Lessons Learned: Volume 8

The eighth volume in our Lessons Learned series, exploring the challenges, opportunities, and solutions encountered by those working in the green building field.

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Table of Contents


The Better Building Initiative: Driving real Change

Maria Tikoff Vargas, Director, Better Building Challenge, US Department of Energy

Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago

Greening the Chicago Skyline

Rebecca Stanfield, Senior Energy Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

How the Next Congress Can Rebuild the Economy and Put America Back to Work

Jeffrey D. DeBoer, President and CEO

Duane J. Desiderio, Vice President and Council, Real Estate Roundtable



Why the Time is Right for Anaerobic Digestion…And How It Can Play a Role in Our Energy Future

Jon Ratner, Vice President, Energy and Sustainability, Forest City Enterprises

Game Changers: Ideas to Inspire Owner-Tenant Collaboration

Joseph W. Markling, Chair and Chief-Elected Officer, BOMA International

Fostering Landlord-Tenant Partnerships for Energy and Waste Reduction

Adam Siegel, Vice President of Sustainability and Retail Operations, Retail Industry Leader Association

Understanding Integrative Design in LEED® v4

John Boecker, 7group and Bill Reed, Integrative Design and Regenesis, Inc.

Lifecycle and LEED: The New Approach to Building Products

Brendan Owens, LEED AP, P.E., Vice President of LEED Technical Development, USGBC



Data Centers and Energy Efficiency in the Nation’s Most Competitive Market

Brian Platt, P.E., Program Manager, Process, Power and FlexTech, NYSERDA

Energy Benchmarking for Enclosed Shopping Malls…At Last

George Caraghiaur, Simon Property Group and Kevin Lantry, Energy Data Services, LLC

Rethinking the All-Glass Building

Alex Wilson, Executive Editor, Environmental Building News and Founder, BuildingGreen, LLC

A New York Story: Case Studies in Green Roof Retrofits


Jonathan Resnick, President, Jack Resnick & Sons

Teresa Carleo, Founder and President, Plant Fantasies, Inc.