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How Can Architects Contribute to the Clean Energy Transition? AIA New Hampshire Symposium

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A panel discussion for New England Architects, Engineers, Builders, and Construction Industry Professionals on how to move towards a decarbonized economy for a more sustainable and equitable built environment.

Impact of technologies within our buildings

In moving toward all-electric buildings, how do carbon-free technologies impact building systems?

• Understanding design metrics and carbon literacy

• Building systems, storage technologies and enhancements

• Hybrid solutions for existing building that leverage existing infrastructures

Influencing offsite green energy sources

As we electrify our buildings and transportation systems, where we will get our energy? How can we selectively direct our power needs to offsite green energy sources?

• How can we help steer energy policies across state and local levels?

• How can we create market demand for electricity, instead of fossil fuels?

• How do we influence key decision makers?

Join the AIA New Hampshire Environmental Guild (COTE), our moderator and panelists for thought-provoking presentations and a lively conversation.

Moderator: Clayton Mitchell

Lecturer, Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

Clayton Mitchell has worked with local governments in New Hampshire in the land use planning and energy fields for the last 20 years. He has served as a land use planner and attorney throughout the state and his work includes the development of innovative zoning approaches to energy efficient design, community re-development of brownfields, and a wide range of innovative zoning techniques to protect open space and natural resources.

Panelist: Alexis Abramson

Dean and Professor of Engineering

Alexis Abramson is the 13th dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth where she has been since mid-2019. At Dartmouth, she is leading an expansion of the school, putting human-centered engineering at the heart of engineering education, research, and practice. Prior to joining Dartmouth, she was the Maltz Professor of Energy Innovation at Case Western Reserve University and served as a director of the university’s Great Lakes Energy Institute. During the Obama administration, Abramson held the role as chief scientist and manager of the Emerging Technologies Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program. In 2018, she also served as technical adviser for Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion effort launched by Bill Gates to combat human-driven climate change.

Panelist: Sam Evans Brown

Executive Director, Clean Energy New Hampshire

Sam Evans Brown leads Clean Energy New Hampshire in its effort to create a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy system in the Granite State. Sam grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Prior to joining Clean Energy New Hampshire in 2021 he was a podcast host and radio journalist for nearly ten years, during which he wrote stories about New England energy issues extensively and won several regional and national awards. He's an excellent bike mechanic, a Spanish speaker, and a father of two. Sam graduated with a B.A. from Bates College in Politics and Spanish in 2009.

Panelist: Tom Hartman, AIA

Principal Architect, Partner, C&H Architects

Tom Hartman, AIA is the Principal Architect at Coldham & Hartman Architects in Amherst, MA. The firm provides professional design services for residential, commercial and institutional clients committed to creating green buildings and communities throughout the Northeast. He served on the Board of Directors of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association for two terms and as Treasurer. Additionally for NESEA, he has been Chair, Co-Chair, and organized and presented at numerous Building Energy Conferences. He is the past President of the Western MA and State chapters of the American Institute of Architects.

Panelist: Henry Herndon

Herndon Enterprises, LLC

Henry Herndon works with businesses, governments, and communities to advance 21st century energy solutions across the Granite State. In 2020, he facilitated the Community Power Coalition "Organizing Group," a collaboration of cities, towns, counties, and technical and legal advisors to create a statewide public power nonprofit. Mr. Herndon is an expert in legislative and regulatory energy policy. He earned a BA in Political Science and an MS in Natural Resources from UNH.

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