Doug Hooker, Executive Director
Atlanta Regional Commission
Douglas Hooker is the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). As head of the official planning organization for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, he oversees regional planning programs in the areas of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development and more. In his career he has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, among them: the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (where he led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Power, Bio-Lab, Inc. and Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J). He has worked as a design engineer, engineering project manager, finance and administrative director, and a business development and marketing executive – working on important regional projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit and water. Doug holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Science (in Technology & Science Policy) degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.
Chris Laumer-Giddens, Architect
Chris is an Atlanta-based architect, builder, HVAC designer, and building enclosure consultant with the residential design-build and consulting firm, LG Squared. He works with clients throughout the U.S. and internationally, and his projects have been recognized for building performance and innovation, including the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, which earned the 2013 DOE Challenge Home Project of the Year, 2013 EarthCraft House Project of the Year, 2014 DOE Innovation Award, and 2013 NAHB Green Project of the Year Award. He currently hosts a blog at lgsquaredinc.com, dedicated to residential best practices and design.
Luis Imery, Principal
Luis Imery, principal at the Imery Group, has been immersed in the green building world for the last 5 years. The Imery Group has been fortunate to have won several national and regional green building awards, as well as being recognized for our green building certification services. Prior to that Imery was the land development and construction manager for a 1,400 Ac master planned community. In the early years Imery worked as construction superintendent for one of the largest home builder/developers in his home country in Venezuela.
Marshall Sweet, Project Engineer
Marshall Sweet is a research engineer at Southface Energy Institute who conducts research for the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Commercial Buildings Initiative and Building America programs. He is responsible for executing test plans by installing monitoring equipment in the field to remotely collect data to analyze the performance of HVAC systems, water heating equipment, and building materials for residential and commercial buildings. He also provides technical assistance to builders/developers, field testing/commissioning of buildings, energy modeling and optimization of buildings.
Paula McEvoy, Co-director Sustainability
As a LEED Fellow and member of the AIA’s Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) Sustainability Leaders, Paula McEvoy has led the profession in sustainable design. She has also been instrumental in defining sustainability at the international design firm, Perkins+Will. Since 2002, she has served as a sustainability champion and expert for the firm, clients, consultants and community. She was responsible for the development of Perkins+Will’s Sustainability Strategic Plan, “Broader Goals,” which committed Perkins+Will to adopting The 2030 Challenge (the first large firm to do so), reducing potable water use, eliminating hazardous substances and sourcing socially-responsible materials for all projects. A key outcome from this effort was the ground-breaking Precautionary List and Transparency website. This commitment to changing industry practice has made Paula McEvoy an internationally-recognized leader in sustainable design and voice for her profession.
Timothy R. Smail,Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technical Programs
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, LLC
A results-driven professional, Tim has extensive educational, project management and research experience in disaster mitigation building practices. Tim leads the research and technical aspects of signature FLASH programs including the professional training program Blueprint for Safety. Tim is also the key collaborator with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to embed mitigation information into the long-term rebuilding process. Tim is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation –Science Master’s Program (NSF-SMP) in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure in the Clemson University Civil Engineering Department and the Florida International University Wall of Wind (WoW) Technical Advisory Committee. Tim holds a BSEE from Penn State University and a MSEE from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Leidy Klotz, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Leidy Klotz is an engineering faculty member at Clemson University, where he developed and teaches courses in Sustainable Construction, Sustainable Restoration, and Sustainable Energy Innovation. He does research on decision making and education for sustainability. Before becoming an academic, Leidy worked managing some pretty unsustainable school construction projects in New Jersey and before that he played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds professional soccer team. He lives with his beautiful wife, Monica, in South Carolina where they don’t like to use air conditioning and the majority of their climate-changing emissions come from traveling to see family or the beach.
Donn C. Thompson, AIA, CGP, LEED AP BD+C, Director, Market Development
Portland Cement Association
Donn C. Thompson, AIA, CGP, LEEP AP BD+C, is Director of Market Development for the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with responsibility for coordinating promotion strategies for various targeted markets for concrete products and systems.
Donn conducts presentations nationwide on various aspects of building sustainably with concrete as well as advocacy on behalf of stronger building codes. He has been active in the concrete industry for over 17 years with extensive field experience with concrete systems, having served as an on-site contractor trainer for a variety of residential and commercial projects.
Thomas M. Lawrence, Ph.D, P.E., LEED-AP, Senior Public Service Associate
University of Georgia
Dr. Lawrence is a Senior Public Service Associate with the University of Georgia, and has 30+ years of professional experience. Before going back for his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue, he spent approximately 20 of those years in industry and consulting. He is the past chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8, “Building Environmental Impact and Sustainability”, and is a member of the committee which wrote the ASHRAE standard on high-performance green buildings (Standard 189.1). As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives presentations and workshops on green building design at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence is the coordinator for the mechanical engineering degree program at UGA. Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction honors in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University earned in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.
Alex Trachtenberg, Communities & Policy Associate
Alex provides project management and deliverables support for the Sustainable Communities and Policy Teams. He conducts research, community engagement, collects and formats data, performs analysis and evaluation, and composes reports for various clients and projects. Currently, Alex is managing the Impact of Green Affordable Housing research project, supporting the delivery of a sustainability action plan for the Atlanta BeltLine and coordinating/managing the City of Atlanta’s role in the U.S. DOE-Sponsored Advanced Commercial Building Initiative (ACBI). He works with partners such as the Atlanta Regional Commission, MARTA, City of Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine and affordable housing developers, among others. He received his B.A. in Environmental Studies-Planning and Policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and M.P.P. in Environmental Policy from Georgia State University.
Brent Zern, Environmental Engineer
Brent Zern is a State of Georgia registered professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional who received his degree from Temple University in 1989. He has worked in both the private consulting and higher education sectors and serves currently as the Assistant Director for Environmental, Safety and Maintenance Programs for Emory University. At Emory he focuses on the compliance aspects of environmental stewardship, operational safety and utility asset maintenance.
Brent has extensive experience with both regulatory issues related to air, waste and water and incorporating sustainable operations into an organization. He also manages the University’s green building program and maintenance contracts for elevators and generators. Currently he is leading the installation of several solar arrays on campus and development of Emory’s water reclamation project. He coordinated the feasibility study of the technology, oversaw construction and is now educating the Emory community regarding the facility’s operation and benefit.
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