301 Getting to the Meat of Sustainability with White Castle

1 GBCI LEED Specific ID+C, 1 AIA LU/HSW 

 A case study of White Castle’s new home office: collaboration and a holistic approach are key to meeting high-level sustainability goals.

  1. Incorporate all project stakeholders as valued members of the design process.
  2. Identify LEED CI v4 strategies and recognize lessons learned from local projects.
  3. Optimize building product selections through understanding the entire lifecycle of products used within a facility.
  4. Identify TRUE Zero Waste Certification strategies for reducing total waste and diverting waste streams.

Want more out of your LEED projects? Discover how to collaborate with your clients and meet their high-level goals. Panelists walk you through White Castle’s new home office and explore their sustainability goals. Prepare for your next project by learning how to look at the whole picture and not just a LEED checklist. This course provides valuable strategies for owners, architects, designers, and consultants, and discusses strategies for LEED-CI v4 and TRUE Zero Waste Certification.

Shannon Tolliver
Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability Manager
White Castle Management Co.

Shannon Tolliver is the Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability Manager at White Castle System, Inc. She directs and manages the company’s environmental sustainability program which reduces waste, energy and water usage as well as leading innovative sustainability projects for the company. She also leads programs to engage and educate team members in environmental sustainability as well as customers through publishing White Castle’s Social Responsibility Overview.

She currently serves on the COSI Community Board, City of Upper Arlington’s Board of Zoning and Planning, and Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society Board. She has a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Geography and Business from Wittenberg University.

Kaitlin Kingrey
Interior Designer
M+A Architects

Kaitlin Kingrey is an Interior Designer who works with clients to create forward-thinking spaces by designing holistically. Kaitlin is passionate about creating an optimal experience for the end user, with consideration for environmental impact. She considers what staff members need in order to function efficiently; what customers need to interact and feel comfortable; and what the visitor needs to understand how to move through the space. With a rich portfolio of design projects for national brands, Kaitlin has garnered a reputation of excellence in interior design. Kaitlin holds Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Miami University. She currently works for M+A Architects in Columbus, Ohio, where she has made a name for herself as an expert in corporate projects, like her current work with White Castle’s new headquarters. Kaitlin’s passion is ignited with unique opportunities to bring a specific group’s culture into the reality of their surroundings. Kaitlin’s work takes shape during interactive visioning sessions, serving as her catalyst for ideation that evolve concepts into brilliant realities.

Hayley Perrault
Interior Designer
M+A Architects

Hayley Perrault is an Interior Designer who uses her diversified experience to masterfully design compelling layouts that make her client’s vision a reality. With a keen eye for aesthetics she is able to advise clients, designing sustainable solutions for a changing world. Hayley gets to know an organization’s distinct culture, then creates personalized environments specific to their brand and space — impacting the experience of clients, partners, and even future employees. Hayley holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture from Ohio University and is a member of USGBC Ohio. She currently works for M+A Architects in Columbus, Ohio, where she works closely with a variety of project teams across studio sectors, getting involved from inception through prototyping and actualization of design, ranging from Senior Living, to Multifamily through Corporate and more.Her eagerness to jump in and pursue her curiosities and passions define her character. Hayley is a key champion of sustainability in the office, co-leading the firm’s sustainability team and aiding in the creation of the firm’s 2030 AIA Commitment. She has transformed the firm’s product library to highlight green building products, upgraded the firm’s composting program, and continues to find new ways to translate the sustainability goals of the firm into the interior design team. 

Sustainability Manager, Project Manager
M+A Architects

Atlanta pursue its first LEED facility, a school district build the first LEED certified public high school in Georgia, and Emory University to be named Best of Green Schools 2013. Keller has led the green building efforts for a number of organizations and projects forging new paths in sustainability throughout the southeastern U.S., with projects ranging from schools and universities to major research labs and most recently, achieved Living Building Challenge Petal Certification for the Light Lab at Mohawk Industries. She currently works for M+A Architects in Columbus, Ohio, and is working on what will be the first net zero energy building for the City of Columbus. She is also a Co-Facilitator of the Columbus Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Keller is passionate about regenerative design, approaches the built environment as a foundation for well-being, and posits climate change as a social justice issue.

302 Spurring economic growth through energy efficient development


This session will highlight the financial tools and resources available to help local businesses, nonprofits and municipalities invest in energy upgrades – lowering energy costs and carbon emissions, and ultimately spurring economic growth in Franklin County. 

  1. Specifically, it will detail what financial tools are available at both the county and state level (e.g. the EnergyWorks program, the Columbus Region Energy Fund and Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing), how to use them and the benefits of each. It will also set clear steps that building professionals can follow to kick start energy efficiency upgrades in their new or existing facility, such as finding the right energy service company to partner with and what to look for in an energy audit. 

If Central Ohio hopes to continue momentum toward a more successful and sustainable tomorrow, creating widespread and impactful energy efficiency is a necessity – and there’s much work to do. In July 2018, the Franklin County Commissioners and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released a study on energy usage in Franklin County, which found that 69% of energy used is wasted due to inefficient building technologies. This may seem disheartening, however, it’s clear that both new and existing properties present great opportunities for energy efficiency improvement. In fact, even simple efficiencies – including lighting, roofing, solar array, water supply and automation, HVAC, etc. – can net 15-75% annual energy cost savings. With those, Central Ohio building owners could be reaping the benefits of going green sooner than they may think.  This session will highlight the financial tools available to help businesses, nonprofits and municipalities invest in energy upgrades, lowering their energy costs and carbon emissions, and ultimately spurring economic growth in Franklin County. It will go into detail on how to use the available financial tools (e.g. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, the EnergyWorks program and the Columbus Region Energy Fund) and the benefits of each. It will also set clear steps that building professionals can follow to kick start energy efficiency upgrades on their new or existing facility.

Jeremy Druhot
Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority

Jeremy Druhot is the Manager of Programming and Projects at the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, a public agency in Central Ohio that facilitates the financing of economic development projects. Among the many programs the Finance Authority offers – TIF, capital leases, bond finance and more – Jeremy manages the Finance Authority’s energy efficiency and PACE financing program, as well as staffs the operations of the Columbus Regional Energy Special Improvement District. To date, the Finance Authority has closed 15 energy efficiency projects at over $15 million in total investment, saving property owners over $1.1 million annually in energy costs. From LED lighting to HVAC, solar and more, there many ways to make your retrofit or new-build project more energy efficient in a cost-effective way.


Prior to joining the Finance Authority, Jeremy worked as a Graduate Assistant at AEP Economic Development. He holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from The Ohio State University.

Caleb Bell
Partner at Bricker & Eckler

Caleb Bell is chair of Bricker & Eckler’s Public Finance practice group with a regional practice that emphasizes public finance and economic development matters. He is well known for his representation of special purpose financing entities and is sought after for his knowledge of development tools. Caleb has been instrumental in advancing energy financing in Ohio and Kentucky. He was retained by clients to author Ohio’s property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing statute, he served as bond counsel for Ohio’s first issue of PACE-secured bonds, he has financed over 100 PACE projects, and he routinely works with public and private PACE lenders.

Dave Zehala
President of Plug Smart

Mr. Zehala is Plug Smart’s President and brings more than 30 years of general management, consulting, engineering, operations, and business development experience to this role.  Most recently, Mr. Zehala managed a business portfolio of early stage startup companies that provided business consulting services for entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Mr. Zehala’s expertise includes lighting systems/controls, building automation systems, geothermal systems, air/water cooled heat pumps, cogeneration systems, boiler systems, chilled water systems, energy auditing, security and access control, energy policy, tax projects, project financing, renewable energy, air quality and ventilation, heat recovery concepts, and commissioning.

Mr. Zehala is a Certified Energy Manager and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

303 Roselawn Eco-Cottages

1 GBCI LEED specific ND, 1 AIA LU/HSW

The first trend-setting pocket neighborhood in Columbus.

  1. Describe the big picture behind pocket neighborhoods’ and their compact eco-cottage homes and who would want to live in them.
  2. Learn how certified LEED ND pocket neighborhoods would fit well within the city’s affordable housing and sustainability goals.
  3. Learn how small footprints along with a ‘smart’ technological approach can foster the creation of safe, efficient and resilient close-in communities.
  4. Explore how ‘twenty-second century thinking’ on a community level can influence the current industrial revolution and aid in the transition to a clean energy economy.

Roselawn Eco-Cottages consist of ten detached, one bedroom plus loft cottages clustered around a garden courtyard with detached parking. Built on within three single family lots (each 10,500 SF), these microhomes will the first of their kind in Columbus to utilize a ‘cottage housing development’ land use code, allowing a 100 percent density increase for size-limited (all cottages are less than 1,000 square-feet) smaller homes in all single-family residential zones.

Jonathan Brown
designnine studio

Designnine Studio is a small minority-owned design consulting firm. We serve a broad range of residential and commercial market in the city of Columbus and throughout Ohio.

Jonathan, the founder and president, has a solid and diverse background in all aspects of architectural design, interiors, and construction. He has over two decades of full spectrum architectural experience working at the highest levels of the design profession.

Jonathan has designed for and teamed with notable award-winning architect firms and fortune 500 companies. He is in the process of completing the architectural licensure for Washington and Ohio States, as well as re-accreditation as LEED AP ID+C. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from Cornish College. Additionally, Jonathan’s desire to create twenty-first century ‘smart’ design solutions that allow for low environmental impact drives his goals for sustainability and innovation in the design process is enhanced by his cutting-edge technical abilities.

Munemi Yaseyama Miller
designnine studio

Munemi is a recent addition to Designnine Studio who brings broad talents and skillsets as an interior designer as well as invaluable administrative and computer capabilities.

Munemi is trilingual in Japanese, Spanish and English. She is currently pursuing GBCI LEED GA accreditation, also an IWBI ‘Well’ credential. She holds an Associate of Arts in Human Science from Baika Woman’s Collage, Osaka, Japan, and an Associate of Arts Architecture from Pacific Techno collage, Okinawa, Japan.

304 The Material World: Beyond the transparency; Lets us dig deeper

The Material World: Beyond the transparency; Lets us dig deeper. Lets us talk about changing mindsets and habits and what happens after Transparency.

This presentation explains the concept of materials transparency, why it’s important and the various methods that can be used to quantify a product’s ingredients. But it goes beyond the conversation of transparency to how we need to change mindsets and habits to adopt it completely. What is takes to further optimize product manufacturing and its impacts on health and wellness and the environment. This presentation also discusses how various standards and organizations have emphasized material transparency in their requirements, such as the Living Building Challenge, LEED v4, the WELL Building Standard and the synergies they share. Specific documentation about product ingredients and sourcing is also covered, i.e., the Red List, Environmental Product Declarations, declare labels and Health Product Declarations, Living Product Challenge along with a case studies to provide a wholesome learning experience.

Ellen Randolph
Mohawk Industries, Inc.

Ellen Randolph is a Sustainability Specialist with Mohawk Group and holds a WELL AP credential. She currently works on supplying educational content, promoting workplace wellness, and leveraging transparency in marketing. With a degree in physical geography and geospatial mapping, she started her sustainability career at a wire manufacturing plant assisting with zero-landfill initiatives, environmental monitoring, and employee education. Her passion and goals lie in facilitating our connection to nature and the creation of sustainable built environments that secure the long-term prosperity of both human and environmental health. Being a conservationist and humanitarian has driven her to volunteer in various organizations, especially in concern for clean, safe waterways. 

  1. Learn about the nine most endangered buildings in Columbus – their significance, current condition and how/why they were threatened and how 7/9 are being reused
  2. Examine incentives/economic tools for reusing historic buildings including case studies.
  3. Discuss the impact of demolition: discarding embodied energy; sending materials to landfills; using more energy consumptive materials in replacement construction; loss of economic value inherent to historic sites.
  4. Gain understanding of the niche economic sector of historic preservation including the skilled trades and construction materials required for preservation projects.