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Friday, September 23



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Rhiannon Jacobsen
Managing Director, U.S. Market Transformation and Development, USGBC

Rhiannon Jacobsen is the Managing Director of U.S. Market Transformation & Development at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In this role, Rhiannon leads a nationwide team focused upon realizing the organization’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. She directs and engages USGBC’s U.S. market transformation and development through local communities, members, volunteers, clients, thought leaders, and stakeholders. A fifteen+-year veteran of USGBC, Rhiannon’s accomplishments and contributions are varied.

She will open the conference by sharing her insight for the current trends of USGBC and the future of LEED. 


Jonathan F.P. Rose - Opening Keynote

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Jonathan F.P. Rose
Founder and President, Jonathan Rose Companies

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, teaching, research, writing and not-for-profit work focuses on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities.


In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development and investment firm, to address the challenges of declining ecologies and the poor distribution of opportunity through the development of green affordable and mixed-income housing. Jonathan has led the firm’s vision, strategy and growth, developing award winning new projects, investment funds and city plans that model solutions to address the issues of community development, opportunity, inequality and the environment. The firm is one of the largest acquirers of affordable and mixed income housing in the nation.


The firm’s innovative work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Rose was selected as the Winner of the 2021 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. He also advises global cities on planning, affordable housing, environmental, and social issues. He Chairs the Bhutan Urban and Regional Planning Global Advisory Committee.


Mr. Rose’s book on how to create resilient cities, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, was published by Harper Wave in 2016, and won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher.


Mr. Rose has been the subject of three Harvard Business School cases. He frequently lectures at graduate schools of business, environment and architecture on the future of cities, affordable housing community development, the environment, and regenerative business. In 2015, he held the Yale School of Architecture’s Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architectural Fellowship. Jonathan was appointed an Executive in Residence at the Saïd Business School 2021-2022, focusing on his work on regenerative business and regenerative economies.


Mr. Rose has testified before U.S. Senate and House Committees on housing, infrastructure and environmental issues, and served as an Advisor to the White House Office of Urban Affairs. He serves on the Second District Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.


Mr. Rose is a Trustee of Enterprise Community Partners and The Capital Institute. He and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute and he serves as Chair on its Board. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment. He is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects and Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and was a commissioner on the NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy.


Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, and has an Honorary Doctorate from the New School

Learning Objectives

  • Explore an integrated framework for the development of resilient, green, affordable housing for Hawaii.

  • Gain insight into systems thinking in an interdependent world.

  • Learn to transform the ecosystem to producing housing through a shared vision of inclusion and prosperity for all.

  • Identify leading policies and innovations that scale and partnerships that produce housing with better life outcomes for residents.

This course is approved for .5 General GBCI CE hour and .5 AIA LU/HSW.

Session 1

Innovative Finance for Carbon Neutral Housing

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Genevieve Sherman
Head of Policy & New Products, Nuveen Green Capital

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Rachel Reilly
Founder, Aces & Archers

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Gwen Yamamoto-Lau
Executive Director, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, State of Hawaii

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Laurie Schoeman
Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital, Enterprise Community

Join a panel discussion with experts in public and private sectors on innovative financing approach and transition to the carbon neutral housing. Discussion will address programming and financing options available locally to create more resilient housing in the affordable market that is healthier and energy effecient.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore innovations and new resources in financing resilient, green affordable housing projects to scale and build critical inventory.

  • Learn how Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) can be an effective financing tool for energy efficiency improvements in Multifamily Housing to improve health and comfort for low-income residents.

  • Discuss new Federal funding programs, trends, and how housing and development financing agencies are leveraging public financing tools to support greener housing solutions.

  • Identify the full suite of capital products that Enterprise Community Partners provides to the development of affordable housing and the management of climate risks as it grows its Capital platform to maximize its investments in communities.

This course is approved for 1 General GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.

Session 2

Insights for a Greener Equitable Future

Join a panel discussion on how we strive to build affordable, sustainable, resilient and equitable future. The session encourages to attendees to rethink the building program and building systems to reshape the greener future that will benefit the community through green jobs and healthier homes.


Learning Objectives

  • Explore current practices to develop green, affordable housing.

  • Learn how the next generation green affordable housing can be more equitable. climate-ready and inclusive.

  • Examine strategies to advance housing policy at all levels of government and leverage cross-sector resources to expand the delivery of more sustainable affordable housing.

  • Identify roles and responsibilities for developing new professionals that achieve sustainability and resilience goals. 

This course is approved for 1 General GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.

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Karen Seddon
Regional Vice President, EAH Housing

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Kali Watson
CEO & President – Hawaiian Community Development Board (HCDB)

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Matt Pennaz
Chief Operating Officer at Kobayashi Group, LLC

Sesson 3

YIMBY: Sustainable Development at All Scales

This one-hour panel discussion explores a sustainable development through the global movement YIMBY. Panel members will share examples of affordable and workforce housing at various scales.

Leaning Objectives

  • Provide examples and identify opportunities for sustainable development at different settings and scales.

  • Discuss the characteristics of sustainable development strategies including resources used in case studies.

  • Discuss how design professionals can accelerate commercial developments to be more sustainable through products and methods.

  • Learn how urban density and affordable Housing can promote sustainable development in the community.

This course is approved for 1 General GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.

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Melanie Islam
Principal & Sustainability Director, MASON

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Keegan Flaherty
Development Associate, 'Ikenākea Development

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Joel Ganotisi
Architect, CDT, LEED AP, Associate, Architects Hawaii Limited

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Chad Waters

Chief Executive Officer

Hawaii Construction and Development Consulting

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Phil Camp
Principal at hi.arch.y' llp-AIA,LEED AP, WELL AP, C.E.M.


Tour of Ola Ka’Ilima (USGBC Hawaii Sustainability Award 2021)

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1025 Waimanu Street,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

Last certified on: November 16, 2020
Certification level: Platinum


Size: 104,485 sq ft

Certification type: LEED 2009 BD+C

The shared vision to emerge from this work is Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace, a mixed-use arts development blending live/work space for artists and their families, space for non-profit partners and space for community events and gatherings. Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace will be located in the Kaka`ako neighborhood of Honolulu, a transitional neighborhood of light industrial property between the downtown business district and Waikiki Beach.


Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace will include 84 units of affordable live/work space for low-income artists and their families. Residential units will feature high ceilings, large windows, durable surfaces, large doors and wide hallways to accommodate a variety of creative activities. Each of the residential units will be larger than a typical affordable unit to allow for ample workspace. Like all Artspace projects, this building will be multi-ethnic, multi-generational, and multi-disciplinary.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the common open space that features play equipment and individual garden planters for each unit, with large cisterns holding rainwater for irrigation.

  • Experience features that optimize natural ventilation and minimize solar heat gain.

  • Discuss the benefits of being centrally located in a transit-oriented development area.

  • Discuss the benefits of combining live/work space for artists and their families, space for a non-profit organization, and retail space, as well as podium-level space for hosting community events and gatherings.

This course is approved for 1 General GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.

Tour of Nohona Hale (USGBC Leadership Award 2021)

630 Cooke St,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Last certified on: July 29, 2020
Certification level: Gold


Size: 67,502 sq ft

Certification type: LEED V4 BD+C: HOMR

Encompassing approximately 111 affordable rental micro-units (approximately 300 square-feet each), Nohona Hale will be constructed as a 16-story tower set upon a two level podium which will house the lobby, living room, community spaces and management offices. This LEED V4 BD+C: HOMR, Gold Certified project is in keeping with the traditional Hawaiian sense of “Ohana”, Nohona Hale will be home to a diverse demographic of ages and backgrounds, living under “one roof.” The energy efficient micro-units will be marketed to qualified low-income individuals and couples earning 60% and below of the Area Median Income (AMI), and 10% of the project’s units will be set aside to specifically serve families earning 30% AMI or less.

Nohona Hale will offer a new type of mixed-use, mixed-income affordable housing development to Hawai’i residents earning lower incomes through the creation of highly social spaces and amenities paired with modern accommodations. A complex site constructed over a 10,400-square-foot parcel on a congested urban site.


Learning Objectives

  • Experience a project that was created in response to HCDA’s request for proposal to develop an affordable low-to moderate-income “micro unit” housing project.

  • Discuss the importance of energy efficiency for low-to-moderate income housing for the residents and the community.

  • Explore the green features of the building including LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, and solar thermal water heating.

  • Discuss the value of providing space for alternate transportation such as storage for bicycles and mopeds.

This course is approved for 1 LEED Specific LEED AP BD+C, LEED Green Associate GBCI CE hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW.





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