Agenda

Please find the agenda for the meeting held 31 January – 1 February 2011 below.

  • The Workshop report is available here as a PDF document.
  • The full Minutes of the meeting are available here as a PDF document.
  • Powerpoint presentations from speakers are now available with links below. The PDFs are consolidated on this page.
  • Speakers‘ biographical details can be found here.

Four background papers were prepared for the workshop: Background Paper #1: “Sustainable Consumption and Production” (PDF 888 kb); Background Paper #2: “Green Building Key Topics” (PDF 184 kb); Background Paper #3: “Existing Canada – U.S. Collaboration on Green Building” (PDF 324 kb); Background Paper #4: “UNEP Background Paper on International Processes on Sustainable Consumption and Production” (PDF 123 kb).

Workshop Goal: A multi-stakeholder dialogue promoting bi-national collaboration on green building, as an important application of advancing international sustainable consumption and production efforts. To do this, the workshop:

  • Surveyed current issues and efforts relating to green building in and between the two countries (including activities in international organizations),
  • Sought to identify important topics where the parties feel that additional international dialogue and cooperation could be especially useful and practical, and
  • Suggested options for a path forward.

A report (forthcoming) will summarize the discussion and outcomes.

DAY ONE – Monday January 31, 2011
Venue: Minto Suite Hotel (Salons Lisgar & Massey)

8:00 Registration
8:30 Coffee

9:00 Welcome and Identifying Workshop Goals

Welcome & Introduction of One Earth: Brenda Metropolit, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Environment Canada
Lead Facilitator: Nicole Anne Boyer, One Earth

Opening Remarks:
Introductions: Brenda Metropolit, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Environment Canada

  • Jan Dyer, Director General, Sustainability Directorate, Environment Canada
  • John Matuszak, Division Chief for Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs, Department of State, US Government
  • Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director, UN Environment Programme – Regional Office for North America

Goals of the Meeting – Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director, One Earth Initiative Society

9:30 SESSION 1 – PANEL: A Review of Existing Canada / US Collaborative Efforts Related to Green Building (with Question and Answer Session)

Introductions: Derry Allen, Counselor, Office of Strategic Environmental Management Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • Michael Calvert, Global Practice Lead, Green Building, Global Business Opportunities Bureau, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (10 min) (Download his presentation as a PDF– 136kb)
  • Chris Choi, Environmental Protection Agency, US Government (10 min) (Download his presentation as a PDF– 383kb)

Brief review of initiatives outlined in Background Paper #3: Existing Canada – US Collaboration in Green Building (5 minutes each)

  • Wayne Trusty, President, Athena Institute on Life Cycle Assessment
  • Evan Lloyd, Executive Director, NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation
  • Guy R. Newsham, Senior Research Officer, Institute for Research in Construction, M24, National Research Council
  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Donna M. McIntire, Architect, LEED® AP; U.S. Department of State
  • Kelsey Scheich, APEC Affairs Coordinator, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kevin Kampschroer, Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings at the U.S. General Services Administration

10:30 Break

10:45 SESSION 2 – PANEL: Green Building and Sustainable Consumption and Production: International and Multi-jurisdictional Opportunities and Current Issues and Efforts (with Question and Answer Session)

Issues covered include financial structures, building construction products / life cycle, and building performance, including aligning first cost and operations / maintenance budgets, energy performance and disclosure, and indoor air quality.

  • Arab Hoballah, Chief, Sustainable Consumption & Production Branch, United Nations Environment Programme – Paris Office–international green building processes and green building as an application of international sustainable consumption and production activities (Download his presentation as a PDF731kb)
  • Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen, European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production – European best practice in bi-national and multinational green building efforts and the application of an SCP lens to the green building sector
  • Sadhu Johnston, Deputy Manager, City of Vancouver, past Chief Environmental Officer of Chicago and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor, City of Chicago – city activities in green building and opportunities for multi-jurisdictional support and efforts (Download his presentation as a PDF– 2.3MB)
  • Dennis Wilde, Developer, Gerding Edlen – green building practitioners experience and current issues in the green building sector (Download his presentation as a PDF – 1.3 MB)
  • Helen Goodland, Executive Director, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre – current issues in the green building sector and opportunities for concrete action and solutions (Download her presentation as a PDF– 560 kb)

12:30 Lunch

1:15 BREAKOUT SESSION

Guiding Question: What actions can we take within the existing areas of collaboration, and what are additional areas for Canada-US and international collaboration given our review of current issues and multi-jurisdictional and international opportunities? (Collaboration Café – Salons Lisgar & Massey – facilitated by the One Earth team)

3:00 Break

3:15 Report back on common themes and insights; Dialogue

4:15 KEYNOTE: The Big Picture: What will it take to address our environmental and social challenges, strengthen our economy and reduce our greenhouse gases? What do better futures look like?

William E. Rees, Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia and founder of the Ecological Footprint concept (Download his presentation as a PDF– 840 kb)

5:00 Adjourn

5:30 Canal Ritz Dinner

DAY TWO – Tuesday February 1, 2011
Venue: Minto Suite Hotel (Salons Lisgar & Massey)

8:30 Coffee

9:00 Opening Remarks

  • Philip B. Jago, Director, Buildings Division, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada (Download his presentation as a PDF– 311 KB)

SESSION 3: OPTIONS FOR THE PATH FORWARD

PANEL: The Future of the Green Building Sector and Reflections on Canada and US Collaboration (with Questions and Answer session)

  • Thomas Mueller, President, Canada Green Building Council (Download his presentation as a PDF– 1.8 MB)
  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, U.S. Green Building Council (Download his presentation as a PDF– 1 MB)
  • Diana Osler-Zortea, President, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada (Download her presentation as a PDF– 167 KB)

10:00 Break

10:15 BREAKOUT SESSION in breakout rooms on options for a path forward (Salon Lisgar; Salon Massey; Leger A; Leger B – facilitated by the One Earth team and other participants). The objective of this session is to identify actions and opportunities based on the areas of Canada / US and international collaboration identified on Day 1, and, where appropriate, who can take these actions and opportunities forward.

12:00 Lunch

12:45 Report back and discussion: How do we communicate the key messages to our communities? What is it that we need to work on together as we go forward?

2:00 Break

2:15 SESSION 4: INTERNATIONAL LINKS: United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)

PANEL:

  • John Matuszak, Division Chief for Sustainable Development and Multilateral Affairs, Department of State, US Government
  • Arab Hoballah, Chief, Sustainable Consumption & Production Branch, United Nations Environment Programme – Paris Office (Download his presentation as a PDF– 153 kb)

Respondents include:

  • Pamela Hay, Deputy Director, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • Derry Allen, Counselor, Office of Strategic Environmental Management Office of Policy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dianne Dillon-Ridgley – Sustainability Expert; Past Member of the US delegation including UN Conference on Environment and Development (1992), World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002); UN Commission on Sustainable Development (1994 – 2001);  Master Speaker US Green Building Council 2005.

The objective of this session is to contribute inputs for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development discussions on Sustainable Consumption and Production in 2011 and other related efforts. Green building is an important component of sustainable consumption and production. Can this workshop design serve as a model for a regional programme within the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP in which a sustainable consumption
and production lens is applied to other sectors beyond green building? What inputs are useful in informing preparations for UN CSD and beyond?

3:45 CLOSING

  • Brenda Metropolit, Director, Sustainability Initiatives, Environment Canada
  • Jan Dyer, Director General, Sustainability Directorate, Environment Canada

4:00 Meeting Adjourns

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