the built environment have an impact on GHG emissions and climate change. It will then look at the important steps, technologies, and strategies to reach zero carbon, and review how LEED v4.1 addresses each of these areas. Lastly, it will review the various definitions and recently developed rating systems to certify Net Zero Energy and Carbon. Areas addressed will include:

    • Building efficiency, passive design
    • Electrification of buildings and transportation
    • Embodied carbon from materials and refrigerants
    • Strategies for onsite and offsite renewable energy


    Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President, Built Ecology - WSP and LEED Fellow

    Josh is a Senior Vice President with WSP and leads WPS’s Built Ecology practice. Josh works on a range of horizontal and vertical sustainable buildings and infrastructure projects, including those pursuing high level sustainability goals such as Net Zero Energy, WELL and LEED certification. Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability group YR&G, was a co-founder of the advocacy group GreenHomeNYC. He was co-chair of the ULI Colorado Healthy Places Committee and is a LEED Fellow. He holds Masters’ degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and Columbia University in New York. Josh teaches a class at the University of Colorado, Boulder on decarbonizing the built environment.

    Thanks to our host-partner WSP


    USGBC Individual Members: $30

    Non-Members: $45

    Students: $15

    REGISTER on Eventbrite.

    • 18-Jun-2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    USGBC New Jersey is hosting this Women in Green virtual event for the Middle Atlantic Region (NY, NJ, PA + DE).


    Our theme for 2020 is Sheroes Stand Up
    A shift is occurring in this season, our green building sheroes are called on like never before to stand up! Stand up for what we believe in, stand up for others, stand up for speaking our minds, and stand up for paving the way for future generations of strong women. The building industry has a bright future, due in large part to the role women are playing and will continue to play. That is why Women in Green is gathering our green building Sheroes so we can stand up together for a brighter, more inclusive future! Women in Green – what are you standing up for? #WIGstandup2020

    Celebrating our Regional Sheroes:

    USGBC recognizes regional sheroes for leadership in March
    USGBC’s April sheroes put health at the heart of design
    USGBC recognizes sheroes in May for economic empowerment

    Opening Remarks + Q+A

    Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor of New Jersey; former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; President, Whitman Strategy Group
    Governor Whitman served in the cabinet of President George W. Bush as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from January of 2001 until June of 2003. She was the 50th Governor of the State of New Jersey, serving as its first woman governor from 1994 until 2001. She is currently President of the Whitman Strategy Group (WSG), a consulting firm that specializes in energy and environmental issues. @GovCTW on Twitter

    Confirmed Panelists

    • Julia Gisewite, LEED AP BD+C, Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction
      Julia is responsible for establishing and implementing sustainable policies, standards and procedures for Turner’s national and international operations. She also oversees Turner’s national sustainability network, comprised of sustainability managers and subject matter experts who promote sustainable practices across the company.

    • Vlada Kenniff, Vice President for Energy and Sustainability, New York City Housing Authority
      Vlada is responsible for leading NYCHA’s comprehensive Sustainability Agenda to reduce energy and resource consumption and carbon footprint, improve resident health and wellbeing.
      She describes herself as Enviro geek, mom, NYCHA Healthy Homes Director @vlada_kenniff on Twitter

    • Amanda Nesheiwat, Deputy Director of Sustainability and Community Outreach, Hudson County (New Jersey) Improvement Authority is a community organizer and environmental activist and is passionate about sustainable development and implementing local solutions to climate change. She is also a sought-after public speaker and consultant on the economic benefits of sustainability. @amandanesh on Twitter

    • Jodi Smits Anderson, Director of Sustainability, Dormitory Authority, State of NY
      Jodi is an architect who has served as designer, project manager and construction liaison for churches, schools, and community projects. She is also a “thinker, listener, instigator, and doer. Seeking opportunities beyond those I initially see. Collaborating for informed solutions that create no new problems.” @greenerjsa on Twitter

    • Faith Taylor, Clinical Professor of Marketing/Management, Feliciano Business School of Montclair State University
      Faith teaches Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Marketing, Innovation and Sustainability, and is co-developing MSU’s Human Trafficking Center. Previously, Faith was with Wyndham Worldwide for 15 years. There, as Senior Vice President of CSR, she led their program policies, reporting and strategies which included sustainability, philanthropy, wellness, diversity, human rights, ethics and responsible sourcing.

    Draft Event Agenda

    3:30 - Everyone settles into WebEx

    3:35 - Welcome + Opening Remarks

    3:45  - Keynote

    4:00 - Introductions of panelists

    4:05 - Moderated Panel Conversation (3 minutes of brilliance) - Sheroes #StandUP

    4:20 - Q&A

    4:30 - Break Out Activity

    4:45 - Report out on discussions + next steps

    5:00 - Thank you + closing


    USGBC Individual Members: $10

    Non-Members: $20

    Students: FREE

    (Open to all)