March 14-15, 2023
Decarbonization Symposium and Legislative Fly-In
The St. Regis Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Join us for a unique event focused on the latest decarbonization information and strategies. Day one, Tuesday, March 14, will feature education sessions led by industry experts and a networking reception on Capitol Hill. You’ll learn about the tools needed to implement carbon reduction strategies that will reduce building emissions and improve building performance, while ensuring economic viability. This day is open to anyone interested in decarbonization strategies for the built environment.

Day two, Wednesday, March 15, will provide BOMA members with the opportunity to take commercial real estate’s message to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a unified fashion. The day will begin with a legislative briefing and overview to prepare you for your appointments with your elected representatives in the U.S. Congress.


Click here to register for the Symposium, which also includes the Legislative Fly-In.
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Decarbonization Symposium         $395
(Includes Wednesday Legislative Fly-In)

Legislative Fly-In Only                      $150
(Tuesday Symposium not included)

Registration for the Decarbonization Symposium includes access to all education sessions, meals and receptions on Tuesday, March 14. It also includes optional participation in the Wednesday legislative event and Capitol Hill visits.

Registration for the Legislative Fly-In only includes the Wednesday morning legislative briefing and breakfast and visits with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Legislative Fly-In only registrants may participate in the Tuesday evening networking reception, but the Tuesday Decarbonization Symposium is not included. To register just for the Legislative Fly-In, download the form and email it to


A block of rooms has been reserved at the event hotel, The St. Regis Washington, D.C., for registered participants. The rate is $409/night (single/double occupancy) plus tax. The initial hotel block has been sold out, the extended deadline for reservations is now February 28, 2023, to receive this discounted group rate.

Click here to reserve your hotel room.

Speakers and Panelists

Panel Session Information

GSA: The General Services Administration is an independent agency of the United States government created to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies. Hear from some of our professional colleagues about what they do in the built environment and what they’re doing in terms of decarbonization.
  • Moderator Jeremey Alcorn, Climate and Sustainability Officer/ Director at GSA
  • Speaker Natalie Huber, Chief Engineer at GSA
  • Speaker Alexandra Kosmides, Sustainability Representative at GSA
  • Speaker Denise Funkhouser, Director of Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity/Clean Energy Division at GSA 
Policy & Legislation: To address the challenge of climate change, states throughout the country have adopted goals and are implementing policies and programs to aggressively cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Moderator Pearce Crosland, Director of Federal Affairs at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International
  • Speaker Blake Nanney, Manager of Federal Relations at American Institute of Architects
  • Speaker Kate A. Lindsey, Tax Policy Advisor for Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
The Role of Codes & Standards in Decarbonization: BOMA International continues to be a major contributor to building codes development as the only national commercial real estate association with an active building codes advocacy program. Listen to codes professionals discuss building codes, from advocacy to development to implementation.
  • Moderator Stephen Ayers, Retired Executive Director of the National Institute of Building Sciences and Retired Architect of the United States Capital
  • Speaker Ryan Colker, Executive Director of the International Codes Council (ICC)
  • Speaker Andrew Klein, Codes Consultant for A S Klein Engineering, PLLC
  • Speaker, Alice Yates, Director of Government Affairs at ASHRAE
Decarbonization Strategies: Getting to a net-zero-carbon energy system is essential. It will be a major effort, one that requires significant investment in new low-carbon infrastructure, from renewable power plants to electric vehicles, efficient appliances and better constructed buildings. This panel explores what different organizations and industries are doing for the sake of decarbonization.
  • Moderator Don Davis, Vice President of Advocacy at the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International 
  • Speaker Marta Schantz, Co-Executive Producer at the Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Speaker Cliff Majersik, Senior Advisor at the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) 
  • Speaker Jason Hartke, Executive Vice President of External Affairs at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)


International Decarbonization Strategies: 
Clean energy is the way of the future. Learn how organizations around the world are decarbonizing their portfolios and how the United States can build off of international strategies for their own economy.
  • Moderator Bala Gnanam, Vice President of Sustainability, Advocacy, and Stakeholder Relations at BOMA Canada
  • Speaker Verónica Alfaro, Executive Director at Asociación Consejo de Desarrollo Inmobiliario (CODI/BOMA Costa Rica)
  • Speaker Julian Smith, Director of Energy and Sustainability at Canada JLL
Design & Build: Sustainability is no longer a luxury, sustainable building design is a necessity. There are many different ways to make a building sustainable. Reducing energy needs and having renewable energy are at the core of sustainable design.
  • Moderator, Tim O’Donald, President of Harbor East Management Group
  • Speaker Linda Sorrento, Acting Chief Operations Officer at mindful MATERIALS Inc.
  • Speaker Arathi Gowda, Founder of Yes Praxes, Adjunct Faculty at IIT, Co-Chair US Architects Declare, AIA Chicago Board, AIA COTE Leadership Council, AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
ESG Program Development & Staffing Sustainability: Have you ever wondered what an ESG or Sustainability officer does? How do you find the right person with the right skill set? How do you screen and select candidates? Get answers to these questions and more!
  • Moderator Brenna Walraven, President and CEO of Corporate Sustainability Strategies (CSS)
  • Speaker Kim Pexton, Senior Vice President, Sustainability at JBG SMITH
  • Speaker Jim Landau, Head of Environmental, Social & Governance at MetLife Investment Management
  • Speaker Dan Egan, Managing Director, Americas Head of Real Estate ESG at Blackstone
The Latest from ENERGY STAR: Join this special opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look into the ENERGY STAR resources that can help with decarbonization efforts. Senior staff from the EPA will share insights into new ENERGY STAR scores and the Building Emissions Calculator, and also provide a sneak peek at the upcoming Portfolio Manager Data Explorer tool and the possibilities for a next-generation iteration of ENERGY STAR.
  • Moderator Mike Zatz, Chief, Market Sectors Group at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Craig Haglund, Program Manager, CRE & Multifamily, ENERGY STAR, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Data Tracking & Analysis: In this panel session you’ll learn how and why you should track your carbon emissions and how to further analyze these results to change your overall carbon footprint. 
  • Moderator Deb Cloutier, President and Founder of ReTech
  • Speaker Randy Moss, Manager, Sustainability, YARDI
  • Speaker Mike Zatz, Chief, Market Sectors Group at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Leasing & Building Operations Performance: How are green leases supporting real estate’s decarbonization drive? Globally, some 34 percent of occupiers already have green lease clauses, while a further 40 percent plan to sign them by 2025. Learn how to take tangible steps towards cutting carbon through leasing and building operations.
  • Moderator Kjsersten Jaeb, Director of Portoflio Management at Physicians Realty Trust
  • Speaker David Cohan, Senior Advisor for the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) 
  • Speaker Roger Platt, Senior Sustainability Executive at Green Business Certification, Inc.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, March 14

8:30 - 9:00 am - Continental Breakfast
9:15 - 10:15 am - Concurrent Sessions (GSA, Policy & Legislation)
10:15 - 10:30 am -  Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30 am - Concurrent Sessions (Decarbonization Strategies, Codes & Standards)                                    
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Plated Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Concurrent Sessions (International Decarbonization Strategies, Design & Build)
2:30 - 2:45 pm - Refreshment Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm - Concurrent Sessions (Staffing Sustainability, The Latest from EnergyStar)
3:45 - 4:00 pm - Refreshment Break 
4:00 - 5:00 pm - Concurrent Sessions (Leasing & Building Operations, Data Tracking & Analysis)
6:00 - 8:00 pm -Reception - Capitol Hill Club - 300 1st Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003

Wednesday, March 15

8:00 – 9:00 am - Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 am - Legislative Briefing
All day - Appointments with Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

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