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Announcing the Plenary Speakers & Keynote Panel for the 2021 Montgomery County Energy Summit

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and USGBC National Capital Region (USGBC NCR) are pleased to announce our confirmed plenary speakers for the 2021 virtual Montgomery County Energy Summit, which will take place May 4-6. Speakers will make remarks related to this year's theme, "Resiliency, from Building to Community." Please see our posted agenda for information on when specific speaker remarks will take place.


Plenary Speakers:

  • Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich

  • Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker

  • Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Earl Stoddard, PHD, MPH, CEM

  • U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland

  • U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland

  • Congressman John Sarbanes, serving Maryland’s 3rd District

  • Congressman David Trone, serving Maryland’s 6th District

  • William Ellis, Regional Vice President of Government and External Affairs for Pepco

  • Chris Pyke, Vice President of Product for ArcSkoru

  • Adam Ortiz, Director, Montgomery County DEP

  • Mark Bryan, Director of USGBC National Capital Region

  • Lindsey Shaw, Manager of Energy and Sustainability Programs for Montgomery County DEP


Plenary remarks on Wednesday, May 5 will be followed by a Keynote Panel on "Resilience in the Built Environment," scheduled from 9:40 to 10:15 am.


Keynote Panel Abstract: A decade ago, the concept of resilience was not part of the building industry’s vocabulary. Now, the concept of resilience has quickly become a dominant topic of conversation among local and national policymakers, real estate developers, and community organizations. The effects of climate change are being more widely experienced around the world and in the DMV region. While the number of educational programs, campaigns, conferences, and certifications promoting resilience have multiplied exponentially in recent years, we are now starting to see what resilience in the built environment looks like in practice. What are the leaders in building resilience doing now to turn planning into action? How can policymakers and building code developers catalyze market transformation? How has the pandemic reshaped our plans moving forward as we work to create resilient communities? Hear what actions policymakers and practitioners in the field are doing now to build community resilience, promote new strategies, and influence future resilient building design and operations.


Keynote Panelists:


View our full agenda for all three days here. To register for the Montgomery County Energy Summit, visit this page.

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