Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings


C1: Smart Solutions for Smart Campuses (joint session with Commercial track)

April 17, 10:30am - 12:00pm

The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is home to some of the most influential and impactful companies, universities and municipalities. Paying homage to their long history of talent and innovation, each of these sectors has begun deploying a suite of solutions designed to create smarter, more connected hubs of innovation and activity, all the while improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption. Hear from the leaders of the region creating and deploying smart building, grid, lighting, water and parking solutions.

Moderator: Terry Yates, Smart Cities Chief Innovator, Town of Cary

Terry Yates serves as the Smart Cities Chief Innovator for Cary, North Carolina. He has more than 25 years of experience in voice, data and security systems within North Carolina Local Government. His staff are responsible for CaryÕs business, traffic, scada and public safety networks. This includes enterprise servers, storage and an extensive fiber optic and wireless network connecting Town facilities and traffic signals. He is directly responsibility for the TownÕs mobility program and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers, and is involved with the North Carolina Triangle RegionÕs Google and AT&T Gigabit Broadband projects. Terry has led various multi-million dollar projects and in now focused on Smart Cities initiatives for Cary. He has served on various appointed boards, task forces and committees and is a Certified NC Government Chief Information Officer.

Panelist: Jerry Williams , Environmental Sustainability Program Manager, SAS

As Director of Environmental Sustainability, Jerry Williams helps to minimize SAS’ operational footprint. He uses SAS analytic solutions to manage the company’s operational data, identify risks and opportunities, and report performance for resource consumption and environmental impact.

Jerry is a primary facilitator of smart campus and environmental initiatives at SAS and key contributor to ongoing resource efficiency programs. In the community, he is often asked to speak about his role as a citizen data scientist, the business viability of renewable energy, plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure, LEED certification and other corporate sustainability initiatives to a wide range of municipal, education and legislative audiences. He actively fosters collaboration and engagement across operations through the deployment of Visual Analytics reporting to front line subject matter experts.

Prior to joining SAS in 2001, Williams worked for 10 years as a Program Financial Manager with GTE Government Systems. He holds a BA from North Carolina State University in economics and business management.

Panelist: Bryan Lampley, Sales Engineer, Hoffman Building Technologies

Bryan T. Lampley works as a sales and controls systems engineer for Hoffman Building Technologies, an independent Controls company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He received his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1994. He has worked his entire 18-year career in the field of controls as it relates to process, HVAC, and Mission Critical systems. His experience ranges from hands on field engineering to systems design to overseeing implementation of Direct Digital Controls systems throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Mr. Lampley was elected as a full member of ASHRAE in 2000. He served the local chapter in the capacity of Programs Chair, Membership Chair for two years, CT2 Chair, Secretary, Treasure, Vice President, and President. While President the chapter won the prestigious Rudy Ferguson Award. As CT2 chair, he won the CT2 Emmy Award as well as the Society Dan Mills Technical Award. During this time, he represented the local chapter at the Regional level as their representative. Mr. Lampley now represents Region IV at Society as a member of the Society Nominating Committee.


C2: Smart Labs—How to Safely Cut Research Laboratory Energy Consumption in Half

April 17, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Research facilities have large carbon footprints because laboratories are energy-intensive, typically constituting two-thirds of the utilities consumed by these institutions; safely reducing laboratory energy consumption is the primary way to shrink their carbon footprints. Developed at the University of California Irvine, Smart Labs sets new standards for performance and raises the bar for all laboratories by improving safety, while cutting energy consumption by over 50 percent. Learn how the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Labs Accelerator is working with universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, hospitals and corporations to advance the Smart Labs process.

Moderator: Paul Fuson, Senior National Sales Manager, Life Science Solutions, Simens Industry, Inc.

In his current position, Paul manages business development efforts focused on Life Science and Laboratory markets in 100+ offices across North America, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Paul’s background includes: MBA, BS Mechanical Engineering, BS Physics, 34 years in building controls industry, 29 years of experience developing & delivering safe ventilation control solutions for laboratories and healthcare critical environments. As Product Manager, developed Siemens venturi air valves, lab damper terminals, pressurized room and fume hood control, lab demand control, ventilation and other components of the Siemens “Green Lab Solution”. Paul is a frequent Critical Environments speaker for ASHRAE, ASHE and International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

Panelist: Tom Smith, President, Exposure Control Technologies

Thomas C. Smith is the President and CEO of Exposure Control Technologies (ECT), Inc. Mr. Smith has worked for more than 30 years helping facilities provide safe, efficient and sustainable laboratories. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina. Mr. Smith has served as Chair of ASHRAE TC9.10 Laboratory Systems, Chair of the ANSI/AIHA Z9 Standards for Ventilation and Health, and been a member of the ASHRAE 110 committee since 1991. He serves on the Board for the International Institute of Sustainable Labs (I2SL) and was recently inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.

Panelist: Greg Eades, Energy Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency

Greg Eades currently serves as the Facility Operations Branch Chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Research Triangle Park, N.C. Campus. He has also held a variety of engineering positions for the State of North Carolina, the private sector and the U.S. Air Force. His bachelors and masters degrees are in Civil Engineering, and he is currently a doctoral candidate in Mechanical Engineering, all from N.C. State University. Mr. Eades is a North Carolina registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.


C3: Case Studies in Energy Efficiency

April 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Learn about recent successful energy efficiency projects across North Carolina. This session will include speakers from North Carolina community colleges and school districts who have completed energy efficiency and capital improvement projects and want to share their experiences.

Moderator/Panelist: Rich Penner, Energy Services and Solutinos, Trane//Ingersoll Rand

Rich is on the Trane Energy Services and Comprehensive Solutions team serving NC and SC focused on deep energy retrofits and Guaranteed Energy Savings projects with MUSH markets in the Carolinas.æ Rich is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of The Energy Services Coalition and NC Sustainable Energy Association and also serves on the Energy Efficiency Leadership Group for Central Community College and is an active member with Charlotte US Green Building Council Chapter. Rich graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

Panelist: David Valder, Director of Energy and Sustainability, Central Piedmont Community College

David Valder is the Director of Energy and Sustainability at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte,North Carolina. He manages the collegeÍs resource consumption, includingelectricity, gas, and water. He also keeps the college and community informed of sustainability efforts and successes and works to increase the collegeÍs recycling rate. He holds a B.S. in Sustainable Development from AppalachianState University. He joined CPCC in 2016 after two years in corporate sustainability at Belk _ a southeastern U.S. department store chain. He also is the co-founder of a Charlotte-based food waste diversion company, Crown TownCompost.

Panelist: Jake Snyder, Account Executive, Siemens Industry, Inc

Jake Snyder is a Service Account Executive with Siemens Building Technologies out of Morrisville, NC. He primarily serves the higher education and K-12 markets with building automation solutions and services. Jake has a Bachelor of Science in Aviation from Ohio University. Before joining the Siemens team, he served 10 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Jake ended his active duty military career in Special Forces as a Team Commander with multiple combat deployments.

Panelist: Sharon Campbell, Director of Facility Services, Meredith College

Sharon has served higher education institutions in Virginia and North Carolina in Facilities for over 25 years providing leadership in all aspects of facilities planning and operations, energy management and capital planning and construction management. In an earlier career, she helped build, launch new start-ups and operate paper plants and wood products plants in Virginia, Mississippi and western North Carolina.

Panelist: Charles Tapp, Executive Director of Maintenance, Hoke County Schools

Charles Tapp is currently the Executive Director of Hoke County Schools in Raeford NC. He has maintained this position for the past 12 years. Previously, he worked 17 years as the electrical project manager for the HCS maintenance department.


C4: Creating Clean Energy Opportunities in Wastewater

April 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Drinking water and wastewater systems are critical infrastructure systems for protecting public health and the environment. To provide these services, each year they use about 3-4 percent of the energy use in the United States, emit more than 45 million tons of greenhouse gases, and easily spend many billions of dollars on energy. With nearly 15,000 wastewater treatment plants across the country (about 350 of which are in North Carolina), there is opportunity to reduce the cost of this energy use to the environment and the bottom line. Moreover, wastewater facilities have the potential to produce the energy needed to not only treat our water, but to help heat and power the cities that depend on them. This session will unveil strategies being implemented by wastewater utilities across the state to reduce and create energy, highlighting the clean energy opportunities in wastewater.

Moderator/Panelist: Mary Tiger, Sustainability Manager, Orange County Water and Sewer Authority

Mary Tiger is the Sustainability Manager for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s water, wastewater and reclaimed water utility. Mary works across the organization to help balance the triple bottom line in operations, design, maintenance, and finances. Her work includes the management of OWASA’s Energy Management Program through which the utility has reduced its energy use by 27% since 2010 and is evaluating the potential for generating renewable energy. Prior to working with OWASA, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the UNC Environmental Finance Center.

Panelist: Mike Stowe, Senior Energy Engineer, Advanced Energy

Mike Stowe is a Senior Energy Engineer with Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC. He has over 28 years of experience in manufacturing plants including roles as production manager, maintenance manager, and plant engineer. Mike has extensive experience with many industrial processes and all types of plant facility systems. He works with utilities, industrial equipment vendors, and manufacturing plant teams to find the best technical and most energy efficient solutions for industrial processes. Mike has developed and delivered numerous presentations on Industrial Energy Efficiency and other related topics for utilities, industrial trade associations, and technical groups. MikeÍs definition of energy, ñThe ability of one physical system to do work on another physical system causing a transformation.

Panelist: Will Rice, Project Coordinator, Charlotte Water

Will Rice is a Project Coordinator at Charlotte Water in the Capital Projects Group of the Engineering Division.  He mostly works inside the boundaries of the five wastewater treatment plants on typical rehabilitation and upgrade projects, but also is involved in a wide variety of other projects.  Starting out as an intern, he was tasked with reducing overall energy use for the entire utility. Since then, his role has morphed into doing a wide variety of miscellaneous projects.  Currently he is working on a backup generator installation at a highly important lab facility, an innovative P3 project to implement nutrient harvesting technology, and being a liaison to the city’s greenway master plan group. 


C5: Easy Money: Utility Data Map to Buried Treasure

April 18, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Under the Utility Savings Initiative, find out how some government building owners have found hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, not related to projects. Find out what your utility bill can reveal to you beyond the Amount Due. Learn the ropes with utility bills and contracts for existing buildings and new construction. Actual savings examples will be covered with electric, natural gas and water-sewer utilities, which can be applied to all building sectors.

Moderator: Len Hoey, Engineering Manager, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Len Hoey joined the Utility Savings Initiative (USI) in January 2005. Len is the Engineering Manager and provides leadership for the USI program. USI is a statewide lead-by-example program created to reduce utility consumption and costs in public facilities. In 2007, The Council of State Governments recognized the USI program with an Innovations Award. The program was initially established to provide assistance to state agencies and UNC institutions. Since the program's inception in 2002, the state has avoided more than $1 billion in utility costs and 3.4 million tons of CO2e through efficiency efforts. The USI program now supports all public sector governmental units including community colleges, K-12 public schools, county and local municipal governments. Len also oversees support and assistance for Performance Contracting in the public sector. In 2010 the Association of Energy Engineers recognized Len with the Region 2 Energy Manager of the Year Award.

Panelist: Kathleen Stahl, Energy Engineer, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Kathleen Stahl Stahl, PE, CEM, LC, has over 20 years' experience in energy management for government, commercial and industrial sectors, including electric utility demand-side management & energy efficiency programs, and coal and hydro power generation. This included 2 years with industry working with 100 utilities in 28 states as the electric energy manager for 300 sites. She has over 8 years with NC DEQ's Utility Savings Initiative for state government sectors involving Universities, Agencies, Community Colleges, Schools, and Local government. Comprehensive services include support, training and tools in Energy Efficiency and Energy and Water Conservation, Utility Bill Management, Strategic Energy Planning, and Performance Contracting. Proud mother of 3 NCSU graduates, and enjoys hiking with dog, biking, travel, and is an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers and the NC AEE Chapter. She received her Energy Management Diploma from NCSU Professional Development in 2005.

Panelist: Reid Conway, Senior Energy Specialist, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Reid Conway currently serves as the Senior Energy Specialist for the State Energy Office in North Carolina. In this role, Mr. Conway serves as technical expert on energy related topics with the focus on energy efficiency within the local and state governmental sectors.Prior to the joining the State Energy Office, Mr. Conway created a technical assistance program for the Office of Energy Programs in Tennessee. He serves on several boards on renewables, biofuels and clean air. 

His background is in the electric industry, facility maintenance, building codes and HVAC. Mr. Conway served on a committee that help write the 2012 NC Energy Conservation Code.  Mr. Conway is a licensed HVAC Contractor and one of the first Professional Energy Managers in the country. Mr. Conway has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and an Energy Management Diploma from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.