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This year’s theme is “Meet the Champions: Achieving the Triple Bottom Line in Green Building.” The theme refers to individuals or organizations whose sustainable building efforts, business models, products, technologies, services or policies have enabled them to provide their communities with social and environmental benefits while generating revenue.

7:30 – 8:00              Registration

8:00 – 8:15               Opening Remarks

Jules Bailey, Oregon House of Representatives

8:15 – 9:15                The Weatherization Industry Grows Up

Julie Hughes, U.S. Department of Energy
John Davies, Building Performance Center

While the U.S. government isn’t typically the first to come to mind when thinking about champions of the triple bottom line, the U.S. Department of Energy has made significant strides in reducing residential energy use in homes and making homes safer and healthier. In the process, DOE is professionalizing the industry by creating accredited training offered through National Weatherization Training Centers. The co-presenters will provide a policy level view from DOE as well as a boots-on-the-ground perspective from the Building Performance Center in Washington about how these initiatives are strengthening low-income weatherization programs and creating market opportunities for home performance contractors.

9:15-10:00                MPower: Innovative Financing for Affordable Multifamily

Housing Retrofits

Amanda Saul, Enterprise Community Partners
Matt Collier, Blue Tree Strategies

Since 1982, Enterprise Community Partners has worked with developers, investors, community-based nonprofits and the government to help achieve its ambitious goal of ensuring that every American lives in a decent, affordable home. The organization is also striving to green all affordable housing nationwide by 2020. Learn how Enterprise Green Communities, the City of Portland, Network of Oregon Affordable Housing, Green For All and Blue Tree Strategies have partnered to develop a pilot program to deliver on-bill financing to fund multifamily retrofits in Portland. This innovative model, which shifts from asset-backed to efficiency-backed financing,  delivers quality jobs, social equity, energy and water savings and utility bill savings for tenants and owners of multi-family affordable housing.

10:00 – 10:15          Break

10:15 – 11:15            Creating Public/Private Partnerships:

The Green Schoolhouse Series

Jeff Zotara, Green Schoolhouse Series
Matt Rumbaugh, NAC Architecture

As public school systems throughout the U.S. face unprecedented budget cuts, hear how one organization is bringing together corporations, foundations, school districts, municipalities, communities, media outlets, and volunteers to build high-performance LEED-Platinum designed Green Schoolhouses at Title 1, low-income public schools. Learn how replacing aging and unsafe portables with sustainable permanent structures is creating healthy learning environments for children, saving money for school districts and creating positive returns for project partners.

11:15 – 12:00           Deconstructing Buildings and Creating Community

Shane Endicott, ReBuilding Center

The ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages has long been regarded one of Portland’s most visible examples of espousing triple bottom line values in green building. From diverting eight tons of reusable building materials from landfills each day and providing employees with living wages and medical benefits, to disseminating tool kits and resources for community building, The ReBuilding Center and Our United Villages is a model for strengthening the environmental, economic, and social fabric of local communities and providing resources to make sustainable home repairs affordable to everyone.  Learn how the organization continues to flourish sustainably, without the support of grant funding.

12:00 – 1:00            Lunch

1:00 – 2:00            Keynote Presentation: (Re)building a More Sustainable Future

Nancy Murray, Builders of Hope

Builders of Hope transforms lives through rebuilding homes and revitalizing communities. Using a patent-pending process to save existing homes slated for demolition by moving them to new communities and performing deep sustainable retrofits, BOH diverts millions of pounds of construction debris from landfills and provides safe, energy efficient and affordable housing to low- and middle-income residents. Part of this successful model of community revitalization in low-income neighborhoods includes providing “green collar” training for ex-offenders, at-risk youth, and the homeless. Hear CEO Nancy Murray’s inspirational story about the successful triple bottom line model she created. Learn how this social entrepreneur’s solution for rebuilding America has created a new paradigm for affordable housing that is being replicated across the U.S.

2:00 – 3:00              Innovative Business Models for Sustainability in a Down Economy

Mark Edlen, Gerding Edlen
Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer

The economic downturn has hit the building industry particularly hard. Learn how a nationally known commercial developer and cutting-edge residential design/build firm have implemented innovative strategies to achieve business growth in green building while other firms have struggled. The presenters will describe how investing in employee training, creating new market niches, developing creative financing mechanisms and engaging the community has helped them achieve triple bottom line success.

3:00 – 3:15                Break

3:15 – 4:15                 Bringing the Community into Green Building:
                                        CAPACES Leadership Institute Project

Laura Isiordia,CAPACES Leadership Institute
Erubiel Valladares, PCUN
Gene Wixson, Green Hammer
Patrick Donaldson, Communitecture

What do super energy efficient buildings, Oregon’s farm worker movement, and social and economic equity have in common? The CAPACES Leadership Institute Project. Hear from a panel of speakers about how the first Passive House commercial building in the U.S. will house a new Institute, created by nine community-based organizations, that will sustain the movement to improve equity for Latino immigrant farm workers. Learn how project partners mobilized support to complete this project debt-free and how high performance building practices and forging a more expansive vision for sustainability are at the core of the project.

4:15 – 6:00                 Networking Reception

The CAPACES Leadership Institute in Woodburn is the first Passive House office building in the US. It will be built in part by community volunteers and is designed to promote a culture of sustainability among Oregon's Latino population.

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