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May 17th Forum - Sustainable Buildings & Site Development Trends in Maine

  • Thursday, May 17, 2012
  • 7:15 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Lee Room, Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland


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There is no doubt, green building practices and LEED have transformed the building industry. Since its inception in 1998, the LEED rating system has been used on more than 7,000 projects in the US and 30 countries.  Maine companies and institutions have benefitted from implementing LEED and green building techniques through lower operating costs, reduced waste, and healthier environments for occupants.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) rating system, going on-line in 2013, shares a similar goal and provides the tools for those who influence and work in land development and management to reduce the use of resources and maintenance, improve water quality, and create healthy and regenerative environments for work and relaxation.

Join E2Tech on May 17 for an informative panel discussion on sustainable buildings and site design in Maine, which will include the following topics:

  • New LEED developments, including review of a recently-constructed Maine project and the site performance metrics to measure performance.
  • An overview of SITES, pilot projects, performance metrics, and the potential for SITES to transform the land development industry.
  • Noteworthy new policies and initiatives for sustainable building and land development.
Naomi Mermin has over 20 years of experience in environmental protection within the local government setting, in private business, and as a contractor to federal and state government and nonprofit organizations across New England. Ms. Mermin is the principal of Naomi MerminConsulting, an environmental strategy firm working to build and rebuild communities by incorporating the best science and design to support a healthy world.  The firm provides strategic management and marketing, facilitation and evaluation services.

Naomi Mermin Consulting is currently working to evaluate the impact of voluntary business sustainability programs, identifying key motivators to leverage the power of business and the critical tools that support businesses’ ability to increase their energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. 

Naomi holds an MBA from Boston University School of Management, and a Bachelors of Science in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University.   Naomi chairs the Efficiency Maine Trust Board and is the immediate past chair of US Green Building Council, Maine Chapter.  

Gunnar Hubbard is the Practice Leader for the Building Sustainability Group at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. He brings more than 23 years of experience as a green building consultant. For the past 10 years he was the Principal of Fore Solutions, and now merged with Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. Mr. Hubbard has been involved in green building efforts across the United States and in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has played a key role on a wide variety of sustainability projects and project types, including hotels, educational facilities, sports facilities, high-rise buildings, science buildings, health facilities, government buildings, retail facilities, museums, manufacturing facilities and residential buildings. His experience as a LEED consultant encompasses all variety of LEED rating systems, and he has experience with net-zero energy buildings. Active in teaching, Mr. Hubbard develops and leads green building workshops around the world. He has been a LEED® Faculty™ for more than five years, and holds a license to provide the U.S. Green Building Council’s curriculum to groups in the U.S. and abroad.  

Lisa Cowan, PLA is Principal of studioverde -  a collaborative of landscape architects, sustainability specialists, horticulturists and site practitioners working together to create beautiful high-performing sites. Her unique skills in sustainable sites grew from decades of practice in the design and on-the-ground oversight of sensitive landscape restoration projects in challenging locations.  Recent project include the 

Margaret Chase Smith Federal Buildingin Bangor (GSA) and a border crossing project in Easton Maine (US Department of Homeland Security), both LEED certification-pending.  Lisa also provides professional guidance on community projects and to non-profit organizations, such as the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  She is an officer in the American Society of Landscape Architects Sustainable Design and Development Professional Practice Network - a group of nationally recognized ecology-based landscape architects - working on education and outreach programs to advance the launch of SITES™ credit system, and sustainable site design and maintenance practices.  


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