The Intersection of Decarbonization and Resilience  

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 hours
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (ET)

Cincinnati, OH

0.3 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) are working on ways to enhance their resilience planning and technical assistance efforts by incorporating new elements of decarbonization, carbon-free electricity, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. This workshop will preview new features available throughout FEMP's tool suite that focus on the intersection of decarbonization and resilience planning. It will focus on FEMP's Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) and the new capabilities for considering the decarbonization benefits of resilience solutions. Additionally, the workshop will detail the process of using risk-informed assessments and sensitivity analysis in developing federal climate adaptation plans and how the two processes overlap.


Julia Rotondo, Program Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Julia Rotondo is a Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with over 9 years' experience working on energy, cybersecurity, climate change, resilience, and buildings efficiency issues. This experience includes leading cybersecurity strategy development, research on connected technologies, and technology roadmap development. At PNNL, Julia works on developing resources to enhance the resilience planning capabilities of federal facilities, developing resources to enhance the cybersecurity posture of federal facilities, and strategic approaches for addressing climate change.

Dr. Hannah Rabinowitz, Earth Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Dr. Hannah Rabinowitz is an Earth Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory whose work aims to improve energy and water resilience at federal sites, with a particular focus on resilience to natural hazards, including those impacted by climate change. This includes developing strategies for sites to incorporate decarbonization and resilience priorities into their energy and water planning decisions. Hannah's research more broadly focuses on developing and implementing risk assessment methodologies as well as investigating challenges and opportunities related to renewable energy technology deployment, particularly with respect to geothermal energy.

Doug Elliott, Senior Research Economist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Doug Elliott is a senior research economist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Since joining the lab in 1991, he has participated in a variety of projects focused mainly in the areas of resource efficiency and policy, cost-benefit and regulatory analysis, and software development. Currently, he supports DOE's Federal Energy Management Program through the development of components of its Technical Resilience Navigator. He also supports energy and water security strategy, measurement, and assessment development for the Headquarters, Department of the Army. Doug received a BA in Economics from Whitman College and an MA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Alison Delgado, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  

Alison Delgado is an Earth Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Maryland at College Park. Her research interests focus on climate and energy resilience and buildings energy efficiency. Major areas of work have included performing regional assessments of climate change impacts and resilience; supporting countries in the analysis of the implementation of energy efficiency programs, particularly in the buildings sector; and implementing best practices for capture and use of technologies to mitigate methane emissions in the energy sector.

Ethan Epstein, Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program  

Ethan Epstein is the Program Manager and Technical Lead for the Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) resilience program. At FEMP, Ethan works with both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to provide federal facilities with technical assistance and develop resources and tools focused around energy/water resilience and climate change. This includes developing strategies to integrate various programmatic efforts including but not limited to climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience, decarbonization, resilience quantification, and resilience planning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify how to access and use FEMP's Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) tool;
  • Recognize how resilience and decarbonization concepts intersect;
  • Recognize the methodology behind the decarbonization action; and
  • Identify how to access and fill out the TRN decarbonization action.
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