Streamly Sustainability

27 Jun 2023
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Streamly Sustainability

27 Jun 2023
About the speakers
  • Komal A. Kotwal
    Komal A. Kotwal
    Educator in Sustainable, Equitable Design and Well-being Architecture. at International Consultant
    Komal is a visionary at the crossroads of health, equity, and climate change, weaving these passions into a dynamic harmony of designing for well-being and building performance. With 17+ years of experience, she has pioneered global sustainable design, overseeing ten million sq. ft. of diverse projects. This includes groundbreaking net-zero energy and carbon initiatives, as well as leadership in five million sq. ft. of LEED and WELL Platinum projects. A seasoned educator and advisor, Komal navigates clients through complex architecture, planning, and infrastructural endeavors. An award-winning Architect and Thought Leader, she uses her platform to share industry and academic insights, captivating change-makers invested in creating sustainable, healthy, and equitable environments. Komal was recognized as a global sustainable design and equity influencer in an exclusive interview with Madame Architect in April 2023 for redefining industry standards and acknowledged by the International WELL Building Institute with the Rising Star Award in the WELL Faculty Category for exceptional contributions to the WELL movement in 2022. Komal has been an invited member of the Fast Company Impact Council, New York in 2022-23 dedicated to discussing the impact of business on the most pressing issues of our time. Komal has served on IWBI's Health Equity Advisory, AIA Houston Board of Directors, the Texas USGBC Regional Council, and the USGBC’s Greenbuild Program Committee. A strong advocate for equity and inclusivity, Komal has also served on HOK’s Diversity Advisory Council and HOK’s Management Board. Komal’s academic foundation includes a Master's in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor's in Architecture as a Gold Medalist from the University of Mumbai. Currently, a WELL Faculty with the International WELL Building Institute, Komal has also served as a guest lecturer and studio reviewer at Arizona State University's Herber Institute for Design and the Arts, acted as a juror at Manipal University in Dubai, and delivered a keynote address at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture 2023 Career Intensive
  • Josh Jacobs
    Josh Jacobs
    Director of Sustainability at WAP Sustainability
    Josh is responsible for engaging and understanding the global marketplaces' sustainable rating systems, codes, purchasing policies, and standards for WAP Sustainability. In this role he helps develop and track the environmental programs that are being utilized throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, Josh has served on over 40 sustainably focused committees, including but not limited to ASHRAE 189.1, LEED Steering Committee, and served on the water/IEQ WG that developed the first draft of the IgCC. He is a recurring guest lecturer at multiple universities and has spoken on sustainable materials on 5 continents. He works with organizations investor relations teams to help them understand financial reporting tools such as SASB, GRI, and TCFD. Josh served as Chairman of the US Mirror Committee for ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement, Vice Chair for USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee, served as USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee Chair and currently serves as Vice Chair of ASHRAE 189.1.
  • Angela Loder
    Angela Loder
    Vice President, Research at International WELL Building Institute
    Dr. Angela Loder is Vice President, Research at the International WELL Building Institute. Key projects include co-leading the development of the 2020 Global Research Agenda on Health, Well-being and the Built Environment with the international IWBI Research Advisory and management of the pre-approved survey provider program for all WELL Certified projects. As a research scientist, strategic planner, and educator, Dr. Loder brings over a decade of experience in interdisciplinary research and partnerships around health, well-being, and the built and natural environment. Prior to joining IWBI, Dr. Loder ran her own consulting firm focused on urban planning, sustainability, nature, and health. She is a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on urban nature and health, and her book “Small-Scale Urban Greening: Creating Places of Health, Creativity, and Ecological Sustainability” was published with Routledge in 2020.
  • Julius Kusuma
    Julius Kusuma
    Principal Research Scientist at Meta Platforms, Inc.
    I've worked as a research scientist since completing my PhD at MIT, working in the interface between the digital world and the physical world. At Schlumberger, I led a research team developing subsea and subsurface communication systems used for energy infrastructure. When I joined Facebook, I worked on telecom network infrastructure for deep-rural and dense-urban areas, contributing to power management of telecom sites and the design of broadband wireless sites. Now at Meta, I work on sustainability technologies for our data center infrastructure. One project we are working on is using AI to optimize concrete mixes, to reduce the embodied carbon of a data center without sacrificing relevant performance: we took this research idea to demonstration in a real data center. To learn more, check out our Tech showcase here: https://tech.fb.com/engineering/2022/04/sustainable-concrete/
  • Amruta Sudhalkar
    Amruta Sudhalkar
    Sustainability Program Manager at Meta
    Amruta is a Sustainability Program Manager at Meta. She leads Meta's Net Zero Strategy for data center construction. She has over a decade of experience in climate change mitigation and adaptation. She has leveraged her background in urban planning and environmental engineering to do greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, set targets, and develop climate mitigation plans for numerous public and private institutions. She has extensive experience in developing quantitative decision support tools and dashboards that track baseline emissions and quantify the reduction impacts of specific actions based on a robust set of assumptions. In addition to technical expertise in the areas of operational and embodied carbon reduction, Amruta also has a wealth of experience in consensus building and stakeholder engagement to generate widespread support for the adoption of ambitious GHG reduction strategies. Prior to joining Facebook, Amruta worked as a sustainability planner at AECOM and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
  • Joanne Rodriguez
    Joanne Rodriguez
    Founder & CEO at Mycocycle, Inc.
    Joanne Rodriguez is Founder & CEO of Mycocycle, Inc., which uses mushrooms to remove toxins from waste. Recognized for her innovation by Forbes Magazine, FastCompany, and the EPA she is shifting the paradigm on how we view waste: as a reusable resource, not a burden. Prior to founding Mycocycle, she was a sustainability leader in the construction products manufacturing industry. She is a specialist in technologies like the circular economy, biomimicry and green chemistry. A frequent national speaker, Rodriguez had the honor of serving on a panel for Hillary Clinton’s “No Ceilings Initiative” representing women in construction. She has participated in convenings at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, and GreenBiz while lending her technical expertise to the US Green Building Council and the Environmental Protection Agency. In 2022, Joanne was 1-of-17 companies selected globally to The Circulars Accelerator sponsored by the World Economic Forum and Accenture; the 6th Cohort of the Chain Reactions Innovation Fellowship program through Argonne National Labs and the Department of Energy; was 1-of-5 companies to participate in the inaugural Gener8tor Sustainability Program and was awarded ""Industry Disruptor"" thorugh 1871 Momentum awards and ""Up and Comer"" through Chicago Innovation.

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