2013 VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

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Thu, 2014-07-31 16:22

Last week, I visited the Virginia Commonwealth University Energy and Sustainability Conference in Richmond. This was a great conference that was brought together by many interesting and friendly sustainability professionals. Siemens, Moseley Architects, and Trane were among the exhibitors.

There were several breakout sessions including “The Sustainability Imperative,” which discussed the idea that all organizations from large to small are being subjected to a new and persistent set of sustainability forces that will drive significant change in the way they operate. It is these forces bringing about a larger change within our society and making sustainability a growing part of our culture.

Profound, revolutionary, transformative, and permanent changes are here and will shape business, organizations, and entire communities over the next two decades.

Attendees were lucky to be joined by the organizers of the World Road Cycling Championship. The championship will be held in Richmond in 2015 and has brought to the forefront discussions about alternative transportation and the need for communities and businesses to become ‘biker friendly.’ This can be achieved by offering things like bike lanes, bike racks, or even make shower facilities available in the workplace. It is Richmond’s goal to become known as a bike-friendly city. This nine-day event, to be held September 19-27, 2015, will bring 1,500 athletes, almost half a million spectators, and millions more via electronic media to Richmond.

Conference attendees were interested in LEED credentials (Green Associate & AP), Commercial Building Energy Auditor, and solar energy. I enjoyed my time in Richmond and look forward to attending this conference again next year. I will be sure to bring my bike on my next visit to Richmond!

-Chris Erdt, Everblue business development representative.

By Peter J. Bock

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