VERGE and the Built Environment

Buildings and energy have long been in the forefront, but the issues and technologies change alongside continued innovations and business trends. In a world where employees are on the move, where “being at work” can take many different forms, and where companies are striving to optimize their real estate portfolios, how are leadership companies managing?

In this hour-long webcast, we’ll reveal the results of a new report, written by longtime green building and LEED pioneer Robert Watson and published by GreenBiz Group, examining the key trends at the intersection of buildings, energy, IT, and transportation. It is being published in the run-up to GreenBiz’s VERGE SF conference, November 12-13, which will be looking at these and other trends and technologies.

Be the first to hear the latest trends, along with responses from two experts in buildings and energy. 


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Robert Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist, EcoTech International Group 

Under Rob's direction as the founding chairman of the LEED national steering committee for the U.S. Green Building Council between 1994 until 2006, LEED became the most widespread and fastest-growing standard by which green buildings are measured worldwide. A pioneer of the modern green building movement for 25 years, Rob founded EcoTech International in 2007 to meet the fast-growing demand for green building technologies and services in China, India, Russia and the U.S. His work on green buildings in China and green technology in general has been featured in numerous publications, including Fortune Magazine and The Economist and has been referenced on multiple occasions by New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman. In Thomas Friedman's 2008 book, Hot Flat and Crowded, Watson is described as "one of the best environmental minds in America." 

        Jennifer Layke Jennifer Layke, Executive Director, Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency

Jennifer leads the Institute’s research agenda and collaborations with global experts on building efficiency retrofits, smart buildings, green buildings, and energy and climate policy. In addition, she supports global facilities teams pursuing corporate energy and sustainability goals. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Jennifer was the deMelputy director, Climate and Energy Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI). There, she founded The Green Power Market Development Group, which developed innovative energy procurement paths for corporate use of clean energy in the U.S. and Europe.


          Melissa O'Mara

Melissa O’Mara, VP Education/Government Solutions & High Performance Green Buildings, Schneider Electric

Melissa has 26 years of professional experience at Schneider Electric, IBM and Andersen Consulting. Her experience spans information systems consulting, project management, change management, consultative solution sales, solutions sales management, professional coaching, and leadership development. She is responsible for driving Schneider’s capabilities in global targeted markets to deliver intelligent, sustainable, and profitable Green Building Solutions. In the corporate world, her core mission is to maximize institutional and cultural response to environmental and economic challenges through smarter, innovative solutions, cross-enterprise collaboration, and effective leadership.




Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group (Moderator) 

Joel is Executive Editor of and author of "Strategies for the Green Economy," among other books. For more than 20 years, he has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. The Associated Press has called Joel "the guru of green business practices".







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