Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies

Presented by: Mr. Thorton
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Mr. Thorton
Mr. Thorton
President & CEO, International District Energy Association

About the Instructor

Mr. Thornton is President and Chief Executive Officer of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). In his primary role as advocate for the district energy industry, he represents the interests of over 2000 IDEA members from 25 countries, and has briefed the President of the United States and members of his Cabinet, members of the US Senate and House of Representatives and staff, senior leadership at the US Departments of Energy, EPA and Commerce, and the Ministries of Energy and Environment in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia as well as countless state, provincial and local government agencies across North America.

During his 29 years in the district energy industry, Mr. Thornton has held executive management roles in the launch and growth of new district energy systems in three different US cities with responsibility for plant site selection, franchise negotiations, permitting and regulatory approvals, financing, system construction and commissioning, marketing and business development, with particular focus on revenue generation and profitability. Earlier in his career, Mr. Thornton worked in business development with solar and geothermal energy companies and in a program role at the US Department of Energy Region One office. Mr. Thornton currently represents the USA on the International Energy Agency (IEA) District Heating and Cooling Implementing Agreement and IEA CHP Collaborative. He is a founding member of the Microgrid Resources Coalition (MRC) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) District Energy in Cities Initiative and is actively involved in numerous national energy and environmental industry associations including the US Green Buildings Council. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the City Planning and Urban Affairs Program at Boston University.

Previously, Mr. Thornton served on the Executive Committee of Greater Hartford Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA. Throughout his career, Mr. Thornton has worked closely with the US Department of Energy and US Environmental Protection Agency in support of clean energy policies and programs. He is a frequent collaborator with other national and regional industry associations and partner organizations. Mr. Thornton is publisher of District Energy magazine, oversees the organization and implementation of 3-5 global conferences annually and has published numerous articles and white papers on district energy and CHP policy.

Mr. Thornton has been recognized with the IDEA Norm Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award, Crain's Cleveland 40 under 40 Award and the CHP Champion Award from the USCHPA and NECHPI. Before his graduation from Tufts University, Mr. Thornton performed research on climate change for the Energy Policy Information Institute. He is known as a pretty ardent sports fan and currently resides in Massachusetts with his family.

How can we create a whole energy efficient system through district energy systems, combined heat and power, microgrids, and local energy supplies?

The district energy systems are composed of a network of pipes that utilize thermal energy systems, which then optimize efficiency by aggregating the heating and air conditioning supply for multiple buildings as well as using surplus heat from power plants, industrial processes and local renewable sources that cut emissions, reduce energy consumption, and strengthen local economies. Details of these systems are tackled in this webinar.

Participants will explore the important elements that help accelerate the industry growth with energy efficient infrastructure and resilient local economies in mind.

Presented in this webinar are technology overview, pending legislation, and policy drivers as well as relevant case studies. The changing energy landscape is currently having an effect on landscape architecture worldwide, and is slowly moving into design in the United States. The use of biomass, exhausted coal burning heat energy systems, and capture of wasted resources are now being used within projects for microgrids, water, heating and cooling (indoors or outside). The capture of currently lost resource allows greater design solutions by harnessing the infrastructure that already exists.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will understand what excess resources are currently being wasted for energy use.

2. Participants will comprehend the value of capturing existing wasted resources and how they can be used locally within design i.e. smart cities.

3. Participants will understand how these design techniques are currently being used overseas within landscape architecture and within the US within a small but growing scale.

General Course Information:

Course Credit1.5 CEU/CE/PDH/CH; 1.0 Credits for NJ
FormatPre-recorded webinar
PresenterRobert Thronton

US State Approvals

States: AK, AL, AR, CT, DE, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NE, NH,
North CarolinaYes
New JerseyYes; 1 Credit
GA, MN, and SD:
**Explanation: There is no process to get courses pre-approved in your state,
but there should be no issues getting this course approved.
If not approved, we will exchange it for another course or provide a full refund.
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Canada Provinces and Territories

British ColumbiaYes, per reciprocity with LA CES
OntarioYes, per reciprocity with LA CES

Course Contents

1 Video
1 Quiz
1 Survey
1.5 hrs

Course Curriculum

Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies Course Video
Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies Quiz
Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies Survey