April 7, 2021

County’s 2021 Energy Summit Announces Schedule of Education Sessions; Early Bird Registration Ends Friday, April 9

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the US Green Building Council National Capital Region have announced the preliminary schedule of the 2021 Montgomery County Energy Summit. This year’s Summit will take place virtually, due to the COVID-19 health crisis, from Tuesday, May 4, through Thursday, May 6.

Education sessions will center around the eighth annual Summit’s theme of “Resiliency, from Building to Community,” which supports the County’s ambitious goal of zero carbon emissions by 2035.

Early Bird registration for the Summit is $70 and is available through Friday, April 9. That provides access to the full Summit pass, which includes the slate of education sessions and virtual networking events. After April 9, regular registration is $85, and single-day tickets also are available.

The Summit will explore strategies, technologies and case studies focused on enhancing the resiliency of the commercial, multifamily and residential built environment. This year's Summit is a forum for the community to discuss ways to adapt and become more resilient against changes to the regional and global climate.

The 2021 Energy Summit education sessions schedule includes the following:

Tuesday, May 4:
  • Building Resilience in Montgomery County
  • Providing Hybrid Power Benefits to Commercial Buildings and Multi-family Affordable Housing
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Community Transportation Resiliency
  • Hillandale Gateway Case Study: Large Scale Mixed Use—Multi-family Passive House
  • We Have Complied with the County’s Benchmarking Law—Now What?
  • Setting the Table: Build Resilience into Integrative Process
Wednesday, May 5:
  • Upscaling Resiliency: From Buildings to the Revisioned Community
  • Moving Metro Toward Efficiency and Resiliency
  • Commissioning—It Does Not Build Your Building, But It Makes It Better!
  • Resilient Retail Shopping Center: A Near Net Zero Experience
  • Post Occupancy Verification at Unisphere—How Did We Do?
  • Passive House Pitfalls: Case Study in Multi-family Affordable Housing in West Philadelphia
Thursday, May 6:
  • Health in Resilient Housing
  • Charging Toward Battery Adoption—Knowledge is Power
  • Cultivating Resilience in Montgomery County Faith Communities
  • Natural Gas Solutions for an Energy Efficient and Resilient Montgomery County
  • Preparing for Building Energy Performance Standards in Montgomery County
In addition to the breakout education sessions, the Summit will include a keynote panel, morning plenary remarks, topical networking salons and interactive brown bag lunches. All education sessions will be submitted for continuing education credits for Green Business Certification, Inc., and the American Institute of Architects.

The event organizers are grateful for the support of our 2021 event promotional partners, which include: AIA Baltimore, AIA Potomac Valley, AIA|DC, Bethesda Green, the Capital Chapter of the International Facility Management Association, the Maryland Clean Energy Center, the Montgomery County Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions, NAIOP DC|MD, Olney Chamber of Commerce, Poolesville Green, the Rockville Chamber of Commerce and the UMD Environmental Finance Center.

The Summit will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Scholarships are available for students and government professionals. To apply for a scholarship, go to https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/qvgu6qc0cptzev/.

To register and view the full schedule, visit the event’s website at www.MCEnergySummit.org.

Questions about the Summit can be emailed to energy@montgomerycountymd.gov.