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For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 16, 2023

Holly Jamesen Carr, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, DOE Building Technologies Office, and journalist Aman Azhar of Inside Climate News and will be among the speakers at the 10th Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit on Tuesday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 29 at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The summit will focus on preparing the commercial building community for compliance with energy benchmarking, building energy performance standards and emerging building codes.

The Silver Spring Civic Building is located at 1 Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.

Online registration for the summit is open through the morning of Friday, March 24. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Limited day-of tickets will be available at the event. To review the full agenda and register for the Energy Summit, visit

Montgomery County Chief Administrative Officer Richard Madaleno also will speak at the summit, which will explore requirements and opportunities in areas of commercial building compliance. The event also will provide hands-on learning opportunities and case studies from commercial and multifamily buildings. There will be building audit demonstrations, education sessions, hands-on Q&A and technical assistance, an “Innovation Alley” showcasing products and services and a networking reception.

“Montgomery County’s strategic plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035 will take real action by all of us—government, business, nonprofits and individuals,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “The Energy Summit, now in its 10th year, is an excellent example of how we are successfully bringing the public and private sectors together to develop a path forward to increase building energy performance boost economic opportunities, create jobs in Montgomery County and meet our ambitious climate action goals.”

On March 28, Adriana Hochberg, acting director of the County Department of Environmental Protection, will deliver opening remarks, followed by John Hattery, deputy director of Workforce Services for WorkSource Montgomery.

On March 29, the summit’s lineup of morning plenary speakers will include:

  • Richard Madaleno, Montgomery County chief administrative officer
  • Vicky Wan, acting deputy director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • John Hattery, deputy director of Workforce Services for WorkSource Montgomery

Following the March 29 morning plenary speakers, Energy Summit attendees will enjoy a keynote panel discussion on unpacking the local and regional landscape of building energy and climate policies. The panelists will include:

  • Mark Stewart, climate change program manager, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Rabbiah Sabbakhan, director, Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services
  • Stan Edwards, chief, Energy Climate Compliance Division, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

The moderator of the panel discussion will be Cliff Majersik, senior advisor of policy and programs for the Institute for Market Transformation

The event will conclude with a panel that will tie the themes and educational content of the summit and address the current and future incentives and programs to help building owners with improving building energy performance and reducing emissions. The members of that panel will include:

  • Holly Jamesen Carr, director of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, DOE Building Technologies Office
  • Tom Deyo, CEO, Montgomery County Green Bank
  • Nathanael Gillespie, director, Customer Solutions, Pepco Holdings 

The moderator of that panel will be Aman Azhar, a reporter for Inside Climate News.

The summit also will have an in-person Innovation Alley featuring energy-related products and services. This year, exhibitors will be displaying innovative products and services available to the commercial and multifamily business sector that will aid in building energy efficiency, renewable energy, electrification, building decarbonization, healthy buildings and zero-emission vehicles.

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Release ID: 23-115
Media Contact: Enrique Chaurand 816-825-1072
Categories: Environment