Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Future of Nuclear Power: Technology, Security, and Geopolitics

The Global America Business Institute (GABI) seeks to advance awareness and proficiency in global affairs, with a focus on energy and energy policy issues. On September 26th, GABI is hosting a special workshop on the future of nuclear power globally, focusing on technological, security, and geopolitical considerations.

Achieving progress towards decarbonizing and reducing the environmental impact of energy generation is arguably impossible without a significant expansion of nuclear power internationally. However, improving and strengthening the global nuclear governance system and maintaining high international standards in nuclear safety, security, and nonproliferation are essential for nuclear power to become a more integral part of the world’s energy portfolio. Current developments in the global nuclear market–including growing interest in nuclear power in developing regions and mounting challenges for nuclear energy in liberal democratic states–add complexity to the challenge of ensuring the safe and secure use of nuclear worldwide and addressing the issue of carbon and atmospheric emissions. Developing creative solutions, including novel multilateral arrangements and public-private partnerships, will likely be critical to solving these myriad issues comprehensively.

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Sticking with Sustainability: It’s a Team Sport!

Food and Drinks will be served

Approved for 1.0 GBCI CEU

Do you live, work, learn or play in an existing building? If so, this series could be for you.

To most people, “green building” connotes sustainable construction practices, but we can have a much greater impact on the environment if we focus on the 98 percent of buildings that are already up and running.

Property owners, managers, and engineers are at the front lines of improving building operations, and this series will go deep on the methods and benefits of implementing sustainable management practices for your property and for your bottom line. Each program will start with technical overviews of the issues and will be followed by practical how-tos and stories from management professionals who have “been there, done that.”

Session 3: Sticking with Sustainability: It’s a Team Sport!

Tuesday September 26th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, CBRE Office DC

Do you wear too many hats and have too few resources? Find it hard to sustain performance?

The key is effective communication, buy-in from all parties, and streamlined operations. Experienced facility managers, tenants, consultants, and vendors will share and discuss the systems and approaches they use to save time and money.

Topics include:

  • Management – policies & processes, automation, performance indicators, training, & maintenance
  • Engagement: communication and buy-in for employees, tenants and vendors.
  • Purchasing: How to maintain compliance with contracts and vendor selection.


  • Melanie Mayo-Rodgers, SFP, FMP, Manager, Facilities, U.S. Green Building Council, Tenant Perspective
  • David Troust, LEED GA, VP of Business Development, Principal Great Forest Vendor Perspective
  • Emily Wilson, LEED AP O+M, WELL AP, Senior Program Manager CBRE Global Energy &  Sustainability Overview, Tracking Software and Tenant Engagement
  • Richard Pugh, RPA®, LEED AP O+M, Senior Property Manager, Columbia Square, Hines Property Manager Prospective
  • Alexandra Harry, Program Manager, LEED AP EBOM, Market Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation

Closing Remarks

  • Giuliana Kunkel, Account Manager, DC Sustainable Energy Utility


  • 4:30 p.m. — Registration and networking
  • 4:50 p.m. — Introductions – USGBC National Capital Region
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — Panel discussion
  • 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. — Interactive Q&A
  • 6:30 – 6:45 p.m. — Closing
  • 6:45 p.m. – 7:30p.m. — Networking, wine and cheese
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

North America Energy Forum 2017

The Mexico and Canada Institutes cordially invite you to attend the Wilson Center’s 2017 North America Energy Forum. The Forum is now in its fourth year and will focus on the major challenges and opportunities facing energy producers and consumers in the region, with a strong focus on innovation in the energy sector.

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Energy Storage for Resilience to Natural Disasters & Other Extreme Events

Recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left millions of homes and businesses without power, with some expected to wait weeks for service restoration. Meanwhile, the recent Department of Energy Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability has highlighted resilience needs in a changing electric grid. Energy storage is increasingly adopted for backup power during extreme events and for flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing conditions.

Join the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus for remarks from co-chairs Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) and Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), an update on the U.S. energy storage market, and a briefing on the role of energy storage in electric infrastructure resilience.

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Senate Agriculture Committee Hearing on Farm Bill & Energy Programs

The full Senate Committee on Agriculture will convene a hearing entitled ” Rural Development and Energy Programs: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.”

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Clean Energy Choices

An affordable clean energy future rests increasingly with the advancement of competitive markets and consumer choice. Voluntary clean-energy procurement by corporate leaders marks a refreshing intersection of conservative and green agendas. Enabling consumers, both big and small, to pursue their preferences requires policies that allow consumers to choose their electricity supplier. Such policies also provide for better opportunities to facilitate distributed generation, as many customers prefer to provide some or all their electric needs.

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Coming Full Circle with Sustainability – A Workshop on Building the Circular Economy in the DMV Region

Coming Full Circle with Sustainability: A Workshop on Building a Circular Economy in the DMV Region
Join Leaders in Energy on Thursday, September 28th, 5:30-8:30 pm, at the University of the District of Columbia for our 3rd annual circular economy event.  We will feature a number of initiatives which are nurturing a circular economy ecosystem in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region. Presenters will provide examples of success stories of the circular economy and share their expertise on components of the circular economy including urban farming and workforce development, local business, advanced manufacturing focused on utilizing local resources and labor, ecoindustrial parks, and regional economic development.  A summary of key circular economy concepts is available in this 3-minute video by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
In this workshop, you will:
  • Network with those who share a passion for sustainability as a lens for assessing systems;
  • Learn from those utilizing and/or developing circular economy practices;
  • Engage with others in small group discussion on how to expand these practices in business, our communities, and daily lives to accelerate the circular economy;
  • Develop an action framework to further enable the circular economy in our region; and
  • Receive a list of tools and resources on the circular economy.
  • Barbara Englehart, Principal, Englehart Consulting and Leaders in Energy, Board Member
  • Janine Finnell, Executive Director, Leaders in Energy
  • Dwane Jones, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), University of District of Columbia
  • David Woessner, General Manager, Local Motors, Inc.
  • Peter Lowitt, Director/Land Use Administrator for the Devens Enterprise Commission, the agency charged with permitting the redevelopment of the former Fort Devens army base in Massachusetts into the Devens Eco-Industrial Park (by Skype)
  • Jim Schulman, Executive Manager of the Alliance for Regional Cooperation, a regional economic development organization
  • Beth Offenbacker, Ph.D., Facilitator, Waterford, Inc.
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Young Professionals in Clean Energy Happy Hour

Please join CRES Forum, Young Professionals in Energy and the Clean Energy Leadership Institute for a networking happy hour to cap off National Clean Energy Week 2017.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Natural Gas in Europe – Finding the Balance Between Market & Geopolitical Challenges

Please join for a discussion with Marco Alverà, CEO at Snam in conversation with Dean Vali Nasr.

Introductory remarks will be given by Daniel Hamilton, Executive Director of Johns Hopkins SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Marco Alverà has been the Chief Executive Officer of Snam, a European leader in the construction and integrated management of natural gas infrastructure, since April 2016. He also serves as Managing Director of Snam Rete Gas and as ad interim Chief Industrial Assets Officer of Snam. Previously, from January to April 2016, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Snam. From April 2016 to April 2017 he was Chairman of the Board of Snam Rete Gas, a Snam subsidiary. With a degree in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics, Mr. Alverà began his career in London working in Private Equity and M&A. In 2000 he founded Netesi, Italy’s first broadband ADSL company. Since then, he has worked in the Energy and Gas industries in various senior roles for Enel, Wind Telecom, Eni, GasNaturally, and EUROGAS. He currently serves as a board member for S&P Global and is a member of the General Council of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice.

Snam operates and develops Europe’s largest, most accessible pipeline network, the largest storage infrastructure, and one of the first LNG terminals built in Europe. The company has an enterprise value of €25 billion, a market capitalization of €14.7 billion and a net profit of €861 million in 2016. The enterprise is active in natural gas transportation, storage, and regasification. It also operates, through associated companies, in Austria (TAG and Gas Connect Austria, GCA), France (TIGF), and the United Kingdom (Interconnector UK), and is one of the leading shareholders of the TAP pipeline. At the European level, Snam fully supports the creation of the Internal Energy Market and strongly promotes the integration of the European networks through strategic partnerships with other EU players. Snam investments aim at facilitating the European Energy Union integration and promoting natural gas as a long-term key pillar of a sustainable energy mix. Over the 2017-2021 period Snam will invest 5 billion Euro for further developing the interconnection of gas networks within the European infrastructure system, and in new projects as TAP, thus enhancing the security, flexibility, and liquidity of the overall gas system.

Event is open to the public.


Event is on the record.

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Arctic Environmental Futures – Nexus of Science, Policy & Operations

Rapid climate and environmental change in the Arctic is shaping this critical region in unprecedented ways, while increasing attention toward global connections. How do Arctic environmental futures affect science, policy, and operations in this region and beyond? How can scientists and policymakers work together to define and answer the most pressing questions?

Leading Arctic scientists, policymakers, and emergency response officials will present and discuss the most recent research on Arctic change, extreme weather, indigenous communities, and emergency response operations.

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