Fri, Jan 14, 2022 - 2:00pm ET

NEW! Thanks to an exciting new partnership, our upcoming School Building Science Fridays webinars will be presented through online sustainability education provider GBRI. 

In this session, we will explore what net zero energy (aka zero net energy) and electrification mean, why these outcomes are important to state energy offices with California taking a lead, and why zero energy in schools is achievable by all.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what zero net energy buildings are
  • Understand what zero carbon and electrification mean
  • Identify actions state energy offices are taking to promote and support the creation of zero net energy schools
  • Identify the importance of zero net energy school buildings in fighting climate change, reducing school district utility bills, and creating healthy school environments for children and the adults who serve them
  • Learn about success stories in a Kentucky public school district

CE Credit: This session is worth 1 AIA HSW LU.


Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite


Amy Cortese, New Buildings Institute

Will Vicent, California Energy Commission

Mike Wilson, Warren County Public Schools, KY

Recorded Webinar
Speaker Bios:

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite is a CHPS Board Director and former Senior Director of Advanced Energy Efficiency Solutions at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). Carolyn oversaw and coordinated NEEP’s programs to disseminate critical information between stakeholders, helped drive the successful completion of program deliverables, and more efficiently utilized resources to achieve organizational outcomes. She managed NEEP's High Performance Buildings team and assisted states in improving energy code compliance and operational energy savings for retrofits and new buildings. Carolyn has been a longtime CHPS partner and Board member and oversaw the adoption and continued use of the NE-CHPS Criteria.

Amy Cortese is Program Director at New Buildings Institute (NBI). Amy has experience in sustainable design consulting and implementation of energy efficiency market transformation approaches. At NBI, Amy is responsible for managing implementation teams covering all aspects of NBI's work. Her research has covered a broad range of technical topics, including individual and whole building technologies as well as a deep dive into decarbonizing the school sector. Amy also now serves on the CHPS Board of Directors. 

Mike Wilson has been Director of Facilities for Warren County (KY) Public Schools since 2015. In this role, he oversees the district's custodial services and energy management. He is a native of Warren County who desires to see the students of the district grow academically, athletically, and socially, and he strives to ensure his department delivers exceptional service to the district's more than 17,000 students and 2,500 adults. Mike also served on the Warren County Board of Education and helped oversee the renovation of 5 schools and the construction of 7 schools, including the nation's first net zero energy elementary school, Richardsville Elementary. Mike has also recently joined the CHPS Board of Directors.

Will Vicent, CEM, LEED AP, is Manager of Building Standards at the California Energy Commission. Will is dedicated to reimagining our built environment into one that is more inspired, more ecologically intelligent, and more equitably distributed. Throughout his career he has worked collaboratively with nationally recognized design firms, builders, developers, utilities and research entities to bring to life verified zero emission buildings. Currently, he leads an all-star office at the California Energy Commission who are responsible for maintaining and updating California’s Energy Code, its companion energy compliance software, and outreach & education programs. In 2019, he received the Net Zero Trailblazer award for his leadership in decarbonizing our environment.

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