FEMP First Thursday Seminar - Re-Thinking Operations & Maintenance for High Performance Buildings

Course ID: FEMPFTS23
Duration: 1.5 hours
Federal Energy Management Program Prerequisites: None
Level: 201

This seminar addresses engagement programs for key stakeholders — including building owners, operators, and occupants — in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable facilities. Find out about a cyclical process that involves stewardship, performance, and enabling tools and metrics that result in refinements and continual improvement.

The instructors for this course are:

  • Sarah Jensen, Technical Lead for Sustainable Buildings , Federal Energy Management Program 
    Sarah Jensen serves as FEMP's technical lead for sustainable buildings, where she works to help agencies identify and implement sustainable building strategies. Sarah also co-chairs the Interagency Sustainability Working Group (ISWG) with GSA. She most recently served as deputy director and environmental counsel for the Green the Capitol Office for the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from James Madison University and a juris doctorate degree in energy, environment, and natural resources law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark University.
  • Michelle Slovensky, Senior Sustainability Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 
    Michelle Slovensky is a Senior Sustainability Manager at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. With 25 years of interdisciplinary experience, she provides strategic leadership and technical expertise for sustainable building and site design, on-site renewable energy integration, establishing, measuring, and monitoring performance metrics, and developing policies for the efficient use of energy, water, and material resources. She received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a master's degree in landscape architecture and ecology from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Learning Objectives

It is expected that individuals completing this training will learn best practices and techniques to:

  • begin with proven planning methods that lead to quantifiable results;
  • incorporate whole-building thinking in all phases of design, operations, and maintenance;
  • identify, select, and procure the lowest impact materials, equipment, and systems;
  • engage occupants and users in the adoption of sustainable behaviors and procedures; and
  • measure, monitor, and verify whole-building performance to meet your reporting requirements.

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