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USGBC NCR Announces Speakers for Keynote Panel at A Midsummer Night's Green 2020

USGBC National Capital Region is pleased to announce that this year's keynote presentation for A Midsummer Night's Green will be a panel of local government representatives, who will provide updates on local green building programing, including any recent changes. We are thrilled to have the following individuals join us as part of our program:


Jessica Abralind, LEED AP, Green Building Planner, Arlington County


Jessica Abralind, LEED AP, has fifteen years of experience in sustainability. For the past ten years she has served as a Green Building Planner for Arlington County, Virginia, facilitating the development of green buildings in Arlington through the County’s Green Building Density Incentive Policy. She coordinates with a variety of stakeholders including business leaders, environmental experts and advocates, residents, and political leaders to develop, assess, and implement the green building program. The program has led to the development of over 50 LEED certified commercial, apartment, and hotel developments in Arlington and is savings millions of kilowatt-hours of energy and millions of gallons of water each year. Jessica is also responsible for the development and implementation of Arlington County’s Facility Sustainability Policy that targets “net-zero energy ready” for all of Arlington’s new public facilities.


Jessica is a co-founder and co-coordinator of the DMV Net-Zero Energy Coalition, promoting net-zero energy building development in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Emily Curley, Commercial Energy Program Manager, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection


Emily Curley is the Commercial Energy Program Manager for Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection. She is responsible for the management and implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability policies and initiatives to promote the goals of Montgomery County within commercial buildings. Previously, Emily implemented energy efficiency and sustainability programs in the private sector at InSite, the institutional sector at American University, and via the non-profit sector at the Alliance to Save Energy.

David Epley, Associate Director, Data & Benchmarking Division, D.C. Department of Energy & the Environment


David Epley is the Associate Director of the Data & Benchmarking Division at the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). The Division is responsible for the development and implementation of the District’s Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) and Energy Benchmarking Program, guidance and oversight of the D.C. Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), implementation of State Energy Programs such as the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix and Net-Zero Energy K-12 program, and the D.C. Municipal Aggregation Program, a bulk energy purchasing program for small businesses. Prior to joining DOEE, Mr. Epley was the Green Building and Sustainability Division Manager at the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) where he established and managed the DCRA Green Building Division, which received the 2019 regional Leadership Award from the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter.

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