Sending Office: Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal
The Congressional Green Schools Caucus invites you to a briefing
Schools as Resilience Infrastructure:
New Opportunities to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness
Learn about the role that public school buildings play in strengthening community resilience through strategic investment.
July 12, 2018
2103 Rayburn House Office Building
Introductory Remarks: Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair, Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
- Anisa Heming, Director, Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, will moderate the discussion while sharing her experience as an embedded consultant to the office of capital projects after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans’ public schools.
- J. Tim Cole, Sustainability Officer, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, will discuss efforts that the school division has taken in the design and construction of their new schools to mitigate the impacts of hurricanes and risks associated with climate
change. Tim brings the mindset he gained as a Navy SEAL to a decade of work in the construction management and sustainability fields.
- Nathaniel Allen, Distinguished Fellow, Oak Ridge National Lab, will speak about zero energy school design and its relationship to resilience. He will also share information about how the Department of Energy is supporting schools in pursuing net zero energy
design and operation and the results at the school and community level.
- Clay Nesler, VP of Global Sustainability, Johnson Controls, will share market trends nationally and internationally from JCI’s facilities data and will highlight several examples of schools and universities seeking net zero energy or off-the-grid status.
He will also discuss lessons learned from his work after Superstorm Sandy about the need for resilient energy infrastructure to maximize the investment in public infrastructure like schools.
The Green Schools Caucus is a bi-partisan group of over 30 House Members that promotes green schools and their educational, health, and economic benefits. The goals of the Green Schools Caucus are to raise awareness of the benefits of green schools, lead
policy discussions on this topic, and provide Members of Congress with outreach resources.
If you have any questions or would like to join the Green Schools Caucus, please contact Shane Trimmer (5-7924) with Rep. Alan Lowenthal
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