Green Cities? Florida Program & Schedule |

Green Cities? Florida Program & Schedule

Register Now

Already registered? Sign in.

Thank you to our Government Hosts (Orange County and The City of Orlando), the Sponsors, Speakers, Partners in Education, and Attendees for making Green Cities Florida a success!

Speaker powerpoints for most speakers are now available on this website at Resources.

Green Cities™ Florida was held May 20-21, 2009 at the Orange County Convention Center South Concourse Building, and offered a highly interactive, outcome-based portfolio of workshops presented with practical steps and specific plans for participating in the growing $400 billion green economy.

State and national experts in green government, business, and technology provided practical tools, case studies, and resources.  Speakers’ shared vital information that is driving today’s new green economy and moving Florida towards a sustainable future.

Program Tracks & Session Topics

Wednesday, May 20 — Schedule

8am – 9am Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar Power Breakfast in the Green Cities Showcase


Room 222

Grand Opening and Dedication of Orange County’s new Climate Change Education Center – Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty

9am – 10:30am

Room 310A-C

Track Growing Florida’s Green Economy Greening Your Business A-Z Greening Government Green Cities: Planning, Design and Construction Understanding & Responding to Climate Change Wise Business Choices in a Changing Economy Green Hospitality, Events, and Facilities Training Course
Room 310D 310E 310F 310G 310H 312 311 319
11am – 12pm Economic Crisis and Targeting a Green Recovery for Florida
Kathy Baughman McLeod
What Makes a Business Green
Alisa Gravitz
Introduction to Green Governance
Alex Hinds
California’s Hot New Financing Tool: A Model for Florida?
Paul D’Arelli
Understanding the Global Carbon-Climate-Human System
Dr. Penelope Canan
Green Information and Communications Technology
Matt Bauer
Event Greening: Creating Sustainable Solutions
Georgia Malki
Standards for Green Homes by the Florida Green Building Coalition – 6 hours (6 CEU)
Jennifer Languell
12pm – 1pm Local Organic Lunch Break – Demonstration in Green Cities Showcase Room 320
1pm – 2pm The Color Of Green: The Next Inconvenient Truth
Jerome Ringo
How Green Business Can Set Your Company Apart While Changing the World
Marci Zaroff
Federal to Local – Translating the Stimulus Package for Local Governments
Jordanna Rubin
The Bridges: Sustainable Community Design
Martin Black
Surviving and Thriving from Natural Disasters
Dea Corns
Capital Market Partnerships: Green Building Underwriting Standards
Mike Italiano
Resource Recovery and Eco-product replacement
Georgia Malki
FGBC Green Building Training (continued)
2pm – 2:30pm Local Organic Juice & Maté Bar Break located in the Green Cities Showcase Room 320
2:30pm – 3:30pm Building Florida’s Clean Tech Economy
John Adams
The Truth About Green Business
Gil Friend
Urban Re:Vision
Eric Corey Freed
Transit Oriented Design and Central Florida’s Sustainable Future
Phil Laurien
Achieving Climate Neutrality: The LACCD Sustainability Plan
Larry Eisenberg
Venture Capital and Financing the Green Economy
Michael Whelchel, Cody Nystrom, Ken LaRoe
Sustainable Lodging: In Search of the Low Hanging Fruit
Peter Goren
FGBC Green Building Training (continued)
4pm – 5:30pm
Sustainability in Manufacturing Operations
Dr. Demitri Nikitin, Ross Leonard
Green Media, Marketing, and Public Relations
Ian Bryan, Sunny Lewis, Eamon Martin, Trish Michaels
Leadership in Florida’s Green Local Governments
Lori Cunniff, Devesh Nirmul, Shannon Staub
Renewable Energy Policy and Programs Panel
Charlie Hemmeline, Jennifer Szaro, Michael Dobson
Effective Actions for Addressing Climate Change
Susan Glickman, Michael Wallander, Mickey Lee
Planning Central Florida: Integrating Growth and Conservation
Jim Yawn, Walt Thomson, Jeff Jones, Victoria Colangelo

Energy Management and Solar PV at the OCCC: A Case Study
Jerry Daigle

FGBC Green Building Training (continued)
5:30 – 7pm Networking Reception — Take a short walk to the Orlando Peabody Hotel for beverages and hors d’oeuvres with our guest speaker who will address sustainable education.

Thursday, May 21 — Schedule

8am – 9am Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar Power Breakfast in the Green Cities Showcase
Track Growing Florida’s Green Economy Greening Your Business A-Z Greening Government Green Cities The Built Environment Protecting Florida’s Water Quality and Supply
Renewable Energy Innovations Training Course
9am – 10am Transitioning Florida’s Agriculture to Organics
Marty Mesh
Greening Your Business During Tough Economic Times
Terry Gips and Gil Friend
Greening Local Governments: Setting a Course of Action
Steve Nicholas, Alex Hinds, Walter Kulash, Robin Cape
The SMART Solution for U.S. Cities to Reduce Wastes, Curb GHGs and Save Money
Janice Canterbury
Green Roofs, Living Walls, and buildings as Green Space
Josiah Cain
Preserving Florida’s Water Supply and Quality with LID Practices
Dr. Pierce Jones
Alternative Energy InnovationsJohn Lushestsky, Colin Read, Jamie SchlinkmannDavid Smith, Tom Mueller SMaRT Training
Mike Italiano
10:30am – 11:30am Greening Your Local Economy
Mary Annie Bowie
Self-sufficient Urbanism: Contraction of the American City
Jaime Correa
Greening America’s Schools, New & Existing, through LEED
Robert Van Der Like
Optimizing Water Demand Management Goals with Implementation, Evaluation, and Performance
David Bracciano
SMaRT Tranining Part 2
Mike Italiano
11:30 – 12:30pm Local, Organic, and Live Foods Light Lunch in Green Cities Showcase
12:30pm – 1:30pm Plenary Address – MOVING TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FLORIDA – PEOPLE-PLANET-PROSPERITY- Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp & Tim Center  Room 310 A-C
1:30pm – 2:00pm Open Space Workshop Planning – What’s Important to You? Be sure to participate in this interactive forum designed to explore your topics of interest in greater detail. – Facilitated by Steve Cochran, CEO of The National Center for Sustainability
2:15pm – 4pm Open Space Interactive Workshops – Workshops and breakout groups to explore topics presented by participants/attendees. Refreshments provided in the Sustainable Solutions Showcase.
4pm – 4:30pm Wrap-up and Closing Ceremony  Room 310 A-C
5pm Green Cities™ Showcase closes

Training Courses

Standards for Green Homes by the Florida Green Building Coalition – 6 hours (6 CEU): May 20, 2009 11am – 5pm; taught by Jennifer Languell, President of Trifecta Construction

This training course covers a general introduction to green building, the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC), the green home certification process and provisions, the eight categories contained in the green certification standard, and the FGBC exam required to qualify as a Florida Green Home Certifying Agent. Note: the exam is not administered as part of this class.

SMaRT Sustainable Products Standard Education: May 21, 2009, 9am – 11:30am; taught by Mike Italiano, President of Market Transformation to Sustainability.

SMaRT is a transparent, consensus-based sustainable product standard used for city purchasing. It is the leading standard in the market and has the most adoptions.

SMaRT is part of the Capital Markets Sustainable Investment Initiative and its Green Building Underwriting Standard. The US Conference of Mayors supports the Initiative and calls for 2.8 million green and climate neutral buildings, and 1.2 million certified sustainable products by 2015 to stimulate the economy and halt dangerous and irreversible climate change.

SMaRT is approved for LEED green building credit. Independent and legally binding third party certification and global auditing is required.