Sustainability Roundtable

November 19, 2020
8:30 AM CST

In collaboration with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)


Program Description:

Are you interested in Sustainability and Green Building, but aren't sure how it could be incorporated to your career goals? Join the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) West North Central Region's Emerging Professionals for our first Sustainability Roundtable event. This virtual event will feature a carefully curated panel of mentors from across the region. Each will share their stories and personal career path, trials and errors they faced, and will answer questions from any growing young professional desiring to meaningfully integrate sustainability in their career. This is your opportunity to network with established sustainability professionals while gaining career insight.

This event is organized by our WNC regional Emerging Professionals (EP) group, however, everyone interested in sustainable careers are welcome regardless of experience level.


  • 8:15 AM - Virtual Doors Open
  • 8:30 AM - Introduction & Welcome
  • 8:35 AM - Mentor Spotlight, Each panelist will share their career stories.
  • 8:55 AM - Breakout Rooms for Q&A of each Mentor
  • 9:55 AM - Closing Remarks
  • 10:00 AM - Program concludes. If there is interest, an optional 30min open discussion will begin for those who wish to stay online.

How does the roundtable work? Our panel of mentors will kick things off with a brief overview of themselves and their unique career paths. Then attendees will split into small groups and enter virtual breakout rooms for the remainder of the program. Every 15 minutes, the mentors will rotate to the next breakout room. By the end of the session, each attendee group will have interacted with each professional.

Sara Greenwood, LEED-AP, BD+C, LEED-Fellow, WELL-AP, WELL Faculty - Principal, The Greenwood Consulting Group; Sara is past-Chair of the Central Plains Advisory Board, and a 16-year expert in the green building industry, managing and certifying over 100 LEED projects with close to 8 million square feet. Her knowledge of LEED encompasses every LEED rating system: BD+C, ID+C, C+S, EBOM, ND, Arc and Homes as well as other ratings systems such as WELL. She has worked on projects as varied as schools, warehouses, retail and healthcare. Her KC-based firm, Greenwood Consulting Group, is a certified Women Owned Business and has become one of the most sought after environmental consulting firms.

Dennis Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, Inc. and SVP of Operations & Assistant GM, Fiserv Forum (LEED Silver Certified); Dennis arrived at his current job after first serving as director of facilities at Chicago's Soldier Field. In his current capacity, he oversaw the final construction, buildout and opening of the 730,000-square-foot Fiserv Forum; the Milwaukee Bucks’ 77,500-square-foot training center; the 1,250-space 5th Street Parking Garage; and the 120,000-square-foot plaza and adjoining Beer Garden, which all opened in 2018. Since then, Dennis and his team have managed over 300 ticketed events. Under his leadership, accomplishments include achieving LEED Silver certification in 2019, making Fiserv Forum the first sports and entertainment building in Wisconsin to receive this recognition ; and winning the Innovator of the Year Award in 2019 from the Green Sports Alliance for Deer District’s eco-friendly initiatives

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow - Director of Workplace at Gensler; With over 25 years of experience, Rachelle has devoted her career to design excellence, specifically focused on workplace innovation with an emphasis on how design impacts health and well-being. She is a leader in resilient design and has been an advocate for innovative sustainability solutions for her entire career. Rachelle is one of the original authors of the Minnesota B3 Guidelines (Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond) and a co-founder of the Minnesota USGBC chapter. While ASID National Chair, Rachelle furthered the case for sustainable design through policy, research initiatives, and writing and speaking engagements. She is the immediate Past Chair for the national AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group that has developed the 2050 Material Pledge.

Sally Hopley is the Coordinator of Sustainable Practices at Metropolitan Community College (MCC). With a four county reach, MCC is the largest community college in Nebraska. Sally recently led MCC through a strategic planning process for sustainability which will guide the College for the next five years. This plan includes five year goals, strategic directions, and a one-year implementation plan. Prior to working at MCC, Sally worked for a local sustainability consulting company for six years, learning about sustainability planning and implementation in a variety of industries. Sally holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Nebraska.


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