Sustainable Strategies for Existing Federal Facilities  

Education Type: 
3.5 Hours


AIA Learning Units: 
3.5 LU | HSW
0.4 CEU
3.5 CE
LEED Category: 
Innovation & Design

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In the course, Sustainable Strategies for Existing Federal Facilities, you will learn strategies for
creating and maintaining high performance buildings by optimizing building technologies, avoiding the costs of waste and inefficiency; and creating productive, comfortable, and healthy work environments. This course focuses on the following fundamentals for improving sustainability in a Federal facility: optimizing energy performance, protecting and conserving water, using environmentally preferable products and materials, and enhancing indoor environmental quality.


Sarah Jensen, Technical Lead for Sustainable Buildings at the U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)   

Ms. Jensen works to help agencies identify and implement sustainable building strategies and 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 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Ms. Slovensky provides strategic leadership and technical expertise for sustainable building and site design, on-site renewable energy integration, measuring, and monitoring performance metrics, and developing policies for the efficient use of energy, water, and 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

By completing this course you will learn to:

  • Apply tools such as the EnergyStar Portfolio Manager to baseline and benchmark facilities to conduct a sustainability audit and inspection programs;
  • Apply tools to identify opportunities to establish implementation plans and metrics to comply with the Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Existing Buildings;
  • Recognize decision points and opportunities to implement sustainable strategies to achieve integrated, holistic and cost effective improvements; and
  • Engage an organizational team in a sustainable operations plan to ensure continuous improvement to building performance and meet agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans.