3:00 pm Sessions


  • 1 GBCI (LEED)
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  1. Understand the long-term vision for the physical environment of The Ohio State University.
  2. Identify the university sustainability goals.
  3. Identify high-level opportunities of sustainability resulting from physical changes envisioned in Framework 2.0.
  4. Evaluate approaches and tactics for reaching university sustainability goals.
  • Carolyn Verga, Director of Facility Planning
  • The Ohio State University
    • For close to 20 years Ms. Verga has directed over 100 facility and master planning efforts across the country including K-12 initiatives and for the past five years as the Director of Facility Planning at The Ohio State University. Carolyn served as Project Manager for Framework 2.0 the university’s overall plan for expansion and renovation.
  • Rebekah Gayley
  • The Ohio State University
    • Rebekah is a project manager with The Ohio State University’s office of Planning and Real Estate. Prior to this position, she worked in the private sector completing master planning projects for colleges and universities across the country.  Rebekah assisted in the project management and delivery of Framework 2.0, the university’s master plan for expansion and renovation.
  • Framework 2.0 goals include the following: Promote Student Success, Support Academic Research and Outreach, Strengthen Access and Connectivity, Transform Natural Systems and Open Spaces.Currently, Ohio State spends approximately $300 million annually on facilities, landscape and infrastructure.  This amount of construction changes the physical and natural environment in a myriad of ways.  In this session we will explore what opportunities from Framework 2.0 lend themselves to sustainability approaches and tactics as part of a group work session.



  • 1 GBCI (LEED)
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  1. Recognize the challenges and opportunities of sustainable/high performance market influence from region to region.
  2. Identify the various tools that are available to stakeholders of a community that want to grow the supply and/or the demand for sustainable/high performance buildings.
  3. Understand the intended and unintended consequences of each tool and use this knowledge to create a specific plan for each market.
  4. Define a roadmap to next steps for any of the tools mentioned.
  • Paul Yankie
  • Green Building Consulting
    • Paul Yankie is the Chief Operating Officer of Green Building Consulting, an independent third party high performance building consulting, verification and education firm with over 400 certified projects and tens of thousands of living units performance tested across 13 states. Prior to taking on these roles, Paul’s thirteen year career as a licensed financial planner and small business consultant led his interest into green building with an eye towards Return on Investment and how it can drive the construction industry towards best practices. Currently he is an USGBC Ohio Chapter Board Member and holds or has held the following leadership roles in the Southwest Ohio USGBC Region: Advocacy Chairperson, Past Chairperson of the Residential Green Buildings Member Circle, Board of Directors Member, and 2015’s Green Person of the Year. Current professional designations include: LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, LEED for Homes Provider QAD, National Green Building Standard Verifier, Licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Ohio and NAR’s REALTOR®, GREEN.
  • A discussion of current real world examples of tools that are being used to move markets, some willingly and most unknowingly, toward more sustainable and higher performance building practices.Some examples of tools that will be discussed:CARROTS – City of Cincinnati LEED and City of Cleveland Green CRA Tax Abatement ProgramsSTICKS – IECC (Energy Code) OR City of Austin’s Energy Conservation Audit and Disclosure OrdinanceVALUE TRANSPARENCY – Greening the MLS InitiativeNot every tool works for every community because not every community has the same goals. We will learn how to take the tools that are discussed and tailor them to each community’s needs and wants. This is usually best done by learning from the pioneers of these tools to determine the successes and/or challenges faced with the resulting intended and unintended consequences.




  • 1 GBCI
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  1. Understand how campuses of varying size and make-up approach sustainability.
  2. Learn how LEED and other metrics are being used by such organizations to measure their sustainability performance.
    Identify the most common implementation methods for sustainability projects on university campuses.
  3. Discuss the LEED credits that university campuses value the most and have the greatest impact on students, faculty and staff.
  • Michael Senger, PE, Project Manager, Building Optimization Practice
  • Heapy Engineering
    • Mike is a project manager with Heapy Engineering’s Building Optimization practice. Mike focuses on high performance building design and sustainability and LEED consulting. Mike enjoys playing with his kids and getting out on the golf course when he can.
  • Ryan Henderson, PE, Project Manager, Commercial/Institutional Practice
  • Heapy Engineering
    • Ryan is a project manager with Heapy Engineering’s Commercial practice. Ryan focuses on delivering client focused and innovative solutions while maintaining project costs and timelines. Ryan enjoys watching his kids play soccer and getting to the beach, if only occasionally.
  • A discussion on how universities of different sizes, types and ocations approach LEED as a tool for improving their building portfolios over time.