Green Expo 2006 – Agenda & Exhibitors

The 2006 Green Building Expo

September 12, 2006
The Columbus Athenaeum, 32 North Fourth Street, Columbus Ohio 43215


Columbus State Community College
Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio
Herman Miller / Continental Office Systems
Forbo Flooring
Heapy Engineering LLC
King Business Interior / Haworth
Shaw Contract Group
Corna/Kokosing Construction Company


Green Building Materials – Guide to Product Selection
10:00 – 11:00 AM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW

Learn about green building materials, how to use them effectively and how to evaluate the “greenness” of building materials. Ross Spiegel co-authored with Dru Meadows, the book on “Green Building Materials: A Guide to Product Selection and Specification” published by John Wiley & Sons. A second edition of this book was recently released in February. In 1994, Spiegel was appointed CSI’s liaison to the U.S. Green Building Council, and continues in that position today. Spiegel has served on the USGBC’s Board of Directors for four years, and on the LEED Steering Committee for one. Spiegel is a senior specification writer with the Connecticut-based
architectural/engineering firm Fletcher-Thompson Inc. Spiegel is a registered architect in Connecticut, Florida, New York, is NCARB certified, a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS), and a Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA).

Construction Waste Management – How, What & Where
1:00 – 2:00 PM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW
Mark Lennon, Executive Director, Institution Recycling Network; Michael Dineen, Aggrok

The Institution Recycling Network is a cooperative recycling organization that works with more than 100 colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutions to improve the performance and economics of their recycling programs. The IRN is currently managing more than a dozen recycling projects throughout New England representing more than 1 million square feet of construction. The IRN says it routinely recycles some two-dozen different construction-related materials, reaching project-recycling rates as high as 95 percent. Recycling costs for construction materials are typically much less than the cost of disposing of the material.Aggrok Materials has been working closely with S.G. Loewendick & Sons to recycle mixed C&D debris in the Central Ohio region as a long term business plan at the Frank Road C&D facility. Aggrok is a member of Construction Materials Recycling Association.

Making Green Happen Locally – Project Case Studies
2:15 – 3:15 PM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW
Max Moore, Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC); Michael Berning, Heapy Engineering; Neil Myers, Williams Creek Consulting

Hear from local experts on lessons learnt and strategies for building Green projects. CDDC has been instrumental in greening the landmark Lazarus building in Downtown Columbus. This project is part of the LEED for Core & Shell Pilot program by the US Green Building Council. CDDC is also involved with the River South Development project just south of the Lazarus building. Heapy Engineering is providing MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) services to 32 LEED Registered projects. It provides LEED Program Management and commissioning services for LEED projects. Williams Creek Consulting provides ecological design services that include natural treatment and biological treatment design applications for water quality improvement.


Green Innovations – Energies of the Future
10:00 – 11:00 AM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW
Dr. Rick Schwerdtfeger, EMTEC

EMTEC’s Alternative Energy Technologies Group is currently focusing on several specific areas of technology development including hydrogen infrastructure, fuel cells, solar energy and alternative fuels technology development. EMTEC is managing a US Department of Energy hydrogen program aimed at commercialization of hydrogen generation, storage, sensing, and distribution technologies. Key project results from this program will be highlighted. This presentation will discuss EMTEC’s
recent efforts in solar energy program development including participation in multi-million dollar state and federally funded proposals. If successfully funded, these proposals will help slingshot Ohio into a leading role in the rapidly growing solar energy technologies markets. Dr. Schwerdtfeger holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Colorado School of Mines where he
did fundamental materials research on various photovoltaic materials. He holds an M.S. degree in Physics from Pittsburg State University (Kansas) where he developed a solar thermal energy model to predict solar heating system performance in residential applications. Rick worked at NREL in
Golden Colorado doing photovoltaic materials research for 8 years.

Financing Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic
1:00 – 2:00 PM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW
Glen Kizer, President of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
FEE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco, California. The foundation’s current initiatives include both solar electric and solar thermal energy systems. The solar electric projects involve the installation of photovoltaic power systems at schools both in the United States and abroad. The solar thermal projects involve the installation of solar water heating units on fire stations, YMCA’s, and public housing.

Green Entrepreneurs – Creating New Markets
2:15 – 3:15 PM, CEUs: 1 AIA HSW
Patrick Conway, Great Lakes Brewing Company; Karl Holik, Rastra
Established in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, Great Lakes Brewing Company became the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio. As lifelong supporters of environmental causes, the Conway brothers have incorporated “zero waste initiatives” into day-to-day operations. GLBC
operates a shuttle bus called The Fatty Wagon and a beer delivery truck that run on straight restaurant vegetable oil. GLBC also sponsors and receives weekly harvests from Common Ground Garden, a local urban community garden system headed by Cleveland’s Summer Sprouts Program. RASTRA, an Alternative Insulated Concrete Form, is made of a lightweight material that provides a permanent framework for a grid of reinforced concrete forming load-bearing walls, and other components of a building. 85% of its volume is recycled post-consumer polystyrene waste, which very likely would have ended up in landfills never to disappear. Karl Holik, originally with the parent Swiss company Rastra AG, serves as president of the two subsidiaries of Rastra AG: Rastra of the Americas and Rastra Technologies.

10:00 – 3:00 pm
showcasing Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient Products, Services and Programs.
Free & Open to the Public

gunter-large121The highlight of the Expo will be a keynote speech by world-renowned social entrepreneur, Gunter Pauli. Belgian by birth, Pauli’s multifarious entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. describes him as “a new breed of innovator: the social entrepreneur. For the last five years, he’s championed an ambitious program to challenge the logic of how conventional companies work. Pauli wants to create manufacturing facilities that function as closed-loop systems – factories that completely eliminate waste by reusing or recycling all the raw materials they take in. He calls it zero-emissions manufacturing.

About ZERI – In 1994, Gunter Pauli established an organization called ”Zero Waste and Emissions Research and Initiatives.” The acronym was later shortened to ZERI, but ”zero waste” remains a central principle. ZERI has demonstrated in projects around the world over the past 12 years how we can do so much more with what nature provides, inspired by nature and applying a systems approach to solving problems.Gunter Pauli is fluent in 7 languages, and has written 12 books that have been published in 15 languages. In his book “Upsizing,” Mr. Pauli highlights many examples of businesses where the waste of one company has become the raw material for others. Materials others view as worthless cascade into a stream of new processes, new products, and new wealth, with companies that were previously considered unrelated clustering together. In Gaviotas, Colombia, he is working to expand their pioneering efforts of rainforest reforestation with a major corporate investment firm to grow 250,000 acres of rainforest in the next 4 years. In Japan, he established a major investment fund for growing biomimicry companies into mainstream businesses.

Gunter Pauli has also launched an educational initiative, with his book “Out of the Box.” His book builds on the ancient tradition of story telling, includes 36 “fables” which teach over 1,000 key scientific and natural principles in amusing tales of animals and their behavior. Through this initiative, he highlights how each person can make a difference by the way they live their lives and contribute to the world.


CDC Distributors
Custom Building Products
Dan Binford & Associates
Dovetail Solar & Wind
GEO Source One, Inc.
Holdfast Technologies, LLC
InPro Corporation
JE Ecostudio
Ohio Valley Flooring
Performance Roof Systems, Inc.
Renewable Choice Energy
Smartwalls, LLC
Solutia Ultron
TCE Flooring Specialists
The Mohawk Group
Unilock Ohio, Inc.
Waterless Company
Williams Creek Consulting
Xero Flor America, LLC